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Gifts for the Golfer!

Back by Popular Demand - Gifts for the Golfer!

Here’s a holiday gift idea that’s sure to be a hit with any golfer – a day on the links! The Park Authority’s discounted packages were such a big hit last holiday season, we’re offering them again this year one day only – Black Friday.

Parks Count! Better Parks for Better Living

Parks Count!
Better Parks for Better Living

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

Experience the NEW Oak Marr RECenter

After a year-long construction and renovation project, the newly expanded Oak Marr RECenter is open once again and getting rave reviews from customers.

1963 Record-Setting Swim Team
Shapes Up for Old Times’ Sake

1963 Record-Setting Swim Team Shapes Up for Old Times’ Sake

If you’re looking for motivation to shape up and get fit in the New Year, you may find inspiration in the story of Roger Russell, Roger Williams, Jimmy Dickson and Steve Mason.


Long-Awaited Gym to
Open at Spring Hill

Long-Awaited Gym to Open at Spring Hill

Work crews at Spring Hill RECenter are in the homestretch of a massive renovation and expansion project that is already getting rave reviews from patrons and staff. The new fitness center is nearly four times the size of the old one, and features a new line of Cybex weight training machines.


Colvin Run Mill Restoration Nears Completion

Colvin Run Mill Restoration Nears Completion

For the first time since Warren G. Harding was President, two stones are working at Colvin Run Mill, which will enable the mill to grind two different grains at the same time when it is fully restored early next year.


Make your Holidays
Merry in Parks!

Make your Holidays Merry in Parks!

From family events to holiday crafts and shopping, you’ll find lots of ways to enjoy the winter season in Fairfax County Parks.


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Monday, December 1

Feeding Day!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist and youth volunteers as we feed our site display animals at E.C Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. Search for worms and insects. The cost is $5 per person. Please be sure to register an adult with any child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Little Acorns: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to four and their accompanying adult begin sharing the wonders of nature in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Classes last 45 minutes and start at 9:45 and 11 a.m. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Topics in December: 12/1 Animals Getting Ready for Winter, 12/8 Twinkle Little Star, 12/15 Evergreens. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, December 3

Pohick Puddle Jumpers
The youngest nature lovers can now become Pohick Rangers! Explore the natural world, hands-on and up close. Plenty of digging, netting, meeting animals and, you guessed it - puddle jumping in the woodlands of the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Park. Topics include Animal Care 12/3, Animal Movements 12/10, and Animals Prepare for Winter 12/17. The cost is $5 per person. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, December 4

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

Friday, December 5

Campfire Friday: Flying SquirrelsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about nocturnal gliders and look for them in roosting boxes at Hidden Pond Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program concludes with a campfire and s’mores. Child must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Rockhounders
The popular summer camp is now a spring series at Hidden Pond Nature Center.  This hands-on approach to geology from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting.  Topics include 12/5 Cycle of Rocks and 12/19 Digging Into the Past. The cost is $6 per person. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, December 6

Hands-on NatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop-off your child, ages 5 to 11, for an hour of natural adventure at E.C. Lawrence Park starting at 2 p.m. Nature brings variety to each month’s program. Children feed exhibit animals, search for wildlife, explore fur pelts, bones and other nature artifacts, and take home a craft. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Stream Side SalamandersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Yes, even in winter we can find salamanders. Northern dusky and two-lined salamanders are active all year. Hike to a nearby stream to search for salamanders at E.C. Lawrence Park from 3 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Huntley Holiday Happening
Looking for a special gift? Receive a 15% discount on selected new and used books, toys, stuffed animals, t-shirts, and seasonal items from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Stay for the opening of the 40th anniversary of the photo contest. Admission is free. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Kids’ Activities at Huntley
Join us for a celebration of winter at Huntley Meadows Park from 1 to 2:30 p.m.! Discover how wildlife copes with winter through games, crafts and activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Astronomy FestivalClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy activities including guided stargazing, looking through the telescope, and listening to ancient stories about the constellations round the campfire from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Other activities and games will be happening throughout the evening. Hot chocolate and snacks will be available for purchase. The program will be canceled if raining or snowing. The cost is $6 online; $7 at the door. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Dr. Seuss: If I Ran the Nature Center…Click to Register with Parktakes Online
What if Dr. Seuss wrote about running a nature center instead of a zoo? What would you do? From 2 to 3:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, create your own book and find out how local wildlife has fantastical abilities, too. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call the park at 703-941-1065.

