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The First Tee

Treetop Adventure Course to Open at South Run Park

Swing into action this spring at Fairfax Countyís new zip line and high ropes course near South Run RECenter in Springfield. The new Go Ape adventure course opens to the public on May 5 and gives you a fully immersive outdoor activity with a thrilling view of the parkís forest canopy!

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The First Tee

Tee Up at Burke Lake Golf Center's New Range

Golfers will feel right at home on this range Ė the newest amenity at Burke Lake Golf Center. The new 64-station, doubledecker driving range opened April 15. Players could hardly wait to get in some practice time at the new facility.

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Rare Wildlife Returns to
Huntley Meadows

New Programs Bring the Final Frontier Down to Earth

Peer into the night sky through one of three, powerful telescopes at Observatory Park at Turner Farm in Great Falls, and embark on an amazing journey into our solar system. From the moon to the stars to meteors and more, youíll be amazed at the places you can explore from the roll top observatory.

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Stride Right with a
Spring Hike

Sail into Summer with Parks

From water fun to adventure to camps, golf and more, there are so many ways to play in parks; you could schedule a different activity for every day of summer!

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Explore Summer Fun on the Discovery Trail

Explore Summer Fun on the Discovery Trail

Just in time for Fairfax Countyís 275th birthday, the Park Authorityís Discovery Trial Map reveals milestone moments in the history of 12 distinctive, Fairfax County parks! This year, both adults and children are encouraged to pick up a map and chart the course to discover each parkís unique features.

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Celebrate Fairfax

Savor the Taste of Summer at Farmers Markets

Bring out the flavor of summer with a juicy peach or a tangy tomato from your nearest Fairfax County farmers market. Each year from May to December, local farmers markets come to life with a feast for the senses, from the vibrant colors of freshly picked fruits and vegetables to the aroma of freshly baked bread and pastries and the fragrant perfume of cut flowers.

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Fifty Plus

50+ Connect, Engage, Play

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

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Thursday, June 1

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

Homeschool at the Pond Ė Naturalists Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This program is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series and is geared to meet some of the homeschool science requirements. The program at Hidden Pond Nature Center runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and the cost is $10 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Friday, June 2

Garden Talk: Make Your Shade Shine Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Let Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens show you many of the wonderful plant possibilities for shade gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Call 703-642-5173.

Movie Night in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-Adult) Come to Movie Night in the Park at the Burke Lake Park field from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. At press time, our movie is scheduled to be ďSpace Jam.Ē All attendees must register. For updates, call 703-323-6600.

Saturday, June 3

Farm Tech: Gardening Using Hydroponics Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Learn to grow plants without soil. Come to Frying Pan Farm Park and see how soilless gardening can help you grow fresh vegetables in small spaces without pulling weeds. The program from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-437-9101.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Butter & Cheese Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Taste hand-churned butter and sample cheeses while learning about the dairy industryís importance at Walney. Tour the historic dairy at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and milk a pretend cow. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Hardtack and Johnnycakes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Get a taste of Civil War life as you sample hardtack and freshly made johnnycake at Historic Huntley from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Join an interpreter in period dress to discover which side the Masons chose in the war and how that made todayís Huntley possible. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist and youth volunteers at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as we demonstrate how we feed our site display animals and let you help. This program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

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

Kayak the Marsh at Lake Accotink Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) Paddle Lake Accotink's tranquil waters from 8 to 10 a.m., conditions permitting, with a naturalist guide for an early morning view of wildlife. No previous experience is required. Single seat kayaks and life preservers are provided. The cost is $30. Boaters younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-569-3464.

All About Bats Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Look for bats at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as you learn fun bat facts and lore, enjoy an American Indian story about bats, and toast marshmallows over the campfire. This event from 8 to 9 p.m. 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.

Sunday, June 4

Grain Grinding
(All Ages) See and hear 19th century technology at work! Come to Colvin Run Mill from noon to 3 p.m. when the miller will be grinding grain the old-fashioned way, conditions permitting. Please call the site to confirm. No reservations are required. The tour cost is: $7 for adults; $6 for students 16 and older with ID; and $5 for children and seniors. For more, call 703-759-2771.

Civil War Encampment
(All Ages) Walk through a Civil War encampment, talk with members of the Virginia 49th Volunteer Infantry and watch drilling and firing demonstrations throughout the day at Colvin Run Mill. Activities are free, and no reservations are required. Events take place from noon to 4 p.m. Tour the mill and watch a grain grinding demonstration for an additional charge. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
(All Ages) 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. Call 703-759-2771.

Cardboard Boat Regatta Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(All ages) Set sail for the 28th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Accotink Park. Cheer the courageous crews or launch your own cardboard boat. Judging begins at 9 a.m. and race time is 11 a.m. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per car. Enter a boat for a small fee. Register at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/lake-accotink.

Monday, June 5

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

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed activities while you meet other playgroup parents one Monday each month at Green Spring Gardens. Bugs are the topic in June. The playgroup from 10 to 11:30 a.m. costs $6 per child. For more, call 703-642-5173.

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

Tuesday, June 6

Wednesday, June 7

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

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) 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. The cost of this program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Thursday, June 8

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

Kidís Korner-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Preschool children and their adult learn about spring at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in this program from 1 to 2 p.m. when the topic will be hopping frogs. Meet at the pond. The cost is $6 per child. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Snake Feeding Program Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Join us at Hidden Pond Nature Center for a behind-the-scenes look at the snakes of Hidden Pond. 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. Please take into consideration this program may be graphic and may not be suitable for everyone. The program from 5:15 to 6 p.m. costs $6 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Friday, June 9

Bats in the Cropfields Night Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Discover how bats help out at Frying Pan Farm Park, and then try navigating the farm in an echolocation activity. Finish with a brief hike. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Campfire Fridays Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Gather Ďround at Hidden Pond Nature Center for a campfire, símores, animals and more. Each night in the monthly program features a different topic. Campfire programs run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person per program. Call 703-451-9588.

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

Saturday, June 10

Qualify to be a National Champ Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) We are recruiting players for the American FootGolf League Virginia Regional Qualifier at 1:30 p.m. at Pinecrest Golf Course. The top 30 percent will qualify to the U.S. FootGolf National Championship. All skill levels are welcome. The entry fee is $22 to $27. Save 25 percent by reserving online at the Pinecrest website, using promo code PRAC.

