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Virginia Indian Festival

Virginia Indian Festival

Saturday, September 12
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Riverbend Park
Great Falls, Va

Meet Native Americans from the Monacan Nation and the Chickahominy, Mattaponi, Pamunkey, Rappahannock, Tauxenent, and Upper Mattaponi tribes. See dance performances, try throwing a spear, shooting a bow and arrow, and building a canoe or long house.

Find 65 Things to Do

Find 65 Things YOU Can Do in Parks

Celebrate Your Parks! Find the many ways YOU can enjoy parks today! Click on a word in the tree.

Summer Entertainment Series

Summer Entertainment Series Brings Free Fun to Parks

The Fairfax County Park Authority, in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Foundation and with generous contributions from local businesses and corporations, presents a summer-long calendar of shows, concerts and movies appropriate for you and your family. These concerts held in local parks are the perfect place to bring a picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the best local and regional entertainers.

Former High School
Athlete finds
Fitness Redemption in RECenters

Former High School Athlete finds Fitness Redemption in RECenters

To look at Greg Fuge now, you see a cheerful, young man who is the picture of health in the prime of his life. He says it's an image he's still getting used to, because it wasn't that long ago that he got a worrisome report from his doctor, and he knew something had to change.

Raising the
Barre
for Fitness

Raising the Barre for Fitness

Learn the secrets of dancers in the Park Authority's hottest new fitness toning class, Barre Workout. This class incorporates ballet exercises, barres and light weights to help you tone and define your muscles for a total-body workout.

 

Fall Festivities

Fall Festivities in Parks

From the fall harvest to Halloween happenings, there's a cornucopia of ways to celebrate the season in parks!

 

 

Finding Life Balance in Fitness

Children Reach Creative Heights with Art

It's easy to see why creativity comes easy for children enrolled in Art Above and Beyond class. Their teacher, Christina Mark, is a veteran preschool and elementary educator who knows how to connect with kids with a variety of weekly projects.

 

FootGolf
Tees Off at
Pinecrest

FootGolf Tees Off at Pinecrest

It's Sunday afternoon at Pinecrest Golf Course in Alexandria, and players have abandoned the usual golf tee time for what some might consider kickoff time in the newest sport sweeping the nation – footgolf – a combination of soccer and golf.

 

Civic Sportsmanship Keeps Park Clean

Civic Sportsmanship Keeps Park Clean

Nearly one year after Sully Highlands Park opened in Herndon, the state-ofthe- art athletic complex looks as pristine as it did on opening day.

 

Partnership Provides
Access to Night Skies

Partnership Provides Access to Night Skies

Get ready for more opportunities to peer into the night skies, see craters and mountains on the moon, the belts of Jupiter, rings of Saturn, far away galaxies, and more at Turner Farm in Great Falls.

 

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Saturday, August 1

4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm
One Day Unlimited Rides through July 22Click to Register with Parktakes Online
One Day Unlimited Rides July 23 - 28Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come on down to the farm for the annual 4-H Fair and Carnival to see farm animals, big trucks, 18 departments of 4-H competitions, interactive educational exhibits and a tractor pull. Watch cow and goat milking, blacksmithing and farm  demonstrations. Listen to live music. Enjoy the robotics showcase. Check out the dog shows and rabbit judging. Take a spin on some carnival rides, and feast on traditional fair food. Admission is free. Parking is free Thursday and Friday and $7 on the weekend. Tickets for an unlimited day of carnival rides on Thursday or Friday are $16 per person online until July 22, $18 per person July 23-28 and $25 same day. Individual ride tickets are $1 each and most rides take 3-4 tickets. Ride the Frying Pan carousel for $2 or take a wagon ride for $3 (reservation available on Thursday and Friday). The farmyard opens at 9 a.m. and events run as late as 10 p.m. Visit 67th Annual Fairfax County 40H Fair and Carnival for details, or call 703-437-9101 for more information.

Kayak Mini Float TripClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journeys begin at 11 a.m. with a scenic wagon ride from the Riverbend Park Visitors Center. Then enjoy a 1.5-mile instructor-led float trip down the river through riffles and flat water. Previous experience is not necessary. Download waiver and bring to the tour. The cost is $38. For more information call 703-759-9018.

Tree TrekClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join expert naturalist Jim Dewing on a search for the biggest, oldest, rarest, and most important trees in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The program runs from 4 to 5 p.m. For ages eight to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Giant Spiders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and explore Big Rocky Run Stream from 8 to 9 p.m., hunting for the giant nocturnal fishing spider. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. Ages eight to adult. Cost is $5. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Workshop: Seaside Floral DesignClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join flowers, seashells and sand together in a sand pail container arrangement from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 16 to adult are welcome. Cost is $35 for the program and $25 for supplies. Call 703-642-5173.

Jefferson District Park & Golf Course Club Championship
Players ages eight to adult compete at Jefferson District Golf Course in an 18-hole individual stroke play tournament, beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $60 before July 27 and $65 on or after the 27th. The rain date is August 8. Fees are due at registration and includes lunch and prizes. For more information, call 703-573-0444, ext. 8.

With the Help of a Physick
During these special tours at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. at Sully Historic Site, learn about smallpox inoculation, the precursor of modern vaccination, and a 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Participants eight to adult are welcome. Cost is $8 per adult, $7 for students and $6 for seniors and children. For information call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, August 2

4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm
One Day Unlimited Rides through July 22Click to Register with Parktakes Online
One Day Unlimited Rides July 23 - 28Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come on down to the farm for the annual 4-H Fair and Carnival to see farm animals, big trucks, 18 departments of 4-H competitions, interactive educational exhibits and a tractor pull. Watch cow and goat milking, blacksmithing and farm  demonstrations. Listen to live music. Enjoy the robotics showcase. Check out the dog shows and rabbit judging. Take a spin on some carnival rides, and feast on traditional fair food. Admission is free. Parking is free Thursday and Friday and $7 on the weekend. Tickets for an unlimited day of carnival rides on Thursday or Friday are $16 per person online until July 22, $18 per person July 23-28 and $25 same day. Individual ride tickets are $1 each and most rides take 3-4 tickets. Ride the Frying Pan carousel for $2 or take a wagon ride for $3 (reservation available on Thursday and Friday). The farmyard opens at 9 a.m. and events run as late as 10 p.m. Visit 67th Annual Fairfax County 40H Fair and Carnival for details, or call 703-437-9101 for more information.

