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Leisure Fitness Pass Sale

Fall Pass Sale

Save 15% on 4 and 12 month Memberships
September 1 - October 15

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Oak Marr Fitness Expansion Complete

Oak Marr Fitness Expansion Complete

When Oak Marr RECenter patrons get their first look at the new fitness center, they're sure to agree it was worth the wait! The new, two-story fitness center features state-of-the art equipment and three new classroom spaces. The building's entrance, mezzanine and offices have also been renovated to make room for an expanded lobby and a new childcare room. The new fitness center addition is now open!
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Come Discover Bats This September

Come Discover Bats This September

This September, the Fairfax County Park Authority features more than half a dozen programs featuring bats. Perhaps the impending cooler weather, darker skies and the approach of Halloween make getting to know these creatures more alluring. Join in the fun at a park or nature center near you.
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From the Trees to the Tees, Autumn's Wonders Abound

From the Trees to the Tees, Autumn's Wonders Abound

Every autumn, nature’s brilliant palette of gold, orange and red leaves provides a glorious backdrop for hikers, bikers and nature lovers of all ages. Fairfax County parks offer extraordinary opportunities to see fall’s finest show, from Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria to Riverbend Park in Great Falls and hundreds of other parks in between.

The Healing Power of Exercise

The Healing Power of Exercise

At 72, Al Lamb is the picture of health. He takes no medications, he exercises six days per week and he is training to compete in this year’s Northern Virginia Senior Olympics – something he’s done since 2012. “If I can improve my time by five minutes, I just might place third this year,” the Alexandria father of three adult children said. “That’s my goal.”


Park Authority gets National Award for Inclusion Practices

Park Authority gets National Award for Inclusion Practices

From accessible playgrounds to aquatics programs to golf courses and equestrian facilities, the Fairfax County Park Authority prides itself on providing scores of recreational and leisure opportunities for people of all abilities.


Spring Hill to Temporarily Close

Spring Hill to Temporarily Close

The expansion project at Spring Hill RECenter is on schedule as of press time. However, the center will have to close for a six-week period beginning August 18 so that existing locker rooms and multipurpose rooms can be upgraded to provide individual showers and five family changing rooms.


Women Tee Up for Ladies Only Golf

Women Tee Up for Ladies Only Golf

It is 6 p.m. on a Wednesday at Pinecrest Golf Course in Alexandria, and a group golf lesson is about to begin. “Chipping is minimum air time, maximum ground time; pitching is maximum air time, minimum ground time” instructor Lloyd “Doc” Vakay explains as the students, who are anything but the “usual suspects,” listen carefully. This crowd of courageous females is stepping away from the sidelines and getting into the game through ladies-only golf lessons.


TRX Suspension Training

TRX Suspension Training

You don’t have to be an athlete to train like a pro. People at all fitness levels can benefit from TRX Suspension Training classes offered at Fairfax County RECenters.
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Friday, August 1

Carnival at Frying Pan Farm ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy traditional fair rides, amusements and treats! Unlimited one-day ride passes are available for $16 per person through July 23; $18 per person July 24 through July 29; and $25 if purchased on day of event. Unlimited one-day ride specials will be sold Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; honored 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Purchase passes online or call 703-437-9101.

Big Truck & Carnival Fun Night at the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy carnival rides and games at Frying Pan Farm Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The free Big Truck event runs 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Amusement ride tickets are $1 (most rides take three to five tickets).  Admission and parking are free this night only! Bring your crafts, baked goods, garden produce and flowers in for judging in the 4-H building.  Information about items eligible for exhibition and judging can be found at Fairfax County 4-H. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Saturday, August 2

Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Farm ShowClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy old-fashioned country fun with carnival games, rides, fair exhibits and a tractor pull at Frying Pan Farm Park. The 4-H Fair runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carnival open 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday. The Tractor Pull begins at 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Parking is $7 per car.  For information, call 703-437-9101.

Sunrise Kayak TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy breathtaking views as the summer sun rises over the Potomac River at Riverbend Park. Paddle with a naturalist from 7 to 9 a.m. and learn about the historical and natural beauty of this island-dotted section of the Potomac. One and two-person sit-on-top kayaks are available. The cost is $59 per person. Register online. For all tours, download the Kayak Waiver and bring the completed form to the tour. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Campfire Saturdays: Predator or PreyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 7:30 to 9 p.m., search for foxes, coyotes, and other predators at Lake Accotink using professional critter calls. Enjoy a sing-along at the campfire. S'more ingredients provided, hot dogs welcome. Meet at the marina. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-569-3464.

