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Community Garden Initiative - HEN is working to set up a community garden in the Town of Herndon. The initiative has steadily gained momentum since the effort began. We urge you to consider getting involved! More information

Environmental Film Series - Join us for our annual film series held, in cooperation with Herndon Parks and Recreation at the Herndon Community Center. Events usually held in January and February. Contact us to get involved!

Habitat Heroes - Habitat Heroes' mission is to enable community members to help protect Herndon's plants and wildlife while spending time outdoors, meeting people, and restoring natural habitats. Our objectives are to educate the public about the existence and value of nearby natural areas, and to participate in outreach opportunities to involve local residents and businesses in stewardship activities. We meet monthly to learn about local native flora and remove harmful invasive plants from local parks. More Information

Farmers Market - Once a month from May through September, HEN has a table at the Herndon Farmers Market. Stop by to meet us, find out more about our group, learn about caring for the environment, or just to participate in our "take a bag/leave a bag" campaign. We give out and collect reusable tote bags to encourage people to forego plastic bags when shopping.

HEN continued to be active in the community, we:

  • Hosted our fourth annual Environmental Film Series at the Herndon Community Center (Just Eat It & The Wisdom to Survive).
  • Held regular meetings to plan the Bruin Park Community Garden, which continues to be a work in progress.
  • Held several fundraisers for the community garden.
  • Raised awareness about the environmental benefits of trees by giving away seedlings on Earth Day.
  • Held several trash clean-up and invasive plant removal events at local parks.
  • Provided environmental information at the Herndon Farmers Market.
  • Continued to represent Herndon’s greener side at NatureFest with compost and moon sand hands-on activities.
  • Participated in a tree planting event at Chestnut Grove.

In 2015, the Herndon Environmental Network:

  • Hosted our third annual Environmental Film Series at the Herndon Community Center: screening Bag It and Green Fire
  • Organized our second electronics recycling event, in cooperation with the Four Seasons Recreation Association
  • Raised awareness about the environmental benefits of trees by giving away seedlings on Earth Day, with free coffee from Green Lizard Cycling
  • Habitat Heroes organized two trash clean-up and three invasive plant removal events at local parks
  • Provided environmental information and outreach at the Herndon Farmers Market
  • Highlighted the importance of clean water at NatureFest
  • Continued our partnership with the NOVA Climate Action Network, working to support climate action from our legislators
  • Continued planning for a community garden here in town
  • Held public presentations on topics, including Straw Bale Gardening, Solar Power, and Mushrooms.
  • Led a Northwest Earth Institute course called Voluntary Simplicity

2014 was a busy year for us! With your help, the Herndon Environmental Network:

  • Hosted our second annual Health and Environment Film Series at the Herndon Community Center.
  • Organized the first annual electronic recycling event in cooperation with the Four Seasons Association.
  • Participated in the annual Sugarland Run and Runnymede Park Clean Up event organized by the Town of Herndon and Friends of Runnymede Park.
  • Celebrated Earth Day by giving away native redbud seedlings and organic coffee in cooperation with Green Lizard Cycling.
  • Planted a young redbud in Bready Park to honor HEN's founder and past-president, Carlin Anderson.
  • Supported the citizen's group Hens for Herndon that asked the Town of Herndon to allow the raising of backyard hens in the town. The zoning ordinance changed from one hen to four on June 10, 2014.
  • Held 8 invasive plant removal events at local parks, including Stanton Park, which became Herndon's first site to be part of Fairfax County's Invasive Management Area program.
  • Provided environmental information and started a "Bring a Bag, Take a Bag" initiative at the Herndon Farmers Market to raise awareness about the environmental impact of plastic bags.
  • Taught people about native plants at NatureFest in partnership with the Plant NoVA Natives campaign.
  • Continued our partnership with other local groups that form the NOVA Climate Action Network, working to support climate action from our legislators.
  • Participated in the NOVA Sustainability Fair and Bike to Work Day.
  • Continued planning for a community garden here in town by submitting a proposal to the Fairfax County Park Authority to change the Master Plan for Bruin Park.

