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67th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival
Former High School
Athlete finds
Fitness Redemption in RECenters

Former High School Athlete finds Fitness Redemption in RECenters

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

Raising the
Barre
for Fitness

Raising the Barre for Fitness

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

 

Fall Festivities

Fall Festivities in Parks

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

 

 

Finding Life Balance in Fitness

Children Reach Creative Heights with Art

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

 

FootGolf
Tees Off at
Pinecrest

FootGolf Tees Off at Pinecrest

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

 

Civic Sportsmanship Keeps Park Clean

Civic Sportsmanship Keeps Park Clean

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

 

Partnership Provides
Access to Night Skies

Partnership Provides Access to Night Skies

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

 

Camps:  Come Out To Play!
Summer Entertainment Series

Summer Entertainment Series Brings Free Fun to Parks

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

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Saturday, August 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, August 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bird Watching ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the amazing variety of birds that inhabit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Children ages five to 11 meet once a month from 3 to 4 p.m. to develop birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Monday, August 3

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

Archaeological Dig Field ExperienceClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Live your inner explorer at a local historic site. This week-long emersion experience at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park allows you to work with archaeologists from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to unearth part of a 1700-1800s-era family farm site and identify objects that could be as old as 8,000 years. For ages 13 to adult. Cost is $425. Modest lab fee may be charged. Call 703-631-0013.

Tuesday, August 4

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

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

Wednesday, August 5

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

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

Thursday, August 6

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

Friday, August 7

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, August 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 10

Archaeological Dig Field ExperienceClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Live your inner explorer at a local historic site. This week-long emersion experience at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park allows you to work with archaeologists from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to unearth part of a 1700-1800s-era family farm site and identify objects that could be as old as 8,000 years. For ages 13 to adult. Cost is $425. Modest lab fee may be charged. Call 703-631-0013.

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

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

Tuesday, August 11

Wednesday, August 12

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

Thursday, August 13

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, August 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 17

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

Tuesday, August 18

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 19

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

White Glove TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a behind-the-scenes tour at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to noon with a curator and learn the ins and outs of specialized furniture. Ages five to adult. Cost is $7. Call 703-437-1794.

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

Thursday, August 20

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

Sully Sleuth DayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn a little history, make a little craft and have a whole lot of fun at Sully Historic Site from 10 a.m to noon. For ages six to 11. The cost is $10 per child. Call 703-437-1794.

Friday, August 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, August 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 24

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

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

Tuesday, August 25

Wednesday, August 26

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

Thursday, August 27

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

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

Friday, August 28

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 29

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, August 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 31

Wednesday, July 1

Fireflies in the Meadow Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. and see the meadow light with fireflies. Bring a plastic jar with a lid to catch and then release. Wear long pants, socks and closed shoes. Flashlights and insect repellant are useful. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, July 2

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

Friday, July 3

Dairy Days - Ice Cream Making and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the whey of the dairy! Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per person and children must be accompanied by adult. Tour cost separate.  For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Friday Evening Garden ToursClick to Register with Parktakes Online
View Green Spring’s demonstration gardens in a different light with Master Gardener docents as the sun fades at day’s end from 7 to 8 p.m. Enjoy cool refreshments in the Historic House. The cost is $12. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, July 4

Fourth of July Celebration
Join us on July 4th at Lake Fairfax Park. Enjoy picnicking, live music from 4 to 8 p.m., food from food vendors, and perhaps a cool dip at the Water Mine water park. Admission is free to the park but a suggested donation of $5 a car helps pay for the fireworks, park staff and even park improvements. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Sunday, July 5

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

Grinding the Grain
Visit Colvin Run Mill as they grind the grain from noon until 3 p.m. Grain grinding demonstration is $7 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, $6 for students 16 plus with ID. There’s a Blacksmith demonstration from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and free woodcarving lessons from the Northern Virginia Carvers for ages 12 and up. Lessons are free. Nominal charge for wood blanks.

