Eagles, Ponies, Reptiles, Great Blue Herons - And A Ribbon Cutting


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

April 19, 2005

 

Eagles, Ponies, Reptiles, Great Blue Herons -
And A Ribbon Cutting

On Saturday, April 23, Mason Neck State Park is the place to be for a special day-long celebration of environmental stewardship. Fairfax County, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Mason Neck State Park and the Elizabeth Hartwell Foundation have joined forces to offer a day of celebration and fun for families and lovers of the outdoors. Mason Neck State Park is located at 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. All of the events and activities are free and open to the public.

One of the highlights of the celebration will be a ceremony at 11 a.m. to officially open the High Point Trail and Segment III of the Mason Neck Trail. In addition to the ribbon cutting to open the trails, the ceremony will also feature the presentation of the Virginia Youth Conservation Corps Grant and the presentation of the prizes for the David Klinghard 5K Run/Walk.

The High Point Trail is three miles long and is located along High Point Road, traversing Gunston Hall, Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge and Mason Neck State Park. The trail allows visitors using the Gunston Road Trail to easily connect to the National Wildlife Refuge and Mason Neck State Park.

Segment III of the Mason Neck Trail is approximately one mile long, located between the southern portion of the Pohick Bay Regional Park and Mason Neck State Park. The trail allows pedestrians and bicyclists to safely travel between Pohick Bay Regional Park, Gunston Hall Plantation and Mason Neck State Park.

In addition to the ceremony, the Elizabeth Hartwell Eagle Festival features the 5K Run/Walk, which begins at 7:30 a.m., and canoe tours, hayrides and trips to the great blue heron rookery, which begin at 9 a.m. All other events, including pony rides, a reptile show, a nature hike, a magic show and bluegrass music, begin at noon. The foundation, which sponsors this annual event in partnership with the state park, was established in honor of Liz Hartwell, an environmental activist who was the driving force behind the creation of much of the Mason Neck public lands, including Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, the first federal refuge established for the bald eagle.

A complete schedule of events is provided below. For more information about the ceremony, call the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935. For more information about the festival, call the Elizabeth Hartwell Foundation at 703-765-2562, TTY 711.

7:30 a.m. Third Annual David Klinghard 5K Walk/Run
9 a.m. Canoe tour begins
9 – 11 a.m. Hayrides and trips to the Great Blue Heron Rookery
11 a.m. The Mason Neck Trail Segment III and High Point Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and the Elizabeth Hartwell Foundation 2005 Awards Presentation
Noon – 5 p.m. Environmental Education Stations
Food and drinks available for purchase
Hayrides, pony rides and biking on the new trail
Noon Reptiles Alive! show
12:30 p.m. Raptor Conservancy of Virginia – Owls and Hawks
1 p.m.

Under the Sea – Interpretive Sea Creature Program

Canoe tour begins

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Music – Skystone Bluegrass Band
2 p.m. Reptiles Alive! show
2:30 p.m. Raptor Conservancy of Virginia – Owls and Hawks
3 p.m.

Children’s Magic Show

Canoe tour begins

4 p.m. Reptiles Alive! show
FAIRFAX COUNTY IS COMMITTED TO A POLICY OF NONDISCRIMINATION IN ALL COUNTY PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES AND WILL PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS UPON REQUEST. TO REQUEST SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS, CALL 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935. PLEASE ALLOW FIVE WORKING DAYS IN ADVANCE OF EVENTS IN ORDER TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS.

 


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