Operation EarthWatch

Operation EarthWatch is a voluntary at-home program for elementary students. Children run experiments, observe nature, participate in community events, do research, and promote environmental action through activities and art. The program features monthly Activity Sheets.  New this year: Emailed communications and an online option to submit completed sheets!

Operation EarthWatch is an environmental action program for City of Falls Church elementary school students at Mt. Daniel, Thomas Jefferson, and St. James. The program is organized by the Education Task Group of the Environmental Sustainability Council of the City of Falls Church and was established in 1993. About 200 children participate in the program each year.

Participation runs from October through March. During these months, your child will perform activities that demonstrate Earth stewardship by 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 six months, s/he will receive an Operation EarthWatch T-shirt and have the option of marching with us in the Memorial Day parade.
Students who participate for K-5 at Mt. Daniel and Thomas Jefferson, or K-6 at St. James, will have their names placed on a plaque sponsored by the Lions Club and displayed at their school.

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

Fun Facts:

  • 4000+ students have participated in the past 25 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 12 sponsors have been with us from the start!
  • We are looking for new volunteers and a nonprofit fiscal sponsor. Can you help?