Much of the volunteer work that ARMN members do is in the Northern Virginia areas of Arlington County, Falls Church, the City of Alexandria, and Fairfax County, and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. ARMN works with a number of organizations that are vital to fulfilling our mission to provide environmental education, outreach, stewardship, and citizen science volunteer service to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within our community. These include:
- Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation, which is responsible for county parks, including the Long Branch and Gulf Branch Nature Centers, and Department of Environmental Services, which is responsible for streams, stormwater, gardening, trees and ecology issues.
- Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, a chapter of the National Audubon Society, which is dedicated to conservation. ARMN implements ASNV’s Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary Program and coordinates outreach, including site visits, to households in Arlington and Alexandria.
- City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities, which is responsible for county parks and the Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center.
- Earth Sangha, which operates an ecological restoration program to reestablish native forests and meadows, stabilize streams, and control invasive alien plants. Its Wild Plant Nursery is the heart of its DC-area field work.
- Dyke Marsh, a freshwater tidal marsh in Fairfax County on the Potomac River just south of Alexandria, Virginia. The Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve is administered by the National Park Service.
- Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,500+ acre island in Hybla Valley with a nationally significant historic house, majestic forests, wildflower meadows, and vast wetlands bursting with wildlife.
- Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, an organization of volunteers who work with the staff of Virginia Cooperative Extension to encourage and promote environmentally sound gardening practices.
- National Park Service (George Washington Memorial Parkway), which includes 4,580 acres of the unique Potomac Gorge ecosystem and the fragile processes that create Dyke Marsh with many plants and animals that are considered rare, threatened, or endangered in Virginia or Maryland. Natural areas within the park are extremely biodiverse, and parts of these areas have not been studied fully yet. ARMN volunteers assist in studies that catalog species for the Smithsonian Institution.
- NOVA Parks (formerly the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority), a system of over 10,000 acres of parkland with woods, meadows, lakes, and streams that are preserved in the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun, as well as the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax for enjoyment of residents in the region.
- TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria, which take the lead within our communities to enhance a sustainable urban forest through volunteer activities and public education programs.
- The Virginia Native Plant Society, dedicated to the protection and preservation of the native plants of Virginia and their habitats. The Potowmack Chapter is the largest VNPS chapter, representing over 400 members in the counties of Arlington and Fairfax; cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church.
Other organizations with which ARMN members volunteer and locations where we perform work include:
- Arlington County Schools
- Arlington’s Natural Resources Joint Advisory Group
- Arlington’s Remove Invasive Plants “RIP” Program
- Audubon Naturalist Society
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation
- City of Alexandria Schools
- City of Falls Church Recreation & Parks, and Schools
- Earth Force
- EcoAction Arlington (formerly, Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE))
- Fairfax County Park Authority, and Schools
- Fraser Preserve
- National Wildlife Federation
- Northern Virginia Conservation Trust
- NoVA Outside
- Smithsonian Institution
- The Nature Conservancy
- The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia
- Virginia Save Our Streams
- United States National Arboretum
The public is welcome to participate in many volunteer events along with ARMN members, and more information is available on our Volunteer page about ARMN-involved projects in which the public can participate.
These are only some of the many places where you will see ARMN volunteers. If you are interested in other locations or types of volunteer activities, please contact us to see if ARMN can help you find or create the perfect project.