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Virginia Indian Festival: Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Riverbend Park

Virginia Indian Festival

  • Meet Native Americans from the Monacan Nation and the Chickahominy, Mattaponi, Pamunkey, Rappahannock, Tauxenent, and Upper Mattaponi tribes.
  • See dance performances, dug-out canoe demonstrations and more.
  • Throw a spear, shoot a bow, build a canoe and explore a longhouse.
  • Craft items, pottery and jewelry for sale.
  • Food from the Rappahannock Tribe, plus kettle corn and other snack items and T-shirts
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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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Find Summer Entertainment Series Performances

Monday, August 1

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 September 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.

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 September 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

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

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.

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.

Saturday, August 27

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

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.

Thursday, September 1

Friday, September 2

Saturday, September 3

Feeding Day!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
See how we feed our site display animals at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Search for worms and insects, and assist in serving ďdinner.Ē Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013. for more information.

Sketch Hike: WetlandsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join park artist and naturalist Margaret Wohler at Huntley Meadows Park for a wetlands hike and learn techniques to enhance your observation and sketching skills. This program for children ages 10 to 13 runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per child. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, September 4

Grinding Demonstrations
See 19th century technology at work at Colvin Run Mill. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. No reservations required. Call 703-759-2771 for more information about this program.

Northern Virginia Carvers
The wood carvers lend their tools and expertise at Colvin Run Mill to uncover your hidden artistic talent as you create a creature from a block of wood. They offer free lessons for participants age 12 to adult from noon to 4 p.m. There is a nominal fee for wood blanks. No reservations are required. 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 at Colvin Run Mill. The free demonstration runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. No reservations are required. For more information, please call 703-759-2771.

Monarch & More Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify monarch and other butterflies, discover their fascinating life cycle and assist with tagging monarchs when available at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. Visit a Monarch waystation and native butterfly garden. Learn about the challenges of the monarch migration phenomenon and how you can make a difference. This program is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065 information.

Preserving Sully Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Built in 1794 and saved from demolition in 1959, Sullyís walls have many stories to tell. On this specialized walking tour, see select archival photos and hear fascinating stories about past and continuing efforts to preserve Sully Historic Site. This program for participants age eight to adult runs from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-437-1794.

Monday, September 5

Tuesday, September 6

Wednesday, September 7

History Tots: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler, age one to three, to explore history at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park through sight, sound, smell and touch. This monthly program includes both indoor and outdoor activities, and topics vary each time. The topic in September is apples. Programs run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Adults must be able to participate with children. Call 703-631-0013 for information.

Thursday, September 8

Afterschool Adventure Kids! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Get out of the classroom and into the great outdoors to explore all things that creep, crawl, and soar. Children age six to ten are invited to join us for nature discovery and investigation from 5 to 7 p.m. at Burke Lake Park. Thereís a different topic for each class. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

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 with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary for each scheduled program. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Activities are offered from 4 to 5 p.m., and the cost is $6 each. For more information, please call 703-437-9101.

Taux Trail for Homeschool Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Students age 6 to 12 spend two hours immersed in the life of Virginia Indians 400 years ago. Grind corn, make a clay pot, master corn darts and enjoy other activities at Historic Huntley from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $12 per child. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Friday, September 9

Fall Warblers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Wake up with the birds and discover these delightful fall visitors with an expert guide and naturalist. This program for participants eight to adult runs from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your favorite teddy bear to Hidden Oaks Nature Center and sing songs, make a craft, and learn about Virginiaís black bears. Enjoy this family fun on your teddyís special day! This program is appropriate for children age two to five and runs from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please call the site at 703-941-1065.

Animal Pajama Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Put on your favorite pajamas and come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the centerís live animals. Be sure to bring your favorite stuffed animal or cuddly toy with you. This program is perfect for children age two to seven and runs f from 7 to 7:45 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please contact the site at 703-941-1065.

Saturday, September 10

Virginia Indian Festival Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The 2016 festival at Riverbend Park includes eight American Indian tribes from Virginia including the Rappahannock dancers and drummers. Enjoy hands-on activities, live demonstrations and pottery and crafts for sale. This event for participants age five to adult runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per person; $6 if you register by September 6. Call 703-759-9018.

