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High Ropes Adventure Comes to South Run

High Ropes Adventure Comes to South Run

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

New Improvements Coming to
Lake Fairfax Park!

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

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

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

Exercise Class Makes You 'Feel Like a Kid Again'

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

Get the Best View of Nature's Wonders by Boat

Climb aboard the Burke Lake Park tour boat for a birding excursion that is sure to please year-round. Birding by boat allows you to get closer views of birds and other wildlife than you can get on foot.
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Saturday, October 1

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

History Discussions at Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to join our guest speaker for a lively discussion of local history related to Historic Huntley or the surrounding area. The program from 1 to 4 p.m. costs $5 per person. Meet at the church adjoining Historic Huntley at 7010 County Road 723, Alexandria. Call 703-768-2525.

Holding the Past in the Present Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Hold history in your hands at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. (ECLP). Children age 8 to 14 will discover how to dig like an archaeologist and how historians reconstructed the parkís history. Examine artifacts found at ECLP, and figure out how they were used. The program from 1 to 2 p.m. costs $7 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Símores at Poplar Ford Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a wagon ride at Poplar Ford, and learn what part Poplar Ford played in Civil War battles at adjacent Manassas Battlefield. As we make símores over a campfire, hear about wildlife that now takes refuge in one of the countyís newest parks. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

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

Nature Speaks Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Hidden Pond has always been open to all children with a thirst for knowledge and hands-on fun with nature and local history. We are happy to be offering this new program for children age 6 to 14 with autism. Thereís a different topic each week, and each session will include an informal talk and an activity. Parent/caretaker participation may be required and family members are welcome and encouraged to attend. The program runs from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Wild Side Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for animals, birds and wildflowers on a 90-minute tractor ride with a park naturalist to parts of the Huntley Meadows Park wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Rides for participants age five to adult begin at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Meet at 6901 South Kings Highway. No rides if it rains. Call 703-768-2525.

Sketch Hike: Fall Wetland Flowers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join park artist and naturalist Margaret Wohler on a hike to the wetland at Huntley Meadows Park. Participants age 15 to adult can learn techniques to enhance fall flower observation and sketching skills from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, October 2

Grinding Demonstrations
See and hear 19th century technology at work at Colvin Run Mill. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 or children and seniors. No reservations required. 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.

Engineering with Lego at Colvin Run Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Power up your engineering skills from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with tens of thousands of LEGOs in this class by PlayWell for participants age 6 to 12. Build the same real-world mechanical systems used in the historic Colvin Run Mill and identify them on a walking tour of the functioning mill. The cost is $38 per person. Tour discounts offered for family/guardians. Call 703-759-2771.

River Monsters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet expert angler Eric Malmgren at Hemlock Overlook Park and discover river monsters in Bull Run stream. Participants age seven to adult will fish for giant catfish and search for Northern Water Snakes from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $7 per person. Please register accompanying adults and children. Bring fishing pole, bait and fishing license. Call 703-631-0013.

Pirate Treasure Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Follow a treasure map to clues and natural treasures along trails at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Friendly pirate naturalists share natureís wonders with participants age three to adult from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Groups leave every 15 minutes. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The hunt will be canceled in heavy rain. Call 703-941-1065.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Riverbend Parkís nature center and embark on a journey through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge. Listen to Winnie the Poohís story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. An adult must register with children. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, October 3

Little Acorns-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to four and their accompanying adult share natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Enjoy finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration. Topics are: 10/3 Crafty Crows; 10/17 Under the Sea; 10/24 All about Autumn; 10/31 Halloween Fun. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Little Hands on the Farm: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the Barn 2 classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about a different farm animal each week. Two to three-year-olds meet from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.; three to five-year-olds meet from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Pre-paid reservations are required. The cost is $8 per child. Adults must attend with a participating child. Please call 703-437-9101 for more information.

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

Tuesday, October 4

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

Wednesday, October 5

Pohick Puddle Jumpers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The youngest nature lovers, age three to seven, can be 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 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. includes explorations of the Pohick Stream Valley or pond area. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Walk the meadows and forest edges at Burke Lake Park to see bats feeding on insects. Participants age seven to adult will use a bat detector to hear echolocation and learn about native bats and their habits from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-323-6600.

