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Spring Savings Spectacular

Spring Savings Spectacular

Great news for golfers in your family! Frequent Player Passes at Park Authority golf courses are now on sale for a limited time at up to TWICE the normal discount.

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Camps:  Come Out To Play!
Water Fun, games and More!

Water Fun, Games and More!

There are so many ways to play in parks; you could schedule a different activity for every day of your summer vacation! Make a summer splash at the Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole at Lake Fairfax in Reston, or sail into Our Special Harbor sprayground and the rest of the Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park in Franconia, or take a break from the summer sun and plunge into a pool at any of our RECenters.

All Hands on Deck for the Cardboard Boat Regatta!

All Hands on Deck for the Cardboard Boat Regatta!

Grab your crew and captain your cardboard boat creation in this year's Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Accotink Park! Whether you're racing or just watching, it's always a thrill to see which boats will sink and which will float to the finish

Finding Life Balance in Fitness

A Kids Summer Fun Frontier

Cultivate your children's curiosity about life on the farm by signing them up for Junior Farmer Camp at Frying Pan Farm Park. In this roundup of rural life, kids get to roll up their sleeves and do everything the farmer would do like harvesting crops, washing and feeding the animals and pitching in with farm chores.


Preserving Yesterday's Treasures

Preserving Yesterday's Treasures

2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the end of a war that Americans once called "the second war for independence," the War of 1812. Tucked away in the Fairfax County Park Authority's archaeological collection lies an artifact from an important battle in that war; the Battle of the White House.


Combo Classic Celebrates 25 Years

Combo Classic Celebrates 25 Years

It is tournament time at FCPA golf courses, and 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Combo Classic, a unique tournament at Twin Lakes Golf Course that pairs players with and without disabilities together in a two-person scramble format. This year, proceeds will benefit the Park Authority's new Adapted Golf Instructional Program.


Classic Cars make Father's Day Fun!

Classic Cars make Father's Day Fun!

Treat your dad to a classic, eye-popping experience at the Sully Antique Car Show on Father's Day. Hundreds of antique and classic cars fill the grounds each year, ranging from the Model A to cars your dad grew up with like the Corvette, the Mustang, the T-bird or maybe even a Studebaker or Model T.


Twin Lakes Golf Course Steps Up its Game

RECenter Fitness Benefits are Ahead of the Curve!

Adrian Rumingan remembers fitness being a family affair growing up. These days the 28 year old fitness enthusiast trains for triathlon competitions almost daily at Providence RECenter. "In the past year the RECenter installed the Curve in the fitness room," he said enthusiastically. "It's my favorite piece of equipment."


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Wednesday, April 1

Natures’ April Foolers CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how animals use trickery to get a meal or to keep from being a meal at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. Listen to stories and toast marshmallows around a campfire. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers can explore Frying Pan Farm Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and get involved in hands on activities including games, demonstrations, animal encounters, crafts and short hikes. Topics include animal superstitions, vernal pools, and gardens. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Thursday, April 2

Peeper CreepClick to Register with Parktakes Online
What’s that sound? The peepers start the chorus to let the world know that spring has sprung. Get to know these tiny, often unseen, yet remarkably loud heralds of spring up close and personal. This is a naturalist-led indoor presentation and outdoor quest at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, April 3

Wood Frogs!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The wood frogs are breeding in the vernal pools! Assist in collecting and releasing frogs and recording data for our amphibian survey at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wear water-proof boots and bring flash lights. You must register an adult with your child. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, April 4

Easter Egg Hunt at Nottoway Park
Children ages one to nine can hunt for candy, toys and eggs at Nottoway Park from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Visit with the Easter bunny for photos. There will be door prizes for each age group. The cost is $9. Walk-in registration starts at 9:30 a.m. in the picnic shelter, cash only. Weather decision will be made at 8:30 a.m., call 703-324-8566.

Woodland Wildlife Egg HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Spring babies are everywhere! Meet costumed woodland characters along the half- mile Old Oak Trail and learn how different animals raise their young in the spring at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Hunt for eggs around some animals and get a treat from others. Finish with a small egg hunt in Nature Playce. Trail is not stroller friendly. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Bluebells and BloodrootsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify Riverbend Park’s beautiful spring ephemerals and discover the folklore that has grown up around them, as we walk the banks of the Potomac River from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Canceled if rain. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Wagon Ride - Journey to the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond! Journey to see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming at Riverbend Park Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, April 5

Build Your Own Bee HouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Riverbend Park from 2 to 4 p.m. to learn about local pollinators and use invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators. This house attracts mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees, which rarely sting. The cost is $8 per person. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Build Your Own BirdhouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Make your backyard bird friendly. Learn about bird-friendly plants and build your own bird house at Riverbend Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children must be accompanied by registered adult. The cost is $8 plus a $5 supply fee on the day of the program. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Dinosaur Egg Hunt at Hidden OaksClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to eight can enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting dinoland in Nature Playce. Look at newly emerged tadpoles in the pond and make a dino craft. Canceled in case of rain. Pre-registration is required. Programs run at 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. for 45 min. session. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, April 6

Animal Vets WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children 6 to 11 spend the day at Riverbend Park starting at 9 a.m. with our exhibit animals. Check their health, weight and size, clean and refresh their tanks, and enjoy some fun activities and games. Bring a bag lunch, snack and drink. Wear old clothes. The cost is $60. Call 703-759-9018.

