Natural Habitat Recovers at Sunrise Valley ES

School News
September 19, 2018

pupa on plantSometimes it takes a village to make a lasting impact for future generations.  In the case of Sunrise Valley Elementary, it took a combined effort from FCPS Design and Construction, parents, neighbors, volunteers, and the Reston Association to reimagine a berm at the front of the school. When the school’s long-anticipated (now completed) renovation was planned, technical requirements from the Virginia Department of Transportation required a significant number of trees to be removed from the front of the school to ensure that drivers of buses and cars had an unimpeded line of sight for the safety of walkers and drivers.  Led by Design and Construction, neighbors, volunteers, and the Reston Association worked together to return the area to a natural habitat.  FCPS partnered with two firms-- Earth Sangha and Elisa Meara of Native Plant Landscape Design Corp—to design and build out the berm with native plants. The area is now a natural habitat for birds, butterflies, other animals, and native plants that is maintained by the school. Students also gained a paved walking path that runs from an adjacent neighborhood, winding through the woods, as part of the renovation.  Contact principal Kevin West at