History Tots: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler, age one to three, to explore history at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park through sight, sound, smell and touch. The program includes indoor and outdoor activities, and the topic in October is Pumpkins. Programs run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Adults must participate with children. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, October 6

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program for participants age two to adult goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Activities run 4 to 5 p.m., and the cost is $6 per person. Call 703-437-9101 for more information.

Friday, October 7

Hidden Pond Survivor Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn wilderness survival techniques from 5 to 6 p.m. while exploring around Hidden Pond Nature Center. Hike the trails and identify nature dangers and helpful plants and animals. Topics vary. This program is for children age 6 to 12. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Draconids Meteor Shower Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy the peak of the Draconids Meteor Shower at Burke Lake Park with símores and a campfire for participants age six to adult. This minor meteor shower produces about 10 meteors per hour, and the best viewing is in the early evening. The Draconids program runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and is a perfect family adventure. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-323-6600.

Shot in the Dark Nite Tournament
Teams of two, age 12 to adult, play a 9-hole scramble using glow-in-the-dark balls at Burke Lake Golf Course, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Hors díoeuvres will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. The tournament fee includes one glow ball and flashlight. Additional glow balls are $5 each. There will be closest-to-the-pin contests, and prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. The rain date is October 14. The cost is $65 per team. For more information, call 703-323-1641.

Delicious Dairy at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
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. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Creeping Creatures of the Creek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the stream at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park at night. Participants age eight to adult will hunt for the bright eyes of nocturnal spiders and other denizens. Bring flashlights; wear old shoes that can get wet. No sandals. The program from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. meets at Cabellís Mill. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

All About Bats Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Looks for bats during this campfire program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn fun bat facts, enjoy an American Indian story about how bats got their wings, and toast marshmallows. The program for participants age four to adult runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Coyotes Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Satisfy your coyote curiosity and your sweet tooth with one howling campfire at Riverbend Park. Listen to coyote calls, take a short hike, and make símores. The program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, October 8

Nature Babies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Youíre never too young to get outdoors. Bring your baby in a stroller or baby backpack and join a park naturalist on a hike around some easy trails at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Family Fun: Leaf Critter Crafternoon Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Weíve been busy pressing leaves for a family fun collage project at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. Create animal images from different leaf shapes, glue and wiggly eyes. This event for participants age five to adult costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Scarecrow Making Workshops
Make a ďfriendĒ at Colvin Run Mill. Bring pants and shirt, plus an old pair of pantyhose (for head and body). We supply the stuffing and know-how. Sessions run from noon to 12:45 p.m. and 1 to 1:45 p.m. The cost is $6 per scarecrow. Buy pantyhose on site for $1. No reservations are required. Call 703-759-2771.

Brunswick Stew Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Savor traditional Brunswick stew with biscuits and fresh butter by the cook-fire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Tour the Walney smokehouse and other outbuildings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to learn about 18th and 19th century foodways. This program is designed for participants age six to adult. The cost is $10. Call 703-631-0013.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park with a naturalist from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Then twatch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents as you walk through the park. The program for participants age six to adult costs $7 per person. For more information, please call 703-768-2525.

Fourth Annual Four Club Fall Classic
Players age 11 to adult compete in a 9-hole, individual stroke-play tournament at Jefferson Golf Course beginning at 1 p.m. Participants are allowed only four clubs. Advance registration is required by October 4. The cost per person is $45. Rain date is October 15. The fee includes lunch and prizes. Call 703-573-0444, ext. 3.

Tea Time with a Furry Friend Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 6 to 12 can bring their favorite stuffed friend to tea at Sully Historic Site. Enjoy lemonade, sweet treats, and mint tea. Craft a trick or treat bag and bring it back to Sullyís Historic All Hallowís Eve program on October 22. Tea time is 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $15 per child. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Life in the Lakes Shallows Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the shallows at Lake Accotink looking for animals that call the littoral zone home, such as snakes, fish, turtles and insects. We catch and release what we find. Wear shoes that can get wet. This program for participants age eight to adult runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-569-3464.

Birding for Beginners: Waterfowl Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the waterfowl at Burke Lake Park and develop some basic identification skills from 9 to 10 a.m. The program for participants age 12 to adult begins with an indoor talk. The cost is $6 per person. Children age 12 to 16 must come with a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600.