Walney Time Travel: Peach Cobbler Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your appetite and learn about Ellanor C. Lawrence Parkís 18th and early 19th century residents as interpreters dressed in period attire demonstrate cooking a peach cobbler using a Dutch oven. This event for participants age four to adult runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013 for info.

Fall Garden Day-Plant Sale and More
Fall is a great time to plant, and Green Spring Gardens is hosting numerous local plant and garden craft vendors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to satisfy your gardening needs. A silent auction, bake sale, live music, kidsí activity tent and food add to the festivities. Come and support one of Virginiaís most innovative public gardens. Admission is free. Call 703-642-5173.

Toys at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Make your own historic toys and play games children who lived at Historic Huntley may have once played. A special childrenís house tour and scavenger hunt are included. This program from 11 a.m. to noon is for participants age four to adult. Adults are welcome to take a house tour while the kids are occupied. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Patriot Day Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come dressed in red, white, and blue to honor Patriot Day. Participants age four to adult can enjoy símores around the campfire and share stories from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park. Símores ingredients will be provided. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid/registered adult. Call 703-471-5414.

Wild Side Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a 90-minute tractor ride with a park naturalist to parts of the Huntley Meadows Park wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Look for animals in each of the three Huntley Meadows habitats; meadow, forest, and wetland, and learn how park staff manage each area. Take a moment for refreshments while looking for wildflowers, birds, and dragonflies. Wagon rides for participants age five to adult run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Meet at 6901 South Kings Highway. The rides will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, September 11

Bat Fest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Wildlife rehabilitator Leslie Sturges presents (and feeds) live local bats and discusses the challenges they face. Join us at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as we go looking for bats flying overhead and track them with a sonar bat detector. Discover the many benefits of bats through games, crafts and a woodland fun fact hike from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This program is perfect for participants age four to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult . Call 703-941-1065.

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Visit historic Colvin Run Mill to learn about the milling process from beginning to end. This hands-on program from 1 to 3 p.m. for participants age six to adult teaches you how we clean, mill and sift grain using antique equipment. All participants get to take home a souvenir sample bag of what is milled during class. This is a great event for the whole family. The cost is $20 per person. Call the site at 703-759-2771 for more information.

Reptile & Amphibian Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 6 to 15 are invited to join RAC - the Reptile and Amphibian Club at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs and salamanders. Learn new facts, encounter live animals and discover their park habitats. The monthly program runs from 3 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, please contact the site at 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
If you love birds, join us for this terrific program! Look up, listen carefully and discover the amazing birds that inhabit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Children age 6 to 11 meet once a month from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. to develop birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Spinning Spiders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Spiders can be a bit scary ó until you really get to know them and the wonderful things they can do! Oh what a tangled web they weave! Spiders surprise and sometimes scare people. Join us to learn how valuable spiders are in our world and how to enjoy them from a distance. This program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center for children age two to five runs from 2 to 2:45 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children should be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about this program and others at Hidden Oaks, please call 703-941-1065.

Monday, September 12

Little Acorns-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers, age two to four, and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Topics are: 9/12 Spinning Spiders: 9/19 Rainbows; 9/26 Walk, Waddle, Wiggle. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Nature Quest-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Be a part of the long-running naturalist program designed for young explorers age three to seven at Hidden Pond Nature Center. From field to stream and everything in between, children will learn about many of our local animal species, hands-on and in the field from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Little Hands on the Farm: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the Barn 2 classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about a different farm animal each week. Children will interact with farm animals, hear a story, and create a craft. Programs for two to three-year-olds run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Programs for three- to five-year-olds run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Pre-paid reservations are required. The cost is $8 per child. Adults must attend this class with their child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join our Nature Playgroup for children age two to five at Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed activities while you can meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. A staff member is on hand to put out nature sensory bins, direct games and activities, or lead a garden walk. Septemberís theme is ďPollinators Everywhere.Ē The cost is $6 per child. An adult must accompany the registered child. Please call 703-642-5173 for information about this program.

