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The First Tee

Treetop Adventure Course to Open at South Run Park

Swing into action this spring at Fairfax Countyís new zip line and high ropes course near South Run RECenter in Springfield. The new Go Ape adventure course opens to the public on May 5 and gives you a fully immersive outdoor activity with a thrilling view of the parkís forest canopy!

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The First Tee

Tee Up at Burke Lake Golf Center's New Range

Golfers will feel right at home on this range Ė the newest amenity at Burke Lake Golf Center. The new 64-station, doubledecker driving range opened April 15. Players could hardly wait to get in some practice time at the new facility.

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Rare Wildlife Returns to
Huntley Meadows

New Programs Bring the Final Frontier Down to Earth

Peer into the night sky through one of three, powerful telescopes at Observatory Park at Turner Farm in Great Falls, and embark on an amazing journey into our solar system. From the moon to the stars to meteors and more, youíll be amazed at the places you can explore from the roll top observatory.

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Stride Right with a
Spring Hike

Sail into Summer with Parks

From water fun to adventure to camps, golf and more, there are so many ways to play in parks; you could schedule a different activity for every day of summer!

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Stride Right with a
Spring Hike

Explore Summer Fun on the Discovery Trail

Just in time for Fairfax Countyís 275th birthday, the Park Authorityís Discovery Trial Map reveals milestone moments in the history of 12 distinctive, Fairfax County parks! This year, both adults and children are encouraged to pick up a map and chart the course to discover each parkís unique features.

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Celebrate Fairfax

Savor the Taste of Summer at Farmers Markets

Bring out the flavor of summer with a juicy peach or a tangy tomato from your nearest Fairfax County farmers market. Each year from May to December, local farmers markets come to life with a feast for the senses, from the vibrant colors of freshly picked fruits and vegetables to the aroma of freshly baked bread and pastries and the fragrant perfume of cut flowers.

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Fifty Plus

50+ Connect, Engage, Play

Our 50+ page is a one-stop-shop for activities and experiences in County parks specifically geared toward contemporary 50-somethings.

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Saturday, April 1

Woodland Wildlife Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) In groups of 10, enjoy an easy walk at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to meet costumed woodland characters along the half-mile, non-paved woodland trail for an entertaining look at how different animals raise their young. Collect 10 eggs with non-candy treats. See live frog eggs and meet some spring critters. Register for the 30-minute sessions at 3 or 3:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Kayak the Marsh at Lake Accotink Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) Paddle Lake Accotink's tranquil waters with a naturalist guide for an early morning view of wildlife from 8 to 10 a.m. Glide past bald eagle nests. No previous experience is required. A single-seat kayak and life preserver are provided. Boaters younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. The cost is $30 per person. This program will be canceled in the event of rain or unfavorable water levels. For more information, call 703-569-0285

Where the Wild Medicine Grows Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Take a walk back in time at Frying Pan Farm Park as we search for plants that Civil War soldiers and civilians used to survive through scarce times and learn how they were put to medicinal use. The program from 4 to 5 p.m. includes a guided hike around the Frying Pan Meeting House. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Please dress for the weather. For more information about this program, call 703-437-9101.

Japanese Plum Wine Tasting Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(21 yrs.+) Explore the fusion of liqueur and fruit that is umeshu or Japanese plum wine. Sample a range of these versatile liqueurs and learn about their place in Japanese culture, their health benefits, and how to make your own. Enjoy delicious accompaniments. This program from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Historic Green Spring costs $38. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Spring Four Ball Tournament
(8-Adult) Teams of two compete in a nine-hole, four-ball, stroke-play tournament (better ball) at Jefferson District Golf Course, beginning at 1 p.m.† The cost per team is $75.† Registration is underway. The fees are due at time of registration and include lunch and prizes.†The rain date is April 8. For more information on the tournament, call 703-573-0444.

Vernal Pools Sketch Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12- Adult) Our vernal pools come alive with an awakening noise this time of year as frog and salamander larva mature and join the adults. Learn all about Huntley Meadows Parkís vernal pool habitats and visit a vernal pool to draw its inhabitants. This program from 10 a.m. to noon costs $8 per person. Meet at the South Kings Highway entrance. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Beavers - Wetland Builders! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-15 yrs.) Come to Huntley Meadows Park to learn about the largest rodent in North America and touch real beaver feet, fur and bones. Find out how the wetland first formed, and then go for a walk to try to catch a glimpse of a live beaver. The program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. costs $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Family Fun: Asian Brush Painting Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Celebrate the blooming of the cherry trees and Japanese culture with Asian sumi-e brush painting for kids and parents at Green Spring Gardens. Learn about the materials and brush strokes used in this beautiful art style, and take home your own brush-painting masterpiece. Art materials are provided. The class from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more call 703-642-5173.

Kite Fun Day at the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-10 yrs.) Make and decorate a kite, and then watch it soar during kite-flying activities at Frying Pan Farm Park from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are required. The cost is $10 per child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Sunday, April 2

Animal Scientists Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Drop off your child for animal adventure and fun at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Whether hiking the forest, examining pond creatures, or meeting exhibit animals, children investigate and discover first-hand animal biology, adaptation, habitats and roles in the larger ecosystem. This monthly program runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per child. Topics vary. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Geocaching Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Students learn to use hand held GPS units to locate hidden treasure caches within Burke Lake Park from 9 to 11 a.m. After learning how to enter latitude and longitude coordinates into a GPS unit, students follow the coordinates to find a hidden object, container or unique geological feature. The cost is $22 per person. Bring your own GPS; a limited number will be available to borrow from the instructor at class. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Orienteering Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Orienteering is the sport of navigation with map and compass. Itís easy to learn, but always challenging. Participants in this workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Burke Lake Park will learn how to use a compass, read a topographic map and navigate orienteering courses. The cost is $15 per person. A compass is required. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Monday, April 3

Little Acorns- Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration, weather permitting. The topics are: 4/3-Signs of Spring; 4/17-Frogs, Toads and Salamanders; 4/24-Birdís Nests and Eggs. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcomed. Call 703-941-1065.

Little Hands on the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn all about farm animals and farm chores, and enjoy a story, craft or game. Sessions for two- and three-year-olds run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sessions for three- to five-year-olds run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Pre-paid reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Pohick Rangers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-12 yrs.) Be part of another great season with Hidden Pondís longest-running program, Pohick Rangers. We discuss a wide range of topics including wetland diversity, forest ecosystems, nocturnal wildlife, cultural history, insects and more. Class meets every other week from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for eight classes. The cost of the series is $108. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Pohick Rangers Junior Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-8 yrs.) This program at Hidden Pond Nature Center focuses on some of the same topics as the program for older students, but it takes an age-appropriate approach with more story- and craft-related activities to enhance outdoor exploration. Class meets every other week from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for eight classes. The cost of the series is $108. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed activities while you meet other playgroup parents one Monday each month at Green Spring Gardens. A staff member is on hand to put out nature sensory bins, direct games and activities or lead a garden walk. The topic in April is ďSpring is Here.Ē The playgroup from 10 to 11:30 a.m. costs $6 per child. Call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, April 4

Bluebells and Bloodroots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Learn to identify beautiful spring ephemerals at Scottís Run Nature Preserve, and discover the folklore that has grown up around them as we walk from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program costs $8 per person, and it will be canceled if it rains. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Wednesday, April 5

History Tots-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore history through sight, sound, smell and touch. Programs include indoor and outdoor activities. The topic in April is Textiles. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. An adult must participate. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, April 6

Homeschool at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This five-part program at Hidden Pond Nature Center is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series. Topics include, pond study, geology, fishing, reptiles, stream study, nocturnal wildlife and tracking. Classes meet 1 to 2:30 p.m. Additional meeting dates will be provided at the first session. The cost of each class is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) This family program at Frying Pan Farm Park goes behind the scenes to help farmers with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary. The program from 4 to 5 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, April 7

