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Wednesday, April 2

Wildlife Wednesdays: Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about nature by meeting live animals and exploring the wilds of Hidden Pond Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Topics include reptiles, animal defenses, predators and prey, and amphibians. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, April 4

Campfire Friday: Sounds of Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for an evening campfire for the whole family at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Visit the pond and Peeper Swamp to listen and look for calling frogs and insects. The program concludes with a campfire and s’mores. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Amphibians After Dark Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Assist Riverbend Park naturalists with an amphibian survey from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their calls as we explore pools and ponds. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

S'more Wagon Ride & Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley from 7 to 8 p.m. Discover the area’s local and natural history. Return to a warming campfire and make a sweet chocolate treat to eat. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Kyle's Korner Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids age 6 to 11 join a naturalist for a fun perspective on nature. Delve into fun topics each week with science, outdoor explorations, and live animals at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, April 5

Burke Lake is now open for weekend operations!
Come ride the train and carousel, and play a round of putt-putt. The campground opens April 18. For information, call 703-323-6600.

Watershed Cleanup: Lake Accotink Park
Be a part of the 26th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. This event from 9 a.m. to noon is perfect for families, scouts, civic organizations, and school groups. Meet at the marina. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. For information, call 703-569-3464.

Nature Buddies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Parent and child read a story, play games, and take a walk to look at examples of seasonal happenings from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. The cost is $8 per person. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Environmentally Friendly Gardening Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Margaret Fisher, the author of Take Our Advice: A Handbook for Gardening in Northern Virginia, will address the nitty-gritty practicalities and give tips on saving work and money, dealing with drought, repelling deer, reducing lawn, avoiding invasive plants, and creating a garden that is green in more ways than one. This one-hour program at E.C. Lawrence Park starts at 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Children’s Cherry Blossom Celebration Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate spring and the gift of cherry trees at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn about the cherry tree history and the fascination that brings so many visitors to Washington every year. This open house format includes origami, crafts, and cherry tree ‘hunt’. The cost is $10 per person. For information, call 703-642-5174.

A Walk through Time at Walney Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Step back in time with Emmeline Machen and tour Walney, her family farm, at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2 p.m. Hear adventures from the Civil War, learn about early settlers, and see the historic buildings and remains. Finish with light refreshments. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Shopping Opportunity for Plant-a-holics!
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. celebrate spring with the opening of the Garden Gate Plant Shop at Green Spring Gardens. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Brother Gardeners Lecture Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Andrea Wulf (The Founding Gardeners) returns from London to talk about her popular gardening history, The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Hear the fascinating story of John Bartram and his influence on world horticulture in the 1700s. A book signing follows the lecture. The cost is $20. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Easter Eggstravaganza Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids age one to six are invited to hunt for eggs and visit animals at Frying Pan Farm Park. The cost is $6 per child. Register for time slots online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Woodland Wildlife Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet costumed woodland characters along the Old Oak Trail at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and hunt for eggs from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

The Civil War Returns to Historic Huntley
Union soldiers encamped at Huntley from 1861-1862 and secured the surrounding area as part of the defensive bulwark protecting the Union’s capital. Come learn about that time through exhibits and interactive family-oriented activities at Civil War Huntley from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Civil War School of the Soldier
This event at Sully Historic Site re-creates camps of instruction common to new recruits who came to the Confederate Army straight from farms, shops, and schoolrooms. See soldiers practicing the skills necessary for survival in the field and in battle. Learn about civilians lives as nurses, cooks and seamstresses. The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $8 per adult, $6 per senior and child. For information, call 703-437-1794.

The Self-Sustaining Gardener Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn the holistic approach to growing healthy and productive food. Study the science of soil, catch and identify creatures that help our plants grow, and discuss gardening strategies. Participants who purchase the kit receive a container garden full of soil, seeds, a way to attract pollinators and knowledge to make it thrive throughout the year. This outdoor program is offered 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on 4/5 and 10 a.m. to noon on 4/26. The cost is $20 or $6 without a kit. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Kid's Korner: Sleepy Snakes Wake Up Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children with their adult learn about snakes. The one-hour session on 4/5 meets at 10 a.m. and the 4/10 session meets at 1 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, April 6

Civil War School of the Soldier
This event at Sully Historic Site re-creates camps of instruction common to new recruits who came to the Confederate Army straight from farms, shops, and schoolrooms. See soldiers practicing the skills necessary for survival in the field and in battle. Learn about civilians lives as nurses, cooks and seamstresses. The event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $8 per adult, $6 per senior and child. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Alice In Wonderland Tea Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Alice and the Mad Hatter for a family tea and some fun at Green Spring Gardens from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy excerpts of Lewis Carroll’s classic story as we have tea and treats. We’ll even make a craft and play a game of flamingo croquet on the lawn. The cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Bird Watching Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Listen and discover the amazing variety of birds that inhabit E.C. Lawrence Park from 3 to 4 p.m. Kids meet once a month to develop awesome birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Reptile and Amphibian Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join "RAC" and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and salamanders at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2 p.m. Learn new facts, encounter live animals, and discover their habitats in the park. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Tea Program: Japonism in Fashion
An official program of the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival Cherry blossoms bring to mind another gift from Japan: the influence of Japanese aesthetics on Western fashion. View gorgeous avant-garde designs that combined Japanese motifs with 19th-and 20th-century Western silhouettes. Discover elements of the kimono in tea gowns and opera coats and hear about Japanese designers who are redefining fashion worldwide today. This two-hour program at Historic Green Spring starts at 1 p.m. The cost is $29 per person and includes full English tea service in the 1784 historic house. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Living History: Wounded Civil War Soldier
Experience what life was like when the Frying Pan Meeting House served as a field hospital for Confederate Gen. Jeb Stuart’s wounded soldiers. Wartime brought many changes to medical practice, and a medicine shortage caused doctors to turn to home remedies to aid the sick and wounded. Re-enactors bring the field hospital stories to life from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Animal Egg Mobile Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids ages 3 to 12 create a spring mobile of your favorite pond animals from plastic eggs at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Grain Grinding at Colvin Run Mill
See recent renovations to the mill on a “hard hat tour” and see the waterwheel turn and the grinding stones spin again. The cost is $7 per adult, $6 per student, and $5 for children and seniors. For information call 703-759-2771.

