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Water Fun, games and More!

Water Fun, Games and More!

There are so many ways to play in parks; you could schedule a different activity for every day of your summer vacation! Make a summer splash at the Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole at Lake Fairfax in Reston, or sail into Our Special Harbor sprayground and the rest of the Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park in Franconia, or take a break from the summer sun and plunge into a pool at any of our RECenters.

All Hands on Deck for the Cardboard Boat Regatta!

All Hands on Deck for the Cardboard Boat Regatta!

Grab your crew and captain your cardboard boat creation in this year's Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Accotink Park! Whether you're racing or just watching, it's always a thrill to see which boats will sink and which will float to the finish

Finding Life Balance in Fitness

A Kids Summer Fun Frontier

Cultivate your children's curiosity about life on the farm by signing them up for Junior Farmer Camp at Frying Pan Farm Park. In this roundup of rural life, kids get to roll up their sleeves and do everything the farmer would do like harvesting crops, washing and feeding the animals and pitching in with farm chores.


Preserving Yesterday's Treasures

Preserving Yesterday's Treasures

2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the end of a war that Americans once called "the second war for independence," the War of 1812. Tucked away in the Fairfax County Park Authority's archaeological collection lies an artifact from an important battle in that war; the Battle of the White House.


Combo Classic Celebrates 25 Years

Combo Classic Celebrates 25 Years

It is tournament time at FCPA golf courses, and 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Combo Classic, a unique tournament at Twin Lakes Golf Course that pairs players with and without disabilities together in a two-person scramble format. This year, proceeds will benefit the Park Authority's new Adapted Golf Instructional Program.


Classic Cars make Father's Day Fun!

Classic Cars make Father's Day Fun!

Treat your dad to a classic, eye-popping experience at the Sully Antique Car Show on Father's Day. Hundreds of antique and classic cars fill the grounds each year, ranging from the Model A to cars your dad grew up with like the Corvette, the Mustang, the T-bird or maybe even a Studebaker or Model T.


Twin Lakes Golf Course Steps Up its Game

RECenter Fitness Benefits are Ahead of the Curve!

Adrian Rumingan remembers fitness being a family affair growing up. These days the 28 year old fitness enthusiast trains for triathlon competitions almost daily at Providence RECenter. "In the past year the RECenter installed the Curve in the fitness room," he said enthusiastically. "It's my favorite piece of equipment."


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Wednesday, June 1

Thursday, June 2

Wednesday, June 3

Farmers Market at Oak Marr RECenter
If you are a consumer who values quality, variety and freshness in your food choices join us at the Oak Marr Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until noon. This market features locally grown and freshly picked fruits and vegetables, a variety of fresh eggs, meats and delicious baked good too. For information visit online.

Saturday, June 4

Friday, June 5

25th Annual Combo Classic
The Combo Classic will be held Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. for ages eight and up at Twin Lakes Golf Course. Players compete in a two-day, two-person scramble format . Proceeds benefit the Adapted Golf Program. Cost per team is $295 for two days or $175 for one day. The cost per individual is $180 for two days or $125 for one day. The registration and payment deadline is May 28. A box lunch will be provided on Friday. A continental breakfast, buffet lunch and awards on Saturday. Call 703-642-5173. This event is sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation and generous donors.

Saturday, June 6

25th Annual Combo Classic
The Combo Classic will be held Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. for ages eight and up at Twin Lakes Golf Course. Players compete in a two-day, two-person scramble format . Proceeds benefit the Adapted Golf Program. Cost per team is $295 for two days or $175 for one day. The cost per individual is $180 for two days or $125 for one day. The registration and payment deadline is May 28. A box lunch will be provided on Friday. A continental breakfast, buffet lunch and awards on Saturday. Call 703-642-5173. This event is sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation and generous donors.

Butterfly Container Garden WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, create a lovely butterfly container garden to attract and feed butterflies and other pollinators. Horticulturalist Judy Zatsick introduces you to nectar and host plants that are essential to the butterfly life cycle and helps you create a beautiful container garden. The cost is $35 per person plus a $25 supply fee. Call 703-642-5173.

Backyards: Designing Function & PrivacyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Expand home living space by creating a beautiful and functional backyard. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, garden designer Amy Knotts Neiberline shares design ideas for functional entertainment spaces, children’s play spaces, and backyard storage. Learn great ways to create privacy using plant material and good design. The cost is $22 per person. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Worm WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the dark and wonderful world of worms in our indoor compost bin at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. Then learn how to build your own 10-gallon bin with newspaper bedding, food scraps, and wiggly worms that will recycle your garbage into rich compost. Enjoy a wormy snack too! The cost is $6 per person for the program or $15 for the program and worm kit to take home. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, June 7

Northern Virginia Carvers
Colvin Run Mill Historic Site is home to wood carvers who lend their tools and expertise to uncover your hidden artistic talent. You can create a creature from a block of wood in a program appropriate for ages 12 and up on the first and third Sunday of the month now through August. The time is from noon to 4 p.m. This is a free lesson with a nominal charge for the wood blanks. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Fashion and Invention Tea Program
At Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3:30 p.m., artist and collector Caroline Hottenstein presents a fascinating timeline of tools, inventions and innovations that have influenced changes in fashion and fibers over the centuries. View select pieces from her antique clothing collection that showcase the connection between fashion and technology. The cost is $38 for the program and afternoon tea or $15 for the program only. Reservations required. To make reservations, call Historic Green Spring at 703-941-7987.

