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The Fairfax County Park Authority no longer follows the closing schedule of public schools during inclement weather. Instead, the Park Authority will follow Fairfax County Government closures. Unless Fairfax County closes all county facilities, RECenters and other park facilities will remain open for general use. Classes, programs and events will go on as planned at Park Authority facilities unless otherwise noted by FCPA.

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Camps

Summer Adventures in Parks

Camp season is just around the corner, and with hundreds of Fairfax County Park Authority camps in the mix, there’s no reason for a kid to declare “I’m bored” this spring and summer.

Spring and Summer Camp Registration Begins February 2!

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The First Tee

Laurel Hill Sets Up for The First Tee

A world of opportunity awaits children and teens at Laurel Hill Golf Club. The renowned program, named The First Tee, is for students age 7-18 and teaches golf skills and life skills encompassing core values that help young players flourish both on and off the golf course. It is being offered at Laurel Hill in partnership with The First Tee of Greater Washington, D.C.

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Rare Wildlife Returns to
Huntley Meadows

Rare Wildlife Returns to Huntley Meadows

Treat yourself and your family to some of the best nature watching in the region this spring at Huntley Meadows Park. Spring rains fill the wetlands, and the warming weather causes an explosion of plant and animal life.

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Stride Right with a
Spring Hike

Stride Right with a Spring Hike

Need a cure for cabin fever? Take a hike! Hiking is a form of exercise that anyone can take up at any age, and Fairfax County is well-known for its picturesque and diverse trail system.

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Celebrate Fairfax

Celebrate Fairfax County’s 275th Birthday in Parks!

This year marks the 275th anniversary of Fairfax County, and the Park Authority is celebrating with commemorative activities throughout 2017!

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Out with the Old, In with the New

Out with the Old, In with the New

Start the New Year working out on new fitness equipment at Fairfax County RECenters! Cutting-edge upgrades include new, 15-station Cybex Prestige weight-training circuits, belt-driven Startrack spin bikes and Startrack Max Racks.

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Fifty Plus

50+ Connect, Engage, Play

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

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Saturday, April 1

Woodland Wildlife Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) In groups of 10, enjoy an easy walk at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to meet costumed woodland characters along the half-mile, non-paved woodland trail for an entertaining look at how different animals raise their young. Collect 10 eggs with non-candy treats. See live frog eggs and meet some spring critters. Register for the 30-minute sessions at 3 or 3:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Nature for Tiny TotsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 1/2yrs.) Children and parents learn about plants, animals, and habitats through songs, crafts and activities at Huntley Meadows Park. Topics vary. The programs from 10 to 11 a.m. cost $12 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Poetry of the Past Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Celebrate National Poetry Month by touring Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and learning about the people who lived there. Then, settle in by the campfire as you read poems inspired by historic events, including a poem written by one of Walney’s early residents who was inspired by a building onsite. End the evening by writing your own poem and workshopping it with a published poet. The program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. costs $8 per person. Bring your own notebook. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Kayak the Marsh at Lake Accotink Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) Paddle Lake Accotink's tranquil waters with a naturalist guide for an early morning view of wildlife from 8 to 10 a.m. Glide past bald eagle nests. No previous experience is required. A single-seat kayak and life preserver are provided. Boaters younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. The cost is $30 per person. This program will be canceled in the event of rain or unfavorable water levels. For more information, call 703-569-0285

Where the Wild Medicine Grows Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Take a walk back in time at Frying Pan Farm Park as we search for plants that Civil War soldiers and civilians used to survive through scarce times and learn how they were put to medicinal use. The program from 4 to 5 p.m. includes a guided hike around the Frying Pan Meeting House. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Please dress for the weather. For more information about this program, call 703-437-9101.

Japanese Plum Wine Tasting Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(21 yrs.+) Explore the fusion of liqueur and fruit that is umeshu or Japanese plum wine. Sample a range of these versatile liqueurs and learn about their place in Japanese culture, their health benefits, and how to make your own. Enjoy delicious accompaniments. This program from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Historic Green Spring costs $38. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

History Discussions at Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Enjoy a refreshingly different view this autumn at Historic Huntley. Join our guest speaker for a lively discussion of local history related to Historic Huntley or the surrounding area. The program from 1 to 4 p.m. meets at the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Spring Four Ball Tournament
(8-Adult) Teams of two compete in a nine-hole, four-ball, stroke-play tournament (better ball) at Jefferson District Golf Course, beginning at 1 p.m.  The cost per team is $75.  Registration is underway. The fees are due at time of registration and include lunch and prizes. The rain date is April 8. For more information on the tournament, call 703-573-0444.

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist and youth volunteers at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as we demonstrate how we feed our site display animals. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. Search for worms and insects, and assist in serving dinner. This program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Natures’ April Foolers Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) With live animals and stories, join a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn how animals use trickery to get a meal or to keep from being a meal. Toast marshmallows, too. The cost of this program from 7 to 8 p.m. is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Vernal Pools Sketch Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12- Adult) Our vernal pools come alive with an awakening noise this time of year as frog and salamander larva mature and join the adults. Learn all about Huntley Meadows Park’s vernal pool habitats and visit a vernal pool to draw its inhabitants. This program from 10 a.m. to noon costs $8 per person. Meet at the South Kings Highway entrance. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Beavers - Wetland Builders! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-15 yrs.) Come to Huntley Meadows Park to learn about the largest rodent in North America and touch real beaver feet, fur and bones. Find out how the wetland first formed, and then go for a walk to try to catch a glimpse of a live beaver. The program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. costs $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Family Fun: Asian Brush Painting Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Celebrate the blooming of the cherry trees and Japanese culture with Asian sumi-e brush painting for kids and parents at Green Spring Gardens. Learn about the materials and brush strokes used in this beautiful art style, and take home your own brush-painting masterpiece. Art materials are provided. The class from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Poetry in the Garden Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Celebrate National Poetry Month surrounded by nature at Green Spring Gardens. Walk the gardens to find plants that have inspired poets. Perhaps be inspired to write and share some poems of your own! The program from 1 to 2 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more , call 703-642-5173.

Kite Fun Day at the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-10 yrs.) Make and decorate a kite, and then watch it soar during kite-flying activities at Frying Pan Farm Park from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are required. The cost is $10 per child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Sunday, April 2

A Touch of Japan for Cherry Blossom Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Get in the Cherry Blossom spirit at Sully Historic Site. Sample teas of Japan, see Japanese fans and colorful Japanese objects, and paint your own fan. An optional tour of the 1794 house is included. Programs run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $27 per person. For more, call 703-437-1794.

Animal Scientists Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Drop off your child for animal adventure and fun at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Whether hiking the forest, examining pond creatures, or meeting exhibit animals, children investigate and discover first-hand animal biology, adaptation, habitats and roles in the larger ecosystem. This monthly program runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per child. Topics vary. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Geocaching Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Students learn to use hand held GPS units to locate hidden treasure caches within Burke Lake Park from 9 to 11 a.m. After learning how to enter latitude and longitude coordinates into a GPS unit, students follow the coordinates to find a hidden object, container or unique geological feature. The cost is $22 per person. Bring your own GPS; a limited number will be available to borrow from the instructor at class. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Orienteering Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Orienteering is the sport of navigation with map and compass. It’s easy to learn, but always challenging. Participants in this workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Burke Lake Park will learn how to use a compass, read a topographic map and navigate orienteering courses. The cost is $15 per person. A compass is required. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Monday, April 3

Little Acorns- Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration, weather permitting. The topics are: 4/3-Signs of Spring; 4/17-Frogs, Toads and Salamanders; 4/24-Bird’s Nests and Eggs. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcomed. Call 703-941-1065.