Sketch Hike: Historic HuntleyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike rom 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and hike up to Historic Huntley for some breathtaking views while sketching. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Monday, July 6

Yoga for GardenersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This class features a gentle introduction to the Vinyasa method from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. The class is held indoors, and there are eight lessons. The cost is $86. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, July 7

Stream Monsters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enter Big Rocky Run stream and see what “monsters” live in the water at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Wednesday, July 8

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey into Frying Pan Farm Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with your preschooler and get involved in hands-on activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-437-9101.

Thursday, July 9

Sully Sleuth DaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn a little history, make a little craft and have a whole lot of fun at Sully from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost is $10 per child. Topics for specific dates are 7/9 Weather-Wise, 7/23 Puppet Mastery, 7/30 Sewing. Call 703-437-1794.

Friday, July 10

Dairy Days - Ice Cream Making and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the whey of the dairy! Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per person and children must be accompanied by adult. Tour cost separate.  For more information, call 703-437-1794.

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

Kayak Tour-Sunset over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Experience an upper Potomac River tour at Riverbend Park from 5 to 7 p.m. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. One- and two–person kayaks available. Download waiver and bring to tour. Tour canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. The cost is $38 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Parent & Child Fishing by Boat Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy fishing with your child rom 5 to 7 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Follow the naturalist to favorite fishing spots .Start with boating basics. Boats and PFDs provided. Download waiver and bring to tour. Event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Maximum three persons per boat, one must be 16 years or older. The cost is $16 for each participant. Fishing rod rentals available. Call 703-759-9018.

Frying Pan FridaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy stress-free adventure at Frying Pan Farm including hands-on activities and short hikes. Topics include: 7/10, 1930s Farm Life; 7/24 VIP Farm­yard Access Tour. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-437-9101.

Goodnight Walk: Firefly FunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The wonders of fireflies come to light at Hidden Oaks Nature Center during a walk, talk and craft exploring thes creatures from 8 to 9 p.m. This event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, July 11

World War II Weekend
Travel back to the World War II era as Sully Historic Site hosts Allied and Axis re-enactors for a weekend of demonstrations, memories and music. Talk to them about life in the 1940s. House tour included. Free for veterans and active duty military. The cost is $8 per adult and $6 for seniors and children. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Kayak Mini Float TripClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The journey begins at 11 a.m. with a scenic wagon ride from the Visitor Center to the launch site at Riverbend Park, followed by a 1.5-mile instructor-led float trip down through riffles and flat water. No previous experience necessary. Kayaks available. Download waiver. Bring completed form. Cost is $38. For information, call 703-759-9018.

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

Ice Cream and Ices Tasting PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Sample delicious ices and hear about ice cream’s history from 10:30 to noon at Green Spring Gardens. Learn to churn your own. The cost is $25 per person. call 703-642-5173.

Build your own Bat HouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bats eat mosquitoes, pollinate plants and you can help them thrive by building a bat house at Riverbend Park from 10 to noon. The cost is $8 per person. A $15 fee per bat house is paid to instructor at class. Call 703-759-3211.

Sounds of the Night CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Sounds of the night fill our ears at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn to identify nocturnal animal calls, make s’mores and enjoy campfire stories from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Event canceled for rain. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Cost is $6 per person. Call 703-941-1065.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist to hike the trails of Huntley Meadows Park from 8 to 10 p.m., looking and listening for owls, and other night animals. Cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Frog Chorus at Eakin PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate National Frog Month at Eakin Park on Prosperity Rd. from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with a naturalist-led walk to identify frogs at the pond. Bring one flashlight per family. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Cost is $6 per person. Event canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, July 12

World War II Weekend
Travel back to the World War II era as Sully Historic Site hosts Allied and Axis re-enactors for a weekend of demonstrations, memories and music. Talk to them about life in the 1940s. House tour included. Free for veterans and active duty military. The cost is $8 per adult and $6 for seniors and children. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Turtle SurveyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
See turtles close-up at E. C Lawrence Park from 4 to 5 p.m. Identify different species of turtles and search for them at the pond. The cost is $5 per person. call 703-631-0013.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac RiverClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River at Riverbend Park from 11 to noon while learning about the park’s wildlife and past American Indian inhabitants. Cost is $5 . For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunrise Kayak TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
As the sun rises over the Potomac at Riverbend from 7 to 9 a.m., paddle with a naturalist and learn about the river’s historic and natural beauty. This is not a whitewater tour. One– and two-person kayaks provided. Download waiver and bring completed form to tour. The cost is $38 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Toddler Time-Terrific TurtlesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy outdoor activities and meet one of our turtles at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 10:30-11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. - 12: 30 p.m. Cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Snake and Turtle FeedingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brief presentation and snake, turtle and toad feedings at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Tree Identification HikeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn more about the trees at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Cost is $6. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Birding for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the birds in Huntley Meadows Park and gain some basic identification skills from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $6 per person. Children ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Naturalist’s Choice ‘Behind the Scenes’Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Huntley Meadows Park with a tour of some off-the-beaten path places rom 10 to noon. Cost is $6 per person. Dress for off trail. call 703-768-2525.

