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Get Your Play On!

Get Your Play On!

Celebrate Park and Recreation Month, sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association, with activities throughout the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Gold Medal park system. Parks and play go hand in hand with activities ranging from archery to Zumba®. Meet friends at the playground. Picnic in a park. Cool off at the pool. Relax at an outdoor concert. There’s always a way to play!

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Enjoy Fall Festivities
in Parks

Enjoy Fall Festivities in Parks

With its mild weather and brilliant colors, autumn is a great time to venture out and explore Fairfax County parks. There are so many fun things to do, you may have a hard time choosing!

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Green Spring Master Gardeners Program Celebrates 15 Years

Green Spring Master Gardeners Program Celebrates 15 Years

From its very inception in 2002, the Green Spring Master Gardeners Program has worked toward a single guiding principle: to work within the community to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension.

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Emerald Ash Borer Takes a Heavy Toll on County Trees

Emerald Ash Borer Takes a Heavy Toll on County Trees

A hike through Fairfax Countyís tranquil woods can often be a great escape from whatever troubles you. But these days, the lush, green forest canopy itself is showing signs of trouble. Leafless trees with tan or white bark stick out like a sore thumb Ė the result of a plague that is killing ash trees Ė the emerald ash borer.

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New Playground Opens at Hidden Pond Nature Center

New Playground Opens at Hidden Pond Nature Center

Thrills await tots to tweens at Hidden Pond Nature Centerís new playground. The facilityís first users were all smiles when the gates opened over Independence Day weekend.

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Commemorative Character
Delights Park Visitors along the
Discovery Trail

Commemorative Character Delights Park Visitors along the Discovery Trail

Still looking for Thomas, Lord Fairfax VI? Heís having a ball visiting the sites featured on this yearís Fairfax County Park Authority Discovery Trail Map, which commemorates Fairfax Countyís 275th anniversary.

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New Carousel Comes to Lee District Park

New Carousel Comes to Lee District Park

Children can take a spin on a new carousel at Lee District Park. The new feature opened in June to the delight of park visitors who already enjoy other park attractions such as the accessible treehouse, the Tiki Village Playground and Chessieís Big Backyard.

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New Clubhouse Takes Shape at Burke Lake Golf Center

New Clubhouse Takes Shape at Burke Lake Golf Center

Tee up at the new doubledecker driving range at Burke Lake Golf Center, and you canít help but notice whatís going on next door. Construction on the facilityís new clubhouse is well underway in the second phase of planned improvements for the 47-year-old golf center.

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Fifty Plus

50+ Connect, Engage, Play

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

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Wednesday, August 2

Exploring the Moon Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(9-Adult) The Moon is as old as the Earth, and its surface is marked by craters and lava flows billions of years old. Explore these lunar features through a high-powered telescope at Observatory Park at Turner Farm and learn about their origins. See where the Apollo lunar landings occurred, and discuss what the astronauts found. Session held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. rain or shine with alternate viewing sessions available if cloudy. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-324-8618.

Thursday, August 3

69th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival, August 3-6 Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to the 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park for old-fashioned country fun with carnival games, rides, exhibits, Big Truck event and a tractor pull. Admission and parking are free on Thursday and Friday. Purchase unlimited carnival ride passes valid for use Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: $16 per person if purchased by 8 p.m. on July 26; $18 if purchased July 27 through 8 p.m. on August 1; and $25 the day of the event. Pick them up across from the carnival entrance under the tent on the day of the carnival. No refunds. Admission to the 4-H Fair is free. Weekend parking is $8/car/day. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Flora Fauna-Summer SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Join Hidden Pond Naturalists for a summer of exploration with a different topic each week. Come for one or sign up for all. The series meets from 11 to 11:45 a.m., and the cost is $5 per child for each session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-451-9588.

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) This family program goes behind the scenes to help farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary each week in this four-part series that meets from 4 to 4:55 p.m. The cost of the series is $42 per person, and children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.

Ready, Set, Grow: Agriculture in the Classroom for Elementary Teachers (K-5)
(Adults) This highly interactive, professional development workshop at Green Spring Gardens helps you sprout successful learners in your K-5 classroom. The workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. features cross-curricular, standards-aligned lessons and resources that use Virginia agriculture and natural resources to engage learners in science, mathematics, language arts and social studies. Leave with resource kits full of curriculum, books, posters and a class set of laminated Virginia maps. The workshop is free, but space is limited and registration is required. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Friday, August 4

69th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival, August 3-6 Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to the 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park for old-fashioned country fun with carnival games, rides, exhibits, Big Truck event and a tractor pull. Admission and parking are free on Thursday and Friday. Purchase unlimited carnival ride passes valid for use Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: $16 per person if purchased by 8 p.m. on July 26; $18 if purchased July 27 through 8 p.m. on August 1; and $25 the day of the event. Pick them up across from the carnival entrance under the tent on the day of the carnival. No refunds. Admission to the 4-H Fair is free. Weekend parking is $8/car/day. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Turtle Pool Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Turtles like to soak and take in the sun. Come by our Visitor Center deck at Riverbend Park to watch our turtles enjoy some outdoor time. Afterwards, go on a scavenger hunt and hike around the park. The program from 4 to 5 p.m. is free! For more, call 703-759-9018.