Fishing with OwenClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 8 to 12 go fishing at Hidden Pond Park from 6 to 7 p.m. Equipment and supplies provided, or bring your own rod and reel. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Garden Sprouts: National Watermelon DayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Three to five-year-olds read a story about watermelons and search for them at Green Spring Gardens from 11 a.m. to noon. Join our seed spitting contest and make a watermelon craft. The cost is $10 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Lotus DaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Walk to the ponds at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. to see how the lotus grows and learn about its legends. Make an origami lotus to take home. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Backyard Composting BasicsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Visit Green Spring Gardens' composting station from 10 to 11 a.m. to learn composting methods. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Campfire with the ConstellationsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at E.C. Lawrence Park's Cabell's Mill and talk stars and make s'mores around a warm campfire from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, August 3

Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Farm ShowClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy old-fashioned country fun with carnival games, rides, fair exhibits and a tractor pull at Frying Pan Farm Park. The 4-H Fair runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carnival open 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday. The Tractor Pull begins at 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Parking is $7 per car.  For information, call 703-437-9101.

Intro to River KayakingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This 30-minute introductory level course at Riverbend Park covers river hazards, water safety and paddling basics. The $28 fee includes equipment and half-day kayak rental (same day only). Classes start at 1 p.m. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Reptile & Amphibian ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 6 to 15 explore the amazing world of salamanders, turtles, snakes, lizards, and frogs from 2 to 3 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids ages 5 to 11 discover the amazing variety of birds that inhabit E.C. Lawrence Park. This one-hour program starts at 3 p.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Snakes at the Mill
From 1 to 3 p.m., talk with a Riverbend Park naturalist about animals that live in and around Colvin Run Mill's pond and meet a snake up close. Free. For information call 703-759-2771.

Fairy Tale Tea TimeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Fairy tales come to life as you sip tea and enjoy treats surrounded by your favorite fairy tale characters at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite character! The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Downton Abbey: The Fabulous Flapper Tea
From 1 to 3 p.m. at Historic Green Spring, we'll explore the Flapper Girl's unique image and attitude and discuss her portrayal through the characters of the popular TV series Downton Abbey. The cost is $29 and includes a full English tea. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Wood Carving Lessons
Wood Carving Lessons Create a creature from a block of wood at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from noon to 4 p.m. The lesson is free. There is a nominal charge for wood blanks. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Grain Grinding Demonstrations
The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Tours cost $7/adult, $6/student, and $5/child and senior. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Ice Cream Making
Crank homemade ice cream at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from noon to 3 p.m. Ice cream is $1.50 per cup. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Sundaes in the ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center and stop by the campfire area for an ice cream sundae. Sundaes are $2 each. This program is offered at 3 p.m. on 8/3 and 2 p.m. on 8/17 and 8/31. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, August 4

Before Hula-hoops!
From 1 to 4 p.m., kids enjoy Hoops & Sticks, Game of Graces, nine pin, board games and more at Sully Historic Site. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, August 5

Water CrittersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to six explore the wet world of otters, crabs, turtles, frogs and fish through songs, story and a visit to a pond at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Venom or PoisonClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Head into the forest at E.C. Lawrence Park from 9 to 10:30 a.m. to see which animals are using venom or poison as a defense. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Jr. Farmer Family FunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 4 to 5 p.m., help farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park farm with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Wednesday, August 6

Sprouting Success: Agriculture in the Classroom for Elementary Teachers (K-5)
This interactive session from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens has hands-on lesson ideas and resources designed to be integrated into your daily curriculum. Experience SOL-aligned activities and create unique make-and-takes. Free. Light lunch is provided. To make a reservation, call 703-642-5173.

Friday, August 8

Kayak Tour: Sunset Over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Experience the end of the day with a river tour at Riverbend Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Get started with the basics and in a short time you will be maneuvering through the water. One and two-person kayaks are available. The cost is $59. Register online. For all tours, download the Kayak Waiver and bring the completed form to the tour. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Forest Treasure CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn the history of E.C. Lawrence Park's forest treasures and what you can do to help keep them safe and healthy as you enjoy s'mores around the fire from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Friday: Reptiles and AmphibiansClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about snakes, frogs, and turtles, then go out on an exciting naturalist-led excursion at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The program concludes with a campfire. S'mores provided. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Parent and Child Fishing by BoatClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy fishing with your child from a jon boat or canoe at Riverbend Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Follow the naturalist to favorite fishing spots on the river. Download waiver and bring to tour. https://go.usa.gov/jzD. The cost is $59. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Snake and Turtle FeedingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. This one-hour program starts at 3 p.m. on 8/8 and 2 p.m. on 8/31. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, August 9

Evening Stroll at Huntley MeadowsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 8 to 9:30 p.m., learn the curious habits of fireflies, listen for owls, and watch bats hunt. You might even see resident beavers at work. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Build Your Own Bat HouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Build a bat house at Riverbend Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

