FAIRFAX COUNTY
PARK AUTHORITY

FIND A PARK

FIND AN ACTIVITY

ADMINISTRATION

Online Services

Our Government

News and Events

Maps, Facts & Stats

State & Federal

Fairfax County Park Authority


Register with Parktakes OnlineSpring Registration Underway

Browse on-line listings, check class enrollment and register with a few clicks of your mouse.

Internet registration offered daily, 5am to 11pm

Park VideosPark Videos

Camps:  Come Out To Play!
NEW Spring Hill RECenter:  WOW!

NEW Spring Hill RECenter: WOW!

That’s the one-word response many people exclaimed upon seeing the newly expanded and renovated Spring Hill RECenter for the first time. The facility, which opened December 13, includes a new regulation-sized gym with an elevated, three-lane track for walkers and runners; a new, twostory fitness center that is four times the size of the old one.

Finding Life Balance in Fitness

Finding Life Balance in Fitness

Like many members of the “sandwich” generation, Rosie Bombaugh always put everyone else’s needs ahead of her own. The Burke wife and mother was sandwiched between the responsibilities of caring for her high-school-age sons and her 90-year-old mother, and that left her with little time to do anything for herself.


Train Like a Lumberjack

Train Like a Lumberjack

Put a unique spin on your fitness routine with log rolling at Mt. Vernon RECenter! “It’s a great way to work on balance, coordination and core strength without doing situps,” said Mt. Vernon aquatics director Britta Stratford. “It doesn’t feel like exercise; it’s just a fun challenge.”


Soar into Spring with Birds

Soar into Spring with Birds

Look up this spring, and you’re sure to see one of the greatest shows on Earth as colorful, neo-tropical migrant birds flock north from their winter homes in Central and South America. Northern Virginia is one of the best areas for bird watching because of its location near the coast, the mountains and along the north/south divider, and Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria is a great place to spot birds.


Bluebells at Riverbend

Bluebells at Riverbend

Celebrate the first signs of spring by attending the Bluebells at the Bend festival Saturday, April 11 at Riverbend Park in Great Falls! These breathtaking beauties usher in springtime by carpeting the park’s floodplain with their magnificent blooms, and the bluebells are so abundant in some areas you can’t see an end!


Kiddie Camp Offers Fun for Preschoolers

Kiddie Camp Offers Fun for Preschoolers

Get extra hour of fun at Kiddie Camp! The half-day camp now offers four hours of daily fun, with outdoor games, water play, music, movement, arts and crafts and a special event for 3-to-5-year-old children.


Twin Lakes Golf Course Steps Up its Game

Twin Lakes Golf Course Steps Up its Game

Golfers of all abilities will soon be able to hone their short-game skills at a new practice area at Twin Lakes Golf Course. The facility’s larger, new practice putting green should be ready for play in time for the spring season, and the old practice putting area will be converted into a practice chipping green.


Gear up for Golf!

Gear up for Golf!

The spring golf season is just around the corner, and now is the time to plan your winning strategy.


Parks Count! Better Parks for Better Living

Parks Count!
Better Parks for Better Living

It's time to update the Park and Recreation Needs Assessment! Every so often the Fairfax County Park Authority examines whether park offerings match the community's diverse interests, lifestyles, and changing trends. This ensures that the Park Authority is investing wisely in its award-winning park system and providing quality parks and services to all County residents.
Read More >>

Calendar of Events

Click a date from the calendar(s) to see what's happening on that date. BOLD indicates events are scheduled.

March 2015
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31        

Download Full-Month

Sunday, February 1

Winter Lecture: Ornamental Edible GardensClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Can edible gardens be both functional and beautiful? Yes!  Designer Sandra Clinton will share the delightful history of kitchen gardens from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. The cost is $10 per person for advance registration and $12 at the door. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Groundhog Day CelebrationClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 3 to 10 prepare for Groundhog Day with our costumed characters, Willard and Mother Nature, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $6 . Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Groundhog’s Day OutClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Frying Pan Farm Park and find out if groundhogs can really predict the weather. Visit a groundhog burrow, learn cool groundhog facts, enjoy games and make your own groundhog friend to take home from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Hot chocolate provided. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Tea with Tempo: Meet John Philip Sousa
Historic re-enactor Ron Anzalone portrays composer and bandmaster John Philip Sousa, one of the most popular and prolific American musicians of all time, at Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for the program, or $38 for the program and a full English afternoon tea. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Recipes from the Hearth
From 1 to 3 p.m. in the 1794 kitchen at Sully Historic Site, learn about Thornton, the Lee family’s enslaved cook. Make beaten biscuits and corn pone, a staple of the enslaved community’s diet. Then go next door to the laundry to find out about Madam Juba and Patty who did the washing for the Lees. You may be surprised to discover how different laundry day was 200 years ago. Tours are $8 per adult, $7 per student, and $6 per senior and child. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Monday, February 2