Sunday, October 9

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

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

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Ride through the woods and along the river at Riverbend Park while finding out about the parkís wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. The ride from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, October 10

Columbus Day Boat Race Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Reenact the sea journey of Columbus by building a mini cardboard boat to float down the Pohick stream at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Supplies are provided for participants age three to adult to build a boat, then we head to the creek for a race to the finish. Small prizes and bragging rights will be awarded for the fastest and best decorated boats. The event from 1 to 2:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Tuesday, October 11

Animal Feeding at the Nature Center Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age three to adult can help a naturalist at Hidden Pond Nature Center care for the centerís animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Guided Meditation in Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Riverbend naturalist for an hour of guided meditation in a secluded spot within Scottís Run Nature Preserve from 5 to 6:30 p.m. This program for participants age 15 to adult is a perfect way to unplug and reconnect with nature. The cost is $12 per person. Meet at the West parking lot. There are no facilities at Scottís Run. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Wednesday, October 12

Reptile Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Burke Lake Park. Participants age seven to adult learn about the misunderstood water snake as we search for them from 7 to 8 p.m. and document their size, gender and location. Wear shoes that can get wet. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-323-6600.

Nature Tots: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler, age one to three, to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch. Programs include indoor and outdoor activities. Topics vary. The topic in October is fall colors. The program runs from 10:15 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. An adult must be able to participate with children. Call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, October 13

BOO-stravaganza Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to the Indoor Arena at Frying Pan Farm Park dressed in your favorite costume for an evening of holiday fun. Participants age three to eight can register to arrive at 6 or 7 p.m. and enjoy games and a wagon ride, and get treats and a small pumpkin. The cost is $10 per child. Reservations required. Call 703-437-9101

Fall Carnival Fun at the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís carnival time at Frying Pan Farm Park. Buy tasty fair food and enjoy games and rides from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Unlimited Carnival ride passes are available on Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Discounts are available for advance purchase of ride passes. Parking and admission is free. For more information please call 703-437-9101.

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

Kids Korner-FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age three to five explore nature or history once a month at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft are included. The topic in October is squirrels. The program is 1 to 2 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Nature Detectives Ė Reptiles Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Through a story, activity and craft, children age three to five learn about these scaly animals. Reservations are required for this Riverbend Park program from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Friday, October 14

Fall Carnival Fun at the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís carnival time at Frying Pan Farm Park. Buy tasty fair food and enjoy games and rides from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Unlimited Carnival ride passes are available on Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Discounts are available for advance purchase of ride passes. Parking and admission is free. For more information please call 703-437-9101.

Hidden Pond Survivor Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn wilderness survival techniques from 5 to 6 p.m. while exploring around Hidden Pond Nature Center. Hike the trails and identify nature dangers and helpful plants and animals. Topics vary. This program is for children age 6 to 12. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Fall Beauty Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the glorious colors of fall to your landscape. Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens show you a variety of gorgeous perennials, shrubs and trees in rich shades of gold, burnt orange, burgundy and red to add color to your existing plantings. This program for participants age 16 to adult runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Campfire Fridays: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center for a night of campfire, símores, animals, and more this fall! Each Friday night campfire has a different topic and a different area of the park is explored. The program for participants age three to adult runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Who-ooís at the Campfire? Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Gather Ďround the campfire to hear stories from different cultures of how owls came to be. Learn to recognize owl calls and toast marshmallows. This program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, October 15

Fall Carnival Fun at the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís carnival time at Frying Pan Farm Park. Buy tasty fair food and enjoy games and rides from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Unlimited Carnival ride passes are available on Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Discounts are available for advance purchase of ride passes. Parking and admission is free. For more information please call 703-437-9101.

Farm Harvest Days
Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations Ė all for free. This event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is sponsored by the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park and the Fairfax County Park Foundation. Call 703-437-9101.

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

Campfire Saturdays Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore lake and woodland spots at Lake Accotink where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist. The program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. ends with a cozy campfire and símores. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-569-3464.