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. Classes are 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on Mondays. The eleven classes in this session are held indoors. The cost is $123 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, September 13

Wednesday, September 14

Putting the Animals to Bed Click to Register with Parktakes Online
When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour, and learn how our farm animals settle in for the night. This event for participants age three to adult runs from 7 to 8 pm. Dress for the weather. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Nature Tots: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler, age one to three, to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch. Programs include both indoor and outdoor activities. Topics vary with the seasons. In September, the topic is migration. Sessions run from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. An adult must be able to participate with children. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, September 15

Putting the Animals to Bed Click to Register with Parktakes Online
When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour, and learn how our farm animals settle in for the night. This event for participants age three to adult runs from 7 to 8 pm. Dress for the weather. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Home School at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Homeschoolers age 6 to 12 will explore the natural and cultural history of the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 1 to 2 p.m. The program includes hands-on activities and informal discussions with our naturalists. The cost is $8 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Homeschool Historians Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your home-school student or group for hands-on learning at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park designed to enrich your understanding of Fairfax County history. Students age 6 to 12 will learn how light reflects life through candle making, explore food production from garden to table, play historical games, and make a toy. Bring a picnic lunch and stroll the park before or after the program that runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-631-0013 for more information about this wonderful program.

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Homeschool Day - chaperone Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your home school student or group to Sully Historic Site for hands-on fun learning that is designed to enrich the understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800. This program , appropriate for children age 5 to 12 runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10 per child and $5 for adult chaperones. For more information, please call the site at 703-437-1794.

Friday, September 16

Hidden Pond Survivor Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Do you know what it takes to survive in the wild? Learn survival techniques from 5 to 6 p.m. while exploring Hidden Pond Nature Centerís various environments. Identify nature dangers and helpful plants and animals. Topics vary. This program is for children age 6 to 12. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Campfire Fridays: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center for a night of campfire, símores, animals, and more! Topics vary, and a different area of the park is explored each week. The program for participants age three to adult runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Harvest Moon Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and learn about the science and history of the colorful Harvest Moon. Learn why Native Americans and Colonists used the moon to indicate the time to harvest, then gather around the campfire for símores. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Who-ooís at the Campfire? Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Gather Ďround the campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to hear stories from different cultures of how owls came to be. Learn how to recognize owl calls. Toast marshmallows. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Grow Beautiful Bulbs Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Colorful bulbs can turn an ordinary garden into an extraordinary place. Planted in mass displays, small groupings or containers, they are a welcome sight in any garden. Come to Green Spring Gardens and learn from Master Gardeners about a variety of beautiful bulbs. Learn to plant and care for them. This program for participants age 16 to adult runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Call 703-642-5173 for more information about this program.

Saturday, September 17

Civil War Encampment
Walk through a civil war encampment at Colvin Run Mill, talk with members of the Virginia 49th Volunteer Infantry, and watch drilling and firing demonstrations throughout the day. This free event runs from noon to 4 p.m. No reservations are required. Call 703-759-2771.

SlugFest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center for the only celebration of slugs on the east coast. Enjoy slug racing, crafts, fortune telling, skin exfoliation, slime tossing and the world premiere of ďUnsalted-The story of the slug determined, at all costs, to win the slug race.Ē This event for participants age three to adult runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Family Fun: Monarch Migration Challenge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the magnificent monarch butterfly lifecycle and migration at our site-wide event at Green Spring Gardens. Children age 5 to 11 can go through the obstacles in the Monarch Migration Course as a caterpillar and finish as a butterfly. Run, sing, and play games from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per child. Call 703-642-5173.

Life in the Lakes Shallows Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the shallows of the lake at Burke Lake Park looking for animals that call the littoral zone home. Snakes, fish, turtles and insects rely on the shallow areas of the lake to survive. We catch and release what we find. Wear shoes that can get muddy and wet. This program is for participants age eight to adult and runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Nature Speaks Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Hidden Pond has always been open to all children with a thirst for knowledge and hands-on fun with nature and local history. We are happy to be offering this new program for children age 6 to 14 with autism. Topics vary, and each session will include an informal talk and an activity. Family members are welcome and encouraged to attend. The program runs 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per child. Call 703-451-9588 for more information about this program.

