Events and Volunteer Opportunities

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Upcoming Events

Movie Screening – The Economics of Happiness

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., film at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington

With the world moving forward and corporations gaining more money and power in our everyday lives, many citizens are finding themselves questioning where to draw the line and how they can make significant change in their economy. How do we stop the consolidation of global power at the top? How do we show that we want a re-regulation of trade and finance?

The answer is to have communities come together and invest in an economics of localization. Listen to a multitude of voices, including the former Prime Minister of Tibet’s government in exile Samdhong Rinpoche, share their opinions on how to prevent increasing globalization by companies and what people can do to help. Adopting this new practice will not only help our world heal but also help ourselves feel better and alleviated from the pressures of work, knowing that we are inspiring change.

Tickets are $10. All students or those under 21 must be accompanied by a parent. You can purchase tickets here.

International Coastal Cleanup

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m.-noon

Location: Barcroft Park, 4200 S Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington

EcoAction Arlington is once again partnering with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup and Clean Virginia Waterways. We will clean up Four Mile Run and the park and conduct at trash tally so that we can measure types of trash over time.

Join us at one of Arlington’s favorite parks; groups, families, and individuals are all welcome. Please bring a reusable water bottle and shoes/boots that may get wet. Please register here.

Fall Seed Collection for Reforestation Projects

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Location: Lubber Run Park, 200 N Columbus St , Arlington

Join EcoAction Arlington in collecting acorns and other tree seeds in coordination with the Potomac Conservancy’s Growing Native Program. Collected seeds are sent to Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) nurseries to be grown into tree seedlings which are then used in native forest restoration projects.

We will identify trees and their seeds as we collect them and then bag and label them for transport to the VDOF. This is a wonderful project for families, children, and anyone interested in trees and replenishing our forests. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a reusable water bottle. Registration may be found here.

Nature Club Kids logo

Date: Friday, October 4

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Location: Barcroft Community House & Garden, 800 Buchanan St, Arlington

EcoAction Arlington and Nature Club Kids are partnering to promote our common goal of creating sustainable cities by cultivating earth stewardship in children through nature connection.  Ann Marie Douglass will present what kids in Arlington have loved about being part of Nature Club Kids & nuggets of wisdom she has learned from observing kids play with purpose in nature. 

This happy hour fundraiser will fuel initiatives around the county such as creating native pollinator gardens, training nature mentors, offering scholarships, increasing tree canopy, and working with children, tweens and teens on sustainability efforts throughout Arlington.

This event will be zero-waste and all emissions will be offset with a donation to support renewable energy. Registration includes two drink tickets for good wine, craft beer & yummy hors d’oeuvres. Registration can be found here.

Arlington Fun Ride

Date: Saturday, October 5

Time: 8 a.m. – Noon

Location: Phoenix Bikes, 909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington

You won’t want to miss this family-friendly ride on the scenic Arlington Loop with 16-, 12-, 8- and 4-mile route options. Explore the natural beauty of Arlington, discover how an amazing trail network connects key neighborhoods to one another, and learn local environmental and historical fun facts along the way. And we don’t call this a FUN ride for nothing. Riders will earn raffle tickets for passing through rest stops and completing challenges throughout the course–for entry to win prizes at the finish line festival. We can’t think of a better way to spend a beautiful fall Saturday!  Registration and more details are available at the registration site. This ride is presented by Phoenix Bikes and EcoAction Arlington, in partnership with BikeArlington.     

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities



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.