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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 1pm

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.

"Big Day" at the Marie Butler Leven Preserve

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When: Saturday April 13th from 9am to 1pm

What:  Join us for a Pre-Earth Day celebration! Matt will lead a spring ephemeral wild flower walk in the park before we pull invasive vines and replant with natives flowers!  We'll provide all tools and gloves. Please bring your own water, dress for the weather, and wear closed toe shoes.

 

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

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.

Rare Species Planting at Poplar Ford & Elklick Park

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When: Friday April 19th from 9am to 12pm

What: We have partnered with Fairfax County Park Ecologists to grow and plant state rare Solidago rigida and Pycnanthemum torreyii. We will start at Poplar Ford Park to plant 250 Solidago rigida, then caravan to the close by Elklick Park to plant 50 Pycnantheum torreyii. We'll provide all tools and gloves. Please bring your own water and wear sturdy shoes. 

Where: We will start at Poplar Ford Park: 6703 Bull Run Post Office Road, Centreville VA 20120

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

Tree Planting at Laurel Hill Park

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

What: We are partnering with Fairfax County Park Ecologists to plant approximately 700 Juniperus virginia and a combination of 3 Rhus species. This is a part of an ongoing restoration project to restore green space at Laurel Hill. We'll provide all tools and gloves. Please bring your own water and wear sturdy shoes. 

Where: Laurel Hill Park Central Green: 8780 Lorton Road, Lorton, VA 22079

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 no 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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