Watershed Clean-Up Day Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Be part of the International Coastal Cleanup from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at park sites across the county. Help clear earthís arteries by collecting tires, bed springs, cans and other debris. Good for families, groups or individuals. Wear boots, old clothes and bring gloves. Trash bags and appreciation provided. This is a great service project! Help at:

  • Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 703-941-1065
  • Hidden Pond Nature Center, 703-451-9588
  • Huntley Meadows Park, 703-768-2525
  • Lake Accotink Park, 703-569-3464
  • Lake Fairfax Park, 703-471-5414
  • Riverbend Park, 703-759-9018
  • Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 703-631-0013
  • Cub Run RECenter, 703-817-9404

Preschool Pumpkins in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your little munchkins age three and older to Lake Fairfax Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for pumpkin painting, face painting and a puppet show. A small pumpkin is included in the $7 per person cost. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Stay after for our Pumpkins in the Park Festival for all ages. Call 703-471-5414.

Beauty in Sustainability Half Day Symposium Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults can learn to create and care for a home garden that is a source for beauty, labor savings and environmental change from 9 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. Virginia Native Plant Societyís Laura Beaty and renowned landscape designer Larry Weaner show you how to create stunning gardens in harmony with ecological processes in nature. The cost is $35 per person. A book signing follows. Call 703-642-5173.

Port Wine Tasting Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Revive the lost art of the apťritif and the digestif at Historic Green Spring. Discover the history and flavor nuances of port and sample different styles of this Portuguese wine with a range of foods from cheeses to chocolates. This program for participants age 21 and older runs 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $44 per person. Call 703-941-7987.

Birding for Beginners: Waterfowl Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the waterfowl at Lake Accotink Park and develop some basic identification skills from 9 to 10 a.m. The program for participants age 12 to adult 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 information, call 703-569-3464.

Batty Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for a night hike to learn about bats, and try out a bat detector. Settle by the campfire and savor símores. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Live Owl and Hawk Fest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet birds of prey presented by wildlife rehabilitator and artist Lois Auer at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:15 p.m. This program is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Astronomy Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Make símores after hearing tales of the constellations. This program is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Native American Archery Click to Register with Parktakes Online
For food and defense, archery was an important part of life for the Native Americans. Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center and learn how to make a bow and arrow, then take aim and shoot. This three-week program is for participants age 8 to 14 and runs from 10 to 11:25 a.m. The cost for the series is $24. Call 703-451-9588.

Sunday, October 16

Fall Carnival Fun at the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís carnival time at Frying Pan Farm Park. Buy tasty fair food and enjoy games and rides from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Unlimited Carnival ride passes are available on Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Discounts are available for advance purchase of ride passes. Parking and admission is free. For more information please call 703-437-9101.

Farm Harvest Days
Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations Ė all for free. This event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is sponsored by the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park and the Fairfax County Park Foundation. Call 703-437-9101.

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

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

Brownies and Birds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Teens and tweens age 11 to 17 enjoy a brief presentation at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on wild birds while munching on brownies. Then, they hike with a naturalist to varied habitats to search for wild birds. The program from 1:30 to 3 p.m. costs $8. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you wish. Call 703-631-0013.

Invite a Flying Squirrel to Your Yard Click to Register with Parktakes Online
At Hidden Oaks Nature Center, learn ways to encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard and get plans for making a roosting and nesting box. This program from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an registered adult. Roosting box kits are $30 each. Stick around to assemble. Call 703-941-1065.

Wagon Ride - Journey to the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound at Riverbend Park. See whatís hopping, splashing and swimming on this wagon ride 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for participants age two to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Adults must accompany children. Meet at the Nature Center. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, October 17

Little Acorns-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to four and their accompanying adult share natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Enjoy finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration. Topics are: 10/3 Crafty Crows; 10/17 Under the Sea; 10/24 All about Autumn; 10/31 Halloween Fun. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Little Hands on the Farm: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the Barn 2 classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about a different farm animal each week. Two to three-year-olds meet from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.; three to five-year-olds meet from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Pre-paid reservations are required. The cost is $8 per child. Adults must attend with a participating child. Please call 703-437-9101 for more information.

