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With the heat index rising above 100, parents may have questions over what precautions are being taken to protect their children while they are at camp.


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High Ropes Adventure Comes to South Run

High Ropes Adventure Comes to South Run

Thrill seekers will soon swing into action when Fairfax County Park Authority, in partnership with Go Ape Treetop Adventure, opens its first zip line and high ropes course to the public.
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New Improvements Coming
to Lake Fairfax Park!

New Improvements Coming to
Lake Fairfax Park!

By this time next year, you'll have more recreational options than ever at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston.
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Connect with Your Kid

Connect with Your Kid in
Parent-and-Child Golf Class

Dain Whitehead says he's "seven and three quarters" years old, and already has what seasoned golfers refer to as "the bug." "I saw it on TV and just wanted to do golf," he said with enthusiastic determination. Parent-and-child golf classes at Pinecrest Golf Course gave him and the opportunity to learn the game with his mother.
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Exercise Class
Makes You 'Feel
Like a Kid Again'

Exercise Class Makes You 'Feel Like a Kid Again'

Drop into the ABCs of Deep Water Exercise class at Oak Marr RECenter, and you plunge into a session that may seem more like playtime than exercise.
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Get the Best View of Nature's
Wonders by Boat

Get the Best View of Nature's Wonders by Boat

Climb aboard the Burke Lake Park tour boat for a birding excursion that is sure to please year-round. Birding by boat allows you to get closer views of birds and other wildlife than you can get on foot.
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Fairfax County 4-H Fair
Provides Competition for All

Fairfax County 4-H Fair Provides Competition for All

Turn your hidden talent into an award-winner at this year's 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park! Anyone can enter in more than a dozen categories ranging from gardening and horticulture to handcrafts and photography.
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Find Summer Entertainment Series Performances

Monday, August 1

Archaeological Dig Field ExperienceClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Live your inner explorer while helping professional archaeologists study a local historic site at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. This week-long emersion experience for participants age 13 to 20 allows you to work with archaeologists to unearth part of a 1700-1800s-era family farm site. Uncover artifacts that have not been seen in hundreds of years. Set up a GPS grid, excavate and identify objects that could be as old as 8,000 years. Itís a great opportunity for teens to expand college resumes. The cost is $425 per person. A modest lab fee may be charged. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Little Hands on the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park and learn all about farm animals and farm chores, and enjoy a story, craft or game. Sessions for children age two and three run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sessions for children age three to five run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Pre-paid reservations are required. An adult must attend class with the child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, August 2

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center, and worms and insects are on the menu. Participants age three to adult will help our naturalist care for and feed the nature centerís animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $4 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, August 3

Summer Reading Puppet Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Story lovers age three and older will be entertained by a puppet show titled ďGoing BuggyĒ presented by Goodlife Theater at Green Spring Gardens. The event runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the cost is $4 per person. Registered children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-642-5173.

Thursday, August 4

Pre-Fair Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come when itís less crowded to enjoy traditional fair rides, amusements and treats. Discounted unlimited one-day ride passes are available through August 3; $25 if purchased the day of the event. There are no refunds. Purchase online or contact Frying Pan Farm Park. This event is perfect for playgroups, day camps and families. Parking and admission are free. Unlimited one-day ride specials will be sold Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; honored 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Flora Fauna-Summer SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Hidden Pond Nature Center naturalists for a summer of exploration with weekly programs. This series for children age three to six runs from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-451-9588.

Letís Grow Garden Club: Sunny Days Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The garden is ready for picking at Green Spring Gardens., but we make ourselves into a human sundial before we collect veggies to make a pizza snack. We talk about the sun and its importance to photosynthesis while we make a solar oven to cook up our garden-fresh pizzas. This program for children age 6 to 10 runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per child. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

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

Friday, August 5

Pre-Fair Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come when itís less crowded to enjoy traditional fair rides, amusements and treats. Discounted unlimited one-day ride passes are available through August 3; $25 if purchased the day of the event. There are no refunds. Purchase online or contact Frying Pan Farm Park. This event is perfect for playgroups, day camps and families. Parking and admission are free. Unlimited one-day ride specials will be sold Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; honored 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Campfire Fridays-Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a night of campfire, símores, animals and more at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Each night we explore a different topic and park area from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This program for participants age three to adult costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Creek Adventure Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the whole family, age two to adult, to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for a wagon ride. Bring shoes that can get wet and an adventurous spirit to explore the Rocky Run from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, please call 703-631-0013.

Big Truck and Carnival Fun Night at the Farm
Carnival rides and games will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park, and the free Big Truck event runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Ride tickets are $1 each. Most rides take three to five tickets. Parking and admission are free this night only! Bring your crafts, baked goods, garden produce and flowers in for judging in the 4-H Building. Information about items eligible for exhibition and judging can be found at http://fairfax4h.weebly.com/fairfax-county-4-h-fair.html. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Saturday, August 6

68th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and CarnivalClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come on down to the farm for old-fashioned country fun with carnival games, rides, fair exhibits and a tractor pull at Frying Pan Farm Park. The 4-H Fair runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carnival rides are open 11 a.m. tol 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. A Tractor Pull begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Watch 4-H exhibitors get their farm animals ready to show, visit exhibit booths, try farm chores, enjoy fair food, and watch stage entertainment, dog and horse shows, and more. Admission is free. Enter from Monroe Street. Parking is $8/car/day. Call 703-437-9101.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
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. This program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. is for participants age two to adult, and all family members must register. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Animal Feeding Time Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís feeding time, and the parkís exhibit animals are hungry. Join a Riverbend Park animal caretaker as they feed and care for our snakes, turtles, frogs, and fish. Discover fascinating facts about these animals as you meet them up close. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $4 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Cold Press Soap Making Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults will learn how to make cold process soap using all-natural, botanical ingredients during this program at Green Spring Gardens. The demonstration will show you how to safely handle and store lye and how to add fragrance, exfoliants and colorants. It covers molding, curing, and packaging ideas. Take home two bars of soap and soap recipes, along with new knowledge and confidence. The workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $65 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Floral Design Workshop: Tropical Punch Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Supply Fee: Tropical Punch Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Get a taste for the exotic with an arrangement of tropical flowers. In this workshop for adults from 10 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens, large leaves and bold flowers will accent the arrangement that you make and take with the help of designer Chuck Mason. Reuse the container and design ideas to make your own tropical arrangement at home. The cost is $38 per person, plus a supply fee of $25 per person. Please register for both program and supply fee. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

With the Help of a Physick
In the 18th century, diseases and their causes were frightening mysteries for most people. Join us for a tour at Sully Historic Site of our 18th century house. Along the way, discover theories and treatments of the time for small pox, yellow fever and malaria. Learn about small pox inoculation, the precursor to modern vaccination, and the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia. This program, held at 1, 2 or 3 p.m., replaces the regular house tour. The cost is $8 for adults, $7 for students, and $6 for seniors and children. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Wilderness Survival Skills Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This fast-paced session at Burke Lake Park for participants age 13 to adult covers essential survival skills for day hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting or fishing in the back country. Topics include survival preparedness, fire making, rescue signaling, shelter building, foraging for food, collecting and purifying water, finding time and directions, making natural cordage and preparing the ultimate survival kit. The four-hour lesson begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $48 per person. Bring snacks and water. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Astronomy Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire at Burke Lake Park and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Make símores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations. This program for participants age four to adult costs $12 per person and runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-323-6600.

