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2015 Eakin Philanthropy Awards Announced

The Fairfax County Park Foundation, a charitable organization which supports the Fairfax County Park Authority, is honoring three individuals with 2015 Eakin Philanthropy Awards for their efforts in support of county parks.

Discover the Creepy Crawlers of the Night!

Does your child enjoy looking at or playing with bugs? If so, bring them to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, where nighttime adventures await. This adventure is set for Saturday, August 1, 2015. Be on the lookout for the bright eyes of nocturnal spiders and other crawlers that lurk around the creek at night.

Bring Your Family for S'mores and Campfire Stories!

What better way to spend a weekday evening than sitting around the warmth of a delightful campfire at Cabell's Mill in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. This enjoyable night is set for Wednesday, July 29. Bring your blankets or chairs and flashlights and gather around the campfire to listen to stories about Centreville's past while making delicious s'mores.

Experience An Evening of Folk Music with Herb and Hanson

Folk music fans of all ages are invited to revel in some of the oldest American musical traditions with the performance by acoustic duo Herb and Hanson on Thursday, August 20, 2015. This concert will take place at Frying Pan Farm Park.

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

The Fairfax County Park Authority celebrates the 16th Annual National Farmers Market Week August 5-15 with special activities at the county's 11 markets.

Enjoy the Sounds of Latin Music in the Park

On July 30 2015, take a musical journey down south and experience the lively Latin rhythms of Trio Caliente and Incendio. Despite their North American roots, these two bands have an authentically South American sound, combining a wide range of musical genres to make an unforgettable live concert experience.

Explore Northern Virginia Via Hike And Van Tour

Northern Virginia is a fascinating region. Join Ellanor C. Lawrence Park staff and explore its beautiful natural history and rich cultural history with an approaching hike and a van tour. On Sunday, July 26, 2015 and again on Sunday, August 30, 2015, get on the trail with Snake Hunters or join in the adventure on Saturday, August 8, on the Lincoln Connections Van Tour.

Catch Green Spring Highlights on Saturday Tour

No visit to Green Spring Gardens is ever the same, so see what's blooming during the Saturday Garden Highlights Tour on August 22, 2015 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. During the tour, Master Gardener docents will showcase the latest eye-popping plants and discuss design elements that can provide inspiration to home gardeners.

What's Better Than A Good Ol' Mystery? Solving It!

Hidden Pond Nature Center is hosting Crime Scene Science Camp this summer for 10-13 year olds. Campers get a chance to learn what crime scene investigators do, including searching for fingerprints, collecting DNA, dissecting eyeballs and more! The camp runs August 24 through August 28, 2015.

New Thrills Await at Expanded Water Mine

The expansion at the Water Mine in Lake Fairfax Park is nearing completion and will open for patrons on Saturday, August 1, 2015. The $5.5 million project means new thrills and excitement at this popular water park operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority. A brief ribbon cutting ceremony will be held as the new slides and water features open up.

Campers Out to Break World Record

More than 1,000 Fairfax County Park Authority Rec-PAC campers, staff and chaperones will attempt to break a Guinness World Record on July 23, 2015 for the most people making heart-shaped hand gestures. The record-setting attempt will take place at 11 a.m. at the Udvar-Hazy Center.

Hidden Pond Youth Receives Volunteer Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named Hidden Pond Nature Center volunteer Joshua Buontempo the 2015 Elly Doyle Park Service Award Student Honoree. The annual Elly Doyle awards recognize individuals and organizations that contribute outstanding volunteer service to the Park Authority. One student honoree is named.

Frying Pan Hosts 67th County 4-H Fair and Carnival

The old-fashioned country fun of the Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival returns to Frying Pan Farm Park starting on July 30 and running through August 2, 2015. Bring the family out to the farm to enjoy carnival games, rides, and fair exhibits.

2015 Elly Doyle Park Service Award Recipients Announced

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has named this year's recipients of the 2015 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that contribute outstanding volunteer service to the Park Authority. This is the agency's top honor for volunteer service.

Apply Now For Fall Master Gardener Training Class

You can become a Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteer and make a difference in creating a healthy and sustainable environment in your community! Recognized experts in a wide range of disciplines including botany, hydrology, entomology, native and invasive plants, landscape design, pathology, pesticides and more, will train you through informative and hands-on classes. Applications are due Friday, August 14, 2015.

REI Presents Fifth Grant to Park Authority

REI, Inc. has once again put their faith in the environmental ethos and ability of the Fairfax County Park Authority and those who assist in our mission to protect natural resources. For the fifth time, the outdoor equipment company is partnering with the Park Authority to support the agency's Invasive Management Area (IMA) Program. REI recently presented the Fairfax County Park Foundation with a $10,000 grant for IMA, a volunteer program designed to reduce invasive plants and increase biodiversity on parkland.