Winter Wreath Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 10 a.m. to noon create a beautiful winter wreath to take home for your front door after Green Spring staff demonstrate the dazzling possibilities. The program cost is $35 per person, and there is a $20 supply fee for greens, forms, ribbon and cones. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Authentic Darjeeling Teas
From India’s Himalayan foothills, the “Champagne of Teas” has recently been granted Protected Origin Status. Taste and compare the unique qualities from the four seasonal flushes and enjoy some tea-infused treats at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. A take-home tea sampler is included. This program is presented by Certified Tea Specialist Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden. The cost is $30. To make a reservation, call 703-759-2771.

37th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show
Shop at one of Northern Virginia's largest holiday shows. Top-quality handmade arts and crafts will be offered by nearly 100 of the area's finest artisans at Audrey Moore RECenter from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 per person; children ages 12 and under are free. Door prizes will be awarded. For information, call 703-321-7081.

Cocoa Wagon RidesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn what the holidays were like on a farm during the 1920s and 1930s. Your journey around Frying Pan Farm Park leads you past fields and farmland while you, your family and friends relish the beauty of the season and breathe in the fresh air. After the wagon ride relax by our campfire and warm up with a cup of cocoa and s’mores. One-hour rides are offered at 3, 4, 5, and 6 p.m. and the cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Children’s Holiday Shopping
Volunteers at Frying Pan Farm Park help children shop for everybody on their holiday list. The Country Store stocks many unique items in all price ranges. Free wrapping assures surprises for family and friends. This program is offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday. Meet at the Old Floris Schoolhouse. Monday’s program is for ages eight years and older with self-shopping and wrapping (no volunteer helpers). For information, call 703-437-9101.

Sunday, December 7

37th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show
Shop at one of Northern Virginia's largest holiday shows. Top-quality handmade arts and crafts will be offered by nearly 100 of the area's finest artisans at Audrey Moore RECenter from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 per person; children ages 12 and under are free. Door prizes will be awarded. For information, call 703-321-7081.

Children’s Holiday Shopping
Volunteers at Frying Pan Farm Park help children shop for everybody on their holiday list. The Country Store stocks many unique items in all price ranges. Free wrapping assures surprises for family and friends. This program is offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday. Meet at the Old Floris Schoolhouse. Monday’s program is for ages eight years and older with self-shopping and wrapping (no volunteer helpers). For information, call 703-437-9101.

Squirrel’s Nutcracker Tea PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a puppet show starring a gray squirrel that dreams of a nutcracker at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Enjoy learning a few fun facts about this most common and curious creature as you sip sugarplum tea and munch gingerbread treats at the sit-down tea. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Pictures w/Santa & Wildlife Trim-a-TreeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Santa stops by Hidden Pond Park! Bring your wish list and camera for photos with Santa from 2 to 4 p.m. Children ages 2 to 12 make holiday crafts for both indoors and outdoors that will please wildlife. Enjoy holiday s’mores. We’ll take a digital photo for an extra charge. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call the nature center at 703-451-9588.

Gardeners Holiday Open House and Puppet ShowClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Treat yourself to a day of holiday fun at Green Spring Gardens from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy displays, decorations, and free refreshments, and shop for gifts and greens for your holiday decor. Register online in advance for a trackless train ride in the garden ($3 per person) and the 1 p.m. children’s puppet show ($3 per child). For information, call 703-642-5173.

Pearl Harbor Day: Holidays on the Home Front at E.C. Lawrence ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Growing up in the WWII era was hard for all Americans. Families sent care packages and letters to soldiers, planted victory gardens and helped ration food through creative recipes. Plant a seed for a victory garden, write a letter to a soldier, make a 1940s-era ornament and learn about ration recipes from 1 to 3 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $12. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Christmas at the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a special holiday visit to Frying Pan Farm Park and take a wagon ride with Santa through the woods and fields. Activities include a holiday craft, cookie decorating and puppet show. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Dress for the weather. One-hour programs are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Monday, December 8

Children’s Holiday Shopping
Volunteers at Frying Pan Farm Park help children shop for everybody on their holiday list. The Country Store stocks many unique items in all price ranges. Free wrapping assures surprises for family and friends. This program is offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday. Meet at the Old Floris Schoolhouse. Monday’s program is for ages eight years and older with self-shopping and wrapping (no volunteer helpers). For information, call 703-437-9101.

