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:
In 2015, the Herndon Environmental Network:
2014 was a busy year for us! With your help, the Herndon Environmental Network:
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:
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...
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