Wagon Ride - Visit to the Corn CribClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey back in time at Riverbend Park with children’s activities from the 1900’s and visit the corn crib from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Intro to River KayakingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This half-hour introductory course begins at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park and covers river hazards, water safety and paddling basics. Fees include equipment and same-day, half-day kayak rental. The cost is $29. For program information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunrise Kayak TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy breathtaking sunrise views over the Potomac River with this two-hour, naturalist-led tour beginning at Riverbend Park at 7 a.m. No previous experience is required. Kayaks are provided. Download waiver and bring to the tour. The cost is $38. Call 703-759-9018.

Grinding Demo at Colvin Run Mill
Grinding demonstrations are held from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill, conditions permitting. Tour cost applies. Call 703-759-2771.

N. Virginia Carvers at Colvin Run Mill
Wood carvers lend their tools and expertise to help you uncover hidden artistic talents at Colvin Run Mill from noon to 4 p.m. Free lesson included. Nominal charge for wood blanks. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Scotts Run Bird Watching for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This class covers birding basics and takes place from 8 to 11 a.m. Class includes how to use binoculars and other equipment, the importance of a field guide and other strategies for identifying different birds. Meet at the west parking lot at the Scotts Run Nature Preserve. There are no facilities at that location. Ages eight to adult. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, please call 703-759-9018.

Bird Watching ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the amazing variety of birds that inhabit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Children ages five 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. Call 703-631-0013.

Monday, August 3

Discovery DaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with one of our historians or naturalists from 5 to 6 p.m. You may search for animals, travel through history, make ice cream or explore a stream. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Tuesday, August 4

Sprouting Success: Agriculture in the Classroom for Elementary Teachers (K-5)
This highly interactive, professional development workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens helps you sprout successful science, math, language arts and social studies students. Leave with books, posters and laminated Virginia maps. The class is free, however space is limited and registration is required. Call 703-642-5173.

Water Critters (10:30 a.m.)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Water Critters (3:30 p.m.)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the world of otters, crabs, turtles, frogs and fish at Hidden Oaks Nature Center through songs, a story and a visit to a pond. Children ages two to six can meet live turtles and frogs from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, August 5

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey into Frying Pan Farm Park with this program for three-to-five year-olds that is full of hands-on activities such as games, animal encounters, crafts and short hikes from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Upcoming topics include: 8/5 Gardens, 8/19 Farm Birds. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Summer Reading Puppet Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Young story lovers ages three to 10 will enjoy the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre performance at Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11 a.m. Cost is $4 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Thursday, August 6

Flora Fauna-Summer Series (10 a.m.)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Flora Fauna-Summer Series (11 a.m.)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Hidden Pond naturalists for a summer of exploration. Children ages three to six will explore a different topic each week: 8/6 Plants & Flowers; 8/13 Dirt Dwellers; 8/20 Animal Care; 8/27 Birds. Sessions run from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Children must be accompanied by adult. For more information call 703-451-9588.

Friday, August 7

Kayak Tour-Sunset over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
End the day with an upper Potomac River tour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Start with the basics, and in a short time you will be maneuvering through the water. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience is required. Kayaks are provided. Download waiver and bring to our tour. Tours are canceled for inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. The cost is $38. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Parent and Child Fishing by BoatClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy fishing with your child at Riverbend Park from a jon boat or canoe. Start with an introduction to boating basics and follow the naturalist to favorite fishing spots. Previous experience not required. Boats and PFDs are provided. Fishing rod rentals are available. Download waiver and bring to tour. Canceled in case of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Maximum three people per boat; one must be 16 years or older. Cost is $16 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Creek Adventure Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring shoes that can get wet and an adventurous spirit to explore the Rocky Run Stream Valley at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Friday Evening Garden ToursClick to Register with Parktakes Online
View Green Spring’s demonstration gardens in a different light from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Master Gardener docents highlight the summer sights, fragrances and sounds at the end of the day. Then, enjoy cool refreshments in the Historic House. Participants ages 14 to adult are welcome. Cost is $12. Call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, August 8

Scotts Run Nature Preserve HikeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a three-mile, naturalist-led hike from 9 to 11 a.m. in this beautiful nature preserve along the Potomac River. This hike over moderate terrain highlights the Scotts Run natural features, scenic overlooks and waterfall. Bring water. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scotts Run Nature Preserve. Ages 13 to adult. Cost is $6. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Bring boots that can get wet and get ready to find out who is living under the water at the pond’s edge from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. All family members must register. Call 703-631-0013.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk. A naturalist takes you on a tour of the woods and wetlands from 8 to 9:30 p.m. to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. Ages six to adult. Cost is $6. Call 703-768-2525.

Teddy Bear PicnicClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Today the teddy bears have their picnic at Hidden Oaks! Childen ages three to eight can bring a teddy bear for stories, songs, games, and snacks for humans and bears from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

American Indian Stories CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire as you hear traditional American Indian stories at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and toast marshmallows. Participants ages four to adult are welcome. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Kayak Tour-Seneca to RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Riverbend Park at 9 a.m. for a six-hour, eight-mile river journey that begins in the lazy waters above the old Seneca Dam. The pace quickens through riffles and small rapids as we weave through Seneca Breaks, past Watkins Island, and finally round the bend to Riverbend. Previous kayaking experience is required for this tour. Kayaks provided; one person per kayak. Download waiver and bring completed to tour: http://1.usa. gov/1aubG3L. Tour is canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Cost is $82. Call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, August 9

Intro to River KayakingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This half-hour introductory course begins at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park and covers river hazards, water safety and paddling basics. Fees include equipment and same-day, half-day kayak rental. The cost is $29. For program information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunrise Kayak TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy breathtaking sunrise views over the Potomac River with this two-hour, naturalist-led tour beginning at Riverbend Park at 7 a.m. No previous experience is required. Kayaks are provided. Download waiver and bring to the tour. The cost is $38. Call 703-759-9018.

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

My Sky Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Hidden Oaks Nature Center naturalist to explore the night sky with activities, stories and a craft from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For ages three to five. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Pancakes at the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill from 11:30 a.m. to noon for brunch at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Make corn pancakes and learn about the mill. Cost is $6. Adult must attend with child. Call 703-827-0609.

Elklick Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy Elklick’s open meadow with a wagon ride and take a brief hike into the adjoining forest at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Bring binoculars, field guides, and insect repellant. The cost is $6. Call 703-631-0013.