Family Fun: Strawberry Tea PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 1:30 to 3 p.m. celebrate June’s luscious fruits with a walk through Green Spring Gardens to see how strawberries and other fruits grow. Then join us for a game and a tea party of strawberry tea and sweet treats. This family-friendly program is intended for children 5 and older. The cost is $15 per person. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Blacksmith Demonstration
See the blacksmith swing his hammer at the Colvin Run forge as he creates tools and other decorative items from iron. Free. Demonstration runs from noon to 4 p.m. Call 703-759-2771.

Grain Grinding Demonstration
See Colvin Run Mill in action with grain grinding demonstrations the first and third Sundays of the month. Watch our millers turn corn into meal and grits, or wheat into flour using our now restored, water-powered grist mill. Please call ahead to see if conditions permit grinding. Regular tour cost applies: $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 plus and $5 for children and seniors.

Wednesday, June 8

Thursday, June 9

Wednesday, June 10

Farmers Market at Oak Marr RECenter
If you are a consumer who values quality, variety and freshness in your food choices join us at the Oak Marr Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until noon. This market features locally grown and freshly picked fruits and vegetables, a variety of fresh eggs, meats and delicious baked good too. For information visit online.

Saturday, June 11

Friday, June 12

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Water-wise GardeningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
We all want beautiful gardens, but garden irrigation can be wasteful and time consuming. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, Master Gardeners show you how to manage water in your home garden through plant selection, soil preparation, and smart irrigation. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, June 13

How to Prune Azaleas and RhododendronsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to improve health and appearance of azaleas and rhododendrons with coaching from The Pruning School director, Peter Deahl. This outdoor, hands-on pruning class takes place at White Gardens in Falls Church, VA from 9 a.m. to noon. Directions will be emailed. Bring gloves and pruners. The cost is $25 per person. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Balsamic Vinegar Tasting PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Savor a selection of fine balsamic vinegars with varied accompaniments from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Historic Green Spring. Hear about the history of Italy's famed elixir and how to distinguish genuine balsamico from the imitations. Learn about its provenance, its myriad uses and how to assess its complex flavors. The cost is $30 per person. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, June 14

Wednesday, June 15

Friday, June 16

Wednesday, June 17

Farmers Market at Oak Marr RECenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
If you are a consumer who values quality, variety and freshness in your food choices join us at the Oak Marr Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until noon. This market features locally grown and freshly picked fruits and vegetables, a variety of fresh eggs, meats and delicious baked good too. For information visit online.

Thursday, June 18

Garden Tour & Tea
From 1 to 3 p.m. tour some of the glorious demonstration gardens with a Master Gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring Gardens, past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. Reservations required. The cost is $32 per person. For reservations, call Historic Green Spring at 703-941-7987.

Sunday, June 19

Saturday, June 20

Kayak Mini Float TripClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Our journey begins with a scenic wagon ride from the Visitors Center upriver to our launch site at Riverbend Park from 11 a.m. to noon. Then enjoy a 1.5 mile instructor-led float trip down the river through riffles and flat water. Previous kayaking experience is not necessary. This is not a whitewater tour. The cost is $38 for a one and two person kayak. Download waiver and bring completed to tour. For information, call 703-759-3211.

The Plight of Urban BeesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Honey bees have a lot to show us about food production, and relationships with nature. In the midst of he disappearance of honeybee colonies, there is optimism and hope to be found. Author Alison Gillespie followed mid-Atlantic beekeepers and shares stories with you from 10 to 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. The cost is $15 per person. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Summer Solstice CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalists at the campfire to hear stories of summer solstice traditions and stars. Roast marshmallows over embers from 8 to 9 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Sherry Tasting PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
A mainstay at Downton Abbey, sherry’s myriads of styles and flavors are increasingly popular today. At Historic Green Spring from 4 to 6 p.m., discover the tradition of these Spanish wines and their pairings with all types of food as you savor a varied sampling of sherries with cold tapas accompaniments. The cost is $44 per person. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Campfire Saturdays: Royal Lake Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for an evening around the campfire at Royal Lake from 7:30 to 9 p.m. An adventure is waiting as you and a naturalist-guide explore the spots where wildlife resides. The program ends with a campfire. Please bring what you like to roast; s’mores will be provided. The topic is fishing. The cost is $8 per person and will meet in front of the tennis courts. For information, call Hidden Pond Nature Center at 703-451-9588.

Mountain Wildlife Camping Trip
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Per FamilyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet a naturalist at Big Meadows campground in Shenandoah National Park for three hikes from 2 to 7 p.m. Visit Appalachian Cove forest and learn about species that call this area home. Black bears, snow shoe hares, deer and salamanders to name a few. For camp­ground reservations call (540) 999-3231. The cost is $20 per person or $45 per family. There is a $30 park entrance and camping fee which is payable to the Shenandoah National Park.

2nd Annual Summer Scramble
The 2nd Annual Summer Scramble will be held at Jefferson District Golf Course starting at 9 a.m. for ages eight and up where teams of two compete in a 9-hole scramble format tournament. Please register by June 17. The cost per team is $80 if you register before June 15 and $90 on or after June 15. Rain date is June 27. The payment will be due at registration and includes lunch and prizes. For information, call 703-573-0444, ext. 8.

Father’s Day Golf Tournament
The Father’s Day Golf Tournament will be held at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m. to noon for ages seven and up where teams of two compete in an 18-hole scramble format in three divisions: Father/Jr. 7-12; Father/Jr. 13-17; Father/Adult partner. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in all divisions. This is limited to the first 48 teams. Registration begins June 6. Rain date is June 27. The cost is $65 per team. The payment will be due at the time of registration which includes lunch. For information, call 703-323-1641.

