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Flagship Project

Nature House at the Walker Nature Center

Friends of Reston led the capital campaign to build Nature House at the Walker Nature Center. This year-round environmental education building was gifted to Reston Association in November of 2009. FOR raised over $1.5M for the design and construction of the building, which is a model of sustainable design and green construction. Nature House received LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used by community groups and individuals. Friends of Reston continues to support facility enhancements, environmental education programs and natural resource projects at the 72-acre Nature Center, located at 11450 Glade Drive.

Current Projects


Summer School and Pool 

A partnership between Terraset Elementary, FCPS, Reston Association, and Friends of Reston which provides an opportunity for rising K-7 students in the SOAR and Young Scholars summer program to learn to swim. The project was created in 2022 by a Terraset teacher and in 2023 the group was expanded to include students from Dogwood Elementary, allowing 80 students to bolster their skills and confidence in the water. 



Reston Icon Project

Friends of Reston, Reston Association, Public Art Reston, and community partners are coming together to create a visible, local symbol memorialized in uniquely decorated sculptures. After community wide voting initiative in May 2023 the fox, created by Reston artist Tracie Griffith Tso, was chosen. This icon will become a feature of the community, an indelible part of Reston’s public art collection and whimsical reflection of Reston’s environmental ethos. To be offered for purchase by local businesses, corporations, and residents to display, we envision these icons popping up around town and drawing positive attention while gaining a loyal following.  Stay tuned for updates! 

Camp Scholarships


Our second largest project continues to be support of the RA Camp Scholarship program. Since our inception in 1999, we have raised more than $100,000 to help children attend RA Camps whose families could not afford the tuition, transportation and tee shirts. Camp is not only a way to add fun to a young person's summer but also a place where children learn new skills, create lasting memories, make new friends, and interact with positive role models. Special thanks to our top scholarship donor--the realtors of Long & Foster. We urge everyone in the community to make a donation to this cause.

Tennis Scholarships


Help Everyone Access Reston Tennis (HEART) is the motto of the Reston Tennis scholarship program that teaches children ages 5-17 the skills they need to enjoy this healthy lifelong sport and be a positive team player. In addition to developing their athletic skills that can lead to to tournament play and college scholarships, the tennis environment fosters cooperation, integrity, self-reliance, self-esteem and social skills valuable on and off the court. Thanks to everyone who participates in the Rally for a Cause Tournament and contributes to this important program.


Water Safety Scholarships

Learning to swim is a valuable life skill but not all families can afford lessons for their children. Friends of Reston accepts donations in any amount to this fund. Scholarship recipients can also use funds for Lifeguard Certification training, helping to keep all patrons safe while at the Reston pools. 



Over a twenty year span, generous residents supported our park improvement project to install more than 70 benches at scenic locations on RA property and recreational areas such as tennis courts and playgrounds. Over $70,000 was raised for this program. Many of the benches have memorial or commemorative plaques and Friends continues to fund the repair and replacement of the existing benches. After a 5 year hiatus, FOR and RA have reinvigorated the program and will offer over 80 additional commemorative benches beginning in Fall 2023. If you are interested in purchasing a commemorative bench, please contact

Reston Recycles: Adopt-A-Bin

Many of the RA recreation facilities around Reston are in need of recycling bins. The EPA estimates that 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it. Donating to our recycling program is one way to help. You can Adopt-A-Recycling Bin by making a $1,000 donation or donate in a lesser amount. Read more...

Stream Restoration and Monitoring


Friends of Reston helped to create the partnership between Reston Association, Wetland Studies and Solutions and the Northern Virginia Stream Mitigation Bank to restore degraded streams throughout Reston.


Each fall, Friends of Reston provides funding received from the Chesapeake Bay License Fund to support stream monitoring by teams of scientists, educators and students from South Lakes High School led by RA's Environmental Resources and Education staff. FOR also connects with the Virginia Save our Streams program to equip Reston stream monitors.

Past Projects

Reston's Tree Fund and Arbor Day Celebration

Donors can contribute to Reston's Tree Fund in any amount. Trees are planted in habitat restoration projects throughout the community. More than 300 trees have been planted in natural areas with the over $12,000 raised for this program.


Reston is a Tree City USA, certified by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Each spring, with funds from the Virginia Department of Forestry, Friends of Reston donates trees for an annual Arbor Day celebration with RA staff and volunteers. For Reston's 50th anniversary in 2014, 50 commemorative trees were planted.

Cedar Ridge Community Garden


When residents of Cedar Ridge Apartments wanted to maintain a vegetable garden but did not have the space or the financial resources to do it, the community pulled together to help. Reston Association agreed to locate the garden on its property. Friends of Reston funded a 10-ft. fence to protect the garden from deer and potential theft or vandalism. Sustainable Reston taught residents about foods that grow well in Reston. Reston Interfaith continues to organize residents and coordinate water access.

Helping Homes


Helping Homes assisted eligible elderly, disabled or financially challenged homeowners with exterior home repairs. The program brought contractors, arborists, retailers, RA staff and volunteers together to help our neighbors in need and maintain Reston neighborhoods. Thanks to the following participating companies: American Cowboy Roofing, Bartlett Tree Experts, HB Services, Jaxx Built, Lowe's Home Improvement, and Synergy Design & Construction.

NeighborWoods Month


Reston has celebrated National NeighborWoods Month, a campaign of the Alliance for Community Trees. Volunteers take action by planting and caring for the trees which make our community healthy and beautiful.

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