Little Hands on the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn all about farm animals and farm chores, and enjoy a story, craft or game. Sessions for two- and three-year-olds run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sessions for three- to five-year-olds run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Pre-paid reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Pohick Rangers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-12 yrs.) Be part of another great season with Hidden Pond’s longest-running program, Pohick Rangers. We discuss a wide range of topics including wetland diversity, forest ecosystems, nocturnal wildlife, cultural history, insects and more. Class meets every other week from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for eight classes. The cost of the series is $108. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Pohick Rangers Junior Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-8 yrs.) This program at Hidden Pond Nature Center focuses on some of the same topics as the program for older students, but it takes an age-appropriate approach with more story- and craft-related activities to enhance outdoor exploration. Class meets every other week from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for eight classes. The cost of the series is $108. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed activities while you meet other playgroup parents one Monday each month at Green Spring Gardens. A staff member is on hand to put out nature sensory bins, direct games and activities or lead a garden walk. The topic in April is “Spring is Here.” The playgroup from 10 to 11:30 a.m. costs $6 per child. Call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, April 4

Bluebells and Bloodroots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Learn to identify beautiful spring ephemerals at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, and discover the folklore that has grown up around them as we walk from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program costs $8 per person, and it will be canceled if it rains. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Birding on the Boat Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Enjoy a naturalist-led bird program on a tour boat at Burke Lake Park from 8 to 10 a.m. Climb aboard and head out onto the lake to take a closer look at some of the birds and animals that call the lake home. The cost is $12 per person. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Wednesday, April 5

History Tots-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore history through sight, sound, smell and touch. Programs include indoor and outdoor activities. The topic in April is Textiles. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. An adult must participate. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, April 6

Homeschool at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This five-part program at Hidden Pond Nature Center is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series. Topics include, pond study, geology, fishing, reptiles, stream study, nocturnal wildlife and tracking. Classes meet 1 to 2:30 p.m. Additional meeting dates will be provided at the first session. The cost of each class is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) This family program at Frying Pan Farm Park goes behind the scenes to help farmers with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary. The program from 4 to 5 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, April 7

Bluebells and Bloodroots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Learn to identify Riverbend Park’s beautiful spring ephemerals, and discover the folklore that has grown up around them as we walk along the banks of the Potomac River. This program from 10 a.m. to noon costs $8 per person, and it will be canceled if it rains. Meet at the visitor center. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Survival Skills Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond. Learn about shelter building, distinguishing edible vs. poisonous plants, and other “dangers” of the wild. The program from 6 to 7 p.m. costs $7 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Habitat for Native Bees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Native bees are under threat from habitat loss, pesticides and climate change. Let Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens show you how to nurture bees in your garden by growing the variety of plants that support them. The program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Amphibian Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Gather around a campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to learn about our native amphibians from 7 to 8 p.m. See some animals first-hand and talk about their habits and habitats. Make s’mores around the campfire. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Sounds of the Night Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Night sounds fill our ears with delight. Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn to identify nocturnal animal calls and enjoy stories of local denizens. The program from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Campfire Fridays Predators of the Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Gather ‘round at Hidden Pond Nature Center for a campfire, s’mores, animals and so much more. Each night in the monthly program features a different topic as we visit different areas of the park. Campfire programs run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person for each program. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Starlight Compass Night Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Before GPS, travelers used the stars to guide their way. Find out what celestial navigation is, learn some of its history, and try it out in an exploratory activity around Frying Pan Farm Park. Finish with a short hike to look at the stars. The program from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Please dress for the weather. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Saturday, April 8

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-8 yrs.) Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting Dinoland in Nature Playce. Make a dino craft. The 45-minute programs begin at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. on weekend days. Friday sessions begin at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. These events will be canceled in the event of rain. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Easter Egg Hunt at SullyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-8 yrs.) Bring your basket and hunt for Easter eggs at Sully Historic Site. Join the egg roll, visit baby animals, see the Easter Bunny and make an Easter craft from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Register for hunt times at 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-437-1794.

Easter Egg Hunt at Colvin Run Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-8 yrs.) Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures on the grounds of Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Before the hunt, make egg-cellent crafts to take home. The 45-minute programs for two- and three-year-olds begin at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The program for children age four and five begins at 10:45 a.m. The program for children age six to eight begins at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Bring your own basket. The hunt goes on rain or shine. Call 703-759-2771.

Easter Eggstravaganza Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-6 yrs.) Hunt for eggs that contain treats and prizes and visit animals outdoors at the Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center. The 45-minute programs for children age one to four begin at 10 and 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. Programs for children age one to six begin at 2 and 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. A weather decision will be made by 8 a.m., and the make-up date would be Sunday, April 9 at the same hunt times. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Easter Eggstravaganza Wagon Rides Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Coming to Frying Pan Farm Park for the Easter-Eggstravaganza? Add a wagon ride for $2 per person for ages two and older. We will go on a special ride around the crop fields and then drop off back at the Visitor Center. Come early before your egg hunt or stay a bit for this exclusive wagon tour. Register for rides on the half-hour and hour from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date is April 9 at the same times. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Easter Egg Hunt at Clemyjontri Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-10 yrs.) Enjoy Easter fun including egg hunts, crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny and more at Clemyjontri Park. Egg hunts are split by age and run every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $7 per person. Add a carousel ride for $2 per child. Visit with the Easter Bunny before or after your hunt. The rain date is Saturday, April 15 at the same times. For more information about the hunt, call 703-288-2807.

Seasonal Opening of Green Spring’s Garden Gate Plant Shop
Celebrate spring with the opening of the Garden Gate Plant Shop at Green Spring Gardens. Choose from the latest selection of plants: shrubs, native plants, wildflowers, ornamental grasses and unusual perennials and annuals. The Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) receive 10 percent off in the plant shop. Green Spring Master Gardeners are available to answer gardening questions in the morning. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Program: Rock Gardens 101 Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Green Spring Gardens is home to a showcase rock garden that is in its prime in spring. Horticulturalist Judy Zatsick shows you the essential elements of beautiful rock gardens, both large and small, and explains how you can get started creating one of your very own. Learn to make a xeric soil mix, how to select plants and bulbs that grow with minimal care, and see how to plant a hypertufa trough. Your own rock garden is just a stone’s throw away. This workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon costs $18 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Workshop: Ikebana Flower Design Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Supply Fee: Ikebana Flower Design Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Ikebana is a Japanese art of flower arrangement. Learn its rich symbolism and fundamentals from 10 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens, and take home your own arrangement. The cost is $38 for the program. Materials are provided with a $25 supply fee to be paid ahead of time. Please register for both program and supply fee. Call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a wagon ride through the woods and along the Potomac River while learning about Riverbend Park’s wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. This event from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about the ride, call 703-759-9018.

Night Hike Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Take a nighttime walk with a naturalist to search for wildlife at Burke Lake Park. The hike concludes with a campfire. S’mores ingredients are provided. The program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about the campfire program, call 703-323-6600.

Intro to Sundials II Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Tour the Jamestown Sundial located at Observatory Park at Turner Farm, and learn about it and its history. Use software to explore the mathematics of vertical declining dials, and design your own sundial. The class from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

Sunday, April 9

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-8 yrs.) Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting Dinoland in Nature Playce. Make a dino craft. The 45-minute programs begin at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. on weekend days. Friday sessions begin at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. These events will be canceled in the event of rain. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Easter Egg Hunt at SullyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-8 yrs.) Bring your basket and hunt for Easter eggs at Sully Historic Site. Join the egg roll, visit baby animals, see the Easter Bunny and make an Easter craft from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Register for hunt times at 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-437-1794.

Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Fairfax Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-6 yrs.) Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures on the grounds at Lake Fairfax Park. Egg hunts for children one- to two-years-old begin at 11 and 11:30 a.m. and noon. The hunts for children ages three and four begin at 12:30 and 1 p.m. Children ages five and six hunt for eggs at 1:30 and 2 p.m. The cost is $7 per child, and reservations are required. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

To Wit: The History of Humor
(Adults) Take an amusing tour through the ages and Historic Green Spring to explore the history of humor and laughter. From the knee-slappers of Ancient Rome to political satire past and present, discover the cultural significance of humor and what comedy tells us about life and attitudes of the past. A traditional English tea follows. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $32 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Monday, April 10

History for Small Fries Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-5 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Sully Historic Site for a story and craft to discover how things were in the olden days. Through their senses, children can experience how different things smelled, looked or worked. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $5 per child. Call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, April 11

Homeschool at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This five-part program at Hidden Pond Nature Center is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series. Topics include, pond study, geology, fishing, reptiles, stream study, nocturnal wildlife and tracking. Classes meet 1 to 2:30 p.m. Additional meeting dates will be provided at the first session. The cost of each class is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Let’s Grow Garden Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Kids can spend a spring-break morning with gardeners at Green Spring Gardens. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, get a behind-the-scenes look at the jobs professional gardeners do and tour our greenhouses. Help plant some spring vegetables, start some flower seeds and help make the gardens look their spring best. Take some flower seeds home. The cost is $15 per child. Parents are encouraged to stay, though a drop-off option is available with day-camp paperwork. Call 703-642-5173.

Full Moon Boat Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Enjoy a picturesque night under the full moon on our tour boat at Burke Lake Park. Test your listening and observation skills to spot local wildlife with one of our naturalists. The tour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Wednesday, April 12

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at the Nature Center at Riverbend Park and take a wagon ride through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Thursday, April 13

Bluebells and Bloodroots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Learn to identify beautiful spring ephemerals at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, and discover the folklore that has grown up around them as we walk from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program costs $8 per person, and it will be canceled if it rains. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Friday, April 14

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-8 yrs.) Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting Dinoland in Nature Playce. Make a dino craft. The 45-minute programs begin at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. on weekend days. Friday sessions begin at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. These events will be canceled in the event of rain. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Summer Campler (Summer Camp Sampler)
(3-12 yrs.) Come to Colvin Run Mill and sample activities from noon to 3 p.m. from several of our new 2017 summer camps! Featured camps include Doll Camps and Mini Millers. This event is free. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Saturday, April 15

Riverbend Park Bluebell Festival Click to Register with Parktakes Online
See the first signs of spring’s arrival -- the carpet of Virginia Bluebells throughout the forest at Riverbend Park. Enjoy wildflower walks, face painting, live animals, a moon bounce, music and more. This event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children age 2 and under are free. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-8 yrs.) Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting Dinoland in Nature Playce. Make a dino craft. The 45-minute programs begin at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. on weekend days. Friday sessions begin at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. These events will be canceled in the event of rain. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Photography as Zen Art Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enhance your photographic vision and produce more meaningful images using Green Spring Gardens as inspiration. Teacher Tuan Pham incorporates Zen creative practices with photo basics to help you find beauty and capture images that reflect your true nature. Students must bring a digital camera and tripod and be able to send digital images. The program from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. costs $192 per person for four meetings. Call 703-631-0013.

Baskets & Bunnies (w/o Egg Hunt) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-Adult) Hop on down to Burke Lake Park to visit Sunny the Bunny. Take a ride on our hippity-hoppity train to catch a peek at the blossoms, take a spin on our carousel, get egg-cited for crafts and games, play a round of mini-golf, and visit some of our festive vendors. Passes are good from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are on sale for $12 through the day before the event; $16 if purchased the day of the event. Limited activity tickets will be available on event day at the park. There will be no refunds unless the event is canceled. Children younger than age 10 must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Baskets & Bunnies w/Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-7 yrs.) Enjoy all the Baskets and Bunnies events, plus an egg hunt, for $16 through the day before the event; $21 if purchased the day of the event. Children age one to four can hunt at 11 a.m., and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3 and 4 p.m. Egg hunts for ages five to seven begin at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1, 2, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt at Nottoway Park
(1-9 yrs.) Bring your own basket and hunt for candy and eggs filled with treats at Nottoway Park. Visit with the Easter Bunny before or after your hunt, and possibly win a door prize. The egg hunt for children age one and two begins at 10:30 a.m.; 11 a.m. for children age three and four; 11:30 a.m. for children age five and six; and noon for children age seven to nine. Walk-in registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the picnic shelter (cash only). The cost is $10 per child. A weather decision will be made by 8:30 a.m. This event is hosted by the Friends of Nottoway Park. For more information, call 703-324-8659.

Celebrating Walney through the Years
(All ages) Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and join the celebration of the 275th anniversary of the building of Walney and the 35th anniversary of the Walney Visitor Center. Mingle with re-enactors, meet live animals, and explore the lives of the residents of Walney farm. Play games, take a wagon ride, and try your hands at colonial crafts at this free celebration of the past and future. Purchase wagon ride tickets inside. Events run from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 703-631-0013.

Civil War Soldier Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and learn how Civil War soldiers once lived. Practice drilling with a Civil War soldier, see a musket firing demonstration, and try the hardtack soldiers commonly ate during the Civil War compared to the s’mores we enjoy today. This program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Backyard Bats Alive! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Meet live bats at Huntley Meadows Park and learn why they are important to the environment. Join us from 3 to 4 p.m. to celebrate National Bat Appreciation Day. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Boardwalk Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) What’s new in the night sky? Join park naturalists at Huntley Meadows Park as they take you on a tour of constellations, comets and other celestial events. This program from 8 to 10 p.m. will be canceled in the event of rain. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, April 16

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-8 yrs.) Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting Dinoland in Nature Playce. Make a dino craft. The 45-minute programs begin at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. on weekend days. Friday sessions begin at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. These events will be canceled in the event of rain. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, April 17

Bluebells and Bloodroots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Learn to identify Riverbend Park’s beautiful spring ephemerals, and discover the folklore that has grown up around them as we walk along the banks of the Potomac River. This program from 10 a.m. to noon costs $8 per person, and it will be canceled if it rains. Meet at the visitor center. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Little Acorns- Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration, weather permitting. The topics are: 4/3-Signs of Spring; 4/17-Frogs, Toads and Salamanders; 4/24-Bird’s Nests and Eggs. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcomed. Call 703-941-1065.

Nature Quest-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Be part of the long-running naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer at Hidden Pond Nature Center. From field to stream and everything in between, children learn about our local animal species, hands-on and in the field from 11 a.m. to noon. Topics vary. The cost is $7 per child. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Tuesday, April 18

Teen Ranger Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-16 yrs.) Interested in working in the nature field? This series at Hidden Pond Nature Center provides hands-on experience and information about the daily activities required to maintain a nature center. Find out what it takes to care for the animals and natural areas and how to teach others about animals and environmental issues and concerns. Get administrative insights, too. Sessions run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The cost of the six-part series is $50. Call 703-451-9588.

Spring Wildflowers of Scott’s Run Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) Meet at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve and walk the trails in search of Dutchman’s breeches and other spring ephemerals in these rich woods. The program from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Meet in the west parking lot, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. The walk will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Animal Feeding at the Nature Center Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) It’s 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 $6 per person. For more information about the program, call 703-451-9588.