Survival-Wilderness Survival Shelters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park and learn how to make personal shelters to beat hypothermia -- the number one outdoor threat. Find out what to pack and what natural materials you need to stay alive. The program from 11 a.m. to noon costs $10 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600.

Pruning Basics Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Not sure how to prune your shrubs or small trees? Join Mary Olien at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11 a.m. as she covers the basics of tools, timing and safety. Walk the gardens to look at plants and their pruning needs. The cost is $22. Call 703-642-5173.

Twilight Hilltop Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park, and the setting is stunning at dusk. Join us after-hours for a special tour and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments will be served. The program from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. costs $5 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

River Monsters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Meet expert angler Eric Malmgren at Hemlock Overlook Park, fish deep pools for giant catfish and search the banks for northern water snakes from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $7 per person. Bring a fishing pole and bait. Fishing licenses are required. Call 703-631-0013.

Welcome Back Mother Goose Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join naturalists in Nature Playce at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn and act out traditional nursery rhymes with nature themes. Make mud pie patty cakes and enjoy other activities and live animals. This program from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. costs $6 per child. An adult must attend with the child. Call 703-941-1065.

Summer Astronomy Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars and use a telescope at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Make símores. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The program will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at Riverbend Parkís Nature Center and take a wagon ride to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Poohís story and play Poohsticks. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Build Your own Bat House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Bats eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants. Help them thrive by building a bat house at Riverbend Park to hang in your yard. The two-hour program begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $8 per person, and everyone must register. A $15 fee per bat house will be collected at the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Useful and Edible Native Plants and Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park and learn which native plants and trees are safe to eat and those to avoid. Find out 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. This program from 8:30 to 10:25 a.m. costs $23 and runs rain or shine. Bring water, snack and rainwear, and wear suitable outdoor clothes and hiking boots/shoes. Call 703-323-6600.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Walk the meadows and forest edges at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about our native bats and their habits from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Take a relaxing stroll with a naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park from 8 to 9 p.m. to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, June 11

Geocaching Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) Learn to use hand-held GPS units to locate hidden treasure caches within Lake Accotink Park. Follow coordinates to hidden objects or unique geological features. Find caches just for registered students. Bring your own GPS; a limited number will be available to borrow at class. Class runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $22 per person. Call 703-569-3464.

The Quest for Lost History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) The search for historic treasure doesnít always include a map and shovel. At Frying Pan Farm Park, learn methods for discovering a placeís lost past while preserving the land around it, and then apply the skills to uncover clues hidden around the park. Meet at the information kiosk for this program from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Tea at the Royal Court
(13-Adult) Female vocal ensemble Seraphim offers melodic glimpses into the lives of the ladies of King Henry VIIIís court with songs, dances and conversation. The performance at Historic Green Spring is followed by a traditional English tea. The full program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $45 per person. Enjoy the performance only for $18 a person. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Fishing by the Stream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Fish with a naturalist from 6 to 7 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 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 cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Meet at Cabellís Mill. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Spring Warblers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Walk with a naturalist at Lake Accotink Park in search of early spring migrating warblers. The program from 8 to 10 a.m. costs $8 per person. Bring binoculars. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-569-3464.

Monday, June 12

Tuesday, June 13

Scottís Run Nature Preserve Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Take a three-mile, naturalist-led hike in beautiful Scottís Run Nature Preserve. Hike over moderate terrain from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to scenic overlooks and the Scottís Run waterfall. The cost is $8 per person. Bring water and meet at the west parking lot. Call 703-759-9018.

Women-Only Tournament. Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Come to Greendale Golf Course for the 9 a.m. shotgun start in this women-only tournament. Players compete in a two-person team. Front 9 is captainís choice; Back 9 is better ball. Divisions are determined based on sign-up Register by June 5. The cost is $45 per person and includes greens fee, power cart, breakfast, lunch and prizes. Call 703-971-6170.

Wednesday, June 14

Nature Tots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore nature with indoor and outdoor activities for 45 minutes, beginning at 9:45 or 11 a.m. The topic in June is baby animals, and the cost is $6 per child. An adult must participate. Call 703-631-0013.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to search for tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and other creatures. The program from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, June 15

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

Taux Trail for Homeschool Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Students at Huntley Meadows Park spend two hours immersed in the life of Virginia Indians 400 years ago ó grind corn, make a clay pot, master corn darts. The program at 10 a.m. costs $12 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Fatherís Day Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Start Fatherís Day weekend with a hike, campfire and símores at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about some of natureís best fathers. Moms are invited, too. The cost is $8 per person. Register an adult with any registered child. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, June 16

Summer Camp Sunset Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Join us from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park for an evening of songs, skits, and símores around the campfire. Itís the fun of summer camp without all the packing. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Garden Talk: Best Perennial Vines Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Elevate the beauty of your garden with non-invasive, native perennial vines. Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens will teach you how to select a vine to take your garden to new heights. This program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Hot Dog, Símores, Wagon Ride and Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and enjoy a turkey hot dog roasted over the campfire and a family wagon ride through the Rocky Run stream valley. Learn about local and natural history. We provide hot dogs and símores. Bring your own drinks and sides. The program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. costs $10 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

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

Camping/Movie Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(All Ages) Reserve a campsite at Burke Lake Park and see a movie in the campground field for free at 8:30 p.m. The scheduled movie is ďFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.Ē Check online for updates, or call 703-323-6600.

Saturday, June 17

Intro to Kayaking Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Lake Accotink Park and learn about different kayaks, paddles, personal flotation devices and safety gear. Practice multiple strokes on the water. Class meets from 9 to 10:25 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:55 a.m. for four weeks. The cost is $118 per person. For more, call 703-569-3464.

