Some 1,000 native plant species occur naturally within 50 miles of the Washington Monument, but even within our parks, native plants are under siege by invasive alien plants, storm water runoff, and a host of other pressures. Earth Sangha (“sangha” means “community”) maintains a Wild Plant Nursery, with over 320 native species in propagation (all grown from locally collected seeds), providing the most comprehensive selection of native plant material in the region. Its restoration work – primarily invasive alien plant control and native plant re-vegetation – reaches 10 field sites a year and includes stream-buffer, forest, and meadow restoration. The School Greening program supplies native plants for gardening projects at 40 local schools per year. Most of us cannot name the plants we see daily or recognize an eroding stream bank. That disconnection – between our lives and our landscape – is something Earth Sangha works to repair.

Awards & Recognition

Fairfax County Land Conservation Award for Tree Conservation (2005)
Fairfax County Park Authority Elly Doyle Award for Service to the Parks (2005)
Virginia Recreation and Park Society Volunteer Award (2006)
St. John's Community Services Partner Award (2007)
Fairfax County Environmental Excellence Award for Organizations (2009)
George Mason University's New Century College award for Outstanding Community Partner (Oct. 2010)
Guidestar Exchange Gold Level (Nov. 2014)

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    • $1 million to $3 million
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    • The current budget for Earth Sangha is: Less than $500k

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