Little Hands on the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five learn about farm animals, and chores and enjoy a story, craft or game at Frying Pan Farm Park from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Adults must attend class with child. Class meets every other Monday for five sessions. The cost is $32. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Yoga for GardenersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Get a gentle introduction to the Vinyasa method helping participants increase the strength, flexibility and endurance necessary for gardening from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. This 11 class session is held indoors. The cost is $117. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Nature Quest-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Be a part of this naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. Children learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, April 8

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

Thursday, April 9

Kid’s Korner-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children with an adult learn about spring Bluebells at E.C. Lawrence Park 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

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

Songs of SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify the calls and songs of many park animals through hands-on activities and hikes at Huntley Meadows Park from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Learn about hawk hymns, the owl orchestra and amphibian anthems. The cost is $8 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Friday, April 10

S’more Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley at E.C. Lawrence Park at 6:30 p.m. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about other aspects of the areas' local and natural history. Return to a warming campfire and make a sweet chocolate treat to eat. Meet at Cabell's Mill. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Garden Talk: Edibles & OrnamentalsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Think you don’t have enough space for an edible garden? Master gardeners help you discover the basics of incorporating edibles into the ornamental landscape at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Call 703-642-5173.

Shot in the Dark Night Tournament
Teams of two play a 9-hole scramble using glow-in-the-dark balls at Burke Lake Golf Course starting at 8 p.m. Hors d’ouevres served at 7 p.m. Fee includes one glow ball and flashlight. Additional glow balls are $5 each. Closest-to-the-pin contests. Tournament is limited to the first 18 teams. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place teams. Rain date is April 17. The cost is $65 per team. Call 703-323-1641.

Family Nature NightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover your natural neighborhood at Huntley Meadows Park from 7 to 8 p.m. Explore park habitats and diverse wildlife through activities, games and walks. Dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Rockhounders- Spring SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a hands-on approach to geology that includes rock and mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, April 11

Bluebells at the Bend Festival
Join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park as we celebrate he return of Virginia bluebells. The Bluebells at the Bend Festival features live music, wildflower walks, live animals, face painting, wagon rides, and other family-friendly activities. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Amphibian CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Gather around a campfire, make s’mores and learn about our native amphibians at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. See some animals first hand and talk about their habits and habitats. Please be sure to register an adult with your child. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wood Frogs!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The wood frogs are breeding in the vernal pools! Assist in collecting and releasing frogs and recording data for our amphibian survey at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wear water-proof boots and bring flash lights. You must register an adult with your child. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Kite Fun Day at the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Make and decorate a kite at Frying Pan Farm Park and then watch it soar from 10:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Kite flying activities for children 10 years and younger. Pre-paid reservations required. The cost is $10. Call 703-437-9101.

Children’s Cherry Blossom CelebrationClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate he Japanese gift of the cherry trees at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Take the chop stick challenge, paint a paper lantern, rake a Zen garden, or fold origami. Enjoy free activities or purchase a craft ticket to access a variety of Japanese-inspired crafts. The cost is $10 for a craft ticket; all other activities are free. Advance registration for the craft ticket recommended. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Shoji Lamp WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Make an elegant Shoji table lamp with wood and rice paper for a warm accent light anywhere in your home at Green Spring Gardens from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn about the simple Zen aesthetic of Japan’s ancient decorative traditions. Materials will be supplied. Refreshments served. The cost is $45. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Animal Search with a NaturalistClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist Jim Dewing at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and see which creatures, feathered or furred, are out from 8 to 9 a.m. Jim helps you discover a hidden forest filled with animal signs, emerging native plants, even a few invaders. Bring open eyes, questions, binoculars, and field guides if you wish. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Build Your Own Bluebird HouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Uncover the mysteries of these spring jewels through a short slide show and walk at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. Make your own nest box for your back yard. Bring a hammer. Reservations and advanced payment required by 3/15. Register for each kit. The cost is $15. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Field FrenzyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Go into the field with an experienced naturalist to find, handle and create habitats for some of the wild animals found in Hidden Pond Park from 10 a.m. to noon. The animals we catch may be placed on display. The cost is $8. Call 703-451-9588.

Civil War School of the Soldier
Camps of instruction were common to new recruits who came to the Confederate Army straight from farms, shops and schoolrooms. Learn the skills of a soldier at Sully Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pack a knapsack, march and drill with “muskets”, put up a tent, visit the surgeon and learn about camp cooking. The cost is $5 per child and $7 per adult. House tour included. Call 703-437-1794.

Watershed Clean-Up at Lake Accotink
Be part of the 27th annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. Join park staff and volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon as we clean up the park and surrounding streams. Every piece of trash came from someone and you’ll be the one to keep it from harming wildlife and threatening fragile ecosystems. Meet at the marina to sign in and get your assignment. Dress for the weather and wear clothes and sturdy shoes that can get muddy. Gloves and trash bags provided. This event is perfect for students, families, scouts, school and civic groups. Event held rain or shine. Call 703-569-0285.

