Saturday, April 20
Meet a Field Paleontologist
Ever wanted to go hunting for dinosaur bones? Find out what the experience is really like and how you can do so as an individual or a family at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. See specimens collected in Utah and watch a presentation. Participants must be at least age seven. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.
Gardening in Innovative Containers
From clementine boxes to old shoes, gardens can pop up in the strangest places. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, create a fanciful garden in a container of your choice, or use one of ours. Four plants are provided. Participants must be at least age 10. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.
Native Plants for the Spring Garden
Stroll through the gardens at Green Spring from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with curatorial horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol and discover beautiful native plants with spring interest for both shady and sunny sites. Learn how to care for them to keep your spring garden looking great. The cost is $18 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.
Math for Gardeners
Does calculating how much mulch or fertilizer you need for your garden make you dizzy? From 10 to 11:30 a.m., Green Spring Gardens Manager Mary Olien takes the pain out of garden calculations by sharing her garden math secrets. Bring a calculator, a tape measure, and a ruler. The cost is $18 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.
Earth Day Celebration
Celebrate Earth Day by learning about the changing environment at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. Learn about composting and other green practices. End the celebration by recycling household materials into fun new items. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
Trees make Ellanor C. Lawrence Park a special place. Join expert naturalist Jim Dewing from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on a search for the biggest, oldest, most rare, and most important trees in our forest. Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how parks care for them. Participants must be at least 10 years old. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
Stone Mansion Ghost Hunt
Hidden Pond Nature Center staff become super-naturalists as they lead fellow ghost hunters on a scientific exploration for what may go bump in the night there. A brief overview of the site’s history and a house tour are scheduled prior to the search. This program runs from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. and the cost is $30 person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.
Park Manager Walk and Talk
Join Huntley Meadows Park Manager Kevin Munroe from 4 to 6 p.m. to learn about the wetland restoration project and to go for a walk to look for plants and animals in the park’s 50-acre marsh. Admission is free. For information, call 703-768-2525.
Breakfast with the Birds
From 7:30 to 10 a.m., enjoy a continental breakfast and then hike with a naturalist to varied habitats around Riverbend Park to search for fall migrants passing through. Participants must be at least age 12. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.
Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge
Journey through the woods at Riverbend Park to Poohsticks Bridge from 10 to 11 a.m. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.