Intro to Telescopes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) This class at Observatory Park at Turner Farm covers astronomy basics as well as how to set up and use your telescope. Course content depends on telescope type, so bring your telescope to class from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information about Turner Farm programs, call 703-324-8618.

Wednesday, April 19

Homeschool Wilderness Skills Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-12 yrs.) Make fires, build shelters and learn about wild and medicinal plants as we explore how to survive in the wilderness. Hikes, games and art projects add to our adventures at Riverbend Park in this three-part series of classes from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost of the series is $51. An $8 supply fee is payable to the instructor at class. For more information about Riverbend programs, call 703-759-9018.

Nature Tots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch. Programs include indoor and outdoor activities and meet for 45 minutes. Sessions begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m. The topic in April is birds and nests. The cost is $6 per child. An adult must be able to participate with children. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and bring shoes that can get wet and muddy. We search for catch-and-release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and other creatures. The program runs from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, and all family members must register. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, April 20

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) This family program at Frying Pan Farm Park goes behind the scenes to help farmers with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary. The program from 4 to 5 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Adopt a Woodland Wiggler-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-12 yrs.) At Hidden Oaks Nature Center, naturalists train participants in proper husbandry, care and feeding of three different creatures over three months. Students receive a new animal to take home at each session and report back the next month on the successes and challenges, before taking a new animal home. Classes meet from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. The critters are: 4/20, tent caterpillars; 5/25, tobacco hornworms; 6/15, black swallowtail caterpillars. The $24 fee covers all three months. An additional $20, one-time material fee is payable at the first class. More animals will be available at programs monthly through 2017. Call 703-941-1065.

Kid’s Korner-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Preschool children and their adult learn about spring at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in this monthly program from 1 to 2 p.m. The topic in April in wriggling worms. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

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

Homeschool at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This five-part program at Hidden Pond Nature Center is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series. Topics include, pond study, geology, fishing, reptiles, stream study, nocturnal wildlife and tracking. Classes meet 1 to 2:30 p.m. Additional meeting dates will be provided at the first session. The cost of each class is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, April 21

Survival Skills Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond. Learn about shelter building, distinguishing edible vs. poisonous plants, and other “dangers” of the wild. The program from 6 to 7 p.m. costs $7 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Nature for Tiny TotsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 1/2yrs.) Children and parents learn about plants, animals, and habitats through songs, crafts and activities at Huntley Meadows Park. Topics vary. The programs from 10 to 11 a.m. cost $12 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Cover the Ground Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Cannot grow or maintain a lawn? Have excessively wet or dry areas, slopes or deep shade? Let a ground cover do the work for you. Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens introduce you to ground covers that are great for problem areas. The program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Hot Dog, S’mores, Wagon Ride and Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and enjoy a turkey hot dog supper roasted over the campfire and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about the area’s local and natural history. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments, and s’mores. Feel free to bring your own drinks and sides. The program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult Call 703-631-0013.

Riverside Campfire - Batty about Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bats! Come to Riverbend Park to learn more about these fascinating and mysterious night-flying marvels and why they are disappearing from our skies through games and activities. Bring a toasting stick; s’mores are provided. Come early if you’d like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. The program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. It will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Walk the meadows and forest edges at Lake Accotink Park to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about our native bats and their habits. The cost of this program from 9 to 10 p.m. is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Saturday, April 22

Blossoms in the Park: Lake Accotink
Come to Lake Accotink Park for a naturalist-led hike to see spring’s awakening. Visit live animal displays, take part in games and crafts, win prizes, and experience nature at its best. Activities take place at the marina 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it’s all free! For more information, call 703-569-0285.

Native American Tribes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-14 yrs.) Join us for this new three-part program at Hidden Pond Nature Center which focuses on the tribes of the Americas. Each day focuses on a different tribe and the skills they needed to survive. We also make some of the things those tribes used, such as arrowheads. Sessions meet from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost of the series is $27 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Earth Day Celebration Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Celebrate Earth Day at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park by learning about the changing environment, composting and other green practices. End the celebration from 11 a.m. to noon by recycling household materials into fun new items. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Celebrate Earth Day with Outdoor Play Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Celebrate Earth Day at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with a guided nature walk, family scavenger hunt and a craft from recycled products. Learn about the advantages of daily outdoor play for all ages. This free program runs from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Garden Program: Spring-Blooming Natives Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Virginia is glorious in spring when native perennials and wildflowers come into bloom. Join horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol on a walk at Green Spring Gardens to discuss native spring-bloomers that will suit your garden growing conditions so you, too, can have the glory of a native Virginia spring in your yard. This program from 10:30 a.m. to noon costs $18 per person. Dress for the weather. Call 703-642-5173.

Garden Program: New vs. Classic Plants Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Overwhelmed by how many plant choices there are at a nursery? Plantsman and author David Culp cuts through the hype and reduces the confusion with a clear look at what is new, what is unusual and what remains steadfast in the world of perennial plants. You will leave this program at Green Spring Gardens with a solid list of foundation plants, as well as great ideas for tomorrow’s perennial stars. The session from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $22 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Centreville Treasures Transcribe-a-Thon
(12-Adult) Help tell the story of our community’s history as Ellanor C. Lawrence Park hosts its first transcribe-a-thon in partnership with Centreville Regional Library. Participants will try their hand at reading 19th-century documents related to the Machen family who lived at Walney and helping park staff transcribe these documents. This free event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but transcribers may drop in and out at any time. Light refreshments will be served. A limited number of laptops will be available, but participants are invited to bring their own. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Junior/Parent Tournament
(7-Adult) Teams of two players compete in an 18-hole, scramble format at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be closest-to-the-pin contests and prizes for teams placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in two age divisions: Adult/Jr. 7-12; Adult/Jr. 13-17. Registration begins April 8 and is limited to the first 48 teams. The cost is $65 per team, and fees are due at time of registration. The fee includes lunch. The rain date is April 29. For more tournament information, call 703-323-1641.

Animal Pajama Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Put on your pajamas and come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the center’s live animals. Bring your favorite stuffed animal with you. The 45-minute program begins at 7 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Build Your own Bat House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Bats help eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants, but they are having a hard time. Help these important animals thrive by building a bat house at Riverbend Park to hang in your yard. The two-hour program begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $8 per person, and everyone must register. A $15 fee per bat house will be collected on the day of the program. Call 703-759-9018.

Snake and Turtle Feeding Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by our animal caretaker staff at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed during this program from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Lake Accotink Wildflower Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Join naturalist Clara Ailes at Lake Accotink Park for a leisurely walk along Accotink Creek in search of bluebells, dwarf ginseng, showy orchids and other spring wildflowers from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Meet at the close end of the first large parking lot on the left, off Lake Accotink Access Road, which is off Highland Avenue. The cost is $6 per person. Children younger than 12 may attend for free with a registered adult. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Campfire Flix Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Tired of seeing the same old flicks at the movies? Want to see a unique film? Then come to Hidden Pond Nature Center and watch original shows scripted by our own staff while you enjoy a campfire and s’mores. The flix from 8 to 9 p.m. cost $6 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join naturalist P.J. Dunn at Huntley Meadows Park to hike the trails after dark as you look and listen for owls, beavers and other night animals. The two-hour program begins at 7:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

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

Homemade Bird Feeders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bring your empty milk jugs and/or two-liter soda bottles to Riverbend Park to make bird feeders. We discuss tips for feeding birds and learn to identify common birds that visit home bird feeders. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars to this program from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Astronomy Boat tour with Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Enjoy a night out on our tour boat at Burke Lake Park and learn about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you and will have a telescope for you to try out. The program from 8 to 10 p.m. concludes with a campfire. S’mores are provided; hot dogs are welcome. The cost is $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult . Call 703-323-6600.