Groundhog Day!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet the larger-than-life Walney groundhog at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

GroundFrog DayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages four to eight hear the legend of Groundfrog Day at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The celebration continues with games, snacks, predictions of spring and time with amphibians. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Nature Quest: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, children ages three to six learn about many of our local animal species, hands-on and in the field, at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Little Acorns: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers (ages two to four) and their accompanying adult share nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to noon. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, February 4

Full Moon HikeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy nature’s tranquil beauty and winter’s bright skies under the full moon at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. Your naturalist guide points out signs of creatures that glide, fly and tiptoe through the woods in the dark. Refreshments provided. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Pohick Puddle JumpersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to six learn about nature by meeting live animals, exploring Hidden Pond Park and participating in activities from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Your Home: NaturallyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
A Hidden Pond Park naturalist will share manageable steps you can take to make your home a healthier, more natural and environmentally friendly sanctuary. The programs run 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, February 6

Celestial Happenings: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come see and learn about different celestial events that occur during the winter at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The 90-minute program starts at 7 p.m. on 2/6 and 5 p.m. on 2/22. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Tracking the Wild CreatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 6 to 12 learn different ways to identify and track animals at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, February 7

Snake and Turtle FeedingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
One snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Winter Hike: Marvelous MeadowsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come look for winter hawks, waterfowl, bluebirds and finches while exploring Huntley Meadows Park’s native meadows and wetland overlooks from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Meet at the South King’s Hwy. entrance. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Pairing Premium Teas & Chocolates
Sip premium teas and savor the decadent delights of a variety of chocolates – white, milk, semi-sweet, bittersweet and extra dark – at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. Sample some treats made with tea and chocolate. A take home tea sampler is included in the $30 fee. To reserve, call 703-759-2771.

To Build a FireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn the science and art of building a fire and then test your skill with primitive fire bows and modern fire-making techniques at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

10th Annual Washington Gardener Magazine Seed Exchange
The tenth annual Washington Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens from 12:30 to 4 p.m. includes lectures, face-to-face seed swap and more. Bring your extra seeds to swap with other gardeners, and everyone leaves with a bag full of seeds, new garden friends and expert planting advice. The fee includes lectures, goody bag and seed swap. The cost is $20 per person; $15 for FROGS and WG magazine subscribers. To register, call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, February 8

Winter Lecture: Windowsill Floral DisplaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Designer Nancy Ross Hugo inspires you to create simple windowsill arrangements that are in tune with nature from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. The cost is $10 per person in advance; $12 at the door. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Winter Tree IDClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come learn winter tree identification basics and go for a hike at Huntley Meadows Park from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Hard Times, Difficult ChoicesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, come to know the lives of the people who lived and worked at Walney and the choices they faced during the Civil War. Taste a piece of Confederate cake and sweet potato coffee. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
Bundle up, brave the weather, and watch and learn as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from noon to 2 p.m. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over fresh baked cornbread, while supplies last. The $5 fee includes admission to a pre-season open house at the mill. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Monday, February 9

Nature Quest: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, children ages three to six learn about many of our local animal species, hands-on and in the field, at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Little Acorns: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers (ages two to four) and their accompanying adult share nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to noon. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, February 10

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 3 to 12 help the naturalist care for and feed Hidden Pond Nature Center’s animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $4. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, February 11

Pohick Puddle JumpersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to six learn about nature by meeting live animals, exploring Hidden Pond Park and participating in activities from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, February 12

Kids’ Korner: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children ages four to six explore nature or history, accompanied by an adult, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and a craft are included in the $5 fee. The one-hour program on 2/12 starts at 1 p.m. and the program on 2/14 starts at 10 a.m. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Amateur Naturalist: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults join us at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for first-hand experience and hands-on learning about many different aspects of the natural world. The cost is $6 per person. Topics include 2/12 Geology and 2/26 Venomous and Poisonous. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Monica's Mockingbirds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Monica leads children on a wintery adventure at Hidden Pond Park from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, February 13

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Plant Purple in the GardenClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Master Gardeners show you how to incorporate purple into your garden all year round with flowers, foliage and fruits at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Local Lore at Historic HuntleyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Travel back in time from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Historic Huntley. Explore the Chesapeake region’s rich history and many cultures through activities, crafts and walks. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Tracking the Wild CreatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 6 to 12 learn different ways to identify and track animals at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Campfire Fridays: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come along for a night of campfire, s’mores, animals, and so much more! This 90-minute program at Hidden Pond Nature Center starts at 7 p.m. and the cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, February 14

