What we're about

Accotink Creek runs 26 miles through one of the finest wildlife corridors of rapidly-developing Fairfax County. The Friends of Accotink Creek is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to restoring, promoting, and protecting the Accotink Creek watershed. Our motto is "Find just one other person who cares" and we partner with volunteers, communities, schools, businesses, and government agencies to protect, restore, and improve the Accotink Watershed.

Active Projects/Programs:

Community Outreach: We speak at local workshops and through social media ( www.accotink.org , Facebook , and Twitter ) to raise watershed awareness and inspire others to protect and champion critical and intertwined ecosystems: water, plants, animals, and people .

Community Projects: We support youth projects, including students and scout projects within the watershed.

Invasive Removal: We lead weekly invasive removal projects within the watershed to remove noxious invasive plants and restore habitat.

Native Plant Rescues and Habitat Restoration: We lead native plant rescues and replantings to protect and enhance native habitat.

Partnerships: We work with the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), the Fairfax County Restoration Project (FCRP), the Friends of Lake Accotink Park (FLAP), the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD) and many others on watershed initiatives.

Stormwater Issues: We promote actions to reduce stormwater runoff, and monitor and report stormwater issues affecting the watershed.

Stream Cleanups: We partner with the Alice Ferguson Foundation and Clean Virginia Waterways on large cleanups in spring and fall.

Stream Monitoring: We lead regular stream monitoring events, and facilitate citizen science monitoring biological and chemical water quality.

Upcoming events (5+)

Friends of Accotink Creek (FACC) Monthly Meeting

Audrey Moore Rec Center

Join us for our monthly meeting, all are welcome! Meetings are on the third TUESDAY of each month. Audrey Moore RECenter - Club Room[masked] Braddock Rd, Annandale, VA[masked]http://accotink.org/FACC_Meetings_Link.htm has notes from prior meetings

Friends of Accotink Creek (FACC) Monthly Meeting

Audrey Moore Rec Center

Join us for our monthly meeting, all are welcome! Meetings are on the third TUESDAY of each month. Audrey Moore RECenter - Club Room[masked] Braddock Rd, Annandale, VA[masked]http://accotink.org/FACC_Meetings_Link.htm has notes from prior meetings

Stream Monitoring at Lake Accotink

Lake Accotink Park Visitor Center/Administrative Building

GET YOUR BRAIN WET! Join Friends of Lake Accotink Park and Friends of Accotink Creek for a rewarding and fun time for adults and children who enjoy helping our parks and environment by identifying and counting stream critters to document the health of the stream. It's fun for the whole family to learn what's in the water by seeing and counting stream critters. The critter count is ever-changing, but we have made some exciting finds, including small crayfish. Biological stream monitoring in the park, a joint project of FLAP and Friends of Accotink Creek, takes place the second Saturday of the months of March, June, September and December, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Volunteers assess ecological conditions in streams, based on the presence and abundance of bottom- dwelling invertebrates. Dress for the woods and the weather. All other equipment and educational instruction are provided. If you have it, wading gear is helpful, since we will be placing nets in the water. Entering the water is the most fun, but entirely optional. All Friends of Accotink Creek volunteer activities quality for Community Service hours! More info here: http://www.accotink.org/StreamMonitoring.htm NOTE: We will meet at the Visitor Center/Administrative Building, which is on the left as you head towards the Lake on Lake Accotink Park Road, 0.7 miles after the turn off Highland St. If you get to the dam, you've gone too far.

Friends of Accotink Creek (FACC) Monthly Meeting

Audrey Moore Rec Center

Join us for our monthly meeting, all are welcome! Meetings are on the third TUESDAY of each month. Audrey Moore RECenter - Club Room[masked] Braddock Rd, Annandale, VA[masked]http://accotink.org/FACC_Meetings_Link.htm has notes from prior meetings

Past events (188)

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