Jr. Naturalist Explorers Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-12 yrs.) Join us for naturalist-guided nature walks and discover the wildlife that live in the forest, wetland, and meadows of Huntley Meadows Park. The Saturday program meets from 10 a.m. to noon, and the Friday program meets from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. Each program cost $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Fatherís Day Golf Tournament
(7-Adult) Celebrate with Dad and sign up for the Fatherís Day Golf Tournament at Burke Lake Golf Center from 8 a.m. to noon. Teams of two compete in an 18-hole scramble format in three age divisions. Registration begins two weeks prior to event and is limited to the first 48 teams. The cost is $65 per team and includes lunch. The rain date is June 24. Call 703-323-1641.

Summer Scramble Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Teams of two compete in a nine-hole, scramble format (captainís choice) at Jefferson District Golf Course beginning at 1 p.m. The cost per team is $75. The fee is due at the time of registration and includes lunch and prizes. The rain date is June 24. Call 703-573-0444.

Workshop: Colorful Garden Totem Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) At Green Spring Gardens, make a whimsical garden totem with a birdhouse topper to use as a garden feature or focal point. Horticulturist Nancy Olney has gathered balusters, paints and a lot of know-how to inspire your creativity. The workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon costs $38, plus a $20 supply fee. Please register for both. Call 703-642-5173.

Campfire Celebration Summer Solstice Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Learn about our closest star as we celebrate the start of summer at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Enjoy sun and sky fun facts, storytelling and an explanation of the seasons. Toast marshmallows. The program from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. costs $6 per person and will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

Boardwalk Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Join park naturalists at Huntley Meadows Park on a tour of constellations, comets and other celestial events from 8 to 10 p.m. This event will be canceled if it rains. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, June 18

Astronomy for Family Fun: Stars Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center and learn about the natural and cultural science of stars, including fun facts about our own star and easily viewed constellations. The program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Sully Historic Site Antique Car Show
(All ages) Celebrate Fatherís Day at Sullyís 44th Annual Antique Car Show, co-sponsored by The Model A Ford Club of America. See more than 400 antique and classic cars. Buy the car of your dreams at the car corral or search for the perfect accessory from more than 100 vendors. Treat Dad to a delicious lunch and tap your toes to music from the heyday of these classic cars. A tour of the first floor of the 1794 historic house is included with admission. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $7 for children. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Fatherís Day Cruise Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Treat Dad to a special day with the family aboard a 32-foot pontoon tour boat at Lake Accotink Park. Spot soaring eagles and sunbathing turtles while slowly cruising for 30 minutes around the lake. All pre-registered passengers receive a beverage and treat on board. Cruises are scheduled at 2, 3 and 5 p.m. Please arrive 20 minutes before your cruise time to check in at the ticket building. The cost is $6 per person. Registrants will be notified if cruises are cancelled due to adverse boating conditions, such as inclement weather or high wind. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Fatherís Day Celebration
(All Ages) Treat Dad to a day at Colvin Run Mill for Fatherís Day. The mill tour is free from noon to 3 p.m. for all dads who are accompanied by their children. For others, the cost of the tour is $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. No reservations are required. For more information about the mill event, call 703-759-2771.

Animal Dads Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-6 yrs.) Pretend to be a penguin, wolf and beaver dad as you learn about these doting fathers. Meet live animals at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and make a craft for your favorite father/grandfather. The program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Grain Grinding
(All Ages) See and hear 19th century technology at work! Come to Colvin Run Mill from noon to 3 p.m. when the miller will be grinding grain the old-fashioned way, conditions permitting. Please call the site to confirm. No reservations are required. The tour cost is: $7 for adults; $6 for students 16 and older with ID; and $5 for children and seniors. For more, call 703-759-2771.

Tuesday, June 20

Useful & Edible Native Plants and Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park from 9 to 11 a.m. and learn about native plants and trees that are safe to eat and those to avoid. Learn the right plants to help start a fire, provide a drink, stop an itch or heal a wound. The cost is $23 per person. Bring water and dress for the weather. We meet rain or shine. Call 703-323-6600.

Tour of the Little River Turnpike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Take a van tour from Hidden Oaks Nature Center to see highlights of the region's first toll road. Travel with a historian from the docks in Old Town Alexandria to the Little River Bridge in Aldie to recall the past glories of these highways. Bring your own picnic lunch. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. The trip departs from the Packard Center at 9 a.m. and returns at 2 p.m. The cost is $30 per person. Call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, June 21

Thursday, June 22

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

The Buzz on Bees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Join Karen Waltman, Ellanor C. Lawrence Parkís volunteer beekeeper, as she takes us through the ins and outs of a bee colony. Learn the parkís bee history dating to the 1840s and watch as we open bee boxes. End the evening with a taste of honey from our hive. This program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Walk the meadows and forest edges at Burke Lake Park to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector and learn about bats and their habits from 8 to 9 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Snake Feeding program Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Join us at Hidden Pond Nature Center for a behind-the-scenes look at the snakes at Hidden Pond. See the unique methods snakes use to feed. Learn about our local serpents and their importance to our ecosystem. The program meets from 5:15 to 6 p.m. and the cost is $5 per person. Please take into consideration this program is not for everyone and may be graphic. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, June 23

Twilight Hilltop Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park, and the setting is stunning at dusk. Join us after-hours for a special tour and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments will be served. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $5 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Jr. Naturalist Explorers Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-12 yrs.) Join us for naturalist-guided nature walks and discover the wildlife that live in the forest, wetland, and meadows of Huntley Meadows Park. The Saturday program meets from 10 a.m. to noon, and the Friday program meets from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. Each program cost $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Riverside Campfire - American Indians Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Play American Indian games and listen to stories Ďround the campfire at Riverbend Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Símores will be provided. Come early to picnic or toast hot dogs. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Lake Shore Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a campfire at Lake Accotink Park. Listen for nighttime animals while enjoying símores. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-569-3464.

Saturday, June 24

Workshop: Summer Bouquet Floral Design Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Come to Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and learn how to make your own high-style, summer bouquet with the help of floral designer Betty Ann Galway. The workshop costs $38, plus a $25 supply fee. Please register for both. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

The Old Farmerís Almanac
(Adults) This year we celebrate a total solar eclipse and the 225th anniversary of the Old Farmerís Almanac. Come to Historic Green Spring and hear about the beloved calendar of the heavensí origins and its ďsecret formulaĒ for prediction as we assess its accuracy. The program and English tea from 1 to 3 p.m. cost $32 per person; $12 for the program only. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7987.