Kids’ Korner: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children ages four to six explore nature or history, accompanied by an adult, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and a craft are included in the $5 fee. The one-hour program on 2/12 starts at 1 p.m. and the program on 2/14 starts at 10 a.m. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Coyotes CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Satisfy your curiosity and your sweet tooth with one howling campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Listen to coyote calls, take a short hike and make s’mores. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Saturdays at Royal LakeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for an evening campfire at Royal Lake from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bring whatever you like to roast; s’mores provided. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Evening StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk. A naturalist takes you on a tour of the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Valentine’s Day Special
After your guided tour at Sully Historic Site, enjoy a special candy treat to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Find out about the long-ago relationships of Richard Bland Lee and Elizabeth, Jacob and Amy Haight, and other couples in history. Tours are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are $7 per adult, $6 per student, and $5 per senior and child. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Garden Sprouts: Garden ValentinesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five create a Valentine from pressed flowers for a favorite person at Green Spring Gardens from 11 a.m. to noon. Explore our glasshouse as we look for Valentine hearts in nature. Sample the first strawberries of the season and learn the Native American story behind this Valentine berry. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Floral Design Workshop: Victorian Valentine’s DayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn the meanings of flowers in Victorian England and create an arrangement in this elegant style at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The program cost is $38 per person, and there is a $25 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Chocolate and Tea Tasting PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Sample a sumptuous selection of fine chocolate accompanied by carefully-chosen specialty teas from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Green Spring. Discover the proper pairing of chocolate and tea. The cost is $27 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Animal Sweethearts DanceClick to Register with Parktakes Online
It’s back! The social event of Hidden Pond’s winter season returns from 10 a.m. to noon! This year will debut the new comedy/drama, Hound of Music. There will be dancing, refreshments, crafts and live animals to entertain visitors ages three to eight. The cost is $8 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Family Fun: Valentine TeaClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your sweetheart to a special Valentine Tea and Dance at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sample different teas and some sweets and make a valentine. Then dance to some songs and learn some new dance moves. This is a family-friendly program for ages 5 and up with a registered adult. The cost is $16. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Valentine Tea and PoetryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy poetry and tea at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park’s Machen Farm with your favorite sweetheart from 2 to 3:30 p.m. A costumed interpreter shares our Walney mystery love poem and then invites you to write and share your own verses. Leave with your poem framed in childhood Valentine card-style and a tummy full of (mint) tea and cookies. The cost is $8 per person. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, February 15

Animal ValentinesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages four to eight play musical valentines and critter sweetheart games at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Meet live animals, make valentines and decorate a take-home cookie. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Winter Lecture: Winning Against WeedsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Garden expert Mary Godinez share ways to be rid our gardens of weeds from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens The cost is $10 per person in advance; $12 at the door. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Hands-on HistoryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your children (ages 5 to 11) at 2:30 p.m. and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th century children at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Preamble Scramble and Political Trivia
Celebrate President’s Day weekend by rediscovering the Declaration of Independence and early American presidential and political trivia at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Play fun games such as our own Preamble Scramble. Tours are $7 per adult, $6 per student, and $5 per senior and child. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Home Made Bird FeedersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your empty milk jugs and/or two-liter soda bottles to make bird feeders at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Wednesday, February 18

Nature Tots at WalneyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler (ages 1 to 3) to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 10:15 to 11 a.m. The cost is $4 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Pohick Puddle JumpersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to six learn about nature by meeting live animals, exploring Hidden Pond Park and participating in activities from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Your Home: NaturallyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
A Hidden Pond Park naturalist will share manageable steps you can take to make your home a healthier, more natural and environmentally friendly sanctuary. The programs run 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, February 20

Tracking the Wild CreatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 6 to 12 learn different ways to identify and track animals at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Penguins and Polar BearsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Through activities, children ages two to five learn more about these creatures of the ice and their chilly environment at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Jr. NaturalistsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 6 to 10 explore Ellanor C. Lawrence Park’s habitats, wildlife, and history from 4:30 to 5:40 p.m. An outdoor activity and craft are included in the $5 fee. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Friday: EyeshineClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how some animals are able to see in the dark. Then head out with a naturalist and a flashlight to search for nocturnal animals. This Hidden Oaks Nature Center program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. is for the whole family (age four to adults) and concludes with a campfire. S’mores provided. Register online. The cost is $7 per person. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Family Nature NightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore habitats and wildlife through activities, crafts, games and walks at Huntley Meadows Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Woodcock WatchClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet a naturalist at Elklick Woodlands Nature Preserve in Western Fairfax County to see the breathtaking annual courtship ritual of woodcocks from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call Ellanor C. Lawrence Park at 703-631-0013.

Saturday, February 21

Astronomy Festival at Riverbend ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy guided stargazing, looking through a telescope, and storytelling around the campfire from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hot chocolate and snacks will be available for purchase. The cost is $6 online; $7 at the door. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Hands-on NatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop-off your child at 2 p.m. for an hour of natural adventure at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Children ages 4 to 12 feed exhibit animals, search for wildlife, explore fur pelts, bones and other nature artifacts, and take home a craft. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Park Manager Walk and Talk
Join Huntley Meadows Park Manager Kevin Munroe on a free walk from 3 to 5 p.m. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Sketch Hike: Winter Trees and LandscapesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

11th Annual Eco-Savvy Symposium: Evolving LandscapesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn strategies for adapting to the challenges of your evolving landscape at this Green Spring Gardens symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is included in the $70 fee. For vegetarian requests, call 703-642-5173. Register online.

