Please tell us what you love about Lake Accotink Park! The Park Authority would like to know! We are in the process of updating the master plan for Lake Accotink Park which will define what uses are most appropriate for this well-loved park for the next 20 years or so. Add your voice to the conversation!
Don't pass up the chance to work side-by-side with county archeologists and historians in both the field and in the lab. Join the corps of volunteers working with the Fairfax County Archaeological Research Team (CART). The next orientation program is coming up on Thursday, March 23, 2017.
The exhibit area at Riverbend Park’s visitor center will be closed for the rest of this week, and possibly into early next week (the week of February 20th) to allow for some painting and renovation work. The visitor center will remain open, but access to the exhibit space will be prohibited for safety reasons while work is being completed.
No fooling around on this April Fools' Day. Spend it giving a local waterway a clean bill of health. Be a part of Watershed Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Watershed Clean-Up Day is an annual spring community effort to clear earth's arteries.
Sully Historic Site will officially join in the Washington area's National Cherry Blossom Festival with a celebration of Japanese culture on Sunday, April 2. Discover varieties of green tea and sample Japanese sweets.
Join in the annual celebration of the birthday of Dr. Seuss with a reading of “The Lorax” at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on Sunday, March 5, 2017. In the spirit of the Lorax who spoke for the trees, make a Lorax craft and learn how trees help people.
Spend a Saturday on a search for salamanders on a nature excursion in Front Royal, Virginia. Park Authority staff will be your guides as we search for these first signs of spring. On Saturday, March 4, 2017 spend time observing the Jefferson salamander, spotted salamanders and red spotted newts breeding in vernal pools.
Long before books and the written word, storytellers spun tales to entertain and keep history alive. The tradition continues on Friday, March 10, 2017, as one of our expert storytellers at Riverbend Park shares stories about Winter's Wrath.
In the spirit of the cherry blossom season, come to Colvin Run Mill and savor teas of Japan. Matcha may be the current tea trend, but Japan has many other traditional teas. On Saturday, March 11, 2017, taste a varied selection of the ancient beverage in the cup and as an ingredient.
Your kids will love getting ready for bed when they wrap up the day with an animal pajama party at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Children are invited to put on their PJs and come to Hidden Oaks on Friday, March 10, 2017, to hear bedtime stories, meet the nature center's animals and wish the critters a good night.
When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it's time to get the animals ready for bed. Bring the family out for a special twilight tour in March and see how Frying Pan Farm Park's residents settle in for the night. Join in this program on four days in March: Wednesday, March 8; Thursday, March 9; Tuesday, March 14; or Thursday, March 16, 2017.
They both like the cold. So, why wouldn't penguins and polar bears like to hang out in the same places? Find out at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Children can participate in activities to learn about these creatures of the ice and their chilly environment.
From the 1700s to the present, women have played important roles in the history of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and the county as a whole. Learn about those contributions in special hour-long walking tours at the park on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 19, 2017.
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has a new slate of officers for 2017. At a meeting on February 8, 2017, the Park Board voted to return William G. Bouie, who represents the Hunter Mill District, to his ninth term as Chairman. At-large Member Mary D. Cortina will serve as Vice Chairman. Michael Thompson Jr., Park Board Representative of the Springfield District returns to the post of Secretary, and Mount Vernon District Representative Linwood Gorham will now serve as Treasurer.
Summer will be here before you know it, and finding the right summer day camp for your kids can be tough. Make it easy this year with a stop at the Fairfax County Park Authority's Camp Fair 2017 on Saturday, March 11, 2017. At Camp Fair, you can find day camps that cater to current interests or discover something intriguing and new.
Show how wise you can be and register for one of the upcoming owl programs at Huntley Meadows Park. On Friday evening, March 10, 2017, discover the secret world of owls with a family owl outing. On Saturday, March 11, Huntley celebrates a Festival of Owls.
If you're tired of deer munching on your garden and landscaping, this lecture at Green Spring Gardens is for you. On Sunday, February 26, 2017 garden expert Ruth Clausen will share some beautiful shrubs, annuals and perennials that deer seldom browse.
On February 22, 2017 spend a day in the footsteps of an American hero during the Washington Connections Van Tour. Let a historian from Ellanor C. Lawrence Park connect you with the real George.
In honor of African-American History Month, Sully Historic Site has installed a new exhibit on slave life that includes artifacts excavated from around Sully's 18th-century slave cabins.
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (ECLP) is offering two opportunities in February to delve into the history of the African-Americans who lived on the land at Walney farm before it became a park.