Lush Autumn Container Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Lush Autumn Container Supply Fee Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Create a beautiful autumn garden container at Green Spring Gardens that is more than your garden variety mums. Participants age 13 to adult will get creative help from horticulturalist Nancy Olney from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and learn how to pair colorful edibles and showy tender perennials for a lush autumn mix of container plants that are sure to grab attention. The class includes plants, container, soil and design help. The cost is $35 for the class and $25 for the supplies. Please register for both the program and supply fee. Please call 703-642-5173.

Club Championship
Players age 12 to adult compete in an 18-hole, individual stroke-play tournament at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 to 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and there will be closest-to-the-pin contests. Registration begins Saturday, September 3. The rain date is September 24. The $35 cost includes lunch, and the fee is due at time of registration. For more information, call 703-323-1641.

Scavenger Hunt Extravaganza Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come and test your observation skills, solve the puzzles and follow the clues around Burke Lake to claim your prize. Come anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. This event is for participants age six to adult. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to join naturalist PJ Dunn to hike the trails at Huntley Meadows Park after dark, looking and listening for owls, beavers and other night animals. The hike is from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Bootlegger Trail Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This four-mile loop trail hike for participants age 12 to adult winds through upland forest and along the river at Riverbend Park. Uncover the areaís historic past and enjoy the scenic beauty as we move through the parkís landscape from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Nature Babies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís never too early to expose your baby to the outdoors. Adults are invited to get the stroller or baby backpack ready and join a park naturalist on a hike on some easy trails around Scottís Run Nature Preserve from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Meet at the West parking lot. There are no facilities at Scottís Run. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, September 18

Grinding Demonstrations
See 19th century technology at work at Colvin Run Mill. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. No reservations required. Call 703-759-2771 for more information about this program.

Northern Virginia Carvers
The wood carvers lend their tools and expertise at Colvin Run Mill to uncover your hidden artistic talent as you create a creature from a block of wood. They offer free lessons for participants age 12 to adult from noon to 4 p.m. There is a nominal fee for wood blanks. No reservations are required. Call 703-759-2771.

Hands-on History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your child age 5 to 11 to travel back in time with a costumed interpreter at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore the lives of 19th century children. Activities include games, farm chores, toy making, and making something tasty. Call the site for topics. The cost of this program from 3:30 to 5 p.m. is $10 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

All the Lords and Ladies
Do you know a countess from a duchess? An earl from a duke? Adults will enjoy a teatime peerage primer at Historic Green Spring as we explain the historical rules of title, rank and privilege. Hear about the nobility in modern BritainÖand learn how to greet a blueblood when you meet one! This traditional English tea program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $32 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

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

Monday, September 19

Little Acorns-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers, age two to four, and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Topics are: 9/12 Spinning Spiders: 9/19 Rainbows; 9/26 Walk, Waddle, Wiggle. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, September 20

Home School at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Homeschoolers age 6 to 12 will explore the natural and cultural history of the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 1 to 2 p.m. The program includes hands-on activities and informal discussions with our naturalists. The cost is $8 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, September 21

Putting the Animals to Bed Click to Register with Parktakes Online
When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour, and learn how our farm animals settle in for the night. This event for participants age three to adult runs from 7 to 8 pm. Dress for the weather. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

History for Small Fries Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your youngster, age one to five, to Sully Historic Site for a story and craft to discover how things were in the olden days. Through their senses, children can see how different things smelled, looked or worked. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $5 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Hot Dog, Símores! Wagon Ride & Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to enjoy a turkey hot dog supper roasted over the campfire and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run stream valley. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about the areaís local and natural history. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments and símores. Feel free to bring your own drinks and sides. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Pohick Puddle Jumpers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The youngest nature lovers, age three to seven, can now be part of this seasonís exploration of the natural world with hands-on and up-close iactivities at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The program from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. includes explorations of the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, September 22

