Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering with EcoAction Arlington on an ongoing basis? Then please take a moment to complete our volunteer application. The application enables us to collect information about your skills and interests so that we are better able to match you with our volunteer needs leading to a more fulfilling experience for all. We’ll send you notices about upcoming volunteer events and opportunities that might be a good fit. Please complete the application today.


Upcoming Events

Service Project and Outreach Leader Training

Service project leader training

Date: Saturday, March 7

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Location: Fairlington Community Center, 3308 Stafford St, Arlington

Registration is requested, walk-ins will be accepted

We are offering an opportunity to volunteer with EcoAction Arlington in a very substantive and impactful way. Being either a Service Project Leader or an Outreach Leader is an opportunity that requires dedication, passion, and ingenuity.

After our successful Service Project Leader Training last year we decided to expand it to include Outreach Leaders. You may apply to become one or the other.

Service Project Leaders are trained on why and how we conduct service projects with the goal of increasing our reach in the community while decreasing our limited staff time involved in the projects. You will learn about our history, FAQs, why we do cleanups, types of cleanups, talking points, safety, procedures, scheduling and registration, set up and breakdown, the equipment we use, what is trash vs recyclable, and more. You must be able to commit to at least three events a year.

Outreach Leaders will be trained to become our ambassadors to the public with the same goals as above. You will learn our history, FAQs, how to help at service projects with registration and encouraging participants to join and support EcoAction Arlington, representing us at fairs, festivals, farmers markets, movies and best of all at the Arlington County Fair! We will show you the materials we hand out and several exhibits that we take to educate the public about reducing waste, saving energy, how to recycle, eco-friendly transportation, and more. You will learn about scheduling and procedures and must commit to three events a year.

Please Note: There is no deadline for registering. Walk-ins welcome.


42nd Annual Meeting—Nature in Our Community: Why Biophilia Matters

2020 Annual meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 11

Time: 6:30-9 p.m.  

Location: Washington-Liberty High School Cafeteria, 1301 N. Stafford St., Arlington  

Biophilia is the premise that humans possess an innate connection to the natural world, supported by recent studies revealing that connection to nature continues to be a vital component of human health and well-being. Integrating the natural environment into the built environment further supports environmental resiliency, sustainability and economic vitality. 

In December 2019, the Arlington County Board committed to becoming a member of the Biophilic Cities Network, a growing global community of partner cities, organizations and individuals committed to planning and designing cities with abundant nature, where citizens have rich contact with the flourishing natural world as an element of daily life.

Our featured annual meeting speakers will provide an overview of the biophilic cities concept and a preview of Arlington’s plan for integrating the natural world into our community as we develop, grow, and thrive.

A reception consisting of light refreshments will be held in our exhibit area from 6:30 to 7 p.m. featuring local and regional organizations, agencies, and companies whose work focuses on biophilia, nature education, and connecting people to the natural world. The reception will be followed by an overview of our programming for 2020, the election of our board of directors, and the featured presentations.

Reception exhibitors (as of 2/26/20):

Following welcoming remarks by Libby Garvey, Arlington County Board Chair, our featured speakers include:

  • Stella Tarnay, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Capital Nature
  • Jennifer Fioretti, Deputy Director, Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation

To register for this event, please complete this form.


The Four Rs with the ABCs – Follow Up Meeting

Date: Tuesday, March 24

Time: 7-8:45pm  

Location: Nottingham Elementary School, 5900 Little Falls Road, Arlington

Interested in working with Arlington schools to help reduce waste? The R4 Action Group of EcoAction Arlington invites parents, students, teachers, administrators, and environmentalists to meet and share ideas, issues and solutions on sustainability within APS. As a follow up to our November 2019 meeting, this event will focus on the work we have done with/within Arlington schools to help reduce waste. All are welcome, even if you didn’t attend the November meeting. Let’s build on our success and reduce waste at all levels: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, ROT!

More information: [email protected]. Registration is required


Earth Day Cleanup

Plogging

Date: Saturday, April 18

Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Location: Bon Air Park Shelter, 850 N. Lexington, Arlington

This Earth Day come out to the park and get connected with the community and EcoAction Arlington to help keep litter, especially harmful plastics, out of our natural places and streams. 
This event is part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation‘s Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup. Please bring a reusable water bottle. We meet at the Bon Air Park Shelter. Snacks and supplies provided.

To register for this event, please complete this form.


EcoAction Arlington Earth Day Breakfast

Date: Friday, April 24

Time: 7:30 to 9:00am

Location:  Navy League, 2300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Please join EcoAction Arlington to discuss social justice in Virginia with our featured speaker, Karen Campblin, Environmental Justice Chair, Virginia State Conference NAACP. We will also share an update on our programs and initiatives and how businesses and organizations can partner with us to build connectivity for sustainability goals.

Registration of $35 includes breakfast with coffee, tea, and juice. 

To Register click here

2020 Calendar Of Events

Sunday, June 7 – Green Home & Garden Tour

Friday, June 19 – Summer Solstice Celebration

Saturday, Sept. 12 – International Coastal Cleanup

Saturday, Sept. 26 – Native Seed Collection


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Adopt-a-Street

adopt-a-street

Please also consider getting involved with the Adopt-a-Street program through which you can help to keep your community clean by supporting litter control on a section of an Arlington Street. Learn more about how you can Adopt-a-Street through Arlington County.