Park-Related Agencies and Organizations, Fairfax

Agencies, Organizations, Think Tanks, Academic Institutions, and others Engaged in Park-Related Work

  • Audubon Society of Northern Virginia works to “protect birds and their habitats.”
  • Cooperative Extension:  Fairfax and Arlington.
  • Clean Fairfax works to reduce littering.
  • Earth Sangha has an ecological restoration mission, its projects include a wild plant nursery and a native tree arboretum at the Marie Butler Leven Preserve, a county park.
  • Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling works to make bicycling universal and enjoyable.
  • Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning: land use policy, rules, enforcement, study.
  • Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services: engineering, science, design, maintenance, for rainwater management and other natural infrastructure.
  • Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships “serves as a clearing house and point of contact for public agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses interested in working together.”
  • Fairfax County Restoration Project, a public-private partnership that “connects, creates, and promotes efforts to restore ecosystem functions in Fairfax County through collaboration with public, private, and volunteer organizations. “
  • Fairfax4Horses is “dedicated to the establishment of public riding facilities on parkland.”
  • Fairfax 4H, whose projects include entomology, sport fishing, and outdoor education skills.
  • Fairfax Falcons, “Paralympic Sports Team provides a variety  of adapted sports experiences to youth with physical disabilities.”
  • Fairfax Food Council’s Urban Agriculture Working Group
  • Fairfax Historical Society.
  • Fairfax History Commission.
  • Fairfax Master Gardeners; and Green Spring Master Gardeners, both of which have trained hundreds of community garden specialists/volunteers.
  • Fairfax Master Naturalists train volunteers to become master naturalist volunteers who provide expertise and service to nature conservancy projects and efforts.
  • Fairfax ReLeaf works to restore urban forests.
  • George Mason University Potomac Environmental Research Center “focuses on Potomac River restoration and local sustainability practices.”
  • George Mason University Sport and Recreation Studies Program.
  • Northern Virginia Community College Recreation and Parks Studies.
  • Northern Virginia Conservation Trust works to conserve land, and this includes land transfers to our parks.
  • Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is a government agency promoting soil and water conservation.
  • Sports Leagues are listed on the Department of Neighborhood & Community Services’s website.
  • Trout Unlimited Northern Virginia Chapter, “conserving cold water fisheries.”
  • University of Virginia School of Architecture’s themes include: “Next Cities,” “Cultural Landscapes,” “New Ecologies,” “Social Justice.”  See also their Biophilic Cities page (Biophilia in urban design is design to meet the essential need for contact with nature in urban life).
  • Volunteer Fairfax links volunteers to public and non-profit agencies/organizations.

We will add organizations as identified.  However, any list we post will never be complete.  There are so many good organizations doing work in the realm of parks and public land:  Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, service organizations such as The Rotary Club and Kiwanis; homeowner and civic associations; community alliances; arts organizations; and many more.