Riverside Campfire - River Revelry Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a fun-filled evening of stories and games at Riverbend Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Learn about otters, beavers and other animals that call the Potomac home. Símores are provided. The cost is $8 per person. Come early if you want to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Meet at the visitor center. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

The Moon and the Stars Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at Cabellís Mill and talk about the moon and stars around a warm campfire. Then head out into the meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with a naturalist to learn how to identify the summer constellations. Enjoy símores around the campfire. The program from 8:30 to 10 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, August 5

69th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival, August 3-6 Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to the 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park for old-fashioned country fun with carnival games, rides, exhibits, Big Truck event and a tractor pull. Admission and parking are free on Thursday and Friday. Purchase unlimited carnival ride passes valid for use Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: $16 per person if purchased by 8 p.m. on July 26; $18 if purchased July 27 through 8 p.m. on August 1; and $25 the day of the event. Pick them up across from the carnival entrance under the tent on the day of the carnival. No refunds. Admission to the 4-H Fair is free. Weekend parking is $8/car/day. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Enjoy a stroll along the shore at Burke Lake Park and learn about the constellations and other night-sky features. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you and lets you try out a telescope. The program concludes with a campfire. Símores ingredients are provided; hot dogs are welcome. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600.

English Garden Floral Design Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Create the look of a summer English garden for your home using an assortment of cut flowers, greens and garden materials. Reuse the container to make another design of your own with the skills you learned in this class at Green Spring Gardens. The workshop from 9:30 to 11 a.m. costs $38 per person, plus a $25 supply fee. Please register for both. Call 703-642-5173.

Pancakes at the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Meet at Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and enjoy some time around the campfire. Make corn pancakes with honey while discovering the little-known history of the place we now call Cabellís Mill. The program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

National Night Out Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) National Night Out is August 2, but we continue to honor our law enforcement community at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Visit with Sully District officers who will bring squad cars and offer safety demonstrations from 7 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a campfire, too. Itís free! Call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, August 6

69th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival, August 3-6 Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to the 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park for old-fashioned country fun with carnival games, rides, exhibits, Big Truck event and a tractor pull. Admission and parking are free on Thursday and Friday. Purchase unlimited carnival ride passes valid for use Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: $16 per person if purchased by 8 p.m. on July 26; $18 if purchased July 27 through 8 p.m. on August 1; and $25 the day of the event. Pick them up across from the carnival entrance under the tent on the day of the carnival. No refunds. Admission to the 4-H Fair is free. Weekend parking is $8/car/day. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Grinding Demonstrations
(All ages) See and hear 19th century technology at work at Colvin Run Mill. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. Please call the site to confirm. The tour costs $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and up with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. No reservations are required. For more, call 703-759-2771.

Afternoon Teas with a Difference
(Adults 21 yrs.+) Celebrate Britainís National Afternoon Tea Week with a special ďRoyale TeaĒ at Historic Green Spring that offers you a choice of a glass of champagne at the beginning or sherry at the end. Discover playful twists on teatime traditions across the UK this week and alternative afternoon teas served up year-round. The cost is $42 per person for this tea from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 703-941-7987.

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

Sundaes in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bring the family for a Sunday stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center with a vanilla ice cream sundae. Sundaes are $2 each, and the woodland walk and visit to Nature Playce are free. The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Preregistration is preferred but not required. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, August 7

Tuesday, August 8

Water Critters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-6 yrs.) Explore the wet world of otters, crabs, turtles, frogs and fish through songs, story and a visit to a pond. Meet live turtles and frogs. This 45-minute program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center begins at 1 p.m. on August 8 and at 10 a.m. on August 22. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, August 9

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Walk the meadows and forest edges at Lake Accotink to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about our native bats from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-569-3464.

Summer Reading Puppet Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Young story lovers are invited to Green Spring Gardens at 10 a.m. for a puppet show by Carousel Puppets. Youíll see bunnies, birds and a host of woodland creatures in this colorful and musical show. The cost is $4 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. This program is sponsored by Friends of Green Spring. Call 703-642-5173.

Thursday, August 10

Flora Fauna-Summer SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Join Hidden Pond Naturalists for a summer of exploration with a different topic each week. Come for one or sign up for all. The series meets from 11 to 11:45 a.m., and the cost is $5 per child for each session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-451-9588.