Boardwalk Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Whatís new in the night sky? Join naturalists at Huntley Meadows Park as they take you on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. This program for participants age 12 to adult runs from 8 to 10 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, August 7

68th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and CarnivalClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come on down to the farm for old-fashioned country fun with carnival games, rides, fair exhibits and a tractor pull at Frying Pan Farm Park. The 4-H Fair runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carnival rides are open 11 a.m. tol 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. A Tractor Pull begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Watch 4-H exhibitors get their farm animals ready to show, visit exhibit booths, try farm chores, enjoy fair food, and watch stage entertainment, dog and horse shows, and more. Admission is free. Enter from Monroe Street. Parking is $8/car/day. Call 703-437-9101.

Sundaes in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the family for a Sunday stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center and for an ice cream sundae from 1 to 3 p.m. The sundaes are $2 each, and the woodland walk and visit to Nature Playce are free! Registration preferred but not required. Call 703-941-1065.

Grinding Demonstrations
See and hear 19th century technology at work. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Please call the site to confirm. The tour cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Northern Virginia Carvers
The wood carvers lend their tools and expertise from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill to help you uncover your hidden artistic talent as you create a creature from a block of wood. The lessons for participants age 12 to adult are free. There is a nominal charge for wood blanks. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River while finding out about Riverbend Parkís wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. The ride for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about this program please call 703-759-9018.

Pancakes at the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a Sunday around the campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and make corn pancakes with honey while discovering the little-known history of the place we now call Cabellís Mill. This event at the Mill runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for participants age five to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Tea Program: The Victorian Seaside
Victorians flocked to the seaside for day trips and holidays, but how did the proper Victorian lady preserve respectability at the beach? Hear about Victorian seaside attractions and entertainments, and the bizarre inventions, regulations and fashions that preserved 19th century notions of modesty. This program from 1 to 3 p.m. is for adults. The cost of $32 per person includes a full English tea served in the 1784 Historic House. For reservations, please call 703-941-7987.

Elk Lick Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy Elk Lickís open meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with a wagon ride, and take a brief hike into the adjoining forest. Elk Lick protects a globally rare forest rooted in the areaís diabase and clay soils. The open grassland entices many animals and birds, including harrier hawks. Bring binoculars, field guides, and insect repellant, if you like. The program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for participants age two to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

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

Ferns, Flowers and Trees at Scottís Run Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Located in the Potomac Gorge, Scottís Run is an area of outstanding biodiversity. We explore, identify and share stories of some common and uncommon plants on this two- to three-mile walk for adults from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. Wear sturdy walking shoes or boots. The walk will be canceled if it rains. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scottís Run. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Build Your Own Bee House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Have fun learning about local pollinators and using some invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators at Riverbend Park. The bee house attracts mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees who rarely sting. This program for participants age three to adult runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, August 8

Archaeological Dig Field ExperienceClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Live your inner explorer while helping professional archaeologists study a local historic site at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. This week-long emersion experience for participants age 13 to 20 allows you to work with archaeologists to unearth part of a 1700-1800s-era family farm site. Uncover artifacts that have not been seen in hundreds of years. Set up a GPS grid, excavate and identify objects that could be as old as 8,000 years. Itís a great opportunity for teens to expand college resumes. The cost is $425 per person. A modest lab fee may be charged. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Tuesday, August 9

Wednesday, August 10

Campfire with the Constellations Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and talk about stars around a warm campfire. Then head out into the meadow with a naturalist to learn how to identify the summer constellations. This program from 8:30 to 10 p.m. is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Please be sure to register an adult with your child. Call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, August 11

Flora Fauna-Summer SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Hidden Pond Nature Center naturalists for a summer of exploration with weekly programs. This series for children age three to six runs from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-451-9588.

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program for participants age two to adult goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park. Come help with farm chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn from 4 to 5 p.m. Topics and activities vary. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Walk the meadows and forest edges at Lake Fairfax to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about our native bats and their habits. This program is for participants age two to adult and runs from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Kids Korner-Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children age three to six share summer adventures with their adult and a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. This monthly program runs from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Call the park for topic and meeting location, 703-631-0013.

Friday, August 12

Dairy Days - Ice Cream Making and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the whey of the dairy! Participants age five to adult can churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully Historic Site. Hour-long sessions will be held at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The tour cost is separate. Call 703-437-1794.

Historic Desserts Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Everyone loves desserts, but have you ever wondered how they were made 160 years ago? Join a historian at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and learn about the Machens who lived at Walney in the 19th century and how they might have made dessert. Try making raspberry dumplings with homemade ice cream. This program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. is for participants age five to adult. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Junior Club Championship
Junior golfers, age 7 to 17, compete in the season-ending tournament at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m. to noon. This is an 18-hole individual stroke tournament for all age divisions: 10 and under, 11-13, 14 -17. There will be closest-to-the-pin contests and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all three divisions. There will also be a special prize for overall low-gross champion. Registration begins July 29. The rain date is August 19. The cost is $20 for Junior program members and $30 for non-Junior program players. Lunch is included. The fee is due at the time of registration. For more information, call 703-323-1641.

Campfire Fridays-Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come out for a night of campfire, símores, animals, and more at Lake Accotink Park. This program is for participants age three to adult and runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Saturday, August 13

Civil War Encampment Weekend
Federal and Confederate troops recreate Civil War daily life as re-enactors demonstrate the various work of the army at Sully Historic Site. Skirmishes each day include infantry, artillery and cavalry. Visit the weekend encampment and discover a soldierís lifestyle during this turbulent time in Americaís history. Enjoy live music and a fashion show. The house tour includes artifacts rarely on exhibit belonging to the Haight family -- mid-19th century residents at Sully. Events will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $9 for adults; $7 for seniors and children. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Living Dolls Beauty School Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your favorite doll to get all dolled up before Doll Camp at Colvin Run Mill. This program for children age five to nine includes hairstyling, jewelry-making, a tea party and more. The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $25 per child. For more information, please call 703-759-2771.

Garden Tour and Ice Cream Social Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Stroll our vibrant summer gardens at Green Spring Gardens with a Master Gardener docent. Then come into the Historic House for an ice cream social, a traditional gathering dating back to the 18th century. Enjoy a variety of delicious ices, served with toppings, garnishes and a touch of nostalgia. This event from 3 to 4:30 p.m. is for participants age 13 to adult. The cost is $12 per person. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Delicious Dairy at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Churn your own butter and taste fresh cheese you can make at home. Discover how Huntley, once a summer home for the wealthy, became a dairy farm. A tour of the Historic Huntley House is included. This program is for participants age two to adult. It runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and the cost is $7 per person. For more information, please call 703-768-2525.