Sunday, February 22

Celestial Happenings: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come see and learn about different celestial events that occur during the winter at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The 90-minute program starts at 7 p.m. on 2/6 and 5 p.m. on 2/22. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
Bundle up, brave the weather, and watch and learn as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from noon to 2 p.m. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over fresh baked cornbread, while supplies last. The $5 fee includes admission to a pre-season open house at the mill. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Winter Lecture: Rhododendron & Relatives Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Rhododendrons are beautiful, but for a richer garden palette, plant some lovely rhododendron cousins like Calluna, Oxydendrum, Enkianthus and Dusty Zenobia. Horticulturalist Steven Kristoph introduces you to many beautiful rhododendron cousins and some exciting, new rhododendron hybrids at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person in advance; $12 at the door. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Chinese New Year: Year of the SheepClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with traditional games and stories at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Winter Hike: Wetland WaterfowlClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Hike the boardwalk to the observation tower at Huntley Meadows Park from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Look for green-winged teals, pintails, swamp sparrows, winter wrens, bald eagles. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Monday, February 23

Nature Quest: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, children ages three to six learn about many of our local animal species, hands-on and in the field, at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Little Acorns: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers (ages two to four) and their accompanying adult share nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to noon. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, February 25

Pohick Puddle JumpersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to six learn about nature by meeting live animals, exploring Hidden Pond Park and participating in activities from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, February 26

Amateur Naturalist: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults join us at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for first-hand experience and hands-on learning about many different aspects of the natural world. The cost is $6 per person. Topics include 2/12 Geology and 2/26 Venomous and Poisonous. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Monica's Mockingbirds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Monica leads children on a wintery adventure at Hidden Pond Park from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, February 27

Klondike Cookout and Campout
Learn how to camp in below-freezing conditions at Riverbend Park. S’mores and breakfast provided. The cost is $25 per person for the campout or $10 per person for just the cookout and s’mores. Camping begins at 6 p.m.; cookout starts at 7 p.m. To register, call 703-759-9018.

Campfire Fridays: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come along for a night of campfire, s’mores, animals, and so much more! This 90-minute program at Hidden Pond Nature Center starts at 7 p.m. and the cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

S’more Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Return to a campfire and make a sweet chocolate treat. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Winter Beauty in the GardenClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Master Gardeners show you trees, shrubs and grasses that can add beauty and interest through the cold winter months. This one-hour program at Green Spring Gardens starts at 1:30 p.m. and the cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, February 28

Family Fun: Animal TrekClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to identify animals by their tracks and other clues at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Make a plaster cast of your favorite animal prints. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Starting from Scratch with Seeds WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Judy Zatsick, Green Spring Gardens’ propagator/horticulturalist, discusses topics such as potting mixes, containers, seed treatments, lighting, fertilization, watering, seed sources, and timing from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. The cost is $22 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Cheese and Tea Tasting PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about teas and their cheese-mates as we explore the taste science behind the unlikely pair at Historic Green Spring from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $27 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Campfire Saturdays at Lake AccotinkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adventure awaits as you explore spots where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program ends with a cozy campfire. Bring whatever you like to roast; s’mores provided. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Flying Squirrels CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Watch flying squirrels glide in for their evening feast of peanuts and mealworms before heading out to enjoy a campfire. Hear a Native American story of how flying squirrels came to be. Make s’mores. This one-hour at Hidden Oaks Nature Center starts at 6:15 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Evening Woodcock WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
We’ll listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his courtship dance and flight at Huntley Meadows Park from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. Bring a flashlight. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Powhatan’s PeopleClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover some elements of the Algonquian culture of the Powhatans and Tauxenent, such as crafting stone tools, hunting and farming, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Play a game and enjoy a story around the campfire. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Barred Owls CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy an evening hike and campfire to learn about owls at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 6 to 7 p.m. Meet our resident barred owl. Return to a warm campfire to roast marshmallows. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Feeding Day!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., join a naturalist and youth volunteers as we demonstrate how we feed our site display animals at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, March 1

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday ExtravaganzaClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalists at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. as they share the tales of ‘Yertle the Turtle’, ‘Gertrude McFuzz’ and others, showing hat real woodland creatures share some of the same talents. Meet live animals and make crafts. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Speak for the TreesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a reading of The Lorax at E.C. Lawrence Park from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Make a Lorax craft and learn how trees help people. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
Watch as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire at Colvin Run Mill from noon to 2 p.m. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over fresh baked cornbread, while supplies last. Price of $5 includes pre-season mill open-house admission. Call 703-759-2771.