Little Acorns: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to four and their accompanying adult begin sharing the wonders of nature in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Classes last 45 minutes and start at 9:45 and 11 a.m. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Topics in December: 12/1 Animals Getting Ready for Winter, 12/8 Twinkle Little Star, 12/15 Evergreens. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, December 9

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
It’s dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Children ages 3 to 12 help our naturalist care for and feed the nature center’s animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $4 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588. Wednesdays, December 3, 10 & 17

Wednesday, December 10

Pohick Puddle Jumpers
The youngest nature lovers can now become Pohick Rangers! Explore the natural world, hands-on and up close. Plenty of digging, netting, meeting animals and, you guessed it - puddle jumping in the woodlands of the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Park. Topics include Animal Care 12/3, Animal Movements 12/10, and Animals Prepare for Winter 12/17. The cost is $5 per person. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

S’more Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was. 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. The cost is $6 per person. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, December 11

Kids Korner: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children age three to six explore nature or history once a month, accompanied by an adult, at E.C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft included. Fall topics include monarch butterflies, black walnuts, Indian deer hunt and birds and berries. This one-hour program is offered at 1 p.m. on 12/11 and 10 a.m. on 12/13. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call the park at 703-631-0013.

Friday, December 12

Kyle’s Korner: Going Native
Join naturalist Kyle for a fun perspective on nature as he delves into science, outdoor explorations and live animals at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, December 13

Civil War by CandlelightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Experience a Civil War Christmas as Confederate soldiers eat Christmas dinner in the field and share a gift box from home.  Enjoy music by Evergreen Shade and make a 19th century holiday decoration. Enjoy hot cider and homemade cookies. House tours are 45 minutes and begin every 15 minutes starting at 4:45 p.m. The final tour begins at 7 p.m. Outside festivities are available until 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Kids Korner: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children age three to six explore nature or history once a month, accompanied by an adult, at E.C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft included. Fall topics include monarch butterflies, black walnuts, Indian deer hunt and birds and berries. This one-hour program is offered at 1 p.m. on 12/11 and 10 a.m. on 12/13. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call the park at 703-631-0013.

Cocoa Wagon RidesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn what the holidays were like on a farm during the 1920s and 1930s. Your journey around Frying Pan Farm Park leads you past fields and farmland while you, your family and friends relish the beauty of the season and breathe in the fresh air. After the wagon ride relax by our campfire and warm up with a cup of cocoa and s’mores. One-hour rides are offered at 3, 4, 5, and 6 p.m. and the cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Garden Sprouts: Excellent EvergreensClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Cedar, pine, hemlock and spruce are the evergreen trees that make Green Spring’s winter landscape beautiful. From 11 a.m. to noon children ages three to five listen to a story about winter’s landscape and make a miniature wreath with natural materials to give as a gift or to hang at home. The cost is $8 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Holiday Hayrides and CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
It’s holly jolly family fun at Lake Accotink Park from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.! Enjoy music and merriment on a horse-drawn wagon ride by the lake. If seats on the horse-drawn wagon are sold out, a tractor-drawn wagon will accommodate additional participants. Rides are 15 to 20 minutes long. Warm up with seasonal treats available for purchase at our snack bar. Gather ‘round a toasty campfire by the lake. Visit Santa at the Lakeside pavilion. If you wish, take photos so you can create your holiday family photo. Dress for the weather and plan on a brisk walk from the parking lot. The cost is $10 per person (ages two and under free) and includes all activities. Call 703-222-4664 to make a reservation or register online.

Family Fun: Winter Solstice WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how people in the past celebrated the winter solstice at this Green Spring Gardens program from 1 to 2 p.m. Then create an evergreen centerpiece complete with beeswax candle to warm and welcome friends and family to your table. This family-friendly program is intended for children ages five and older with a registered adult. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Santa at the Mill
Enjoy old-fashioned family holiday fun at Colvin Run Mill from 3 to 6 p.m. Visit Santa in the mill and see the Christmas tree trimmed with Victorian decorations. Join the costumed 49th Virginia Volunteer Infantry caroling around a bonfire. Roast marshmallows and make a family craft. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Holidays at Walney FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate the winter holidays with the Machen family at Walney Farm. Learn about the gifts and foods of an 1850 Virginia farm at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Create your own historic holiday ornament. Enjoy hot apple cider and baked treats. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Caroling Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Oh Cedar Tree! Join us in song and exploration on a wagon ride through the cedars at E.C. Lawrence Park from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Evergreen trees have long been important to both winter holiday festivities and wildlife winter survival. Warm up and enjoy s’mores at the campfire. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Winter Wonder CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bundle up and discover animal strategies for surviving winter at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Meet some exhibit animals and find out their strategies. Enjoy s‘mores. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in TonightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 5 to 6 p.m. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Flakey the (naked) SnowmanClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Snuggle up with snowman soup (hot cocoa) as you listen to this inspiring tale of friendship and charity as read by local author Amy Tubbs at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from1 to 2:15 p.m. Make a craft based on the story. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Boardwalk AstronomyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
What’s new in the night sky? Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalists as they take you on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Winter Hike: Marvelous MeadowsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Chase the winter blues away with a two-mile hike on the South King’s Highway side of Huntley Meadows Park from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Look for winter hawks, ducks, bluebirds, and goldfinches, while exploring the park’s native meadows and stopping at the wetland overlook. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire Saturdays at Lake AccotinkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist at Lake Accotink Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and explore the woodlands and lakefront spots to look for animal tracks. Programs end with a cozy campfire and s’mores. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call Hidden Pond Park at 703-451-9588.