Useful and Edible Plants and Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Burke Lake Park and learn about many uses for native plants and trees in the wilderness or in your own backyard. Find out which plants are safe to eat and those to avoid. Learn the right weeds and trees to help start a fire, get a drink, find a meal, make a rope, stop an itch or heal a wound. Explore Burke Lake Parkís trails, fields and forests, and see what Mother Nature is growing just for you. Bring water, a snack, and rainwear. Wear suitable outdoor clothes and hiking boots/shoes. The program for participants age 10 to adult is held from 10 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. The cost is $24 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age 8 to 16 will receive introductory training in the skills and ethics of the Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program, which is applicable to all outdoor enthusiasts and all environments. The topics at this workshop at Lake Fairfax include the underlying concept of minimum-impact recreation and the seven principles of Leave No Trace. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $10 per child. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Animal Search with a Naturalist Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Early morning is the one of the most active times in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. With an expert naturalist, see which creatures, feathered or furred, are in the forest. From 8 to 9 a.m., you discover a hidden forest filled with animal signs, emerging native plants and even a few invaders. Bring open eyes, questions, binoculars and field guides, if you wish. This program is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Club Championship
Players age 11 to adult compete in an 18-hole, individual stroke-play tournament at Jefferson Golf Course, beginning at 8 a.m. Players are placed into flights based on their first 9-hole score. Advance registration is required by August 9. Tournament cost is $60 per player if signed up before July 30 and $65 if signed up on or after the 30th. Rain date is August 20. The fee is due at the time of registration and includes lunch and prizes. For more information, call 703-573-0444, extension 3.

Fishing by the Stream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and go fishing along Rocky Run stream. Learn about native fish and receive tips on equipment and techniques. Beginners are welcome. Bring your own fully rigged fishing poles; worms are provided for bait. The program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. is for participants age five to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Meet at Cabellís Mill. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Live Sharks, Rays and More Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet a live shark and other fishes presented by Under the Seaís Andrew Wilson and discover what makes these curious creatures well adapted to the Atlantic Ocean. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and is great for scout groups. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

All About Bats Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Several bat species flit in the Virginia sky. Look for them at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as we head to our campfire to learn fun bat facts and lore, plus enjoy an American Indian story of how bats got their wings. Toast marshmallows over the embers. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. and will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk. A naturalist takes you on a tour of the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents from 8 to 10 p.m. This program is for participants age six to adult. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, August 14

Civil War Encampment Weekend
Federal and Confederate troops recreate Civil War daily life as re-enactors demonstrate the various work of the army at Sully Historic Site. Skirmishes each day include infantry, artillery and cavalry. Visit the weekend encampment and discover a soldierís lifestyle during this turbulent time in Americaís history. Enjoy live music and a fashion show. The house tour includes artifacts rarely on exhibit belonging to the Haight family -- mid-19th century residents at Sully. Events will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $9 for adults; $7 for seniors and children. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
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. This program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. is for participants age two to adult, and all family members must register. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Rain Forest Puppet Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the magical rain forest through a puppet show starring a trio of lizards and their friends. Enjoy rain forest activities such as bird watching, puddle jumping and a chameleon craft. This program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for children age three to seven. The cost is $5 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Nature Quest-Summer Scottís Run Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This naturalist-led program is designed for young explorers age three to seven. From field to stream and everything in between, children learn about many of our local animal species, hands-on and in the field from 2 to 3 p.m. at Scottís Run Nature Preserve. The cost is $6 per child. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities. Call 703-759-9018 for information.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Monday, August 15

Little Hands on the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park and learn all about farm animals and farm chores, and enjoy a story, craft or game. Sessions for children age two and three run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sessions for children age three to five run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Pre-paid reservations are required. An adult must attend class with the child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, August 16

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center, and worms and insects are on the menu. Participants age three to adult will help our naturalist care for and feed the nature centerís animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $4 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Club Championship Ė Ladies, Seniors & Super Seniors Divisions
Adult ladies and senior men age 55 and older compete in a one-day, 18-hole individual stroke-play tournament at Greendale Golf Course, beginning at 8 a.m. Divisions will be determined by signup; a minimum of eight players is required per division. Prizes will be awarded for 1st place, low gross, and net in each division. A current Greendale handicap is required. Registration closes August 9. The cost is $49 per person and includes practice round with power cart, tournament-day greens fee, power cart, breakfast, lunch and prizes. Call 703-971-3788.

Lethal Predators Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and find out who our local lethal predators are. Assist a naturalist with conservation biology as we head out into the forest to look for some lethal predators. This program is for participants age eight to adult and runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Water Critters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the wet world of otters, crabs, turtles, frogs and fish through songs, story and a visit to a pond at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Meet live turtles and frogs. This program for children age two to six runs from 3 to 3:45 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, August 17

Fireflies in the Meadow Click to Register with Parktakes Online
As dusk approaches, the meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is lit with fireflies. Bring a plastic jar with a lid to catch and then release. Wear long pants, socks and closed shoes. Flashlights and insect repellant are useful. This program runs from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for participants age two to adult. The cost is $5 per person. Meet at Cabellís Mill. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, August 18

Flora Fauna-Summer SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Hidden Pond Nature Center naturalists for a summer of exploration with weekly programs. This series for children age three to six runs from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-451-9588.

Garden Tour and Tea
Tour the glorious demonstration gardens at Green Spring Gardens with Master Gardener docents. Hear about Green Springís fascinating history, our educational mission and how we can help your gardens grow! This program from 1 to 3 p.m. is for participants age 13 to adult. The cost is $32 per person and includes a full English tea served in the 1784 Historic House. For reservations, call 703-941-7987.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Walk the meadows and forest edges at Lake Accotink to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about our native bats and their habits. This program is for participants age two to adult and runs from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Friday, August 19

Campfire Fridays-Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a night of campfire, símores, animals and more at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Each night we explore a different topic and park area from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This program for participants age three to adult costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Creek Adventure Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the whole family, age two to adult, to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for a wagon ride. Bring shoes that can get wet and an adventurous spirit to explore the Rocky Run from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, please call 703-631-0013.

Goodnight Walk: Abounding Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Search the skies during our night time stroll for bats at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Enjoy a story and fun facts about these curious, misunderstood creatures. Learn how to encourage these natural mosquito-zappers to visit your backyard. This program for participants age four to adult costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, about this program please call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, August 20

National Honeybee Day Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Where would we be without the honeybee? Come to Green Spring Gardens from 10 a.m. to noon to celebrate this wondrous insect with free activities and paid crafts for participants age seven to adult. Meet a beekeeper, see inside a beehive, learn a bee dance, do a bee scavenger hunt, learn why bees are important, and get tips on growing a pollinator garden. Purchase a craft ticket to make a garden marker, roll a beeswax candle, sample floral honey, and more. Advance registration for the $12 per person craft ticket is recommended. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Animal Feeding Time Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís feeding time, and the parkís exhibit animals are hungry. Join a Riverbend Park animal caretaker as they feed and care for our snakes, turtles, frogs, and fish. Discover fascinating facts about these animals as you meet them up close. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $4 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Beeswax Votive Candles Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
In this basic class for adults from 1 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, learn about the materials, wicks, waxes, fragrances and containers needed for making your own poured beeswax jar candles. Pour two votive candles of your own to take home. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Ice Cream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age three to adult will explore Walneyís dairy farm history while touring the ice house and ice pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Try your hand at ice-making tools and picking up an ice block. Make and eat hand-cranked ice cream. The cost is $8 per person. Please be sure to register an adult with any registered child. For more information, please call 703-631-0013.

