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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.


Oak Marr Expansion Nears Completion

Oak Marr Expansion Nears Completion

When Oak Marr RECenter patrons get their first look at the new fitness center this fall, 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.


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.


2014 Virginia Indian Festival to Showcase Native Dance and Culture

2014 Virginia Indian Festival to Showcase Native Dance and Culture

Tribal dancing, songs and drumming make history come alive each September at the Virginia Indian Festival at Riverbend Park. This year’s festival will offer greater opportunities to enlighten and delight the entire family.

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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Come Out to Play! Summer Camps

Come Out to Play! The largest summer camp provider in Northern Virginia – choose from more than 1,000 weeks of camp!
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Summer Entertainment Series Summer Entertainment Series

The Summer Entertainment Series is a summer-long calendar of FREE shows, concerts and movies appropriate for you and your family. These concerts held in local parks are the perfect place to bring a picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the best local and regional entertainers.
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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.

Caribbean Reef Puppet ShowClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to six watch an undersea adventure at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Games, songs, and crafts are included in the $5 fee. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

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.

Tagging Monarch ButterfliesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the fascinating life cycle of monarchs at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

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.

Tuesday, July 1

Out is In: Outdoor Play Every Day
Six to ten-year-olds learn traditional outdoor games including hopscotch, escargot, and SPUD at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. This free one-hour program is offered at 10 a.m. on 7/1 and 2 p.m. on 7/27. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Thursday, July 3

Out is In: Forgotten Road Tour
This free walking tour starting at 2 p.m. highlights Sully Historic Site’s historic outbuildings, reconstructed slave quarter and south road. Space is limited to 15. To make a reservation, call 703-437-1794.

Friday, July 4

Oh Say Can You See:  Fun Facts, Games and Trivia for the 4th
Challenge the old grey cells this 4th of July with political trivia, games and fun facts at Sully Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. A guided tour is included in the fee of $7 per adult, $6 per student, and $5 per senior and child. To make a reservation, call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, July 5

Campfire Saturdays: Eyeshine Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore Lake Accotink Park with a naturalist in search of animal eyeshine from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The program ends at a cozy campfire, where a naturalist talks about some of the park’s wildlife. S’more ingredients are provided; hot dogs welcome. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-569-3464.

Sounds of the Night Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify nocturnal animal calls and enjoy stories of local denizens of the night around a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 8 to 9 p.m. Make s’mores! The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Turtle Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
See turtles close-up at E.C. Lawrence Park from 4 to 5 p.m. Learn how to identify different species and then assist a naturalist in a search for them at the pond. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Out is In: Discovery Trail
Discover beautifully cultivated gardens, a native plant forest, and explore the ponds at Green Spring Gardens from 9 a.m. to noon. Play our nature ID game, talk with naturalists along the way, and visit our hands-on discovery table. Free. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Trackless Train Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about Green Spring Gardens as you ride Engine #62, the Park Authority’s small, 12-passenger trackless train, to the Historic House.  Rides are available from 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $3 per rider. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, July 6

Reptile & Amphibian Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join RAC and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and salamanders at E.C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. Children ages 6 to 15 learn new facts, encounter live animals, and discover their habitats in the park. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 3 to 4 p.m., children ages 5 to 11 discover the amazing variety of birds that inhabit E.C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Art Receptions
Come to Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. for two art show receptions.  Visit the Historic House to see the oil paintings of Elizabeth Floyd and visit the Horticulture Center to see the oil paintings of Penny McGrath.  Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments.  For information, call 703-642-5173.