Tree Planting (May 2014) To thank our founder and past president, Carlin Anderson for her service, HEN arranged for the Town to plant a young redbud in her honor at Bready Park and the Community Center. The tree was planted on May 3, 2014, and several of the Board members and their families attended. Without Carlin, there would be no Herndon Environmental Network. It was her drive to act locally and her amazing dedication to the group in its first years that gave HEN such a strong foundation. Thank you, Carlin! Photos

Invasive Removal with Girl Scouts (May 2014) HEN was invited to lead a pair of Daisy troops on an invasive plant removal. First we viewed the video that HEN made about garlic mustard and talked \about what the plant was and why it's invasive. Then we walked down to an area and removed several big bags of the stuff. The girls seemed to have a blast and be engaged in the work.

Bike to Work Day (May 2014) For the third year in a row, HEN was present at Bike to Work Day, advocating a greener commute at Herndon's first afternoon pitstop.

Earth Day Giveaway (Apr 2014) HEN held its first Earth Day event in Herndon on Earth Day. Partnering with Green Lizard Cycling, we gave away tree seedlings and Green Lizard's fair trade, organic coffee. All 50 seedlings were picked up. The event was a big hit! Photos

HEN hosted NOVA CAN Happy Hour (Mar 2014) HEN volunteered to host the Climate Action Happy Hour for Northern Virginia Climate Action Network. Despite having to reschedule it due to snow, the Happy Hour went very well. There were a good number of people there and Cristina gave an interesting presentation on the effect of climate change on plants and wildlife. We also talked about writing Letters to the Editor, and had the usual good time over food and drink.

Film Series: Lorax & Community of Gardeners (Jan/Feb) This year was our 2nd annual film series at the Community Center. In cooperation with Herndon Parks and Recreation. In January, 45 people (many of them children) watched The Lorax (2012) and enjoyed crafts and snacks. Teens from HHS's Interact club volunteered and Mom's Organic Market donated some snacks. In February, we screened the 2011 documentary A Community of Gardeners, which shows the many different benefits of 7 different community gardens in Washington, DC. Photos

E-Cycling Event with Four Seasons (Jan 2014) On January 11, HEN helped organize an electronics recycling event. It was very successful -- over 200 cars stopped by, and everything was hauled away by Forever Green in Chantilly. It was hosted by the Four Seasons neighborhood off Herndon Parkway. Photos

In 2013, the Herndon Environmental Network:

  • Hosted our first annual Health and Environment Film Series at the Herndon Community Center
  • Filmed a series of videos on removing common invasive plants, which aired on Herndon Community Television
  • Held 8 invasive plant removal events at local parks
  • Toured a local recycling facility
  • Organized the second annual Battle of the Bottles recycling competition between two Herndon neighborhoods
  • Provided environmental information at the Herndon Farmers Market
  • Taught people about composting at NatureFest
  • Partnered with other local groups to form the NOVA Climate Action Network, working to support climate action from our legislators
  • Continued planning for a community garden here in town
  • Worked with Hutchison Elementary to establish learning gardens at the school
  • Participated in the Whole Earth Festival, the Three Birds Sustainability Fair and Bike to Work Day - three environmental events right here in Herndon
  • Toured a renovated energy-efficient townhouse
  • Supported local efforts for sustainable urban agriculture
  • Received the 2013 Fairfax County Environmental Excellence Award!

Invasive Plant Video Series (Summer 2013) We produced a series of videos explaining how to identify and remove six common invasive plants. View on YouTube.

NatureFest (Oct 2013) Our table at Herndon's annual nature festival focused on the benefits of composting and how to begin backyard composting. We also provided a selection of free native plants. View photos.

Three Birds Sustainability Fair (Sept 2013) We spread the word about HEN and encouraged sustainable living, at this family-friendly event. View photos.