Monday, July 13

Little Hands on the Farm (2-3 yrs)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Little Hands on the Farm (3-5 yrs)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in Kidwell barn to meet a farm animal, enjoy a story or game, and pretend to be the famer from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. for two- to-three year-olds, and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. for three to five year-olds at Frying Pan Farm Park. Pre-paid reservations required. Adult must attend. The cost is $8 per child. Call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, July 14

Animals UndergroundClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Dig down deep under the forest floor as we learn about the soil’s many other creatures at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, July 15

Dragons and Damsels at the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Watch dragonflies and damselflies at Walney Pond at E.C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn myths and facts about these insects. Cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, July 16

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

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

Garden Tour & Tea
Tour demonstration gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. with a Master Gardener. Then enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea in our historic house. The cost is $32 per person. Reservations required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Friday, July 17

Dairy Days - Ice Cream Making and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the whey of the dairy! Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per person and children must be accompanied by adult. Tour cost separate.  For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Kayak Tour-Sunset over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Experience an upper Potomac River tour at Riverbend Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. One- and two–person kayaks available. Download waiver. gov/1aubG3L and bring to tour. Tour canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. The cost is $38 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Parent & Child Fishing by Boat Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy fishing with your child rom 5 to 7 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Follow the naturalist to favorite fishing spots .Start with boating basics. Boats and PFDs provided. Download waiver and bring to tour. Event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Maximum three persons per boat, one must be 16 years or older. The cost is $16 for each participant. Fishing rod rentals available. Call 703-759-9018.

Nocturnal Hunters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist-led hike to learn about nocturnal animals at Ellanor C Lawrence Park from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Catch and release fireflies, locate bats, and enjoy s’mores at a campfire. Cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Goodnight Walk: Night Sky Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn the wonders of the night sky at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 8 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a story and craft. Cost is $6 per person. Kids must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, July 18

Kayak Mini Float TripClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The journey begins at 11 a.m. with a scenic wagon ride from the Visitor Center to the launch site at Riverbend Park, followed by a 1.5-mile instructor-led float trip down through riffles and flat water. No previous experience necessary. Kayaks available. Download waiver. Bring completed form. Cost is $38. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday Garden Highlights ToursClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Green Spring’s gardens offer new plants to admire and design elements to inspire. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. catch garden highlights with Master Gardeners. The cost is $12 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Live Sharks, Rays and MoreClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet a live shark at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. Presented by Under the Sea’s Andrew Wilson, discover what makes these creatures well-adapted to the ocean. The cost is $7 per person. call 703-941-1065.

Workshop: Cement Cloth PlanterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Make a unique garden container at Green Spring Gardens out of draped fabric and cement from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.. Horticulturalist Nancy Olney leads you through the project .The cost is $27 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Junior/Parent Open
Junior golfers team up at Jefferson Golf Course with a parent to compete in a nine-hole, alternate-shot tournament. Teams compete against others in the same age group. Age groups are divided into 8-10, 11-13 and 14-17. Advance registration required by July 15. The cost per team, before July 13, is $55 for Junior Program members and $65 for junior non-members. After July 13, the fee is $60 for Junior Program members/$70 for non-members. Rain date is July 25. Fee due at time of registration. Lunch and prizes included. For more information, call 703- 573-0444, ext. 8.