Sunday, June 21

Antique Car Show
Celebrate Father’s Day at Sully’s 42nd Annual Antique Car Show co-sponsored by the FCPA and The Model A Ford Club of America from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with more than 400 antique and classic cars. You can buy the car of your dreams at the Car Corral or search for the perfect accessory in the flea market with more than 100 ven­dors. Treat Dad to a delicious lunch and get your toes tapping to music reminiscent of the heyday of these classic automobiles. A tour of the first floor of the 1794 house is included. No reservations are required. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $7 for children. For more information, please call 703-437-1794.

Animal DadsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Pretend to be a penguin, wolf and beaver dad as you learn about these doting fathers at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Program is perfect for children age two to six and runs from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Meet live animals and make a craft for your favorite father/ grandfather. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Father’s Day Family FishingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Father’s Day at Riverbend Park with fishing from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $8 per person and includes supplies and equipment or you may bring your own rod and reel. All fish caught will be released, and we’ll give you some tips. For information, call 703-759-3211.

Father’s Day Cruises
Treat Dad to a special day at Lake Accotink Park! Spot soaring eagles and sunbathing turtles while enjoying a 30-minute cruise aboard the Lake Accotink Park tour boat. Cruise times are 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Arrive 20 minutes before your cruise time to pick up your reserved tickets and get ready for boarding time. The fee is $3 for Dad, $6 for other adults, $4 for children ages three and up. For information and to make a reservation, call 703-569-0285. Cruises will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or windy conditions. No refunds for any other reason.

Father’s Day Tournament Click to Register with Parktakes Online
A Father’s Day Golf Tournament will be held at Oak Marr Golf Course starting at 9 a.m. for ages 8-17 Young competitors will be playing with their fathers in a two-person scramble format tournament. There will be trophies awarded for each age category. The registration will begin on June 1. There is no scheduled rain date. The cost is $40 per team and is due at the time of registration. For information, call 703-255-5390.

Snake and Turtle Feeding Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brief presentation and feeding demonstra­tion by our animal caretaker staff at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. You will visit with at least one snake, two turtles and a toad from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Fathers’ Day Celebration
Treat Dad to a free wood carving lesson with the Northern Virginia Carvers from noon to 4 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, ages 12 and up. There will be a nominal charge for wood blanks. There will also be free mill tours for all fathers accompanied by children from noon to 3 p.m. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come out to Riverbend Park for some great family fun! Take a wagon ride, scavenger hunt through the meadow and search for birds, butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunrise Kayak Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy breathtaking views as the summer sun rises over the Potomac River at Riverbend Park from 7 to 9 a.m. Paddle with a naturalist and learn about the historical and natural beauty of this island-dotted section of the Potomac. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. The cost is $38 and includes one and two person kayaks. Download waiver and bring completed to tour. For information, call 703-759-3211.

Wednesday, June 22

Tuesday, June 23

Prothonotary Warbler Van TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Search for the Protho­notary warbler in Mason Neck State Park’s wetlands. Learn about the only cavity nesting warbler in the eastern US. Van departs from Ellanor C. Lawrence Park at 9 a.m. The cost is $24 and includes van transportation. For information, call 703-222-4664.

Wednesday, June 24

Farmers Market at Oak Marr RECenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
If you are a consumer who values quality, variety and freshness in your food choices join us at the Oak Marr Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until noon. This market features locally grown and freshly picked fruits and vegetables, a variety of fresh eggs, meats and delicious baked good too. For information visit online.

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey into Frying Pan Park with this Wednesday evening preschool-age program from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy hands on activities including games, demos, animal encounters, crafts and short hikes. The topic covered will be goats at this program. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Drawing & Painting Lab for TeensClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The class is for ages 13 to 17. Explore concepts of shape, line, texture and color blending at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Students need to bring a 9”x12” drawing pad (90 lb.) and a 9”x12” mixed-media pad (140 lb.), graphite pencils (HB, 6B), fine Sharpie or Pitt pen (black), a set of 24 Crayola crayons, a set of 12 color pencils, a set of water-soluble oils or wax pastels and a set of watercolors (pan is okay). You also need to bring filbert brush #8 and #10 and a flat brush for washes and blending. The cost is $77 for four 2-hour lessons on Wednesdays beginning June 14 and ending July 15. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Thursday, June 25

Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MDClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Spend a spring morning at Ladew Topiary Gardens enjoying a tour of the house and beautiful gardens. Lunch will be served at the cafe on the grounds. Round off the day with a stop at Putnam Hill Nursery to shop for lovely garden annuals and perennials. Trip departs Green Spring Gardens at 8:15 a.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $96 and includes motor coach, entrance fee, tour and lunch. Trip cancelation deadline: June 11, 2015. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Friday, June 26

Creek Adventure Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in our exploration of Rocky Run on the Creek Adventure Wagon Ride from 7 to 8 p.m. Please bring shoes that can get wet. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Kayak Tour-Sunset over Riverbend Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Experience the end of the day with an upper Potomac River tour at Riverbend Park held rom 5 to 7 p.m. Get started with the basics and in a short time you will be maneuvering through the water. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. The cost is $38 and includes one and two person kayaks. Download waiver and bring to tour. Tour canceled in case of bad weather or hazardous river conditions. Call 703-759-3211.

Parent & 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. This scenic section of the Potomac offers bass, sunfish and the occasional catfish. Get started with an introduction to boating basics. Previous ex­perience not required. The cost is $16 and includes boat, PFDs and fishing rod rental. Maximum three persons per boat, one must be 16 years or older. Each participant must register. Downoad waiver and bring completed to tour. Canceled if bad weather or hazardous river conditions. Call 703-759-3211.