Ride the Holiday TrainClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a break from the rush of the holiday season and take a ride around Lake Fairfax Park on Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad. Santa will be stopping by the park to visit with you. From noon to 6 p.m. see the lighted Christmas tree and inflatable seasonal decorations; make a holiday project to take home; gather round the campfire and hear holiday music; and enjoy warm drinks and treats from the food vendor. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-471-5415.

Sunday, December 14

Christmas at the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a special holiday visit to Frying Pan Farm Park and take a wagon ride with Santa through the woods and fields. Activities include a holiday craft, cookie decorating and puppet show. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Dress for the weather. One-hour programs are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

World War II Christmas at HomeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Soldiers on leave spent the holidays with family and friends dancing to big band music, singing carols and enjoying home cooking. Get in the spirit of a 1940s Christmas as you make an ornament to take home, learn about cooking with substitutions, and hear the latest war news. Enjoy hot cider and homemade cookies. House tours are 45 minutes and begin every 15 minutes starting at 4:45 p.m. The final tour begins at 7 p.m. Outside festivities are available until 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Making Nature Gifts WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Parents can enjoy shopping at the mall while their young ones (ages 5 to 10) make gifts and wrap them for their families at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a range of activities from meeting live animals to watching 16mm movies, to seeing a puppet show. Bring a snack. The cost is $15 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Gifts of Nature: Wrap and WreathsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Make your own seasonal vine and straw wreaths with naturalist Clara Ailes at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Decorate your wreath with greens, cones, dried flowers and ribbons. Then personalize your own nature-themed wrapping paper for gifts. The cost is $15 per family and reservations are required. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Reptile & Amphibian Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 6 to 15 join RAC and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and salamanders at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2 p.m. Learn new facts, encounter live animals, and discover their habitats in the park. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Look up and listen carefully and discover the amazing variety of birds that inhabit E.C Lawrence Park. Kids ages 5 to 11 meet from 3 to 4 p.m. to develop awesome birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Ride the Holiday TrainClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a break from the rush of the holiday season and take a ride around Lake Fairfax Park on Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad. Santa will be stopping by the park to visit with you. From noon to 6 p.m. see the lighted Christmas tree and inflatable seasonal decorations; make a holiday project to take home; gather round the campfire and hear holiday music; and enjoy warm drinks and treats from the food vendor. The cost is $10 per person. To make a reservation, call 703-471-5415.

Monday, December 15

Little Acorns: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to four and their accompanying adult begin sharing the wonders of nature in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Classes last 45 minutes and start at 9:45 and 11 a.m. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Topics in December: 12/1 Animals Getting Ready for Winter, 12/8 Twinkle Little Star, 12/15 Evergreens. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, December 17

Pohick Puddle Jumpers
The youngest nature lovers can now become Pohick Rangers! Explore the natural world, hands-on and up close. Plenty of digging, netting, meeting animals and, you guessed it - puddle jumping in the woodlands of the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Park. Topics include Animal Care 12/3, Animal Movements 12/10, and Animals Prepare for Winter 12/17. The cost is $5 per person. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, December 19

Rockhounders
The popular summer camp is now a spring series at Hidden Pond Nature Center.  This hands-on approach to geology from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting.  Topics include 12/5 Cycle of Rocks and 12/19 Digging Into the Past. The cost is $6 per person. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Campfire Friday: Wintertime WarmthClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalists for outdoor adventure and nature studies about how animals stay warm throughout the winter. Cozy up to the campfire and enjoy the glow at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. S’mores are provided. Child must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Jr. Naturalist: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages six to nine explore E.C. Lawrence Park’s meadows and forests, view wildlife, participate in historical activities, and make crafts from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Fall topics include monarch butterflies, black walnuts, Indian deer hunt and birds and berries The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call the park at 703-631-0013.