Naturalist’s Choice ‘Behind the Scenes’Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Huntley Meadows Park 40th anniversary by taking a tour of some off-the-beaten-path, seldom-seen places with a park naturalist from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 11, cost $8, and from 10 a.m. to noon on April 25, cost $7. Dress for going off trail. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, April 12

A Touch of Japan for Cherry BlossomClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Have Cherry Blossom fun at Sully Historic Site. Sample teas of Japan, see Japanese fans and colorful objects, and then paint your own fan from 3 to 5 p.m. Tour of the 1794 house included at 4 p.m. Prepaid reservations required by 3/21. The cost is $27. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Jane Austen: Strictly Ballroom Tea Program
In Austen’s fiction, a ball was the ultimate venue for courtship. Under cover of music and the footwork of a dance, young people talked and touched in flirtatious ways not permitted elsewhere. Hear about the protocol, passion and “felicities of rapid motion” that characterized the Austen-era ball at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Program followed by a full English tea. Reservations required. The cost is $32. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Monday, April 13

Storytime in the ForestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for a nature story at Huntley Meadows Park from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., followed by a craft, outdoor exploration and other activities. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Tuesday, April 14

Civil War Lecture: After the War
Sully Historic Site hosts an After the War Civil War Lecture at 7 p.m. This Civil War 150th Commemorative Program is sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. in memory of Thom F. Hanes. Gettysburg National Military Park ranger, Charles Teague, presents this look at the final days of the life of President Lincoln. Light refreshments will be served. Donations gratefully accepted. Reservations required. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Its dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Help our naturalist care for and feed the nature center’s animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, April 15

Nature Tots at WalneyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Program includes indoor and outdoor fun. Adult must be able to participate with children. Cost is $4 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers can explore Frying Pan Farm Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and get involved in hands on activities including games, demonstrations, animal encounters, crafts and short hikes. Topics include animal superstitions, vernal pools, and gardens. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, April 17

Campfire FridaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come along for a night of campfire, s'mores, animals and so much more! Learn about the coming of the frog and discover different areas of the park that we visit at Hidden Pond at 7 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Jr. Naturalist-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Elementary-age children explore spring Bluebells at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Rockhounders- Spring SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a hands-on approach to geology that includes rock and mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, April 18

Amphibian CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Gather around a campfire, make s’mores and learn about our native amphibians at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. See some animals first hand and talk about their habits and habitats. Please be sure to register an adult with your child. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Spring Campfire Saturdays at Royal LakeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
A naturalist guided adventure awaits as you explore woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Royal Lake Park. Enjoy some s’mores around a campfire and learn about amphibians. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Entry Gardens: Designing for Curb AppealClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn the formula for a beautiful entry garden: plant selection, creating focus, screening views, complementing architecture and hardscaping at Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Garden designer Amy Knotts Neiberline answers your design questions and shares dos and don’ts for creating a beautiful front yard. The cost is $22. For information, call 703-642-5173.

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

Floral Design: Lush Spring BulbsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Envision springtime indoors with a lush, pastel arrangement of daffodils, hyacinth, iris, tulips, and roses. Floral designer Rachel Gang teaches you the creative process and shows experienced arrangers how to take design to the next level at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $35 plus a $25 supply fee. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Pu-Ehr Tea Tasting PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the unique characteristics of Pu-Ehr teas as you taste several quality vintage brews at Green Spring Gardens from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Pu-Erh tea is one of China’s great treasures but relatively unknown in the West. A complex maturation process yields a tea unlike any other in the world that shares many attributes with fine wine. The cost is $25. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Tree TrekClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist Jim Dewing on a search for the biggest, oldest, and rarest trees in our forest from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how we care for them. The cost is $6. Call 703-631-0013.

Earth Day CelebrationClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Earth Day by learning about the changing environment, composting and green practices at E.C. Lawrence Park from 11 to noon. The festivities end by recycling household materials into fun new items. The cost is $5. Call 703-631-0013.

Evening WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist PJ Dunn hiking trails after dark at Huntley Meadows Park from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., listening for owls, beavers and night animals. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Lake Accotink Wildflower WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist Clara Ailes for a leisurely walk along Accotink Creek in search of bluebells, dwarf ginseng, showy orchids and other spring wildflowers from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants meet in the close end of the first large parking lot on the left, off of Lake Accotink Access Road, which is off of Highland Avenue. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Sketch Hike: Spring EphemeralsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on spring wildflowers and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per person. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Wetland WatchersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Parent and child take a walk to the Huntley Meadows wetland with stories and a scavenger hunt to look at real world examples of nature getting ready for the coming season from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dress for the weather. Accompanying adult does not pay. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, April 19

The Very Very Fun Storybook Tea PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy popular stories by author Eric Carle at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. as we act out being hungry caterpillars munching through some of the storybook treats and meet not-so-grouchy ladybugs. Miss Spider will even join us for tea! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call one week in advance with any dietary restrictions. The cost is $10 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, April 20

Animal VetsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at the Riverbend Park Nature Center and go behind the scenes to help care for our exhibit animals from 4 to 5 p.m. Take the animal’s vital signs and check their health. An optional Riverbend patch will be available for $3.15. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Nature Quest-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Be a part of this naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. Children learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, April 22