American Indian Stories CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as you hear traditional American Indian stories about fall changes. Toast marshmallows. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Nocturnal Hunters CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist for a night hike to learn about nocturnal animals at E.C. Lawrence Park from 8 to 9 p.m. Catch and release fireflies, locate bats with a bat detector and search for other live animals. Make s'mores. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Butterflies in Colored Pencil & AcrylicsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drawing butterflies from colorful photographs, we take colored pencils a step beyond their traditional use at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $74. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Jefferson District Golf Club Championship
Starting at 8 a.m., players compete in an 18-hole individual stroke play tournament. Players are placed into flights based on their first 9-hole score. Register by 8/6. The cost is $60 per player if signed up before 8/4 and $65 after that date. To register, call 703-573-0443.

Sunday, August 10

Intro to River KayakingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This 30-minute introductory level course at Riverbend Park covers river hazards, water safety and paddling basics. The $28 fee includes equipment and half-day kayak rental (same day only). Classes start at 1 p.m. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Wagon Ride: Visit to the Corn CribClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 11 a.m. to noon., enjoy 18th century children's activities at Riverbend Park and visit the corn crib. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, August 11

Little Hands on the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children meet a farm animal, enjoy an activity, and pretend to be the farmer with fun chores at Frying Pan Farm Park. This program is offered for ages two to three at 9:45 a.m. and ages three to five at 11 a.m. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Wednesday, August 13

Giant SpidersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Hunt for the giant nocturnal fishing spider from 8 to 9 p.m. Bring flashlights; wear hiking shoes. Meet at E.C. Lawrence Park's Cabell's Mill. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, August 14

Garden Stroll & Tea
Tour Green Spring Gardens with a docent from 1 to 3 p.m. Afterward, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. The cost is $29 per person. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Kids Korner: SummerClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children enjoy summer adventures at E.C. Lawrence Park at 1 p.m. on Thursday. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, August 15

Kayak Tour: Island HoppingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the upper Potomac River islands near Riverbend Park rom 5 to 7 p.m. Get started with the basics, and soon you will be maneuvering through the water. One and two-person kayaks are available. The cost is $59. Register online. For all tours, download the Kayak Waiver and bring the completed form to the tour. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Parent and Child Fishing by BoatClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy fishing with your child from a jon boat or canoe at Riverbend Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Follow the naturalist to favorite fishing spots on the river. Download waiver and bring to tour. https://go.usa.gov/jzD. The cost is $59. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Junior Club Championship
Junior golfers compete in an 18--hole individual stroke tournament for all age divisions at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m. to noon. Registration begins two weeks prior to event. The cost is $20 per Jr. program member and $30 per non-Jr. program player. Lunch is included. To register, call 703-323-1641.

Goodnight Walk: Abounding BatsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages four to eight search for bats during our nighttime stroll at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Summer Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for butterflies or hunting bats on a 90-minute tractor ride to the wetland at Huntley Meadows. Rides leave at 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Dairy Days: Ice Cream and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games at Sully Historic Site at 1 and 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Creek Adventure Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the Rocky Run at E.C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, August 16

Sunrise Kayak TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy breathtaking views as the summer sun rises over the Potomac River at Riverbend Park. Paddle with a naturalist from 7 to 9 a.m. and learn about the historical and natural beauty of this island-dotted section of the Potomac. One and two-person sit-on-top kayaks are available. The cost is $59 per person. Register online. For all tours, download the Kayak Waiver and bring the completed form to the tour. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Kids Korner: SummerClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children enjoy summer adventures at E.C. Lawrence Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Live Sharks, Rays and MoreClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, meet a live shark and other fish presented by Under the Sea. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Hands-on NatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your child (ages 5 to 11) at 2 p.m. for an hour of natural adventure at E.C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Miller’s Breakfast Cakes at E.C. LawrenceClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Make corn pancakes and learn about Cabell’s Mill. The cost is $6 per person for this 90-minute program starting at 11 a.m. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Saturdays: StargazingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Stroll along the shore of Lake Accotink and learn about the constellations from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-569-3464.