Bluebells and Bloodroots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Learn to identify Riverbend Parkís beautiful spring ephemerals, and discover the folklore that has grown up around them as we walk along the banks of the Potomac River. This program from 10 a.m. to noon costs $8 per person, and it will be canceled if it rains. Meet at the visitor center. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Survival Skills Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond. Learn about shelter building, distinguishing edible vs. poisonous plants, and other ďdangersĒ of the wild. The program from 6 to 7 p.m. costs $7 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Habitat for Native Bees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Native bees are under threat from habitat loss, pesticides and climate change. Let Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens show you how to nurture bees in your garden by growing the variety of plants that support them. The program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Amphibian Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Gather around a campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to learn about our native amphibians from 7 to 8 p.m. See some animals first-hand and talk about their habits and habitats. Make símores around the campfire. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Sounds of the Night Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Night sounds fill our ears with delight. Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn to identify nocturnal animal calls and enjoy stories of local denizens. The program from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Campfire Fridays Predators of the Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Gather Ďround at Hidden Pond Nature Center for a campfire, símores, animals and so much more. Each night in the monthly program features a different topic as we visit different areas of the park. Campfire programs run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person for each program. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Starlight Compass Night Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Before GPS, travelers used the stars to guide their way. Find out what celestial navigation is, learn some of its history, and try it out in an exploratory activity around Frying Pan Farm Park. Finish with a short hike to look at the stars. The program from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Please dress for the weather. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Saturday, April 8

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-8 yrs.) Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting Dinoland in Nature Playce. Make a dino craft. The 45-minute programs begin at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. on weekend days. Friday sessions begin at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. These events will be canceled in the event of rain. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Easter Egg Hunt at SullyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-8 yrs.) Bring your basket and hunt for Easter eggs at Sully Historic Site. Join the egg roll, visit baby animals, see the Easter Bunny and make an Easter craft from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Register for hunt times at 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-437-1794.

Easter Egg Hunt at Colvin Run Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-8 yrs.) Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures on the grounds of Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Before the hunt, make egg-cellent crafts to take home. The 45-minute programs for two- and three-year-olds begin at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The program for children age four and five begins at 10:45 a.m. The program for children age six to eight begins at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Bring your own basket. The hunt goes on rain or shine. Call 703-759-2771.

Easter Eggstravaganza Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-6 yrs.) Hunt for eggs that contain treats and prizes and visit animals outdoors at the Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center. The 45-minute programs for children age one to four begin at 10 and 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. Programs for children age one to six begin at 2 and 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. A weather decision will be made by 8 a.m., and the make-up date would be Sunday, April 9 at the same hunt times. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Easter Eggstravaganza Wagon Rides Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Coming to Frying Pan Farm Park for the Easter-Eggstravaganza? Add a wagon ride for $2 per person for ages two and older. We will go on a special ride around the crop fields and then drop off back at the Visitor Center. Come early before your egg hunt or stay a bit for this exclusive wagon tour. Register for rides on the half-hour and hour from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date is April 9 at the same times. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Easter Egg Hunt at Clemyjontri Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-10 yrs.) Enjoy Easter fun including egg hunts, crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny and more at Clemyjontri Park. Egg hunts are split by age and run every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $7 per person. Add a carousel ride for $2 per child. Visit with the Easter Bunny before or after your hunt. The rain date is Saturday, April 15 at the same times. For more information about the hunt, call 703-288-2807.

Seasonal Opening of Green Springís Garden Gate Plant Shop
Celebrate spring with the opening of the Garden Gate Plant Shop at Green Spring Gardens. Choose from the latest selection of plants: shrubs, native plants, wildflowers, ornamental grasses and unusual perennials and annuals. The Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) receive 10 percent off in the plant shop. Green Spring Master Gardeners are available to answer gardening questions in the morning. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Program: Rock Gardens 101 Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Green Spring Gardens is home to a showcase rock garden that is in its prime in spring. Horticulturalist Judy Zatsick shows you the essential elements of beautiful rock gardens, both large and small, and explains how you can get started creating one of your very own. Learn to make a xeric soil mix, how to select plants and bulbs that grow with minimal care, and see how to plant a hypertufa trough. Your own rock garden is just a stoneís throw away. This workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon costs $18 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Workshop: Ikebana Flower Design Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Supply Fee: Ikebana Flower Design Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Ikebana is a Japanese art of flower arrangement. Learn its rich symbolism and fundamentals from 10 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens, and take home your own arrangement. The cost is $38 for the program. Materials are provided with a $25 supply fee to be paid ahead of time. Please register for both program and supply fee. Call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a wagon ride through the woods and along the Potomac River while learning about Riverbend Parkís wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. This event from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about the ride, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, April 9

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-8 yrs.) Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting Dinoland in Nature Playce. Make a dino craft. The 45-minute programs begin at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. on weekend days. Friday sessions begin at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. These events will be canceled in the event of rain. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Easter Egg Hunt at SullyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-8 yrs.) Bring your basket and hunt for Easter eggs at Sully Historic Site. Join the egg roll, visit baby animals, see the Easter Bunny and make an Easter craft from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Register for hunt times at 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-437-1794.

To Wit: The History of Humor
(Adults) Take an amusing tour through the ages and Historic Green Spring to explore the history of humor and laughter. From the knee-slappers of Ancient Rome to political satire past and present, discover the cultural significance of humor and what comedy tells us about life and attitudes of the past. A traditional English tea follows. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $32 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Monday, April 10

History for Small Fries Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-5 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Sully Historic Site for a story and craft to discover how things were in the olden days. Through their senses, children can experience how different things smelled, looked or worked. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $5 per child. Call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, April 11

Homeschool at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This five-part program at Hidden Pond Nature Center is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series. Topics include, pond study, geology, fishing, reptiles, stream study, nocturnal wildlife and tracking. Classes meet 1 to 2:30 p.m. Additional meeting dates will be provided at the first session. The cost of each class is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Letís Grow Garden Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Kids can spend a spring-break morning with gardeners at Green Spring Gardens. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, get a behind-the-scenes look at the jobs professional gardeners do and tour our greenhouses. Help plant some spring vegetables, start some flower seeds and help make the gardens look their spring best. Take some flower seeds home. The cost is $15 per child. Parents are encouraged to stay, though a drop-off option is available with day-camp paperwork. Call 703-642-5173.

Wednesday, April 12

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at the Nature Center at Riverbend Park and take a wagon ride through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Poohís story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Thursday, April 13

Bluebells and Bloodroots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Learn to identify beautiful spring ephemerals at Scottís Run Nature Preserve, and discover the folklore that has grown up around them as we walk from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program costs $8 per person, and it will be canceled if it rains. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Friday, April 14

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-8 yrs.) Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting Dinoland in Nature Playce. Make a dino craft. The 45-minute programs begin at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. on weekend days. Friday sessions begin at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. These events will be canceled in the event of rain. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Summer Campler (Summer Camp Sampler)
(3-12 yrs.) Come to Colvin Run Mill and sample activities from noon to 3 p.m. from several of our new 2017 summer camps! Featured camps include Doll Camps and Mini Millers. This event is free. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Saturday, April 15

Riverbend Park Bluebell Festival Click to Register with Parktakes Online
See the first signs of springís arrival -- the carpet of Virginia Bluebells throughout the forest at Riverbend Park. Enjoy wildflower walks, face painting, live animals, a moon bounce, music and more. This event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children age 2 and under are free. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-8 yrs.) Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting Dinoland in Nature Playce. Make a dino craft. The 45-minute programs begin at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. on weekend days. Friday sessions begin at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. These events will be canceled in the event of rain. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Photography as Zen Art Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enhance your photographic vision and produce more meaningful images using Green Spring Gardens as inspiration. Teacher Tuan Pham incorporates Zen creative practices with photo basics to help you find beauty and capture images that reflect your true nature. Students must bring a digital camera and tripod and be able to send digital images. The program from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. costs $192 per person for four meetings. Call 703-631-0013.