Camping in the Parks
Lake Fairfax Park has 129 campsites available year round for tents and RVs. Reservations are strongly recommended. Electrical hook-ups are available (20amp, 30amp and 50amp) at the campsites. Camping for organized groups of 20 or more (scouts, churches, etc.) is also permitted. For reservations, call 703-471-5415.

Frying Pan FridaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Delve into a different piece of your favorite Farm Park on a stress-free adventure including hands-on activities and short hikes for ages five and up from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The topic covered at this program will be pond exploration. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Who-oo is in the Forest Goodnight WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Visit Hidden Oaks Nature Center and learn about the owls that inhabit our woods and how to identify their calls. Listen to an American Indian tale of why the owl has big eyes. Enjoy an evening woodland walk with a naturalist. This event runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. This event will be canceled in case of rain. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, June 27

Hands-on Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your child for an hour of natural adventure at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and Walney Visitor Center. This experience allows children to feed exhibit animals, search for wildlife, explore fur pelts, discover bones and other nature artifacts, and take home a craft. The program runs from 3 to 4 p.m. and the cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Chemical Engineers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This eight-week class offered by Engineering for Kids introduces youngsters 6 to 12 to mixtures, compounds, fluids and molecular composition, robot building and programming basics at Providence RECenter from noon to 12:55 p.m. on Saturdays starting on 6/27. Any supply fee is payable to instructor at the start of the class. The cost is $135. For information, call 703-222-4664.

Scotts Run Nature Preserve Hike
Take a three-mile, naturalist-led hike along the Potomac River from 9 to 11 a.m. This hike over moderate terrain highlights Scotts Run’s natural features, scenic overlooks and waterfall. Bring water and meet at the west parking lot. The cost is $6 per person. There are no facilities at Scotts Run Nature Preserve. Call 703-759-9018.

Kayak Tour-Seneca to RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This eight-mile river journey begins in the waters above the old Seneca Dam at Riverbend Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. After this lake-like stretch the pace quickens through riffles and small rapids through Seneca Breaks, then past Watkins Island, and finally to Riverbend. Previous kayaking experience is required. The cost is $82 and includes one person kayak rental. Download waiver and bring completed to tour. Canceled in bad weather or hazardous river conditions. For information, call 703-759-3211.

Frog Chorus at Eakin PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate National Frog Month at Eakin Park on Prosperity Rd. Join the naturalist-led walk to the pond to identify frogs rom 7:30 to 9 p.m. Please bring one flashlight per family. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. This event will be canceled if it rains. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Fliers of the Night CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist from Hidden Oaks Nature Center at the campfire to learn how owls, bats and moths fly at night without banging into trees from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn how to see these elusive creatures and make smores. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-941-1065.

Family Fun: Make a Patriot Garden Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. in decorating and planting a red, white and blue container garden in time for the Fourth of July. Learn to plant and care for flowers through the summer. This family-friendly program is intended for children ages five and older. The cost is $12 per project. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Build Your Own BirdhouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Make your backyard bird friendly by learning about bird friendly plants. Build your own bird house from 10 a.m. to noon at Riverbend Park. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Cost is $8 per person and a $5 fee per birdhouse. Call 703-759-9018.

Garden Highlights ToursClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Each month on Saturdays the gardens bring new plants to admire and design elements to inspire for ages 14 and up from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Catch Green Spring’s June garden highlights with master gardener docents who showcase eye-popping plants. Enjoy light refreshments in the Historic House. The cost is $12 per person. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Marine EngineersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This eight-week class offered by Engineering for Kids introduces kids 6 to 12 to design, create, test and refine several types of marine vehicles at Providence RECenter from 1 to 1:55 p.m. on Saturdays starting on 6/27. Students construct a boat, design a self-propelled submarine and explore devices to help a scuba divers. Any supply fee is payable at the start of the class. The cost is $135. Call 703-222-4664.

Ikebana Flower DesignClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrange­ment. Learn Ikebana’s rich symbolism and fundamentals at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Take home an arrangement. The cost is $35 per person with a $25 supply fee. Please register for both program and supply fee. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Evening StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk from 8 - 9 p.m. A naturalist takes you on a tour of the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Strawberry FestivalClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Return to Machens Grove at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to play croquet, savor strawberry ice cream, and imagine life in 1888 where a strawberry festival was held back then. Join the fun from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For information call 703-631-0013.

Robotic EngineersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This eight-week class offered by Engineering for Kids introduces kids 6 to 12 to robot building and programming basics at Providence RECenter from 2 to 2:55 p.m. on Saturdays starting on 6/27. Students will build and test a working robot. Any supply fee is payable at the start of the class. The cost is $135. Call 703-222-4664.

Sunday, June 28

Sunrise Kayak Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy breathtaking views as the summer sun rises over the Potomac River at Riverbend Park from 7 to 9 a.m. Paddle with a naturalist and learn about the historical and natural beauty of this island-dotted section of the Potomac. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. The cost is $38 and includes one and two person kayaks. Download waiver and bring completed to tour. For information, call 703-759-3211.

Eastern Milk Snake Van TripClick to Register with Parktakes Online
For serious herpers only. Head out with naturalist Tony Bulmer to Strasburg, Va. to Little Stony Creek in search of reptiles and amphibians from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. This mountain environment holds unique species like spring salamanders and Eastern milk snakes. Trip consists of rugged terrain and lots of walking. Pack a lunch. The cost is $48. Call 703-222-4664.