Monday, August 10

Discovery DaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with one of our historians or naturalists from 5 to 6 p.m. You may search for animals, travel through history, make ice cream or explore a stream. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Little Hands on the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the Kidwell barn classroom at Frying Pan Park to meet a farm animal, enjoy a story, craft or game, and try some farm chores from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. for two- to three-year-olds, and 11 to 11:45 a.m. for three- to five-year-olds. Reservations are required, and an adult must attend with the child. The cost is $8 per child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, August 11

Wednesday, August 12

Campfire with the Constellations Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, learn about stars and enjoy a campfire. The program runs from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Please be sure to register an adult with your child. Call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, August 13

Flora Fauna-Summer Series (10 a.m.)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Flora Fauna-Summer Series (11 a.m.)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Hidden Pond naturalists for a summer of exploration. Children ages three to six will explore a different topic each week: 8/6 Plants & Flowers; 8/13 Dirt Dwellers; 8/20 Animal Care; 8/27 Birds. Sessions run from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Children must be accompanied by adult. For more information call 703-451-9588.

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

Garden Tour & Tea
Tour Green Spring’s glorious demonstration gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. with a Master Gardener docent, and then enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea in our 1784 historic house. The cost is $32, and reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Kids KornerClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to six share summer adventures with their adult and a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, August 14

Summer Wagon RidesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist for a 90-minute tractor at Huntley Meadows Park, leaving from the South Kings Hwy. entrance at 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. The cost is $6. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Dairy Days - Ice Cream Making and ButterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully Historic Site from 1 to 2 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. For ages five to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tour cost separate. Call 703-437-1794.

Kayak Tour-Sunset over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
End the day with an upper Potomac River tour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Start with the basics, and in a short time you will be maneuvering through the water. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience is required. Kayaks are provided. Download waiver and bring to our tour. Tours are canceled for inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. The cost is $38. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Parent and Child Fishing by BoatClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy fishing with your child at Riverbend Park from a jon boat or canoe. Start with an introduction to boating basics and follow the naturalist to favorite fishing spots. Previous experience not required. Boats and PFDs are provided. Fishing rod rentals are available. Download waiver and bring to tour. Canceled in case of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Maximum three people per boat; one must be 16 years or older. Cost is $16 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Junior Club Championship
Golfers ages seven to 17 compete in the season-ending tournament at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $20 for Junior program members, $30 for non-members and includes lunch. Call 703-323-1641.

Historic DessertsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join historian Paige Gibbons at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to make raspberry dumplings with homemade ice cream like they did 160 years ago. For ages eight to adult. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Goodnight Walk: Abounding BatsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Search for bats from 7 to 8 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and learn how to encourage bats to visit your backyard. For ages four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, August 15

Civil War Encampment Weekend
Federal and Confederate troops recreate Civil War daily life as re-enactors demonstrate the varied work of the army at Sully Historic Site. Skirmishes each day include infantry, artillery and cavalry. Enjoy live music and a fashion show. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Cost is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Kayak Mini Float TripClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journeys begin at 11 a.m. with a scenic wagon ride from the Riverbend Park Visitors Center. Then enjoy a 1.5-mile instructor-led float trip down the river through riffles and flat water. Previous experience is not necessary. Download waiver and bring to the tour. The cost is $38. For more information call 703-759-9018.

Animal Search with a NaturalistClick to Register with Parktakes Online
See animals from 8 to 9 a.m. during their active early morning hours at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Fishing by the StreamClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill and fish with a naturalist in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bring your own fully rigged fishing poles; bait worms provided. For ages four to adult. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. Call 703-827-0609.

Dinosaurs GaloreClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Follow a naturalist and explore the prehistoric world at Cub Run RECenter from 2 to 3 p.m. Make a fossil to take home and dig for buried “dinosaur” bones. Reservations are required. The cost is $6. Call 703-817-9407.

Family Fun: Wildlife Habitat Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to turn your family yard into a certified wildlife habitat with this workshop at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. For ages five to adult. Cost is $6 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Campfire Saturdays: Royal Lake Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for an evening campfire at Royal Lake from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and explore the woodlands and lakefront with a naturalist. Bring whatever you like to roast; s’mores are provided. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-324-8702.

Workshop: Enchanted Miniature Dish GardenClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Create your own miniature garden display with this workshop at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Everything’s provided. For ages 13 to adult. The program cost is $45, plus a $20 supply fee. Call 703-642-5173.

Hands-on Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your five- to 11-year-old child for an hour of natural adventure at 3 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Children feed exhibit animals, search for wildlife, explore nature artifacts, and take home a craft. Cost is $5. Call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, August 16

Civil War Encampment Weekend
Federal and Confederate troops recreate Civil War daily life as re-enactors demonstrate the varied work of the army at Sully Historic Site. Skirmishes each day include infantry, artillery and cavalry. Enjoy live music and a fashion show. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Cost is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Intro to River KayakingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This half-hour introductory course begins at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park and covers river hazards, water safety and paddling basics. Fees include equipment and same-day, half-day kayak rental. The cost is $29. For program information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunrise Kayak TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy breathtaking sunrise views over the Potomac River with this two-hour, naturalist-led tour beginning at Riverbend Park at 7 a.m. No previous experience is required. Kayaks are provided. Download waiver and bring to the tour. The cost is $38. Call 703-759-9018.

Grinding Demo at Colvin Run Mill
Grinding demonstrations are held from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill, conditions permitting. Tour cost applies. Call 703-759-2771.

N. Virginia Carvers at Colvin Run Mill
Wood carvers lend their tools and expertise to help you uncover hidden artistic talents at Colvin Run Mill from noon to 4 p.m. Free lesson included. Nominal charge for wood blanks. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac RiverClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Ride through the woods and along the river from 11 a.m. to noon at Riverbend Park and learn about the park’s wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

A History of Sugar and Dessert
Join food historian Joyce White at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3:30 p.m. as she explores the history of sugar cane, and then sample historic sweets and confections. For participants ages 13 to adult. Reservations are required. The cost is $45 for the program and tea; $22 for the program only. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Pond LifeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Bring boots that can get wet and get ready to find out what is living under the water at the pond’s edge from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Monarch & MoreClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify butterflies, discover their fascinating life cycle and possibly assist with tagging monarchs from 1 to 2 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Visit a monarch waystation and native butterfly garden. For ages four to adult. Cost is $6 per person. Call 703-941-1065.