Farmers' Market (June, July, Aug, Sept 2013) Our monthly table at the Herndon Farmers Market featured a nature/environmental book swap, information about HEN initiatives, and live chickens and/or goats on display. View photos.

Invasive Plant Removals (June, July, Aug, Sept 2013) Our Habitat Heroes group organized monthly invasive plant removals at Runnymede Park in Herndon. Some of the plants targeted were multiflora rose, autumn olive, and Bradford pear. View photos.

Battle of the Bottles (July 2013) Two local neighborhoods, Four Seasons and Hunters Creek, competed in our second annual recycling challenge and increased their recycling by 9.8% and 13%, respectively! Thank you to our co-sponsors, Herndon's Dept of Public Works and Meadows Farms Nurseries.

Tour of CSI Disposal Materials Recycling Facility (June 2013) Twenty HEN members got a close-up look at what happens to recycled material when it leaves our homes. View photos.

Bike to Work Day (May 2013) We spread the word about HEN and supported local bicycle commuters at the Herndon stop at Bike to Work Day. View photos.

Invasive Plant Removal (May 2013) Fifteen HEN volunteers gathered to remove harmful, invasive English ivy and garlic mustard from the Spring Branch stream area in downtown Herndon. View photos.

Whole Earth Festival (April 2013) Our table at this Earth Day festival focused on the life cycle of food, from growing your own food and eating local to creative ways to use your food scraps. View photos.

Health & Environment Film Series In January and February 2013, HEN partnered with Herndon Community Center to present two free screenings of eco-minded films: *Forks Over Knives* (21 attendees) and *No Impact Man* (16 attendees). Good times and discussions were had by all. We hope to repeat the film series in Winter 2014.

Hail the Trail (Oct 2012) Twenty-one HEN volunteers participated as a team in Dominion's Hail the Trail, the largest clean up of the W&OD trail in history. View photos.

NatureQuest (Sept 2012) HEN partnered with the Town of Herndon's Dept. of Public Works to distribute information on recycling and composting during Herndon's annual nature festival. View photos.

Tour of Montgomery County Recycling Center (Aug 2012) Sixteen HEN members toured this award-winning recycling center for a close-up look at what happens to recyclables once they leave your home. Some facts we learned. View photos.

Battle of the Bottles (July 2012) We organized a month-long recycling competition between two Herndon neighborhoods, and educated the residents on the dos and don'ts of recycling. The winning neighborhood, McNair Farms Landbay 2, increased the amount they recycled by 18%! Thank you to our co-sponsors, American Disposal Services, and Meadows Farms Nurseries. Media coverage.

Farmers' Market (May, August 2012) We distributed environmental information and spread the word about the Herndon Environmental Network on two occasions at the Herndon Farmers' Market.

Herndon Festival (June 2012) HEN hosted an informational table with children's activities and a guess-the-number-of-worms contest at the Herndon Festival. View photos.

Bike to Work Day (May 2012) We distributed organic fruit and information on the environmental benefits of biking at the Herndon stop on Bike to Work Day. View photos.

Edible Landscaping and Composting Tour (May 2012) One of our members gave a tour of her yard, to demonstrate composting systems and how to use edibles in the suburban landscape. View photos.

Family Clean Up (Apr 2012) Our first activity was a clean up of a small area near a stream in downtown Herndon. In a short period of time, we picked up a large amount of trash and recyclables. Media coverage.

We have also encouraged our members to attend other local environmental activities. Because they learned about it from us...

  • Six of our members attended a workshop on native plants
  • Five people attended the build-your-own rain barrel workshop in Herndon
  • Three of our members attended a CCAN demonstration on clean energy
  • Three of our members attended environmental-themed films hosted by Sustainable Reston
  • The e-cycling event for "America Recycles Day" (November 15) was a hit! (Sponsored by Time Warner Cable & Colt Recycling and Refining)

For more information, contact us: info@herndonenvironment.org