Local Nature Organizations

Master Naturalists | Audubon  | Plant NOVA Natives | Tree Stewards
US Botanic GardenUS National Arboretum | VA Native Plant Society

Arlington Regional Master Naturalists

Arlington Regional Master Naturalists

The mission of the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists is to provide environmental education, outreach, stewardship, and citizen science dedicated to beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within Virginia.

Audubon Society of Northern Virginia

Audubon Sociey of Northern Virignia

Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) is a chapter of National Audubon Society and committed to its mission: to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.  ASNV advances the mission through education programs, citizen science, and advocacy initiatives.

Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary Sign

Audubon at Home – The Audubon at Home program was created to make a difference by supporting the efforts of property owners and managers to become better stewards of nature in your own outdoor spaces. It embraces the principles of the National Audubon Society’s Bird-Friendly Communities and promotes citizen participation in conserving and restoring local natural habitat and biodiversity.

Plant NOVA Natives

Plant NoVA Natives LogoPlant NOVA Natives is the joint marketing campaign of a coalition of non-profit, governmental, and private groups, all working to reverse the decline of native plants and wildlife in Northern Virginia. They encourage residents as well as public and commercial entities to install native plants as the first step toward creating wildlife habitat and functioning ecosystems on their own properties.

Native Plants for Northern Virginia Guide

The website has a lot of information about natives plants, how to grow them, and where to buy them. You can also order a print copy of Native Plants for Northern Virginia or download the guide here.

Tree Stewards of Arlington and AlexandriaTree Stewards of Arlington and Alexandria

The Tree Stewards of Arlington and Alexandria take a love of trees and put it into action by training volunteers and organizing events to improve our urban forests and make our community brighter. They educate their neighbors on tree care, provide direct assistance, and act as effective advocates for the local tree canopy.

Steeped in history, rich with tradition, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth’s fragile ecosystems.

More than 200 years ago, George Washington had a vision for the capital city of the United States that included a botanic garden that would demonstrate and promote the importance of plants to the young nation. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is the oldest continuously operating botanic garden in the United States. Since 1934, it has been administered through the Architect of the Capitol.

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The United States Botanic Garden Celebrates 200 Years

United States National Arboretum LogoUnited States National Arboretum

The U.S. National Arboretum enhances the economic, environmental, and aesthetic value of ornamental and landscape plants through long-term, multi-disciplinary research, conservation of genetic resources, and interpretative gardens and exhibits.

Virginia Native Plant SocietyVirginia Native Plant Society

The Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS), founded in 1982 as the Virginia Wildflower Preservation Society, is a nonprofit organization of individuals who share an interest in Virginia’s native plants and habitats. The Society and its chapters seek to further the appreciation and conservation of this priceless heritage.

Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society

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.