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

Tuesday, October 18

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

Guided Meditation in Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Riverbend naturalist for an hour of guided meditation in a secluded spot within Riverbend Park from 5 to 6:30 p.m. This program for participants age 15 to adult is perfect for people who want to unplug and reconnect with nature through mindfulness meditation. The cost is $12 per person. Meet at the Nature Center. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Wednesday, October 19

Pohick Puddle Jumpers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The youngest nature lovers, age three to seven, can be 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 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. includes explorations of the Pohick Stream Valley or pond area. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Amphibians After Dark Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age seven to adult are invited to assist park naturalists with a calling amphibian survey at Burke Lake Park. Learn to identify frogs and toads by their calls as we explore pools and ponds from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

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

Thursday, October 20

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program for participants age two to adult goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Activities run 4 to 5 p.m., and the cost is $6 per person. Call 703-437-9101 for more information.

Garden Tour and Tea
Adults are invited to tour the glorious gardens at Green Spring Gardens with Master Gardener docents. Hear about Green Springís history, educational mission, and how we can help your gardens grow, and then enjoy a traditional English tea. The cost for this program from 1 to 3 p.m. is $32 per person. Reservations required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Homeschool Naturalist Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your home school student or group for hands-on fun learning designed to enrich your understanding of Fairfax Countyís natural environment. Children age 6 to 12 will take a hike with a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, learn about plants that were used for dye, play environmentally fun games, and make a nature craft to take home. The program runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, October 21

Hidden Pond Survivor Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn wilderness survival techniques from 5 to 6 p.m. while exploring around Hidden Pond Nature Center. Hike the trails and identify nature dangers and helpful plants and animals. Topics vary. This program is for children age 6 to 12. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Frying Pan Folk Music and Stories Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at the Meeting House at Frying Pan Farm Park for wonderful, chilling ghost stories and learn about the Grey Ghost, himself, John Singleton Mosby. The program runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for participants age five to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Dress appropriately for cooler outside temperatures. For more information please call 703-437-9101.

American Indian Stories Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire and toast marshmallows as you hear traditional American Indian stories at Riverbend Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, October 22

Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Show off your petsí personality and compete for prizes and treats at Lake Accotink Park. All dogs must be leashed and friendly toward other dogs and people of all ages. Gather at the large pavilion from 2 to 4 p.m. to witness the best in canine creativity. The cost is $5. One human registration per dog. For more, call 703-569-3464.

Fall Fest at Lake Accotink Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Halloween-themed mini-golf and haunted carousel rides are available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lake Accotink marina. Play as many rounds as you want and ride as many times as you want. Registered participants receive a trick or treat goodie bag! Bring flashlights in case you stay after the sun goes down. The cost is $8. For more information, call 703-569-0285.

Historic All Hallows Eve Click to Register with Parktakes Online
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family gatherings. Experience these traditions at Sully Historic Site as you tour the house and grounds by lantern light from 4 to 7 p.m. This program for participants age five to adult is $10 per person. Call 703-437-1794.

Garden Program: Fall Tree ID Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to join us for a tree walk around Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn the basics of fall tree identification and practice our skills while admiring the lovely colors of the season. The cost is $18 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Nature Babies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Youíre never too young to get outdoors. Bring your baby in a stroller or baby backpack and join a park naturalist on a hike around some easy trails at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Save Your Lake Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a hike from 10 to 11 a.m. at Lake Accotink, walking around the lakeís edge to see what animals are living there, and learn what you can do to protect one of the most unique ecosystems in the county ó your lake. Wear good hiking shoes and dress for the weather. The program for those age four to adult costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-569-3464.

Beginning Art Journaling Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Gain artistic confidence and creativity at Green Spring Gardens with the help of art instructor Tina McCoy. Learn to use different media in the workshop exercises and projects as you build a folio of work to expand on. A list of supplies will be emailed before the class. This class for participants age 16 to adult meets at 1:30-3:30 p.m. on four consecutive Saturdays and costs $80 per person. For more information about this workshop, please call 703-642-5173.

Night Owl Hike and Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
At dayís end, hike to look and listen for wildlife at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. While sitting around a campfire, participants age four to adult can visit with our resident barred owl and enjoy símores. For your comfort and safety, bring a flashlight and a blanket to sit on. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. Meet at Cabellís Mill. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

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

Pumpkin Patch at Nature Playce Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age three to five hunt for their favorite miniature pumpkin in Nature Playce at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to decorate inside and take home. Enjoy seasonal stories and a craft. The program from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. costs $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, October 23

A Cranberry Cornucopia
Colorful, versatile and nutritious, cranberries are a year-round treat. Weíll tell the fascinating story of this American native fruit, share innovative recipes, and offer ideas for holiday decorating with cranberries. Sample and take home a delicious cranberry sauce with a difference! The program and traditional English tea at Historic Green Spring are being offered from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $32 per person. Reservations are required. Call 703-941-7987.