Surrey Square Park Playground Reopens

Both the young and young at heart are invited to attend a dedication ceremony for the reopening of the Fairfax County Park Authority's Surrey Square Park Playground on Saturday, July 25, 2015. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held and brief remarks will be offered as the playground reopens.

Experience the Joy of Starlight Cinema in Fairfax

Journey back in time with the Fairfax County Park Authority's Starlight Cinema and recreate the magic of watching stories unfold on the silver screen under a star-filled sky. Starlight Cinema will start August 1, 2015 and run every Saturday in August.

Enjoy Tour and Tea at Green Spring Gardens

Looking for something new to do on a weekday afternoon? Why not get some friends together for a Thursday tour and tea at Green Spring Gardens on August 13 and again on September 17, 2015.

Monroe Crossing to Perform at Lee District Nights

Come join us for an entertaining night of bluegrass and gospel on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. This free performance features live music performed by Monroe Crossing and takes place at Lee District Park amphitheater.

Fairfax Parks Features Kid-centric Entertainment!

The Arts in the Parks entertainment series offers great performances you will not want to miss. On Saturday, July 25, 2015 enjoy a variety of family-friendly performances across the Fairfax County park system. From comedy performances to magic shows, you and your young children are guaranteed a great time. These events will all take place at outdoor amphitheaters and feature a wide array of themes.

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Offers Great History Programs!

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a soldier during the Civil War? What about a nineteenth century farmer or an archaeologist? This summer Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is offering more history programs to help history come alive!

Get Onto the Water at Riverbend Park

Join us for fun on the water at Riverbend Park this July. Sunset kayaking tours and family fishing trips will be offered in the evening. Both trips will take participants through the beautiful scenery of Riverbend Park, showcasing the scenic islands, beautiful foliage and spectacular wildlife in and around the Potomac River.

Join the Bird Watching Club at Ellanor Lawrence Park!

Bring your kids to listen and discover the amazing variety of birds and their calls found in our park woodlands. Kids will meet once a month to explore and develop birding skills to last them a lifetime of excitement and curiosity. The bird watching will take place at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly, Va. on August 2, 2015 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Park Photography Permit Changes Effective July 1, 2015

The 2015 requirements for commercial photographers conducting business in local parks and the start-up of an Ambassadors Club for photographers go into effect as of July 1, 2015.

Cub Run Hosts Wilderness Survival Camp

Cub Run RECenter is hosting a Wilderness Survival Camp, and it is about more than just getting through the summer. The camp is about exploring parkland and the creek behind the RECenter - and there's plenty to explore. The camp runs twice at Cub Run, from July 6 through 10 and on August 17 through 21.

Dairy Days Comes to Sully Historic Site; Enjoy Delicious Fun

Discover the "whey" of the dairy at Sully Historic Site as you lend a hand to churn butter and crank ice cream. Sample the cool, creamy treats and then play historic games on the south lawn for a taste of 18th century life. Dairy Days are held on Fridays, July 3, 17, 24 and 31 and August 14, 21, and 28, 2015.

Field Improvements at Grist Mill Park to Begin

The Fairfax County Park Authority will start construction at Grist Mill Park on athletic field five, converting the existing natural grass field to synthetic turf. The project includes installation of storm drainage systems, as well as fencing, bleachers and goals as well.

Come Enjoy Campfire Saturdays at Royal Lake

Join us for an evening campfire for the whole family at Royal Lake. Starting at 7:30 p.m. on on August 15, 2015 adventure awaits you as you explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist.

Healthy Strides Race, Expo Presented NACo Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority's Healthy Strides Community 5k/10k Race and Expo will receive a 2015 Achievement Award next month at the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition.

New Historic Sites Volunteer Corps Established

Fairfax County history is in your hands. The Fairfax County Park Authority is looking for people to help revitalize and care for some of its historic properties.

Cooking, Nutrition Demos at SNAP Farmers Markets

Fairfax County Farmers Markets are proud to announce that our four markets which offer SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits will now also offer simple cooking and nutrition demonstrations each week!

Park Authority Wins Several Communications Awards

The National Association of Government Communicators presented the 2015 Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards in Memphis, Tennessee last week, and the Fairfax County Park Authority received seven awards honoring communications projects in several categories.

Field Improvements at Arrowhead Park to Begin

The Fairfax County Park Authority will start construction at Arrowhead Park on athletic fields one and three, converting the existing natural grass fields to synthetic turf. The project includes installation of storm drainage systems and installation of bleachers and goals as well.

Performing Arts Camp Expands to Five Locations

There are now five locations for budding performers to learn their craft this summer! The Fairfax County Park Authority is pleased to announce the expansion of Moonlit Wings Performing Arts Summer Camp at new locations including Stone Middle School in Centreville and Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon.

