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Celebrate 40 Years of Preservation at Sully

Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the restoration of Sully Historic Site on September 6, 2015, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. At this special anniversary celebration free tours will be given highlighting the architecture of Sully, structural changes made by various families and restoration efforts of the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) from 1959 through the present.

Stop By Wagstaff Conference Room at Sully Historic Site

Sully Historic Site's new Visitor's Center is having an Open House for the Eddie Wagstaff Conference Room. Stop by on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. or on Saturday, September 12 from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. to see why this recently added conference room is the perfect place for your organization's next meeting, training, or team building event.

Riverbend Park Hosts Virginia Indian Festival

The Virginia Indian Festival returns to Riverbend Park in Great Falls, Va., on Saturday, September 12, 2015. This is the best opportunity of the year in Northern Virginia to explore the lives and history of Virginia's first families.

Oak Marr RECenter Renovation Wins Design Award

The Fairfax County Park Authority and Hughes Group Architects received a 2015 Fairfax County Exceptional Design Honor Award for recreational design excellence. This award recognizes the renovation of Oak Marr RECenter in Oakton, VA that was completed in 2014. The finished project includes an updated lobby and administration area, a new entrance to improve facility access and security and a two-story, 5,500 square-foot fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment.

Fiddlers and String Band Bring Old Time Music Back

Get ready for a show stomping night as two bands perform in local parks! One band will bring back banjo, fiddle playing, while the other plays upbeat fiddle tunes and feel-good music. With these two styles of music, your family and friends will be dancing all night long and best of all its free! Grist Mill Park welcomes Brad and Ken Kolodner, on Friday, August 28, 2015 and one of Tennessee's finest string bands, The Empty Bottle String Band, will be performing at Mason District Park.

Listen to the Beautiful Melodies of Jazz and Blues at Mason, Lee

Come and enjoy a beautiful evening of classical jazz and down home blues at Lee and Mason District Park amphitheaters. This musically-filled evening will make you want to dance and have a good time at two locations. Lee District Park welcomes The United States Army Blues on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 and on the same night you can join The Big Boy Little Band at Mason District Park.

You Can Volunteer for Annual Watershed Cleanup

There's a terrific volunteer opportunity approaching that means time spent in the great outdoors as temperatures begin to drop and fall colors begin to emerge. Join other Fairfax County residents, including families, scouts, students and community groups for the annual fall International Coastal Cleanup. The cleanup's official day is Saturday, September 19, 2015 but some sites may schedule events on other days.

Technology Tours Now Offered at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

In the 21st century, new and innovative technology is available through cell phones, computers, and machines that make lives easier. In the 1850s, the Machens at Walney had new and innovative technology for their time that made living easier. Take the new Technology Tour at Walney and discover what technology the Machens had and how it compares to our technology today. Attend the House that Came by Train on September 5, 2015 and learn about how a house could be ordered through a magazine and tour the 1933 Sears house.

Fall Garden Day Planned at Green Spring Gardens

Come to Fall Garden Day at Green Spring Gardens for all your fall gardening needs. Numerous local vendors will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2015 to help you make your garden its best ever.

Water Mine to Extend Season Due to High Demand

The Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole drew record crowds within hours of cutting the ribbon on a $5.5 million expansion earlier this month. Since then the excitement has not abated. In response to popular demand, the Fairfax County Park Authority will extend the season and keep the facility open on weekends from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. this September.

Leave No Trace Workshop Coming to Scott's Run

The Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program is coming to Scott's Run Nature Preserve. The Fairfax County Park Authority will host a Leave No Trace Workshop at the park on Sunday, August 30, 2015.

Ice Cream and History Come Together at Historic Sully

If you love ice cream, butter, history and family fun, you are going to love Dairy Days at Sully Historic Site. This program, held three times in August allows participants to churn butter, crank ice cream, and play historic games for an authentic taste of 18th century life at Sully.

65 Things to Do in Parks: Find Your Favorite Now!

With summer days on the wane, it's time to take advantage of every last moment and do great things with family and friends. To that end, the Fairfax County Park Authority has listed 65 things you can do in parks; a tribute to our ongoing 65th Anniversary celebration!

FCPS Science Teachers Honored for Stewardship

Teachers on the science education team at Fairfax County Public Schools are being honored for their efforts in environmental education. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board announced that environmental sciences educators and program leadership are this year's recipients of the Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award.

Team of Doers Honored by Park Authority Board

Two men credited with doing great things for western Fairfax County will be the first recipients of the newly established Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award. The Fairfax County Park Authority Board announced the award will be shared by Sully District Supervisor Michael Frey and Park Authority Board Member Hal Strickland.

Chairman Bulova Fills At-large Vacancy on Park Board

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova appointed Walter Alcorn to the Park Authority Board on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, filling a vacancy created by the recent resignation of Kala Quintana who left due to a government appointment.

Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award Winner Announced

Paula Elsey, a historian, volunteer and author, is the recipient of this year's Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award. Elsey is being honored for her significant contributions to the stewardship of Fairfax County cultural resources and her passion for history and preservation.

Unwind With a Friday Evening Garden Tour

Relax after a long week of work with a Friday evening stroll through the gardens at Green Spring. Let tension slip away as you see Green Spring's demonstration gardens in a different light on August 7 and again on September 11, 2015.

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.

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, August 30, 2015, get on the trail with Snake Hunters.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Valid through September 1.


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