Sunday, April 23

Walney History Dog Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) We have many animals at Walney Visitor Center today, but did you know the past residents of Walney kept animals? In this guided hike, participants and their pets walk the Historic Loop and then from Walney to Middlegate while learning about the animals that once lived on the grounds of what is now Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Participants (and their dogs) must be able to walk a half-mile. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Civil War Life at Frying Pan Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Follow in the footsteps of real Civil War soldiers stationed on the grounds of what is now Frying Pan Farm Park. Learn about the park’s wartime experiences as you practice drills, build a camp and apply first aid from 2 to 3 p.m. Will your soldier make it home? The program cost is $7 per person. Meet at the Frying Pan Meeting House. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Birding for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Interested in birding? We can get you started. Come to Huntley Meadows Park to learn about the park’s birds and gain some basic identification skills. The program from 8 to 11 a.m. starts with an indoor discussion. The cost is $10 per person. Children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about birding at Huntley, call 703-768-2525.

Birding by Kayak Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) Enjoy a naturalist-led birding trip by kayak at Lake Accotink Park. Lake Accotink is home to more than 130 bird species and features many unique habitats. See how these small vessels can provide a closer look into the bird world. Travel in one-person or two-person kayaks from 8 to 10 a.m. The cost is $15 per person for a tandem kayak and $20 for a single kayak. Each person must register. For more information about Lake Accotink programs, call 703-569-3464.

Twilight History Boat Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Take a twilight boat tour at Burke Lake Park. Learn about Burke’s local history as the last soft glow of light disappears and the stars begin to shine. This tour from 6 to 8 p.m. costs $6 per person. For more information about the boat tour, call 703-323-6600.

Monday, April 24

Little Acorns- Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration, weather permitting. The topics are: 4/3-Signs of Spring; 4/17-Frogs, Toads and Salamanders; 4/24-Bird’s Nests and Eggs. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcomed. Call 703-941-1065.

Little Hands on the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn all about farm animals and farm chores, and enjoy a story, craft or game. Sessions for two- and three-year-olds run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sessions for three- to five-year-olds run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Pre-paid reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Jr. Naturalist Explorers Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-12 yrs.) Join us for naturalist-guided nature walks and discover the wildlife that live in the forest, wetland, and meadows of Huntley Meadows Park. We go out in sun, clouds, or rain from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Tuesday, April 25

Family Trivia Tuesdays Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Join us at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for family fun, pizza and friendly competition at Cabell’s Mill to see who will become the Ellanor C. Lawrence trivia champion. The topic is American history until 1865. Register as an individual for $7 or in groups of four for $22. Trivia time is 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Take a three-mile, naturalist-led hike in the beautiful Scott’s Run Nature Preserve along the Potomac River. This hike over moderate terrain from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. highlights natural features, scenic overlooks and the Scott’s Run waterfall. The cost is $8 per person. Don’t forget to bring some water along. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. For more information about the hike, call 703-759-9018.

Homeschool at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This five-part program at Hidden Pond Nature Center is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series. Topics include, pond study, geology, fishing, reptiles, stream study, nocturnal wildlife and tracking. Classes meet 1 to 2:30 p.m. Additional meeting dates will be provided at the first session. The cost of each class is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, April 26

Pohick Puddle Jumpers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) The youngest nature lovers can now become part of this season’s exploration of the natural world, with hands-on and up-close indoor and outdoor activities at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The program from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. includes an exploration of the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond. Topics vary. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, April 27

Friday, April 28

Survival Skills Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond. Learn about shelter building, distinguishing edible vs. poisonous plants, and other “dangers” of the wild. The program from 6 to 7 p.m. costs $7 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

The Comforts of Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Delve into the history of the Civil War era by coming to an 1860s-themed campfire at Frying Pan Farm Park. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. features songs, folklore and stories, and some outdoor games. Learn about the importance of campfires to the Civil War soldier and enjoy some hot drinks and treats. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

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

National Superhero Day Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Did you know that animals have superpowers? Come to Lake Fairfax Park dressed up as your favorite superhero and learn about our animal friends’ superpowers. Enjoy a hike around the lake and see if you can spot our super friends. End the hike with stories of your favorite superhero while enjoying s’mores by the campfire. The program from 6 to 8 p.m. costs $10 per person. Call 703-471-5414.

Camping/Movie Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(All Ages) Camp out at Burke Lake Park and receive free admission to our movie night in the campground field with purchase of a campsite for the night, available on site day-of. Campsites can accommodate up to seven people. Movie time is 8:30 p.m. Movies and dates are subject to change. Please check Parktakes Online for updates. At press time, the movie is scheduled to be “Guardians of the Galaxy.” For more, call 703-323-6600.

Saturday, April 29

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at the Nature Center at Riverbend Park and take a wagon ride through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Go Native Community & Scout Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) At Green Spring Gardens, discover the importance of native plants to the survival of Virginia’s native animals. Learn what makes plants invasive and why we want to remove them. Connect with the Potomac Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS) and Green Spring for your take-action project. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $8 per person. Workshop participants get a certificate for a discount on a native plant starter garden from VNPS. Wear work clothes, gloves and sturdy shoes. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Sketch Hike: Birds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on birds, and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills. The two-hour program begins at 10 a.m., and the cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, April 30

A Feast of Flowers: Lecture, Tasting, Tea
(13-Adult) Discover which flowers are edible and the surprising ways they can jazz up recipes. Sample a variety of blooms. This program at Historic Green Spring is followed by a traditional English tea. The program and tea run from 1 to 3 p.m., and the cost is $36 per person. The lecture and tasting only costs $18 per person. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7987.

These Walls Are Talking…Listen to Their Civil War Stories
(8-Adult) The Frying Pan Meeting House walls stood throughout the Civil War years serving as a field hospital, encampment and picket post. Come to the Meeting House from 1 to 3 p.m. and learn about some of the Union and Confederate soldiers whose lives and fates can be traced back to Frying Pan. Re-enactors, a special guest speaker and exhibits will bring the history of the common soldier to life. Parking is available at Frying Pan Farm Park. Take a free wagon ride shuttle from the Country Store. This event is free, but donations will graciously be accepted. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Toys at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Make your own historic toys and play games children who lived at Historic Huntley may have once played. A special children’s house tour and scavenger hunt are included in this program from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Adults are welcome to take a house tour while the kids are occupied. Call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, April 31

Wednesday, March 1

History Tots-Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore history through sight, sound, smell and touch with indoor and outdoor activities. Topics vary with the seasons. The topic in March is planting. Programs run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult who can participate in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Penguins and Polar Bears Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Why do penguins and polar bears never meet? How does a penguin keep its eggs warm? Through activities at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 10 to 10:45 a.m., learn more about these creatures of the ice and their chilly environment. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, March 2

Friday, March 3

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Kitchen Garden Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Learn how to plan, plant and grow your food in an environmentally friendly way at Green Spring Gardens. Master gardeners show you how to get the most out of your spring kitchen garden and enjoy home-grown vegetables before the heat of the summer. The cost of this program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. is $10 per person. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, March 4

Family Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Come for an evening walk through the woods at Huntley Meadows to one of the park’s largest meadows. Listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. Bring a flashlight. The approximately 1.5-mile walk is on uneven terrain. This program will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 4 and from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. on March 18. The programs will be canceled if it rains. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Watercolor Workshop: Painting Orchids Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Orchids just scream to be painted in watercolors, and botanical artist Dawn Flores shows you the way at Green Spring Gardens. Lessons focus on color, orchid anatomy, techniques and transfer practices so you can successfully compose and paint your own watercolor orchids regardless of your skill level. Bring your own specimens or work from photographs. The supply list will be provided before class. Bring a lunch. The workshop is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $88 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Cocoa and Craft in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-12 yrs.) Stay and play for 20 minutes or more as you sip cocoa and create up to three crafts at Hidden Oaks Nature Center between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m. There are new craft kits each month. The cost is $6 per child. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied and assisted by an adult. For more information about the program, call 703-941-1065.