Park Manager Walk and Talk
Join Park Manager Kevin Munroe on a free walk at Huntley Meadows Park from 4 to 6 p.m. No reservations required. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Civil War Encampment Weekend
Federal and Confederate troops at Sully Historic Site recreate Civil War daily life. Enjoy live music and a fashion show. The house tour includes artifacts rarely on exhibit. This event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $9 per adult, $7 per senior and child. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, August 17

Civil War Encampment Weekend
Federal and Confederate troops at Sully Historic Site recreate Civil War daily life. Enjoy live music and a fashion show. The house tour includes artifacts rarely on exhibit. This event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $9 per adult, $7 per senior and child. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Wood Carving Lessons
Wood Carving Lessons Create a creature from a block of wood at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from noon to 4 p.m. The lesson is free. There is a nominal charge for wood blanks. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Grain Grinding Demonstrations
The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Tours cost $7/adult, $6/student, and $5/child and senior. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Ice Cream Making
Crank homemade ice cream at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from noon to 3 p.m. Ice cream is $1.50 per cup. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Intro to River KayakingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This 30-minute introductory level course at Riverbend Park covers river hazards, water safety and paddling basics. The $28 fee includes equipment and half-day kayak rental (same day only). Classes start at 1 p.m. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Wagon Ride: Birds, Butterflies & BlossomsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Sundaes in the ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center and stop by the campfire area for an ice cream sundae. Sundaes are $2 each. This program is offered at 3 p.m. on 8/3 and 2 p.m. on 8/17 and 8/31. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Dress Up Your Walls
From 1 to 3 p.m. at Historic Green Spring, learn to display artwork in your home. The cost is $29 per person and includes a full English tea. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Meet and Greet Cool Dogs on a Hot Day
Fairfax County Animal Shelter volunteers and adoptable dogs will be at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. Free. For more information call 703-759-2771.

Sunset Cruise
Take a cruise on Lake Accotink from 7 to 8 p.m. and enjoy sunset views. The fee is $6. Register in advance by calling 703-569-0285.

Monday, August 18

Jr. Naturalist: SummerClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 6 to 10 discover summer adventures with a naturalist at E.C. Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Tuesday, August 19

Jr. Farmer Family FunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 4 to 5 p.m., help farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park farm with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Butterflies & Moths for PreschoolersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to six learn through dancing, storytelling and meeting live insects at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Make a moth craft. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Lethal PredatorsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Find out about lethal predators at E.C. Lawrence Park from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Assist a naturalist with conservation biology as we head out into the forest to look for some of our local predators. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Wednesday, August 20

Sully Sleuths WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Six to 12-year-olds uncover clues that help decipher life in the 18th century at Sully Historic Site from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, Wednesday, August 20 through Friday, August 22. The cost is $90. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Friday, August 22

Kayak Tour: Moonshine & MayhemClick to Register with Parktakes Online
What is now Riverbend Park was once a safe haven for illegal whiskey-making operations during the 1920s. Journey by kayak past islands and discover its shady past from 5 to 7 p.m. One-person and two-person kayaks are available. The cost is $59 per person. Register online. For all tours, download the Kayak Waiver and bring the completed form to the tour. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Summer Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for butterflies or hunting bats on a 90-minute tractor ride to the wetland at Huntley Meadows. Rides leave at 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Dairy Days: Ice Cream and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games at Sully Historic Site at 1 and 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Fishing by the StreamClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Go fishing along Rocky Run at E.C. Lawrence Park from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Friday: Bugs & SpidersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join our naturalist for outdoor adventure at Hidden Pond Park from 7:30 to 9 p.m. S’mores provided. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

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

Saturday, August 23

30th Annual Begonia Show and Sale
The sale at Green Spring Gardens, sponsored by the Potomac Branch of the American Begonia Society, is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Growing Beautiful BegoniasClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Begonia expert Johanna Zinn educates you on types, soil needs, feeding, terrariums, containers and winter care from 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. The cost is $18 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

The Home-Grown Medicine Chest
Tour Sully Historic Site and learn about the preparation of home remedies and their uses. This tour is offered at 1, 2, or 3 p.m. and the cost is $8 per adult, $7 per student, and $6 per senior and child. For information, call 703-437-1794.

All About Bats CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for bats at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Enjoy an American Indian story of how bats got their wings. Toast marshmallows. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Evening Walk at Huntley MeadowsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Listen for owls and frogs and watch for beaver activity on a guided walk from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Ice CreamClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Tour the ice house and ice pond at E.C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Use tools and make ice cream. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Fireflies in the MeadowClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring a plastic jar with a lid to E.C. Lawrence Park from 8 to 9 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Meet at Cabell's Mill. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Saturdays: Amphibians & ReptilesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the habitat around Royal Lake with a naturalist from 7:30 to 9 p.m. S'more ingredients provided. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-569-3464.

Potomac Float and FishClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Spend the day fishing from a kayak as we paddle from Algonkian Regional Park to Riverbend Park in search of smallmouth bass. This program starts at 7 a.m. and the cost is $121. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, August 24

Intro to River KayakingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This 30-minute introductory level course at Riverbend Park covers river hazards, water safety and paddling basics. The $28 fee includes equipment and half-day kayak rental (same day only). Classes start at 1 p.m. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Wagon Ride: Visit to the Corn CribClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 11 a.m. to noon., enjoy 18th century children’s activities at Riverbend Park and visit the corn crib. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

30th Annual Begonia Show and Sale
The sale at Green Spring Gardens, sponsored by the Potomac Branch of the American Begonia Society, is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Canine Cruise at Lake Accotink
Treat your canine companion to a special cruise from 7 to 8 pm aboard Lake Accotink Park’s pooch-friendly pontoon tour boat. The fee is $6. Register in advance by calling 703-569-0285.