Monday, April 7

Jr. Naturalist: Sleepy Snakes Wake Up Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Elementary-age children explore snakes from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Park. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

History for Homeschoolers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the history, technology, and work of a rural 19th century Virginia community. Try out tools and household items at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Nature Quest: Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, children age three to seven learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field. Topics in April include snakes, Earth Day, and terrific tadpoles. One-hour sessions meet at 10 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Tuesday, April 8

Storytime in the Forest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for a nature story, followed by a craft, outdoor exploration, and other activities at Huntley Meadows Park. One-hour sessions start at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Civil War Lecture: The Verbal Tapestry of the Gettysburg Address
Charles Teague from Gettysburg National Military Historic Park will discuss how Lincoln used words to create powerful images to address the dynamics America was facing in its darkest hour. This Civil War 150th Commemorative Program at Sully Historic Site from 7 to 8 p.m. is sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. in memory of Thom F. Hanes, one of the original founders.  Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Homeschool: Bees, Bugs and Big Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages four to six share an American Indian tale of creation in our story circle at Green Spring Gardens from 10 a.m. to noon. Explore pollination in our apple orchard, decomposition at our compost bins and tree identification on our woodland trail hike. The cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Wednesday, April 9

Wildlife Wednesdays: Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about nature by meeting live animals and exploring the wilds of Hidden Pond Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Topics include reptiles, animal defenses, predators and prey, and amphibians. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 10 to 11 a.m., take a journey through the woods at Riverbend Park to Poohsticks Bridge. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Thursday, April 10

Kid's Korner: Sleepy Snakes Wake Up Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children with their adult learn about snakes. The one-hour session on 4/5 meets at 10 a.m. and the 4/10 session meets at 1 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Imagination Exploration: Pirates Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Set out in a boat to explore the pond and look for treasure at Hidden Pond Park from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per child (age four to eight). Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park from 4 to 5 p.m. Come help with farm chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, April 11

Homeschool: Green and Growing Gardens Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five explore the garden world at Green Springs Garden from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn about plant life cycles, investigate soil and earthworms, and visit our vegetable garden for a close look at how veggies grow. Plant some seeds in our garden and take some home for yours. The cost is $15 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Basic Gardening: Seed Starting Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Grow hundreds of flowers, vegetables and herbs from seeds for pennies (nickels & dimes). Master Gardeners show you the basics about expanding your garden with seed from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. You even take home a few Green Spring seeds to start your collection. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Wood Frogs! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The wood frogs are breeding in the vernal pools around Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Assist in collecting and releasing frogs and recording data for our amphibian survey from 7 to 8 p.m. Wear waterproof boots and bring flashlights. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Rockhounders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids ages six to twelve join naturalist Kyle for the popular summer camp that is now a spring series!  This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting.  Classes run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Park.  The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, April 12

Earth Day Celebration Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Earth Day by learning about the changing environment at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, composting and other green practices. End the celebration by recycling household materials into fun new items. Register online. The one-hour program starts at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Tree Trek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join expert naturalist Jim Dewing on a search for the biggest, oldest, rarest, and most important trees in the forest at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how parks care for them. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sketches in Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drawing can be an important part of keeping a nature journal. Join a park naturalist in our outdoor classroom at Huntley Meadows Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to learn tips and techniques for adding sketches to your observations. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire with Stories and Songs Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Cozy up to the campfire at Huntley Meadows from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and join the naturalist for a traditional sing-a-long. Listen to American Indian stories of how some animals came to be and enjoy s’mores. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Bluebells at the Bend Festival
Bring the whole family to Riverbend Park for a day of springtime fun. Spring awakens at the park when the Virginia bluebells are blooming. These native wildflowers carpet the forests, putting on a spectacular display. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features wagon rides, face painting, wildflower walks, live animals, music and moon bounce. The cost is $5 per person; age two and under are free. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Succulent Plant Care and Propagation Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about succulent plant types, which are hardy or tender for our growing area, how to care for and propagate them and get some creative container ideas for growing your collection. This one-hour program at Green Spring Gardens starts at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $18 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Tasting Party: Umami Means 'Delicious' Click to Register with Parktakes Online
An official program of the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival Sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami. Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with the fifth taste that’s fundamental to Japanese cuisine. Explore the savory taste of umami, its history, health benefits, and the taste research science behind it from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Green Spring. Sample umami-rich foods and learn how to use its attributes to enhance your cooking. The cost is $30 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Workshop: Leaf-Stenciled Dyed Eggs Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate spring by decorating eggs with botanic leaves at Green Spring Gardens from 2 to 4 p.m. Use bright dye, leaves, and stencil paint on hand blown eggs for lush, leaf-patterned eggs. The cost is $38 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Spring Wildflower Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist Clara Ailes for a leisurely walk in the Pohick Creek Stream Valley to see the display of spring beauties, trout lilies, wild ginger and other early spring wildflowers. This program from 10:30 a.m. to noon starts at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Easter Egg Hunt at Sully Historic Site
Bring your baskets and hunt for Easter eggs at Sully Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. Participate in an egg roll, visit baby animals, and make an Easter craft. Hunts start at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. The rain date is 4/13. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Easter Egg Hunt at Colvin Run Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures on the grounds of Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. The cost is $6 per child. Register for time slots online. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed egg hunt. The cost is $7 per child. Register for time slots online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, April 13

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed egg hunt. The cost is $7 per child. Register for time slots online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Fairfax Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures at Lake Fairfax Park. The cost is $6. Register for time slots online. For information, call 703-471-5415.