Winter Tree ID Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Do you know your sweet gum from your hickory? Come learn winter tree identification basics at Huntley Meadows Park and go for a hike to practice new skills. The program from noon to 2 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Garden Design: Landscape Rejuvenation Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) You know it and the neighbors know it, too. Your home landscape has gotten overgrown and needs an upgrade. At Green Spring Gardens, horticulturalist Karen Rexrode will lead you through the fundamental principles of garden design to help you visualize and then realize a beautiful, well-planned landscape. The one-hour program begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $16 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, March 5

Winter Lecture: Authentic Garden StyleClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Since America is a comparatively young nation, it hasn’t had much time to develop an authentic, indigenous garden style. American gardeners have turned to other national traditions for inspiration, and this piecemeal, stylistic borrowing has led to gardens that bear no relationship to local landscapes and history. At Green Spring Gardens, Claire Sawyers will show you how to create gardens that are both deeply rooted in their surroundings and deeply satisfying to us, their creators. The one-hour program begins at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person for advance registration or $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
(3-Adult) The sap is rising at Colvin Run Mill and the maple trees are tapped. Now it’s sugaring time! Bundle up, brave the weather, watch and learn as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire from noon to 2 p.m. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over fresh baked cornbread while the supply lasts. This is an outdoor program, so please dress appropriately. The cost is $5 per person. No reservations are required. Call 703-759-2771.

The Invention of Shopping
(Adults) At Historic Green Spring, explore the changing face of shopping through the ages, from market stalls and fairs to arcades and department stores. Learn about the innovations that helped us shop for necessities, status, and therapy as we discuss the fascinating history of counter culture from 1 to 3 p.m. The program includes a traditional English tea, and the cost is $32 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Speak for the Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-12 yrs.) Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a reading of “The Lorax.” Make a Lorax craft and learn how trees help people. The program from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park costs $8 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Join a naturalist calling in these amazing gliders of the night and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center at Hidden Oaks. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. The program from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, March 6

Little Acorns-Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger play, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings are welcome. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary: 3 /6 Twinkle Little Star; 3/13 Green is Great; 3/20 Tales of Tails. The cost for each session is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, about the program, call 703-941-1065.

Little Hands on the Farm: Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join us for fun in the visitor center classroom at Frying Pan Park this season and learn about animals, farm chores, and how farm life is different in winter. Children enjoy activities such as stories, crafts or games. The program for children age two and three runs from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. The program for children age three to five runs from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $10 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Join our Nature Playgroup at Green Spring Gardens. Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed activities while you meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. A staff member is on hand to put out nature sensory bins, direct games and activities or lead a garden walk. The topic in March is green. Programs run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, March 7

Wednesday, March 8

Putting the Animals to Bed Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour at Frying Pan Farm Park, and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. Dress for the weather. This event runs from 7 to 8 p.m., and the cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Nature Tots at Walney Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Programs include both indoor and outdoor activities, and the topic in March is signs of spring. Sessions run 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult who can participate. For more information about the program, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, March 9

Putting the Animals to Bed Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour at Frying Pan Farm Park, and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. Dress for the weather. This event runs from 7 to 8 p.m., and the cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Kids’ Korner-Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Preschool children explore nature or history once a month at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft are included. Topics vary. The topic in March is apples. The program from 1 to 1:45 p.m. costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, March 10

Wood Frogs! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Wood frogs are breeding in vernal pools. Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and assist in collecting and releasing frogs and recording data for our amphibian survey. Wear waterproof boots and bring flashlights. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Family Owl Outing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Discover the secret world of owls! Come to Huntley Meadows Park and learn what makes these raptors excellent predators of the night. The presentation is followed by a hike on the trail to hopefully hear or spot one of Huntley’s resident owls. The program runs from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about the program, call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, March 11

Evening Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Take an evening stroll through the forest to one of Huntley Meadows’ largest meadows. We’ll listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. Bring a flashlight. The approximately 1.5-mile walk is on uneven terrain, and the program will be canceled if it rains. The program runs from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. and the cost is $7 per person. For more information about the walk, call 703-768-2525.

Japanese Teas at Cherry Blossom Time!
(16-Adult) Matcha may be the current tea trend, but Japan has many other traditional teas. Come to Colvin Run Mill and taste a varied selection of this ancient beverage in the cup and as an ingredient. Take home a special Cherry Blossom Blend tea sampler. This program will be presented by certified tea specialist Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $35 per person, and pre-paid reservations are required by March 8. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Women of Walney Walking Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) From the Brown family in the 1740s until Ellanor C. Lawrence in the 1970s, women have defined the cultural history of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. In this walking tour, hike around the park, learning about the women who lived on our land, and how their lives and work helped shape our land. The one-hour program begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday and at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist and youth volunteers at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as we demonstrate how we feed our site display animals. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. Search for worms and insects and assist in serving dinner. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Barred Owls Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy an evening hike and campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to learn about owls. Meet our resident barred owl, and then return to a warm campfire to roast marshmallows. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Garden Program: Great Woody Plants Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Curatorial Horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol highlights beautiful flowering shrubs at Green Spring Gardens that grow well in Virginia home gardens. Get to know seasonal standouts for winter and spring. Learn the culture and care of these beauties and how to best showcase them in your garden. The program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. is held inside and outdoors. The cost is $18 per person. For more information about this event, call 703-642-5173.

Astronomy Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Make s’mores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations. The program runs from 7 to 8 p.m., and the cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Festival of Owls Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Meet local live owls up close and personal at Huntley Meadows Park! Learn how these raptors live, hunt, and survive. Touch real owl feathers and bones, dissect owl pellets, make an owl craft and learn how you can help protect owls. The program from noon to 2 p.m. costs $9 per person. For an additional cost, you can purchase an owl pellet to dissect with the aid of a naturalist. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, March 12

Geocaching Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Students learn to use hand-held GPS (Global Positioning System) units to locate hidden treasure caches within Burke Lake Park from 2 to 4 p.m. After learning how to enter latitude and longitude coordinates into a GPS, students follow the coordinates to find a hidden object, container or unique geological feature. Bring your own GPS; a limited number will be available to borrow from the instructor at class. The cost is $25 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Winter Lecture: Glasshouses & Conservatories Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Green Spring Gardens is completing much-needed renovations to its garden glasshouse thanks to generous support from the Friends of Green Spring and grant funds. Celebrate the reopening of this popular garden oasis with coffee, refreshments and a talk on the history of greenhouses and conservatories by Mount Vernon’s head of horticulture, Dean Norton. Norton shares the genesis of these plant sanctuaries and introduces you to interesting characters behind their popularity. This event from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per person for advance registration or $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Trees are Terrific Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy s’mores around the campfire and learn how trees make Ellanor C. Lawrence a special place. Work up an appetite with a short hike with expert naturalist Jim Dewing to search for the biggest, oldest and most important trees in our forest. The program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Monday, March 13

Little Acorns-Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger play, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings are welcome. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary: 3 /6 Twinkle Little Star; 3/13 Green is Great; 3/20 Tales of Tails. The cost for each session is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, about the program, call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, March 14

Putting the Animals to Bed Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour at Frying Pan Farm Park, and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. Dress for the weather. This event runs from 7 to 8 p.m., and the cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Wednesday, March 15

Toddler Time - Terrific Turtles Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 yrs.) Explore nature through outdoor activities and meet one of our turtles at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. The program from 10 to 10:45 a.m. costs $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Thursday, March 16

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour at Frying Pan Farm Park, and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. Dress for the weather. This event runs from 7 to 8 p.m., and the cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, March 17

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Spring Garden Kickoff Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Shake the winter blahs and exercise those gardening muscles with some spring garden maintenance. At Green Spring Gardens, learn tips for your lawn and garden from Master Gardeners, including best practices for selecting plants and starting seedlings. The cost for this program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Storytelling Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Bring a snack and enjoy stories about Ancient Times as told by one of our expert storytellers at Riverbend Park. We’ll start a campfire if the weather cooperates. Meet at the nature center. The program runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-759-9018 for more information.