Amateur FootGolf Qualifier @ Pinecrest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Pinecrest Golf Course and play in the VA Regional Qualifier for The American FootGolf League (AFGL) U.S. National Championship. This event is open to participants age 12 and older. Beginners are welcome. The top 30 percent qualify for the next round. Practice and save 25 percent with promo code PRACTICE. For more information, call 703-941-1061.

Club Championship Ė Menís Division
Adult men compete in a one-day, 18-hole, individual stroke-play tournament at Greendale Golf Course, beginning at 8 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for 1st place, low gross, and net. A current Greendale handicap is required. Advance registration is required by August 14. The cost is $69 per person and includes weekday practice round with power cart and tournament-day greens fee, power cart, breakfast, lunch and prizes. For more information, call 703-971-3788.

Observe the Moon Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Observe the moon through a scope, see ancient lava flows, enjoy a campfire and stories, and go on a moonlit hike at Burke Lake Park. The program runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. for participants age four to adult. The cost is $12 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. This event will be canceled in the event of rain. Call 703-323-6600.

Lizard Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Watch a short movie on our native lizards and see our lizards up close. Then, join a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on a short hike to find these elusive reptiles. The program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. is for participants age eight to adult. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Meet at Cables Mill. Call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, August 21

Grinding Demonstrations
See and hear 19th century technology at work. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Please call the site to confirm. The tour cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Powhatanís People Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The Virginia Indians profoundly affected our history. Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and 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 story around the campfire. This program from 2:30 to 4 p.m. is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Birding for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the birds at Huntley Meadows Park and gain some basic identification skills. The program from 8 to 11 a.m. begins with an indoor discussion and is designed for participants age 12 to adult. Children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. The cost is $8. Call 703-768-2525.

Build Your own Bat House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bats help eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants. Come to Riverbend Park from 10 a.m. to noon and help these important animals thrive by building a bat house to hang in your yard. The program is for participants age three to adult, and the cost is $8 per person. Everyone must register. A fee of $15 per bat house will be paid to the instructor on the day of the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at the nature center at Riverbend Park and journey through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Poohís story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. This adventure for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Scottís Run Bird Watching for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Birding is a hobby that can last a lifetime and parks are a great place to start your adventure. This class for participants age 14 to adult covers birding basics, including how to use binoculars and other equipment, the importance of a field guide and other strategies for identifying different types of birds. The program runs from 9 to 11 a.m., and the cost is $12 per person. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scottís Run Nature Preserve. For more information, please call 703-759-9018.

Monday, August 22

Games, Games, Games! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the kids to Sully Historic Site to enjoy hoops & sticks, game of graces, nine pins, board games and more from 1 to 2 p.m. This event is for children age 5 to 12, and the cost is $5 per child. It will be canceled in case of inclement weather or extreme heat. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, August 23

Water Critters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the wet world of otters, crabs, turtles, frogs and fish through songs, story and a visit to a pond at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Meet live turtles and frogs. This program for children age two to six runs 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. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, August 24

Civil War Tours Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This specially designed tour at Sully Historic Site takes you around the grounds and into the house hearing the poignant Civil War tales of the Haight and Barlow families. Troops camping on the grounds, running to prevent conscription, and dangerous fires jeopardizing important structures are only some of the challenges faced by these families who once made Sully their home. Enjoy a glass of lemonade at the end of your tour. The tour for visitors age eight to adult runs from 11 a.m. to noon on August 24 and 1 to 2 p.m. on August 28. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Summer Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Kick back, relax and enjoy a ride through Huntley Meadows Park on a 90-minute tractor ride to the wetland and back. Look for wildlife while learning about how staff maintains and manages the parkís three different habitats. Enjoy a snack at the wetland. The wagon rides are for participants age five to adult and leave at 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Rides leave from the South Kings Highway entrance and will be canceled if itís raining. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Walk the meadows and forest edges at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation, and learn about our native bats. The program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. is for participants age seven to adult. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, August 25

Flora Fauna-Summer SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Hidden Pond Nature Center naturalists for a summer of exploration with weekly programs. This series for children age three to six runs from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-451-9588.

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program for participants age two to adult goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park. Come help with farm chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn from 4 to 5 p.m. Topics and activities vary. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Scientific Wonders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Many of the technologies and items that help us predict the weather, cook the family meal, process material, thread clothing and help cure our ills were founded in earlier centuries. At Sully Historic Site, learn what new and interesting 18th century items Richard Bland Lee had in his house that reflected the current scientific technologies. Learn how they were used and make some of them to take home and use for your discoveries. This program for participants age eight to adult runs from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Walk the meadows and forest edges at Burke Lake Park to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about our native bats and their habits. This program is for participants age two to adult and runs from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Friday, August 26

Dairy Days - Ice Cream Making and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the whey of the dairy! Participants age five to adult can churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully Historic Site. Hour-long sessions will be held at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The tour cost is separate. Call 703-437-1794.

Summer Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Kick back, relax and enjoy a ride through Huntley Meadows Park on a 90-minute tractor ride to the wetland and back. Look for wildlife while learning about how staff maintains and manages the parkís three different habitats. Enjoy a snack at the wetland. The wagon rides are for participants age five to adult and leave at 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Rides leave from the South Kings Highway entrance and will be canceled if itís raining. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire & Night Senses Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participate in various nighttime activities at Lake Fairfax that show how the night affects our senses and how animals adapt to the dark. This program from 8:30 to 10 p.m. is for participants age six to adult. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Saturday, August 27

Living Dolls Beauty School Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your favorite doll to get all dolled up before Doll Camp at Colvin Run Mill. This program for children age five to nine includes hairstyling, jewelry-making, a tea party and more. The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $25 per child. For more information, please call 703-759-2771.

31th Annual Begonia Show and Sale
Feast your eyes at this show sponsored by the Potomac branch of the American Begonia Society. Come to Green Spring Gardens and be tempted with splashes of color and shape for homes and greenhouses that last long after frosts have put our outdoor gardens to bed. The sale offers a wide variety of begonias, including subtropical species. This event is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Begonia Topiary Standard Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Begonia Topiary Supply Fee Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to braid a cane (angel wing) begonia into a topiary standard for your home. In this workshop for adults from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, begonia expert Johanna Zinn will discuss what makes cane begonia different from other types and what requirements are needed to keep your plant thriving. After her talk, she helps you prune and braid a masterful begonia standard. The cost is $35 per person, plus a supply fee of $25 per person. Please register for program and supply fee. Call 703-642-5173.