Canine Cruise
Treat your canine companion to a special cruise from 7 to 8 p.m. aboard Lake Accotink’s pooch-friendly tour boat. Catch the last rays of sun while your dog scans for ducks and other creatures. The fee is $6 per person, no charge for dogs. Limit one dog per person. Humans must be age eight and up and accompanied by an adult if under 16. Register in advance at 703-569-0285. Arrive 20 minutes before your cruise time to pick up tickets. Participants will be notified and issued refunds for any cancellation due to rain, or winds. No refunds for any other reason.

Hands-on HistoryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your children ages 6 to 12 and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th century children at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly. Join us from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The program includes games, penmanship, washing clothes and preparing a food item. The cost is $10 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

How to Draw Your Dragon(fly)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist/artist Margaret Wohler from Huntley Meadows to learn tips and techniques for drawing dragonflies and other insects you might find in the park from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Upstairs Downstairs: Do You Believe in Downton?
Explore the grim realities of life for do­mestic servants and the true nature of their relation­ships with their employers 100 years ago. Discover at Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3:30 p.m. whether Downton Abbey’s depiction provides true historical insight or rose-tinted historical fiction. The cost is $32 per person. Reservations are required. For information, call 703-941-7987.

DragonfliesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the life cycle, behavior and identification of Huntley’s many dragonflies and damselflies by venturing to the wetland to observe them in action from 9 - 11:30 a.m.. This event will be canceled if it rains. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Wagon Ride - Visit to the Corn CribClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Riverbend’s meadow was once farmland. Go back in time by visiting the corn crib and enjoy children’s activities from the 1900’s from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, June 29

Little Hands on the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the Frying Pan Farm Park Kidwell barn classroom to meet a farm animal, enjoy a story, craft or game, and pretend to be the farmer with fun chores from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. for two to three year olds and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. for three to five year olds. Pre-paid reservations required and an adult must attend class with child. The cost is $8 per child. For more information, please call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, June 30

Concert in the Garden
Be our guest for a free musical evening at Green Spring Gardens with The New Mountain Fever Band, performing lively bluegrass and folk music. The event runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn. A food truck will also be available. The Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) will be serving complimentary cake and lemonade. Call 703-642-5173.

Duck, Duck, GooseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Waddle on over to learn about our feathered friends at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. This program is perfect for children ages two to five from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Honk like a goose, quack like a duck and find Mrs. Goose’s lost eggs. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, May 1

Stories from Old CentrevilleClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Savor s’mores around a campfire while we share some of our favorite stories from Centreville’s past at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 8 to 9 p.m. Bring blankets or chairs and flashlights. 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. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Friday: Bugs & SpidersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Find out what sort of bugs like to come out at night at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Join our naturalist for outdoor adventure and nature study concluding with s'mores around a campfire. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Survival SkillsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and learn shelter building, edible vs poisonous plants and other ‘dangers’ of the wild. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, May 2

Pirate Fest at Lake Fairfax
Pirate Fest AdmissionsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Pirate Boat RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online

Pirates, privateers, and ports of call, ahoy! This new festival celebrates Virginia's seafaring past. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. join with Ships Company Chanteymen singing traditional sea chanteys, tavern tunes and pirate ditties. Experience the life of a sailor first hand with our many fun activity stations, including a pirate themed tour boat ride, Wear your most dashing pirate clothes and enter our costume contest. Admission is $10. Pirate boat rides are an additional $2.

May Day BasketsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the tradition of making a May basket filled with flowers to hang on a friend’s or neighbor’s front door as a May Day surprise at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Learn to identify some wildflowers and make art with flowers. Child must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

The Moon and the Stars CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Talk moon and stars and make s'mores around a warm campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Then head out into the meadow with a naturalist to learn how to identify the early spring constellations. The cost is $6. Meet at Cabell's Mill. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Family Fun: Garden Terrarium WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Create an enclosed, mini-garden terrarium that is fun to view and easy to take care of at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. Learn about the hydrologic cycle and have fun decorating your mini world with colored sand, stones and a figurine. The cost is $12 per project. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Teacup TopiariesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Create an all-season flowery centerpiece by combining our favorite things - flowers and teacups at Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Complete a beautiful teacup topiary to grace a table or mantle for years to come. It’s a perfect gift for Mother’s Day. All materials supplied, including fine china cup and saucer. Refreshments served. The cost is $25. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Riverbend Bird Stroll – WarblersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Hike with a naturalist during peak warbler migration at Riverbend Park from 7 to 9 a.m. Discover why Riverbend is an important stopover and nesting area that attracts so many species. Bring binoculars. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Wagon Ride - Journey to the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Journey to see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, May 3

Wetlands Awareness Day
Come help celebrate 40 years of education and exploration at Huntley Meadows Park. Enjoy an active, colorful afternoon with live animal and park history presentations, nature activities and family fun in this major park with its wetland boardwalk and wildlife observation tower from noon to 4 p.m. Bring friends and family to learn all about wetland ecology, local natural history and the importance of our wetlands. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Family Fun: Nature Photo Scavenger HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Use your camera or smartphone to make your way through a nature photo scavenger hunt at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Decipher the clues to snap photos and take selfies. Show us your photos and claim your prize. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Grinding Grain
The miller will be grinding grain from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill, conditions permitting. Cornmeal, grits and whole wheat flour ground on-site are for sale in the General Store. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Blacksmithing Demonstration
Watch the blacksmith ply his trade, as he makes both tools and decorative items out of iron at Colvin Run Mill from 11a.m . to 4 p.m. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Life’s a Garden...Dig It!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Catch and identify helpful insects that help plants grow at Frying Pan Farm Park from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Learn how plants sustain themselves and others and learn how plants dominate their territory. This outdoor program includes digging, moving and lots of mud, so come prepared to get dirty. Participants who purchase a container starter kit will walk away with a pot, soil, and seeds specific to each class topic. The cost is $6 without kit and $20 with kit. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Monday, May 4