Appetite for Art Tea Program
Experience a sumptuous selection of food-filled masterpieces which depict the rituals, customs and symbolism of dining through the ages at Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3 p.m. Reservations are required. The cost is $32 per person and includes a full English tea following the program. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Winter Lecture: Teaming with NutrientsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take your gardening skills up a notch by optimizing plant nutrition at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Jeff Lowenfels explains how plants eat and what to feed them (not just N-P-K.). You will be rewarded with an organic garden that is the envy of the neighborhood. The cost is $10 per person in advance and $12 at the door. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Wednesday, March 4

Your Home: NaturallyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about forage cuisine at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Make your home and life more Earth-friendly by using items you already have. A naturalist will share steps you can take to make your home a healthier, more natural and environmentally friendly sanctuary. The cost is $8 per person. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, March 6

Wood Frogs!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The wood frogs are breeding in the vernal pools! Assist in collecting and releasing frogs and recording data for our amphibian survey at E.C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wear water-proof boots and bring flash lights. Please register an adult with your child. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, March 7

Family Woodcock WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for an evening walk through the woods to one of the large meadows at Huntley Meadows Park from 6 to 7:30 pm. March 7 and 7:30 to 9 p.m. on March 21. We'll listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. Bring a flashlight. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Snake and Turtle FeedingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by our animal caretaker at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 3 to 4 p.m. At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wake Up Sleepy Heads! Puppet Show & Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in getting our winter-sleeping puppet animals to rise and shine for springtime at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2 p.m. Springtime is really just around the corner and animals in the wild will be waking up! Make a simple craft and enjoy a refreshing wagon ride through the meadow. The cost is $10. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Garden Under Glass: Terrarium WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Shake off the winter chill by creating a garden under glass at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Miniature plants, lush mosses, stones and whimsical figures will bring a smile and remind you of warmer days. Care instructions included. The cost is $38 per person plus a supply fee of $25. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Rainforest to Candy ShopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Did you know that rainforest monkeys and lizards help us have foods like chocolate? Learn how at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. Investigate raw ingredients in your favorite sweets and pick a favorite from chocolate samples from around the world. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Garden Sprouts: Hot and ColdClick to Register with Parktakes Online
While it’s winter in Virginia, it’s summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Children ages 5 and up can learn why seasons differ around the globe at Green Spring Gardens from 11 a.m. to noon. Sample chocolaty treats, both icy and hot! Enjoy a story about chocolate, then scout the gardens for signs of winter and spring. Register online. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, March 8

40th Anniversary Birding for BeginnersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Sharpen your waterfowl identification skills while birding with a park naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park from 8 to 11 a.m. Learn about the history of the park’s nest box program for wood ducks and hooded mergansers. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Reptile & Amphibian ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the RAC and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs and salamanders at E.C. Lawrence Park from 3 to 4 p.m. Learn new facts, encounter live animals and discover their habitats in the park. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Winter Lecture: Hellstrip GardeningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Improve that patch of old turf on the street side of the sidewalk by growing a “hellstrip” garden. Evelyn Hadden offers guidance at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on turning languishing, neighborhood parking strips into thriving, curbside gardens. Hadden addresses street trees, plants, poor soil, laws and covenants and pedestrian traffic. The cost is $10 per person in advance and $12 at the door. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks BridgeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Tuesday, March 10

Civil War Lecture Robert E. Lee
As we near the end of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Sully Historic Site hosts its annual spring lecture series sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. in memory of Thom F. Hanes, one of the original founders. Program runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Wednesday, March 11

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night at Frying Pan Farm Park from 7 to 8 p.m. Dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Thursday, March 12

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night at Frying Pan Farm Park from 7 to 8 p.m. Dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Kids’ Korner: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children ages four to six explore nature or history at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft included. The topic for March is wind. This one-hour program is offered at 1 p.m. on March 12 and 10 a.m. on March 14. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, March 13

Campfire Fridays: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come along for a night of campfire, s’mores, animals, and so much more! Each night features a different topic and different areas of the park that we visit. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, March 14