Historic Huntley Summer Social
Enjoy refreshing lemonade or try your hand at making hand-cranked ice cream from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy period games or build a kite. Cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Hands-on NatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your child for an hour of natural adventure at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 3 to 4 p.m. Feed exhibit animals, search for wildlife, explore fur pelts and bones, and take home a craft. The cost is $5 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Fun: Summer StoriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Hear old-fashioned tall tales and roast marshmallows around a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Canceled in case of rain. Cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Fishing by the StreamClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill to go fishing along Rocky Run stream from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Learn about native fish and get tips on techniques. Beginners welcome. Bring your own fully rigged fishing poles; worms provided for bait. The cost is $5 for ages four to adult. Children must be joined by registered adult. Call 703-827-0609.

Sunday, July 19

Grinding the Grain
Visit Colvin Run Mill as they grind the grain from noon until 3 p.m. Grain grinding demonstration is $7 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, $6 for students 16 plus with ID. There’s a Blacksmith demonstration from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and free woodcarving lessons from the Northern Virginia Carvers for ages 12 and up. Lessons are free. Nominal charge for wood blanks.

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

Green Tree Frogs of Mason NeckClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about green tree frogs and how they forecast the weather at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring lunch and dress for the weather. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

DragonfliesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the life cycle, behavior and identification of Huntley Meadow’s many dragonflies and damselflies. Venture to the wetland from 9 to 11:30 a.m. to observe these acrobatic fliers. Cost is $6 Canceled if it rains. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

How to Draw Your Dragon(fly)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist/artist Margaret Wohler at Huntley Meadows from 12:30 to 2 p.m. to learn tips and techniques for drawing dragonflies. Cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Bird Watching for BeginnersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Start your birding adventure at Riverbend Park covering birding basics from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $10 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

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

Stream StompClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Investigate Bugg Creek at Hidden Oaks Nature Center for salamanders and crayfishin this catch-and-release adventure. Cost is $6 per child. Canceled in case of severe weather. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, July 20

Tuesday, July 21

Wednesday, July 22

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey into Frying Pan Farm Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with your preschooler and get involved in hands-on activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-437-9101.

Thursday, July 23

Drawing & Painting LabClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore techniques such as concepts of shape, line, texture and color blending from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens in this class which meets four times. Students need to bring a 9”x12” drawing pad (90 lb.) and a 9”x12” mixed-media pad (140 lb.), graphite pencils (HB, 6B), fine Sharpie or Pitt pen (black), a set of 24 Crayola crayons, a set of 12 color pencils, a set of water-soluble oils or wax pastels and a set of watercolors (pan is okay). You also need to bring filbert brush #8 and #10 and a flat brush for washes and blending. The cost is $77 for four, two-hour lessons. Call 703-642-5173.

Friday, July 24

Dairy Days - Ice Cream Making and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the whey of the dairy! Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per person and children must be accompanied by adult. Tour cost separate.  For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Kayak Tour-Sunset over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Experience an upper Potomac River tour at Riverbend Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. One- and two–person kayaks available. Download waiver. gov/1aubG3L and bring to tour. Tour canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. The cost is $38 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

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

Frying Pan FridaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy stress-free adventure at Frying Pan Farm including hands-on activities and short hikes. Topics include: 7/10, 1930s Farm Life; 7/24 VIP Farm­yard Access Tour. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-437-9101.

Jr. Naturalist Summer AdventureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Elementary school children discover summer’s adventures with a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Adults welcome. Call 703-631-0013.

Summer Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Breeze along with a naturalist on a tractor ride to the wetland and back at Huntley Meadows Park from 9:30 to 11 a.m. or 3 to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a snack at the observation platform. Rides leave from the South Kings Highway entrance. Cost is $6. Children must be accompanied by registered adult. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire FridaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come out to Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m. to learn about reptiles and enjoy a campfire and s’mores. Cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, July 25

Kayak Mini Float TripClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The journey begins at 11 a.m. with a scenic wagon ride from the Visitor Center to the launch site at Riverbend Park, followed by a 1.5-mile instructor-led float trip down through riffles and flat water. No previous experience necessary. Kayaks available. Download waiver. Bring completed form. Cost is $38. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Family Fun: Hummingbird GardenClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Search for these tiny, winged jewels and learn fascinating hummingbird facts at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. Make a special feeder and take home a nectar plant The cost is $8 per project. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Lower-Maintenance Garden IdeasClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Tour the gardens at Green Spring with a horticulturalist from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and find ways to make your summer garden beautiful. Cost is $15. Call 703-642-5173.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Ice CreamClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore Walney’s dairy farm history, touri the ice house and ice pond at E. C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Make and eat hand-cranked ice cream. Cost is $8. Register an adult with any registered child. Call 703-631-0013.