Lake Shore Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a campfire by the shore of Burke Lake from 6 to 7 p.m. Listen for all of the animals that come out at night while enjoying s’mores. The program meets at Shelter C, and the cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Wear Green Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at Cabell’s Mill wearing your brightest green this Saint Patrick’s Day and help find all things wearing green in the meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Return to a campfire to toast marshmallows. The program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Fridays: Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Come out for a night of campfire, s’mores, animals, and more at Hidden Pond Nature Center each month. Every program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. features a different topic and visits to different areas of the park. The cost of each program is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, March 18

Family Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Come for an evening walk through the woods at Huntley Meadows to one of the park’s largest meadows. Listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. Bring a flashlight. The approximately 1.5-mile walk is on uneven terrain. This program will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 4 and from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. on March 18. The programs will be canceled if it rains. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Afternoon Innovators Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-12 yrs.) Did you know that James Machen, the owner of what is now Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, held patents for farming technology? In this program, learn about the many ways the Machens used technology to make their lives easier. Hear from a historian and make prototypes to solve today’s challenges using technology. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Unplug at the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Leave the tech behind and connect with the great outdoors to search for birds and mammals at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Dress for the weather in comfortable walking shoes. We’ll mostly be outside from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Floral Design: A Breath of Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Chase away winter gray with a lovely spring flower arrangement to add color to your home. At Green Spring Gardens, Chuck Mason leads you through a spring flower project to take home and teaches you how to handle cut bulbs in flower arrangements. Please register for both the program and supply fee. The program runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $38 per person, plus a $25 supply fee. Call 703-642-5173.

To Build a Fire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(10-Adult) Learn the science and art of building a fire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, and then test your skill with primitive fire bows and modern fire-making techniques. Use your new skills to toast some s’mores. The program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Green is Great Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by learning about plants and animals that are green. Go on a green treasure hunt, paint with shades of green, and meet Olive, a green turtle, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information about the program call 703-941-1065.

Astronomy for Family Fun: Moon Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Learn about the moon and enjoy fun activities and crafts that will help demystify the moon and “bring it down to earth.” This program at Observatory Park at Turner Farm runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about astronomy programs, call 571-214-7891.

Sunday, March 19

Women of Walney Walking Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) From the Brown family in the 1740s until Ellanor C. Lawrence in the 1970s, women have defined the cultural history of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. In this walking tour, hike around the park, learning about the women who lived on our land, and how their lives and work helped shape our land. The one-hour program begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday and at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-631-0013.

The Shapely Story of the Corset
(Adults) Bone up on the fascinating history of the corset, an indispensable element of fashionable dress for more than 400 years. From 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Historic Green Spring, antique clothing collector Caroline Hottenstein presents the controversies surrounding the much-maligned foundation garment and showcases its construction with corsets from her collection. A traditional English tea will be served. The cost is $45 for the program and tea; $18 for the program only. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Parents and children sip tea, enjoy butterfly-shaped sandwiches and join the crazy fun of Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter and his friends at the strangest of tea parties. During this program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m., meet a live creature from the story. The cost is $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about the program, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, March 20

Little Acorns-Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger play, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings are welcome. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary: 3 /6 Twinkle Little Star; 3/13 Green is Great; 3/20 Tales of Tails. The cost for each session is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, about the program, call 703-941-1065.

Little Hands on the Farm: Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join us for fun in the visitor center classroom at Frying Pan Park this season and learn about animals, farm chores, and how farm life is different in winter. Children enjoy activities such as stories, crafts or games. The program for children age two and three runs from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. The program for children age three to five runs from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $10 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Taux Trail for Homeschool Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Students spend two hours immersed in the life of Virginia Indians 400 years ago as they learn to grind corn, make a clay pot, master corn darts and participate in other activities at Huntley Meadows Park from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $12 per child. For more information about the program, call 703-768-2525.

Tuesday, March 21

Spring Warblers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Walk with a naturalist from 8 to 10 a.m. in search of early spring migrating warblers at Burke Lake Park. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Meet at the marina. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600.

Wednesday, March 22

Thursday, March 23

Junior Farmer Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-12 yrs.) This family program goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park. Come help with chores, such as milking the cows and collecting eggs, and play old-fashioned games from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, March 24

Winter Crafts at Sully Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-12 yrs.) Drop your child off for a fun afternoon of arts and crafts in an historic setting at Sully Historic Site. Children make crafts reminiscent of the past and enjoy hot cider from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per child. For more information about the program, call 703-437-1794.

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

Hot Dog, S’mores! Wagon Ride & Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a turkey hot dog supper roasted over the campfire and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run stream valley at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about the area’s local and natural history from 5:30 to 7 p.m. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments and s’mores. Feel free to bring your own drinks and sides. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Forest Friends Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-6 yrs.) Who is in the forest? Scan the trees and roll over logs to search for forest critters at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Meet live animals and create a salamander craft from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The cost is $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Campfire Friday - Spring Changes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) The seasons are changing. Join the naturalists at Riverbend Park and embark on an exploration of the park in a search for signs of spring. Finish up the evening with a campfire and s’mores. This event from 6 to 7 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, March 25

Spring Awakening Sketch Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Celebrate spring by learning to spot early bright signs of seasonal change and learning how to draw outdoors. At Huntley Meadows Park, read sections of “The Forest Unseen” by David George Haskell and take a 1.5-mile walk to the wetland. The program from 10 a.m. to noon costs $8 per person. Drawing materials are included in the cost, courtesy of the RunningBrooke Fund. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Summer Campler Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Get ready for summer camp this spring at Frying Pan Park with this free event. Try out activities featured in our brand new Adventure Camps and Farm Tech Camp. Also get a sneak peek at activities from our classic camps, such as Farm Zoology and Farm Hand Camp. After sampling this program, stop by the visitor center to sign up for our camps and secure your spot for summer. This summer camp sampler program runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 703-437-9101.

