Find a Cleanup Near You!

Join Friends of Holmes Run as we clean up our watershed from the headwaters to the Potomac River. Each spring,  we support multiple site cleanups along Holmes Run in coordination with local site leaders and community groups. Interested in scheduling a cleanup at another time of year? Contact friendsofholmesrun@gmail.org for assistance.

. Please check this page frequently for the most up-to-date information. Unless otherwise noted, all cleanups are public and all ages (with parent oversight for children under 12).  Gloves and bags will be provided. All local requirements for Covid safety will be observed.

Sat., Apr. 1, 2023

10 AM - 1 PM

Sponsored by Broyhill Park Civic Assocaition. Neighborhood residents only.

Thu., Apr. 13, 2023

4-6 PM

6315 Bren Mar Dr., Alexandria, VA. Sponsored by Furnace Record Pressing at their office park. Meet at the back of the parking lot. All welcome! Site leader: Thao Nguyen.

Sat., Apr. 15, 2023


New Providence Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042. Sponsored by Lakeford Community Assn. Help clean up the lake and

surrounding resource protected area. Meet at the tennis courts. RSVP: site leader Bill Smith.

9:30 - noon

3316 Hartwell Ct., Falls Church, VA 22042. Sponsored by Holmes Run Acres and Raymondale civic associations. Meet at basketball court. Rain date: 4/16. Site leaders: Keith P. and Liza Beatriz P.

9AM - noon

Meet at park entrance at North Chambliss St. and Holmes Run Pkwy, Alexandria, VA 22311. Sponsored by Friends of Dora Kelley Nature Park and Seminary West Civic Association.  Rain date: 4/16. For more information, contact Dave D

Sat., Apr. 22, 2023


Jefferson District Park, 7900 Lee Hwy Falls Church, Meet at the Park maintenance building, to the southwest of tennis courts. Rain date: Apr. 23. RSVP: site leader Joe Knecht knechtjoe@yahoo.com   


Multiple cleanup sites, including Benjamin Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr., Alexandria, VA 22304.

Preregistration suggested for groups at this link.


6179-6211 block of Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. Directions from Fairfax Inova Campus: Take Gallows Rd south for about 2 miles. Take a left onto eastbound Columbia Pike. Go about 2.5 miles and look for the service driveway, which is a sharp right 0.4 miles past Aqua Terrace, and just before Powell Lane. Carpooling recommended. Note: all stream crossings are fairweather stepping stones (no footbridges)

9-11 AM

Sponsored by Sleepy Hollow Citizens Association. Neighborhood residents only. Contact: Susan  at bmail2020@gmail.com

Fri., May 5, 2023

9:30 - 11 AM

7525 Marc Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042. Sponsored by FCPA and Nature Conservancy. To register, visit this link.

Sat., May 6, 2023

10:30 AM-12:30pm

Meet at trailhead at Slade Run Dr. & Rose Lane, Falls Church, VA 22042. Sponsored by Holmes Run Valley Citizens Association. Site leader: Debbie R. 

Sat., May 20, 2023


Woodrow Wilson Library, 6101 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042. Friends of Holmes Run and other local groups. Help clear the neighborhood sidewalks, public areas and streets of litter before it can enter the storm drains. For more information, contact friendsofholmesrun@gmail.com

Volunteer for a Cleanup

Your watershed needs you!  

Most trash in our streams started out as litter in streets, trails, sidewalks and parking lots. Wind and rain sweep the litter into storm drains, which feed into the creeks.   

Volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately for walking in the woods, with long sleeves, long pants, and sturdy footwear.  If you have them, wading gear, grab sticks, and rakes also help, since much of the trash is in the water.  We will supply bags and gloves.

Although it is not always necessary to pre-register as a volunteer, we appreciate advance notice when possible, to ensure adequate supplies. Contact the site leader directly, indicate how many volunteers you will be bringing, and if you are an FCPS student seeking service hours. Questions? Contact: friendsofholmesrun@gmail.com 

Host a Cleanup Site

Know of another site along Holmes Run watershed that could really use some litter control? Consider organizing a site cleanup! 

Site Leaders receive support from Friends of Holmes Run and Fairfax County Park Authority, with optional assistance from Alice Ferguson Foundation. We can help you obtain any necessary permissions, volunteers, training and free supplies. 

Contact friendsofholmesrun@gmail.com to get started. 

Trash removed from a cleanup. 

Friends of Holmes Run clean-ups are offered in April as part of the regional Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup. Find out more HERE.