Baskets & Bunnies (w/o Egg Hunt) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-Adult) Hop on down to Burke Lake Park to visit Sunny the Bunny. Take a ride on our hippity-hoppity train to catch a peek at the blossoms, take a spin on our carousel, get egg-cited for crafts and games, play a round of mini-golf, and visit some of our festive vendors. Passes are good from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are on sale for $12 through the day before the event; $16 if purchased the day of the event. Limited activity tickets will be available on event day at the park. There will be no refunds unless the event is canceled. Children younger than age 10 must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Baskets & Bunnies w/Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-7 yrs.) Enjoy all the Baskets and Bunnies events, plus an egg hunt, for $16 through the day before the event; $21 if purchased the day of the event. Children age one to four can hunt at 11 a.m., and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3 and 4 p.m. Egg hunts for ages five to seven begin at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1, 2, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt at Nottoway Park
(1-9 yrs.) Bring your own basket and hunt for candy and eggs filled with treats at Nottoway Park. Visit with the Easter Bunny before or after your hunt, and possibly win a door prize. The egg hunt for children age one and two begins at 10:30 a.m.; 11 a.m. for children age three and four; 11:30 a.m. for children age five and six; and noon for children age seven to nine. Walk-in registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the picnic shelter (cash only). The cost is $10 per child. A weather decision will be made by 8:30 a.m. This event is hosted by the Friends of Nottoway Park. For more information, call 703-324-8659.

Celebrating Walney through the Years
(All ages) Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and join the celebration of the 275th anniversary of the building of Walney and the 35th anniversary of the Walney Visitor Center. Mingle with re-enactors, meet live animals, and explore the lives of the residents of Walney farm. Play games, take a wagon ride, and try your hands at colonial crafts at this free celebration of the past and future. Purchase wagon ride tickets inside. Events run from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 703-631-0013.

Civil War Soldier Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and learn how Civil War soldiers once lived. Practice drilling with a Civil War soldier, see a musket firing demonstration, and try the hardtack soldiers commonly ate during the Civil War compared to the símores we enjoy today. This program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Backyard Bats Alive! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Meet live bats at Huntley Meadows Park and learn why they are important to the environment. Join us from 3 to 4 p.m. to celebrate National Bat Appreciation Day. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Boardwalk Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Whatís new in the night sky? Join park naturalists at Huntley Meadows Park as they take you on a tour of constellations, comets and other celestial events. This program from 8 to 10 p.m. will be canceled in the event of rain. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, April 16

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-8 yrs.) Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting Dinoland in Nature Playce. Make a dino craft. The 45-minute programs begin at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. on weekend days. Friday sessions begin at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. These events will be canceled in the event of rain. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, April 17

Bluebells and Bloodroots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Learn to identify Riverbend Parkís beautiful spring ephemerals, and discover the folklore that has grown up around them as we walk along the banks of the Potomac River. This program from 10 a.m. to noon costs $8 per person, and it will be canceled if it rains. Meet at the visitor center. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Little Acorns- Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration, weather permitting. The topics are: 4/3-Signs of Spring; 4/17-Frogs, Toads and Salamanders; 4/24-Birdís Nests and Eggs. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcomed. Call 703-941-1065.

Nature Quest-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Be part of the long-running naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer at Hidden Pond Nature Center. From field to stream and everything in between, children learn about our local animal species, hands-on and in the field from 11 a.m. to noon. Topics vary. The cost is $7 per child. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Tuesday, April 18

Teen Ranger Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-16 yrs.) Interested in working in the nature field? This series at Hidden Pond Nature Center provides hands-on experience and information about the daily activities required to maintain a nature center. Find out what it takes to care for the animals and natural areas and how to teach others about animals and environmental issues and concerns. Get administrative insights, too. Sessions run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The cost of the six-part series is $50. Call 703-451-9588.

Spring Wildflowers of Scottís Run Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) Meet at Scottís Run Nature Preserve and walk the trails in search of Dutchmanís breeches and other spring ephemerals in these rich woods. The program from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Meet in the west parking lot, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. The walk will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Animal Feeding at the Nature Center Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Help our naturalist care for and feed the nature centerís animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information about the program, call 703-451-9588.

Intro to Telescopes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) This class at Observatory Park at Turner Farm covers astronomy basics as well as how to set up and use your telescope. Course content depends on telescope type, so bring your telescope to class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information about Turner Farm programs, call 703-324-8618.

Wednesday, April 19

Homeschool Wilderness Skills Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-12 yrs.) Make fires, build shelters and learn about wild and medicinal plants as we explore how to survive in the wilderness. Hikes, games and art projects add to our adventures at Riverbend Park in this three-part series of classes from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost of the series is $51. An $8 supply fee is payable to the instructor at class. For more information about Riverbend programs, call 703-759-9018.

Nature Tots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch. Programs include indoor and outdoor activities and meet for 45 minutes. Sessions begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m. The topic in April is birds and nests. The cost is $6 per child. An adult must be able to participate with children. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and bring shoes that can get wet and muddy. We search for catch-and-release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and other creatures. The program runs from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, and all family members must register. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, April 20

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) This family program at Frying Pan Farm Park goes behind the scenes to help farmers with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary. The program from 4 to 5 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Adopt a Woodland Wiggler-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-12 yrs.) At Hidden Oaks Nature Center, naturalists train participants in proper husbandry, care and feeding of three different creatures over three months. Students receive a new animal to take home at each session and report back the next month on the successes and challenges, before taking a new animal home. Classes meet from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. The critters are: 4/20, tent caterpillars; 5/25, tobacco hornworms; 6/15, black swallowtail caterpillars. The $24 fee covers all three months. An additional $20, one-time material fee is payable at the first class. More animals will be available at programs monthly through 2017. Call 703-941-1065.

Kidís Korner-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Preschool children and their adult learn about spring at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in this monthly program from 1 to 2 p.m. The topic in April in wriggling worms. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Garden Tour and Tea
(13-Adult) Tour the glorious springtime demonstration gardens with a Master Gardener docent who inspires you with stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea at Historic Green Spring. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $32 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Homeschool at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This five-part program at Hidden Pond Nature Center is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series. Topics include, pond study, geology, fishing, reptiles, stream study, nocturnal wildlife and tracking. Classes meet 1 to 2:30 p.m. Additional meeting dates will be provided at the first session. The cost of each class is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, April 21

Survival Skills Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond. Learn about shelter building, distinguishing edible vs. poisonous plants, and other ďdangersĒ of the wild. The program from 6 to 7 p.m. costs $7 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Nature for Tiny TotsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 1/2yrs.) Children and parents learn about plants, animals, and habitats through songs, crafts and activities at Huntley Meadows Park. Topics vary. The programs from 10 to 11 a.m. cost $12 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Cover the Ground Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Cannot grow or maintain a lawn? Have excessively wet or dry areas, slopes or deep shade? Let a ground cover do the work for you. Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens introduce you to ground covers that are great for problem areas. The program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Hot Dog, Símores, Wagon Ride and Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and enjoy a turkey hot dog supper roasted over the campfire and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about the areaís local and natural history. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments, and símores. Feel free to bring your own drinks and sides. The program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult Call 703-631-0013.

Riverside Campfire - Batty about Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bats! Come to Riverbend Park to learn more about these fascinating and mysterious night-flying marvels and why they are disappearing from our skies through games and activities. Bring a toasting stick; símores are provided. Come early if youíd like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. The program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. It will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Walk the meadows and forest edges at Lake Accotink Park to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about our native bats and their habits. The cost of this program from 9 to 10 p.m. is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Saturday, April 22

Blossoms in the Park: Lake Accotink
Come to Lake Accotink Park for a naturalist-led hike to see springís awakening. Visit live animal displays, take part in games and crafts, win prizes, and experience nature at its best. Activities take place at the marina 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and itís all free! For more information, call 703-569-0285.

Native American Tribes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-14 yrs.) Join us for this new three-part program at Hidden Pond Nature Center which focuses on the tribes of the Americas. Each day focuses on a different tribe and the skills they needed to survive. We also make some of the things those tribes used, such as arrowheads. Sessions meet from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost of the series is $27 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Earth Day Celebration Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Celebrate Earth Day at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park by learning about the changing environment, composting and other green practices. End the celebration from 11 a.m. to noon by recycling household materials into fun new items. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Celebrate Earth Day with Outdoor Play Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Celebrate Earth Day at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with a guided nature walk, family scavenger hunt and a craft from recycled products. Learn about the advantages of daily outdoor play for all ages. This free program runs from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Garden Program: Spring-Blooming Natives Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Virginia is glorious in spring when native perennials and wildflowers come into bloom. Join horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol on a walk at Green Spring Gardens to discuss native spring-bloomers that will suit your garden growing conditions so you, too, can have the glory of a native Virginia spring in your yard. This program from 10:30 a.m. to noon costs $18 per person. Dress for the weather. Call 703-642-5173.