Monday, April 14

Spring Break Special
From 1 to 4 p.m., tour Sully Historic Site, the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee, then write a letter with a quill pen, learn to make your letter into an envelope, and read from a McGuffey’s Reader. The cost is $7 per adult, $6 per student, and $5 per senior and child. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, April 15

Animal Feeding at the Nature Center Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Worms and insects are on the menu at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Help our naturalist care for and feed the animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $4 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, April 17

Spring Wildflowers of Scotts Run Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Scotts Run Nature Preserve at 10 a.m. and walk the trails in search of spring beauty, Dutchman’s breeches and other spring ephemerals in these rich woods. Meet in the west parking lot and wear sturdy hiking shoes. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Friday, April 18

Spring Break Special
From 1 to 4 p.m., tour Sully Historic Site, the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee, then write a letter with a quill pen, learn to make your letter into an envelope, and read from a McGuffey’s Reader. The cost is $7 per adult, $6 per student, and $5 per senior and child. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, April 19

Bunny Train Visits McLean Central Park
Hop aboard the Bunny Train at Mclean Central Park! Take an interpretive tour on Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $3. For information, call 703-324-8513.

Floral Design: Breaking With Tradition Click to Register with Parktakes Online

Bring a touch of spring into your home as we demonstrate floral design from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. After examining both, make your own floral creation to take home. The program cost is $38 per person and there is a $25 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Earth Day at Cub Run RECenter
Volunteers will be cleaning the water retention pond, weeding, planting and mulching the front of Cub Run RECenter from 9 a.m. to noon. The event includes fun crafts and demonstrations from the naturalist staff. Bring a water bottle, hat, sunscreen and bug repellent. This event is perfect for scout groups and community service opportunities. The rain date is April 26.  For information, call 703-817-9407.

Natures' April Foolers Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
With live animals and stories, join a Hidden Oaks Nature Center naturalist from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. in learning how animals use trickery to get a meal or to keep from being a meal. Toast marshmallows. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Hands-on Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop-off your child for an hour of natural adventure from 2 to 3 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Explore the world of birds, animals and plants, and enjoy games and craft activities. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bluebells and Bloodroots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 10 to 11:30 a.m. learn to identify Riverbend Park’s beautiful spring ephemerals and discover the folklore that has grown up around them as we walk along the banks of the Potomac River. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Breakfast with the Birds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 7:30 to 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park, enjoy a continental breakfast and then hike with a naturalist to varied habitats to search for fall migrants passing through. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Spring Blossom Garden Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Master Gardener docents lead you through the gardens at Green Spring from 10 to 11:30 a.m., highlighting cherry trees and other early-spring bloomers. Hear stories of these harbingers of spring and learn how they grow. Afterward, in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, enjoy Japanese tea and sweets in the Historic House. The cost is $12 per person.

Wagon Ride: Birds, Butterflies and Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Easter Egg Hunt at Nottoway Park
Visit with the Easter bunny and hunt for candy, toys and eggs at Hunter House in Nottoway Park. Egg hunts start at 10:30 a.m. (1-2 yrs.); 11 a.m. (3-4 yrs.), 11:30 a.m. (5-6 yrs.), and noon (7-9 yrs.). Walk-in registration starts at 9:30 a.m. (cash only). The cost is $8. Call 703-324-8566 for weather info.

Volunteers needed for Easter egg hunt at Nottoway Park on Saturday, April 19th from 9:00am-12:00pm. Assistance is needed with tickets, check-in, helping children during the egg hunt, setting up event and clean-up. Ages 14 and up welcome. If younger, parent should accompany child. To sign-up, contact Debbie Lodato, Volunteer Program Manager at 703-324-8569 or Deborah.lodato@fairfaxcounty.gov
Nottoway Park is located at 9610 Courthouse Rd., Vienna, VA 22181

Sunday, April 20

Grain Grinding at Colvin Run Mill
See recent renovations to the mill on a “hard hat tour” and see the waterwheel turn and the grinding stones spin again. The cost is $7 per adult, $6 per student, and $5 for children and seniors. For information call 703-759-2771.

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed egg hunt. The cost is $7 per child. Register for time slots online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, April 21

Nature Quest: Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, children age three to seven learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field. Topics in April include snakes, Earth Day, and terrific tadpoles. One-hour sessions meet at 10 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Ukrainian Easter Eggs
From 2 to 4 p.m. learn Pysanky at Cub Run RECenter. Learn the symbolism and history of the ancient Ukrainian art that uses natural materials to decorate Easter eggs. Then decorate your own egg to take home. The cost is $12 per person plus a $2 supply fee. For information, call 703-817-9407.

