Habitat Heroes (July - October)



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


United States



Our native trees, ferns and wildflowers are under attack by invasive plants like English ivy, Japanese honeysuckle and bamboo. These plants are fast-growing and threaten the local habitat and wildlife. We need heroes like you to join us in preserving Reston’s ecosystem.


Wainwright Restoration

Saturday, July 21

10 a.m. – Noon

Volunteers will remove the aggressive burn bush and English ivy that have spread throughout this community natural area. Volunteers will use tools such as weed wrenches, saws and loppers to take out the invasive shrub and create space for native plants to thrive. Meet at Wainwright Rec Area. Look for the RA vehicle. 

Protect Trees, Pull Ivy

Saturday, September 22

10 a.m. – Noon

Help reduce the English ivy overload on the RA open space. Volunteers will work at the natural area near the Wiehle overpass to help stop the ivy from taking over trees. Please park along North Shore Drive, between Northgate Square and Wiehle Avenue. There is poison ivy at this site. Look for the RA vehicle.

Stop the Choking, Save the Natives

Saturday, October 27

10 a.m. – Noon

The native mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) is in danger of being choked out by English ivy. We need your help to remove the English ivy vines and give the native wildflowers a chance to thrive. We will be along the asphalt path between Sanibel Drive and Dogwood Elementary School. Look for the RA truck.

Save the Trees, Stop the Choking

Saturday, November 17

10 a.m. – Noon

English ivy is a threat to trees. Help RA restore healthy wildlife habitat. Volunteers will met between 11239 and 11240 South Shore Road. Volunteers will help remove ivy with small tools and clear this section of the woods for native habitat. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Removing invasive, exotic plants from our community.
  • Identifying whether plants are native vegetation or invasive.
  • Replant natural areas with attractive and important native ferns, wildflowers, shrubs or trees.

For Your Safety:

Please wear long sleeves and long pants to protect you from biting insects, thorns, and poison ivy. There is poison ivy at almost all sites. Bring gardening gloves if you have them. RA will provide some tools, gloves, snacks, and water. 

RA Staff will be available on-site to assist with training and any questions that may arise.


No prior experience required. Invasive removal is done year-round and training is regularly provided on-site.


  • Training Provided


  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply


Applications and other information can be found at http://www.reston.org/ under "About Reston Association" then the "Volunteer Opportunities" tab.

New Volunteers (required):

Fill out a volunteer application. Once complete, you will receive confirmation and instructions on how to start a VicNet account.

 You can find the application here:

Returning Volunteers:

Log into VicNet and register under the "My Schedule" tab. Click the "Help Wanted" boxes on the calendar to sign up. 

If you experience any problems with Volgistics or VicNet, please contact Ha Brock, Volunteer Reston Manager, at 703-435-7986 or habrock@reston.org