Putting the Animals to Bed Click to Register with Parktakes Online
When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour, and learn how our farm animals settle in for the night. This event for participants age three to adult runs from 7 to 8 pm. Dress for the weather. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Afterschool Adventure Kids! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Get out of the classroom and into the great outdoors to explore all things that creep, crawl, and soar. Children age six to ten are invited to join us for nature discovery and investigation from 5 to 7 p.m. at Burke Lake Park. Thereís a different topic for each class. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Garden Tour and Tea
Adults are invited to 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! Then enjoy a traditional English tea at Historic Green Spring. The cost for this program from 1 to 3 p.m. is $32 per person. Reservations are required. Call 703-941-7987.

Snake Feeding Program Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age seven to adult are invited to join us at the nature center from 5:15 to 6 p.m. for a behind the scenes look at the snakes of Hidden Pond. Visitors will observe the unique methods snakes use to feed. Get a glimpse at something few people get to see in the wild while learning about our local serpents and their importance to our ecosystem. The cost is $4 per person. This program may be graphic. Call 703-451-9588.

Fall Equinox Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate the Autumnal equinox at Riverbend Park with a campfire in a beautiful outdoor setting. Learn the scientific, astronomical, and cultural significance of this special day in this program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for participants age three to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. This event will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-759-9018.

Friday, September 23

Fall Warblers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Wake up with the birds and discover these delightful fall visitors with an expert guide and naturalist. This program for participants eight to adult runs from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Hidden Pond Survivor Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Do you know what it takes to survive in the wild? Learn survival techniques from 5 to 6 p.m. while exploring Hidden Pond Nature Centerís various environments. Identify nature dangers and helpful plants and animals. Topics vary. This program is for children age 6 to 12. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Native American Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come enjoy Native American tales at Lake Fairfax Park. Eat símores around the campfire and share stories. Símores ingredients will be provided. This event for participants age four to adult runs from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid/registered adult. Call 703-471-5414.

Things That Go Bump in the Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Ever wonder what those creepy noises are that you only seem to hear after dark? Come to our night program at Burke Lake Park from 8 to 9 p.m. to listen for the sounds and catch a glimpse of those misunderstood shadows that lurk in the forest at night. This program for participants age six to adult costs $6 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

American Indian Stories Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire as you hear traditional American Indian stories from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Toast marshmallows. This program 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.

Saturday, September 24

Nature Speaks Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Hidden Pond has always been open to all children with a thirst for knowledge and hands-on fun with nature and local history. We are happy to be offering this new program for children age 6 to 14 with autism. Topics vary, and each session will include an informal talk and an activity. Family members are welcome and encouraged to attend. The program runs 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per child. Call 703-451-9588 for more information about this program.

Letís Grow Garden Club: Salad Days Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Fall is time to plant our cool weather crops at Green Spring Gardens. Children age 6 to 10 can help harvest the vegetables that grew in the summer sun to make room for our fall salad garden to grow. After our planting work is done, make (and eat) a tasty salad dressing with our fresh harvest. The program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. costs $15 per child. For more information, please call the site at 703-642-5173.

Garden Program: All About Figs Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11 a.m. and get to know more about this delicious, jammy fruit and the different fig varieties that you can grow in your own yard. Smithsonian Gardens educator Cindy Brown will share some history and fun facts about figs. Learn how to successfully grow a delicious crop of figs and get a few recipes to try at home. The cost for this adult program is $15. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Workshop: Autumn Seed Collecting Click to Register with Parktakes Online
A gardener who saves seed saves money and prepares for the future. Harvesting your own seed is rewarding ,but it takes a bit of planning and understanding. Adults are invited to join horticulturist Judy Zatsick at Green Spring Gardens from 10:30 a.m. to noon to learn the basics of seed saving: when and how to collect seed, cleaning, drying and labelling seed, how to store your seeds, and when to plant them for best results. Collect seed from gardens at Green Spring that you can take home with you to plant. The cost is $18 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Seasonal Teas
Harvesting time is critical for the distinct flavor profiles of many tea styles. Sample premium teas picked and processed during specific seasons and from a variety of global locations in this focused, educational tea tasting. Tea-infused treats and a take-home tea sampler are included. This program is appropriate for participants age 16 to adult at Colvin Run Mill from 1 to 3 p.m. The program is presented by Certified Tea Specialist and Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden. The cost is $30 per person. Pre-paid reservations are required by September 21. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Junior/Parent Tournament
Teams of two players age seven to adult compete in an 18-hole scramble format from 8 a.m. to noon at Burke Lake Golf Course. There will be closest-to-the-pin contests. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place teams in two age divisions: Adult/Jr. 7-12; Adult/Jr. 13-17. Registration begins September 10 and will be limited to the first 48 teams. The rain date is October 1. The cost is $65 per team and includes lunch. The fee is due at time of registration. For more information, call 703-323-1641.