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist and youth volunteers as we demonstrate how we feed our display animals at E.C. Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. Search for worms and insects, and assist in serving dinner! The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Forest Fledgling: Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers (age two to four) share stories, crafts and nature activities leading to outdoor exploration at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Animal homes will be discussed on 4/21, and April showers on 4/28. Sessions for kids age two to three start at 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, April 23

Wildlife Wednesdays: Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about nature by meeting live animals and exploring the wilds of Hidden Pond Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Topics include reptiles, animal defenses, predators and prey, and amphibians. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, April 24

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park from 4 to 5 p.m. Come help with farm chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Garden Stroll and Tea
Tour some of the glorious demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring past and present from 1 to 3 p.m. Afterward, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. The cost is $29 per person. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Homeschool Day
Bring your homeschool student (age 5 to 12) or group to Sully Historic Site from10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for hands-on learning designed to enrich understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800. Seasonal activities include school room, games, textiles/sewing, slave life, kitchen, herbs, toiletries and medicines. The cost is $10 student and $5 per chaperone. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Friday, April 25

Colonial Family Camp
If you set the date on your time machine to 1780 and traveled back to rural Virginia, would you have the skills to survive? At Sully’s family camp weekend, immerse yourself in daily life of colonial America. Sleep outdoors, wear 18th century-style clothes, dig vegetables from the garden, cook your meals over an open fire, act as an apprentice, and learn a trade. At day’s end, play games of the period, sing songs and step a dance. The cost is $100 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Healthy Strides Health & Fitness Expo
Come to South Run RECenter for fun activities for the whole family from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a fun run, kids challenge course, moon bounce, vendor booths, games, DJ, and more. Admission is free! For information, call 703-324-8423

Stories from Old Centreville Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Savor s'mores around the campfire while we share some of our favorite stories from Centreville’s past, including a ghost story or two, at E.C. Lawrence Park from 8 to 9 p.m. Finish the evening with a candlelight tour of a mysterious headstone and an ancient miller’s house. Meet at Cabell’s Mill and bring blankets or chairs and flashlights. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Basic Gardening: Vegetables and Herbs Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Want to eat more healthfully? Go local and grow your own delicious vegetables and herbs for the best flavors in your recipes. Master Gardeners show you how to plan and plant for a harvest of delicious and healthful vegetables at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Goodnight Walk: Owls Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to recognize the calls of local owls, make a craft, and enjoy a night hike at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Kids Night Out Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids Only! No parents allowed. Join us at Riverbend Park from 6 to 9 p.m. for an evening of fun, food, hikes and adventures. Pizza dinner and drinks are served. The cost is $25. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Family Nature Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come discover your natural neighborhood and reconnect your family with nature at Huntley Meadows Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Seasonal topics explore the park’s many habitats and diverse wildlife through activities, crafts, games and walks. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, April 26

The Self-Sustaining Gardener Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn the holistic approach to growing healthy and productive food. Study the science of soil, catch and identify creatures that help our plants grow, and discuss gardening strategies. Participants who purchase the kit receive a container garden full of soil, seeds, a way to attract pollinators and knowledge to make it thrive throughout the year. This outdoor program is offered 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on 4/5 and 10 a.m. to noon on 4/26. The cost is $20 or $6 without a kit. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Lake Accotink Wildflower Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist Clara Ailes for a leisurely walk along Accotink Creek in search of bluebells, dwarf ginseng, showy orchids and other spring wildflowers from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Meet under the train trestle. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call Hidden Pond Park at 703-451-9588.

Summer "Campler"
It's almost summer camp season! This camp sampler from 10 a.m. to noon at Hidden Pond Nature Center features activities from some of our most popular camps—for free! For information, call 703-451-9588.

Backyard Conservation Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to learn simple steps on how to improve your backyard’s impact on the environment. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Tree Trek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Attend a hike at Lake Fairfax Park from 9 to 11 a.m. to work on your tree identification skills. Learn about leaf, twig, fruit and bark characteristics that will help you identify the trees around you. The cost is $12 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-471-5415.

SpringFest Fairfax at Lorton Workhouse
Fairfax County’s annual environmental celebration combines fun and education with a wide range of activities including live entertainment, environmental workshops, a plant sale, games, rock climbing, face painting, and community service opportunities. Meet working artists in the region’s premier cultural arts center. The event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free. For information, call 703-324-5471.

Choice Plants for Shady Gardens Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Tour the springtime gardens at Green Spring Gardens with curatorial horticulturist Brenda Skarphol from 10 to 11 a.m. to see choice foliage and flowering plants that grow well in dry, moist and wet shady areas. Learn which of these are least likely to be browsed by deer. The cost is $18 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Workshop: Green Roof Birdhouse Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adorn a birdhouse roof with hardy succulent plants at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Take your project home for you and your feathered visitors to enjoy. The program cost is $38 per person and there is a $25 supply fee per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Behind the Scenes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Museum collections tell a story of the people who lived and used the items. Take a journey through the collections of Sully from 1 to 2 p.m. Instead of standing behind the stanchions, visitors will get up close and personal to objects used by the Lee family over 200 years ago. White gloves provided. The cost is $8 per adult and $6 per senior and children. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

All About Bats Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Several species of bats flit in the Virginia sky. Look for them at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. as we head to our campfire where you learn fun bat facts and lore plus enjoy an American Indian story of how bats got their wings. Toast marshmallows over the embers. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Junior/Parent Golf Tournament
Teams of two players compete in an 18-hole scramble format at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m. to noon.  Compete in closest to the pin contests.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams in two age divisions:  Adult/Jr. 7-12; Adult/Jr. 13-17.  The tournament is limited to the first 48 teams.  The rain date is May 3.  The $65 fee per team includes lunch. To register, please call 703-323-1641.