Basic Sewing: Create a Creature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Students learn basic sewing skills as they create an animal, space alien or dinosaur from felt, fabric, buttons and thread at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wood Carving Lessons
The wood carvers lend their tools and expertise at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from noon to 4 p.m. The lesson is free; there is a nominal charge for wood blanks. Participants must be at least age 12. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Sundaes in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the family for a Sunday stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center and enjoy an ice cream sundae. Sundaes are $2; the walk and visit to Nature Playce is free! Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Out is In: Grinding Demonstrations
The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Come see the results of the recent mill restoration and celebrate Park & Recreation Month. Visitors who tour the mill during grinding demonstrations in July can also take home a free bag of Colvin Run Mill cornmeal. Tour costs are $7 per adult, $6 per student 16, and $5 per child and senior. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch the blacksmith fire up the forge at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. For more information call 703-759-2771.

Tuesday, July 8

Stream Monsters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enter Big Rocky Run and see hellgrammites, water scorpions, and water snakes at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Beautiful Birds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to six dance like a bird, play a parachute game and design their own feathered friend 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.

Wednesday, July 9

Junior 18-hole Tournament at Burke Lake
Junior golfers compete in an 18-hole individual stroke tournament at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m. to noon. Players compete in three age divisions: 10 & younger, 11–13, and 14–17. The rain date is July 16. The cost is $20 for Jr. Program members; $30 for non-Jr. Program members. To register, call 703-323-1641.

Hand Sewing Workshop for Kids Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 8 to 12 learn hand sewing at Sully Historic Site from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Sew a haversack, try knitting and cross stitch, and weave a bookmark. The fee is $90. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Friday, July 11

Stories from Old Centreville Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 8 to 9 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park, savor s’mores around the campfire while we share some of our favorite stories from Centreville’s past, including a ghost story or two. Finish the evening with a candlelight tour of a mysterious headstone and an ancient miller’s house. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Goodnight Walk: Firefly Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Wonders of fireflies come to light during our walk and talk and activity exploring these amazing creatures at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 8 to 9 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Walk on the Wild Weird Side: Crustaceans Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From lobsters to roly polies, learn odd and interesting facts about crustaceous companions and meet live specimens at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Campfire Friday: Stream Study Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Go on a nighttime stream study at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m. to search for creek critters like the madtom catfish or the elusive eel. S’mores provided. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Out is In: Park Walk
Walk over two miles of easy trails around Hidden Oaks Nature Center with the park manager. Learn about the natural history of the park as well as the cultural history including evidence of land use by American Indians and pre-Civil War railroad builders. This free one-hour program is offered at 10 a.m. on 7/11 and 1 p.m. on 7/13. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Dairy Days: Make Ice Cream and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully Historic Site. The cost is $5. This one-hour program is offered at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, July 12

Snake and Turtle Feeding Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 3 to 4 p.m., at least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed by Hidden Oaks Nature Center staff. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Frog Chorus at Eakin Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate National Frog Month! Meet at Eakin Park on Prosperity Rd. in Fairfax at 7:30 p.m. for a walk to the pond to identify frogs by sound and features. Bring one flashlight per family. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call Hidden Oaks Nature Center at 703-941-1065.

Garden Sprouts: Lambs Ears & Dandy Lions Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five with an accompanying adult go on a plant safari at Green Spring Gardens from 11 a.m. to noon to search for snapdragons, catmint, elephant ears and other ‘animals’ hidden in the garden. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Jr./Parent Alternate Shot Tournament
Junior golfers team up with a parent to compete in a nine-hole alternate shot tournament at Jefferson District Golf Course starting at 9 a.m. Age groups are divided into 8-10, 11-13 and 14-17. Advanced registration is required by July 9. The cost per team before July 7 is $55 for Junior Program members/ $65.00 for non-members; $60 and $70 after July 7. The rain date is July 19. To register, call 703-573-0443.