Monday, August 17

Discovery DaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with one of our historians or naturalists from 5 to 6 p.m. You may search for animals, travel through history, make ice cream or explore a stream. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Tuesday, August 18

Club Championship – Ladies, Men’s Senior & Super Seniors Divisions
Ladies, and men ages 55+, compete in a one-day, 18-hole individual stroke play tournament at Greendale Golf Course with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. A current Greendale handicap is required. Registration closes August 11. The cost is $45 per person. Call 703-971-3788.

Lethal Predators Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Assist a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with conservation biology as we head out into the forest to look for some of our lethal predators. For ages seven to adult. Cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Butterflies & Moths for Preschoolers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers ages two to six learn about these beautiful insects from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and make a moth craft. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, August 19

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey into Frying Pan Farm Park with this program for three-to-five year-olds that is full of hands-on activities such as games, animal encounters, crafts and short hikes from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Upcoming topics include: 8/5 Gardens, 8/19 Farm Birds. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Fireflies in the MeadowClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and see the meadow light up with fireflies from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring a plastic jar to catch and then release. Cost is $5. Call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, August 20

Flora Fauna-Summer Series (10 a.m.)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Flora Fauna-Summer Series (11 a.m.)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Hidden Pond naturalists for a summer of exploration. Children ages three to six will explore a different topic each week: 8/6 Plants & Flowers; 8/13 Dirt Dwellers; 8/20 Animal Care; 8/27 Birds. Sessions run from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Children must be accompanied by adult. For more information call 703-451-9588.

Friday, August 21

Frying Pan FridaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy hands-on activities and short hikes at Frying Pan Farm Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Topics include: 8/7 A Study in Stream, 8/21 Crops & Garden. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $8 per person. For information please call 703-437-9101.

Dairy Days - Ice Cream Making and ButterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully Historic Site from 1 to 2 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. For ages five to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tour cost separate. Call 703-437-1794.

Kayak Tour-Sunset over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
End the day with an upper Potomac River tour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Start with the basics, and in a short time you will be maneuvering through the water. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience is required. Kayaks are provided. Download waiver and bring to our tour. Tours are canceled for inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. The cost is $38. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Parent and Child Fishing by BoatClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy fishing with your child at Riverbend Park from a jon boat or canoe. Start with an introduction to boating basics and follow the naturalist to favorite fishing spots. Previous experience not required. Boats and PFDs are provided. Fishing rod rentals are available. Download waiver and bring to tour. Canceled in case of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Maximum three people per boat; one must be 16 years or older. Cost is $16 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Creek Adventure Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring shoes that can get wet and an adventurous spirit to explore the Rocky Run Stream Valley at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Jr. NaturalistClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages six to 10 discover summer’s adventures with a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per child. Call 703-631-0013 for meeting spot.

Campfire FridaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire, s’mores, animals and so much more at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For ages three to adult. Cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Hitching a Ride through HuntleyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Uncover the secret history of Huntley Meadows Park on a wagon ride from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Meet at the South King’s Hwy. parking lot. For ages four to adult. Cost is $6. Call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, August 22

Kayak Mini Float TripClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journeys begin at 11 a.m. with a scenic wagon ride from the Riverbend Park Visitors Center. Then enjoy a 1.5-mile instructor-led float trip down the river through riffles and flat water. Previous experience is not necessary. Download waiver and bring to the tour. The cost is $38. For more information call 703-759-9018.

30th Annual Begonia Show and Sale
Feast your eyes on this show sponsored by the Potomac branch of the American Begonia Society at Green Spring Gardens. Free admission on Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday noon to 3:30 p.m. Call 703-642-5173.

Saturday Garden Highlights ToursClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Catch Green Spring’s summer garden highlights from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with Master Gardener docents and enjoy light refreshments in the Historic House. For ages 14 to adult. Cost is $12. Call 703-642-5173.

All About Bats CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for bats and learn fun bat facts as we roast marshmallows at our campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Ages four to adult. Cost is $6 per person. Children must attend with a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Workshop: Indoor Begonia Tabletop GardenClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Make a living centerpiece of begonias, indoor plants and natural materials at this workshop at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3 p.m. with begonia expert Johanna Zinn. Adults only. Cost is $30, plus a $25 supply fee. Call 703-642-5173.

Club Championship – Men’s Division
Men compete in a one-day, 18- hole individual stroke play tournament at Greendale Golf Course. A current Greendale handicap is required. Advance registration required by August 16. The cost is $65. Call 703-971-3788.

Lizard Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Cabell’s Mill to learn about the lizards at Ellanor C. Park up close from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Ice CreamClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore Walney’s dairy farm history while touring the ice house and ice pond at Ellanor C Lawrence Park. Make and eat hand-cranked ice cream. The cost is $8 per person. Please register an adult with registered child. Call 703-631-0013.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist PJ Dunn at Huntley Meadows Park to hike the trails looking for owls, beavers and other night animals from 8 to 10 p.m. Cost is $6 for adults. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, August 23

Wagon Ride - Visit to the Corn CribClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey back in time at Riverbend Park with children’s activities from the 1900’s and visit the corn crib from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Intro to River KayakingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This half-hour introductory course begins at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park and covers river hazards, water safety and paddling basics. Fees include equipment and same-day, half-day kayak rental. The cost is $29. For program information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunrise Kayak TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy breathtaking sunrise views over the Potomac River with this two-hour, naturalist-led tour beginning at Riverbend Park at 7 a.m. No previous experience is required. Kayaks are provided. Download waiver and bring to the tour. The cost is $38. Call 703-759-9018.

30th Annual Begonia Show and Sale
Feast your eyes on this show sponsored by the Potomac branch of the American Begonia Society at Green Spring Gardens. Free admission on Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday noon to 3:30 p.m. Call 703-642-5173.

Powhatan’s PeopleClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the Virginia Indians who profoundly affected our history at 2:30 p.m.at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Play a game and enjoy a campfire story. Cost is $6.Call 703-631-0013.

Caribbean Reef Puppet ShowClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join an octopus, ray, shark, lobster and all their friends in this undersea adventure at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. For ages three to 10. The cost is $5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Monday, August 24

Discovery DaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with one of our historians or naturalists from 5 to 6 p.m. You may search for animals, travel through history, make ice cream or explore a stream. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Little Hands on the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the Kidwell barn classroom at Frying Pan Park to meet a farm animal, enjoy a story, craft or game, and try some farm chores from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. for two- to three-year-olds, and 11 to 11:45 a.m. for three- to five-year-olds. Reservations are required, and an adult must attend with the child. The cost is $8 per child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, August 25

Wednesday, August 26

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Walk to find bats feeding on insects at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 8 to 9 p.m. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about our native bats and their habits. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, August 27

Flora Fauna-Summer Series (10 a.m.)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Flora Fauna-Summer Series (11 a.m.)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Hidden Pond naturalists for a summer of exploration. Children ages three to six will explore a different topic each week: 8/6 Plants & Flowers; 8/13 Dirt Dwellers; 8/20 Animal Care; 8/27 Birds. Sessions run from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Children must be accompanied by adult. For more information call 703-451-9588.