Sunday, April 27

Birding for Beginners: Optics Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the birds in Huntley Meadows Park and try out different optics from 8 to 11 a.m. A naturalist helps you sharpen your bird I.D. skills. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Pooh Bear’s Friends' Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Families enjoy honey, tea and cookies in a Pooh-style tea while learning about Virginia’s brown bears and if heffalumps and wuzzles are native to Fairfax County. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Tea Program: The Social Season
Are you ready for The Season? Historically, The Season’s social calendar was the heartbeat of fashionable society in Britain, Europe, and America. Take a whirl through the traditional debutante balls, court presentations, races, regattas, and dress codes, and hear about the rituals and exclusive events that still mark The Season today. This two-hour program at Historic Green Spring starts at 1 p.m. The cost is $29 per person and includes a full English tea service in the 1784 historic house. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Hands-on History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your children (age four to nine) and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th century children at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Activities include games, penmanship, washing clothes, and making a food item such as butter, ice cream, cheese or applesauce. The cost is $10 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sundaes in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the family for a Sunday stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. and stop by the campfire area for an ice cream sundae before or after your visit. Create your own confection with the toppings and enjoy a scoop of farm fresh vanilla ice cream while it lasts. Sundaes are $2; the walk and visit to Nature Playce is free. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, April 28

Nature Quest: Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, children age three to seven learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field. Topics in April include snakes, Earth Day, and terrific tadpoles. One-hour sessions meet at 10 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Forest Fledgling: Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers (age two to four) share stories, crafts and nature activities leading to outdoor exploration at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Animal homes will be discussed on 4/21, and April showers on 4/28. Sessions for kids age two to three start at 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Animal Vets Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Riverbend Park's nature cener and go "behind the scenes" to help care for our exhibit animals from 4 to 5 p.m. On this special day, take the animal’s vital signs and check their health. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Wednesday, April 30

Wildlife Wednesdays: Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about nature by meeting live animals and exploring the wilds of Hidden Pond Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Topics include reptiles, animal defenses, predators and prey, and amphibians. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, May 2

S'more Wagon Ride & Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley from 7 to 8 p.m. and a chocolate treat around the campfire afterward. The cost is $7 per person. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Friday: Fishing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Hidden Pond Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a campfire and fishing for the whole family. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, May 3

Walney Dairy Farming: Butter & Cheese Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Taste hand-churned butter and sample cheeses. Tour the historic dairy and try milking a cow at E.C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. Current restoration projects will be highlighted. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Pink Lady’s Slipper Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist from Hidden Oaks Nature Center for a leisurely stroll to a natural display of wild orchids at Roundtree Park on Annandale Road in Falls Church from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $2. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

May Day Baskets Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Fill a May basket with flowers, learn to identify wildflowers, and make art with flowers. This one-hour program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center starts at 3:30 p.m. and the cost is $6 per child (ages four to eight). Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Sketches in Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a park naturalist in our outdoor classroom at Huntley Meadows Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to learn tips and techniques for adding sketches to your observations. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Laundry Day
From 1 to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site, see 18th century laundry demonstrations from 1 to 4 p.m. A house tour is included in the fee of $7 per adult and $5 for seniors and children. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, May 4

Art Reception
See the work of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists at Green Spring Gardens. Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments from 1 to 3 p.m. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Build Your Own Birdhouse Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about bird friendly plants and build a bird house at Riverbend Park from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $12 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Bird Watching Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids, ages 5 to 11, meet from 3 to 4 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park to develop birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Reptile & Amphibian Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 6 to 15 explore the world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and salamanders at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Wetlands Awareness DayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy an afternoon with live animal presentations, nature activities and family fun at Huntley Meadows Park from noon to 4 p.m. There is a small fee for some activities. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Monday, May 5

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The Walney display animals are hungry! Join a naturalist and youth volunteers at E.C. Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. as we demonstrate how we feed our site display animals. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. Please be sure to register an adult with any child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Trees of Riverbend Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify common trees at Riverbend Park. This program is offered at 10 a.m. on 5/5; 1 p.m. on 5/18. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Forest Fledgling: Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers (ages two to four) and their accompanying adult share stories, crafts and nature activities at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Little Acorns: Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers (ages two to three) and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, May 6

Deer-Resistant Gardens Click to Register with Parktakes Online
An expert helps you develop a deer-resistant garden plan from 6 to 7 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Trillium Trek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Travel by van to Linden, Va., for a glorious display of trilliums and other spring wildflowers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $30 per person. Register online. For information, call Hidden Oaks Nature Center at 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, May 7

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Wagon Ride: Journey to the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming at Riverbend Park. Meet at the nature center at 10 a.m. for this one-hour program. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Thursday, May 8

Imagination Exploration: Magnification Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 4:30 to 6 p.m., using our imaginations, we will shrink ourselves down at Hidden Pond Park and see what it’s like to be microscopic. The cost is $10 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 4 to 5 p.m., help the farmers with their chores at Frying Pan Farm Park. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Garden Stroll & Tea
Tour the glorious demonstration gardens at Green Spring. Afterward, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in the 1784 historic house. This program runs 1 to 3 p.m. and the cost is $29 per person. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Friday, May 9

Basic Gardening: Turf Talk & Lawn Tips Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Master Gardeners teach you the basics of developing healthy turf at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Local Lore Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Travel with your family back in time at Historic Huntley from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to explore the rich history of the Chesapeake region. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Mother's Day Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire with mom at Lake Fairfax from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. as we investigate the hard work that goes into raising young. Toast marshmallows. The 5/10 program starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-471-5415.