Storytime in the ForestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for a nature story, craft, outdoor exploration and other activities at Huntley Meadows Park from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

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

Little Acorns- SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration. Learn about birds' nests and eggs, lively lizards, and insects and spiders. Dress for weather. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, May 5

Trillium TrekClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Travel by van to Linden, VA for a glorious display of trilliums and other spring wildflowers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plan on a moderate hike on a rocky trail and bring a snack. Late lunch at the Apple House. Wear hiking shoes. Meet at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, the cost is $30. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, May 6

Wagon Ride - Journey to the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Journey to see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Thursday, May 7

Homeschool: Wilderness SkillsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Make fires, build shelters and learn about wild and medicinal plants as we explore how to survive in the wilderness at Riverbend Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Hikes, games and art projects add to our adventures. The cost is $12, any supply fee payable to instructor at class. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Eco AdventuresClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come along on epic adventures through the wilderness and learn through hands-on experience from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Dress for the weather. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Songs of SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Animals often communicate in song. Learn how to identify the calls and songs of many of Huntley Meadows Park animals through hands-on activities and hikes from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Learn about songbird symphony and cicada choruses. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Jr. Farmer Family FunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Go behind the scenes to help the Frying Pan Farm Park farmers from 4 to 5 p.m. with chores such as milking the cows, feeding animals and shelling corn. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, May 8

Garden Talk: Butterfly GardeningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Butterflies are a joy to watch. Learn what plants you should grow to encourage these delicate beauties to visit your garden and extend their stay at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Survival SkillsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and learn shelter building, edible vs poisonous plants and other ‘dangers’ of the wild. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

S’more Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley at E.C. Lawrence Park at 6:30 p.m. on May 8 and at 7 p.m. on May 22. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about other aspects of the area’s local and natural history. Return to a warming campfire and make a sweet chocolate treat to eat. Meet at Cabell's Mill. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, May 9

Spring Farm DayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Watch sheep shearing and antique farm equipment demonstrations at Frying Park Farm Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participate in hands-on farm activities such as cow and goat milking. Enjoy crafts, games, puppet shows and get an up-close introduction to the baby farm animals. The cost is $8 the day of or $7 if you pre-register. Call 703-437-9101.

Pink Lady’s Slipper WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll to a natural display of wild orchids at Roundtree Park from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Your naturalist guide also identifies native wildflowers. Canceled if rain. The cost is $2. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Night Hike & S’mores CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a naturalist-led walk through the forest listening for nocturnal animals and looking for evidence of wildlife from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Hike concludes by making s'mores over a campfire. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, May 10

Mother’s Day Garden Tour and Tea
Enjoy a delightful docent-led tour of the gardens at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Then raise your teacups in honor of mothers and nurturers everywhere at a traditional English afternoon tea in the Historic House. Take home a special gift box of teatime favors. Reservations required. The cost is $42. For more information, please call 703-941-7987.

Mother’s Day Cruise
Spend quality time with Mom enjoying Mother Nature at Lake Accotink Park!  Thrill to a beautiful May afternoon cruising in sight of wildflower-bedecked shorelines and soaring eagles. Each 30-minute cruise sets out at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on this special day honoring mothers everywhere. Arrive 20 minutes before your cruise time to pick up your reserved tickets and get ready for boarding time. The fee is $3 for Mom, $6 for other adults, $4 for children ages three and up. For information and to make a reservation, call 703-569-0285. Cruises will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or windy conditions. No refunds for any other reason.

Monday, May 11

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

Little Acorns- SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration. Learn about birds' nests and eggs, lively lizards, and insects and spiders. Dress for weather. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Senior’s Only Tournament!
Players compete in a one-day, 18-hole individual stroke play tournament at Greendale Golf Course starting at 8 a.m. Divisions determined based on sign-up; minimum of eight players required per division. Prizes awarded for 1st and 2nd place in each division as well as closest to the pin. Registration began 30 days prior to event; advance registration required by Monday, May 4. The cost is $45. Tournament costs include tournament-day greens fee and power cart, breakfast, lunch and prizes. Fees are due at time of registration. For information, call 703-971-9788.

Animal VetsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at the Riverbend Nature Center at 4 p.m. and go behind the scenes to help care for our exhibit animals. On this special day, take the animal’s vital signs and check their health. The cost is $6 per child, optional Riverbend patch available for $3.15. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Tuesday, May 12

Civil War Lecture: Appomattox
As we end the Civil War sesquicentennial, hear about the war’s last days and the people who played leading roles in its closure from 7 to 8 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. This Civil War 150th Commemorative Program is sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. in memory of Thom F. Hanes, one of the original founders. Light refreshments. Donations gratefully accepted. Free. Reservations required. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Thursday, May 14

Kid’s Korner-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children with their adult learn about spring ladybugs at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Songs of SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Animals often communicate in song. Learn how to identify the calls and songs of many of Huntley Meadows Park animals through hands-on activities and hikes from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Learn about songbird symphony and cicada choruses. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Friday, May 15