What Makes Local Produce Better?

Take advantage of local food to lift your table fare at home from table fair to table great. Fairfax County Farmers Markets are open and bringing you fresh, local food and ideas on ways to prepare it.

Find Out How You Can Support Your Local Monarchs

Monarch butterflies are in peril. The only food the caterpillars eat, milkweed, is fast disappearing. Hidden Oaks Nature Center, a facility of Fairfax County Park Authority, is distributing free native milkweed seeds plus providing gardening and butterfly conservation tips now through June.

Hidden Pond Wins State Envirothon Title

The Hidden Pond Nature Center Envirothon team won the Dominion Envirothon Virginia state championship for the second time in three years.

Shop for Fresh Food and Prizes at Farmers Markets

Shop farmers markets this summer and take the Farm Fresh Pledge! You could win a monthly prize packet worth anywhere from $100 to $200.

Summer Entertainment Series Brings Free Fun to Parks

If the weather is feeling warmer and the end of school is nearly here, it must be time for the Summer Entertainment Series to get underway! 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.

Explore Summer Fun on the Discovery Trail!

You'll always find something fun to do in Fairfax County parks, and the Park Authority's Discovery Trail Map is your guide! The journey features 12 distinctive sites that give students age 17 and younger the chance to discover each site's unique features.

Construction to Begin on Trail in Lake Accotink Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin construction on a project to repair and pave approximately 5,500 linear feet of the Cross County Trail in Lake Accotink Park. The contractor will be mobilizing on site on or about May 25, 2015.

Laurel Hill Makes "Best Places You Can Play" Top Ten List

Laurel Hill Golf Club recently earned the number nine ranking in Virginia among GolfWeek's 2015 "Best Courses You Can Play." This prestigious honor is hard won and sought by golf courses throughout the region.

New Wayside Information Helps Protect Vernal Pools

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly, Va. worked closely with the Virginia Herpetological Society (VHS) to design and install a new wayside information sign that includes life size pictures of salamanders and frogs and includes QR codes that allow the public to hear the actual frog calls on a smartphone. It also instructs visitors on the best ways to interact with vernal pools and provides information about how residents can get involved in protecting them.

Green Spring Master Gardeners at Your Service

For gardening questions this spring, look no further than Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Va. Residents are always welcome to bring a photo or a plant sample to the horticulture center to be examined by a gardener on duty. Green Spring Master Gardeners will be located outside the horticulture center under a tent every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. now through September except on holiday weekends and on May 9.

Clemyjontri Park Listed Among Best Playgrounds in the Nation

It's very nice to be considered amongst the best of the best. The website Early Childhood Education Zone, an online resource for parents and educators, has released its annual listing of the best playgrounds in America, and listed in fourth place among the top 50 is Clemyjontri Park.

Park Authority Marks 65 Years of Making Parks Count

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) turns 65 this year. That's 65 years of making connections with our many neighbors, friends and supporters; educating generations of kids about nature, history and how to play sports, swim, and golf, keeping adults of all ages active and preserving open space and historic places. That is why parks count and it's something we can all celebrate!

FCPA Offers More Than 1,400 Summer Day Camp Experiences

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) offers more than 1,400 summer day camp options at over 100 locations. Camps held at RECenters, historic sites, lakefront parks and schools offer a variety of camp formats throughout Fairfax County. Children will find plenty of fun and build friendships.

Rec-PAC: Offering Convenient, Affordable Summer Fun for Kids

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children) is an affordable, quality summer recreation program for Fairfax County children in first through sixth grade. Sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority, Rec-PAC is available at 48 Fairfax County elementary school locations beginning June 29 through August 6, 2015.

Park Access Not Impacted By Road Closure

Beginning Monday, April 13 and continuing through September 1, 2015, Walney Road will be closed for construction between Westfields Boulevard and Mariah Court. This closure will not affect access to Walney Visitor Center, Cabell's Mill, or Walney Pond within Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

USDA Grant Provides Access to Fruits, Vegetables at Farmers Markets

Local Farmers Markets are well-known for their tempting, fresh produce. Now through a federal matching grant program more residents in Fairfax County will be able to purchase those fruits and vegetables. Earlier this week, the Fairfax County Park Authority's Green Spring Gardens was notified that $4,170 was received from the USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Program (FINI). This funding will be used to support increased access to fruits and vegetables for the food insecure of Fairfax County, while also benefitting small and mid-sized farmers in the region.

Volunteer Opportunities Abound at Sully Historic Site

It's not often that you can go to one place and be offered so many paths to show off your talents. Whether you enjoy gardening, working with children, learning new recipes and cooking methods, or just like to be around interesting people, Sully Historic Site in Chantilly has a volunteer opportunity for you.


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