Great Outdoors Month Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-adult) June is National Great Outdoors Month. Come for a naturalist-guided tour of Huntley Meadows Park and discover the story behind the beauty. How did the park come to be? How do we manage the natural landscape? Celebrate with us as we enjoy the great outdoors from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $8. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Civil War Hike at Lake Accotink Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Lake Accotink holds a wealth of Civil War secrets. Join a historian from 10 to 11 a.m. to walk the park and learn some of the stories that make this park so unique. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Home Grown Medicine Chest
(5-Adult) Medical care in the 1700s and 1800s was quite different. Tour Sully Historic Siteís garden, 18th century kitchen and house, and learn about old-fashioned home remedies. This program at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. replaces the regular house tour. Reservations are suggested. The cost is $8 for adults, $7 for students, and $6 for children and seniors. Call 703-437-1794.

Frog Chorus at Eakin Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Identify frogs by sound and features. Meet at Eakin Park to join a naturalist-led walk to the pond from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Bring one flashlight per family. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Weíll cancel if it rains. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join naturalist P.J. Dunn to hike the trails at Huntley Meadows Park after dark. Look and listen for owls, beavers and other night animals from 8 to 10 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, June 25

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Visit historic Colvin Run Mill to learn about the milling process from beginning to end in this hands-on program. All participants get to take home a souvenir sample bag of what is milled during class. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $20 per person. Call 703-759-2771.

Colonial Games and Ice Cream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Have historic fun at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m.. Join us for a tournament of hoop and stick, the game of graces and other childhood games of yesteryear. Go on a historic scavenger hunt. Relax with ice cream. Register solo for $10 or in groups of four for $32. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Fairy Tale Tea Time Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Fairy tales come to life as you sip tea and enjoy treats surrounded by your fairy tale characters at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Come dressed as your favorite! Learn why so many fairy tales include our animal friends. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $15 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Search for birds and butterflies on a wagon ride scavenger hunt at Riverbend Park. Meet a friendly animal up close. The cost of the program from 10 to 11 a.m. is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Build Your Own Bee House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Come to Riverbend Park, and have fun learning about local pollinators. Use some invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators. The bees this house will attract are mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees who rarely sting. The program from 3 to 4:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Monday, June 26

Flashing Fireflies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at Lake Accotink Park or on Thursday at Turner Farmer Park to learn more about fascinating fireflies. Bring a jar with a lid and wear hiking shoes. The cost is $6 per person. For more information about the program at Lake Accotink, call 703-569-3464. For more information about the program at Turner Farm Park, call 703-324-8618.

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

Tuesday, June 27

Flashing Fireflies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at Lake Accotink Park or on Thursday at Turner Farmer Park to learn more about fascinating fireflies. Bring a jar with a lid and wear hiking shoes. The cost is $6 per person. For more information about the program at Lake Accotink, call 703-569-3464. For more information about the program at Turner Farm Park, call 703-324-8618.

Concert in the Garden
(All ages) Be our guests for an evening of live music in the gardens at Green Spring from 7 to 8 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn. The Friends of Green Spring Board serves complimentary cake and lemonade. This event is free! For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Trivia Tuesdays: Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Join us at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for family-friendly fun as we compete at Cabellís Mill to see who will be the park trivia champion. June is Civil War trivia time from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Register individually for $7 or in groups of four for $22. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Duck, Duck, Goose Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Waddle on over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center and learn about our feathered friends. Honk like a goose, quack like a duck and find Mrs. Gooseís lost eggs. The program from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Animal Feeding at the Nature Center Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Help our naturalist care for and feed the nature centerís animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, June 28

Fireflies in the Meadow Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) As dusk approaches, the meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park lights up with fireflies. Join us for the show from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for $5 per person. Bring a lidded plastic jar and flashlight to Cabellís Mill. Call 703-631-0013.

Amphibians After Dark Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Assist park naturalists with a calling amphibian survey from 8 to 9 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their calls as we explore pools and ponds. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about the survey, call 703-569-3464.

Thursday, June 29

Flora Fauna-Summer Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Join Hidden Pond Naturalists for a summer of exploration with a different topic each week through August 24. The series meets from 11 to 11:45 a.m., and the cost is $5 per child for each session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Jr. Farmer Family Fun - four weeks Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) This four-part family program at Frying Pan Farm Park goes behind the scenes to help farmers with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary each week. The program runs from 4 to 4:55 p.m. for four weeks, and the cost for the series is $42 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about the series, call 703-437-9101.

Homeschool Day Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-12 yrs.) Bring your home school student or group for hands-on fun learning designed to enrich understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800. The two-hour program at Sully Historic Site begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $10 for children and $5 for adult chaperones. For more information about the program, call 703-437-1794.

Exploring the Moon Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(9-Adult) The moonĎs surface is marked by craters and lava flows billions of years old. Explore these lunar features through a high-powered telescope at Observatory Park at Turner Farm and learn about their origins. See where the Apollo lunar landings occurred,and what the astronauts found. Class meets rain or shine from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. with alternate viewing sessions available for cloudy days. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

Flashing Fireflies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at Lake Accotink Park or on Thursday at Turner Farmer Park to learn more about fascinating fireflies. Bring a jar with a lid and wear hiking shoes. The cost is $6 per person. For more information about the program at Lake Accotink, call 703-569-3464. For more information about the program at Turner Farm Park, call 703-324-8618.

Friday, June 30

Dairy Days - Ice Cream and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Discover the whey of the dairy at Sully Historic Site in programs at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life. The program costs $7 per person, and children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Tour the Historic House for an additional cost. For more, call 703-437-1794.