Símores & Campfire Stories Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Join Lake Fairfax staff for a night of campfire stories while enjoying símores. The program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Friday, August 11

Riverside Campfire - Terrific Turkeys Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Wild Turkeys roam the meadows and riverbanks of Riverbend Park. Learn about these elusive and seasonal birds with games and activities from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a toasting stick; símores are provided. The cost is $8 per person. Come early if youíd like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Turtle Pool Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Turtles like to soak and take in the sun. Come by our Visitor Center deck at Riverbend Park to watch our turtles enjoy some outdoor time. Afterwards, go on a scavenger hunt and hike around the park. The program from 4 to 5 p.m. is free! For more, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, August 12

Pop Up Museum: Fairfax County at 275 Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Come share your Fairfax County memories at a pop-up museum to commemorate the countyís 275th anniversary. A pop-up museum is a special temporary exhibit created by people like you who display objects such as old yearbooks or family heirlooms that connect them to Fairfax County. This museum pops up at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 4 p.m., and itís free. Registration is required to exhibit an object. Walk-in visitors welcome. Call 703-631-0013.

Garden Tour, Ice Cream Social and Exhibit Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adult) Stroll through Green Spring Gardens with a Master Gardener docent, then cool down at an ice cream social in the 1784 Historic House. Enjoy delicious ices and toppings and view a special limited-time photo exhibit on the fascinating history of the house. The program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. costs $12. Call 703-941-7987.

Boardwalk Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Whatís new in the night sky? Join naturalists at Huntley Meadows Park as they take you on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. The program from 8 to 10 p.m. costs $8 per person and will be canceled in the event of rain or other severe weather. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Meteor Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(10-Adult) This session at Observatory Park at Turner Farm covers basic meteor astronomy. It includes what meteors are, their origins, best time to view, fireball reporting, visual and video observing techniques, movie clips from past meteor storms, how one estimates trajectory and orbits, and other instrumental techniques used by amateur meteor observers. An optional outdoor observing session will be held after class, weather permitting. Bring a lawn chair and warm cover/sleeping bag. Class meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

Sunday, August 13

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

Dragonflies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Dragonflies are cool! Learn about the life cycle, behavior and identification of the many dragonflies and damselflies at Huntley Meadows Park. Venture to the wetland to observe these acrobatic fliers in action. This program from 9 to 11 a.m. costs $8 per person. It will be canceled if it rains. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Monday, August 14

Little Hands on the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join us in the Kidwell Barn at Frying Pan Farm Park to meet a farm animal, enjoy a story, craft or game, and pretend to be the famer with fun chores. This is a program your child will remember! Sessions for children age two to three run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sessions for children age three to five run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Pre-paid reservations are required. An adult must attend the class with the child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, August 15

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

Wednesday, August 16

Useful & Edible Native Plants and TreesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park from 9 to 11 a.m. to learn about native plants and trees in the wilderness (or your own backyard) that offer food and so much more. Find out which plants are safe to eat and those to avoid. Learn the right weeds and trees to help start a fire, get a drink, find a meal, make a rope, stop an itch or heal a wound. Explore with us the trails, fields and forests of Burke Lake Park and see what Mother Nature is growing just for you. Bring water, snack, rainwear, and wear suitable outdoor clothes and hiking boots/shoes. The cost is $23 per person, and the program runs rain or shine. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Thursday, August 17

Flora Fauna-Summer SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Join Hidden Pond Naturalists for a summer of exploration with a different topic each week. Come for one or sign up for all. The series meets from 11 to 11:45 a.m., and the cost is $5 per child for each session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-451-9588.

Homeschool Day Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-12 yrs.) Bring your homeschool student or group to Sully Historic Site for hands-on fun learning designed to enrich understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800. The program from 10 a.m. to noon costs $10 for children; $5 for adult chaperones. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

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

Friday, August 18

Turtle Pool Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Turtles like to soak and take in the sun. Come by our Visitor Center deck at Riverbend Park to watch our turtles enjoy some outdoor time. Afterwards, go on a scavenger hunt and hike around the park. The program from 4 to 5 p.m. is free! For more, call 703-759-9018.