Ice Cream at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Make and enjoy hand-cranked ice cream as Huntleyís Harris family may have done. Discover how the histories of ice cream and Huntley follow a similar path from elite luxury to family fare. A tour of the ice well and Historic Huntley House are included. The program for participants age two to adult runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Meadow Bug Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The meadow is a-buzz with bugs, and we are not scared. Participants age two to adult can capture and release amazing insects and other arthropods at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Learn the secret of this special meadow habitat. The cost is $5 per person. Insect jars and nets are provided. Wear long pants and closed shoes; insect repellent is optional. Bring a field guide, if you have one. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

The Moon and the Stars Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and talk about the moon and stars around a warm campfire. Then head out into the meadow with a naturalist to learn how to identify the summer constellations. Enjoy símores. This program for participants age eight to adult runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

American Indian Stories Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as you hear traditional American Indian stories. Toast marshmallows. This program from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, August 28

Civil War Tours Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This specially designed tour at Sully Historic Site takes you around the grounds and into the house hearing the poignant Civil War tales of the Haight and Barlow families. Troops camping on the grounds, running to prevent conscription, and dangerous fires jeopardizing important structures are only some of the challenges faced by these families who once made Sully their home. Enjoy a glass of lemonade at the end of your tour. The tour for visitors age eight to adult runs from 11 a.m. to noon on August 24 and 1 to 2 p.m. on August 28. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River while finding out about Riverbend Parkís wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. The ride for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about this program please call 703-759-9018.

Monarchs and More Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify monarch and other butterflies at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, discover their fascinating life cycle, and assist with tagging monarchs, when available. Visit a monarch way station and native butterfly garden. Learn about the challenges of the monarch migration phenomenon and how you can make a difference. Due to the dramatic decline in the monarch butterfly population, wild monarchs may not be available for tagging. The nature center raises monarchs annually for tagging and release. If available, at least one monarch will be tagged during the program. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Hands-on History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your children age 4 to 11 and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th century children. Activities at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park will include games, farm chores and toy making. Then, the kids get to make something tasty. The program runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m., and the cost is $10 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Scottís Run Nature Preserve Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a three-mile, naturalist-led hike in this beautiful nature preserve along the Potomac River. This hike over moderate terrain highlights the natural features, scenic overlooks and the Scottís Run waterfall. The program for participants age 13 to adult runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. Bring water. Meet at the west parking lot at Scottís Run Nature Preserve. There are no facilities at Scottís Run. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, August 29

Little Hands on the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park and learn all about farm animals and farm chores, and enjoy a story, craft or game. Sessions for children age two and three run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sessions for children age three to five run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Pre-paid reservations are required. An adult must attend class with the child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, August 30

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center, and worms and insects are on the menu. Participants age three to adult will help our naturalist care for and feed the nature centerís animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $4 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, August 31

Summer Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Kick back, relax and enjoy a ride through Huntley Meadows Park on a 90-minute tractor ride to the wetland and back. Look for wildlife while learning about how staff maintains and manages the parkís three different habitats. Enjoy a snack at the wetland. The wagon rides are for participants age five to adult and leave at 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Rides leave from the South Kings Highway entrance and will be canceled if itís raining. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Friday, July 1

Campfire Fridays-SummerClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire, símores, animals and more fun at Hidden Pond Nature Center on two Friday nights in July. Each night we explore a different subject and area of the park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This program is just right for participants age three to adult and costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Dairy DaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully Historic Site. Ice cream and butter will be made at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Please register online. Children must be accompanied by an adult. House tour tickets will be available on site for an additional cost. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Símores & Campfire StoriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Lake Fairfax staff for a night of campfire stories while enjoying símores. The program runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. for participants age six to adult. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Saturday, July 2

Floral Workshop: Sunflowers and LemonsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Floral Workshop: Supply FeeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age 16 to adult will make a summer arrangement with sunflowers and lemons from 10 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. Designer Chuck Mason leads you through the project. Use the design principles and container to make your own fresh arrangements throughout the year. The cost is $38 per person, plus a supply fee of $25 per person. Please register for both. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Evening WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to join naturalist PJ Dunn at Huntley Meadows Park to hike the trails after dark, looking and listening for owls, beavers and other night animals. The program runs from 8 to 10 p.m., and the cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, July 3

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River while finding out about Riverbend Parkís wildlife and the American Indians who lived here. The ride for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Grinding Demonstrations
See and hear 19th century technology at work! The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Please call the site to confirm. The tour cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Northern Virginia Carvers
The wood carvers lend their tools and expertise from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill to help you uncover your hidden artistic talent as you create a creature from a block of wood. The lessons for participants age 12 to adult are free. There is a nominal charge for wood blanks. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. Come to Colvin Run Mill from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see the blacksmith at work. The demonstrations are free. Call 703-759-2771.

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

Toddler Time-Terrific TurtlesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore nature through outdoor activities and meet one of our turtles at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. This program for children two to four years old runs 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. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Ferns, Flowers and Trees at Scottís RunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
We explore, identify and share stories of some common and uncommon plants on this two- to three-mile walk for adults at Scottís Run Nature Preserve from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. Wear sturdy walking shoes or boots. The walk will be canceled if it rains. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scottís Run. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, July 4

Fireworks, Food and Family Fun at Lake Fairfax park
Park grounds open at 7am so bring your family for a full day of fun! The Water Mine will be open 10 a.m. -8 p.m., but generally hits capacity very early so plan accordingly! There will be vendors near the park main office offering a variety of foods and tasty dessert treats! The carousel and marina will be available from approximately 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. but may close earlier once fireworks are set-up. There is also a puppet show from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. near the carousel and the Hard To Tell Band performs at 4 p.m. Parking attendants will be directing traffic throughout the park. When you enter the park, please follow the directions of the parking staff. The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. The fireworks are shot off over the lake so the view can be seen from almost any portion of the park! The campgrounds are available for anyone wishing to stay overnight. Reservations are highly recommended and will be accepted as long as space is available. Call 703-471-5415 x0 to make your reservation today.

Oh Say Can You See: Fun Facts, Games and Trivia for the 4th
Challenge the old grey cells this Independence Day with political trivia, games and fun facts at Sully Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. What does the Declaration of Independence actually say? Do you dare to use a quill pen and add your name to it? A guided tour is included. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, July 5

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center, and worms and insects are on the menu. Participants age three to adult will help our naturalist care for and feed the nature centerís animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $4 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Stream Monsters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enter Big Rocky Run stream and see what monsters live in the water at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Hellgrammites, water scorpions, and water snakes are just some of our stream monsters. This program is for participants age seven to adult and runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Walk, Waddle and WiggleClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Walk, waddle or wiggle on over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy activities and try some animal locomotion. This program for children age two to five runs 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. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, July 6

Fireflies in the MeadowClick to Register with Parktakes Online
As dusk approaches, the meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is bright with fireflies. Join us in illuminating the world of small night creatures. Bring a plastic jar with a lid to catch and then release. Wear long pants, socks and closed shoes. Flashlights and insect repellant are useful. This program runs from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for participants age two to adult. The cost is $5 per person. Meet at Cabellís Mill. Call 703-631-0013.