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

Thursday, April 23

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

Songs of SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify the calls and songs of many park animals through hands-on activities and hikes at Huntley Meadows Park from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Learn about hawk hymns, the owl orchestra and amphibian anthems. The cost is $8 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Garden Stroll & Tea
Tour some of the glorious demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring Gardens’ past and present from 1 to 3 p.m. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. Reservations required. The cost is $32. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Spring Wildflowers of Scotts RunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Scotts Run Nature Preserve at 10 a.m. and walk the trails in search of spring beauty, dutchman’s breeches and other spring ephemerals in these rich woods. Meet in west parking lot. Wear hiking shoes. Canceled if rain. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Homeschool: Geo TrekClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Tour Riverbend Park to see how nature and humans have altered our landscape, and how archeology unearths our past from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Call 703-759-9018.

Friday, April 24

Garden Talk : Rock GardensClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Rock gardens add a rugged beauty to any landscape. At Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. master gardeners show you how to design, plant, and care for a mountaintop garden. These plants boast longevity, and require little maintenance. Cost is $10. Call 703-642-5173.

Rockhounders- Spring SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a hands-on approach to geology that includes rock and mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, April 25

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

Naturalist’s Choice ‘Behind the Scenes’Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Huntley Meadows Park 40th anniversary by taking a tour of some off-the-beaten-path, seldom-seen places with a park naturalist from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 11, cost $8, and from 10 a.m. to noon on April 25, cost $7. Dress for going off trail. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Wildflowers, Tinctures, Teas and VinegarClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a hike and learn about healing and edible plants that grow in Riverbend Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Collect plants to create healing teas, tinctures, and vinegars. Each participant brings home a tincture or vinegar. The cost is $20 plus a supply fee of $7, payable to the instructor at class time. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Sketch Hike: BirdsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on birds, and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, April 26

Birding for BeginnersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Interested in birding? We can get you started. Learn about birds in the park and basic identification skills at Huntley Meadows from 8 to 11 a.m. Program begins with an indoor talk. Children ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Jane Austen: Strictly Ballroom Tea Program
In Austen’s fiction, a ball was the ultimate venue for courtship. Under cover of music and the footwork of a dance, young people talked and touched in flirtatious ways not permitted elsewhere. Hear about the protocol, passion and “felicities of rapid motion” that characterized the Austen-era ball at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Program followed by a full English tea. Reservations required. The cost is $32. For information, call 703-941-7987.

These Walls are Talking: Civil War Stories
Go back to 1861 when Frying Pan Meeting House served as a field hospital. Learn about the Pamunkey Indians’ role in the war, serving as pilots and scouts on Union gunboats that traversed Virginia waterways. Pamunkey women aided Union soldiers who encamped near the community throughout the war. Listen to Pamunkey and Civil War re-enactors, view hands-on exhibits and watch these stories come to life from 1 to 3 p.m.! Meet at Frying Pan Farm Park Meeting House: 2615 Centreville Rd, Herndon For information, call 703-437-9101.

Choice Plants for Small GardensClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Tour the gardens at Green Spring with curatorial horticulturist Brenda Skarphol to learn about woody and herbaceous plants for small gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. Discover how to use these plants to create vibrant spaces. The cost is $15. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Behind the Scenes, White Glove TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a journey through the collections of Sully Historic Site from 1 to 2 p.m. Try on white gloves to handle select objects. Visitors get up close and personal to objects used by the families who lived at Sully in the past. The cost is $8 per person. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Monday, April 27

Nature Quest-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Be a part of this naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. Children learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Tuesday, April 28

Hillwood Gardens & Tea, Washington, DCClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Tour the gardens of Hillwood Estate in Washington, DC on a day trip that leaves Green Spring Gardens at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m.  Walk through Hillwood’s spring gardens and mansion, then savor afternoon tea at its cafe. The cost is $98 and includes motor coach, entrance fee, tour and afternoon tea.  The trip cancelation deadline is April 13.  For information, call 703-642-5173. 

Thursday, April 30

Songs of SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify the calls and songs of many park animals through hands-on activities and hikes at Huntley Meadows Park from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Learn about hawk hymns, the owl orchestra and amphibian anthems. The cost is $8 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, May 1

Stories from Old CentrevilleClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Savor s’mores around a campfire while we share some of our favorite stories from Centreville’s past at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 8 to 9 p.m. Bring blankets or chairs and flashlights. Finish the evening with a candlelight tour of a mysterious headstone and an ancient miller’s house. Meet at Cabell's Mill. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Friday: Bugs & SpidersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Find out what sort of bugs like to come out at night at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Join our naturalist for outdoor adventure and nature study concluding with s'mores around a campfire. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Survival SkillsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and learn shelter building, edible vs poisonous plants and other ‘dangers’ of the wild. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, May 2

Pirate Fest at Lake Fairfax
Pirate Fest AdmissionsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Pirate Boat RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online

Pirates, privateers, and ports of call, ahoy! This new festival celebrates Virginia's seafaring past. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. join with Ships Company Chanteymen singing traditional sea chanteys, tavern tunes and pirate ditties. Experience the life of a sailor first hand with our many fun activity stations, including a pirate themed tour boat ride, Wear your most dashing pirate clothes and enter our costume contest. Admission is $10. Pirate boat rides are an additional $2.

