Land Conservation starts with Caring for the Land


April 8: Invasive Species Work Day at the Salona Property in McLean


Alan Ford (r) offers some tips about invasive plants at the Jan. cleanup

NVCT and Fairfax Master Naturalists have one more scheduled invasive species workday on the historic 41-acre Salona property in McLean in Fairfax County on Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We hope to control the most aggressive invasive plant species on the property, including English Ivy, Oriental Bittersweet, and Autumn Olive. The property is protected by a conservation easement, monitored by NVCT, and will one day be a Fairfax County Park.

What you need for the work day:

  • Wear long clothes and work boots as the work area can be muddy, and there are plenty of thorny plants present.
  • Work gloves, hand clippers, and small pruning saws are useful tools to bring. There will also be tools and gloves available.
  • Bring water and a snack. There are no rest facilities on site, but we will only be a few blocks from downtown McLean.
  • Please park across from the site in the Trinity Methodist Church parking lot.

Please feel free contact Alan Ford to confirm the event is occurring and you are participating. Call: 703-732-5291 after 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event to inquire; otherwise use email to: amford@acm.org

(Fairfax Master Naturalist can record service hours for this workday using service project number S095-NVCT Volunteer Events.)


April 8: Potomac River Watershed Cleanup on Little Hunting Creek

The Friends of Little Hunting Creek are working on a large stretch of the area, including NVCT’s conserved property along the creek. Work on this section will include cleanup from the water and on dry land.

What to Wear and Bring

  • Sturdy waterproof shoes or rubber boots or old sneakers (most sites are muddy).
  • Long pants and long sleeves (some sites have poison ivy).
  • Water, and a hat or sun protection (some sites are exposed).
  • We supply gloves and sturdy plastic bags.

Contact Rentz Hilyer to find out more about work with NVCT.


April 23: Potomac Watershed Cleanup in Annandale Park


The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust is sponsoring a trash cleanup in Annandale Community Park on Sunday, April 23, 9 a.m. to noon, at 4030 Hummer Road. For ages 14 to adult, with ages 7 to 13 if a parent is present.  Click here for waiver form.

Gloves and supplies will be provided, and refreshments available. Bring shoes and clothes appropriate for dirty work in the park, and water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Bring boots or waders if you want to clean in the stream, a shallow stem of Accotink Creek. Event is rain or shine, as long as there is no thunder or lightning.

Please email dsaltzberg@nvct.org to let us know if you’re coming for a preliminary headcount, but last-minute attendees are welcome.

Directions: Enter Annandale Community Park from Hummer Road (just off Little River Turnpike), and bear left toward the basketball courts. Meet at the picnic shelter at 9 a.m.

This is the second annual cleanup in partnership with the Alice Ferguson Foundation. NVCT’s event last year removed some 30 bags of trash weighing about 1,000 pounds from the Potomac watershed.

Contact Daniel Saltzberg, dsaltzberg@nvct.org, 703-354-5093.


Volunteer opportunities throughout the year

a 2016 stream cleanup All are welcome to volunteer their time, energy and enthusiasm in restoring habitats in Northern Virginia. NVCT holds numerous volunteer events each year, including invasive plant removals, tree plantings, trash removals, and much more.

Removing harmful invasive plants from the ecosystem, picking up litter, and planting trees helps keep our communities beautiful and healthy places to live. The Trust provides gloves, equipment, and any necessary training. No experience required!