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

Saturday, December 20

Austen to Dickens A Christmas SamplerClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Holiday customs have evolved from elegant balls in the time of Jane Austen to family traditions of the Victorian era. See Regency period dancers and be inspired by Sully’s 1885 Christmas tree. Make a tree decoration based on a Victorian original. Enjoy hot cider and homemade cookies. House tours are 45 minutes and begin every 15 minutes starting at 4:45 p.m. The final tour begins at 7 p.m. Outside festivities are available until 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Holiday Model Train Display
Fun for all ages! Watch G-gauge trains wend their way through a miniature western town in the Colvin Run Barn from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Sunday, December 21

Holiday Model Train Display
Fun for all ages! Watch G-gauge trains wend their way through a miniature western town in the Colvin Run Barn from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Winter Solstice CelebrationClick to Register with Parktakes Online
It’s the shortest day of the year and cozy warmth is on the schedule at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Enjoy stories by the campfire, a guided hike through wintry wilds and more. The cost is $4 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Celebrate Urban BirdsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Start a lifelong hobby of watching backyard birds. Learn how to identify common species and attract songbirds to your yard during this one-hour program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Handouts help you continue bird watching at home and making your yard or balcony a wildlife habitat. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The program starts at 2 p.m. and the cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, December 23

Magic Toy Shop Puppet ShowClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your holiday guests and join master puppeteer Bob Brown in a holiday production of the Magic Toy Shop at Frying Pan Farm Park. Join the lively marionettes as they frolic in a magic shop full of toys. Shows will be offered at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and the cost is $5 per person. After the show visit the animals or shop at the Country Store. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Saturday, December 27

Holiday Model Train Display
Fun for all ages! Watch G-gauge trains wend their way through a miniature western town in the Colvin Run Barn from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Sunday, December 28

Holiday Model Train Display
Fun for all ages! Watch G-gauge trains wend their way through a miniature western town in the Colvin Run Barn from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Dino Puppet Show & ActivitiesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Dinosaurs once roamed all the Earth, places far and near. How do we know that they were here? Children ages three to seven enjoy a puppet show along with fun fossil facts at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. and the cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, December 29

Holiday Concerts at SullyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
In their annual holiday visit to Sully, IONA treats its audience to traditional Celtic music blending songs, dance turns and aires in a lively entertaining presentation. The performance features multiple fiddling styles, dynamic dancing, driving percussion, and strong vocals from all the Celtic nations, including America. A house tour is included in the cost of $12 per person. Refreshments are served in the 18th century kitchen. One-hour performances begin at 1 and 2 p.m. Limited seating is available. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Winter Survival CampClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to survive and have fun with nature's most challenging season. Campers make fire, build shelter, track animals, create snow goggles and more during this wonder-filled adventure into winter wilderness at Hidden Pond Park. Camps sessions run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, December 29-31. The cost is $210 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, November 1

Inviting Native PollinatorsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Millions of years ago plants enlisted insects to help in the vital enterprise of pollination.  Explore the intimate relationships pollinators have with plants from 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. University of Maryland entomologist Mike Raupp explains what threatens native pollinators and teaches you how to invite pollinators into your landscape. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Butter & CheeseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Walney and E.C. Lawrence Park have a long dairy farming history. From 1 to 2 p.m., taste hand-churned butter and sample cheeses while learning about the importance of this industry at Walney. Tour the historic dairy and try your hand at milking a pretend cow. Current restoration projects will be highlighted. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Huntley Harvest Festival
Join us for a day at Huntley Meadows and Historic Huntley to experience how everything from foxes to farmers prepares for winter. Come for storytelling, crafts, fun and games for the whole family from 1 to 4 p.m. Canceled if rain; dress appropriately for the weather. The cost is $10 per person. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Colonial Day
See Revolutionary War soldiers in camp and on the battlefield at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about daily life in rural Virginia. Make a craft to take home, step a country dance and have a hearty snack in our Colonial tavern. A house tour is included in the fee of $8 per adult; $6 per child. Children save $1 with a school coupon. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Hands-on Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop-off your child (ages 5-11) at 2 p.m. for an hour of natural adventure at E.C. Lawrence Park. Nature brings variety to each month’s program. Children feed exhibit animals, search for wildlife, explore fur pelts, bones and other natural artifacts, and take home a craft. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Kiln Club Pottery Show and Sale
Looking for great locally hand-crafted holiday gifts at reasonable prices? Members of the Ceramic Guild and the Kiln Club of Washington, D.C. will display and sell a variety of pottery styles in the barn at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A portion of the sales benefits Colvin Run Mill. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Campfire Saturdays at Royal LakeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides with a naturalist at Royal Lake from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Programs end with a cozy campfire and s’mores are provided. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call Hidden Pond at 703-451-9588.