Saturday, May 10

Sounds of the Night Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify nocturnal animal calls and enjoy stories of local denizens of the night around a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. Make s’mores! The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Watercolor Workshop: Painting on Yupo Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to learn to paint on yupo, a slick sheet of plastic great for painting textures. The cost is $74 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Garden Sprouts: Mother Nature's Day Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children ages three to five with an accompanying adult celebrate Mother's Day at Green Spring Gardens from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

War of 1812 Day at Sully Historic Site
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., hear Dolley Madison describe the burning of Washington, D.C. and her daring escape from the White House. Meet Washington Post writer Steve Vogel and learn about his new book “Through the Perilous Fight”.  Enjoy popular music from 200 years ago with Ship’s Company Chanteymen. This War of 1812 Bicentennial program is supported by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. in memory of Thom F. Hanes, one of the original founders. The cost is $8 per adult and $6 for seniors and children. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Hands-on Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop your child (ages 5 to11) off at E.C. Lawrence Park at 2 p.m. for an hour of natural adventure. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Spring Farm Day Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Watch sheep shearing and antique farm equipment demonstrations at Frying Pan Farm Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Milk cows and goats and enjoy crafts, games, and puppet shows. Get an up-close introduction to the baby farm animals . The cost is $7 in advance; $8 at the door; walk-ins welcome. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Family Fun: Mother Nature’s Day Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Mother’s Day by creating a nesting box for feathered moms at Green Spring Gardens. This program is offered 11 a.m. to noon for kids age three to five, and the program for participants age five and older runs from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Nature Buddies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Parent and child (ages three to five) read a story, play games, and take a walk to the wetland to look at real-world examples of seasonal happenings. This 90-minute program at Huntley Meadows starts at 11 a.m. and the cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Wagon Ride: Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Dinosaurs Galore Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to seven make a fossil to take home and dig for buried ‘dinosaur’ bones at Cub Run RECenter from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-817-9407.

Sunday, May 11

Mother’s Day Tea at Historic Green Spring
From 1 to 3 p.m., enjoy an afternoon tea while hearing about the remarkable mothers who raised children in Green Spring’s Historic House from the 1780s to the 1960s. The cost is $29. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Monday, May 12

Forest Fledgling: Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers (ages two to four) and their accompanying adult share stories, crafts and nature activities at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Little Acorns: Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers (ages two to three) and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Animal Vets Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Riverbend’s nature center to help care for our exhibit animals from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Tuesday, May 13

Lecture: The Lincoln Assassination
From 7 to 8 p.m. at Sully Historic Site, Eric Martin, National Park Service ranger at Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, discusses the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and some of the main characters of this historic tragedy. This Civil War 150th Commemorative Program is sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. in memory of Thom F. Hanes, one of the original founders. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. To make a reservation, call 703-437-1794.

Storytime in the Forest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five are invited to join us for a nature story, followed by a craft, outdoor exploration, and other activities at Huntley Meadows Park. This one-hour program is offered at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Thursday, May 15

Wagon Ride: Journey to the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
[may 15] Come see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming at Riverbend Park. Meet at the nature center at 10 a.m. for this one-hour program. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Farm Animal Safari Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 4 to 5 p.m., we use our powers of observation to locate clues left by animals. Activities include observation games and a guided tour through Frying Pan Farm Park. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Kid’s Korner Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children (ages three to six) with their adult learn about nesting birds at E.C. Lawrence Park. The program on 5/15 runs 1 to 2 p.m. The 5/24 program runs 10 to 11 a.m. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, May 16

Amphibian Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Gather around a campfire from 7 to 8 p.m. to learn about native amphibians at E.C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, May 17

Wagon Ride: Journey to the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming at Riverbend Park. Meet at the nature center at 10 a.m. for this one-hour program. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Spring Garden Day – BIG PLANT SALE!
Don’t miss this exciting, annual plant sale at Green Spring Gardens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Wildflowers, Tinctures, Teas and Vinegar Click to Register with Parktakes Online
In this wildflower workshop at Riverbend Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we take a hike and learn about the healing and edible plants that grow in the park. Then we collect plants to create healing tinctures, teas and vinegars. The program cost is $20 per person. A supply fee of $7 is payable at class time. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Frog Chorus at Eakin Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Hidden Oaks naturalist on a walk to the pond from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. to identify frogs by sound and features. Meet at Eakin Park on Prosperity Rd. in Fairfax. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Food Wars! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Frying Pan Farm Park to catch and identify animals that help plants grow and discover how plants dominate their territory. The cost is $20 with a kit and $6 without one. This program is offered from 10 a.m. to noon to on 5/17 and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on 5/31. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

The Self-Sustaining Gardener Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Frying Pan Farm Park and learn the holistic approach to growing healthy and productive food plants year after year. This program is offered from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on 5/17 and 10 a.m. to noon on 5/31.The cost is $20 with a kit and $6 without one. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Sunday, May 18

Trees of Riverbend Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify common trees at Riverbend Park. This program is offered at 10 a.m. on 5/5; 1 p.m. on 5/18. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Eric Carle’s Storybook Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, enjoy popular stories by author Eric Carle as we act out being hungry caterpillars. Miss Spider will even join us for tea! The cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Hands-on History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your children (ages four to nine) at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m. and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th century children. The cost is $10 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Tree Trek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Trees make Ellanor C. Lawrence a special place. Join expert naturalist Jim Dewing on a search for the biggest, oldest, rarest, and most important trees in our forest from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how parks care for them. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Tell a Story at Sully Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 1 to 4 p.m., learn about the people who lived at Sully’s Slave Quarter 200 years ago. Use paper and other media to create your own story. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Monday, May 19

Forest Fledgling: Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers (ages two to four) and their accompanying adult share stories, crafts and nature activities at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Little Acorns: Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers (ages two to three) and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Jr. Naturalist: Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 6 to 10 explore nesting birds at E.C. Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Tuesday, May 20

Farm Animal Safari Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 4 to 5 p.m., we use our powers of observation to locate clues left by animals. Activities include observation games and a guided tour through Frying Pan Farm Park. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Animal Feeding at the Nature Center Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 3 to 11 feed the animals at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $4 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, May 22

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 4 to 5 p.m., help the farmers with their chores at Frying Pan Farm Park. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Garden Stroll & Tea
Tour the glorious demonstration gardens at Green Spring. Afterward, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in the 1784 historic house. This program runs 1 to 3 p.m. and the cost is $29 per person. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Designing with Native Plants Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens from 7 to 8 p.m. to learn what Virginia native plants work well in the home garden. The cost is $18.  Register online.  For information, call 703-642-5173.

