Operation EarthWatch

Operation EarthWatch is a voluntary, at-home program. Prompted by montly Activity Sheets, children run experiments, observe nature, participate in community events, and promote environmental action through action and art.

Operation EarthWatch is an environmental learning and action program for elementary school students at Mt. Daniel, Thomas Jefferson, and St. James, in, the City of Falls Church, VA. All Activity Sheets are public.

runs from October through March. During these 6 months, your child will perform activities that demonstrate Earth stewardship by reducing, recycling, and reuse, waste reduction, energy conservation, nature care, and water conservation. Students are welcome to participate at any time during the school year. If a student takes part for all 6 months, s/he will receive an Operation EarthWatch T-shirt and may march with us in the Memorial Day parade.

Students who participate fully from K-5 at Mt. Daniel, Thomas Jefferson, or St. James will have their names placed on a plaque sponsored by the Lions Club and displayed publicly.

Civic organizations and businesses in the City sponsor the purchase of our T-shirts!

Fun Facts:

  • 4100+ students have participated in the past 26 years!
  • This is a locally-developed, uniquely Falls Church program.
  • It is supported by local organizations, businesses, and volunteers.
  • In 2018 an EarthWatcher convinced the T.J. Aftercare to have a waste-free day!
  • Many former participants continue with environmental and civic action.
  • Several of our sponsors have been with us from the start!
  • We are looking for new volunteers. Can you help?