Sunday, November 2

Kiln Club Pottery Show and Sale
Looking for great locally hand-crafted holiday gifts at reasonable prices? Members of the Ceramic Guild and the Kiln Club of Washington, D.C. will display and sell a variety of pottery styles in the barn at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A portion of the sales benefits Colvin Run Mill. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

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

Birding for BeginnersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Interested in birding? We can get you started! From 8 to 11 a.m., learn about the birds in Huntley Meadows Park and some basic identification skills. The program begins with an indoor discussion. Children ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Hands-on History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your children (ages four to nine) and let explore the lives of 19th century children with a costumed interpreter at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Various activities include games, penmanship, washing clothes and making a food item such as butter, ice cream, cheese or applesauce. The cost is $12 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Monday, November 3

Feeding Day!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist and youth volunteers as we demonstrate how we feed display animals at E.C. Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. Search for worms and insects, and assist in serving dinner. Please be sure to register an adult with any child. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Nature Quest: Underground LifeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to seven learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, November 5

Pohick Puddle Jumpers: Birds
The youngest nature lovers can now become Pohick Rangers! This program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and offers plenty of digging, netting, meeting animals and you guessed it – puddle jumping in the woodlands of the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Park. The cost is $5. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, November 7

Raptor Stay or Fly Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet live raptors at E.C. Lawrence Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as we explore different strategies for surviving winter. Enjoy s‘mores. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Rockhounders: Oddities of Rocks
This hands-on geology program for children ages 6 to 11 includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting. The program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center and the cost is $6 per child. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, November 8

Workshop: Hypertufa Garden ContainerClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Create a stone trough of hypertufa for a natural-looking container that’s ideal for succulents, conifers and rock garden plants. Green Spring staff member Susan Eggerton explains the process and leads you through construction from 10 a.m. to noon. The program cost is $45 per person, and there is a $20 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Homeowner Rain Garden WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 1 to 4 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, learn how to properly locate, design, construct and maintain a small-scale rain garden that captures rain water and allows it to soak into the ground.  This action allows polluted runoff from roads and buildings to infiltrate the ground, slowing its flow and preventing pollutants from reaching local streams, the Potomac River, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.  The program cost is $12 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Hands-on Harvest and Biscuits, TooClick to Register with Parktakes Online
At the slave quarter, learn about the lives and chores of slaves who lived at Sully. Bake biscuits in the open hearth kitchen, dip a candle and fashion a corn husk doll. This one-hour program is offered at 2 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Wild Side Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2 to 3:30 p.m., take a 90-minute tractor ride with a Huntley Meadows Park naturalist to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Look for and learn about songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies and waterfowl, then stop for a snack at the observation platform. Meet at the South King’s Highway park entrance. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Scout Astronomy Festival
View outer space through a telescope, listen to ancient stories about the constellations ‘round the campfire, take a guided tour of the night sky and participate in hands-on activities at Riverbend Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Scouts work on night-sky- related patches, badges, pin and loops, and journeys. Hot chocolate and snacks are available for purchase. The cost is $7.50 per scout and siblings; $4 per adult. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Kids Korner: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to six explore nature or history, accompanied by an adult, at E.C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft are included in the cost of $5 per child. Call for topic. This one-hour program is offered at 10 a.m. on 11/8 and 1 p.m. on 11/20. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, November 9

Reptile & Amphibian ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 6 to 15 join RAC and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs and salamanders at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2 p.m. Learn new facts, encounter live animals, and discover their habitats in the park. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look up and listen carefully and discover the amazing variety of birds that inhabit E.C. Lawrence Park. Kids ages 5 to 11 meet from 3 to 4 p.m. to develop awesome birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Afternoon Tea: Celebrating Jane AustenClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy afternoon tea on the 203rd anniversary of the publication of Sense and Sensibility. From 1 to 3 p.m. Sully Historic Site, we offer some lighthearted hints on how to talk like Jane Austen and some insight into the lives of the Dashwood girls. The cost is $27 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Monday, November 10

Nature Quest: Wacky WildlifeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to seven learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, November 12