Reptile SurveyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Lake Fairfax. Learn the habits and habitats of aggressive but misunderstood water snakes as we search for them and document their size, gender and location. Wear shoes that can get wet. This program runs from 7 to 8 p.m. for participants age seven to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-471-5414.

Thursday, July 7

Flora Fauna-Summer SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Hidden Pond Nature Center naturalists for a summer of exploration with weekly programs. This series for children age three to six runs from 10 to 10:30 and from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-451-9588.

Letís Grow Garden Club: Dig InClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Visit Green Spring Gardensí greenhouses and nursery areas where we can see the garden staff at work. Children age six to ten can help the gardeners start some seeds for late summer planting. Weíll plant some edibles and flowers and give everything a good watering. Make plant markers for the garden and pot a plant to take home. The program runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per child. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Games, Games, Games!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the kids to Sully Historic Site to enjoy hoops & sticks, game of graces, nine pins, board games and more from 1 to 2 p.m. This event is for children age 5 to 12, and the cost is $5 per child. This event will be canceled in case of inclement weather or extreme heat. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Amphibians After Dark Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age seven to adult will assist park naturalists at Lake Fairfax with a calling amphibian survey. 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, call 703-471-5414.

Friday, July 8

Creek Adventure Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Treat family members age two to adult to a wagon ride at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Bring shoes that can get wet and an adventurous spirit to explore the Rocky Run from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Fridays -Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come along for a campfire, símores, animals, and fun at Lake Accotink in a monthly program this summer. Explore a different topic and park area each night. This program is for participants age three to adult and runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-569-3464.

Goodnight Walk: Night Sky Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a stroll outside Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn about the night sky. Enjoy a story and craft. Participants age three to adult will learn how to continue their own exploration of the moon and stars at home. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Bring one flashlight per family and dress for outdoors. Call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, July 9

Native American Archery Click to Register with Parktakes Online
For food and defense, archery was an important part of life for the Native Americans. Learn how to make a bow and arrow and then take aim and shoot. This program at Hidden Pond Nature Center runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for children age 8 to 12. The cost is $8. Call 703-451-9588.

Superfoods: Three-Part Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Three sessions with culinary expert Nora Burgan will showcase ways to incorporate a variety of healthful superfoods into your familyís diet: grains, seeds, berries, fruits and vegetables. Each of these sessions at Historic Green Spring is for adults and will include a demonstration, creative recipes and three to four samplings. Sessions on July 9 and 16 run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The session on July 23 is 2:30 to 4 p.m. The cost is $90 per person for the series. You may also register for individual sessions. See listings by date. Call 703-941-7987.

Superfoods: Ancient Grains & Seeds (Single session) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Culinary expert Nora Burgan brings history to life at your table with a variety of ancient seeds and grains that are trending today as flavorful and healthy alternatives to processed grains. Adults will enjoy a cooking demonstration at Historic Green Spring, ingenious recipe ideas, and some delicious samplings from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $35 per person. Call 703-941-7987.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
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. This program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. is for participants age two to adult, and all family members must register. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Animal Feeding Time Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís feeding time, and the parkís exhibit animals are hungry! Join a Riverbend Park animal caretaker as they feed and care for our snakes, turtles, frogs, and fish. This program for participants age four to adult runs 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $4 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-759-9018.

Watercolor on Canvas Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
With the help of artist Marni Maree at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., paint the subject of your choice on two canvas boards using traditional watercolor paints and brushes. Some watercolor experience is helpful, but not necessary.†Watercolor paint, canvas boards and spray varnish will be provided for a $10 fee payable to the instructor (check or cash). Bring a lunch and photos of your subject. The cost is $85 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Herb Container Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age five to adult will plant a simple herb container where the love of food and gardening come together. In this workshop at Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m., learn to grow tasty herbs to put on pizzas and salads or in teas and recipes. Itís a great project to do with kids. The cost is $35 per project. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Living Dolls Beauty School Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your favorite doll to get all dolled up before Doll Camp at Colvin Run Mill. The workshop for children age five to nine includes hairstyling, jewelry-making, a tea party and more. The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $25 per child. Call 703-759-2771.

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a stroll along the shore at Burke Lake Park and learn about the constellations, their stories and other features of the night sky. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you along with having some telescopes on hand for you to try out. The program from 8:30 to 10 p.m. is for participants age three to adult and concludes with a campfire and símores. Bring hot dogs if you wish. The cost is $12 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-323-6600.

Meadow Explorers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a hike to our wildlife sanctuary meadow in the hope of seeing various animals that call our meadow home, and learn about the wildlife habitat. Bring footwear suitable for hiking. The explorers program at Lake Fairfax runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for participants age 6 to 12. The cost is $10 per child. Call 703-471-5414.

Poetry Sketch Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for a Poetry Sketch walk at Huntley Meadows Park that combines nature study, drawing and poem craft in the forest and wetland. We celebrate nature by reading works by American poets while writing poems of our own accompanied by sketches. This program for participants age 15 to adult runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, July 10

Teddy Bear Picnic Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Todayís the day the teddy bears have their picnic at Hidden Oaks Nature Center! Bring your teddy bear to join our stories, songs, games and light refreshments for humans and bears. This program from 1:30 to 3 p.m. is for children age three to seven. The cost is $10 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks BridgeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at the nature center at Riverbend Park and journey through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Poohís story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. This adventure for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-759-9018.

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come visit historic Colvin Run Mill to learn about the milling process from beginning to end. This hands-on program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. for participants age six to adult teaches you how we clean, mill and sift our grains using antique equipment. All participants take home a souvenir sample bag of what is milled during class. Great for families. The cost is $20 per person. Call 703-759-2771.

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

Birding for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the birds at Huntley Meadows Park and gain some basic identification skills. The program from 8 to 11 a.m. begins with an indoor discussion and is designed for participants age 12 to adult. Children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Nature Quest-Summer Scottís Run Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This naturalist-led program is designed for the young explorer age three to seven. From field to stream and everything in between, children learn about many of our local animal species, hands-on and in the field, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Scottís Run Nature Preserve. The cost is $6 per child. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scottís Run. Call 703-759-9018.

Build Your Own Bee House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about local pollinators and using invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators at Riverbend Park. The bee house attracts mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees who rarely sting. This program for participants age three to adult runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Life in the Leaf Litter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Riverbend Park naturalist for a hike and exploration of the forest floor. Uncover the diversity of soil organisms and the crucial role that invertebrates play in helping forests to stay healthy. This program for participants age eight to adult meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. the cost is $7 per person. Meet at Riverbend Parkís nature center. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, July 11

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

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age two to five are invited to join our Nature Playgroup at Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Preschoolers enjoy nature-themed activities while adults meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. A staff member is on hand to put out nature sensory bins and direct games and activities. An adult must accompany the registered child. Julyís theme is: Red, White, and Camping. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-642-5173.