Campfire with the Constellations Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at Cabellís Mill and talk about stars around a warm campfire. Head into the meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with a naturalist to identify the early summer constellations, then return to the campfire to make símores. The cost of the program from 8:30 to 10 p.m. is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Goodnight Walk: Owls Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Learn to recognize the calls and features of local owls. Make a craft and enjoy a night hike with a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Campfire Fridays Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Come along for a night of campfire, símores, animals, and more at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Each Friday night has a different topic, and different areas of the park will be visited. The program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Riverside Campfire - Bats and Bugs Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) As day turns to night, bats and some insects wake up. Through games and activities at Riverbend Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m., learn about the relationship between night-flying bats and the insects they seek. Bring a toasting stick; símores are provided. Come early if youíd like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. The cost is $8 per person. This event will be canceled if it rains. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, June 31

Monday, May 1

Little Acorns-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) (2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share natureís wonders at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration, weather permitting. The topics are: 5/1-Colors Everywhere; 5/8-Animal Babies; 5 /15-American Indians; and 5/22-Beautiful Beetles. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcomed. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

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

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

Tuesday, May 2

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

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

Wednesday, May 3

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

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

Thursday, May 4

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

Snake Feeding Program Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the snakes of Hidden Pond Nature Center and observe the unique methods snakes use to feed. Please take into consideration this program may be graphic and may not be suitable for everyone. The program from 5:15 to 6 p.m. costs $6 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, May 5

Rockhounders-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This popular summer camp is now a three-part spring series. This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting. Sessions meet from 6 to 7 p.m. and cost $7 per child. Sign up for one or all three. Call 703-451-9588.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Gardening for Birds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Watching cardinals, bluebirds, wrens, sparrows and other beautiful birds is a great way to enjoy your garden. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens will teach you what plants you can grow to create habitat and food sources that will attract these winged beauties. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Trees are Terrific Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Learn how trees make Ellanor C. Lawrence Park a special place. Enjoy símores around the campfire after a short hike. This program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-631-0013.

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

Movie Night in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-Adult) Bring your family and friends or come solo to our Movie Night in the Park at the Burke Lake Park field from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Movies and dates are subject to change, so please check Parktakes Online for updates. At press time, our movie is scheduled to be ďBack to the Future.Ē The cost is $5 per person. All attendees must register. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Saturday, May 6

Pirate Fest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Celebrate Virginiaís seafaring and port trading past at Lake Fairfax Park. Sing sea chanteys, learn nautical skills and experience the life of a sailor as you make your way around our port town. Wear your most dashing pirate clothes. Shop our exotic market and take some treasure home. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. The cost $10 per person. Add a Pirate Tour Boat Ride to your day. Space is limited, so register early online. Check online for available times. For more info on all these events, call 703-471-5414.

Useful and Edible Native Plants and Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park and learn about native plants and trees that 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. See what Mother Nature is growing just for you. This program from 8:30 to 10:25 a.m. costs $23 and runs rain or shine. Bring water and a snack and wear suitable outdoor clothes and hiking boots/shoes. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

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

Teacup Topiaries Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Create a flowery centerpiece at Green Spring Gardens by combining flowers and teacups. We work with you from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to complete a beautiful teacup topiary. Itís a perfect gift for Motherís Day. All materials are supplied, including fine china cup and saucer. Refreshments will be served. The cost is $25 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Watercolor Workshop: Watercolor in Action Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Learn how to mix watercolors to create harmonious color combinations with the help of artist and instructor Marni Maree from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Create color charts that are not only beautiful but teach you the attributes of color. Learn to mix colors without fear! Bring a lunch. The supply list will be emailed to you prior to class. The cost is $88 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Victory in Europe Day Ice Cream Social
(All ages) Join our celebration of VE Day at the Spindle Sears House in Historic Centreville Park on the 77th anniversary of this event! Crank home-made ice cream, spot airplanes, pose like Rosie the Riveter, and learn about other ways county residents supported the war effort. Then, take a tour of the Spindle Sears House, led by an interpreter in period dress. Activities run from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your own picnic. This event is free, but donations will be accepted to support Historic Centreville Park at 5714 Mt Gilead Road. The celebration will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call Ellanor C. Lawrence Park at 703-631-0013.

The Frying Pan Sizzle Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Bring the family to an evening campfire at Frying Pan Farm Park. Sit on the porch of the historic Kidwell Farmhouse and sample grilled oysters at a traditional Frying Pan get-together. Play games and immerse yourself in the fun side of family farm life in the 1930s. The program from 4:30 to 6 p.m. costs $18 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

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

Celebrate National Salamander Day Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Virginia is a worldwide destination for salamander fans. Celebrate this special day at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with a salamander search both on land and in the stream. The cost of this program from 2 to 3 p.m. is $7 per person. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Spellbound for Salamanders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Celebrate International Salamander Awareness Day with a stroll through salamander habitat at Huntley Meadows Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $7 per person. Meet at the 6901 S. Kings Highway entrance. The walk is 1.5 miles and there are no restrooms at this entrance. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Night Hike & Símores Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a naturalist-led walk through the forest at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to listen for nocturnal animals and look for evidence of wildlife. End with a campfire and símores. This program from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Life in the Lakes Shallows Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Explore the shallows of Burke Lake looking for snakes, fish, turtles and insects that rely on the shallows to survive. We will catch and release what we find. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Wear shoes that can get muddy and wet. Call 703-323-6600.

Survival-Starting Fire in Any Weather Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Learn to get a survival fire going at any time of year. Come to Burke Lake Park from 11 a.m. to noon and discover where to find the best tinder, what methods to use and what fire essentials to carry in your kit, and then try your hand at starting a fire. Minors must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $10 per person. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Sunday, May 7

Pirate Fest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Celebrate Virginiaís seafaring and port trading past at Lake Fairfax Park. Sing sea chanteys, learn nautical skills and experience the life of a sailor as you make your way around our port town. Wear your most dashing pirate clothes. Shop our exotic market and take some treasure home. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. The cost $10 per person. Add a Pirate Tour Boat Ride to your day. Space is limited, so register early online. Check online for available times. For more info on all these events, call 703-471-5414.

Wetlands Awareness Day
(All Ages) Celebrate the beauty and importance of wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park. Stroll along forested paths and the half-mile boardwalk trail to enjoy interactive displays about beavers, birds, bugs, turtles and more. Meet a live raptor up close. Collect stamps at each station to get a free prize. This free event begins at noon, rain or shine. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Grain Grinding
See and hear 19th century technology at work! Come to Colvin Run Mill from noon to 3 p.m. when the miller will be grinding grain the old-fashioned way, conditions permitting. Please call the site to confirm. No reservations are required. 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.