Friday, May 23

Twilight Hilltop Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a special tour and see Historic Huntley in a different light. Light refreshments served afterward. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire and Meteor program Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Scientists are predicting a significant meteor shower in May. Comet 209p/LINEAR, discovered in 2004, may create up to 100 meteors an hour for us to view. A campfire is included in the $6 fee. This program is offered at Cub Run RECenter at 7:30 p.m. and Stone Mansion at 8 p.m. Register online. For information for Cub Run, call 703-817-9407. For information for Stone Mansion, call 703-324-8513.

Campfire Friday: Animal Tracking Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Hidden Pond Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a campfire. Learn to recognize and follow wildlife tracks. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, May 24

Kid’s Korner Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children (ages three to six) with their adult learn about nesting birds at E.C. Lawrence Park. The program on 5/15 runs 1 to 2 p.m. The 5/24 program runs 10 to 11 a.m. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Riverbend Bird Stroll: Warblers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 7 to 9 a.m., hike with a naturalist during peak warbler migration at Riverbend Park. Meet at the visitor center. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Tasting Party: Coffee Cupping Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Can you tell Guatemalan coffee from Indonesian? Come to Historic Green Spring from 10:30 a.m. to noon to discover why coffees from different countries are quite distinct and taste the differences for yourself. Sample coffees from major growing regions of the world to assess how terroir, or taste of place, affects your cup of Joe! The cost is $30 per person.  Register online. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Tour: Cures from the QuarterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how enslaved African Americans maintained their health at Sully. Tours are offered at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per /adult, $6 per student, and $5 per senior and child. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Nocturnal Senses Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how animals of the night use their keen sense of smell, sight and hearing to get a meal, or to keep from being a meal at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. Make s’mores. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Floral Design: Grocery Bunch Makeovers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Get tips and tricks to turn that grocery floral bunch into a beautiful arrangement at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $38 per person plus a $25 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, May 25

Copperheads and Black Racers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Assist a naturalist at E.C. Lawrence Park with a reptile survey from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sundaes in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2 to 3 p.m., bring the family for a Sunday stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center and stop by the campfire area for an ice cream sundae. Sundaes are $2; the walk and visit to Nature Playce are free. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, May 26

1940s Memorial Day Ice Cream Social
Costumed interpreters will give tours of the Spindle Sears House and help hand-crank homemade ice cream from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call E.C. Lawrence Park at 703-631-0013.

Tuesday, May 27

Farm Animal Safari Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 4 to 5 pm., we use our powers of observation to locate clues left by animals. Activities include observation games and a guided tour through Frying Pan Farm Park. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Thursday, May 29

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Friday, May 30

Basic Gardening: Gardening on a Shoestring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn basic, creative ways to stretch your dollars while creating beautiful landscapes and productive vegetable gardens at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online.  For information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Nature Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore habitats and diverse wildlife through activities, crafts, games, and walks at Huntley Meadows from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Kids Night Out Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids only! Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to join us at Riverbend Park from 6 to 9 p.m. for an evening of fun, food, hikes and adventures. Each month has a different theme. We plan activities, night hikes and games around that theme. Pizza and drinks will be served. The cost is $25. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Campfire Friday: Snakes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about slithery serpents of the stream valley and venture out to find a few from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program concludes with a campfire and s’mores at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, May 31

Food Wars! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Frying Pan Farm Park to catch and identify animals that help plants grow and discover how plants dominate their territory. The cost is $20 with a kit and $6 without one. This program is offered from 10 a.m. to noon to on 5/17 and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on 5/31. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

The Self-Sustaining Gardener Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Frying Pan Farm Park and learn the holistic approach to growing healthy and productive food plants year after year. This program is offered from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on 5/17 and 10 a.m. to noon on 5/31.The cost is $20 with a kit and $6 without one. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Workshop: Crafted Flowering Allium Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Craft a painted, flowering allium for your garden out of surprisingly simple craft supplies at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $45 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Campfire with the Constellations Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill and talk stars around a warm campfire from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call E.C. Lawrence Park at 703-631-0013.

River Monsters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the Bull Run stream to discover river monsters from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fish the deep pools for giant catfish and search the banks for northern water snakes. Meet at Hemlock Overlook. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call E.C. Lawrence Park at 703-631-0013.

Life in the Leaf Litter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Uncover the diversity of soil organisms and the role that invertebrates play in helping forests to stay healthy on a hike at E.C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bow Making Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants make their own bows from scratch at Riverbend Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $160 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

The Civil War at Home and in Camp
At this new living history event at Sully Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., learn not only about fighting tactics, but about soldiers’ training, discipline, health care and food.  Find out what civilians were doing to support the troops.  The cost is $8 per adult and $6 per senior and child. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Weekend Highlights

Saturday, April 26

The Self-Sustaining Gardener Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn the holistic approach to growing healthy and productive food. Study the science of soil, catch and identify creatures that help our plants grow, and discuss gardening strategies. Participants who purchase the kit receive a container garden full of soil, seeds, a way to attract pollinators and knowledge to make it thrive throughout the year. This outdoor program is offered 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on 4/5 and 10 a.m. to noon on 4/26. The cost is $20 or $6 without a kit. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Lake Accotink Wildflower Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist Clara Ailes for a leisurely walk along Accotink Creek in search of bluebells, dwarf ginseng, showy orchids and other spring wildflowers from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Meet under the train trestle. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call Hidden Pond Park at 703-451-9588.