Fishing by the StreamClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 6 to 7 p.m. and go fishing along Rocky Run Stream. Learn about native fish and receive tips on equipment and techniques. Beginners welcome. Bring your own fully rigged fishing poles; worms provided for bait. Please be sure to register an adult with any registered child. Meet at Cabell's Mill. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Survival SkillsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and learn shelter building, edible vs poisonous plants and other ‘dangers’ of the wild. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Jr. Naturalist-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Elementary-age children learn about spring ladybugs at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Miller Training
This is a rare, hands-on opportunity for people to participate in a two-day “practicum” and learn to operate a water-powered mill at Colvin Run Mill from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This program is sponsored in part by the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills and presented by Colvin Run Mill’s miller, Mason Maddox. Pre-paid reservations required by May 2. The cost is $150 per person, includes supply fee. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Twilight Hilltop Tour
Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. It’s a dramatic setting made all the more stunning by the setting sun. Join us after hours from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on May 15 and from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on May 29 for a special tour and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments served afterward. Dress appropriately for the weather. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, May 16

Miller Training
This is a rare, hands-on opportunity for people to participate in a two-day “practicum” and learn to operate a water-powered mill at Colvin Run Mill from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This program is sponsored in part by the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills and presented by Colvin Run Mill’s miller, Mason Maddox. Pre-paid reservations required by May 2. The cost is $150 per person, includes supply fee. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Wagon Ride - Journey to the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Journey to see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Susan G. Komen Rally for the Cure
Participants compete in a 9-hole, individual stroke play tournament at Jefferson District Golf Course starting at 9 a.m. A portion of the tournament fee will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation Rally for the Cure, a breast cancer awareness initiative. Advance registration is required by May 13. The cost is $60, if signed up before May 11 and $65 if on or after the 11th. Rain date is May 23. Fee due at time of registration and includes lunch and prizes. For information, call 703-573-0444.

Sounds of the Night CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify nocturnal animal calls, enjoy stories of local denizens of the night and make s'mores around a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Canceled if rain. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Frog Chorus at Eakin PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate National Frog Month! Meet at Eakin Park on Prosperity Road in Fairfax to join a naturalist-led walk to the pond to identify frogs by sound from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring one flashlight per family. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Canceled if raining. The cost is $5. For information, please call 703-941-1065.

Field FrenzyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Go into the field with an experienced naturalist to find, handle and create habitats for some of the wild animals found at Hidden Pond Park from 10 a.m. to noon. The animals we catch may be placed on display in the nature center for you to come back and see any time. The cost is $8 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

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

1st Annual Lake Fairfax Car ShowClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Muscle cars, imports, and trucks will be on display at Lake Fairfax Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The entry fee for all vehicles is $10, and entries are now being accepted. Spectators will be admitted free of charge. The car show is presented by MNR Dips. Cars and trucks will be judged in three classes. One vehicle will win the “All Show People’s Choice” award. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third-place winners. To enter a car or truck, call 571-264-7479 or email Treybrown321@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 17

Grinding Grain
The miller will be grinding grain from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill, conditions permitting. Cornmeal, grits and whole wheat flour ground on-site are for sale in the General Store. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Life’s a Garden...Dig It!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Catch and identify helpful insects that help plants grow at Frying Pan Farm Park from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Learn how plants sustain themselves and others and learn how plants dominate their territory. This outdoor program includes digging, moving and lots of mud, so come prepared to get dirty. Participants who purchase a container starter kit will walk away with a pot, soil, and seeds specific to each class topic. The cost is $6 without kit and $20 with kit. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Reptile & Amphibian ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the Reptile and Amphibian Club known as RAC and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and salamanders at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. Learn new facts, encounter live animals, and discover their park habitats. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look up, listen carefully and discover the amazing variety of birds that inhabit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Kids meet once a month from 3 to 4 p.m. to develop birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Monday, May 18

Storytime in the ForestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for a nature story, craft, outdoor exploration and other activities at Huntley Meadows Park from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Little Acorns- SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration. Learn about birds' nests and eggs, lively lizards, and insects and spiders. Dress for weather. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, May 19

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Its dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Help our naturalist care for and feed the nature center’s animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, May 20

Wagon Ride - Journey to the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Journey to see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Thursday, May 21

Jr. Farmer Family FunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Go behind the scenes to help the Frying Pan Farm Park farmers from 4 to 5 p.m. with chores such as milking the cows, feeding animals and shelling corn. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Dig into the PastClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center from 5 to 6 p.m. and learn firsthand how archaeology works. Learn different methods used in archaeology. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Garden Tour & Tea
Tour some of the glorious demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring Gardens past and present from 1 to 3 p.m. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. Reservations required. The cost is $32. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Friday, May 22

S’more Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley at E.C. Lawrence Park at 6:30 p.m. on May 8 and at 7 p.m. on May 22. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about other aspects of the area’s local and natural history. Return to a warming campfire and make a sweet chocolate treat to eat. Meet at Cabell's Mill. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Survival SkillsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and learn shelter building, edible vs poisonous plants and other ‘dangers’ of the wild. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

American Indian Stories CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Toast marshmallows around a campfire as you hear traditional American Indian stories focusing on seasonal changes at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 8 to 9 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, May 23

Spring Campfire Saturdays at Royal LakeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adventure awaits as you explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist. Bring something to roast around a cozy campfire, s’mores provided. Topics include turtle fishing and animal calling. Campfire is at 7 p.m. and the cost is $8. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wagon Ride - Journey to the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Journey to see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Monthly Garden Highlights TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From one month to the next, the gardens change and evolve dramatically. Catch the garden highlights of May with Green Spring master gardener docents who will showcase some of our eye-popping spring plants at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $12 per person. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Cures from the Quarter
At the slave quarter, learn how enslaved African Americans maintained their health. Discover the differences and similarities between healthcare methods of slaves and their masters at Sully Historic Site at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Learn about the Native American influence on early American healthcare. Forgotten Road Tour included. The cost is $7 per adult, $6 per student and $5 for seniors. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Evening WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist PJ Dunn to hike the trails after dark at Huntley Meadows Park from 8 to 10 p.m. looking and listening for owls, beavers and other night animals. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-768-2525.