May Day BasketsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the tradition of making a May basket filled with flowers to hang on a friend’s or neighbor’s front door as a May Day surprise at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Learn to identify some wildflowers and make art with flowers. Child must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

The Moon and the Stars CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Talk moon and stars and make s'mores around a warm campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Then head out into the meadow with a naturalist to learn how to identify the early spring constellations. The cost is $6. Meet at Cabell's Mill. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Family Fun: Garden Terrarium WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Create an enclosed, mini-garden terrarium that is fun to view and easy to take care of at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. Learn about the hydrologic cycle and have fun decorating your mini world with colored sand, stones and a figurine. The cost is $12 per project. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Teacup TopiariesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Create an all-season flowery centerpiece by combining our favorite things - flowers and teacups at Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Complete a beautiful teacup topiary to grace a table or mantle for years to come. It’s a perfect gift for Mother’s Day. All materials supplied, including fine china cup and saucer. Refreshments served. The cost is $25. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Riverbend Bird Stroll – WarblersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Hike with a naturalist during peak warbler migration at Riverbend Park from 7 to 9 a.m. Discover why Riverbend is an important stopover and nesting area that attracts so many species. Bring binoculars. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Wagon Ride - Journey to the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Journey to see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, May 3

Wetlands Awareness Day
Come help celebrate 40 years of education and exploration at Huntley Meadows Park. Enjoy an active, colorful afternoon with live animal and park history presentations, nature activities and family fun in this major park with its wetland boardwalk and wildlife observation tower from noon to 4 p.m. Bring friends and family to learn all about wetland ecology, local natural history and the importance of our wetlands. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Family Fun: Nature Photo Scavenger HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Use your camera or smartphone to make your way through a nature photo scavenger hunt at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Decipher the clues to snap photos and take selfies. Show us your photos and claim your prize. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Grinding Grain
The miller will be grinding grain from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill, conditions permitting. Cornmeal, grits and whole wheat flour ground on-site are for sale in the General Store. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Blacksmithing Demonstration
Watch the blacksmith ply his trade, as he makes both tools and decorative items out of iron at Colvin Run Mill from 11a.m . to 4 p.m. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Life’s a Garden...Dig It!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Catch and identify helpful insects that help plants grow at Frying Pan Farm Park from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Learn how plants sustain themselves and others and learn how plants dominate their territory. This outdoor program includes digging, moving and lots of mud, so come prepared to get dirty. Participants who purchase a container starter kit will walk away with a pot, soil, and seeds specific to each class topic. The cost is $6 without kit and $20 with kit. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Monday, May 4

Storytime in the ForestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for a nature story, craft, outdoor exploration and other activities at Huntley Meadows Park from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Nature Quest-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, preschoolers learn about our local animal species, hands-on and in the field at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Little Acorns- SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration. Learn about birds' nests and eggs, lively lizards, and insects and spiders. Dress for weather. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, May 5

Trillium TrekClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Travel by van to Linden, VA for a glorious display of trilliums and other spring wildflowers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plan on a moderate hike on a rocky trail and bring a snack. Late lunch at the Apple House. Wear hiking shoes. Meet at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, the cost is $30. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, May 6

Wagon Ride - Journey to the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Journey to see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Thursday, May 7

Homeschool: Wilderness SkillsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Make fires, build shelters and learn about wild and medicinal plants as we explore how to survive in the wilderness at Riverbend Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Hikes, games and art projects add to our adventures. The cost is $12, any supply fee payable to instructor at class. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Eco AdventuresClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come along on epic adventures through the wilderness and learn through hands-on experience from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Dress for the weather. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Songs of SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Animals often communicate in song. Learn how to identify the calls and songs of many of Huntley Meadows Park animals through hands-on activities and hikes from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Learn about songbird symphony and cicada choruses. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-768-2525.

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

Friday, May 8

Garden Talk: Butterfly GardeningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Butterflies are a joy to watch. Learn what plants you should grow to encourage these delicate beauties to visit your garden and extend their stay at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Survival SkillsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and learn shelter building, edible vs poisonous plants and other ‘dangers’ of the wild. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

S’more Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley at E.C. Lawrence Park at 6:30 p.m. on May 8 and at 7 p.m. on May 22. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about other aspects of the area’s local and natural history. Return to a warming campfire and make a sweet chocolate treat to eat. Meet at Cabell's Mill. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, November 9

Mother’s Day CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy an evening campfire with mom as we investigate the hard work that goes into raising young at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8 p.m. Toast marshmallows around the campfire. Please be sure to register an adult with any registered child. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Spring Farm DayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Watch sheep shearing and antique farm equipment demons at Frying Park Farm Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participate in hands-on farm activities such as cow and goat milking. Enjoy crafts, games, puppet shows and get an up-close introduction to the baby farm animals. The cost is $8 the day of or $7 if you pre-register. Call 703-437-9101.