Evening StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk with a naturalist to watch and listen for beavers, owls and nocturnal residents from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Dinofest in Nature PlayceClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore dinoland and unearth a real fossil to keep at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $6 per child. Canceled if it rains. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Fireflies in the Meadow Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. and see the meadow light with fireflies. Bring a plastic jar with a lid to catch and then release. Wear long pants, socks and closed shoes. Flashlights and insect repellant are useful. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, July 26

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac RiverClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River at Riverbend Park from 11 to noon while learning about the park’s wildlife and past American Indian inhabitants. Cost is $5 . For more information, call 703-759-9018.

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

Dueling Floral Designers
Watch as two designers simultaneously create original floral arrangements using identical materials from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. You can see them, but they cannot see each other. Reservations required. Cost is $45 for program and afternoon tea or $22 for program only. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Canine Cruise
Treat your canine companion to a special cruise from 7 to 8 p.m. aboard Lake Accotink Park’s pooch-friendly pontoon tour boat. Cost is $6 per person, no charge for dogs. Limit one dog per person. Humans must be at least eight and accompanied by an adult if under age 16. Register in advance at 703-569-0285. Arrive 20 minutes before cruise time to pick up your reserved tickets. Refunds will be issued in the event of weather or other cancellation.

Monday, July 27

Little Hands on the Farm (2-3 yrs)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Little Hands on the Farm (3-5 yrs)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in Kidwell barn to meet a farm animal, enjoy a story or game, and pretend to be the famer from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. for two- to-three year-olds, and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. for three to five year-olds at Frying Pan Farm Park. Pre-paid reservations required. Adult must attend. The cost is $8 per child. Call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, July 28

Mr. Weather BearClick to Register with Parktakes Online
With the help of Mr. Bear, learn about the weather with a felt-board story, bubble play, an ice cube race and songs at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, July 29

Stories from Old Centreville Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring blankets or chairs and flashlights to Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. for s’mores and campfire stories about Centreville’s past. Cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, July 30

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

Sully Sleuth DaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn a little history, make a little craft and have a whole lot of fun at Sully from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost is $10 per child. Topics for specific dates are 7/9 Weather-Wise, 7/23 Puppet Mastery, 7/30 Sewing. Call 703-437-1794.

Friday, July 31

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

Big Truck and Carnival Fun Night at the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Carnival rides and games are open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free Big Truck event from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Ride tickets $1 (most rides take 3-5 tickets). Free parking and admission. Bring your crafts, baked goods, garden produce and flowers in for judging in the 4-H building. For more information call 703-437-9101.

Kayak Tour-Sunset over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Experience an upper Potomac River tour at Riverbend Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. One- and two–person kayaks available. Download waiver. gov/1aubG3L and bring to tour. Tour canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. The cost is $38 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Parent & Child Fishing by Boat Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy fishing with your child rom 5 to 7 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Follow the naturalist to favorite fishing spots .Start with boating basics. Boats and PFDs provided. Download waiver and bring to tour. Event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Maximum three persons per boat, one must be 16 years or older. The cost is $16 for each participant. Fishing rod rentals available. Call 703-759-9018.

Reptile CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist for a night at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8 p.m. for a hike to learn about our native reptiles that become nocturnal during the warmer months. Return to our campfire to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Bats, Bugs, and Owls Oh My!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the critters that only come out at night and the special adaptations that help them thrive while we sleep. Watch for bats, attract some bugs, and call for owls at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:45-8:45 p.m. Cost is $6 per person. Bring a toasting stick. We provide marshmallows. Call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, August 1

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

Sunday, August 2

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

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Celebrating 65 Years
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Celebrating 65 Years of Parks

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

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

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

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

Judy Pedersen
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