Sun-Loving Plants for Wet Sites Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, learn about North American natives and some non-native plants that are great for rain gardens, stream banks, bio-retention areas and soggy sites. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Flora Weird and Wonderful Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 1 to 2 p.m., children ages five and older with a registered adult walk through Green Spring’s glasshouse and gardens to meet strangling vines, carnivorous flowers, and poisonous trees. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

The Moon and the Stars Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill in E.C. Lawrence Park to talk moon and stars around a warm campfire from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Make s’mores around the campfire. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Saturdays: Buck Moon Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Watch the “Buck Moon” rise over Royal Lake and search for deer from 7:30 to 9 p.m. A naturalist will provide context while you enjoy s’mores. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalist PJ Dunn for a two-hour evening hike starting at 7 p.m. Listen for owls and frogs and watch for beaver activity. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

World War II Living History at Sully
Travel back to the World War II era as Sully Historic Site hosts Allied and Axis re-enactors for a weekend of demonstrations, memories, and music. Get an up-close look at what life was like for soldiers and civilians throughout the war. A house tour is included in the fee of $8/adult, $6/senior and child. Admission is free for veterans and active duty military. This event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, July 13

World War II Living History at Sully
Travel back to the World War II era as Sully Historic Site hosts Allied and Axis re-enactors for a weekend of demonstrations, memories, and music. Get an up-close look at what life was like for soldiers and civilians throughout the war. A house tour is included in the fee of $8/adult, $6/senior and child. Admission is free for veterans and active duty military. This event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Out is In: Park Walk
Walk over two miles of easy trails around Hidden Oaks Nature Center with the park manager. Learn about the natural history of the park as well as the cultural history including evidence of land use by American Indians and pre-Civil War railroad builders. This free one-hour program is offered at 10 a.m. on 7/11 and 1 p.m. on 7/13. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Birding for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the birds found in Huntley Meadows Park and some basic identification skills from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Out is In: Pond Open House
Hidden Pond Nature Center’s manager introduces you to the park, its history and features from noon to 2 p.m. Enjoy a free pond walk and netting activity. Dress to get messy and possibly wet. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Tea: Skirts, Spurs and Tea at the Races
From 1 to 3 p.m. at Historic Green Spring, Janet Hammes explores our equine heritage, from the accomplishments of equestrian women, their fashions, and the great “aside or astride?” sidesaddle debate to the culture, customs, and fine dining of the racetracks. The $29 fee includes an English tea. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Stream Stomp Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 6 to 10 investigate Bugg Creek for salamanders, crayfish and more in this catch-and-release adventure at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Dino Puppet Show & Activities Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to seven enjoy a puppet show along with fun fossil facts at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 3 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Out is In: Historic Centreville Park
Out is In at Old Centreville. From 4 to 5 p.m., take a free one-mile walk and travel some 200 years in history from 18th century taverns to Civil War forts to a 1930s home bought from a catalogue. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Wagon Ride: Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 11 a.m. to noon. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Wednesday, July 16

Fireflies in the Meadow Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring a plastic jar with a lid to catch and release fireflies from 8 to 9 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $5. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, July 17

Garden Stroll & Tea
Tour glorious demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterward, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. The cost is $29 per person for this program from 1 to 3 p.m. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Kids Korner: Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children ages three to six share summer adventures with their adult and a naturalist at E.C. Lawrence Park. This one-hour program is offered at 1 p.m. on 7/17 and 10 a.m. on 7/19. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, July 18

Creek Adventure Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring shoes that can get wet and an adventurous spirit to 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.

Walk on the Wild Weird Side: Venom/Poison Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover strange and fascinating facts about local animals such as centipedes, toads, pit vipers, millipedes, and hornets as guest speaker Pomfret T. Milquetoast presents a slideshow, live specimens, and a forest walk at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, July 19

Kids Korner: Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children ages three to six share summer adventures with their adult and a naturalist at E.C. Lawrence Park. This one-hour program is offered at 1 p.m. on 7/17 and 10 a.m. on 7/19. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn the curious habits of fireflies, listen for owls, and watch bats hunt from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Bug Lovers' ParadiseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 10 a.m. to noon, Huntley Meadows turns into a bug lovers’ paradise, with family-oriented exhibits, crafts, and games. There is a fee of $4 per child (parents are free). On Saturday at noon, Park Manager Kevin Munroe leads a free walk to the wetland to search for beetles and dragonflies. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire Saturdays: Owls in the Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The Lake Accotink naturalist coughs up pellets of information from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and later you can dissect some from owls. The program wraps up with a campfire. S’more ingredients are provided. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-569-3464.

