We are currently finalizing our Fall Schedule. New opportunities should be posted soon, so please check back!


Please note: This schedule is subject to revision. For the most recent scheduling, contact us at or (703) 764-4830.

Logistics: Unless heavy rain is forecast or an update indicates otherwise, you can assume that we will be out. Bring work gloves, if you have them, and a bottle of drinking water. Unless otherwise noted, we will provide tools. Wear sturdy shoes to our field events. Please do not wear sandals or open-toed shoes! And if you are coming out to one of our field sites, such as Meadowood, you're better off wearing long light-weight pants, rather than shorts. (But shorts are fine at the nursery.) And if you're new to our work, it's best to confirm before you come. You can confirm by contacting Lisa. (See the previous paragraph.)

If you live in the DC area and would like to get involved in conservation, we want to hear from you. We could really use your help, and you could make a big difference to the remaining natural places of this region.We work with over 600 volunteers every year, and these people are crucial to just about everything that we do in the DC area.

If your company is looking for employee volunteer venues, or outdoor team-building activities, please get in touch with us. We have experience working with large numbers of people in the field, and we would be happy to help you plan an event that will benefit local parkland.

Meadowood Recreation Area
  • Meadowood Recreation Area
    Meadowood Recreation Area
  • Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge
    Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Big Rocky Run Stream Valley Park
    Big Rocky Run Stream Valley Park
  • Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary
    Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary
  • Eakin Community Park
    Eakin Community Park
  • Roundtree Park
    Roundtree Park
  • Native Arboretum at the Marie Butler Leven Preserve
    Native Arboretum at the Marie Butler Leven Preserve

Meadowood Recreation Area

Field Schedule for Fall

If you're lost, please call Lisa on her cell, at 571-213-8025.

Mondays and Thursdays, at our Wild Plant Nursery, from 9 am to Noon. We will have weekday work events at our nursery on most upcoming Mondays and Thursdays. Please note: We will not be out every Monday and Thursday so let Lisa,, know if you're interested in participating.

-Directions to the Nursery: The Nursery is in Springfield, Virginia, in Franconia Park, which lies just south of the Beltway, and just east of the Beltway’s intersection with Routes 95 and 395. (See the ADC Northern Virginia Map Book, map 5762, square E4.) Access is from Franconia Road (644). From Franconia, turn north on Thomas Drive, less than half a mile east of the 395/95 intersection. There is a traffic light at Thomas. From Thomas, turn right onto Meriwether Lane. Turn left onto Cloud Drive. Please park in the parking lot at the bottom of the entrance road, then walk down the dirt road along the community gardens. Our nursery lies beyond the community gardens. View the nursery's location on Google Maps. (The Google pointer is set to Cloud Drive, not directly on our nursery, which has no street address. From Cloud Drive, follow the directions above.)

Saturday, October 25th, from 10 am to 1, at Eakin Park in Fairfax. We will plant some New York Ironweed, Wingstem, and Joe-Pye Weed in the small floodplain meadow at Eakin Park. We only need 5 to 10 volunteers and young student volunteers are ideal.

-Directions to the Park: Eakin Park is on Prosperity Avenue (699) north of Little River Turnpike (236) and south of Arlington Boulevard (50). (See the ADC Northern Virginia Map Book, map 5645, square A4.) From the Beltway, exit onto Little River Turnpike west; after about a mile and a quarter, turn right (north) onto Prosperity. After about a mile, you'll see the Eakin parking lot on your right. View the approximate location on Google Maps.

Sunday, November 2nd, from 9 am to 2, at Rutherford Park. We are going to plant native grasses, wildflowers, and a few shrub species in the moist meadow at Rutherford Park. For this event, we are collaborating with our good friends at Yoga in Daily Life. They host our weekly meditation sessions in Alexandria.

-Directions to Rutherford Park: Rutherford Park lies along Guinea Road, north of Braddock Road. (See the ADC Northern Virginia Map Book, map 5644, square H9.) From the Beltway, take Braddock Road (620) west for about 2 miles. Turn right (north) onto Guinea Road (651); there is a traffic light at this intersection. You'll find the Rutherford parking lot about three-quarters of a mile north of that intersection, on your left. View the approximate location on Google Maps.

More events to come! Please check back.

One important note to those interested in seed collecting: If you want to participate in seed collection activities during the weekdays, you can send Lisa an email ( We don't announce every excursion where we take our seasoned volunteers.