Historic Desserts Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Everyone loves desserts, but have you ever wondered how they were made 160 years ago? Join a historian at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and learn about the Machens who lived at Walney in the 19th century and how they might have made dessert. Try making raspberry dumplings with homemade ice cream. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Riverside Campfire - American Indians Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Play American Indian games and listen to stories Ďround the campfire at Riverbend Park. Símores are provided. Come early if you want to bring a picnic or toast hotdogs. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. The program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Summer Astronomy Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Look through a telescope at the moon and learn to identify the visible constellations. Make símores. The one-hour program begins at 8:15 p.m. and costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. This event will be canceled if it rains. The minimum age to attend is four years old. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Campfire Fridays Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Come along for a night of campfire, símores, animals and more. Each summer evening campfire at Hidden Pond Nature Center will feature a different topic and different areas of the park will be visited. The program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. costs $8 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, August 19

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Enjoy a stroll along the shore at Burke Lake Park and learn about the constellations and other night-sky features. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you and lets you try out a telescope. The program concludes with a campfire. Símores ingredients are provided; hot dogs are welcome. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600.

Workshop: Casting Leaves in Concrete Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Capture the beauty of ornamental leaves by casting them in concrete to decorate your home or garden. Staff from Green Spring Gardens will demonstrate casting and painting techniques and assist participants in making a creation to take home. The two-hour workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and costs $40 per person, plus a $25 supply fee. Please register for both the workshop and supply fee. Call 703-642-5173.

Sketch Hike: Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(11-Adult) Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike through history at Huntley Meadows Park. Meet at the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center and hike up to Historic Huntley for some breathtaking views while sketching some of the Mason family villaís historic architecture and landscaping. The program from 10 a.m. to noon costs $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Ice Cream at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Make and enjoy hand-cranked ice cream as Huntley's Harris family may have done. Discover how the histories of ice cream and Historic Huntley follow a similar path from elite luxury to family fare. A tour of the ice well and Historic Huntley House are included in the $8 per person cost. This event runs from 1 to 2 p.m. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Lizard SurveyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and watch a short movie on our native lizards, then see our lizards up close. Join a naturalist on a short hike to find these elusive reptiles. Meet at Cabellís Mill at 5:30 p.m. for this one-hour program. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Ice Cream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Explore Walneyís dairy farm history while touring the ice house and dairy at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Try your hand at ice-making tools and picking up an ice block. Weíll be making and eating hand-cranked ice cream. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about the Diary Farming program, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, August 20

40th Anniversary
(All ages) Come enjoy a very special Grinding Day as Colvin Run Mill celebrates its 40th year on the National Register of Historic Places. Maintained by the National Park Service, The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nationís historic places worthy of preservation, and Colvin Run Mill has been on it since 1977. See how flour and corn meal used to be made. This grinding event runs from noon to 3 p.m., and it is free! For more information about grinding demonstrations, call 703-759-2771.

Grinding Demonstrations
(All ages) See and hear 19th century technology at work at Colvin Run Mill. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. Please call the site to confirm. The tour costs $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and up with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. No reservations are required. For more, call 703-759-2771.

The Peopleís Princess
(Adult) Twenty years after her death, the story of Diana, Princess of Wales still captivates the world. Look back at her intensely public and turbulent life and its impact on the British monarchy as we remember the many faces of Diana: fairytale princess, style icon, humanitarian and mother. This program from 1 to 3 p.m. at Historic Green Spring includes a traditional English tea. The cost is $32 for the program and tea; $12 for the program only. For more information about this and other teas at Green Spring Gardens, call 703-941-7987.

Monday, August 21

Little Hands on the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join us in the Kidwell Barn at Frying Pan Farm Park to meet a farm animal, enjoy a story, craft or game, and pretend to be the famer with fun chores. This is a program your child will remember! Sessions for children age two to three run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sessions for children age three to five run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Pre-paid reservations are required. An adult must attend the class with the child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Nature for Tiny Tots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(24-42 months) Children and parents learn together about plants and animals and their habitats through songs, crafts, and activities in this nature program at Huntley Meadows Park. Class meets from 10 to 11 a.m., and the cost is $12 per child. Topics vary each class. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Tuesday, August 22

Water Critters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-6 yrs.) Explore the wet world of otters, crabs, turtles, frogs and fish through songs, story and a visit to a pond. Meet live turtles and frogs. This 45-minute program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center begins at 1 p.m. on August 8 and at 10 a.m. on August 22. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Useful & Edible Native Plants and TreesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park from 9 to 11 a.m. to learn about native plants and trees in the wilderness (or your own backyard) that offer food and so much more. Find out which plants are safe to eat and those to avoid. Learn the right weeds and trees to help start a fire, get a drink, find a meal, make a rope, stop an itch or heal a wound. Explore with us the trails, fields and forests of Burke Lake Park and see what Mother Nature is growing just for you. Bring water, snack, rainwear, and wear suitable outdoor clothes and hiking boots/shoes. The cost is $23 per person, and the program runs rain or shine. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Family Trivia Tuesdays: SummerClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Test your knowledge about cultural and natural history. Join us at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for family-friendly fun as we compete at Cabellís Mill to see who will be the park trivia champion. The subject will be the 20th century. Trivia time is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Register individually for $7 or in groups of four for $22. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Wednesday, August 23