Monday, August 25

Little Hands on the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children meet a farm animal, enjoy an activity, and pretend to be the farmer with fun chores at Frying Pan Farm Park. This program is offered for ages two to three at 9:45 a.m. and ages three to five at 11 a.m. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Wednesday, August 27

White Glove TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a behind-the-scenes tour with a curator at Sully Historic Site from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Bats at E.C. Lawrence ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Use a bat detector to look for bats at E.C. Lawrence Park from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, August 29

Kayak Tour: Sunset Over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Experience the end of the day with a river tour at Riverbend Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Get started with the basics and in a short time you will be maneuvering through the water. One and two-person kayaks are available. The cost is $59. Register online. For all tours, download the Kayak Waiver and bring the completed form to the tour. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Parent and Child Fishing by BoatClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy fishing with your child from a jon boat or canoe at Riverbend Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Follow the naturalist to favorite fishing spots on the river. Download waiver and bring to tour. https://go.usa.gov/jzD. The cost is $59. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Dairy Days: Ice Cream and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games at Sully Historic Site at 1 and 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Creek Adventure Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the Rocky Run at E.C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Wild Animals Puppet ShowClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five learn about wildlife and our environment through puppet plays at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 3 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, August 30

Sunrise Kayak TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy breathtaking views as the summer sun rises over the Potomac River at Riverbend Park. Paddle with a naturalist from 7 to 9 a.m. and learn about the historical and natural beauty of this island-dotted section of the Potomac. One and two-person sit-on-top kayaks are available. The cost is $59 per person. Register online. For all tours, download the Kayak Waiver and bring the completed form to the tour. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Campfire Saturdays: Bugs and SpidersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Use special bug habitat containers to collect bugs at Lake Accotink from 7:30 to 9 p.m. S'more ingredients provided. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-569-3464.

Lizard Survey and HikeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Watch a short movie about native lizards and see our lizards up close at E.C. Lawrence Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Meet at Cabell's Mill. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching for BeginnersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn birding basics at Riverbend Park from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, August 31

Intro to River KayakingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This 30-minute introductory level course at Riverbend Park covers river hazards, water safety and paddling basics. The $28 fee includes equipment and half-day kayak rental (same day only). Classes start at 1 p.m. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Sundaes in the ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center and stop by the campfire area for an ice cream sundae. Sundaes are $2 each. This program is offered at 3 p.m. on 8/3 and 2 p.m. on 8/17 and 8/31. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Snake and Turtle FeedingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. This one-hour program starts at 3 p.m. on 8/8 and 2 p.m. on 8/31. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Hands-on HistoryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids ages 4 to 10 travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th century children at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, September 6

All About Bats Campfire at Hidden OaksClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for bats from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn fun facts and hear an American Indian story of how bats got their wings. Toast marshmallows. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Workshop: Casting Leaves in ConcreteClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Horticulturalist Nancy Olney demonstrates casting and painting techniques at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The program cost is $45 per person and there is a $20 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Hands-on Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop-off your child (ages 5 to 11) for an hour of natural adventure at E.C. Lawrence Park starting at 3 p.m. Children feed exhibit animals, search for wildlife, explore fur pelts, bones and other nature artifacts, and take home a craft. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Botanical DrawingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Build on your drawing skills as you work with perspective, shading, and three-dimensionality to draw botanic subjects at Green Spring Gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring a bag lunch.  The cost is $76 per person.  Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Artist Book Signing
Artists from the newly published American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic will be on hand at Green Spring Gardens from noon to 2 p.m. to sign copies of the book and talk informally about the project.  For information, call 703-642-5173.

Walney Time Travel: Peach Cobbler CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., learn about the lives of the E.C. Lawrence Park’s 18th century and early 19th century residents, as interpreters in period attire demonstrate cooking a peach cobbler using a Dutch oven. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

River MonstersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the Bull Run stream to discover river monsters from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Fish the deep pools for giant catfish and search the banks for northern water snakes. Meet at Hemlock Overlook. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Virginia Indian Festival at Riverbend Park
The festival includes eight Virginian tribes including the Rappahannock dancers and drummers. Enjoy hands on activities and live demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. including American Indian storytelling, shooting bow and arrows, throwing spears and making stone tools.  Also, explore a longhouse, help build a dugout canoe, and visit our marketplace of American Indian crafts, pottery and jewelry. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Frogs & Sprites: Creatures of the ForestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Forests are magical places where slow-moving caterpillars become spritely butterflies and frogs can freeze solid and live. Children ages 4 to 11 learn more about the trees these creatures need to live at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