Cross your fingers for clear skies and get ready to enjoy the stars from the darkness of Riverbend Park as the Astronomy Festival returns on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
What good is that telescope if you don't know how to use it? If you got a new telescope for the holidays or have a forgotten scope collecting dust in the basement, bring it to Observatory Park at Turner Farm and learn what nighttime wonders it can reveal to you in the Intro to Telescopes class on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
Science is all around us. Let your budding scientist begin to unravel some of its mysteries with the Sidewalk Science and Kitchen Chemistry program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Sunday, February 19, 2017.
Technology has been making lives easier for hundreds of years, but 19th century tech looks a lot different than the smartphones of today. Give your kids a chance to learn about the innovations of ages past at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (ECLP) on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
Hidden Oaks Nature Center is hosting two tea parties in February for youngsters to enjoy. Make plans for the Tiny Tea Party on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, and the All Things Frozen Tea Party on Saturday, February 18.
Have you ever seen a corn snake feeding? How about a turtle gobbling a worm? If you missed Feeding Day in the fall, don't worry! In February, Feeding Day returns on the second Saturday of each month.
Even the smallest of personal items can provide critical clues into the lives of those who use them, and for archaeologists in the mid-Atlantic, fragments of tobacco pipes have helped to open doors into history.
Planning continues for a major facelift for the Fairfax County Park Authority's Mt. Vernon RECenter in Alexandria, Va. The Park Board got an update on the renovation and expansion plans at its meeting on January 25, 2017.
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Matching Fund Grant request from The Sully Foundation, Ltd. (TSF) at its meeting on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. The $18,350 in grant funds will be used to replace the extensive brick edging system in the historic garden at Sully Historic Site.
Watch the drip, drip, drip of sap from a maple and learn how it makes its way from the tree trunk to your table as sweet maple syrup. Come to the Maple Syrup Boil-Down at Colvin Run Mill on three Sundays in February and March to get a taste of sugaring time.
Get the kids outdoors and give them a chance to learn how plants and animals adapt to winter in a five-part series of classes at Huntley Meadows Park. Children will explore the park and see what the wetlands and forests are like in wintertime. Series begins Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
Adults are invited to take an Evening Woodcock Walk through Huntley Meadows Park on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Stroll through the forest to one of Huntley's largest meadows as you listen for the call of the male woodcock.
They don't all fly south for the winter. Learn about the birds that call Huntley Meadows and your own backyard home in wintertime in a workshop at Huntley Meadows Park on Saturday, February 25, 2017.
Get ready to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with a reading extravaganza at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Naturalists will share the tales of “Yertle the Turtle” and “Gertrude McFuzz”.
Get on board for an evening of fun at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, and enjoy a wagon ride and campfire supper on Friday, February 24, 2017.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors reappointed William G. Bouie, Ken Quincy, and Faisal Khan to four-year terms on the Fairfax County Park Authority Board. The 12-member Park Board has members representing each magisterial district as well as three at-large members.
Furry foxes are a common sight in children's books and in Fairfax County neighborhoods, too. Kids can learn about these wild members of the dog family in a special program all about foxes at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
Learn why plant and animal life biodiversity is critical to a healthy ecosystem and what you can do to bring diversity to your own backyard. Register for the Eco-Savvy Symposium: Cultivating Biodiversity at Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
The Park Authority is ramping up long range planning efforts to align existing plans and current initiatives with agency goals for the future. This comprehensive park system master planning effort builds on the findings from the Parks Count Needs Assessment that was completed in spring 2016.
There's a new way to access timely, relevant information about all that the Fairfax County Park Authority's (FCPA) eight golf courses have to offer. Just follow @GolfFairfax on Twitter.
Learn to find your way around using a compass or GPS unit with classes at Burke Lake Park on Sundays in February. Workshops in orienteering and geocaching are being offered on February 12 and 26, 2017 for participants age eight to adult.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors reappointed Dranesville District Representative Tim Hackman to a four-year term on the Fairfax County Park Authority Board.
Green Spring Gardens is offering four lectures to make your green thumb happy in February. Join gardening experts on Sunday afternoons from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for the popular Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series.
Learn tips for painting shiny objects and painting orchids in watercolor workshops at Green Spring Gardens this winter. With careful observation, you can learn how to make glass and silver look shiny and reflective in watercolor. On Saturday, March 4, the topic is orchids.
Fairfax County households are overflowing with new toys and other gifts at this time of year. While it is fun to head outside to try them out, it's important to know the rules before bringing unwelcome holiday gifts into the parks.
The Park Authority Board established guiding principles for the Park Authority Master Plan at its regular December 14, 2016 meeting. This comprehensive park system master planning effort builds on the findings from the Parks Count Needs Assessment that was completed in spring 2016. With a 10- to 20-year time horizon, the Park Authority Master Plan will guide the agency in meeting community needs for today and the future.