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 Historic Huntley follow a similar path from elite luxury to family fare. A tour of the ice well and Historic Huntley House are included. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Hitching a Ride Through Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to uncover some of the top secret history at Huntley Meadows. Take a wagon ride through time on the wilder side of the park to discover its role from World War II through the Cold War. This tour for participants age four to adult begins at the South Kingís Highway parking lot and runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Hot Potatoes in the Kitchen Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your aspiring chef, age five to nine, to Sully Historic Site to learn about cooking in the open hearth. Using sights, sounds, smells and touch, they will learn very basic cooking skills from 10 to 11 a.m. to help launch their culinary career. Children will learn fire safety. The cost is $10 per child. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Girls in the Woods Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to survive in the woods with this program at Burke Lake Park. This empowering class provides every girl or woman age 12 to adult with a chance to build confidence, community and leadership skills in an encouraging environment. The program runs from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. and the cost is $45 per person. 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. Participants age four to adult will make símores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Under the Sea Tea Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate the diversity of life under the sea with a sit down tea with china cups, crafts and a puppet show at Hidden Oaks Nature Center for participants age three to adult from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Meet live animals and learn about their sea-going cousins. The cost is $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 10 days prior to the tea with any food allergy information. Call 703-941-1065 for more information.

Campfire Saturdays Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for an evening campfire for the whole family age three to adult. Explore the woodlands and lakefront spots at Lake Accotink where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist. The program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. ends with a cozy campfire. Símores are provided. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, please call the site at 703-569-3464.

Save Your Lake Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Your lakes are under siege from many environmental issues and human impact. Come out and enjoy a hike from 10 to 11 a.m. at Burke Lake, walking around the lakeís edge to see what animals are living there. Also, learn what you can do to protect one of the most unique ecosystems in the county, which is your lake. Wear good hiking shoes and dress for the weather. The 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, call 703-323-6600.

Snapping Turtles Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The snapping turtle is Virginiaís largest freshwater turtle. Visit the pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and search for this large, often misunderstood, reptile from 2 to 3 p.m. Participants age six to adult should meet at Walney Pond. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Raptor Stay or Fly Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet live raptors at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as we explore different strategies for surviving winter. Enjoy símores. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Fall Wetland Plant ID Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a park naturalist on a walk through the wetland and put a name to the plant that has budded your interest. Learn how to identify the fall freshwater marsh plants of Huntley Meadows Park. This program is for participants age 12 to adult and runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Tree Identification Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
We sometimes take it for granted that our neighborhoods are filled with trees. Are you curious about what trees you have been seeing? Would you like to learn more about how to tell one tree from another? Attend this lecture/hike from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Riverbend Park to work on your identification skills. Participants age eight to adult will learn about leaf, twig, fruit and bark characteristics to help identify trees. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, please contact the site at 703-759-9018.

Nature Babies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís never too early to expose your baby to the outdoors. Adults are invited to get the stroller or baby backpack ready and join a park naturalist on a hike around some easy trails around Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, please contact the site at 703-759-9018.

Monarch & More Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify monarch and other butterflies, discover their fascinating life cycle and assist with tagging monarchs when available at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 5 to 6 p.m. Visit a Monarch waystation and native butterfly garden. Learn about the challenges of the monarch migration phenomenon and how you can make a difference. The nature center raises monarchs annually for tagging and release. If available, at least one monarch will be tagged during the program. This program 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, please contact the site at 703-941-1065.