How to Draw Your Dragon(fly)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Margaret Wohler, illustrator for Huntley Meadows Park’s Dragonfly Guide, to learn tips and techniques for drawing dragonflies and other insects. This 90-minute program starts at 10 a.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Nature BuddiesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Parents and kids (ages three to five) read a story, play games and take a walk to Huntley Meadows’ wetland to look at seasonal happenings from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, September 7

SlugFest at Hidden Pond Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
There will be slug racing, crafts, fortune telling, skin exfoliation, slime tossing and the world premiere of The Life of Slime from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $8 per child (ages 3 to 12). Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Art Show Reception
Come to Green Spring Gardens’and the Historic House from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and see the work of Springfield Art Guild artists photographer Jay McKain and watercolorist Marnie Maree. Admission is free. The art show runs August 26-Oct. 28. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Grandparents’ Day Tea PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate National Grandparents Day with a multigenerational tea party at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Free! For information, call 703-759-2771.

Grain Grinding Demonstrations
The miller will be grinding from noon to 3 p.m., conditions permitting, at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Tours cost $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for children and seniors. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Monday, September 8

Feeding Day!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
We demonstrate feeding display animals at E.C. Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Tuesday, September 9

Downton Abbey Costumes at Winterthur GetawayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Travel to Winterthur Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware to see the Downton Abbey costume exhibit. Enjoy lunch the Winterthur cafe.  The motor coach departs Green Spring Gardens at 7:15 a.m. and returns at 6:15 p.m.  The program fee of $119 per person includes motor coach, driver tip, entrance fees and tours. Register online.  For information, call 703-642-5173.

Wednesday, September 10

Wagon Ride: Journey to the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
See what’s hopping, splashing and swimming in Riverbend’s pond from 10 to 11 a.m. Meet at the nature center. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Animal VetsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 7 to 12 meet at Riverbend Park’s nature center to help care for our exhibit animals from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Thursday, September 11

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Go behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park from 4 to 5 p.m. Help with farm chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals and shelling corn. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Go Native! WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
We discuss the benefits of planting natives at Hunter House in Nottoway Park from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-324-8513.

Kids Korner: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children ages three to six with an adult explore nature or history at E.C. Lawrence Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 9/11 and 10 to 11 a.m. on 9/13. An outdoor activity and craft are included in the $5 fee. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Homeschoolers Special at SullyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your homeschool student (age 5 to 12) or group to Sully Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for hands-on fun learning designed to enrich understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800. The cost is $10 per child and $5 per adult. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Story Time in the ForestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five enjoy a nature story, followed by a craft, outdoor exploration and other activities at Huntley Meadows Park. This one-hour program is offered at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and the cost is $7 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Forestry Thursday at Hidden PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the hidden world of trees at Hidden Pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Topics include: 9/11 Pine Cones and Coconuts, 9/18 Woodland Trees, and 9/25 Trees of our Waterways. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, September 12

Campfire Friday: FishingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Hook a big one at Hidden Pond Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy a campfire and s’mores. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, September 13

Bat Fest at Hidden Oaks Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Leslie Sturges, wildlife rehabilitator and licensed exhibitor, presents live local bats from 7 to 9 p.m. Go on an evening bat hike and enjoy games and crafts. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Kids Korner: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children ages three to six with an adult explore nature or history at E.C. Lawrence Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 9/11 and 10 to 11 a.m. on 9/13. An outdoor activity and craft are included in the $5 fee. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Native American ArcheryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to make a bow and arrows and then take aim and shoot at Hidden Pond Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $24. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Evening StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn the curious habits of fireflies, listen for owls, and watch bats hunt from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Huntley Meadows. You might even see resident beavers at work! The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Fall Garden Day at Green Spring Gardens
Local plant vendors satisfy your gardening needs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live music, bake sale and a silent auction add to the festivities. Admission is free. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Four-Floor TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Oliver Evans’ birthday weekend with a behind-the-scenes tour of his modern milling marvel. Explore all four floors of Colvin Run Mill and see how Evans’ patented system revolutionized the milling industry. This extended tour may last up to two hours. Tours begin at noon and 2 p.m. and the cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Farm Animal Safari at Frying PanClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Calling all safari detectives! Use your powers of observation to locate clues left by animals from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. Activities include observation games and a guided tour through the park. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Sunday, September 14

Build Your Own Bat HouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2 to 4 p.m. at Riverbend Park, build a bat house to hang in your yard. The cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Four-Floor TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Oliver Evans’ birthday weekend with a behind-the-scenes tour of his modern milling marvel. Explore all four floors of Colvin Run Mill and see how Evans’ patented system revolutionized the milling industry. This extended tour may last up to two hours. Tours begin at noon and 2 p.m. and the cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Reptile & Amphibian ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 6 to 15 explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and salamanders at E.C. Lawrence Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids ages 5 to 11 meet at E.C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. to develop awesome birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Monday, September 15

Yoga for Gardeners at Green Spring GardensClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This class from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. features a gentle introduction to the Vinyasa method. Class is held indoors.  The cost is $117 per person for 11 Monday morning classes.  Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, September 16

Animal Feeding at the Nature Center Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 3 to 11 help our 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.

