Saturday, November 16
Satisfy your curiosity and your sweet tooth with one howling campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Listen to coyote calls, take a short hike, and make s’mores as you learn about this wily canine from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
This un-mounted class at Frying Pan Farm Park from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. introduces children ages four to six to basic horse care and handling. Touch and pet, lead a horse, and prepare our horse friend’s dinner. An adult must attend class with the child. The cost is $8 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.
This hands-on, un-mounted class at Frying Pan Farm Park from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. offers an overview of horse basics. Children ages 7 to 10 groom, lead and exercise a horse, learn about tack and equipment, and practice horse care and handling. Help with feeding, first aid, and horse care. The cost is $8 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.
Tree Identification: Conifers
Learn to distinguish a pine from a fir or spruce in this session with Green Spring Gardens Manager Mary Olien from 1 to 3 p.m. Look at the scale needle conifers and learn how to distinguish the junipers, cedars and cypresses. Bring a 10X hand lens or magnifying glass. The cost is $20. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.
Tea: Not Just for Drinking
Learn how to cook with tea as an ingredient in both sweet and savory recipes at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. This program is presented by Certified Tea Specialist and Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden. The cost is $30. To make a reservation, call 703-759-2771.
Enjoy a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Make s’mores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.
Follow a naturalist as you and your child, ages three to seven, dig into dinosaurs and explore the prehistoric world at Cub Run RECenter from 2 to 3 p.m. Children will make a fossil to take home and dig for buried “dinosaur” bones. The cost is $5 per child. Reservations required. Register online. For information, call 703-817-9407.
Park Manager Walk and Talk
Join Huntley Meadows Park Manager Kevin Munroe on a walk from 4 to 6 p.m. to find out about the wetland restoration project and to learn about wildlife. For information, call 703-451-9588.
Ride the Turkey Train at Lake Fairfax Park
Take a ride on Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad to learn about early American Thanksgiving celebrations. Rides are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make a craft to take home and learn American Indian hunting skills. The cost is $5 per person. The park is collecting nonperishable foods to be donated to a local food bank. For more information, call 703-471-5415.