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

Friday, August 28

Dairy Days - Ice Cream Making and ButterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully Historic Site from 1 to 2 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. For ages five to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tour cost separate. Call 703-437-1794.

Kayak Tour-Sunset over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
End the day with an upper Potomac River tour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Start with the basics, and in a short time you will be maneuvering through the water. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience is required. Kayaks are provided. Download waiver and bring to our tour. Tours are canceled for inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. The cost is $38. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Parent and Child Fishing by BoatClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy fishing with your child at Riverbend Park from a jon boat or canoe. Start with an introduction to boating basics and follow the naturalist to favorite fishing spots. Previous experience not required. Boats and PFDs are provided. Fishing rod rentals are available. Download waiver and bring to tour. Canceled in case of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Maximum three people per boat; one must be 16 years or older. Cost is $16 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Summer Wagon RidesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist for a 90-minute tractor at Huntley Meadows Park, leaving from the South Kings Hwy. entrance at 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. The cost is $6. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, August 29

Kayak Mini Float TripClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journeys begin at 11 a.m. with a scenic wagon ride from the Riverbend Park Visitors Center. Then enjoy a 1.5-mile instructor-led float trip down the river through riffles and flat water. Previous experience is not necessary. Download waiver and bring to the tour. The cost is $38. For more information call 703-759-9018.

The Moon and the Stars CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabells Mill at 7:30 p.m. and talk moon and stars around a warm campfire. Then head out into the meadow with a naturalist to learn how to identify the early spring constellations. Make smores around the campfire. Cost is $6. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Life in the Leaf Litter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist for a hike at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and explore the forest floor from 10 a.m. to noon. For ages eight to adult. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Meadow Bug Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Capture and release amazing insects and other arthropods at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wear long pants and closed shoes; insect repellant and field guides are optional. The cost is $5.Call 703-631-0013.

Women UnpluggedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Unplug and spend the weekend outdoors with kayaking, a dinner and bonfire Saturday night, camping under the stars, and archery lessons on Sunday. Meet at Riverbend Park at 8 a.m. The program ends at 2 p.m. on Sunday. For women only. The cost is $214. Call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, August 30

Intro to River KayakingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This half-hour introductory course begins at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park and covers river hazards, water safety and paddling basics. Fees include equipment and same-day, half-day kayak rental. The cost is $29. For program information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunrise Kayak TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy breathtaking sunrise views over the Potomac River with this two-hour, naturalist-led tour beginning at Riverbend Park at 7 a.m. No previous experience is required. Kayaks are provided. Download waiver and bring to the tour. The cost is $38. Call 703-759-9018.

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

Hands-on History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your children from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to travel back in time with a costumed interpreter and explore the lives of 19th century children. Ages 6 to 12. Cost is $10. Call 703-631-0013.

Hitching a Ride Through HuntleyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Uncover the top secret history at Huntley Meadows Park with a wagon ride through time from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the South King’s Hwy. parking lot. For ages four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Leave No Trace Awareness WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants ages 8 to 16 receive introductory training in the Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program from 9 to 11 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Cost is $8 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Water Critters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to six can explore the world of turtles, frogs and fish at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Monday, August 31

Wednesday, September 1

Wednesday, September 2

Technology Tour at WalneyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Ellanor C. Lawrence Park historians and learn about technology of the 1800s in this new walking tour from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, September 3

Friday, September 4

Frying Pan Fridays Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy “A Walk on the Wild Side” at Frying Pan Farm Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-437-9101.

Saturday, September 5

Walney Time Travel: Peach Cobbler CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your appetite to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. as interpreters in period attire demonstrate cobbler cooking in a Dutch oven. Appropriate for ages four to adult. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $7 per person; reservations and payment are due by August31. Call 703-631-0013.

All About Bats CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for bats in the sky at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. then head to our campfire to learn fun bat facts and toast marshmallows over the embers. The event will be canceled in bad weather. For ages four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, September 6

Grinding Demonstrations
See and hear 19th century technology at work at Colvin Run Mill from noon to 3 p.m., conditions permitting. Please call to confirm. The tour is $7 for adults, $6 for students16 and up with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. 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 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. No reservations required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Celebrating 40 years of Preservation
Forty years after its restoration, the 1794 home of northern Virginia’s first congressman, Richard Bland Lee, welcomes the public to programs interpreting Fairfax County history. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site, enjoy free tours, exhibits, activities and refreshments. There will be a special ceremony at 1 p.m. with local dignitaries. Free. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Reptile & Amphibian ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the Reptile and Amphibian Club (RAC) and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, and frogs at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Children ages 6 to 15 encounter live animals and discover their park habitats from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

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

Monday, September 7

Wednesday, September 8

Thursday, September 9

Thursday, September 10

Kids Korner-FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children ages three to six explore nature or history once a month from 1 to 2 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The topic in September is monarch butterflies. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

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

Friday, September 11

Fall WarblersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Wake up with the birds and discover these delightful fall visitors with expert guide and naturalist Tony Bulmer at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. For ages eight to adult. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Garden Talk: Edibles, Mix-it UpClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens help you discover the basics of incorporating edibles into the ornamental landscape so you can enjoy having fresh vegetables outside your door. This program for adults runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Friday Evening Garden TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Master Gardener docents highlight the sights, fragrances and sounds of the evening garden at Green Spring Gardens from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cool refreshments are served in the Historic House. The cost is $12 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, September 12

Virginia Indian Festival
Discover the history of the First Families of Virginia from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Enjoy dancers, music, demonstrtions and crafts. The cost of admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Garden Sprouts: Pond LifeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five explore this special habitat where dragonflies, turtles and frogs live at Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Birds-Eye ViewClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Go on a bird hike with a naturalist from 1 to 2 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Use binoculars to find feathered friends, listen to their calls, and make bird treats to attract them to your backyard. The cost is $6 per person. Registration is required for everyone, ages five to adult. Call 703-642-5173.