Pink Lady’s Slipper WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll to a natural display of wild orchids at Roundtree Park from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Your naturalist guide also identifies native wildflowers. Canceled if rain. The cost is $2. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Night Hike & S’mores CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a naturalist-led walk through the forest listening for nocturnal animals and looking for evidence of wildlife from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Hike concludes by making s'mores over a campfire. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Leave No Trace Awareness WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants at Riverbend Park receive introductory training in the Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program, which is applicable to all outdoor enthusiasts and all environments from 9 a.m. to noon. Workshop topics include the underlying concept of minimum impact recreation and the seven principles of Leave No Trace. The cost is $10. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Spring Campfire Saturdays at Royal LakeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adventure awaits as you explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist. Bring something to roast around a cozy campfire, s’mores provided. Topics include turtle fishing and animal calling. The campfire is at 7 p.m. and the cost is $8. For information, call 703-451-9588.

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

Sunday, May 10

Make a Bird Bath for Mom’s DayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Treat your mother or friend to a homemade and hand-painted bird bath courtesy of you at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Treat her to tips about attracting birds to her backyard and how to identify local species. The cost is $15 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Mother’s Day Garden Tour and Tea
Enjoy a delightful docent-led tour of the gardens at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Then raise your teacups in honor of mothers and nurturers everywhere at a traditional English afternoon tea in the Historic House. Take home a special gift box of teatime favors. Reservations required. The cost is $42. For more information, please call 703-941-7987.

Mother’s Day Cruise
Spend quality time with Mom enjoying Mother Nature at Lake Accotink Park!  Thrill to a beautiful May afternoon cruising in sight of wildflower-bedecked shorelines and soaring eagles. Each 30-minute cruise sets out at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on this special day honoring mothers everywhere. Arrive 20 minutes before your cruise time to pick up your reserved tickets and get ready for boarding time. The fee is $3 for Mom, $6 for other adults, $4 for children ages three and up. For information and to make a reservation, call 703-569-0285. Cruises will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or windy conditions. No refunds for any other reason.

Monday, May 11

Nature Quest-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, preschoolers learn about our local animal species, hands-on and in the field at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Little Acorns- SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration. Learn about birds' nests and eggs, lively lizards, and insects and spiders. Dress for weather. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Senior’s Only Tournament!
Players compete in a one-day, 18-hole individual stroke play tournament at Greendale Golf Course starting at 8 a.m. Divisions determined based on sign-up; minimum of eight players required per division. Prizes awarded for 1st and 2nd place in each division as well as closest to the pin. Registration began 30 days prior to event; advance registration required by Monday, May 4. The cost is $45. Tournament costs include tournament-day greens fee and power cart, breakfast, lunch and prizes. Fees are due at time of registration. For information, call 703-971-9788.

Animal VetsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at the Riverbend Nature Center at 4 p.m. and go behind the scenes to help care for our exhibit animals. On this special day, take the animal’s vital signs and check their health. The cost is $6 per child, optional Riverbend patch available for $3.15. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Tuesday, May 12

Civil War Lecture: Appomattox
As we end the Civil War sesquicentennial, hear about the war’s last days and the people who played leading roles in its closure from 7 to 8 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. This Civil War 150th Commemorative Program is sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. in memory of Thom F. Hanes, one of the original founders. Light refreshments. Donations gratefully accepted. Free. Reservations required. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Wednesday, May 13

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers can explore Frying Pan Farm Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and get involved in hands-on activities including games, demonstrations, animal encounters, crafts and short hikes. Topics include farm birds and farmer's friends. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Thursday, May 14

Kid’s Korner-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children with their adult learn about spring ladybugs at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Homeschool: Metamorphosis and MoreClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Wander our watershed at Riverbend Park from 2 to 4 p.m. and learn the lifecycle of the frog. Follow the incredible journey of the tiny monarch caterpillar through metamorphosis and migration. Peer through magnifiers to examine the cycle of seed-to-flower-to-fruit in our botany lab. The cost is $12 per child. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Songs of SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Animals often communicate in song. Learn how to identify the calls and songs of many of Huntley Meadows Park animals through hands-on activities and hikes from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Learn about songbird symphony and cicada choruses. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Dig into the PastClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center from 5 to 6 p.m. and learn firsthand how archaeology works. Learn different methods used in archaeology. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, May 15

Fishing by the StreamClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 6 to 7 p.m. and go fishing along Rocky Run Stream. Learn about native fish and receive tips on equipment and techniques. Beginners welcome. Bring your own fully rigged fishing poles; worms provided for bait. Please be sure to register an adult with any registered child. Meet at Cabell's Mill. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Survival SkillsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and learn shelter building, edible vs poisonous plants and other ‘dangers’ of the wild. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Jr. Naturalist-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Elementary-age children learn about spring ladybugs at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Miller Training
This is a rare, hands-on opportunity for people to participate in a two-day “practicum” and learn to operate a water-powered mill at Colvin Run Mill from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This program is sponsored in part by the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills and presented by Colvin Run Mill’s miller, Mason Maddox. Pre-paid reservations required by May 2. The cost is $150 per person, includes supply fee. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Twilight Hilltop Tour
Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. It’s a dramatic setting made all the more stunning by the setting sun. Join us after hours from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on May 15 and from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on May 29 for a special tour and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments served afterward. Dress appropriately for the weather. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, May 16