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

Animal VetsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 7 to 12 meet at the Riverbend Park nature center to help care for exhibit animals from 4 to 5 p.m. An optional Riverbend patch is available for $3.15/scout. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Pohick Puddle Jumpers: Animal Sounds
The youngest nature lovers can now become Pohick Rangers! This program from runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and offers plenty of digging, netting, meeting animals and puddle jumping in the woodlands of the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Park. The cost is $5. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, November 14

Kyle’s Corner: Rats, Pigs, or Crodata?
Children ages 6 to 11 join naturalist Kyle for a fun perspective on nature as he delves into a different topic each meeting with science, outdoor explorations and live animals. The program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center and the cost is $6. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, November 15

The Mystery of Oolong Teas
The most diverse category of Camellia Sinensis, oolongs can range from light floral “green” styles to hearty darks. Taste a variety of these “wulong” teas as you learn what makes them special at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. Tea-infused treats and a take-home tea sampler are included. The cost is $30. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Coyotes Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Satisfy your curiosity and your sweet tooth with one howling campfire at E.C. Lawrence Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Listen to coyote calls, take a short hike, and make s’mores as you learn about this wily canine. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Astronomy CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars and get advice on how to enjoy the Geminids meteor shower on December 13. Make s’mores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Boardwalk AstronomyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalists from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Park Manager Walk and Talk
Join Huntley Meadows Park Manager Kevin Munroe on a free walk from 4 to 6 p.m. Find out about the wetland restoration project and learn about the wildlife for which the park is known. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Leave No Trace Awareness WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants ages 8 to 16 receive introductory training in the skills and ethics of Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program. Workshop topics include the underlying concept of minimum impact recreation and the seven principles of Leave No Trace. This three-hour program at Riverbend Park starts at 8 a.m. and the cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Campfire Saturdays at Lake AccotinkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides with a naturalist at Lake Accotink Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Programs end with a cozy campfire and s’mores. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call Hidden Pond Park at 703-451-9588.

Ride the Turkey Train at Lake FairfaxClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Ride Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad around Lake Fairfax and through the fall-colored forest as you hear about early Thanksgiving celebrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See how Eastern Woodland Indians hunted and how their tools were made. Create your own Thanksgiving-themed craft to take home. Please bring non-perishable food to be donated to a local food bank. The cost is $6 per person. To make a reservation, call 703-471-5415.

Sunday, November 16

Ride the Turkey Train at Lake FairfaxClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Ride Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad around Lake Fairfax and through the fall-colored forest as you hear about early Thanksgiving celebrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See how Eastern Woodland Indians hunted and how their tools were made. Create your own Thanksgiving-themed craft to take home. Please bring non-perishable food to be donated to a local food bank. The cost is $6 per person. To make a reservation, call 703-471-5415.

American Indian Foods Tasting & TeaClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Taste the flavors enjoyed by woodland American Indians in the 1600s while sitting communally around the ‘fire’ at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Listen to oral stories about local animals and enjoy traditional games. Make a game to take home. The cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

I Like Coffee, I Like Tea
Tea and coffee are the most popular beverages in the world, and both have legendary pasts. Learn about the history, provenance, health benefits, and more of these flavorful and competing brews as we compare and contrast them at Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3 p.m. A traditional English tea follows the program. The cost is $29 per person. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in TonightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. This one-hour program is offered at 5:45 p.m. on 11/16 and 6 p.m. on 11/28. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, November 17

Nature Quest: Birds of a FeatherClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to seven learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Tuesday, November 18

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
It’s dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Children ages 3 to 12 help our naturalist care for and feed the nature center’s animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $4 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, November 19

Pohick Puddle Jumpers: Lizards and Salamanders
The youngest nature lovers can now become Pohick Rangers! This program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and offers plenty of digging, netting, meeting animals and you guessed it – puddle jumping in the woodlands of the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Park. The cost is $5. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, November 20

Kids Korner: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to six explore nature or history, accompanied by an adult, at E.C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft are included in the cost of $5 per child. Call for topic. This one-hour program is offered at 10 a.m. on 11/8 and 1 p.m. on 11/20. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

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

Friday, November 21

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

Oh Deer, Too Many Deer!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Develop your own deer-resistant garden plan at E.C. Lawrence Park from 6 to 7 p.m. Learn plant selection and strategies. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Friday: Animal TrackingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to recognize and follow wildlife tracks through the forest at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program concludes with a campfire and s’mores. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

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

Campfire with the ConstellationsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 6 to 7 p.m., enjoy a campfire at Riverbend Park and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars and get advice on how to enjoy the Geminids meteor shower on December 13. Make s’mores. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Rockhounders: What’s a Mineral?
This hands-on geology program for children ages 6 to 11 includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting. The program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center and the cost is $6. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, November 22