Hot Dog, S’mores! Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to enjoy a wagon ride and roast a turkey hot dog and s’mores over the fire from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about natural history. Bring your own drinks and sides. Right for children age two to adult. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Bat FestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bat World NOVA’s Leslie Sturges, wildlife rehabilitator and licensed exhibitor, presents live local bats at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Go on an evening bat hike and enjoy games and crafts. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Naturalist's Choice 'Behind the Scenes'Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come celebrate Huntley Meadows Park’s 40th anniversary by taking a tour of some seldom-seen places with a park naturalist. Dress for going off trail from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For ages 10 to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, September 13

Grandparents DayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids, bring your grandparents to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and begin your own family memory book. We share family stories from the lives of the Machens and explore genealogy while having fun making cornbread and butter from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Grandparents and parents attend for free. Call 703-631-0013.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond at Riverbend Park. Meet at the nature center at 10 a.m. for this hour-long program and journey to see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming. For ages two to adult The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, September 14

Nature Quest-FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to seven explore field to stream and everything in between at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Learn about ocal 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 Acorns-FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers two to three years old and their accompanying adult share nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary: 9/14 Lots of Legs; 9/21 Life in a Pond; 9/28 Spinning Spiders. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, September 15

Nocturnal Senses CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist at the campfire at Burke Lake Park from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. to learn how animals of the night use their keen sense of smell, sight and hearing to get a meal or to keep from becoming a meal. Make s’mores. Right for ages four to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Wednesday, September 16

Putting the Animals to BedClick 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 to Frying Pan Farm Park for this twilight tour from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Pohick Puddle JumpersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The youngest nature lovers can now become Pohick Rangers at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Children ages three to six can explore the natural world up close from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. through indoor and outdoor activities. Topics vary weekly. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Nature Tots: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your two or three-year-old to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Monthly programs from 10:15 to 11 a.m. include indoor and outdoor activities. An adult must participate with the child. Topics vary. In September, learn about migration. The cost is $4 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

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

Thursday, September 17

Putting the Animals to BedClick 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 to Frying Pan Farm Park for this twilight tour from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Amateur NaturalistClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for first-hand experiences and hands-on learning about different aspects of the natural world at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 6 to 7 p.m. Topics vary. Right for those 16 to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Science for Homeschoolers at HuntleyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Students ages six to nine discover Huntley, Northern Virginia and Chesapeake region history. Each week students at Historic Huntley learn American history through hands-on activities and hikes. Students must have basic reading and writing skills and be comfortable working in a group. The eight-week class runs 1:30 to 3 p.m. and costs $108 per child. Call 703-768-2525.

Homeschool Historians (Child)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Homeschool Historians (Adult)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your homeschool student or group for hands-on learning at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to enrich their understanding of Fairfax County history. From 1 to 3 p.m., children ages 6 to 12 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. The cost is $12 per child and $5 for adults. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Garden Tour & Tea
Tour glorious demonstration gardens with a Master Gardener docent at Green Spring Gardens and then enjoy a traditional English tea in the 1784 historic house. The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and is designed for adults. The cost is $32 per person. Reservations are required. Call 703-941-7987.

Saving Your HeirloomsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Historic Huntley at Huntley Meadows Park to learn the proper care and cleaning techniques for cherished family heirlooms. This class is for adults and runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $30 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Home Schoolers Special (Child)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Home Schoolers Special (Adult)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Hands-on learning at Sully Historic Site for children ages 5 to 12 is designed to enrich your child’s understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800. Activities run from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10 per child and $5 per adult. Call 703-437-1794.

Friday, September 18

Miller Training
This is a rare opportunity for those 16 and older to participate in a two-day hands-on “practicum” to learn to operate a water-powered mill. Colvin Run’s miller runs the training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $150 per person. Pre-paid reservations are required by September 4. Call 703-759-2771.

Kayak Tour-Sunset over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
End the day with an upper Potomac River tour at Riverbend Park from 5 to 6:30 p.m. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. Kayaks are provided. Download waiver and bring to tour. Tour canceled in case of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Right for ages 14 to adult. The cost is $39. Call 703-759-9018.

Parent & Child Fishing by BoatClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy fishing from a jon boat or a canoe at Riverbend Park, conditions permitting. Follow a naturalist to favorite fishing spots from 5 to 7 p.m. Previous experience not required. Boats and PFDs provided. Fishing rod rentals are available. Download waiver and bring completed to tour. The cost is $16. For ages five to adult. Maximum three persons per boat; one must be 16 years or older. Call 703-759-9018.

Kyle’s Corner - Fall SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist for a fun perspective on nature as he delves into a different topic each meeting with science, explorations and live animals at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. For ages 6 to 12. The cost is $7. Call 703-451-9588.

Campfire Fridays: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a campfire, s’mores and animal encounters at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Right for ages three to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Goodnight Walk: OwlsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about owls, make a craft and enjoy a hike with a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. Right for ages four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Kids must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, September 19

Watershed Clean-Up Day
Be part of the International Coastal Cleanup by collecting tires, bed springs, bottles, cans and other debris from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wear boots, old clothes and bring gloves. Trash bags and appreciation provided. This is a great community service project! Please call to reserve a section of the watershed at one of these sites:

Sounds of the Night CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify nocturnal animal calls and hear their stories at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. Make s’mores. For ages four to adult, weather permitting. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Sully’s Garden Walk and Chilled TeaClick to Register with Parktakes Online
In this talk and walk at Sully Historic Site from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., horticulturist Andy Johnson discusses how to attract birds and butterflies using native plants. Right for ages five to adult. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Riverside CampingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy family camping at Riverbend Park with a campfire and night hike beginning at 6 p.m. Bring camping gear, toasting sticks and a dinner to cook on toasting sticks over the campfire. Campfire, s’mores and light breakfast provided. This event will be canceled if it is raining. For ages three to adult. The cost is $25 per person. Reservations required at least a week in advance. Call 703-759-9018.

Miller Training
This is a rare opportunity for those 16 and older to participate in a two-day hands-on “practicum” to learn to operate a water-powered mill. Colvin Run’s miller runs the training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $150 per person. Pre-paid reservations are required by September 4. Call 703-759-2771.

Fall Garden Day
Green Spring Gardens is hosting local plant vendors to satisfy your fall gardening needs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy a silent auction, bake sale, live music and food. Free. Call 703-642-5173.