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. Call 703-759-2771.

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

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

Monday, May 8

Little Acorns-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) (2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share natureís wonders at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration, weather permitting. The topics are: 5/1-Colors Everywhere; 5/8-Animal Babies; 5 /15-American Indians; and 5/22-Beautiful Beetles. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcomed. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day
Stop by Green Spring Gardens for free gardening and history events at 11 a.m. each day followed by refreshments. On Monday, join Master Gardeners for a roundtable conversation; tour our newly renovated glasshouse on Tuesday; on Wednesday, tour the historic house; visit with the gardeners at our edible garden on Thursday; and on Friday, learn about Green Spring past and present. Itís our way of saying thanks for your support. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Little Hands on the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about farm animals and 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 and five run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Reservations are required, and an adult must attend. Call 703-437-9101.

Seniorís Only Tournament
(55 years and older) Players compete in a one-day, 18-hole individual stroke play tournament at Greendale Golf Course that begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Divisions are determined based on sign-up, and prizes will be awarded for first and second place in each division as well as closest to the pin. Register by May 1. The cost of $45 per person includes greens fee, power cart, breakfast, lunch and prizes. Call 703-971-6170.

Birding for Beginners: Waterfowl Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Learn about the waterfowl at Lake Accotink and develop some basic identification skills. The program from 9 to 10 a.m. begins with an indoor discussion. The cost is $6 per person. Children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-569-3464.

Tuesday, May 9

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

Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day
Stop by Green Spring Gardens for free gardening and history events at 11 a.m. each day followed by refreshments. On Monday, join Master Gardeners for a roundtable conversation; tour our newly renovated glasshouse on Tuesday; on Wednesday, tour the historic house; visit with the gardeners at our edible garden on Thursday; and on Friday, learn about Green Spring past and present. Itís our way of saying thanks for your support. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Wednesday, May 10

History for Homeschool-Trips & Studies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-12 yrs.) Learn American history in this five-part series through field trips to historic sites of local and national interest. Students must have basic reading and writing skills and be comfortable working in a group. Field trip transportation is provided for 10. The classes at Historic Huntley run from 1 to 2:55 p.m., and the series cost is $105. Tour fees additional. Call 703-768-2525.

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

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

Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day
Stop by Green Spring Gardens for free gardening and history events at 11 a.m. each day followed by refreshments. On Monday, join Master Gardeners for a roundtable conversation; tour our newly renovated glasshouse on Tuesday; on Wednesday, tour the historic house; visit with the gardeners at our edible garden on Thursday; and on Friday, learn about Green Spring past and present. Itís our way of saying thanks for your support. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Thursday, May 11

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

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

Amateur Naturalist Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Join us at Hidden Pond Nature Center for first-hand experience and hands-on learning about many different aspects of the natural world. Whether nature is a hobby or lifelong love, or if youíre simply curious about the natural world, this program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. is for you. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day
Stop by Green Spring Gardens for free gardening and history events at 11 a.m. each day followed by refreshments. On Monday, join Master Gardeners for a roundtable conversation; tour our newly renovated glasshouse on Tuesday; on Wednesday, tour the historic house; visit with the gardeners at our edible garden on Thursday; and on Friday, learn about Green Spring past and present. Itís our way of saying thanks for your support. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Friday, May 12

Nature Journaling Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-12 yrs.) Nature journaling is a fun, creative way to record and remember what you see outdoors with sketches, photos, thoughts and impressions. In this five-part series at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, learn some tips and tricks as we experiment with colored pencils, pastels, watercolors and various plain and colored papers from 4:15 to 5:10 p.m. The cost is $44. A short supply list will be sent before class begins, and a $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Cooking Biscuits Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Try cooking the old-fashioned way over a fire, the way many Virginians before us did. At Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, cook biscuits with jelly and make fresh butter to sample. Learn about the tools and safety required when cooking with open flames. This program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Riverside Campfire - Night Wings Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Hoot like an owl, swoop like a bat and flutter like a moth as we learn about the creatures that fly through our night skies. Bring a toasting stick with you to Riverbend Park. Símores will be provided. The program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Come early if youíd like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day
Stop by Green Spring Gardens for free gardening and history events at 11 a.m. each day followed by refreshments. On Monday, join Master Gardeners for a roundtable conversation; tour our newly renovated glasshouse on Tuesday; on Wednesday, tour the historic house; visit with the gardeners at our edible garden on Thursday; and on Friday, learn about Green Spring past and present. Itís our way of saying thanks for your support. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, May 13

Spring Farm Day
(2-Adult) Take a break from city living and enjoy a day of life on the farm at Sample hand-churned ice cream and visit the dairy exhibit. Treat the kids to farm activities and crafts just for them. See blacksmithing and antique equipment demonstrations. Try your hand at cow milking at noon. And donít forget to stop by the barn to get an up-close introduction to the parkís baby animals. Because of the rainy weather in the forecast, Frying Pan has modified some of the activities it originally had planned for the day. That means all activities are now free of charge. Call 703-437-9101.

Nature for Tiny Tots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(24-42 mos.) Children and parents learn about plants, animals and habitats through songs, crafts and activities at Huntley Meadows Park. Topics vary. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $12 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Native American ArcheryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-14 yrs.) For food and defense, archery was an important part of Native American life. Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center to learn how to make a bow and arrow, and then take aim and shoot. This program is taught in three sessions from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $30 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Mid-Century Meals Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Would you eat a fruit salad thatís inside an elaborately-molded Jello? In the 1950s, Americans sat down to eat spectacular, savory gelatins. In this program from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, don your mid-century best to learn from a historian about 1950s food ways and have a chance at cooking your own. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and bring shoes that can get wet and muddy. We search for catch and release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and other creatures. The program runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person, and all family members must register. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Fishing by the Stream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) 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 in this program from 6 to 7 p.m. Bring your own fully rigged fishing poles; worms are provided for bait. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Meet at Cabellís Mill. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Animal Moms and Babies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Wild animals care for their young in fascinating ways. Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center for a naturalist-led walk, craft, game and song to learn about natureís wild ways of child rearing. Meet live animals. The program from 1 to 1:45 p.m. costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) A naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park takes you on a relaxing stroll through the park at dusk for a tour of the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. The cost is $8 per person. The two-hour program begins at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

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

Life in the Lakes Shallows Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Explore the shallows of Lake Accotink looking for animals such as snakes, fish, turtles and insects that rely on the shallow areas of the lake to survive. We will catch and release what we find. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Wear shoes that can get muddy and wet. For more, call 703-569-3464.