Holiday Treats for Sully CrittersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
At this outdoor program from 1 to 2 p.m., make edible ornaments for birds and squirrels. Hang one on a tree in the park and take one home for your backyard. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Garden Sprouts: Little Gobblers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five learn about wild turkeys at Green Spring Gardens from 11 a.m. Listen to a turkey call, look for turkey prints, and bring home a nature-inspired decoration for your Thanksgiving table. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Turkey HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn the history of the wild turkey, its amazing adaptations and importance to early Americans at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Asian Style Miniature Dish GardenClick to Register with Parktakes Online
East meets West in this charming Asian miniature dish garden. Design and create an Asian garden scene with figurines, stones, and plants at Green Spring Gardens from 10 a.m. to noon. The program cost is $45 per person, and there is a $20 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Owl OutingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., prowl around Huntley Meadows Park after dark to listen for and learn about our local owls, and possibly see a barred owl. Meet at the visitor center. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Thanksgiving Table ArrangementClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Break the cornucopia tradition and make a Thanksgiving centerpiece in a fresh pumpkin at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The program cost is $35 per person, and there is a $25 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Monday, November 24

Nature Quest: Rocks RockClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to seven learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, November 26

American Indian Stories and GamesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2:30 to3:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, children ages two to five explore the culture of Eastern Woodland Indians with traditional stories and games. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Friday, November 28

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in TonightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. This one-hour program is offered at 5:45 p.m. on 11/16 and 6 p.m. on 11/28. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

The Thanksgiving StoryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the family and holiday guests to this lively and interactive retelling of the Thanksgiving story at Frying Pan Farm Park from 11 to 11:40 a.m. Gleemania’s Sue Cournoyer entertains and informs while engaging everyone. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Turkey WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the wild turkey’s habits and secret ways during a walk in the cedar forest at E.C. Lawrence Park from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Look for wild turkeys and their signs. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Kyle’s Corner: Our Feathered Friends
Children ages 6 to 11 join naturalist Kyle as he delves into a different topic each meeting with science, outdoor explorations and live animals. The program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center and the cost is $6 per child. To register or for more information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, November 29

Campfire Saturdays at Royal LakeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides with a naturalist at Royal Lake from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Programs end with a cozy campfire and s’mores are provided. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call Hidden Pond at 703-451-9588.

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

Sunday, November 30

Snake and Turtle FeedingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a demonstration by 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. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

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Giving Thanks for Great Parks and a Great Community

As the holiday season approaches, I am so thankful to have grown up in a community that values its parks, recreational and leisure opportunities. Parks are crucial to our sense of well-being. They often become our favorite places and hold special meaning as tranquil retreats for reflection, family fun, exercise and other recreational and leisure activities. Fairfax County is fortunate to have a treasure trove of RECenters, golf courses, nature centers, historic sites, accessible parks, trails and lake and riverfront parks, making the Fairfax County Park Authority one of the most comprehensive park systems in the nation.

Aside from maintaining our existing facilities, the Park Authority has achieved a great deal in terms of major accomplishments over the past year. As I came on board as director, the wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria had just been restored to bring back locally rare wildlife. In addition to the obvious environmental benefits, the restoration gives nature lovers a chance to see species that haven’t lived in the park for decades, and it was exciting for me to see the park in its fully-restored beauty.

Thanks to tremendous community support, Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls is undergoing restoration. When it is completed, this modern marvel of yesterday will be able to operate just as it did when it opened in 1811, and school groups, history buffs and others will be able to learn from one of the finest examples of simple machinery in the world.

The renovation and improvement projects at Oak Marr RECenter in Oakton and Spring Hill RECenter in McLean are simply spectacular. Expanded fitness rooms with state-of-the art training equipment, additional classroom space and family changing rooms are among the many new amenities at both RECenters. To meet the needs of their respective communities, Oak Marr also offers child-sitting services for patrons while they exercise or take a class, and Spring Hill’s long-awaited new gym with its suspended walking track is expected to be open to the public by the end of 2014, just in time to provide additional indoor recreational opportunities during the cold winter months.

Much of our recent accomplishments have been the result of community collaboration, generous community support, corporate and non-profit partnerships and an extraordinary service from a large cadre of volunteers. As we look toward the future, we will continue to seek creative ways to ensure our parks continue to meet the needs of our growing and diverse community for generations to come.

Kirk W. Kincannon, CPRP
Director, Fairfax County
Park Authority

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