Kayak Mini Float TripClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Begin at 11 a.m. with a wagon ride from the Visitors Center to our launch site, and then enjoy a 1.5-mile, instructor-led kayak trip until 12:30 p.m. Previous kayaking experience is not necessary. This is not a whitewater tour. Kayaks are provided. Download waiver and bring completed to tour. The cost is $39. Just right for ages 14 to adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Burke Lake Boat FishingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the fish in Burke Lake and tricks to catch them during this three-hour clinic and boat trip. Bring your own gear or rent from the park. For ages 10 to adult. Those younger than 13 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Cost is $37. Meet at the marina at 9 a.m. Call 703-323-6600.

Club Championship
Players ages 12 to adult compete in an 18-hole, individual stroke play tournament at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 to 10 a.m. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Closest-to-the-pin contests are presented. Registration begins September 5, and the rain date is September 26. The cost is $35 and includes lunch. Call 703-323-1641.

International Observe the Moon NightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Observe the moon through a scope, see ancient lava flows, and enjoy a campfire and stories at Burke Lake Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This program is canceled if it rains. Right for ages four to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Children must have a registered adult with them. Call 703-323-6600.

Monarch & MoreClick 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 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. For ages four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Native American ArcheryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 8 to 14 learn how to use bows and arrows and learn about different tribes found in North America through hands-on activities at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The program meets three consecutive Saturdays. The cost is $24 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Evening StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a relaxing stroll with a naturalist through Huntley Meadows Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. You can watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. Right for ages six to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Goldenrods and Asters–Fall WildflowersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Stroll along the riverbank at Riverbend Park in search of fall wildflowers from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and learn some of the folklore associated with them. This event will be canceled if it is raining. Right for ages three to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Reservations are required. Call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, September 20

SlugFestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The only celebration of slugs on the east coast! Activities at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 2 to 4 p.m. include slug races, crafts, fortune telling, and slime tossing. For ages three to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Kayak Tour-Sunset over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
End the day with an upper Potomac River tour at Riverbend Park from 5 to 6:30 p.m. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. Kayaks are provided. Download waiver and bring to tour. Tour canceled in case of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Right for ages 14 to adult. The cost is $39. Call 703-759-9018.

Technology Tour at WalneyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Ellanor C. Lawrence Park historians and learn about technology of the 1800s in this new walking tour from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Monarch & MoreClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify monarch and other butterflies, discover their fascinating life cycle, and possibly assist with tagging monarchs at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. Right for ages four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunrise Kayak TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
As the sun rises over the Potomac River at Riverbend Park from 7 to 8:25 a.m., paddle with a naturalist and learn about the historical and natural beauty of this island-dotted section of the river. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. Kayaks provided. Download waiver and bring to tour. The cost is $39 per person and you must be age 14 to adult to participate. Call 703-759-9018.

Potomac Float and FishClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Spend the day fishing from a kayak as we paddle from Algonkian Regional Park to Riverbend in search of smallmouth bass. A Riverbend naturalist leads you to the best holes. Kayak and fishing experience is recommended. Tackle is provided; rods available for rent. Bring a bagged lunch. This six-hour lesson begins at 9 a.m., weather permitting. VA/MD Fishing License required for anglers age 16 and older. The cost is $84. For more Information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, September 21

Nature Quest-FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to seven explore field to stream and everything in between at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Learn about ocal 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 Acorns-FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers two to three years old and their accompanying adult share nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary: 9/14 Lots of Legs; 9/21 Life in a Pond; 9/28 Spinning Spiders. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, September 22

Putting the Animals to BedClick 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 to Frying Pan Farm Park for this twilight tour from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Help a naturalist at Hidden Pond Nature Center care for and feed the center’s animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Appropriate for ages three to adult. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, September 23

Pohick Puddle JumpersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The youngest nature lovers can now become Pohick Rangers at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Children ages three to six can explore the natural world up close from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. through indoor and outdoor activities. Topics vary weekly. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, September 24

Putting the Animals to BedClick 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 to Frying Pan Farm Park for this twilight tour from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

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

Amateur NaturalistClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for first-hand experiences and hands-on learning about different aspects of the natural world at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 6 to 7 p.m. Topics vary. Right for those 16 to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Friday, September 25

Fall WarblersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Wake up with the birds and discover these delightful fall visitors with expert guide and naturalist Tony Bulmer at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. For ages eight to adult. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Kayak Tour-Sunset over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
End the day with an upper Potomac River tour at Riverbend Park from 5 to 6:30 p.m. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. Kayaks are provided. Download waiver and bring to tour. Tour canceled in case of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Right for ages 14 to adult. The cost is $39. Call 703-759-9018.

Parent & Child Fishing by BoatClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy fishing from a jon boat or a canoe at Riverbend Park, conditions permitting. Follow a naturalist to favorite fishing spots from 5 to 7 p.m. Previous experience not required. Boats and PFDs provided. Fishing rod rentals are available. Download waiver and bring completed to tour. The cost is $16. For ages five to adult. Maximum three persons per boat; one must be 16 years or older. Call 703-759-9018.

Garden Talk: Planting Trees and ShrubsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens help you learn to select and care for the trees and shrubs that thrive in Northern Virginia. This class for adults runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Raptor Stay or Fly CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet live raptors at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and explore strategies for surviving winter from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Enjoy s’mores. Right for ages six to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Kyle’s Corner - Fall SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist for a fun perspective on nature as he delves into a different topic each meeting with science, explorations and live animals at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. For ages 6 to 12. The cost is $7. Call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, September 26

Botanical Stepping StonesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Botanical Stepping Stones (supply fee)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Green Spring Gardens horticulturist Nancy Olney shows you how to make your own garden stepping stones from 10 a.m. to noon. Appropriate for ages 16 to adult. The cost is $30 per person, plus a $20 supply fee. Call 703-642-5173.

Open Hearth Cooking for KidsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 8 to 12 make food on the open hearth in Sully Historic Site’s 18th century kitchen from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and eat the results. The cost is $30 per child. Call 703-437-1794.

Animal ScientistsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop-off your six to ten-year-old child at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for an hour of animal adventure and fun from 3 to 4 p.m. Feel free to repeat the program as specific topics will vary. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Feeding DayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Help a naturalist feed display animals at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. Make a birdfeeder to take home. Appropriate for ages two to adult. The cost is $5 per person. Please register an adult with your child. Call 703-631-0013.

Hidden Oaks' Treasure HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Follow your treasure map from 2 to 4 p.m. to collect clues and find natural treasures on the trails at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Right for ages three to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must attend with a registered adult. Groups leave every 15 minutes. Call 703-941-1065.