Miller Training
This is a rare, hands-on opportunity for people to participate in a two-day “practicum” and learn to operate a water-powered mill at Colvin Run Mill from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This program is sponsored in part by the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills and presented by Colvin Run Mill’s miller, Mason Maddox. Pre-paid reservations required by May 2. The cost is $150 per person, includes supply fee. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Wagon Ride - Journey to the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Journey to see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Susan G. Komen Rally for the Cure
Participants compete in a 9-hole, individual stroke play tournament at Jefferson District Golf Course starting at 9 a.m. A portion of the tournament fee will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation Rally for the Cure, a breast cancer awareness initiative. Advance registration is required by May 13. The cost is $60, if signed up before May 11 and $65 if on or after the 11th. Rain date is May 23. Fee due at time of registration and includes lunch and prizes. For information, call 703-573-0444.

Visit with a CarpenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Try your hand at using tools of the 18th century to help make legs for rustic stools at the slave quarter cabin at Sully Historic Site from noon to 2 p.m. Forgotten Road tour included. The cost is $9. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Sounds of the Night CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify nocturnal animal calls, enjoy stories of local denizens of the night and make s'mores around a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Canceled if rain. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Frog Chorus at Eakin PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate National Frog Month! Meet at Eakin Park on Prosperity Road in Fairfax to join a naturalist-led walk to the pond to identify frogs by sound from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring one flashlight per family. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Canceled if raining. The cost is $5. For information, please call 703-941-1065.

Field FrenzyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Go into the field with an experienced naturalist to find, handle and create habitats for some of the wild animals found at Hidden Pond Park from 10 a.m. to noon. The animals we catch may be placed on display in the nature center for you to come back and see any time. The cost is $8 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Spring Campfire Saturdays at Lake AccotinkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adventure awaits as you explore woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist at Lake Accotink Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy s’mores around a campfire. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-451-9588.

1st Annual Lake Fairfax Car ShowClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Muscle cars, imports, and trucks will be on display at Lake Fairfax Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The entry fee for all vehicles is $10, and entries are now being accepted. Spectators will be admitted free of charge. The car show is presented by MNR Dips. Cars and trucks will be judged in three classes. One vehicle will win the “All Show People’s Choice” award. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third-place winners. To enter a car or truck, call 571-264-7479 or email Treybrown321@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 17

Grinding Grain
The miller will be grinding grain from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill, conditions permitting. Cornmeal, grits and whole wheat flour ground on-site are for sale in the General Store. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Life’s a Garden...Dig It!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Catch and identify helpful insects that help plants grow at Frying Pan Farm Park from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Learn how plants sustain themselves and others and learn how plants dominate their territory. This outdoor program includes digging, moving and lots of mud, so come prepared to get dirty. Participants who purchase a container starter kit will walk away with a pot, soil, and seeds specific to each class topic. The cost is $6 without kit and $20 with kit. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Reptile & Amphibian ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the Reptile and Amphibian Club known as RAC and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and salamanders at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. Learn new facts, encounter live animals, and discover their park habitats. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

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

Monday, May 18

Storytime in the ForestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for a nature story, craft, outdoor exploration and other activities at Huntley Meadows Park from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Little Acorns- SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration. Learn about birds' nests and eggs, lively lizards, and insects and spiders. Dress for weather. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, May 19

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Its dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Help our naturalist care for and feed the nature center’s animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, May 20

Wagon Ride - Journey to the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Journey to see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Thursday, May 21

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

Dig into the PastClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center from 5 to 6 p.m. and learn firsthand how archaeology works. Learn different methods used in archaeology. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Garden Tour & Tea
Tour some of the glorious demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring Gardens past and present from 1 to 3 p.m. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. Reservations required. The cost is $32. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Friday, May 22

S’more Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley at E.C. Lawrence Park at 6:30 p.m. on May 8 and at 7 p.m. on May 22. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about other aspects of the area’s local and natural history. Return to a warming campfire and make a sweet chocolate treat to eat. Meet at Cabell's Mill. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Survival SkillsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and learn shelter building, edible vs poisonous plants and other ‘dangers’ of the wild. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

American Indian Stories CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Toast marshmallows around a campfire as you hear traditional American Indian stories focusing on seasonal changes at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 8 to 9 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, May 23

Spring Campfire Saturdays at Royal LakeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adventure awaits as you explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist. Bring something to roast around a cozy campfire, s’mores provided. Topics include turtle fishing and animal calling. Campfire is at 7 p.m. and the cost is $8. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wagon Ride - Journey to the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Journey to see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Monthly Garden Highlights TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From one month to the next, the gardens change and evolve dramatically. Catch the garden highlights of May with Green Spring master gardener docents who will showcase some of our eye-popping spring plants at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $12 per person. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Cures from the Quarter
At the slave quarter, learn how enslaved African Americans maintained their health. Discover the differences and similarities between healthcare methods of slaves and their masters at Sully Historic Site at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Learn about the Native American influence on early American healthcare. Forgotten Road Tour included. The cost is $7 per adult, $6 per student and $5 for seniors. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Evening WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist PJ Dunn to hike the trails after dark at Huntley Meadows Park from 8 to 10 p.m. looking and listening for owls, beavers and other night animals. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-768-2525.