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your flashlight or lantern to Frying Pan Farm Park for a twilight tour from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Wednesday, September 17

Homeschool Historians Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your homeschool student (ages 6 to 13) or group to E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m. for hands-on learning designed to enrich your understanding of Fairfax County history. The cost is $12 per child and $5 per adult. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, September 18

Forestry Thursday at Hidden PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the hidden world of trees at Hidden Pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Topics include: 9/11 Pine Cones and Coconuts, 9/18 Woodland Trees, and 9/25 Trees of our Waterways. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your flashlight or lantern to Frying Pan Farm Park for a twilight tour from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Garden Stroll & Tea
Tour Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Enjoy a traditional English tea served in our 1784 historic house. The cost is $29. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Friday, September 19

Riverside Campfire: Batty about BatsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn why bats are disappearing from our skies through games and activities at Riverbend Park from 6 to 7 p.m. Bring a toasting stick; s’mores provided. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Great Grub to Grow in FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Master gardeners introduce you to the basics of growing and harvesting cool-season vegetables at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Local Lore at Historic HuntleyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 6:30 to 8 p.m., explore the Chesapeake region’s rich history and the many cultures that have helped create this diverse community through activities, crafts and walks. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Jr. Naturalist: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages six to nine explore E.C. Lawrence Park’s meadows and forests, view wildlife, participate in historical activities, and make crafts from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Goodnight Walk: OwlsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to recognize the calls and features of local owls, make a craft and take a night hike with a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, September 20

Batty Campfire at E.C. Lawrence ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Use a bat detector to hear bats communicate and hunt from 7 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a night hike and savor s‘mores. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bats at Lake AccotinkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for bats from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. S’mores are provided. The cost is $7 per person. For information, call Hidden Pond Nature Center at 703-451-9588.

Garden Sprouts: Sunflowers & ScarecrowsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five look for giant flowers and straw men on an autumn scavenger hunt from 11 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. Stuff a friendly scarecrow. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Autumn Cider Activity Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages five and older with a registered adult follow the clues around Green Spring Gardens for an activity-based, autumn scavenger hunt from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Milkweed Safari: Monarchs and More Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a pictorial safari of plant/animal/insect relationships at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Sully’s Garden WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
How to attract birds and butterflies using native plantings is discussed by horticulturalist Andy Johnson in this talk and walk in Sully’s beautiful heirloom garden from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. A guided tour through the garden follows the program. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Peonies-a-Plenty: Propagation Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to divide herbaceous peonies at Green Spring Gardens from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The program fee is $30 and the supply fee is $15. Register for the 1 p.m. tree peony grafting program as well, and we’ll waive the supply fees for both programs. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Peonies-a-Plenty: Tree Peony GraftingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Go through the grafting process so you end up with a tree peony to take home at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The program cost is $30 per person and the supply fee is $15. Register for the 10:30 a.m. peony propagation program as well, and the supply fees for both programs will be waived.  Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Club Championship at Burke Lake GC
Players compete in an 18-hole individual stroke tournament from 8 to 10 a.m. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and closest to the pin contests. Registration begins two weeks prior to the event. The rain date is September 27. The $35 fee includes lunch. To register, call 703-323-1641.

Campfire with Stories and SongsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the Huntley Meadows naturalist for a sing-a-long and American Indian stories from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy s’mores. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Park Manager Walk and Talk
Join Huntley Meadows Park Manager Kevin Munroe on a free walk from 4 to 6 p.m. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Life in the Leaf LitterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist for a hike and explore the forest floor at E.C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks BridgeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a journey through Riverbend Park’s woods to Poohsticks Bridge. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, September 21

Grain Grinding Demonstrations
The miller will be grinding from noon to 3 p.m., conditions permitting, at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Tours cost $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for children and seniors. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Microscopic Monsters at Walney PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 1 to 2 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park, use a microscope to discover invisible organisms and learn why such tiny creatures are so important. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Monarchs and MoreClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify monarch and other butterflies and assist with tagging monarchs at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. This one-hour program is offered at 2:30 p.m. on 9/6, and 1:30 and 3 p.m. on 9/21. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