Monday, October 24

Little Acorns-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to four and their accompanying adult share natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Enjoy finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration. Topics are: 10/3 Crafty Crows; 10/17 Under the Sea; 10/24 All about Autumn; 10/31 Halloween Fun. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, October 25

Wednesday, October 26

Thursday, October 27

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

Forest Fledglings-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers, age three to five, and their accompanying adult (quiet siblings welcome) share stories, crafts and nature activities leading to outdoor exploration at Riverbend Park. Dress for the weather. The program from 4 to 5 p.m. costs $6 per child. Call 703-759-9018.

Friday, October 28

Things That Go Bump in the Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to our night program at Burke Lake Park from 8 to 9 p.m. and find out whatís going bump in the night. This program for participants age six to adult costs $6 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Injecting Color & Structure Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Let Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens show you how trees and shrubs can provide structure and year-round interest, and how to add seasonal splashes of color with annuals and perennials to make your house pop. This program for participants age 16 to adult runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Pumpkins by the Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Families with children age two and older can bring a small pumpkin to decorate and play games at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Roast marshmallows at the campfire, enjoy cookies and juice, and make crafts from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as we share stories about pumpkins that arenít scary. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Rockhounders Ė Fall Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The popular summer camp for children age 6 to 12 is now a fall series at Hidden Pond Nature Center. This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils, and collecting from 5 to 6 p.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Astronomy Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire at Riverbend Park and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Make símores after hearing tales of the constellations. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, October 29

Halloween at the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Dress in your Halloween costume and enjoy some not-so-spooky fun at Colvin Run Mill from noon to 3 p.m. for participants age three to adult. Enjoy Halloween crafts, hands-on activities, grain grinding, and trick-or-treating around the site. Pre-register online for $3 per person and save on admission; $5 at the gate. Call 703-759-2771.

House of Reptiles and Night Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Test your courage and challenge your fears and phobias at our All Hallows Eve House of Reptiles (and other crawling creatures) for participants age two to adult. Roast símores at the campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and then sit back for a wagon ride through a moon-lit meadow. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Halloween Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a ghoul-y ghost haunt, ghost stories and símores by the campfire at three lakefront parks. There will be a campfire and símores at Lake Fairfax on Saturday night and at Burke Lake Park on Sunday night. The programs for participants age three to adult run from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid/registered adult. For more information, call Lake Fairfax at 703-471-5414, Lake Accotink at 703-569-3464 or Burke Lake at 703-323-6600.

Fear-less Fest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center for a learning adventure night hike for participants age four to adult. Meet costumed characters, including a black widow spider, skunk, owl, raccoon and dead tree, who each explain why they have undeserved scary reputations. Investigate real animals, their skeletons, and owl pellets, and make crafts. Come in costume from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Groups are guided in sets of approximately 15. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

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

Letís Grow Garden Club: Garlic Planting Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 6 to 10 can help us keep the garden at Green Spring Gardens free of spooky creatures by helping plant garlic from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tour the garden grounds to view the changing fall colors all around us and learn a little about pumpkins. The cost is $15 per child. Call 703-642-5173 for more information.

Poisonous Plants Garden Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
A master gardener docent at Green Spring Gardens tells tales of wicked plants hiding in plain sight, showcasing obvious culprits and some surprises. From 10 to 11:30 a.m., learn which to weed out and which we can live with. Enjoy refreshments at the Historic House, including edible flowers. This program for participants age 13 to adult costs $12 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Fall Wetland Plant ID Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a park naturalist on a walk through the wetland and put a name to the plant that has budded your interest. Learn how to identify the fall freshwater marsh plants of Huntley Meadows Park. This program is for participants age 12 to adult and runs from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Haunted Pond Jr. Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This program for children age three to six at Hidden Pond Nature Center covers nocturnal wildlife and local lore. It features live animals, a walk into the forest at night, a campfire with spell-binding stories and símores. This session will have only mild stories. We donít want to frighten you. The program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. costs $8 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Haunted Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This program for children age 6 to 12 at Hidden Pond Nature Center covers nocturnal wildlife and local lore. It features live animals, a walk into the forest at night, a campfire with spell-binding stories and símores. Scary stories will be in the last 30 minutes of the program that runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Sunday, October 30

Halloween Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a ghoul-y ghost haunt, ghost stories and símores by the campfire at three lakefront parks. There will be a campfire and símores at Lake Fairfax on Saturday night and at Burke Lake Park on Sunday night. The programs for participants age three to adult run from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid/registered adult. For more information, call Lake Fairfax at 703-471-5414, Lake Accotink at 703-569-3464 or Burke Lake at 703-323-6600.