Nature for Tiny Tots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(24-42 months) Children and parents learn together about plants and animals and their habitats through songs, crafts, and activities in this nature program at Huntley Meadows Park. Class meets from 10 to 11 a.m., and the cost is $12 per child. Topics vary each class. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Thursday, August 24

Nature for Tiny Tots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(24-42 months) Children and parents learn together about plants and animals and their habitats through songs, crafts, and activities in this nature program at Huntley Meadows Park. Class meets from 10 to 11 a.m., and the cost is $12 per child. Topics vary each class. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Flora Fauna-Summer SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Join Hidden Pond Naturalists for a summer of exploration with a different topic each week. Come for one or sign up for all. The series meets from 11 to 11:45 a.m., and the cost is $5 per child for each session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-451-9588.

Snake Feeding program Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Join us at Hidden Pond Nature Center for a behind-the-scenes look at the snakes at Hidden Pond. Visitors will observe the unique methods snakes use to feed. Get a glimpse of something few people get to see in the wild while learning about our local serpents and their importance to our ecosystem. Please take into consideration this program is not for everyone and may be graphic. The program runs from 5:15 to 6 p.m. and costs $5 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Amphibians After DarkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Assist naturalists with a survey of amphibians by their calls from 8 to 9 p.m. at Burke Lake Park. Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their calls as we explore pools and ponds. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Friday, August 25

Riverside Campfire - Explore Bats and Bugs Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) This program is great for those who love bats and bugs. As day turns to night, bats and some insects wake up. Through games and activities at Riverbend Park, learn about the relationship between night-flying bats and the insects they seek. Bring a toasting stick; símores are provided. The campfire program runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $8 per person. Come early if youíd like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. This event will be canceled if it rains. Please call 703-759-9018 for more information.

Turtle Pool Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Turtles like to soak and take in the sun. Come by our Visitor Center deck at Riverbend Park to watch our turtles enjoy some outdoor time. Afterwards, go on a scavenger hunt and hike around the park. The program from 4 to 5 p.m. is free! For more, call 703-759-9018.

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

Saturday, August 26

31st Annual Begonia Show & Sale
(All ages) Feast your eyes on this show at Green Spring Gardens sponsored by the Potomac branch of the American Begonia Society. Be tempted with splashes of color and shape that last long after frosts have put our outdoor gardens to bed. The sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday offers a wide variety of begonias, including subtropical species. This event is free. Call 703-642-5173.

Workshop: Garden Terrarium Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Enjoy the outdoors by creating a beautiful, tabletop terrarium at Green Spring Gardens. Begonia enthusiast Johanna Zinn provides valuable information on this versatile genus and teaches you techniques for creating the perfect terrarium from 1 to 2:30 p.m. A container, plants, soil and care instructions will be provided. The cost is $38 per person, plus a $25 supply fee. Register for both the program and supply fee. For information, please call 703-642-5173.

Meadow Bug HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Weíre going on a bug hunt and weíre not scared. The meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is a-buzz with life. Come capture and release amazing insects and other arthropods. Learn the secret of this special meadow habitat from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Insect jars and nets will be provided. Wear long pants and closed shoes; insect repellent is optional. Bring a field guide if you have one. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join naturalist P.J. Dunn to hike the trails after dark at Huntley Meadows Park as you look and listen for owls, beavers and other night animals. The walk from 8 to 10 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, August 27

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

31st Annual Begonia Show & Sale
(All ages) Feast your eyes on this show at Green Spring Gardens sponsored by the Potomac branch of the American Begonia Society. Be tempted with splashes of color and shape that last long after frosts have put our outdoor gardens to bed. The sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday offers a wide variety of begonias, including subtropical species. This event is free. Call 703-642-5173.

Rain Forest Puppet Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Explore the magical rain forest through a puppet show at Hidden Oaks Nature Center starring a trio of lizards and their friends. Enjoy rain forest activities such as bird watching, puddle jumping and a chameleon craft. The program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Powhatanís PeopleClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Discover some elements of the Algonquian culture of the Powhatan and Tauxenent Indians such as crafting stone tools, hunting and farming. End the day playing games. This program at Historic Huntley from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $7 per person. Call 703-768-2525 for information.