Garden Program: Can’t Fail Containers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Washington Gardener Editor/Publisher Kathy Jentz shares tips at Green Spring Gardens on how you can grow beautiful garden containers. Learn what soil types to use, hear pros and cons of different containers, and get to know plants that perform well in our region. We show you the basics and go into the details of growing ornamental and edible containers while showing you styles and fashions in container gardening. The program runs 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Workshop: Kokedama String Gardens Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Learn the hot new trend in gardening: the Japanese art of Kokedama string gardens. Come to Green Spring Gardens as Green Spring’s own horticulturalist and trend setter Nancy Olney leads you through crafting and planting these hanging moss globes that will wow your friends. Materials, plants, and care instructions included. The workshop runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m., and the cost is $35 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Women’s History Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Women have played an important role in the history of Green Spring Gardens -- from women settlers, to a famous landscape architect, to the women who currently design the gardens. Celebrate Women’s History Month at Green Spring Gardens with a family tea party. Get a close look at the Historic House and some special gardens, which would not be here without some important Green Spring women. This tea program for children and families runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and the cost is $15 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Build Your Own Bee House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Come to Riverbend Park and have fun learning about local pollinators. You’ll use some invasive plants to build homes for these native pollinators. The bees this house will attract are mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees, which rarely sting. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $8 per person. For more information about the workshop, call 703-759-9018.

Powhatan’s People Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) The Virginia Indians profoundly affected our history. In this program at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, discover some elements of the Algonquian culture of the Powhatans and Tauxenent such as crafting stone tools, hunting, and farming. Play a game and enjoy a campfire. The program from 2:30 to 4 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Evening Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Take an evening stroll through the forest to one of Huntley Meadow’s largest meadows. We listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. The program runs from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. and includes an approximately 1.5-mile walk on uneven terrain. The walk will be canceled if it rains. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) A naturalist takes you on a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk for a tour of the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. This program from 7 to 9 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information about the stroll, call 703-768-2525.

Intro to Sundials I Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Learn about the world’s oldest clocks at Turner Farm Park. Explore the history of sundials and solar alignments from Newgrange to modern to digital sundials. Learn about Pythagoras and the beauty of triangles and proportions which led to basic trigonometry. Use simple trigonometry to draw a horizontal sundial. The class from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. includes a half-hour break. The cost is $18 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

Sunday, March 26

Animal Egg Mobile Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-12 yrs.) Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and create a spring mobile of your favorite pond animals from plastic eggs. All materials are provided. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Walney History Dog Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) We have many animals at Walney Visitor Center today, but did you know the past residents of Walney kept animals? In this guided hike at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, participants and their pets walk the Historic Loop and then from Walney to Middlegate, all the while learning about the animals that lived at Ellanor C. Lawrence in the past. Participants (and their dogs) must be able to walk a half-mile. The guided program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Geocaching Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Students learn to use hand-held GPS units to locate hidden treasure caches at Lake Fairfax Park. After learning how to enter latitude and longitude coordinates into a GPS, students follow the coordinates to find a hidden object, container or unique geological feature. We visit established caches within the park and find new class-specific caches that are made available only to registered students. This program from 4 to 5 p.m. meets for five weeks. The cost is $69. Bring your own GPS; a limited number are available to borrow from instructor at class. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Monday, March 27

Science for Homeschoolers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-9 yrs.) At Huntley Meadows Park, students explore marsh, meadow and forest to learn about change patterns, plant characteristics, animal life needs and observation. Basic reading and writing skills are required, and students must be comfortable working in a group. This series of eight classes meets from 1 to 2:55 p.m. The cost is $121 for the series. For more information about this series, call 703-768-2525.

Yoga for Gardeners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) This class at Green Spring Gardens features a gentle introduction to the Vinyasa method of yoga which helps participants increase the strength, flexibility and endurance necessary for gardening. Sessions will run from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Mondays. The 11 classes in this session are held indoors, and the cost of the series is $121 per person. For more information about the program, call 703-642-8252.

History for Small Fries Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-5 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Sully Historic Site for a story and craft to discover how things were in the olden days. Through their senses, children can experience how different things smelled, looked or worked from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, about this program call 703-437-1794.

Little Acorns- Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Activities include finger plays, stories, and an outdoor exploration, weather permitting. The topic will be mammals. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcomed. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, March 28

Family Trivia Tuesdays Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Join us at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for family fun, pizza and friendly competition at Cabell’s Mill to see who becomes the Ellanor C. Lawrence trivia champion. Topics vary each month. Register as an individual for $7 or bring a group of four for $22. Trivia time is 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Animal Feeding at the Nature Center Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) It’s 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 $6 per person. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Intro to Telescopes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) This class at Observatory Park at Turner Farm covers astronomy basics as well as how to set up and use your telescope. The course content depends on telescope type, so bring your telescope to class. The one-hour program begins at 7:30 p.m., and the cost is $8. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

Wednesday, March 29

Bluebells and Bloodroots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Meet at the visitor center at Riverbend Park and learn to identify Riverbend’s beautiful spring ephemerals. Discover their folklore as we walk along the banks of the Potomac River from 1 to 3 p.m. This event will be canceled if it rains. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Science for Homeschoolers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(9-12 yrs.) At Huntley Meadows Park, students investigate the interrelation between earth cycles, ecosystems, and plant and animal functions and processes at the cell level. They also examine human impact on ecosystem health. Basic reading and writing skills are required, and students must be comfortable working in a group. This series of eight classes meets from 2 to 3:55 p.m. The cost is $121 for the series. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Science for Homeschoolers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-14 yrs.) This course at Huntley Meadows Park involves lecture with an emphasis on hands-on field work in natural sciences. Learn about aquatic ecosystems, energy and matter in the ecosystems, how humans impact the natural world, and the interactions of living things from microbes to large mammals. Students participate in field work related to soil, biodiversity, plants, animals and wetlands. This series of eight classes meets from 4:30 to 5:55 p.m. The cost is $108 for the series. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Pohick Puddle Jumpers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) The youngest nature lovers can become part of this season’s exploration of the natural world with hands-on and up-close indoor and outdoor activities at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The program runs from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, March 30

Spring Wildflowers of Scott’s Run Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) Meet at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve and walk the trails from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in search of Dutchman’s breeches and other spring ephemerals in these rich woods. Meet in the west parking lot, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. The hike will be canceled if it rains. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Friday, March 31

Riverside Campfire - Night Wings Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Hoot like an owl, swoop like a bat, and flutter like a moth as we learn about the creatures that fly through our night skies at Riverbend Park. Bring a toasting stick; s’mores are provided. The one-hour program begins at 6 p.m., but come early if you’d like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

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Kirk W. Kincannon Who Says 13 is Unlucky?

While it is often difficult to tell how voters feel about some issues, it’s clear that Fairfax County voters value their parks! The 2016 park bond was the 13th consecutive park bond approved by county voters since the first one back in 1959, and we are grateful for the continued support in assuring great parks and great communities for generations to come. Parks improve the quality of life for everyone, and the voterapproved $94.7 million investment in our county park system will be used to upgrade and improve many of our aging parks and facilities. Park Authority work will include a focus on taking care of what we have in our great park system as well as preserving cultural and natural resources, protecting and preserving open space and building and renovating parks to meet community need in all areas of the county.

Current priorities include renovations and upgrades for trails and bridges, playgrounds, athletic fields and courts, picnic shelters and RECenters, natural resource and ecological restorations, and historic site and building preservation. In addition, system-wide energy management improvements will continue to expand to create a more sustainable park system through the use of new technologies that reduce water and energy consumption. Look for improvements and enhancements at Burke Lake, Lake Accotink, Lee District, Laurel Hill Park and a much-needed renovation and upgrade at Mount Vernon RECenter, which is nearly 40 years old. Other system-wide priorities include improvements to community and neighborhood parks across the county.

The 2016 park bond priorities reflect the wishes of the community – the needs you told us about in surveys, focus groups and public meetings. We are fortunate to live in a community that is willing to make the investment in our award-winning park system, as it has from the Fairfax County Park Authority’s very beginning. On behalf of the Park Authority, thank you for entrusting us with those resources. We pledge to use them wisely to provide you with improved parks and recreation facilities and opportunities for years to come!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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