Kids’ Korner: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children ages four to six explore nature or history at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft included. The topic for March is wind. This one-hour program is offered at 1 p.m. on March 12 and 10 a.m. on March 14. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Park Manager Walk and Talk
Join Huntley Meadows Park Manager Kevin Munroe on a walk and talk through the park from 3 to 5 p.m. Find out about the wetland restoration project and learn about the wildlife for which the park is known. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Evening Woodcock WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take an evening stroll through the forest to one of the park’s largest meadows at Huntley Meadows Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. We’ll listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. Bring a flashlight. Canceled if raining. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire Saturdays at Royal LakeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
A naturalist guided adventure awaits as you explore woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Royal Lake Park. Enjoy some s’mores around a campfire and learn about lakeside fishing. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Go Green Campfire!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a green celebration, both of green forest creatures and being “green” as a forest friend at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. A naturalist will invite all to learn about being green, the origins of St. Patrick’s Day and to sing a traditional Irish tune. Make your friends green with envy as you celebrate by making s’mores. All materials provided. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Salamander Excursion/personClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Salamander Excursion/familyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Witness the first signs of spring by observing Jefferson salamander, spotted salamanders and red spotted newts breeding in vernal pools from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visit a real fossil wall and climb wood stock tower. Bring flashlights, your dinner to cook on a grill and dress for the weather. Meet at Elizabeth Furnace, Front Royal, Virginia. The cost is $20 per person and $45 per family. For information, call Ellanor C. Lawrence Park 703-631-0013.

History Symposium: Food in AmericaClick to Register with Parktakes Online
American cuisine, like the nation itself, is a melting pot. Explore historical influences on the American dinner table through lectures, exhibits and living history at Green Spring Gardens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Distinguished guest speakers discuss the influence on America’s palate of African food traditions, European culinary techniques, food technology innovations and more. View classic American cooking films and enjoy a rousing living history performance of legendary celebrity chef Julia Child. Lunch is included. Call site for vegetarian request. The cost is $75. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Watershed Clean-Up Day
Join individuals, students, families, scouts and other community groups from 9 a.m. to noon as they remove rubbish from creeks and streams In the Potomac River Watershed. Collect tires, bed springs, bottles, cans and other debris from local waterways. Wear boots and old clothes and bring gloves. Trash bags and appreciation provided. Call to reserve a section of the watershed.
Cub Run RECenter: 703-817-9407
Hidden Oaks Nature Center: 703-941-1065
Hidden Pond Nature Center: 703-451-9588
Huntley Meadows Park: 703-768-2525
Lake Fairfax: 703-471-5415
Riverbend Park: 703-759-9018
E.C. Lawrence Park: 703-631-0013
Lake Accotink Park, April 11: 703-569-3464

Sunday, March 15

Winter Lecture: Plants I Haven’t KilledClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Horticulturalist Sandy McDougle has been testing perennial plants for years looking for the most stalwart. Having found new candidates to replace her dead victims, she will share with you at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. perennials that have the potential to thrive, despite her best efforts. The cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Go Green: Shamrocks & SnakesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate St. Patricks’ Day with Irish stories, music and the legend of why there are no snakes in Ireland. Meet several snakes which live here, not there at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:15 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wear Green CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill wearing your best green this Saint Patrick’s Day at E.C. Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and help find all things wearing green in the meadow. Return to a campfire to toast marshmallows. Please be sure to register an adult with your child. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Floral Design: Catch the Irish SpiritClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Irish or not, you can enjoy the spirit of the day. Join floral design instructor Chuck Mason at Green Spring Gardens from 2:30 to 4 p.m. as he helps you create an arrangement with an Irish spirit using decorative greens and flowers. A leprechaun may even leave a bit of gold. The cost is $38 per person plus a $25 supply fee. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks BridgeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Tuesday, March 17

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night at Frying Pan Farm Park from 7 to 8 p.m. Dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Wednesday, March 18

Your Home: NaturallyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about forage cuisine at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Make your home and life more Earth-friendly by using items you already have. A naturalist will share steps you can take to make your home a healthier, more natural and environmentally friendly sanctuary. The cost is $8 per person. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Nature Tots at WalneyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler to explore nature through the sight, sound, smell and touch of Spring at E.C. Lawrence Park from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Program includes both indoor and outdoor activities. Adult must be able to participate with children. The cost is $4 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, March 19

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night at Frying Pan Farm Park from 7 to 8 p.m. Dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, March 20

Family Nature NightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come discover your natural neighborhood and reconnect your family with nature at Huntley Meadows Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Seasonal topics explore the many park habitats and diverse wildlife through activities, crafts, games and walks. Please the call park for topic. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-768-2525.

S’more Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley at E.C. Lawrence Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about other aspects of the areas’ local and natural history. Return to a warming campfire and make a sweet chocolate treat to eat. Meet at Cabell's Mill. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Jr. NaturalistsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children explore the park’s habitats, wildlife, and history at E.C. Lawrence Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Adults are welcome to attend without registering. An outdoor activity and craft is included. Winter topics can be found online. The cost is $5 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Garden Talk: CompostingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Don’t drag your garden and yard waste out to the curb week after week. Learn how to turn it into compost or black gold at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Master Gardeners show you the right way to make rich, nutrient-filled compost that plants love. The cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, March 21

Easter Eggstravaganza: Enjoy the Fun at Frying Pan Farm ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages one to six can hunt for eggs full of treats and prizes starting at 10 a.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Weather decisions will be made by 8 a.m. and a rain date is set on March 22. The cost is just $6 per child. Call 703-437-2771.