Sunday, September 25

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Visit historic Colvin Run Mill to learn about the milling process from beginning to end. This hands-on program from 1 to 3 p.m. for participants age six to adult teaches you how we clean, mill and sift grain using antique equipment. All participants get to take home a souvenir sample bag of what is milled during class. This is a great event for the whole family. The cost is $20 per person. Call the site at 703-759-2771 for more information.

Wagon Ride - Journey to the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This is the perfect opportunity for your family to enjoy some time together. Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond at Riverbend Park. Journey to see whatís hopping, splashing and swimming. This wagon ride from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Meet at the Nature Center. For more information, please call 703-759-9018.

Microscopic Monsters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Warning! Walney Pond is inhabited by millions of tiny monstrous creatures unseen by humans. Program participants age seven to adult will use a microscope to discover the invisible organisms that make the pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park their home and learn why such tiny creatures are so important. The program from 1 to 2 p.m. costs $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Family Fun: Fall Flower Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Fall is a wonderful time for flowers at Green Spring Gardens. Participants age five to adult are invited to join us for a garden stroll to learn fun fall flower facts. Make a small bouquet to take home, and sample different flower teas. The program runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and the cost is $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Monday, September 26

Little Acorns-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers, age two to four, and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Topics are: 9/12 Spinning Spiders: 9/19 Rainbows; 9/26 Walk, Waddle, Wiggle. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Nature Quest-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Be a part of the long-running naturalist program designed for young explorers age three to seven at Hidden Pond Nature Center. From field to stream and everything in between, children will learn about many of our local animal species, hands-on and in the field from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Little Hands on the Farm: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the Barn 2 classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about a different farm animal each week. Children will interact with farm animals, hear a story, and create a craft. Programs for two to three-year-olds run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Programs for three- to five-year-olds run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Pre-paid reservations are required. The cost is $8 per child. Adults must attend this class with their child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, September 27

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Thursday, September 29

Afterschool Adventure Kids! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Get out of the classroom and into the great outdoors to explore all things that creep, crawl, and soar. Children age six to ten are invited to join us for nature discovery and investigation from 5 to 7 p.m. at Burke Lake Park. Thereís a different topic for each class. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Home School at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Homeschoolers age 6 to 12 will explore the natural and cultural history of the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 1 to 2 p.m. The program includes hands-on activities and informal discussions with our naturalists. The cost is $8 per child. 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 with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary for each scheduled program. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Activities are offered from 4 to 5 p.m., and the cost is $6 each. For more information, please call 703-437-9101.

Toddler Time: My Five Senses Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers, age 18 months to 3 years, explore their senses with natural objects, nature games, activities, song, story and a short woodland walk from 4 to 5 p.m. at Riverbend Park. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Friday, September 30

Hidden Pond Survivor Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Do you know what it takes to survive in the wild? Learn survival techniques from 5 to 6 p.m. while exploring Hidden Pond Nature Centerís various environments. Identify nature dangers and helpful plants and animals. Topics vary. This program is for children age 6 to 12. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Campfire Fridays: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center for a night of campfire, símores, animals, and more! Topics vary, and a different area of the park is explored each week. The program for participants age three to adult runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Frying Pan Folk Music and Stories Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for an evening of folk music, stories, games and a campfire in the Frying Pan Farm Park farm yard from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This event is appropriate for participants age five to adult, and the cost is $8 per person. Dress appropriately for cooler outside temperatures. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Garden Talk with Master Gardeners: Plant More Natives Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to incorporate native plants into your garden for maximum ecological impact and beauty. Get to know the many types of easy-care, native plants that help our native bees and birds and brighten your garden with dazzling color. This program at Green Spring Gardens is for participants age 16 to adult and runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Campfire Friday-Animal Tracking Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for an evening campfire for the whole family at Riverbend Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Learn to recognize and follow the tracks of wildlife through the forest. The evening concludes with a campfire and símores. The program is just right for participants age three to adult costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, please contact the site at 703-759-9018.

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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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