Funny Bones Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Animal skeletons reveal a lot about how an animal lives. Enjoy a story, song and craft in this kid-friendly program for participants age two to five at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 2:45 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Halloween Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a fun wagon ride on the not-so-scary side for participants age two to adult. Come to Riverbend Park and find out about the many animals whooo are out at night, listen for bats and meet one of the parkís not so scary animals. Please bring a flashlight. The wagon rides from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and the cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, October 31

Little Acorns-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to four and their accompanying adult share natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Enjoy finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration. Topics are: 10/3 Crafty Crows; 10/17 Under the Sea; 10/24 All about Autumn; 10/31 Halloween Fun. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

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

Thursday, September 1

Friday, September 2

Saturday, September 3

Sunday, September 4

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

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

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils at Colvin Run Mill. The free demonstration runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. No reservations are required. For more information, please call 703-759-2771.

Monday, September 5

Tuesday, September 6

Wednesday, September 7

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

Thursday, September 8

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program for participants age two to adult goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary for each scheduled program. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Activities are offered from 4 to 5 p.m., and the cost is $6 each. For more information, please call 703-437-9101.

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

Friday, September 9

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

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

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

Saturday, September 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 11

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 12

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

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

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

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

Yoga for Gardeners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This class at Green Spring Gardens features a gentle introduction to the Vinyasa method of yoga which helps participants increase the strength, flexibility and endurance necessary for gardening. Classes are 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on Mondays. The eleven classes in this session are held indoors. The cost is $123 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, September 13

Wednesday, September 14

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

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

Thursday, September 15

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

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

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

Friday, September 16

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, September 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 18

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 19

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

Tuesday, September 20

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

Wednesday, September 21

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 22

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

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

Garden Tour and Tea
Adults are invited to tour the glorious demonstration gardens at Green Spring Gardens with Master Gardener docents. Hear about Green Springís fascinating history, our educational mission and how we can help your gardens grow! Then enjoy a traditional English tea at Historic Green Spring. The cost for this program from 1 to 3 p.m. is $32 per person. Reservations are required. Call 703-941-7987.

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

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

Friday, September 23

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, September 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ice Cream at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Make and enjoy hand-cranked ice cream as Huntleyís Harris family may have done. Discover how the histories of ice cream and Historic Huntley follow a similar path from elite luxury to family fare. A tour of the ice well and Historic Huntley House are included. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

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

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

Girls in the Woods Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to survive in the woods with this program at Burke Lake Park. This empowering class provides every girl or woman age 12 to adult with a chance to build confidence, community and leadership skills in an encouraging environment. The program runs from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. and the cost is $45 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Astronomy Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire at Burke Lake Park and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Participants age four to adult will make símores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

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

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

Save Your Lake Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Your lakes are under siege from many environmental issues and human impact. Come out and enjoy a hike from 10 to 11 a.m. at Burke Lake, walking around the lakeís edge to see what animals are living there. Also, learn what you can do to protect one of the most unique ecosystems in the county, which is your lake. Wear good hiking shoes and dress for the weather. The program for participants age four to adult costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 25

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 26

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 27

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Thursday, September 29

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

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program for participants age two to adult goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary for each scheduled program. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Activities are offered from 4 to 5 p.m., and the cost is $6 each. For more information, please call 703-437-9101.

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

Friday, September 30

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

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

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

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

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

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Vote for your favorite herp Vote For Your Favorite Herp

This may be the most cold-blooded election you'll ever see!

The Fairfax County Park Authority is inviting you to vote for your favorite herp, the Eastern box turtle, Black rat snack or American toad, between September 10 and November 8, then celebrate the victory with a campfire in November.
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