Family Woodcock WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for an evening walk through the woods to one of the large meadows at Huntley Meadows Park from 6 to 7:30 pm. March 7 and 7:30 to 9 p.m. on March 21. We'll listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. Bring a flashlight. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire Saturdays at Lake AccotinkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
A naturalist guided adventure awaits as you explore woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Enjoy some s’mores around a campfire and learn about fishing. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Boardwalk AstronomyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
What’s new in the night sky? Join a Huntley Meadows Park naturalist as they take you on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in TonightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Hidden Oaks naturalist calling in these amazing night gliders and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Life in the Leaf LitterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist for a hike. You can explore the forest floor at E.C. Lawrence Park from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Uncover the diversity of soil organisms and the crucial role that invertebrates play in helping forests to stay healthy. The cost is $10. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire with the ConstellationsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill and talk about stars around a warm campfire from 8 to 9 p.m. Then head out into the meadow with a naturalist to learn how to identify the early summer constellations. Please be sure to register an adult with your child. The cost is $6. For information, call Ellanor C. Lawrence Park 703-631-0013.

Workshop: Decorating Birdhouse GourdsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Turn a gourd into a beautiful, crafted birdhouse for your feathered friends at Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Green Spring educator Susan Eggerton shows you a stencil, wood burning, and ink dye technique to free your decorative imagination and turn a plain gourd into a work of art. The cost is $35 for the program plus a $25 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & BlossomsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. on March 21 and 25 and from 11 a.m. to noon on March 22. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $5. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, March 22

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & BlossomsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. on March 21 and 25 and from 11 a.m. to noon on March 22. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $5. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Animal Egg Mobile WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 3 to 12 create a spring mobile of your favorite pond animals from plastic eggs at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. All materials provided. Children must be accompanied by adult. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Fashion Show: Kyoto Costume Institute Tea Program
Travel to Japan with our slideshow showcasing the fabulous collection of one of the world’s leading repositories of Western haute couture, the Kyoto Costume Institute. At Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3 p.m., learn about KCI’s mission to research three centuries of Western fashion and provide cultural exchange through international exhibits. After the program, enjoy a traditional English tea. Reservations are required. The cost is $32 per person and includes a full English tea following the program. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Wednesday, March 25

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & BlossomsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. on March 21 and 25 and from 11 a.m. to noon on March 22. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $5. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Thursday, March 26

Salamander CrawlClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Late march is the most wonderful time of year for our resident salamanders! They come out in droves to meet up and lay eggs for next year’s population. A naturalist presents live specimens and leads you on safari to find these elusive, colorful, and often overlooked critters at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Downton Abbey LectureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
How accurate is Downton Abbey in its depiction of the interconnected lives of aristocrats and their servants 100 years ago? Hear about the grim realities of life for domestic servants and the true nature of their relationships with their employers. Discuss whether the popular TV show provides real historical insight or rose-tinted historical fiction from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Register online. The cost is $15. Light refreshments served. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Friday, March 27

Campfire Fridays: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come along for a night of campfire, s’mores, animals, and so much more! Each night features a different topic and different areas of the park that we visit. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Barred Owls CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy an evening hike and campfire to learn about owls at E.C. Lawrence Park from 6 to 7 p.m. Meet our resident barred owl. Then return to a warm campfire to roast marshmallows. Meet at Cabell's Mill. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Rockhounders- Spring SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and enjoy a hands-on approach to geology that includes rock and mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, March 28

Easter Egg Hunt: Clemyjontri ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come out for kid-friendly Easter fun including egg hunts, crafts, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and other activities at Clemyjontri Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Egg hunts are divided by age and run every 30 minutes. Pre-registration is required. Carousel rides are also available for just $1.75 per child. The rain date is March 29. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-388-2807.

Easter Egg Hunt: SullyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to seven can hunt for Easter eggs at Sully Historic Site starting at noon. Join the egg roll, visit baby animals, see the Easter Bunny and make a craft. Bring your own basket. The cost is $6 per child. The rain date is March 29. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Dinosaur Egg HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to eight can 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 to take home. Both dates run from noon to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. Program is canceled in case of rain. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks BridgeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

40th Anniversary: Spring Symphony StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Huntley Meadows 40th anniversary by joining park naturalists for a delightful evening walk . You can listen for sounds of spring including woodcocks, frogs, owls and more from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dress for the weather and going off trail. Please bring a flashlight. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Meet at the South King’s Hwy., parking area. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, please call 703-768-2525.