The Social Ladder
At Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3 p.m. learn how everybody knew their place on the social ladder in the Old World and the New. The cost is $29 and includes an English tea program. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Monday, September 22

History for HomeschoolersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 7 to 10 discover the history, technology and work of a rural 19th century Virginia community at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Tuesday, September 23

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your flashlight or lantern to Frying Pan Farm Park for a twilight tour from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Wednesday, September 24

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks BridgeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a journey through Riverbend Park’s woods to Poohsticks Bridge. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Homeschool Naturalist Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your homeschool student (ages 6 to 13) or group to E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m. for hands-on fun learning to enrich understanding of Fairfax County’s natural environment. The cost is $12 per child and $5 per adult. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, September 25

Homeschoolers Special at SullyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your homeschool student (age 5 to 12) or group to Sully Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for hands-on fun learning designed to enrich understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800. The cost is $10 per child and $5 per adult. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Story Time in the ForestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five enjoy a nature story, followed by a craft, outdoor exploration and other activities at Huntley Meadows Park. This one-hour program is offered at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and the cost is $7 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Forestry Thursday at Hidden PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the hidden world of trees at Hidden Pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Topics include: 9/11 Pine Cones and Coconuts, 9/18 Woodland Trees, and 9/25 Trees of our Waterways. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your flashlight or lantern to Frying Pan Farm Park for a twilight tour from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, September 26

Goodnight Walk: Abounding BatsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Search the skies for bats at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a story and fun facts. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Fall Warblers at E.C. Lawrence ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for warblers with an expert guide from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Raptors of the Forest CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Relax around the campfire with live birds of prey at E.C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8 p.m. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

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

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Easy-to-Grow ShrubsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, master gardeners introduce you to shrubs that add shape and structure, fragrance, berries and color to your landscape. The cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Campfire Friday: Animal SuperstitionsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
It’s Friday the 13th and we’ll explore the truth behind animal superstitions at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy a campfire and s’mores. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, September 27

Wild Side Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a 90-minute tractor ride with a Huntley Meadows Park naturalist to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Meet at the South King’s Highway park entrance. Rides on 9/27 depart at 2 and 4 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Farm Animal Safari at Frying PanClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Calling all safari detectives! Use your powers of observation to locate clues left by animals from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. Activities include observation games and a guided tour through the park. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Sounds of the Night CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Identify nocturnal animal calls and enjoy stories around a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. Make s’mores. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

The Living Garden Spaces SymposiumClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens’ Living Garden Spaces Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and discover how to create a richly layered home garden with nature as your design inspiration. The cost is $75 per person. Call for vegetarian lunch requests. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Flavored Teas Tasting PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Sample a range of loose-leaf black, green and white teas accented with combinations of fruit, berries, spices, oils and blossoms at Historic Green Spring from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A traditional English tea follows the program. The cost is $25 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Snapping TurtlesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Visit the pond and search for snapping turtles at E.C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. Meet at Walney Pond. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Birding for Beginners at Huntley MeadowsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about birds in the park from 8 to 11 a.m. The program begins with an indoor discussion. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Evening WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Huntley Meadows Park Naturalist P.J. Dunn to hike the trails after dark from 7 to 9 p.m. Listen for owls and frogs and watch for beaver activity. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, September 28

Build Your own Bat HouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2 to 4 p.m. at Riverbend Park, build a bat house to hang in your yard. The cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Hands-on History at E.C. Lawrence ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off children ages four to nine and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th century children from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $12 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Wagon Ride: Birds, Butterflies & BlossomsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

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Preserving Fairfax County’s
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Preserving Fairfax County’s Natural Heritage

Imagine an area one and a half times the size of Manhattan. That’s how much land the Fairfax County Park Authority preserves and protects. Managing 23,000 acres of natural resources in more than 420 parks requires careful planning and collaboration.

The Park Authority has a new plan to manage and preserve natural resources. The plan’s goals fall under four simple themes: to know what we have, to do no harm, to help our land heal and to spread the word about natural resource stewardship. You can read the plan online.

Significant changes have occurred in Fairfax County over the past 50 years. Natural areas face many stresses that were simply not much of an issue before. These stresses include land development, tree canopy loss, increased stormwater runoff, an abundant white-tailed deer population and climate change to name a few. Parks conserve native populations of plants, wildlife and their habitats. Parks also help to clean our water and air, and they provide open spaces where we can enjoy the outdoors and appreciate nature.

You can support the plan’s goals in a number of ways. Visit our five nature centers and learn from enlightening programs for children and adults. Visit your parks. Learn about them. Become a volunteer and be a good neighbor to the parks. By getting involved and helping to preserve Fairfax County’s natural resources, you will help ensure our rich natural heritage thrives well into the future.

John M. Stokely
Natural Resources Branch Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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