Garden Program: New vs. Classic Plants Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Overwhelmed by how many plant choices there are at a nursery? Plantsman and author David Culp cuts through the hype and reduces the confusion with a clear look at what is new, what is unusual and what remains steadfast in the world of perennial plants. You will leave this program at Green Spring Gardens with a solid list of foundation plants, as well as great ideas for tomorrowís perennial stars. The session from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $22 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Centreville Treasures Transcribe-a-Thon
(12-Adult) Help tell the story of our communityís history as Ellanor C. Lawrence Park hosts its first transcribe-a-thon in partnership with Centreville Regional Library. Participants will try their hand at reading 19th-century documents related to the Machen family who lived at Walney and helping park staff transcribe these documents. This free event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but transcribers may drop in and out at any time. Light refreshments will be served. A limited number of laptops will be available, but participants are invited to bring their own. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Junior/Parent Tournament
(7-Adult) Teams of two players compete in an 18-hole, scramble format at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be closest-to-the-pin contests and prizes for teams placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in two age divisions: Adult/Jr. 7-12; Adult/Jr. 13-17. Registration begins April 8 and is limited to the first 48 teams. The cost is $65 per team, and fees are due at time of registration. The fee includes lunch. The rain date is April 29. For more tournament information, call 703-323-1641.

Animal Pajama Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Put on your pajamas and come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the centerís live animals. Bring your favorite stuffed animal with you. The 45-minute program begins at 7 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Build Your own Bat House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Bats help eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants, but they are having a hard time. Help these important animals thrive by building a bat house at Riverbend Park to hang in your yard. The two-hour program begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $8 per person, and everyone must register. A $15 fee per bat house will be collected on the day of the program. Call 703-759-9018.

Snake and Turtle Feeding Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by our animal caretaker staff at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed during this program from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Lake Accotink Wildflower Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Join naturalist Clara Ailes at Lake Accotink Park for a leisurely walk along Accotink Creek in search of bluebells, dwarf ginseng, showy orchids and other spring wildflowers from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Meet at the close end of the first large parking lot on the left, off Lake Accotink Access Road, which is off Highland Avenue. The cost is $6 per person. Children younger than 12 may attend for free with a registered adult. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Campfire Flix Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Tired of seeing the same old flicks at the movies? Want to see a unique film? Then come to Hidden Pond Nature Center and watch original shows scripted by our own staff while you enjoy a campfire and símores. The flix from 8 to 9 p.m. cost $6 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join naturalist P.J. Dunn at Huntley Meadows Park to hike the trails after dark as you look and listen for owls, beavers and other night animals. The two-hour program begins at 7:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must come with a registered adult Call 703-759-9018.

Homemade Bird Feeders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bring your empty milk jugs and/or two-liter soda bottles to Riverbend Park to make bird feeders. We discuss tips for feeding birds and learn to identify common birds that visit home bird feeders. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars to this program from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Astronomy Boat tour with Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Enjoy a night out on our tour boat at Burke Lake Park and learn about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you and will have a telescope for you to try out. The program from 8 to 10 p.m. concludes with a campfire. Símores are provided; hot dogs are welcome. The cost is $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600.

Sunday, April 23

Walney History Dog Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) We have many animals at Walney Visitor Center today, but did you know the past residents of Walney kept animals? In this guided hike, participants and their pets walk the Historic Loop and then from Walney to Middlegate while learning about the animals that once lived on the grounds of what is now Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Participants (and their dogs) must be able to walk a half-mile. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Civil War Life at Frying Pan Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Follow in the footsteps of real Civil War soldiers stationed on the grounds of what is now Frying Pan Farm Park. Learn about the parkís wartime experiences as you practice drills, build a camp and apply first aid from 2 to 3 p.m. Will your soldier make it home? The program cost is $7 per person. Meet at the Frying Pan Meeting House. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Birding for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Interested in birding? We can get you started. Come to Huntley Meadows Park to learn about the parkís birds and gain some basic identification skills. The program from 8 to 11 a.m. starts with an indoor discussion. The cost is $10 per person. Children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about birding at Huntley, call 703-768-2525.

Birding by Kayak Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) Enjoy a naturalist-led birding trip by kayak at Lake Accotink Park. Lake Accotink is home to more than 130 bird species and features many unique habitats. See how these small vessels can provide a closer look into the bird world. Travel in one-person or two-person kayaks from 8 to 10 a.m. The cost is $15 per person for a tandem kayak and $20 for a single kayak. Each person must register. For more information about Lake Accotink programs, call 703-569-3464.

Monday, April 24

Little Acorns- Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration, weather permitting. The topics are: 4/3-Signs of Spring; 4/17-Frogs, Toads and Salamanders; 4/24-Birdís Nests and Eggs. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcomed. Call 703-941-1065.

Little Hands on the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn all about farm animals and farm chores, and enjoy a story, craft or game. Sessions for two- and three-year-olds run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sessions for three- to five-year-olds run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Pre-paid reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Jr. Naturalist Explorers Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-12 yrs.) Join us for naturalist-guided nature walks and discover the wildlife that live in the forest, wetland, and meadows of Huntley Meadows Park. We go out in sun, clouds, or rain from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Tuesday, April 25

Family Trivia Tuesdays Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Join us at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for family fun, pizza and friendly competition at Cabellís Mill to see who will become the Ellanor C. Lawrence trivia champion. The topic is American history until 1865. Register as an individual for $7 or in groups of four for $22. Trivia time is 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Scottís Run Nature Preserve Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Take a three-mile, naturalist-led hike in the beautiful Scottís Run Nature Preserve along the Potomac River. This hike over moderate terrain from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. highlights natural features, scenic overlooks and the Scottís Run waterfall. The cost is $8 per person. Donít forget to bring some water along. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scottís Run Nature Preserve. For more information about the hike, call 703-759-9018.

Homeschool at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This five-part program at Hidden Pond Nature Center is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series. Topics include, pond study, geology, fishing, reptiles, stream study, nocturnal wildlife and tracking. Classes meet 1 to 2:30 p.m. Additional meeting dates will be provided at the first session. The cost of each class is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, April 26

Pohick Puddle Jumpers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) The youngest nature lovers can now become part of this seasonís exploration of the natural world, with hands-on and up-close indoor and outdoor activities at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The program from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. includes an exploration of the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond. Topics vary. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, April 27

Friday, April 28

Survival Skills Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond. Learn about shelter building, distinguishing edible vs. poisonous plants, and other ďdangersĒ of the wild. The program from 6 to 7 p.m. costs $7 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

The Comforts of Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Delve into the history of the Civil War era by coming to an 1860s-themed campfire at Frying Pan Farm Park. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. features songs, folklore and stories, and some outdoor games. Learn about the importance of campfires to the Civil War soldier and enjoy some hot drinks and treats. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Riverside Campfire - American Indians Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Come to Riverbend Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., play American Indian games and listen to stories Ďround the campfire. Símores are provided. Come early if you want to bring a picnic or toast hotdogs. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

National Superhero Day Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Did you know that animals have superpowers? Come to Lake Fairfax Park dressed up as your favorite superhero and learn about our animal friendsí superpowers. Enjoy a hike around the lake and see if you can spot our super friends. End the hike with stories of your favorite superhero while enjoying símores by the campfire. The program from 6 to 8 p.m. costs $10 per person. Call 703-471-5414.

Camping/Movie Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(All Ages) Camp out at Burke Lake Park and receive free admission to our movie night in the campground field with purchase of a campsite for the night, available on site day-of. Campsites can accommodate up to seven people. Movie time is 8:30 p.m. Movies and dates are subject to change. At press time, the movie is scheduled to be ďGuardians of the Galaxy.Ē For more, call 703-323-6600.