Backyard Bird FeedingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Park Manager Kevin Munroe at Huntley Meadows Park from 2 to 3:30 p.m. as he shares his tips and tricks for backyard bird feeding - the best feeders, bird baths, native plants, landscaping for wildlife and how to deal with squirrels. Learn what to feed and plant for each season and leave with a list of native plants for every month of the year. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Pre-Qingming Tasting PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come sample different types of special-production Pre-Qingming teas and assess their qualities at Historic Green Spring from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Chinese festival of Qingming venerates ancestors and celebrates the newly-unfolding greenery of spring. Tea leaves that are plucked before Qingming are prized for their delicacy and subtle nuances. The cost is $25 per person. Register online. Call 703-941-7987.

Photography as Zen ArtClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enhance your photographic vision and produce more meaningful images using a beautiful garden as inspiration at Green Spring Gardens from 9:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. This program incorporates Zen creative practices with photography basics to enable you to find beauty wherever you are and capture images that reflect your true nature. Students must bring a digital camera and tripod and have a means of sending digital images. There are four 3½-hour lessons in this program. The cost is $133 per person. Register online. For more information, please call 703-642-5173.

Multiplying Garden Treasures: CuttingsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to take cuttings following simple techniques demonstrated by staff horticulturist Nancy Olney from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Learn strategies for successful rooting as you take one plant and transform it into drifts of many. Take the starters home to expand your collection. The cost is $22 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Pairing Premium Teas & Chocolates
Sip premium teas and savor the decadent delights of a variety of chocolates – white, milk, semi-sweet, bittersweet and extra dark from 1 to 3 pm. Learn a bit of history, the respective growing regions of tea and chocolate and how to pair tea and chocolate successfully to bring out the best of both. Sample some treats made with tea and chocolate. A take home tea sampler is included. Presented by Certified Tea Specialist and Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden. The cost is $30 per person. Ages 16+. Reservations required by by 3/23. To reserve, call 703-759-2771.

Sunday, March 29

Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Fairfax ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children one to seven years old can hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures at Lake Fairfax Park starting at 11 a.m. Pre-paid reservations are required. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Dinosaur Egg HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to eight can 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 to take home. Both dates run from noon to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. Program is canceled in case of rain. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Build Your own Bat HouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bats help eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants, but they are having a hard time. Help these important animals thrive by building a bat house to hang in your yard at Riverbend Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $8 per person plus $15 per bat house paid to instructor on the day of the program. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Choice Flowering Trees for SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join curatorial horticulturist Brenda Skarphol at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. for a tour through the gardens to view glorious spring flowering trees like magnolia, redbud, juneberry, and ornamental cherry and plum that provide structure and shade in the garden. Cultural requirements, design ideas and mature size are discussed. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, March 31

Butterfly GardeningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a presentation by a Riverbend naturalist on butterflies, host plants for their caterpillars and nectar plant suggestions at Riverbend Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn techniques for attracting these garden jewels and area butterfly gardens you can visit. The cost is $12 per person. For information, call 703-759-9018.

PARK NEWS RSS Feed
PARK PLANNING NEWS
PARK BLOG

Park Blog

GROUNDBREAKINGS & OPENINGS
Past Events Photo Gallery
Past Events Photo Gallery
Introducing Parktakes in Living Color!

Introducing Parktakes in Living Color!

For the first time in its 30-year history, Parktakes is a full-color publication from cover to cover! This enables us to organize the information in a way that we believe more clearly communicates Fairfax County Park Authority program offerings and photos of our award-winning parks. Our goal in using color is to help you search the publication more easily to find information about programs and park activities that are important to you.

This may seem like an expensive proposition, but the fact is after the most recent competitive bidding process, we determined that producing Parktakes in full color costs the Park Authority no more than what it cost to print it in two colors as it was for decades. This is because advanced, high-speed printing equipment is configured to run process color as a standard to meet the demands of today’s publishing industry. As a result, the process of printing in full color is more efficient and cost-effective for long-run publications such as Parktakes.

It should be noted that no taxpayer dollars are used to print Parktakes. Instead, our costs are covered by park user fees and advertising sales. In addition, the printed publication is sent only to park users who request it, rather than to every household in the county, and about 25 percent of our 180,000 subscribers receive Parktakes electronically, further reducing our costs.

Just as our park system has evolved and expanded over time to meet the changing needs of our diverse community, Parktakes has evolved over the past three decades from a small, two-color pamphlet to a vibrant magazine showcasing all that our magnificent park system has to offer. To celebrate our new chapter, we've given the publication a little makover so that Parktakes can be more user-friendly than ever. We hope you enjoy the magazine’s new look!

Karen Acar Thayer, APR
Parktakes Editor, Fairfax County
Park Authority

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Contact Fairfax County: Phone, Email or Twitter | Main Address: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035
Technical Questions: Web Administrator

ADA Accessibility | Website Accessibility
Awards | FOIA | Mobile | Using this Site | Web Disclaimer & Privacy Policy | Get Adobe Reader
Official site of the County of Fairfax, Virginia, © Copyright 2013

Website Feedback Website Feedback    Globe with various flags representing Web site language translations   Language Translations

Return to Graphic Version