Workshop: Hanging Succulent Garden Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, horticulturalist Judy Zatsick helps you construct a wire mesh frame to grow and display tender succulent plants as a hanging garden or tabletop display. Bring gloves. The program fee is $35 per person; supply fee is $20. 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 from 3 to 4 p.m. Enjoy games and craft activities. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Green Tree Frogs of Mason Neck Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how green tree frogs can forecast the weather. Bring lunch and dress for the weather. This four-hour program meets at Mason Neck State Park at 10 a.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Out is In: From Farm to Forest
How did a thriving farm turn into a forest? History meets nature at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. Take a short hike and search for signs of past farm life now hidden by the forest. There is no cost to participate. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Nature Printing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Print with shells, nuts flowers and other nature objects using water-based inks and paints at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 4 p.m. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, July 20

Wood Carving Lessons
The wood carvers lend their tools and expertise at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from noon to 4 p.m. The lesson is free; there is a nominal charge for wood blanks. Participants must be at least age 12. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Sundaes in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the family for a Sunday stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center and enjoy an ice cream sundae. Sundaes are $2; the walk and visit to Nature Playce is free! Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Out is In: Grinding Demonstrations
The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Come see the results of the recent mill restoration and celebrate Park & Recreation Month. Visitors who tour the mill during grinding demonstrations in July can also take home a free bag of Colvin Run Mill cornmeal. Tour costs are $7 per adult, $6 per student 16, and $5 per child and senior. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Wagon Ride: Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 11 a.m. to noon. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Hands-on History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your child (ages 4 to 10) and let him or her 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.

Sunset Cruise
Cruise the winding shoreline of Lake Accotink Park from 7 to 8 p.m. while your guide shares interesting facts about the surrounding area. The fee is $6 per person and participants should be age 18 or older. To register, call 703-569-0285.

Tuesday, July 22

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

Forest Friends Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to six scan the trees and roll over logs in a search for forest critters at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Meet live animals and create a salamander craft. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Friday, July 25

Dairy Days: Make Ice Cream and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully Historic Site. The cost is $5. This one-hour program is offered at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Walk on the Wild Weird Side: Smelly Stuff Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, explore the differences and purposes of the fragrance from a flower and the stink of something Fido left behind. Actual samples will be on hand along with an interactive slideshow and sing along. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

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

Campfire Friday: Nocturnal Hunters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Venture out on a naturalist-led night hike at Hidden Pond Park from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and learn about predators that are adapted to hunting in the dark. S’mores provided. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

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

Saturday, July 26

Build Your Own Birdhouse Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about bird friendly plants and build your own bird house at Riverbend Park from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Build Your Own Bee House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about local pollinators and use some invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators at Riverbend Park from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Campfire Saturdays: Flying Squirrels Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore Royal Lake Park with a naturalist and look for flying squirrels. S’more ingredients are provided; hot dogs welcome. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Park Manager Walk and Talk
From 4 to 6 p.m., join Manager Kevin Munroe on a free walk at Huntley Meadows Park. Find out about the wetland restoration project. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Dinofest in Nature Playce Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to eight explore Hidden Oaks Nature Center’s Dinoland and unearth a real fossil to keep from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Search for hidden dinosaurs and tracks. Make a fossil impression to take home. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Campfire Bats, Bugs, and Owls Oh My! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Watch for bats, attract some bugs, and call for owls at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Bring a toasting stick; we provide marshmallows. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Reptile Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist at E.C. Lawrence Park for a night hike from 7 to 8 p.m. to learn about native reptiles that become nocturnal during the warmer months. Roast marshmallows and make s’mores. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Junior Club Championship
Players (age 17 and under) compete in an 18-hole individual stroke play tournament at Jefferson District Golf Course starting at 9 a.m. Advance registration is required by July 23. The cost per player before July 21 is $55 for Junior Program members/ $65.00 for non-members. The cost after July 7 is $60 and $70. The rain date is August 2. To register, call 703-573-0443.