Yoga for Gardeners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
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. The eight classes will be held indoors from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on Mondays. The cost is $88 per person. For more information, call

Tuesday, July 12

Wednesday, July 13

Junior 18-hole Tournament
Junior golfers, age 7 to 17, compete in an 18-hole individual stroke tournament at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m. to noon. Players compete in three age divisions: 10 and under, 11-13, and 14-17. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in all divisions and closest-to-the-pin contests. Registration begins August 29. The rain date is July 20. The cost is $20 for Junior program members and $30 for non-Junior program members. Lunch is included. Fee is due at the time of registration. Call 703-323-1641.

Reptile Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Lake Accotink. Learn the habits and habitats of aggressive but misunderstood water snakes as we search for them and document their size, gender and location. Wear shoes that can get wet. This program runs from 7 to 8 p.m. for participants age seven to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-569-3464.

Dragons and Damsels at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
In the summer, dragonflies and damselflies dart above the surface of Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Learn myths and facts about these beautiful insects. Discover their secret lives. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Meet at Walney Pond. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, July 14

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program for participants age two to adult goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park. Help with farm chores such as milking cows, feeding animals, and shelling corn from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Flora Fauna-Summer SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Hidden Pond Nature Center naturalists for a summer of exploration with weekly programs. This series for children age three to six runs from 10 to 10:30 and from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-451-9588.

Garden Tour and Tea
Tour the glorious demonstration gardens at Green Spring Gardens with Master Gardener docents. Hear about Green Springís fascinating history, our educational mission, and how we can help your gardens grow! Afterwards, enjoy a full English tea at the 1784 Historic House. This program for participants age 13 to adult runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $32 per person. For more information and to make reservations, call 703-941-7987.

Friday, July 15

Campfire Fridays-SummerClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire, símores, animals and more fun at Hidden Pond Nature Center on two Friday nights in July. Each night we explore a different subject and area of the park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This program is just right for participants age three to adult and costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Nocturnal Hunters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist for a night hike at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to learn about the parkís nocturnal animals. Catch and release fireflies, locate bats with a bat detector, and search for other live animals. At the campfire, roast marshmallows and make símores. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Frying Pan Fridays Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Delve into a different part of your favorite Farm Park on a stress-free adventure from 7 to 8:30 p.m. that includes hands-on activities and short hikes for participants age five to adult. Topics at Frying Pan Farm Park vary each month. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Saturday, July 16

Native American Archery Click to Register with Parktakes Online
For food and defense, archery was an important part of life for the Native Americans. Learn how to make a bow and arrow and then take aim and shoot. This program at Hidden Pond Nature Center runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for children age 8 to 12. The cost is $8. Call 703-451-9588.

Photography as Zen ArtClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enhance your photographic vision and produce more meaningful images using Green Spring Gardens as inspiration. This program taught by photographer Tuan Pham incorporates several Zen creative practices with photography basics to enable you to find beauty wherever you are and capture images that reflect your true nature. Students must bring a digital camera and tripod, and have a means of sending digital images. This program takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $186 for four lessons. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Native Trees and Shrubs for Home Gardens Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to join horticulturist Brenda Skarphol for a tour of native trees and shrubs at Green Spring Gardens that support pollinators and other fauna and are great candidates for beautifying the home landscape. Get tree care requirements, tips for plant identification, plant sources and design ideas from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $18 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Wilderness Survival Skills Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This fast-paced session at Burke Lake Park for participants age 13 to adult covers essential survival skills for day hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting or fishing in the back country. Topics include survival preparedness, fire making, rescue signaling, shelter building, foraging for food, collecting and purifying water, finding time and directions, making natural cordage and preparing the ultimate survival kit. The four-hour lesson begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $48 per person. Bring snacks and water. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Fishing by the Stream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and go fishing along Rocky Run stream. Learn about native fish and receive tips on equipment and techniques. Beginners are welcome. Bring your own fully rigged fishing poles; worms are provided for bait. The program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. is for participants age five to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Meet at Cabellís Mill. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Dinofest in Nature Playce Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore dinoland at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and unearth a real fossil to keep. Compare your height and length to that of dinosaurs. Search for hidden dinosaurs and tracks. Make a fossil impression to take home. This program for children age three to eight runs from 1 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, July 17

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River while finding out about Riverbend Parkís wildlife and the American Indians who lived here. The ride for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
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. This program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. is for participants age two to adult, and all family members must register. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Tea program: Souvenirs: Tchotchkes or Treasures?
Knickknacks and sentimental mementos of vacations are tangible memory keepers that preserve the past. At Green Spring Gardens, discover the origins of ďtourist artĒ and consider souvenirs as historical storytellers, from ancient relics and keepsakes to t-shirts and key chains. Afterwards, enjoy a full English tea at the Historic House and take home a souvenir of Historic Green Spring. This event for adults runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $32 per person. For information and reservations call 703-941-7987.

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

Dragonflies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the life cycle, behavior and identification of Huntleyís many dragonflies and damselflies. Venture to the wetland at Huntley Meadows Park to observe these acrobatic fliers in action. This program from 9 to 11 a.m. is for participants age 12 to adult. The cost is $7 per person. The program will be canceled in the event of rain. For more, call 703-768-2525.

How to Draw Your Dragon(fly) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist/artist Margaret Wohler at Huntley Meadows Park to learn tips and techniques for drawing dragonflies and other insects you might find in the park. This program for participants age 12 to adult runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Monday, July 18

Tuesday, July 19

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center, and worms and insects are on the menu. Participants age three to adult will help our naturalist care for and feed the nature centerís animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $4 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Lethal Predators Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and find out who our local lethal predators are. Assist a naturalist with conservation biology as we head out into the forest to look for some lethal predators. This program is for participants age eight to adult and runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Wednesday, July 20

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Walk the meadows and forest edges at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation, and learn about our native bats. The program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. is for participants age seven to adult. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Reptile Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Burke Lake Park. Learn the habits and habitats of aggressive but misunderstood water snakes as we search for them and document their size, gender and location. Wear shoes that can get wet. This program runs from 7 to 8 p.m. for participants age seven to adult. The cost is $6 per person. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Farm Explorers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey into Frying Pan Farm Park with this new evening preschool-age program. Children age three to five will get involved in hands-on activities including games, demonstrations, animal encounters, crafts and short hikes from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $8 per child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Thursday, July 21

Flora Fauna-Summer SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Hidden Pond Nature Center naturalists for a summer of exploration with weekly programs. This series for children age three to six runs from 10 to 10:30 and from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-451-9588.

Letís Grow Garden Club: Bee Quest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Test your garden pollinator-spotting skills with our pollinator game at Green Spring Gardens. Children age 6 to 10 will try to figure out how pollinators help us grow food and what plants they like to visit. We spend time tending and watering the garden and seedlings before visiting our bee hives. Sample some delicious flower honey. Take home some pumpkin seeds to plant at home. The program runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per child. Call 703-642-5173.

Friday, July 22

Dairy DaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully Historic Site. Ice cream and butter will be made at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Please register online. Children must be accompanied by an adult. House tour tickets will be available on site for an additional cost. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Creek Adventure Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Treat family members age two to adult to a wagon ride at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Bring shoes that can get wet and an adventurous spirit to explore the Rocky Run from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Night Hike with Símores Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a night hike to our meadow listening for noises of the night, and then relax by the campfire while enjoying símores. This campfire event at Lake Fairfax is for participants age six to adult and runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more, call 703-471-5414.