Park Manager Walk and Talk
Adults can join the Park Manager at Huntley Meadows for a walk from 3 to 5 p.m. to learn about the wetland restoration project and look for plants and animals. Meet in the visitor center. No registration required. Free. Call 703-768-2525.

Kayak Tour-Wildlife of the PotomacClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Watch for deer, osprey and bald eagles as we paddle on the Potomac, conditions permitting. No previous experience required. Kayaks provided. Download waiver. The cost is $39. For ages 14 to adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Sketch Hike: WetlandsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join park artist and naturalist Margaret Wohler for a hike at Huntley Meadows Park to learn techniques to enhance your wetland observation and sketching skills from 10 a.m. to noon. Right for ages 9 to 13. The cost is $8. Call 703-768-2525.

Drawing Workshop: TreesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Artist Dawn Flores helps new and experienced artists work from observation in the garden and from photographs at Green Spring Gardens to learn about tree species and drawing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Right for ages 13 to adult. The cost is $82 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Wild Side Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a 90-minute tractor ride with a park naturalist through the Huntley Meadows Park wetland. Meet at the South King’s Highway park entrance at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Right for ages five to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Camera Trapping in Wildlife EcologyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take part in Riverbend Park’s trail camera surveys from 10 to 11 a.m. Participants ages 12 to adult take part in a citizen science project. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Night HikeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a nighttime walk with a naturalist at Burke Lake Park 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600.

Campfire Saturdays: Lake Accotink-FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Lake Accotink Park for an evening walk, with a naturalist, campfire and s’mores from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Meet at the marina. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Sunday, September 27

Kayak Tour-Sunset over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
End the day with an upper Potomac River tour at Riverbend Park from 5 to 6:30 p.m. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. Kayaks are provided. Download waiver and bring to tour. Tour canceled in case of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Right for ages 14 to adult. The cost is $39. Call 703-759-9018.

Sunrise Kayak TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
As the sun rises over the Potomac River at Riverbend Park from 7 to 8:25 a.m., paddle with a naturalist and learn about the historical and natural beauty of this island-dotted section of the river. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. Kayaks provided. Download waiver and bring to tour. The cost is $39 per person and you must be age 14 to adult to participate. Call 703-759-9018.

Intro to River KayakingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Get prepped for paddling in this half-hour course at Riverbend Park beginning at 10 a.m., conditions permitting. The cost is $30 and the fee includes equipment and half-day, same-day kayak rental. For ages 14 to adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Food in Art Tea Program
View food-filled masterpieces at Green Spring Gardens and discover what they reveal about history. Then enjoy a full English tea in the Historic House. For adults from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $32 per person. Call 703-941-7987 for reservations.

Microscopic MonstersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Use a microscope at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 3 to 4 p.m. to discover the invisible organisms that make Walney pond their home and learn why such tiny creatures are so important. Appropriate for ages seven to adult. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Lunar EclipseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Poplar Ford at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 8 to 10 p.m. to view a full lunar eclipse without the distraction of bright lights. Bring a blanket, a warm beverage and a chair if you want to sit. We’ll supply the s’mores and facts and stories about the moon and eclipses. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Snapping TurtlesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The snapping turtle is Virginia’s largest fresh-water turtle. Meet at Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. to search for this often misunderstood reptile. For ages six to adult. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

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

Canine Cruise
Treat your canine companion to a cruise from 6 to 7 p.m. on Lake Accotink Park’s pooch-friendly pontoon tour boat. The fee is $6 per person. There is no charge for dogs. One dog per person. Appropriate for participants ages eight to adult. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call 703-569-0285.

Monday, September 28

Nature Quest-FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to seven explore field to stream and everything in between at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Learn about ocal 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 Acorns-FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers two to three years old and their accompanying adult share nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary: 9/14 Lots of Legs; 9/21 Life in a Pond; 9/28 Spinning Spiders. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, September 29

Wednesday, September 30

Pohick Puddle JumpersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The youngest nature lovers can now become Pohick Rangers at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Children ages three to six can explore the natural world up close from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. through indoor and outdoor activities. Topics vary weekly. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac RiverClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River while finding out about Riverbend Park’s wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. This program from 10 to 11 a.m. is appropriate for ages two to adult. The cost is $5 per person. For more information call 703-759-9018.

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Celebrating 65 Years
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Celebrating 65 Years of Parks

The Fairfax County Park Authority turns 65 this year! We've gone from a great idea with few resources to a robust, nationally-acclaimed system with facilities and programs that span the needs of a diverse, multi-faceted community. With nearly 24,000 acres of parkland, we are among the area's largest providers of recreation as well as stewards of open space, forests, historic sites, and a popular network of connecting trails.

The Park Authority provides great value to community residents for just a tiny portion of each household's property tax bill. These General Fund contributions combine with revenues from golf courses, RECenters and summer camps paid for by folks who enjoy those services. With these dollars and votersupported capital funding, we work hard to provide what you need – top flight municipal golf courses, trails, expanded fitness centers, equestrian programs and skate parks, places for dogs to run, athletic fields, gardens, nature centers and stream valley parks that provide serenity and wildlife habitat. The list is long.

Over the next few months the Park Authority, hand-in-hand with the Park Foundation, will entice you to join the 65th Anniversary celebration. Look for details about a winter celebration at Frying Pan Farm Park. Learn about our past from our online Park Authority timeline this fall. Bring your talent and passion for words to our poetry slam at Huntley Meadows Park.

Celebrating 65 Years
of ParksOur theme is 65 Years of Making Parks Count, a fitting tribute in a year dedicated to a needs assessment survey, which will help us determine future development and better understand your desires for parks. Thousands have already participated, and we appreciate that input. We invite you to meet your parks anew – there are more than 400. Visit again, and discover something different – bluebells at a riverfront park, stories around a roaring campfire, history come to life, the Water Mine, Clemyjontri Park, flying squirrels at a nature center, maple syrup fresh from a tree, or just-picked produce at a farmers market. Enjoy a free summer concert, a slide on a playground, a picnic at a lakeside pavilion or a wagon ride through pastoral farmland. Ride a carousel, or make memories on a train. Camp under the stars or play mini-golf – perfect family adventures. Fairfax County loves its parks. Seventeen million visits a year tell us that. You make us count. We count on you to support your nationally accredited, award-winning parks. Come back again and again.

Judy Pedersen
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