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.
Wild Plant Nursery Workday:
When: Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9am to Noon.
What: Help us prepare the Wild Plant Nursery for Spring propagation! Volunteers can help with a wide variety of tasks from stretching shade cloth to preparing pots to Spring divisions. 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)
Marie Butler Leven Preserve Workday:
When: Saturday April 24th from 9am to Noon.
What: Join us for a morning of invasives removal and native planting! Our invasives removal effort will focus on pulling (and bagging!) Garlic Mustard from the forest. After we've removed garlic mustard, we can focus on the fun stuff. Planting! Volunteers can help install native grasses and forbs in the front meadow.
Contact: If you have any questions about scheduling at the nursery call or text Matt Bright at 703 859 2951. Volunteers MUST register to attend a volunteer workday.
Where: The Preserve is located at 1501 Kirby Rd McLean, VA 22101. We will meet in the parking lot and walk in together. If you're running later, please give Matt (703-859-2951) a call and we'll come back to collect you.
All visitors must abide by the following rules:
All volunteers 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 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 must wear a face mask while at the Wild Plant Nursery.
Volunteers must practice social-distancing while at the Wild Plant Nursery.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves and water bottles.
Banner: Volunteers planting native meadow species at the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Chris Bright.