Saturday, July 23

Dairy Farming at Walney: Ice Cream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age three to adult will explore Walneyís dairy farm history while touring the ice house and ice pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Try your hand at ice-making tools and picking up an ice block. Make and eat hand-cranked ice cream. The cost is $8 per person. Please be sure to register an adult with any registered child. Call 703-631-0013.

Native American Archery Click to Register with Parktakes Online
For food and defense, archery was an important part of life for the Native Americans. Learn how to make a bow and arrow and then take aim and shoot. This program at Hidden Pond Nature Center runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for children age 8 to 12. The cost is $8. Call 703-451-9588.

Animal Feeding Time Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís feeding time, and the parkís exhibit animals are hungry! Join a Riverbend Park animal caretaker as they feed and care for our snakes, turtles, frogs, and fish. This program for participants age four to adult runs 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $4 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-759-9018.

Superfoods: Avocado, Cauliflower, Coconuts (Single Session) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring an array of spectacular, healthful superfoods to your table in creative ways. Culinary expert Nora Burgan demonstrates and shares inventive recipes, from stuffed baked avocado to cauliflower crust pizza during this program from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Historic Green Spring. Discover the versatile coconut and a cocoa chocolate bar for todayís healthy palate. Sample three to four super recipes. The cost is $35 per person. For more, call 703-941-7987.

Sketch Hike: Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike through history from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center at Huntley Meadows Park and hike up to Historic Huntley for some breathtaking views while sketching some of the historic architecture and landscaping of the Mason family villa. This hike is designed for participants age 11 to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Useful and Edible Plants and Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Burke Lake Park and learn about uses for native plants and trees in the wilderness or in your backyard. Find out which plants are safe to eat and those to avoid. Learn the right weeds and trees to help start a fire, get a drink, find a meal, make a rope, stop an itch or heal a wound. Explore Burke Lake Parkís trails, fields and forests, and see what Mother Nature is growing just for you. Bring water, snack, and rainwear. Wear suitable outdoor clothes and hiking boots/shoes. The program for participants age 10 to adult is held from 10 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. The cost is $24 per person. Call 703-323-6600.

Frog Chorus at Eakin Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Eakin Park in Fairfax to join a naturalist-led walk to the pond to identify frogs by sound and features. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Bring one flashlight per family. The program will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk. A naturalist takes you on a tour of the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents from 8 to 10 p.m. This program is for participants age six to adult. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, July 24

Build Your Own Bat House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bats help eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants, but they are having a hard time. Come to Riverbend Park from 10 a.m. to noon and help these important animals thrive by building a bat house to hang in your yard. The program is for participants age three to adult, and the cost is $8 per person. Everyone must register. A fee of $15 per bat house will be paid to the instructor on the day of the program. Call 703-759-9018.

Scottís Run Nature Preserve Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a three-mile, naturalist-led hike in this nature preserve along the Potomac River. This hike over moderate terrain highlights the natural features, scenic overlooks and Scottís Run waterfall. The program for participants age 13 to adult runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. Bring water. Meet at the west parking lot at Scottís Run Nature Preserve. There are no facilities Call 703-759-9018.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Monday, July 25

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

Tuesday, July 26

Animals Underground Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Dig down deep and investigate who lives in the dark, damp world under the forest floor as we learn about moles, earthworms, termites and the many other creatures of the soil. This program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center is for children age two to five and runs 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. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, July 27

Fireflies in the MeadowClick to Register with Parktakes Online
As dusk approaches, the meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is bright with fireflies. Join us in illuminating the world of small night creatures. Bring a plastic jar with a lid to catch and then release. Wear long pants, socks and closed shoes. Flashlights and insect repellant are useful. This program runs from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for participants age two to adult. The cost is $5 per person. Meet at Cabellís Mill. Call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, July 28

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program for participants age two to adult goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park. Help with farm chores such as milking cows, feeding animals, and shelling corn from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Flora Fauna-Summer SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Hidden Pond Nature Center naturalists for a summer of exploration with weekly programs. This series for children age three to six runs from 10 to 10:30 and from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-451-9588.

Friday, July 29

Reptile Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for a night hike to learn about our native reptiles that become nocturnal during the warmer months. Return to our campfire to roast marshmallows and make símores. This program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $8 per person. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, July 30

Campfire Bats, Bugs, and Owls Oh My! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the critters that come out only at night and their special adaptations that help them thrive while we sleep. We provide marshmallows at the campfire. This program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Whatís new in the night sky? Join naturalists at Huntley Meadows Park as they take you on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. This program for participants age 12 to adult runs from 8 to 10 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Giant Spiders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore Big Rocky Run at night and hunt for the giant nocturnal fishing spider. Bring flashlights, and wear hiking shoes. This program at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is for participants age eight to adult from 8 to 9 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid registered adult. Meet at Cabellís Mill. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, July 31

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks BridgeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at the nature center at Riverbend Park and journey through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Poohís story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. This adventure for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-759-9018.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. Come to Colvin Run Mill from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see the blacksmith at work. The demonstrations are free. Call 703-759-2771.

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come visit historic Colvin Run Mill to learn about the milling process from beginning to end. This hands-on program,which runs from 1 to 3 p.m. for participants age six to adult, teaches you how we clean, mill and sift our grains using antique equipment. All participants take home a souvenir sample bag of what is milled during class. Great for families. The cost is $20 per person. Call 703-759-2771.

Tree Trek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Trees make Ellanor C. Lawrence a special place. Join an expert naturalist from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on a search for the biggest, oldest, most rare and most important trees in our forest. Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how parks care for them. This program is for participants age seven to adult and may fulfill some scouting requirements. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Scottís Run Leave No Trace Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age 8 to 16 receive introductory training in the Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program, which is applicable to all outdoor enthusiasts and all environments. The workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. covers such topics as the underlying concept of minimum-impact recreation and the seven principles of Leave No Trace. The cost is $10 per child. Meet at the west parking lot at Scottís Run Nature Preserve. There are no facilities at Scottís Run. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Dueling Designers Tea
Two designers simultaneously create original floral arrangements at Green Spring Gardens using identical materials. Discover how different creative styles, techniques and approaches to design and materials are revealed in this highly entertaining demonstration. Adults can enjoy the program only or follow it with a full English tea served in the 1784 Historic House. This event runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The cost for the program and tea is $45 per person; $22 per person for the program only. For information and reservations please call 703-941-7987.

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Discovery Trail Map

Here's your chance to rally around summer fun in parks! Plan your personal campaign strategy with this year's Park Authority Discovery Trail Map Ė Presidential Edition.

The map features 12 distinctive sites that give students age 17 and younger the chance to discover each park's unique features and connections to U.S. Presidents or their administrations. Visit eight or more parks on the Discovery Trail Map and you'll win tickets to more park fun valued at more that $80. You'll also be entered in a drawing for one of three bicycles.

Maps will be available at any staffed Park Authority location, at any Fairfax County Public Library and online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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