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

Sunday, May 24

Copperheads and Black RacersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey from 10 to 11 a.m. at E. C. Lawrence Park as we search for, capture, identify and release snakes. Learn the habits and preferred habitats of our native snakes. Register an adult with any registered child. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Stream StompClick to Register with Parktakes Online
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. Learn about erosion and other environmental issues affecting aquatic wildlife. Program cancelled in case of severe weather. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, May 25

Snake and Turtle FeedingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by our animal caretaker staff at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Memorial Day 1940s Ice Cream Social
Take a step back in time to the 1940s. Join in as costumed interpreters lead tours of the Spindle Sears House and help hand-crank homemade ice cream at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Play family games provided. Bring your own picnic. Donations accepted to support Historic Centreville Park. The Spindle Sears House is located at 5714 Mt Gilead Road, Centreville Va. Park on the grass across the street. Event canceled in case of rain. For information call 703-631-0013.

Wednesday, May 27

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers can explore Frying Pan Farm Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and get involved in hands-on activities including games, demonstrations, animal encounters, crafts and short hikes. Topics include farm birds and farmer's friends. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, May 29

Twilight Hilltop TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. It’s a dramatic setting made all the more stunning by the setting sun. Join us after hours from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on May 15 and from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on May 29 for a special tour and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments served afterward. Dress appropriately for the weather. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Garden Talk: Container GardeningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Container gardens provide beautiful accents for small areas and patios. Learn how to select and care for containers and plants that add wow to your living space at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Call 703-642-5173.

Amphibian CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Gather around a campfire, make s'mores and learn about our native amphibians. Join us at 7 p.m. to see some animals first hand and talk about their habits and habitats. Please be sure to register an adult with any registered child. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Bats, Bugs, and Owls Oh My!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the critters that only come out at night and their special adaptations that help them thrive while we sleep. Watch for bats, attract some bugs, and call for owls at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 8 to 9 p.m. Child must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, May 30

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

River MonstersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the Bull Run stream to discover river monsters from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fish the deep pools for giant catfish and search the banks for Northern Water Snakes. Please register accompanying adults and children. Bring fishing pole and bait. Meet at Hemlock Overlook. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Butter & CheeseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Walney has a long dairy farming history. Taste hand-churned butter and sample cheeses while learning about the importance of this industry at Walney Visitor Center from 2 to 3 p.m. Tour the historic dairy and try your hand at milking a pretend cow. Current restoration projects will be highlighted. Children must be accompanied with a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, May 31

Lake Accotink Park Cardboard Boat Regatta
A 26-year tradition! Find out who will sink and who will float in their cardboard boat. This is fun for all ages with judging in the categories of Most Likely to Float, Titanic, Team Spirit, Best Costume and Pride of the Regatta. The cost is $20 per boat if registered before noon on May 29. Boat drop off begins at 10 a.m., the judging is at noon and the race begins at 2 p.m. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Life’s a Garden...Dig It!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Catch and identify helpful insects that help plants grow at Frying Pan Farm Park from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Learn how plants sustain themselves and others and learn how plants dominate their territory. This outdoor program includes digging, moving and lots of mud, so come prepared to get dirty. Participants who purchase a container starter kit will walk away with a pot, soil, and seeds specific to each class topic. The cost is $6 without kit and $20 with kit. For information, call 703-437-9101.

The Bright Young Things
The original party animals, the “Bright Young Things” of the 1920s, were flamboyant, decadent, outrageous and glamorous. Hear about the members of this privileged social set, their wild behavior, the dark side of their lifestyle and their dubious legacy: the modern cult of celebrity at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Reservations required. The cost is $32. For information, call 703-941-7987.

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Fairfax County Parks – Where Heroes Play

Fairfax County Parks – Where Heroes Play

Fairfax County residents already know what a wonderful park system we have here, and soon 12,000 police officers, firefighters and customs and corrections officers from around the globe will experience it for themselves when they compete in the 2015 World Police and Fire Games June 26 – July 5, 2015. To put that figure in context, that's about 1500 more athletes than the number of competitors at the 2012 summer Olympics in London, making the World Police and Fire Games one of the largest multi-sport events in the world. We are honored that the site selection committee deemed our award-winning parks to be of the caliber to host an athletic event of this magnitude along with other venues in the metro D.C. area.

The public safety athletes will compete in more than 60 sporting events during the international games. The police service dog, cross country and rugby competitions will all take place at Lake Fairfax Park, while Braddock and Wakefield parks will host the softball competitions, and golfers will tee up at Laurel Hill Golf Club. All of the events are free to the public, and I encourage you take advantage of this rare opportunity to see the world's top public safety heroes demonstrate athletic excellence. You can find the event schedule at www.fairfax2015.com.

When the games are over and the competitors have gone home, put your own athletic skills to the test at Laurel Hill or on our park ball fields or along our scenic trails. See for yourself why our park system is a three-time national gold medal winner and a worthy place where heroes play.

Sara Baldwin
Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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