From January 1 through March 31, 2017, the campground, skate park and access to the upper half of Lake Fairfax Park, including fields and trailheads, will be closed. The Fairfax County Park Authority is not accepting field use reservations or camping reservations during these dates.
Don't know what to get this holiday season? How about an amazing experience trying a new activity or maybe a week of engaging in a new sport or perhaps going on incredible weekly adventures! Give your child or grandchild the “Gift of Summer Camp” by purchasing a Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) gift card at your local RECenter or Nature Center.
Be an engineer at the park! Ellanor C. Lawrence Park's 18th-century resident, James Machen, made inventions and used technology to make his life easier. On three special afternoons this winter, January 16, February 16 and March 18, build prototypes for farm inventions, take engineering challenges, and have fun inventing during Afternoon Innovators.
Patriot Park North Park, formerly known as Lincoln Lewis Vannoy Park, will be getting a new look. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Conceptual Development Plan (CDP) for the park at its regular meeting on December 14, 2016.
Just in time for the holidays, Colvin Run has done a limited run of milled grains that the site doesn't normally offer. Roasted Cornmeal, Buckwheat Flour, Rye Flour, and Organically Grown Hard Wheat Flour are available at the park's country store. These new grains are in addition to the site's core products, which are also available while supplies last.
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is accepting applications for the rehabilitation and long-term maintenance of the historic Stempson House, located on Furnace Road, in Lorton, Va. The deadline for submitting applications for Stempson House is February 17, 2017.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter to the Park Authority Board on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, filling a vacancy created by the recent resignation of Lee District Board Member Edward R. Batten, Sr.
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has published its 2017 meeting schedule. The Park Board holds public meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month (except during the August recess and in November and December).
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved the distribution of $605,109 in telecommunications revenues at its meeting on October 26, 2016. In 2014, the Park Board decided to utilize revenues from cell towers in parks countywide. The bulk of the funds will be used in the supervisory district in which the telecommunications facility is located.
Heavy snows can close schools and present challenges for families where both parents work. Snowzilla brought more than 20 inches of snow and left parents who had to get to the office with limited choices and difficult decisions. In response, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has created a pilot program at four RECenters, that beginning next month will provide Snow Day Camp for school-age children.
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is seeking your input. As the Park Authority continues the process of revising the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Master Plan, it is important to learn what matters most to residents of Fairfax County. Your opinions matter to us.
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted to adopt the One Fairfax Resolution at its meeting on September 28, 2016. This resolution directs the development of a social equity policy to ensure all individuals in Fairfax County have an opportunity to reach their highest level of personal achievement.
Learn about past achievements and what lies ahead for county parks in the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Fiscal Year 2016 Strategic Plan and Annual Report, which is now available online.
The Fairfax County Park Authority Burke Lake Golf Center renovations and upgrades are now underway. Effective October 3, 2016 the driving range will be closed. Golfers are invited to visit one of the other FCPA ranges at Laurel Hill, Twin Lakes or Oak Marr golf courses this fall/winter.
Cub Run RECenter will open its leisure pool and water playground earlier on Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) teacher workdays and student holidays, beginning this October. The move is designed to accommodate more groups and age ranges on those days students are out of school.
The Fairfax County Park Authority has launched a website specifically for residents age 50 or older. The 50+ Engage-Connect-Play portal provides one-stop shopping for information on Fitness & Wellness, Arts & Learning, Gardening & Adventure, Giving Back, and more that’s geared toward Baby Boomers and active seniors.
Short Term Disruption on Trails, Other Amenities Anticipated The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin construction of approximately 7,000 linear feet of sewer line throughout Burke Lake Park. This sewer line will connect with the proposed clubhouse and allow for future connections to existing park facilities.
One of two stream restoration projects in Wakefield Park in Annandale, Va. that began in October 2015 is about 40 percent complete and a second project is just beginning. Both restoration projects will impact trail use within the park sporadically.
Just in time for spring, the Fairfax County Park Authority has joined the Instagram community. The Park Authority looks forward to engaging with Instagram's active online community and sharing beautiful photos of local parks and recreational facilities.
Fairfax Parks Are More Popular Than Ever. Newly released results from a survey conducted as part of the 2015 Parks Count Needs Assessment Study, indicates Fairfax County parks are more popular than ever with results reflecting the highest park use numbers received in the last five community surveys. Additionally, 93% of residents indicate that parks are extremely or highly important to their quality of life - the highest rating in 12 years of measurement.