Saturday, April 29

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at the Nature Center at Riverbend Park and take a wagon ride through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Poohís story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Go Native Community & Scout Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) At Green Spring Gardens, discover the importance of native plants to the survival of Virginiaís native animals. Learn what makes plants invasive and why we want to remove them. Connect with the Potomac Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS) and Green Spring for your take-action project. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $8 per person. Workshop participants get a certificate for a discount on a native plant starter garden from VNPS. Wear work clothes, gloves and sturdy shoes. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Sketch Hike: Birds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on birds, and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills. The two-hour program begins at 10 a.m., and the cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, April 30

A Feast of Flowers: Lecture, Tasting, Tea
(13-Adult) Discover which flowers are edible and the surprising ways they can jazz up recipes. Sample a variety of blooms. This program at Historic Green Spring is followed by a traditional English tea. The program and tea run from 1 to 3 p.m., and the cost is $36 per person. The lecture and tasting only costs $18 per person. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7987.

These Walls Are TalkingÖListen to Their Civil War Stories
(8-Adult) The Frying Pan Meeting House walls stood throughout the Civil War years serving as a field hospital, encampment and picket post. Come to the Meeting House from 1 to 3 p.m. and learn about some of the Union and Confederate soldiers whose lives and fates can be traced back to Frying Pan. Re-enactors, a special guest speaker and exhibits will bring the history of the common soldier to life. Parking is available at Frying Pan Farm Park. Take a free wagon ride shuttle from the Country Store. This event is free, but donations will graciously be accepted. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Toys at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Make your own historic toys and play games children who lived at Historic Huntley may have once played. A special childrenís house tour and scavenger hunt are included in this program from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Adults are welcome to take a house tour while the kids are occupied. Call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, April 31

Monday, May 1

Little Acorns-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) (2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share natureís wonders at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration, weather permitting. The topics are: 5/1-Colors Everywhere; 5/8-Animal Babies; 5 /15-American Indians; and 5/22-Beautiful Beetles. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcomed. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Nature Quest-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Be part of the long-running naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer at Hidden Pond Nature Center. From field to stream and everything in between, children learn about our local animal species, hands-on and in the field from 11 a.m. to noon. Topics vary. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed activities while you meet other playgroup parents one Monday each month at Green Spring Gardens. A staff member is on hand to put out nature sensory bins, direct games and activities, or lead a garden walk. The topics in May are butterflies and Motherís Day. The playgroup from 10 to 11:30 a.m. costs $6 per child. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, May 2

Taux Trail for Homeschool Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Students spend two hours immersed in the life of Virginia Indians 400 years ago. Grind corn, make a clay pot, master corn darts and enjoy other activities at Huntley Meadows Park. The program begins at 1 p.m. The cost is $12 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Birding on the Boat Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Enjoy a naturalist-led bird program on a tour boat at Burke Lake Park from 8 to 10 a.m. and look for some of the birds and animals that call the lake home. The cost is $12 per person. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600.

Wednesday, May 3

Pohick Puddle Jumpers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Young nature lovers can become part of this seasonís exploration of the natural world with hands-on and up-close indoor and outdoor activities at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The program from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. includes an exploration of the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond. Topics vary. The cost is $6 per child. For more, call 703-451-9588.

History Tots-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore history through sight, sound, smell and touch in this monthly program that includes indoor and outdoor activities. The topic in May is trains. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. An adult must participate with children. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, May 4

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) This family program at Frying Pan Farm Park goes behind the scenes to help farmers with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary. The program from 4 to 5 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Snake Feeding Program Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the snakes of Hidden Pond Nature Center and observe the unique methods snakes use to feed. Please take into consideration this program may be graphic and may not be suitable for everyone. The program from 5:15 to 6 p.m. costs $6 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, May 5

Rockhounders-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This popular summer camp is now a three-part spring series. This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting. Sessions meet from 6 to 7 p.m. and cost $7 per child. Sign up for one or all three. Call 703-451-9588.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Gardening for Birds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Watching cardinals, bluebirds, wrens, sparrows and other beautiful birds is a great way to enjoy your garden. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens will teach you what plants you can grow to create habitat and food sources that will attract these winged beauties. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Trees are Terrific Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Learn how trees make Ellanor C. Lawrence Park a special place. Enjoy símores around the campfire after a short hike. This program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Fridays Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Gather Ďround at Hidden Pond Nature Center for a campfire, símores, animals and other fun. Each night in the monthly program features a different topic as we visit different areas of the park. Campfire programs run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person for each program. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Movie Night in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-Adult) Bring your family and friends or come solo to our Movie Night in the Park at the Burke Lake Park field from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Movies and dates are subject to change, so please check Parktakes Online for updates. At press time, our movie is scheduled to be ďBack to the Future.Ē The cost is $5 per person. All attendees must register. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Saturday, May 6

Pirate Fest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Celebrate Virginiaís seafaring and port trading past at Lake Fairfax Park. Sing sea chanteys, learn nautical skills and experience the life of a sailor as you make your way around our port town. Wear your most dashing pirate clothes. Shop our exotic market and take some treasure home. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. The cost $10 per person. Add a Pirate Tour Boat Ride to your day. Space is limited, so register early online. Test your sea legs in a paddle boat race. Races run every 30 minutes; boats hold a maximum of four people. Check online for available times. For more info on all these events, call 703-471-5414.

Useful and Edible Native Plants and Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park and learn about native plants and trees that are safe to eat and those to avoid. Learn the right weeds and trees to help start a fire, get a drink, find a meal, make a rope, stop an itch or heal a wound. See what Mother Nature is growing just for you. This program from 8:30 to 10:25 a.m. costs $23 and runs rain or shine. Bring water and a snack and wear suitable outdoor clothes and hiking boots/shoes. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a wagon ride through the woods and along the Potomac River while learning about Riverbend Parkís wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. This event from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Teacup Topiaries Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Create a flowery centerpiece at Green Spring Gardens by combining flowers and teacups. We work with you from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to complete a beautiful teacup topiary. Itís a perfect gift for Motherís Day. All materials are supplied, including fine china cup and saucer. Refreshments will be served. The cost is $25 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Watercolor Workshop: Watercolor in Action Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Learn how to mix watercolors to create harmonious color combinations with the help of artist and instructor Marni Maree from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Create color charts that are not only beautiful but teach you the attributes of color. Learn to mix colors without fear! Bring a lunch. The supply list will be emailed to you prior to class. The cost is $88 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Victory in Europe Day Ice Cream Social
(All ages) Join our celebration of VE Day at the Spindle Sears House in Historic Centreville Park on the 77th anniversary of this event! Crank home-made ice cream, spot airplanes, pose like Rosie the Riveter, and learn about other ways county residents supported the war effort. Then, take a tour of the Spindle Sears House, led by an interpreter in period dress. Activities run from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your own picnic. This event is free, but donations will be accepted to support Historic Centreville Park at 5714 Mt Gilead Road. The celebration will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call Ellanor C. Lawrence Park at 703-631-0013.

The Frying Pan Sizzle Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Bring the family to an evening campfire at Frying Pan Farm Park. Sit on the porch of the historic Kidwell Farmhouse and sample grilled oysters at a traditional Frying Pan get-together. Play games and immerse yourself in the fun side of family farm life in the 1930s. The program from 4:30 to 6 p.m. costs $18 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist and youth volunteers at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as we demonstrate how we feed our site display animals. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. Search for worms and insects, and assist in serving dinner. This program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Celebrate National Salamander Day Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Virginia is a worldwide destination for salamander fans. Celebrate this special day at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with a salamander search both on land and in the stream. The cost of this program from 2 to 3 p.m. is $7 per person. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Spellbound for Salamanders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Celebrate International Salamander Awareness Day with a stroll through salamander habitat at Huntley Meadows Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $7 per person. Meet at the 6901 S. Kings Highway entrance. The walk is 1.5 miles and there are no restrooms at this entrance. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Night Hike & Símores Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a naturalist-led walk through the forest at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to listen for nocturnal animals and look for evidence of wildlife. End with a campfire and símores. This program from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Life in the Lakes Shallows Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Explore the shallows of Burke Lake looking for snakes, fish, turtles and insects that rely on the shallows to survive. We will catch and release what we find. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Wear shoes that can get muddy and wet. Call 703-323-6600.