Sunday, May 14

Motherís Day Rose Tea
(13-Adult) Roses, like mothers, have been revered throughout history. Celebrate both from 1 to 3 p.m. at Historic Green Spring and find out why we give roses to those we love. Sample the culinary rose at the tea table, and take home a fragrant favor bag. The program is followed by a traditional English tea. The cost is $45 each. Reservations are required. Call 703-941-7987.

Artistically Inspired Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Gather friends and family at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to create beautiful crafts inspired by history and nature. Learn about the history of the crafts and natural resources we use. Crafts are seasonally inspired, and light refreshments will be served. This program from 2 to 4 p.m. costs $12 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Twilight History Boat Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Take a twilight boat tour at Burke Lake Park. Learn about Burkeís local history as the last soft glow of light disappears and the stars begin to shine. This tour from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $6 per person. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Motherís Day Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a campfire at Burke Lake Park with mom as we investigate the hard work that goes into raising young. Toast marshmallows around the campfire. The program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Register an adult with any registered child. Call 703-323-6600.

Monday, May 15

Little Acorns-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) (2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share natureís wonders at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration, weather permitting. The topics are: 5/1-Colors Everywhere; 5/8-Animal Babies; 5 /15-American Indians; and 5/22-Beautiful Beetles. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcomed. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

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

Tuesday, May 16

Garden Program: Gable RhododendronClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Come to Green Spring Gardens from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. to learn about a beautiful and rugged group of Rhododendrons developed by plant breeder Joe Gable. Local expert Don Hyatt shares the legacy of Joe Gableís work and introduces you to some fabulous Gable Rhodies. This lecture benefits the White Gardens in Falls Church, a developing Park Authority public garden. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Wednesday, May 17

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

Thursday, May 18

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

Friday, May 19

Nature for Tiny Tots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(24-42 mos.) Children and parents learn about plants, animals and habitats through songs, crafts and activities at Huntley Meadows Park. Topics vary. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $12 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Hot Dog, Símores, Wagon Ride and Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and enjoy a turkey hot dog supper roasted over the campfire and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley. 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. The program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Riverside Campfire - Batty about Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Come to Riverbend Park to learn more about bats and why they are disappearing from our skies. Bring a toasting stick; símores provided. Come early if youíd like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. The program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Weíll cancel if it rains. Call 703-759-9018.

Camping/Movie Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(All Ages) Camp out at Burke Lake Park and receive free admission to our movie night in the campground field with purchase of a campsite for the night. Campsites can accommodate up to seven people. Movie time is 8:30 p.m. At press time, the movie is scheduled to be ďHoney I Shrunk the Kids.Ē For more, call 703-323-6600.

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

Saturday, May 20

Useful and Edible Native Plants and Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park and learn about native plants and trees that 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. See what Mother Nature is growing just for you. This program from 8:30 to 10:25 a.m. costs $23 and runs rain or shine. Bring water and a snack and wear suitable outdoor clothes and hiking boots/shoes. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Delicious Dairy at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Churn your own delicious butter and taste fresh cheese you can make at home. Discover how Historic Huntley, once a summer home for the wealthy, became a dairy farm. A house tour is included in the program from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Dig in for Victory! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Discover how civilians during WWII planted Victory Gardens to support our troops. Learn about the life cycle of plants, seeds, nutrient cycles and how you can plant your own garden. This program from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park is outside and involves minimal walking. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Par-3 Challenge
(8-Adult) Participants compete in a nine-hole, individual, stroke-play tournament at Jefferson District Golf Course beginning at 1 p.m. Jeffersonís tee boxes will be moved around to turn the entire course into par-3s.Tee box locations are kept secret until the day of the event. The cost per person is $35. Fees are due at the time of registration and include lunch and prizes. The rain date is May 27. For more information, call 703-573-0444.

Spring Garden Day Ė BIG PLANT SALE
More than 40 local garden vendors will descend on Green Spring Gardens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with beautiful and unusual plants to fill your spring gardening needs. Growers and Master Gardeners will be on hand to help with plant selections and gardening advice. For more information about the event, call 703-642-5173.

Animal Pajama Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Put on your PJs and come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the centerís live animals. The 45-minute program begins at 7 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Children must attend with an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Tiny Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Hear the story ďThe Little Red Hen Makes PizzaĒ as you sip mint tea or apple juice and munch animal crackers at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Make a pretend pizza and create a craft. This program from 1 to 1:45 p.m. costs $8 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Pink Ladyís Slipper Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Join a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center for a leisurely stroll to a natural wild orchid display at Roundtree Park. Your naturalist guide will also identify other native wildflowers. This free program runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

Campfire Flix Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Tired of seeing the same old flicks at the cinemas? Then come to Hidden Pond Nature Center and watch original shows scripted by our own staff while you enjoy a campfire and símores. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $6 per person. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Live Animal Lunchtime! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Bring a lunch to Huntley Meadows Park and dine with a snake, turtle or toad. Learn about its diet, adaptations and habitat through crafts and hands-on learning. Dessert is our treat. The program from noon to 1 p.m. costs $7 per child. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

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

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

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Enjoy a stroll along the shore at Burke Lake Park and learn about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you and will have some telescopes on hand for folks to try out. The program from 8 to 9:30 p.m. concludes with a campfire. Símores ingredients are provided; hot dogs are welcome. The cost is $12 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Survival-Intro to Map and Compass Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Most people think they know how to use a compass correctly, until they get lost. Learn how to put your map and compass to work so that you never get lost. We all need some practice, and our special compass course at Burke Lake Park is designed to do just that. The cost of this program from 11 a.m. to noon is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Sunday, May 21

Grain Grinding
See and hear 19th century technology at work! Come to Colvin Run Mill from noon to 3 p.m. when the miller will be grinding grain the old-fashioned way, conditions permitting. Please call the site to confirm. No reservations are required. 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.

