Field Schedule

Logistics: Unless inclement weather is forecast or an update indicates otherwise, you can assume that we will be out. If for some reason you want to double-check, you can try to reach us at 703.764.4830. 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.) You do not need to register before an event, unless otherwise noted. 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.  

Upcoming Events

Wild Plant Nursery Workday:

Click here to register to volunteer at the Wild Plant Nursery. 

When: Sundays, December 6th and 20th and Tuesdays, December 8th and 15th, from 10am to 1pm.

What: Help us finish winterizing the Wild Plant Nursery! Please wear shoes that can get muddy, bring your own water and gloves, and wear a mask. 

Contact: Matt Bright if you have questions about the schedule: For safety reasons, we are limiting the number of volunteers to 10 per event. Volunteers MUST register to attend a volunteer workday. If you have any questions about scheduling at the nursery call or text Matt Bright at 703 859 2951.

Where: 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. The address to our entrance is 6100 Cloud Drive. 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. 

Contact: Matt Bright ( or 703-859-2951)

Native Planting: Marie Butler Leven Preserve

Click here to register to volunteer at the Marie Butler Leven Preserve

When: Check back in January 2021 

What: Join Matt at the Marie Butler Leven Preserve for a morning of invasives removal! Please check our Google Calendar for updates before heading out. Join us for native plant mornings at the Marie Butler Leven Preserve. We'll be focused on removing invasive vines and shrubs from the forest edge.  We'll meet in the parking lot at 10am and walk into the park together. Please bring your own gloves and water. All volunteers must wear a mask.


Where: View the Preserve's location on Google Maps. The Marie Butler Leven Preserve is in McLean, Virginia. The street address is 1501 Kirby Road. If you’re coming from the Beltway, exit on Route 66 East; from 66, take the first exit, to Leesburg Pike (Route 7); turn left on Leesburg Pike, then almost immediately after the underpass, turn right onto Idylwood Road. Just stay on Idylwood, which becomes Kirby Road after the intersection with Great Falls Street. Stay on Kirby; once you have passed the stop sign at Chesterbrook Road, the Preserve is about half a mile up on the right. 


Contact: Matt Bright ( or 703-859-2951)

All visitors must abide by the following rules:

All volunteers and customers must be pre-confirmed either through our online volunteer sign-up or our online appointment systems. 

No more than 10 people can volunteer for an event at one time.

Volunteers/customers should not visit the Wild Plant Nursery if they have any COVID symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. 

Volunteers/customers must wear a face mask while at the Wild Plant Nursery. 

Volunteers/customers must practice social-distancing while at the Wild Plant Nursery.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves and water bottles.

Events Calendar

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

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