Survival-Starting Fire in Any Weather Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Learn to get a survival fire going at any time of year. Come to Burke Lake Park from 11 a.m. to noon and discover where to find the best tinder, what methods to use and what fire essentials to carry in your kit, and then try your hand at starting a fire. Minors must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $10 per person. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Sunday, May 7

Pirate Fest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Celebrate Virginiaís seafaring and port trading past at Lake Fairfax Park. Sing sea chanteys, learn nautical skills and experience the life of a sailor as you make your way around our port town. Wear your most dashing pirate clothes. Shop our exotic market and take some treasure home. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. The cost $10 per person. Add a Pirate Tour Boat Ride to your day. Space is limited, so register early online. Test your sea legs in a paddle boat race. Races run every 30 minutes; boats hold a maximum of four people. Check online for available times. For more info on all these events, call 703-471-5414.

Wetlands Awareness Day
(All Ages) Celebrate the beauty and importance of wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park. Stroll along forested paths and the half-mile boardwalk trail to enjoy interactive displays about beavers, birds, bugs, turtles and more. Meet a live raptor up close. Collect stamps at each station to get a free prize. This free event begins at noon, rain or shine. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Grain Grinding
See and hear 19th century technology at work! Come to Colvin Run Mill from noon to 3 p.m. when the miller will be grinding grain the old-fashioned way, conditions permitting. Please call the site to confirm. No reservations are required. The tour cost is: $7 for adults; $6 for students 16 and older with ID; and $5 for children and seniors. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils at Colvin Run Mill. The free demonstration runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. No reservations are required. Call 703-759-2771.

Animal Scientists Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Drop off your child for animal adventure and fun at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Whether hiking the forest, examining pond creatures, or meeting exhibit animals, children investigate and discover first-hand animal biology, adaptation, habitats and roles in the larger ecosystem. Topics vary each month. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $8 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Spring Warblers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Walk with a naturalist at Burke Lake Park in search of early spring migrating warblers. The program from 8 to 10 a.m. meets at the Burke Lake marina. The cost is $8 per person. Bring binoculars. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600.

Monday, May 8

Little Acorns-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) (2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share natureís wonders at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration, weather permitting. The topics are: 5/1-Colors Everywhere; 5/8-Animal Babies; 5 /15-American Indians; and 5/22-Beautiful Beetles. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcomed. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day
Stop by Green Spring Gardens for free gardening and history events at 11 a.m. each day followed by refreshments. On Monday, join Master Gardeners for a roundtable conversation; tour our newly renovated glasshouse on Tuesday; on Wednesday, tour the historic house; visit with the gardeners at our edible garden on Thursday; and on Friday, learn about Green Spring past and present. Itís our way of saying thanks for your support. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Little Hands on the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about farm animals and chores, and enjoy a story, craft or game. Sessions for children age two and three run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sessions for children age three and five run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Reservations are required, and an adult must attend. Call 703-437-9101.

Seniorís Only Tournament
(55 years and older) Players compete in a one-day, 18-hole individual stroke play tournament at Greendale Golf Course that begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Divisions are determined based on sign-up, and prizes will be awarded for first and second place in each division as well as closest to the pin. Register by May 1. The cost of $45 per person includes greens fee, power cart, breakfast, lunch and prizes. Call 703-971-6170.

Birding for Beginners: Waterfowl Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Learn about the waterfowl at Lake Accotink and develop some basic identification skills. The program from 9 to 10 a.m. begins with an indoor discussion. The cost is $6 per person. Children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-569-3464.

Tuesday, May 9

Amphibians After Dark Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Assist naturalists at Burke Lake Park with a calling amphibian survey from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their calls as we explore pools and ponds. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600.

Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day
Stop by Green Spring Gardens for free gardening and history events at 11 a.m. each day followed by refreshments. On Monday, join Master Gardeners for a roundtable conversation; tour our newly renovated glasshouse on Tuesday; on Wednesday, tour the historic house; visit with the gardeners at our edible garden on Thursday; and on Friday, learn about Green Spring past and present. Itís our way of saying thanks for your support. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Wednesday, May 10

History for Homeschool-Trips & Studies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-12 yrs.) Learn American history in this five-part series through field trips to historic sites of local and national interest. Students must have basic reading and writing skills and be comfortable working in a group. Field trip transportation is provided for 10. The classes at Historic Huntley run from 1 to 2:55 p.m., and the series cost is $105. Tour fees additional. Call 703-768-2525.

Nature Tots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch in this monthly program with indoor and outdoor activities. Sessions meet for 45 minutes beginning at 9:45 and 11 a.m. The topic in May is flowers. The cost is $6 per child. An adult must be able to participate with children. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Full Moon Boat Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Enjoy a picturesque night under the full moon on our tour boat at Burke Lake Park. Test your listening and observation skills to spot local wildlife with one of our naturalists. The tour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day
Stop by Green Spring Gardens for free gardening and history events at 11 a.m. each day followed by refreshments. On Monday, join Master Gardeners for a roundtable conversation; tour our newly renovated glasshouse on Tuesday; on Wednesday, tour the historic house; visit with the gardeners at our edible garden on Thursday; and on Friday, learn about Green Spring past and present. Itís our way of saying thanks for your support. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Thursday, May 11

Garden Tour and Tea
(13-Adult) Tour the glorious springtime demonstration gardens with a Master Gardener docent who inspires you with stories of Green Spring past and present. Then, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea at Historic Green Spring. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $32. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7987.

Kidís Korner-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Preschool children and their accompanying adult learn about spring at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in this seasonal, monthly program from 1 to 2 p.m. The topic in May is sliding snakes. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Amateur Naturalist Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Join us at Hidden Pond Nature Center for first-hand experience and hands-on learning about many different aspects of the natural world. Whether nature is a hobby or lifelong love, or if youíre simply curious about the natural world, this program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. is for you. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day
Stop by Green Spring Gardens for free gardening and history events at 11 a.m. each day followed by refreshments. On Monday, join Master Gardeners for a roundtable conversation; tour our newly renovated glasshouse on Tuesday; on Wednesday, tour the historic house; visit with the gardeners at our edible garden on Thursday; and on Friday, learn about Green Spring past and present. Itís our way of saying thanks for your support. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Friday, May 12

Nature Journaling Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-12 yrs.) Nature journaling is a fun, creative way to record and remember what you see outdoors with sketches, photos, thoughts and impressions. In this five-part series at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, learn some tips and tricks as we experiment with colored pencils, pastels, watercolors and various plain and colored papers from 4:15 to 5:10 p.m. The cost is $44. A short supply list will be sent before class begins, and a $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Cooking Biscuits Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Try cooking the old-fashioned way over a fire, the way many Virginians before us did. At Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, cook biscuits with jelly and make fresh butter to sample. Learn about the tools and safety required when cooking with open flames. This program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Riverside Campfire - Night Wings Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Hoot like an owl, swoop like a bat and flutter like a moth as we learn about the creatures that fly through our night skies. Bring a toasting stick with you to Riverbend Park. Símores will be provided. The program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Come early if youíd like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day
Stop by Green Spring Gardens for free gardening and history events at 11 a.m. each day followed by refreshments. On Monday, join Master Gardeners for a roundtable conversation; tour our newly renovated glasshouse on Tuesday; on Wednesday, tour the historic house; visit with the gardeners at our edible garden on Thursday; and on Friday, learn about Green Spring past and present. Itís our way of saying thanks for your support. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, May 13

Spring Farm DayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Watch sheep shearing and antique farm equipment demonstrations at Frying Pan Farm Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participate in hands-on farm activities such as cow and goat milking. Enjoy crafts, games and puppet shows, and get an up-close introduction to the baby farm animals. Walk-ins are welcome. Register in advance for $7 per person; $8 at the door. Call 703-437-9101.

