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Field Schedule

Logistics: Unless inclement weather is forecast or an update indicates otherwise, you can assume that we will be out. (We'll notify all registered volunteers in the event we have to cancel a volunteer day.)  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 you're better off wearing long, light-weight pants, rather than shorts. (But shorts are fine at the nursery.)  

 

Students: If you need hours for a class requirement, a staff member can sign a verification form if you bring one, but we do not provide these forms ourselves.  

All visitors must abide by the following rules:

All volunteers must be pre-confirmed through our online volunteer sign-up system. Email Matt at info@earthsangha.org with questions about the process. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves and water bottles.

Upcoming Events

Wild Plant Nursery Workday

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When: Most Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays from 9am to 12pm. We may wrap up early due to extreme heat this summer. 

What: We need help potting up plants, weeding, distributing labels, and a variety of other tasks to keep the nursery running! We'll provide all tools and gloves. Please bring your own water, dress for the weather, and wear closed toe shoes.

 

Where: Wild Plant Nursery is located at 6100 Cloud Dr, Springfield, VA 22150

Contact: If you have any questions about volunteering at the nursery or weather concerns, contact Matt at mbright@earthsangha.org or call 703.859.2951.

"Little Big Day" of Invasives Removal at Marie Butler Leven Preserve

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When: Saturday July 20th from 9am to 11am

What: An Earth Sangha " Big Day" focuses on fostering community, conversation, and education through a volunteer activity, potluck, and discussion.  Each "Big Day" varies, but in addition to our volunteer activity they can include a nature walk, discussion on restoration techniques and goals, plant ID, and more. Because of the excessive heat we've been having, we'll be scaling this event back to a "Little Big Day" with a smaller group and shorter work period... We don't want our volunteers (or us) to melt! We will be removing invasive species like mile-a-minute, porcelain berry, and honeysuckle. Our goal is to clean up the meadow and forest edges while rescuing tree plantings from previous years. We'll provide all tools and gloves. Please bring your own water and wear sturdy shoes. We will provide snacks, but please feel free to bring your own to share! Please note this location does not have bathroom facilities.

​Address: The Marie Butler Leven Preserve is located at 1501 Kirby Road, Mclean, VA 22101

Contact: If you have any questions about volunteer scheduling, email Michaelanne at mmakuch@earthsangha.org or call 703.298.8759.

Invasives Removal at Mason District

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When: Friday July 26th from 9am to 12pm

What: We're excited to begin working in a couple sections of Mason District park in cooperation with our colleagues at Fairfax County Park Authority. We will begin by removing invasive annuals and vines. Primarily mile-a-minute, stiltgrass, and oriental bittersweet.  In conjunction with ecologists at FCPA we have a long-term vision to protect threatened canopy and understory using small-scale restoration techniques we're collectively terming our Habitat Refuge Project. We'll provide all tools and gloves. Please bring your own water and wear sturdy shoes. 

​Address: Mason District Park is located at 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. Turn right when you enter the park. We will meet by the tennis courts.

Contact: If you have any questions about volunteer scheduling, email Michaelanne at mmakuch@earthsangha.org or call 703.298.8759.

"Little Big Day" of Invasives Removal at Mason District

Click here to register to volunteer.

 

When: Friday August 9th from 9am to 12pm

What: An Earth Sangha " Big Day" focuses on fostering community, conversation, and education through a volunteer activity, potluck, and discussion.  Each "Big Day" varies, but in addition to our volunteer activity they can include a nature walk, discussion on restoration techniques and goals, plant ID, and more. Because of the excessive heat we've been having, we'll be scaling this event back to a "Little Big Day" with a smaller group and shorter work period... We don't want our volunteers (or us) to melt! For this event, we will focus on removing the invasive Lespedeza cuneata. In conjunction with ecologists at FCPA we have a long-term vision to protect threatened canopy and understory using small-scale restoration techniques we're collectively terming our Habitat Refuge Project.

​Address: Mason District Park is located at 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. Turn right when you enter the park. We will meet by the tennis courts.

Contact: If you have any questions about volunteer scheduling, email Michaelanne at mmakuch@earthsangha.org or call 703.298.8759.

Sangha Stewards

The Sangha Stewards is a way for volunteers looking for more independent and technical work to join us at our nursery, our field sites, and our office to help us manage more complex tasks and receive extra training.

 

Sangha Stewards are invited to work more closely with our staff and to join our monthly staff training sessions (we’ll have snacks!). Days and times are more flexible and we’re looking to work with our Stewards to develop their skills and what sort of work they’re most interested in.

We are not currently accepting applications for the Sangha Stewards program. 

 

We have four categories for Sangha Stewards:

 

Nursery and Propagation: While we already do a lot of potting up, we frequently have species that need a little bit more detailed care: perhaps it’s a tray with mixed species, maybe we have delicate seedlings that need to be teased apart, or we need someone with a keen eye and a steady hand to remove weeds among rare or sensitive native plants. Or maybe you just want to relax and help us hand water through the summer. This is work that can be done independently or as part of our regular volunteer days.

 

Building and Infrastructure: We always have a backlog of maintenance and construction tasks at the nursery, whether it’s adjusting irrigation lines or helping us build more of our oak and hickory rodent exclosures. If you’re handy with tools, we could use the help here!

 

Invasives and Field Sites: The invasives never sleep, so we could use an extra set of eyes and hands out at some of our field sites. This could mean checking sites periodically for Early Detection Rapid Response species or even doing a little bit of independent pulling or helping us lead volunteers at our field days. We’ll make sure to familiarize you with our sites and train you on the species and areas we’re looking to target. Keeping invasive vines off our Habitat Refuges will be one of our top priorities.

 

Office: For those of you who would rather be inside, we do need periodic help at our office. It may not be as frequent as the other categories, but printing labels, helping us organize our Acorn newsletter mailings would be a big help!

 

Banner: Volunteers planting native meadow species at the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Chris Bright.

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