Monday, August 28

Tuesday, August 29

Intro to Telescopes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(10-Adult) Come to Observatory Park at Turner Farm to learn astronomy basics as well as how to set up and use your telescope. The course content depends on telescope type and includes observing selected objects in the sky using the roll-top observatory, if weather permits. You can bring your own telescope. The class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

Wednesday, August 30

Thursday, August 31

Saturday, July 1

Watercolor Workshop: Working with Brusho Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Learn to use Brusho, a watercolor medium made with ink crystals, in your watercolor paintings on various surfaces under the guidance of artist Marni Maree. Bring your lunch to this class being held at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A supply list will be emailed. The cost is $88 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Evening StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) A naturalist takes you on a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk to tour the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. The stroll from 8 to 10 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, July 2

Grinding Demonstrations
See and hear 19th century technology at work at Colvin Run Mill. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. Please call the site to confirm. The tour costs $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and up with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

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

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

Monday, July 3

Oh Say Can You See: Fun Facts, Games and Trivia for the 4th
Challenge the old gray cells with political trivia, games and fun facts at Sully Historic Site. What does the Declaration of Independence actually say? Who were the signers participating in this act of treason? Do you dare to use a quill pen and add your signature? You and your family will be surprised by what you may discover about the past and how it has shaped our lives today and for the future. The program is included with the house tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. For more, call 703-437-1794.

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed toys and puzzles while you meet other playgroup parents from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. A staff member is on hand to put out nature sensory bins, direct games and activities, or lead a garden walk. The topic will be trees. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Walk, Waddle and Wiggle Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Animals move in fascinating ways. Walk, waddle or wiggle on over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy activities and try out some animal locomotion. The program from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, July 4

Wednesday, July 5

Toddler Time - Terrific Turtles Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Explore nature through outdoor activities and meet one of our turtles at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Thursday, July 6

Flora Fauna-Summer Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Join Hidden Pond Naturalists for a summer of exploration with a different topic each week. Come for one or all. The series meets from 11 to 11:45 a.m., and the cost is $5 per child for each session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more, call 703-451-9588.

19th Century School Days Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-12 yrs.) Come to Sully Historic Site and cypher on slate boards, write with quill pens and read stories in an 1820s school house. The one-hour programs begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Friday, July 7

Turtle Pool Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Turtles like to soak and take in the sun. Come to the Visitor Center deck at Riverbend Park to watch our turtles enjoy some outdoor time. Afterwards, go on a scavenger hunt and hike around the park. The program from 4 to 5 p.m. is free! For more, call 703-759-9018.

Creek Adventure Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and bring shoes that can get wet. The trip from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Animal Pajama Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Wear your pajamas to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the centerís live animals. The party from 7 to 7:45 p.m. is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Twilight Hilltop Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Enjoy the stunning view from Historic Huntley as the sun sets and join us after hours for a special tour. Light refreshments will be served. The program runs from 8 to 9 p.m. It costs $5 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, July 8

Painting Flowers with Paper Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Learn to create a beautiful flower painting using commercial and hand-painted papers in this series at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 4 p.m. Beginners welcome. The cost is $119 per person for four classes. Call 703-642-5173.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and search for catch-and-release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and more from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 each. Children must come with a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Down by the Sea Floral Design Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adult) Create a summer centerpiece with fresh flowers, seashells and a sand pail at Green Spring Gardens. The workshop from 9:30 to 11 a.m. costs $38, plus a $25 supply fee. Register for both. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Summer Plants that Sizzle, Not Fizzle Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join Green Spring Gardensí curatorial horticulturist Brenda Skarphol for a stroll through our gardens to learn about beautiful hardy plants that thrive in the summer heat. Get design and maintenance ideas for eco-friendly gardening. The program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. costs $18 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, July 9

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Visit historic Colvin Run Mill for a hands-on program on how we clean, mill and sift grains using antique equipment. Take home a souvenir sample. The session from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $20 per person. Call 703-759-2771.

Fashion Diplomacy Tea Program
(Adults) Come to Historic Green Spring and discover fashionís historical role in international diplomacy. A traditional English tea follows the program. This event from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $32 for the program and tea; $12 for the program only. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7987.

Turtle Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) See turtles close up at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Learn how to identify different species of turtle and then assist a naturalist in a search for them at the pond. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Teddy Bear Picnic Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Todayís the day the teddy bears have their picnic at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Bring your teddy bear to join our stories, songs, games and light refreshments. The picnic from 1:30 to 3 p.m. costs $10 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Pancakes at the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Make corn pancakes with honey while discovering the little-known history of the place we call now Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Monday, July 10

Tuesday, July 11

Wednesday, July 12

Junior 18-hole Tournament
(7-17 yrs.) Junior golfers compete in an 18-hole, individual stroke tournament at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m. to noon. The $20 cost per person includes lunch. Call 703-323-1641.

Dragons and Damsels at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) In the summer, dragonflies and damselflies dart above the surface of Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Learn myths and facts about these beautiful insects from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Reptile Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Lake Accotink Park from 8 to 9 p.m. Learn about the misunderstood water snake as we search for them and document their size, gender and location. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Thursday, July 13

Reptile Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Burke Lake Park from 8 to 9 p.m. Learn about the misunderstood water snake as we search for them and document their size, gender and location. The cost is $6 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600.