Nature for Tiny Tots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(24-42 mos.) Children and parents learn about plants, animals and habitats through songs, crafts and activities at Huntley Meadows Park. Topics vary. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $12 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Native American ArcheryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-14 yrs.) For food and defense, archery was an important part of Native American life. Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center to learn how to make a bow and arrow, and then take aim and shoot. This program is taught in three sessions from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $30 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Mid-Century Meals Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Would you eat a fruit salad thatís inside an elaborately-molded Jello? In the 1950s, Americans sat down to eat spectacular, savory gelatins. In this program from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, don your mid-century best to learn from a historian about 1950s food ways and have a chance at cooking your own. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and bring shoes that can get wet and muddy. We search for catch and release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and other creatures. The program runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person, and all family members must register. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Fishing by the Stream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and go fishing along Rocky Run stream. Learn about native fish and receive tips on equipment and techniques. Beginners are welcome in this program from 6 to 7 p.m. Bring your own fully rigged fishing poles; worms are provided for bait. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Meet at Cabellís Mill. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Animal Moms and Babies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Wild animals care for their young in fascinating ways. Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center for a naturalist-led walk, craft, game and song to learn about natureís wild ways of child rearing. Meet live animals. The program from 1 to 1:45 p.m. costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) A naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park takes you on a relaxing stroll through the park at dusk for a tour of the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. The cost is $8 per person. The two-hour program begins at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Life in the Lakes Shallows Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Explore the shallows of Lake Accotink looking for animals such as snakes, fish, turtles and insects that rely on the shallow areas of the lake to survive. We will catch and release what we find. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Wear shoes that can get muddy and wet. For more, call 703-569-3464.

Sunday, May 14

Motherís Day Rose Tea
(13-Adult) Roses, like mothers, have been revered throughout history. Celebrate both from 1 to 3 p.m. at Historic Green Spring and find out why we give roses to those we love. Sample the culinary rose at the tea table, and take home a fragrant favor bag. The program is followed by a traditional English tea. The cost is $45 each. Reservations are required. Call 703-941-7987.

Artistically Inspired Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Gather friends and family at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to create beautiful crafts inspired by history and nature. Learn about the history of the crafts and natural resources we use. Crafts are seasonally inspired, and light refreshments will be served. This program from 2 to 4 p.m. costs $12 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Twilight History Boat Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Take a twilight boat tour at Burke Lake Park. Learn about Burkeís local history as the last soft glow of light disappears and the stars begin to shine. This tour from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $6 per person. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Motherís Day Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a campfire at Burke Lake Park with mom as we investigate the hard work that goes into raising young. Toast marshmallows around the campfire. The program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Register an adult with any registered child. Call 703-323-6600.

Monday, May 15

Little Acorns-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) (2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share natureís wonders at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration, weather permitting. The topics are: 5/1-Colors Everywhere; 5/8-Animal Babies; 5 /15-American Indians; and 5/22-Beautiful Beetles. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcomed. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

History for Small Fries Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-5 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Sully Historic Site for a story and craft to discover how things were in the olden days. Through their senses, children can experience how different things smelled, looked or worked. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $5 per child. Call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, May 16

Garden Program: Gable RhododendronClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Come to Green Spring Gardens from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. to learn about a beautiful and rugged group of Rhododendrons developed by plant breeder Joe Gable. Local expert Don Hyatt shares the legacy of Joe Gableís work and introduces you to some fabulous Gable Rhodies. This lecture benefits the White Gardens in Falls Church, a developing Park Authority public garden. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Wednesday, May 17

Pohick Puddle Jumpers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Young nature lovers can become part of this seasonís exploration of the natural world with hands-on and up-close indoor and outdoor activities at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The program from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. includes an exploration of the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond. Topics vary. The cost is $6 per child. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, May 18

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) This family program at Frying Pan Farm Park goes behind the scenes to help farmers with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary. The program from 4 to 5 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, May 19

Nature for Tiny Tots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(24-42 mos.) Children and parents learn about plants, animals and habitats through songs, crafts and activities at Huntley Meadows Park. Topics vary. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $12 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Hot Dog, Símores, Wagon Ride and Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and enjoy a turkey hot dog supper roasted over the campfire and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley. Learn about the areaís local and natural history. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments, and símores. Feel free to bring your own drinks and sides. The program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Riverside Campfire - Batty about Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Come to Riverbend Park to learn more about bats and why they are disappearing from our skies. Bring a toasting stick; símores provided. Come early if youíd like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. The program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Weíll cancel if it rains. Call 703-759-9018.

Camping/Movie Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(All Ages) Camp out at Burke Lake Park and receive free admission to our movie night in the campground field with purchase of a campsite for the night. Campsites can accommodate up to seven people. Movie time is 8:30 p.m. At press time, the movie is scheduled to be ďHoney I Shrunk the Kids.Ē For more, call 703-323-6600.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Walk the meadows and forest edges at Lake Accotink Park to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about native bats and their habits. The cost of the program from 9 to 10 p.m. is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult For more, call 703-569-3464.

Saturday, May 20

Useful and Edible Native Plants and Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park and learn about native plants and trees that are safe to eat and those to avoid. Learn the right weeds and trees to help start a fire, get a drink, find a meal, make a rope, stop an itch or heal a wound. See what Mother Nature is growing just for you. This program from 8:30 to 10:25 a.m. costs $23 and runs rain or shine. Bring water and a snack and wear suitable outdoor clothes and hiking boots/shoes. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Delicious Dairy at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Churn your own delicious butter and taste fresh cheese you can make at home. Discover how Historic Huntley, once a summer home for the wealthy, became a dairy farm. A house tour is included in the program from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Dig in for Victory! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Discover how civilians during WWII planted Victory Gardens to support our troops. Learn about the life cycle of plants, seeds, nutrient cycles and how you can plant your own garden. This program from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park is outside and involves minimal walking. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Par-3 Challenge
(8-Adult) Participants compete in a nine-hole, individual, stroke-play tournament at Jefferson District Golf Course beginning at 1 p.m. Jeffersonís tee boxes will be moved around to turn the entire course into par-3s.Tee box locations are kept secret until the day of the event. The cost per person is $35. Fees are due at the time of registration and include lunch and prizes. The rain date is May 27. For more information, call 703-573-0444.

Spring Garden Day Ė BIG PLANT SALE
More than 40 local garden vendors will descend on Green Spring Gardens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with beautiful and unusual plants to fill your spring gardening needs. Growers and Master Gardeners will be on hand to help with plant selections and gardening advice. For more information about the event, call 703-642-5173.

Animal Pajama Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Put on your PJs and come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the centerís live animals. The 45-minute program begins at 7 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Children must attend with an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Tiny Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Hear the story ďThe Little Red Hen Makes PizzaĒ as you sip mint tea or apple juice and munch animal crackers at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Make a pretend pizza and create a craft. This program from 1 to 1:45 p.m. costs $8 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Pink Ladyís Slipper Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Join a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center for a leisurely stroll to a natural wild orchid display at Roundtree Park. Your naturalist guide will also identify other native wildflowers. This free program runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

Campfire Flix Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Tired of seeing the same old flicks at the cinemas? Then come to Hidden Pond Nature Center and watch original shows scripted by our own staff while you enjoy a campfire and símores. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $6 per person. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Live Animal Lunchtime! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Bring a lunch to Huntley Meadows Park and dine with a snake, turtle or toad. Learn about its diet, adaptations and habitat through crafts and hands-on learning. Dessert is our treat. The program from noon to 1 p.m. costs $7 per child. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Build Your Own Bee HouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Learn about local pollinators at Riverbend Park and use some invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators. The bees this house will attract are mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees, which rarely sting. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride from the Nature Center at Riverbend Park through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Poohís story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Enjoy a stroll along the shore at Burke Lake Park and learn about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you and will have some telescopes on hand for folks to try out. The program from 8 to 9:30 p.m. concludes with a campfire. Símores ingredients are provided; hot dogs are welcome. The cost is $12 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Survival-Intro to Map and Compass Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Most people think they know how to use a compass correctly, until they get lost. Learn how to put your map and compass to work so that you never get lost. We all need some practice, and our special compass course at Burke Lake Park is designed to do just that. The cost of this program from 11 a.m. to noon is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Sunday, May 21