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

Sunday, May 24

Copperheads and Black RacersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey from 10 to 11 a.m. at E. C. Lawrence Park as we search for, capture, identify and release snakes. Learn the habits and preferred habitats of our native snakes. Register an adult with any registered child. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Stream StompClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Investigate Bugg Creek for salamanders, crayfish and more in this catch-and-release adventure at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Learn about erosion and other environmental issues affecting aquatic wildlife. Program cancelled in case of severe weather. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, May 25

Snake and Turtle FeedingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by our animal caretaker staff at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Memorial Day 1940s Ice Cream Social
Take a step back in time to the 1940s. Join in as costumed interpreters lead tours of the Spindle Sears House and help hand-crank homemade ice cream at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Play family games provided. Bring your own picnic. Donations accepted to support Historic Centreville Park. The Spindle Sears House is located at 5714 Mt Gilead Road, Centreville Va. Park on the grass across the street. Event canceled in case of rain. For information call 703-631-0013.

Wednesday, May 27

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers can explore Frying Pan Farm Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and get involved in hands-on activities including games, demonstrations, animal encounters, crafts and short hikes. Topics include farm birds and farmer's friends. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Thursday, May 28

Dig into the PastClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center from 5 to 6 p.m. and learn firsthand how archaeology works. Learn different methods used in archaeology. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, May 29

Twilight Hilltop TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. It’s a dramatic setting made all the more stunning by the setting sun. Join us after hours from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on May 15 and from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on May 29 for a special tour and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments served afterward. Dress appropriately for the weather. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Garden Talk: Container GardeningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Container gardens provide beautiful accents for small areas and patios. Learn how to select and care for containers and plants that add wow to your living space at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Call 703-642-5173.

Amphibian CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Gather around a campfire, make s'mores and learn about our native amphibians. Join us at 7 p.m. to see some animals first hand and talk about their habits and habitats. Please be sure to register an adult with any registered child. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Bats, Bugs, and Owls Oh My!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the critters that only come out at night and their special adaptations that help them thrive while we sleep. Watch for bats, attract some bugs, and call for owls at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 8 to 9 p.m. Child must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, May 30

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

River MonstersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the Bull Run stream to discover river monsters from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fish the deep pools for giant catfish and search the banks for Northern Water Snakes. Please register accompanying adults and children. Bring fishing pole and bait. Meet at Hemlock Overlook. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Butter & CheeseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Walney has a long dairy farming history. Taste hand-churned butter and sample cheeses while learning about the importance of this industry at Walney Visitor Center from 2 to 3 p.m. Tour the historic dairy and try your hand at milking a pretend cow. Current restoration projects will be highlighted. Children must be accompanied with a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, May 31

Lake Accotink Park Cardboard Boat Regatta
A 26-year tradition! Find out who will sink and who will float in their cardboard boat. This is fun for all ages with judging in the categories of Most Likely to Float, Titanic, Team Spirit, Best Costume and Pride of the Regatta. The cost is $20 per boat if registered before noon on May 29. Boat drop off begins at 10 a.m., the judging is at noon and the race begins at 2 p.m. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Life’s a Garden...Dig It!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Catch and identify helpful insects that help plants grow at Frying Pan Farm Park from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Learn how plants sustain themselves and others and learn how plants dominate their territory. This outdoor program includes digging, moving and lots of mud, so come prepared to get dirty. Participants who purchase a container starter kit will walk away with a pot, soil, and seeds specific to each class topic. The cost is $6 without kit and $20 with kit. For information, call 703-437-9101.

The Bright Young Things
The original party animals, the “Bright Young Things” of the 1920s, were flamboyant, decadent, outrageous and glamorous. Hear about the members of this privileged social set, their wild behavior, the dark side of their lifestyle and their dubious legacy: the modern cult of celebrity at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Reservations required. The cost is $32. For information, call 703-941-7987.

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Fairfax County Parks – Where Heroes Play

Fairfax County Parks – Where Heroes Play

Fairfax County residents already know what a wonderful park system we have here, and soon 12,000 police officers, firefighters and customs and corrections officers from around the globe will experience it for themselves when they compete in the 2015 World Police and Fire Games June 26 – July 5, 2015. To put that figure in context, that's about 1500 more athletes than the number of competitors at the 2012 summer Olympics in London, making the World Police and Fire Games one of the largest multi-sport events in the world. We are honored that the site selection committee deemed our award-winning parks to be of the caliber to host an athletic event of this magnitude along with other venues in the metro D.C. area.

The public safety athletes will compete in more than 60 sporting events during the international games. The police service dog, cross country and rugby competitions will all take place at Lake Fairfax Park, while Braddock and Wakefield parks will host the softball competitions, and golfers will tee up at Laurel Hill Golf Club. All of the events are free to the public, and I encourage you take advantage of this rare opportunity to see the world's top public safety heroes demonstrate athletic excellence. You can find the event schedule at www.fairfax2015.com.

When the games are over and the competitors have gone home, put your own athletic skills to the test at Laurel Hill or on our park ball fields or along our scenic trails. See for yourself why our park system is a three-time national gold medal winner and a worthy place where heroes play.

Sara Baldwin
Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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