Snake Feeding program Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Join us at Hidden Pond Nature Center to observe the unique methods snakes use to feed. Get a glimpse of something few people get to see in the wild. Please consider that this program may be graphic. It runs from 5:15 to 6 p.m. and costs $5 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Friday, July 14

Nocturnal Hunters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for a night hike to learn about the parkís nocturnal animals. Catch and release fireflies and locate bats with a bat detector. Roast marshmallows at the campfire. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Riverside Campfire - Batty about Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Learn more about bats and why they are disappearing from our skies through games and activities at Riverbend Park. Bring a toasting stick; símores are provided. The program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, July 15

Native American Archery Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-14 yrs.) Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center and learn how to make a bow and arrow, and then take aim and shoot. This program meets for three consecutive Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $30. Call 703-451-9588.

Made in the Shade Gardening Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Horticulturist Karen Rexrode introduces you to fabulous plants at Green Spring Gardens that will make your shady garden look great. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $18 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Modified Stableford Tournament
(8-Adult) Participants at Jefferson District Golf Course will compete in a nine-hole, individual stroke-play tournament utilizing the Modified Stableford scoring system. Play at 1 p.m. The cost is $35 per person and includes lunch and prizes. The rain date is July 22. Call 703-573-0444.

Dinofest in Nature Playce Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center and explore dinoland. Unearth a real fossil to keep, compare your height to that of dinosaurs, and make a fossil impression to take home. This event from 1 to 2 p.m. will be canceled if it rains. The cost is $6 per child. Children must come with an adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Powhatanís People Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Learn about elements of the Algonquian culture of the Powhatan and Tauxenent Indians, such as crafting stone tools, hunting and farming. End the day playing games. This program at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per person, and children must be accompanied by a registered adult .For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Garden Tour, Ice Cream Social and Exhibit Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adult) Stroll the summer gardens at Green Spring Gardens with a Master Gardener docent, then cool down at an ice cream social in the 1784 Historic House. View a limited-time photo exhibit on the fascinating history of the house. This program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. costs $12 per person. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Animal Search with a Naturalist Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Early morning is one of the most active times at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. From 8 to 9 a.m., a naturalist will help you see which creatures, feathered or furred, are in the forest. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, July 16

Grinding Demonstrations
See and hear 19th century technology at work at Colvin Run Mill. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. Please call the site to confirm. The tour costs $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and up with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and search for catch-and-release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and more from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 each. Children must come with a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Sundaes in the ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bring the family for a Sunday stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center with a vanilla ice cream sundae. Sundaes are $2 each, and the woodland walk and visit to Nature Playce are free. The event runs 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Federal Era Society †
(All Ages) Visit with members of the Federal Era-Regency Society of Maryland at Colvin Run Mill. Costumed historians will picnic and socialize with the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is free. A separate ticket is required for the grinding demonstration. Call 703-759-2771.

Monday, July 17

Tuesday, July 18

Planetarium Adventure Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Learn about the wonders of the solar system and the upcoming solar eclipse at a planetarium presentation at Falls Church High School from 1 to 3 p.m. Solar eclipse glasses will be provided to all attendees. The program cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register through Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Call 703-941-1065.

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

Wednesday, July 19

Meteor Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(10-Adult) This class at Observatory Park at Turner Farm covers meteor basics ówhat they are, best time to view, fireball reporting and more. An optional outdoor observing session will be held after class, weather permitting. Class meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Walk the meadows and forest edges at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to learn about bats and see them feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. The program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. costs $5 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, July 20

Garden Tour and Tea
(Adult) Tour the glorious demonstration gardens with a Master Gardener at Green Spring Gardens and enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $32 per person. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7987.

Friday, July 21

Riverside Campfire - Night Wings Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Hoot like an owl, swoop like a bat and flutter like a moth as we learn about the creatures that fly through our night skies. This campfire program at Riverbend Park runs 6 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $8 per person. Bring a toasting stick; símores are provided. Call 703-759-9018.

Campfire Fridays Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center for a night of campfire, símores, animals and more. The program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, July 22

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Stroll the shore at Burke Lake Park, learn about the constellations and other night-sky features, and try out a telescope. End with a campfire and símores. The program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Campfire Bats, Bugs, and Owls Oh My! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Learn about critters that only come out at night and how they thrive while we sleep. Watch for bats at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, call for owls and roast marshmallows from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Ancient Plants Sketch Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) At Huntley Meadows Park, see plants whose ancestors have been with us since dinosaur times! Learn to sketch ferns and moss on a two-hour sketch hike beginning at 10 a.m. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Bead Heaven Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) Broaden your jewelry-making skills by crafting a beautiful, wire-wrap and bead necklace at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost of the program is $42 with a supply fee of $25 payable to the instructor. Call 703-941-7987.

