Hunter Mill District Encourages Kids to Hang with Nature on April 20


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April 16, 2008

Hunter Mill District Encourages
Kids to Hang with Nature on April 20

The Hunter Mill District Supervisor’s Office is partnering with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority to present “Hangin’ with Nature…Just for Kids” on Sunday, April 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna.

The free event encourages children to get outside and spend the day off the couch. Kids can explore the park; plant vegetables; create art; dance to live music; visit with reptiles and birds of prey; and learn about saving energy and ways to get around without a car, including using county sidewalks and trails.

The afternoon also is part of the Cool Hunter Mill District initiative, in cooperation with the county’s Cool Counties program.

“Although Fairfax County is committed in many ways to meet the greenhouse emission reduction goal, we realize that the solution is not only with government,” said Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine Hudgins. “Each of us can and must do our part to protect the environment.”

The Cool Hunter Mill District initiative will be introduced on April 19, from 1 to 5 p.m., at an Earth Day event sponsored by the Reston Association at the Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston. The rain date is April 20.

Fairfax County is one of the founding members of the national Cool Counties initiative, which was launched in July 2007 in partnership with the Sierra Club, to reduce local government emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Since 2003, the board has implemented close to $7 million worth of projects and programs to address air quality and global climate change.

The Hangin’ with Nature event will be canceled in the event of heavy rain. For more information, call the Hunter Mill District Office at 703-478-0283, TTY 711.

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