Pirate Fest at Lake Fairfax Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Pirates, privateers, and ports of call, ahoy! This new festival at Lake Fairfax Park celebrates Virginia’s seafaring past from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Join with Ships Company Chanteymen singing traditional sea chanteys, tavern tunes and pirate ditties. Explore up-close the quarter scale ship called the “Lion” and learn sailor skills. Experience the life of a sailor firsthand with our many fun activity stations, including a pirate-themed tour boat ride. Wear your most dashing pirate clothes and enter our costume contest. Find out about global trade in the 18th century and discover the luxury goods that compelled pirates to sail the seven seas. Tickets are $10 in advance online; $12 at the gate. Register online. For information, call 703-222-4664.

Garden Photography: Creative-Documentary Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Horticulturalist and garden photographer Karen Rexrode show you ways to take creative garden photos from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Learn to use composition and time of day to record changes in your garden and to highlight what design elements are working or not. The cost is $18 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, July 27

Out is In: Outdoor Play Every Day
Six to ten-year-olds learn traditional outdoor games including hopscotch, escargot, and SPUD at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. This free one-hour program is offered at 10 a.m. on 7/1 and 2 p.m. on 7/27. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch the blacksmith fire up the forge at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. For more information call 703-759-2771.

Canine Cruise
Treat your canine companion to a special cruise from 7 to 8 p.m. aboard Lake Accotink Park’s pooch-friendly pontoon tour boat. The fee is $6 per person. Passengers must be age eight or older and accompanied by a paying adult if under age 16. To register, call 703-569-0285.

Wagon Ride: Visit to the Corn Crib Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Riverbend’s meadow was once farmland. Journey back in time and enjoy children’s activities from the 1900s and visit the corn crib from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Tea: Downton Abbey - Fabulous Flapper
In the 1920s, a new kind of woman was born. She voted, drank, smoked and danced the Charleston. She wore short hair and short skirts. How shocking! From 1 to 3 p.m. at Historic Green Spring, we’ll explore the Flapper Girl and her unique image and attitude and discuss her portrayal through the characters of the popular TV series Downton Abbey in its fourth season. The $29 fee includes an English tea. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Wednesday, July 30

Summer Reading Puppet Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Young story lovers (ages 3 to 10) enjoy a puppet show titled If Pigs Could Fly presented by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre at Green Spring Gardens from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $3 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Dragons and Damsels at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn myths and facts about these beautiful insects from 7 to 8 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Meet at Walney Pond to discover their secret lives under the water. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, July 31

Pre-4H Fair Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come during the week when it’s less crowded to 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.

Friday, August 1

Pre-4H Fair Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come during the week when it’s less crowded to 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 and Carnival Fun Night at the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Carnival rides and games are open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. 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 is 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 4-H Fair Fairfax. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Saturday, August 2

66th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Farm Show
Old-fashioned country fun with carnival games, rides, fair exhibits and a tractor pull. 4-H Fair runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Carnival rides open 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday. Tractor Pull begins 5 p.m. Saturday.  Watch the 4-H exhibitors get their farm animals ready for the show, visit exhibit booths, try farm chores, enjoy fair food, and watch stage entertainment, dog and horse shows, and more!   Admission to the 4-H Fair is free. Parking is $7 per car.  For information, call 703-437-9101.

Sunday, August 3

66th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Farm Show
Old-fashioned country fun with carnival games, rides, fair exhibits and a tractor pull. 4-H Fair runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Carnival rides open 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday. Tractor Pull begins 5 p.m. Saturday.  Watch the 4-H exhibitors get their farm animals ready for the show, visit exhibit booths, try farm chores, enjoy fair food, and watch stage entertainment, dog and horse shows, and more!   Admission to the 4-H Fair is free. Parking is $7 per car.  For information, call 703-437-9101.

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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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