Moonless Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Take advantage of a moonless night at Observatory Park at Turner Farm to learn about planets, constellations, galaxies and star clusters. The program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-324-8618.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Ice Cream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Explore Walneyís dairy farm history while touring the ice house and dairy at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Weíll be making and eating hand-cranked ice cream from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Ice Cream at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Make and enjoy hand-cranked ice cream at Historic Huntley from 1 to 2 p.m. A tour of the ice well and house are included in this program. The cost is $8. Call 703-768-2525.

Lethal Predators Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Assist a naturalist with conservation biology at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as we head out into the forest to look for some of our lethal predators. The program from 9 to 10:30 a.m. costs $7 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, July 23

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Animals Underground Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) See what lives under the forest floor as we learn about moles, earthworms, termites and other creatures of the soil. This 45-minute program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center runs at 1 and 2:15 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must come with an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Monday, July 24

History for Small Fries Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-5 yrs.) Bring your child to Sully Historic Site for a story and craft to discover how things were in the olden days. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $6 per child. Call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, July 25

Family Trivia Tuesdays: Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Join us at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for family-friendly fun as we compete at Cabellís Mill to see who will be the park trivia champion. The topic from 7 to 8:30 p.m. is Reptiles and Amphibians. Register individually for $7 or in groups of four for $22. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Wednesday, July 26

Intro to Telescopes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(10-Adult) Come to Observatory Park at Turner Farm to learn astronomy basics as well as how to set up and use your telescope. You can bring your own telescope. The class from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $8 per person. Call 703-324-8618.

Fireflies in the Meadow Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) See fireflies light up the meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring a plastic jar with a lid to catch and then release. The cost is $5 per person. Meet at Cabellís Mill. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, July 27

Friday, July 28

Reptile Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for a hike to learn about nocturnal reptiles and make símores at the campfire. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 for children and adults. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Riverside Campfire - Reptiles Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet some of the fantastic reptiles of Riverbend Park and play reptilian games from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a toasting stick and flashlight. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Goodnight Walk: Night Sky Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Take a stroll at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn about night-sky wonders and enjoy a story and craft. Bring a flashlight and dress for an outdoor walk. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Campfire & Night Senses Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Participate in activities at Lake Fairfax Park that show how the night affects our senses and how animals adapt to the dark. The program from 8:30 to 10 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Saturday, July 29

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join naturalist P.J. Dunn to hike the trails after dark at Huntley Meadows Park as you look and listen for owls, beavers and other night animals. The walk from 8 to 10 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, July 30

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

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Visit historic Colvin Run Mill for a hands-on program on how we clean, mill and sift grains using antique equipment. Take home a souvenir sample. The session from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $20 per person. Call 703-759-2771.

How to Draw Your Dragon(fly) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Join naturalist/artist Margaret Wohler (illustrator for Huntleyís own Dragonfly Guide) to learn tips and techniques for drawing dragonflies and other insects you might find in Huntley Meadows Park. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Tree Trek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(10-Adult) Join an expert naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on a search for the biggest, oldest, rarest and most important trees in our forest. Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how parks care for them. The program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. It may fulfill some scouting requirements. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

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Liz Ittner RECenter Vending Gets a Makeover

As the Park Authorityís wellness coordinator, it warms my heart to hear how our RECenters have changed lives for the better. For example, I remember the inspiring story of one man who turned to his RECenter fitness director for exercise and nutritional guidance to lose weight. He followed the advice, lost a considerable amount of weight over time and ultimately learned from his doctor that he no longer needed medication to manage his obesity-related high blood pressure and high cholesterol. His commitment to himself to maintain a healthy lifestyle changed his life forever.

Part of the Park Authorityís mission is to engage the public in leading healthy and active lifestyles. This includes both exercise and nutrition. While we excel at providing hundreds of monthly fitness and wellness options for our customers, we recently realized the contents of our vending machines fell short in nutritional standards. In keeping with our mission, we set out to find tasty, more nutritious snacks and beverages with less sugar and fat, and in researching the options we were surprised to find that nationwide, healthful vending options outsell more traditional options 3-to-1. It seems that the goal of making good nutritional choices is catching on!

These days, youíll find that our RECenter soft drink machines have been replaced with new, Hello Goodness machines offering water, juice and sports drinks. We are also in the process of stocking our snack machines with choices that meet or exceed USDA and American Heart Association standards for vending. Additionally, you will be able to purchase everything for $1 with the option to use a credit card, if you choose. So, whether youíre visiting the RECenter for yourself or for your family, you can feel good about the nutritional value of the snacks and beverages you choose from our machines.

Elizabeth Ittner
Fitness and Wellness Program Coordinator



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