Grain Grinding
See and hear 19th century technology at work! Come to Colvin Run Mill from noon to 3 p.m. when the miller will be grinding grain the old-fashioned way, conditions permitting. Please call the site to confirm. No reservations are required. The tour cost is: $7 for adults; $6 for students 16 and older with ID; and $5 for children and seniors. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Forging the Future: 1940s Blacksmithing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) A blacksmithís day is hard until the work suddenly disappears. The smiths of the 1940s had to adapt to changing times in their industry to stay in business. Learn about the work on a changing farm as you play games designed to test your blacksmith skills. Meet at the Frying Pan Farm Park Blacksmith Shop for this program from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Copperheads and Black Racers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. We search for, capture, identify and release snakes from 10 to 11 a.m. Learn the habits and preferred habitats of our native snakes. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

The Very, Very Fun Storybook Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) Enjoy popular stories by author Eric Carle as we act out being hungry caterpillars at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Children munch through some of the storybook treats, meet and release not-so-grouchy ladybugs, and make a craft. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call one week in advance with any dietary restrictions. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Birding by Kayak Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) Enjoy a naturalist-led birding trip by kayak at Lake Accotink Park. Lake Accotink is home to more than 130 bird species and holds many unique habitats. See how these small vessels can provide a closer look into the bird world. Travel in one-person or two-person kayaks from 8 to 10 a.m. The cost is $15 for a tandem kayak and $20 for a single kayak. Each person must register. For more, call 703-569-3464.

Spring Warblers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Walk with a naturalist at Lake Accotink Park in search of early spring migrating warblers. The program from 8 to 10 a.m. meets at the Lake Accotink Visitor Center. The cost is $8 per person. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-569-3464.

Monday, May 22

Little Acorns-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) (2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share natureís wonders at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration, weather permitting. The topics are: 5/1-Colors Everywhere; 5/8-Animal Babies; 5 /15-American Indians; and 5/22-Beautiful Beetles. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcomed. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Nature Quest-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Be part of the long-running naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer at Hidden Pond Nature Center. From field to stream and everything in between, children learn about our local animal species, hands-on and in the field from 11 a.m. to noon. Topics vary. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Little Hands on the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about farm animals and chores, and enjoy a story, craft or game. Sessions for children age two and three run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sessions for children age three and five run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Reservations are required, and an adult must attend. Call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, May 23

Garden Getaway: Springtime at Longwood Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Immerse yourself in springtime splendor at Longwood Gardens, a DuPont estate in Pennsylvania. Enjoy formal plantings and fountains on the estate grounds and the grand conservatory, which houses spectacular displays of lilies, orchids and hydrangeas.†Lunch is on your own at the cafť of Longwood. The trip departs from Green Spring Gardens at 7 a.m. and returns at 7 p.m. The cost is $115 per person.† For more, call 703-642-5173.

Animal Feeding at the Nature Center Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Help our naturalist care for and feed the nature centerís animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, May 24

National Scavenger Hunt Day Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Take part in a nature scavenger hunt around Lake Fairfax Park and indulge in símores by the campfire. The program from 6 to 8 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Thursday, May 25

Garden Tour and Tea
(13-Adult) Tour the glorious springtime demonstration gardens with a Master Gardener docent who inspires you with stories of Green Spring past and present. Then, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea at Historic Green Spring. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $32. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7987.

Friday, May 26

Jr. Naturalist Explorers Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-12 yrs.) Join us for naturalist-guided nature walks and discover the wildlife that live in the forest, wetland, and meadows of Huntley Meadows Park. We go out in sun, clouds, or rain from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Twilight Hilltop Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. Itís a dramatic setting made all the more stunning by the setting sun. Join us after-hours for a special tour and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments will be served afterward. This program from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. costs $5 per person. Dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

American Indian Stories CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as you hear traditional American Indian stories from 8 to 9 p.m. Toast marshmallows, too. The cost is $6 per person, and children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Riverside Campfire - American Indians Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Come to Riverbend Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., play American Indian games and listen to stories Ďround the campfire. Símores are provided. Come early if you want to bring a picnic or toast hotdogs. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, May 27

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a wagon ride through the woods and along the Potomac River while learning about Riverbend Parkís wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. This event from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Faster Farming, Waning Woods Night Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) At Frying Pan Farm Park, learn how technology has changed the natural world, then explore our trails at dusk to understand its effects and impact on animals living in our woods. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Please dress for the weather and a hike. Call 703-437-9101.

Bread and Butter Tea Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) The Huntley villa must have hosted many afternoon teas, but probably not one like this, where the guests will be asked to make their own fresh butter while we share stories about families who lived here. Teddy bears and favorite dolls or trucks are welcome as we partake of the simple fare of bread and butter, fruit, homemade pot cheese and a selection of traditional and herbal teas. The program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. includes a tour of the Historic Huntley House and grounds. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Tea is Served Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Enjoy a special tea at Sully Historic Site for young ladies and a special woman in their lives. Wear your Sunday best for an elegant, fun afternoon answering tea-tillating questions. The program from 2 to 4 p.m. costs $28 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join naturalist P.J. Dunn at Huntley Meadows Park to hike the trails after dark as you look and listen for owls, beavers and other night animals. The two-hour program begins at 7:45 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Wetland in Bloom Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Take an ecology hike to the wetland at Huntley Meadows Park during peak bloom of buttonbush, swamp rose and lizardís tail. Search for birds and mammals that use these plants for food, shelter and nesting. The program from 10 a.m. to noon costs $8 per person, and it will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, May 28

Birding for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Interested in birding? We can get you started. Come to Huntley Meadows Park to learn about the parkís birds and gain some basic identification skills. The program from 8 to 11 a.m. starts with an indoor discussion. The cost is $10 per person. Children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Monday, May 29

Scottís Run Nature Preserve Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Take a three-mile, naturalist-led hike in the beautiful Scottís Run Nature Preserve along the Potomac River. This hike over moderate terrain from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. highlights natural features, scenic overlooks and the Scottís Run waterfall. The cost is $8 per person. Donít forget to bring some water along. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scottís Run Nature Preserve. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Tuesday, May 30

Family Trivia Tuesdays Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Join us at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for family fun, pizza and friendly competition at Cabellís Mill to see who becomes the Ellanor C. Lawrence trivia champion. The topic in May is Virginia native species. Register as an individual for $7 or in groups of four for $22. Trivia-time is 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Wednesday, May 31

Pohick Puddle Jumpers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Young nature lovers can become part of this seasonís exploration of the natural world with hands-on and up-close indoor and outdoor activities at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The program from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. includes an exploration of the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond. Topics vary. The cost is $6 per child. For more, call 703-451-9588.

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Chris Goldbecker Parks Bring Innovation to Outdoor Recreation

Todayís modern technology is truly wonderful and has captured the hearts and minds of multiple generations. New phone applications allow us to instantly access a global repository of knowledge as well as monitor personal biometrics and even track down virtual creatures and collect them all.

As personal computing devices and social media take hold of our imaginations and pull our gaze ever more toward various miniaturized screens, it is important not to forget the wonders and undiscovered secrets of our very own real and tangible world. Our parks offer endless opportunities to exercise, explore, learn, contemplate, and re-connect. Some of the hidden gems in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the capitol region are Lake Accotink, Lake Fairfax, Burke Lake and Riverbend Parks, where sounds of highway traffic are replaced with the cheerful songs of migrating birds. Within these protected spaces we can relax with friends, hike the trails and take part in many other programs and activities while basking in the glow of sunsets as they reflect on tranquil waters.

While technology may have made staying inside much more appealing, technology has also made getting outside much more interesting and rewarding. Activities such as geocaching, hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, photography, star gazing, orienteering and birding can now all be enhanced with the right technological applications, and the Park Authority is expanding its offerings to combine 21st century innovation with traditional outdoor programs. Since the bounds extend well beyond boating, fishing and camping, we are now highlighting them in the new Parktakes Outdoor Recreation section. Whether you have a desire to leave your technology behind or bring it with you to enhance your outdoor experience, we have a program for you. Explore the Outdoor Recreation section and start planning your summer adventures in parks!

Chris Goldbecker, M.S., CPRP
Lakefront Parks Supervisor
Fairfax County Park Authority

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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