Forging the Future: 1940s Blacksmithing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) A blacksmithís day is hard until the work suddenly disappears. The smiths of the 1940s had to adapt to changing times in their industry to stay in business. Learn about the work on a changing farm as you play games designed to test your blacksmith skills. Meet at the Frying Pan Farm Park Blacksmith Shop for this program from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Copperheads and Black Racers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. We search for, capture, identify and release snakes from 10 to 11 a.m. Learn the habits and preferred habitats of our native snakes. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

The Very, Very Fun Storybook Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) Enjoy popular stories by author Eric Carle as we act out being hungry caterpillars at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Children munch through some of the storybook treats, meet and release not-so-grouchy ladybugs, and make a craft. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call one week in advance with any dietary restrictions. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

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

Spring Warblers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Walk with a naturalist at Lake Accotink Park in search of early spring migrating warblers. The program from 8 to 10 a.m. meets at the Lake Accotink Visitor Center. The cost is $8 per person. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-569-3464.

Monday, May 22

Little Acorns-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) (2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share natureís wonders at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration, weather permitting. The topics are: 5/1-Colors Everywhere; 5/8-Animal Babies; 5 /15-American Indians; and 5/22-Beautiful Beetles. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcomed. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

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

Little Hands on the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about farm animals and 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 and five run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Reservations are required, and an adult must attend. Call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, May 23

Garden Getaway: Springtime at Longwood Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Immerse yourself in springtime splendor at Longwood Gardens, a DuPont estate in Pennsylvania. Enjoy formal plantings and fountains on the estate grounds and the grand conservatory, which houses spectacular displays of lilies, orchids and hydrangeas.†Lunch is on your own at the cafť of Longwood. The trip departs from Green Spring Gardens at 7 a.m. and returns at 7 p.m. The cost is $115 per person.† For more, call 703-642-5173.

Animal Feeding at the Nature Center Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Help our naturalist care for and feed the nature centerís animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, May 24

National Scavenger Hunt Day Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Take part in a nature scavenger hunt around Lake Fairfax Park and indulge in símores by the campfire. The program from 6 to 8 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Thursday, May 25

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

Friday, May 26

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

Twilight Hilltop Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. Itís a dramatic setting made all the more stunning by the setting sun. Join us after-hours for a special tour and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments will be served afterward. This program from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. costs $5 per person. Dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

American Indian Stories CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as you hear traditional American Indian stories from 8 to 9 p.m. Toast marshmallows, too. The cost is $6 per person, and children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-941-1065.

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

Saturday, May 27

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

Faster Farming, Waning Woods Night Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) At Frying Pan Farm Park, learn how technology has changed the natural world, then explore our trails at dusk to understand its effects and impact on animals living in our woods. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Please dress for the weather and a hike. Call 703-437-9101.

Bread and Butter Tea Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) The Huntley villa must have hosted many afternoon teas, but probably not one like this, where the guests will be asked to make their own fresh butter while we share stories about families who lived here. Teddy bears and favorite dolls or trucks are welcome as we partake of the simple fare of bread and butter, fruit, homemade pot cheese and a selection of traditional and herbal teas. The program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. includes a tour of the Historic Huntley House and grounds. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Tea is Served Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Enjoy a special tea at Sully Historic Site for young ladies and a special woman in their lives. Wear your Sunday best for an elegant, fun afternoon answering tea-tillating questions. The program from 2 to 4 p.m. costs $28 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join naturalist P.J. Dunn at Huntley Meadows Park to hike the trails after dark as you look and listen for owls, beavers and other night animals. The two-hour program begins at 7:45 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Wetland in Bloom Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Take an ecology hike to the wetland at Huntley Meadows Park during peak bloom of buttonbush, swamp rose and lizardís tail. Search for birds and mammals that use these plants for food, shelter and nesting. The program from 10 a.m. to noon costs $8 per person, and it will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, May 28

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

Monday, May 29

Scottís Run Nature Preserve Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Take a three-mile, naturalist-led hike in the beautiful Scottís Run Nature Preserve along the Potomac River. This hike over moderate terrain from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. highlights natural features, scenic overlooks and the Scottís Run waterfall. The cost is $8 per person. Donít forget to bring some water along. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scottís Run Nature Preserve. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Tuesday, May 30

Family Trivia Tuesdays Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Join us at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for family fun, pizza and friendly competition at Cabellís Mill to see who becomes the Ellanor C. Lawrence trivia champion. The topic in May is Virginia native species. Register as an individual for $7 or in groups of four for $22. Trivia-time is 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Wednesday, May 31

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

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Chris Goldbecker Parks Bring Innovation to Outdoor Recreation

Todayís modern technology is truly wonderful and has captured the hearts and minds of multiple generations. New phone applications allow us to instantly access a global repository of knowledge as well as monitor personal biometrics and even track down virtual creatures and collect them all.

As personal computing devices and social media take hold of our imaginations and pull our gaze ever more toward various miniaturized screens, it is important not to forget the wonders and undiscovered secrets of our very own real and tangible world. Our parks offer endless opportunities to exercise, explore, learn, contemplate, and re-connect. Some of the hidden gems in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the capitol region are Lake Accotink, Lake Fairfax, Burke Lake and Riverbend Parks, where sounds of highway traffic are replaced with the cheerful songs of migrating birds. Within these protected spaces we can relax with friends, hike the trails and take part in many other programs and activities while basking in the glow of sunsets as they reflect on tranquil waters.

While technology may have made staying inside much more appealing, technology has also made getting outside much more interesting and rewarding. Activities such as geocaching, hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, photography, star gazing, orienteering and birding can now all be enhanced with the right technological applications, and the Park Authority is expanding its offerings to combine 21st century innovation with traditional outdoor programs. Since the bounds extend well beyond boating, fishing and camping, we are now highlighting them in the new Parktakes Outdoor Recreation section. Whether you have a desire to leave your technology behind or bring it with you to enhance your outdoor experience, we have a program for you. Explore the Outdoor Recreation section and start planning your summer adventures in parks!

Chris Goldbecker, M.S., CPRP
Lakefront Parks Supervisor
Fairfax County Park Authority

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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