Summer "Campler"
It's almost summer camp season! This camp sampler from 10 a.m. to noon at Hidden Pond Nature Center features activities from some of our most popular camps—for free! For information, call 703-451-9588.

Backyard Conservation Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to learn simple steps on how to improve your backyard’s impact on the environment. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Tree Trek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Attend a hike at Lake Fairfax Park from 9 to 11 a.m. to work on your tree identification skills. Learn about leaf, twig, fruit and bark characteristics that will help you identify the trees around you. The cost is $12 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-471-5415.

SpringFest Fairfax at Lorton Workhouse
Fairfax County’s annual environmental celebration combines fun and education with a wide range of activities including live entertainment, environmental workshops, a plant sale, games, rock climbing, face painting, and community service opportunities. Meet working artists in the region’s premier cultural arts center. The event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free. For information, call 703-324-5471.

Choice Plants for Shady Gardens Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Tour the springtime gardens at Green Spring Gardens with curatorial horticulturist Brenda Skarphol from 10 to 11 a.m. to see choice foliage and flowering plants that grow well in dry, moist and wet shady areas. Learn which of these are least likely to be browsed by deer. The cost is $18 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Workshop: Green Roof Birdhouse Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adorn a birdhouse roof with hardy succulent plants at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Take your project home for you and your feathered visitors to enjoy. The program cost is $38 per person and there is a $25 supply fee per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Behind the Scenes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Museum collections tell a story of the people who lived and used the items. Take a journey through the collections of Sully from 1 to 2 p.m. Instead of standing behind the stanchions, visitors will get up close and personal to objects used by the Lee family over 200 years ago. White gloves provided. The cost is $8 per adult and $6 per senior and children. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

All About Bats Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Several species of bats flit in the Virginia sky. Look for them at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. as we head to our campfire where you learn fun bat facts and lore plus enjoy an American Indian story of how bats got their wings. Toast marshmallows over the embers. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Junior/Parent Golf Tournament
Teams of two players compete in an 18-hole scramble format at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m. to noon.  Compete in closest to the pin contests.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams in two age divisions:  Adult/Jr. 7-12; Adult/Jr. 13-17.  The tournament is limited to the first 48 teams.  The rain date is May 3.  The $65 fee per team includes lunch. To register, please call 703-323-1641.

Sunday, April 27

Birding for Beginners: Optics Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the birds in Huntley Meadows Park and try out different optics from 8 to 11 a.m. A naturalist helps you sharpen your bird I.D. skills. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Pooh Bear’s Friends' Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Families enjoy honey, tea and cookies in a Pooh-style tea while learning about Virginia’s brown bears and if heffalumps and wuzzles are native to Fairfax County. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Tea Program: The Social Season
Are you ready for The Season? Historically, The Season’s social calendar was the heartbeat of fashionable society in Britain, Europe, and America. Take a whirl through the traditional debutante balls, court presentations, races, regattas, and dress codes, and hear about the rituals and exclusive events that still mark The Season today. This two-hour program at Historic Green Spring starts at 1 p.m. The cost is $29 per person and includes a full English tea service in the 1784 historic house. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Hands-on History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your children (age four to nine) and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th century children at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Activities include games, penmanship, washing clothes, and making a food item such as butter, ice cream, cheese or applesauce. The cost is $10 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sundaes in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the family for a Sunday stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. and stop by the campfire area for an ice cream sundae before or after your visit. Create your own confection with the toppings and enjoy a scoop of farm fresh vanilla ice cream while it lasts. Sundaes are $2; the walk and visit to Nature Playce is free. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, May 3

Walney Dairy Farming: Butter & CheeseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Taste hand-churned butter and sample cheeses. Tour the historic dairy and try milking a cow at E.C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. Current restoration projects will be highlighted. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Pink Lady’s Slipper Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist from Hidden Oaks Nature Center for a leisurely stroll to a natural display of wild orchids at Roundtree Park on Annandale Road in Falls Church from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $2. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

May Day Baskets Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Fill a May basket with flowers, learn to identify wildflowers, and make art with flowers. This one-hour program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center starts at 3:30 p.m. and the cost is $6 per child (ages four to eight). Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Sketches in NatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a park naturalist in our outdoor classroom at Huntley Meadows Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to learn tips and techniques for adding sketches to your observations. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Laundry Day
From 1 to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site, see 18th century laundry demonstrations from 1 to 4 p.m. A house tour is included in the fee of $7 per adult and $5 for seniors and children. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, May 4

Art Reception
See the work of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists at Green Spring Gardens. Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments from 1 to 3 p.m. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Build Your Own Birdhouse Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about bird friendly plants and build a bird house at Riverbend Park from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $12 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Bird Watching Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids, ages 5 to 11, meet from 3 to 4 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park to develop birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Reptile & Amphibian Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 6 to 15 explore the world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and salamanders at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Wetlands Awareness DayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy an afternoon with live animal presentations, nature activities and family fun at Huntley Meadows Park from noon to 4 p.m. There is a small fee for some activities. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, May 10

Sounds of the Night Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify nocturnal animal calls and enjoy stories of local denizens of the night around a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. Make s’mores! The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Watercolor Workshop: Painting on YupoClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to learn to paint on yupo, a slick sheet of plastic great for painting textures. The cost is $74 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Garden Sprouts: Mother Nature's Day Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children ages three to five with an accompanying adult celebrate Mother's Day at Green Spring Gardens from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

War of 1812 Day at Sully Historic Site
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., hear Dolley Madison describe the burning of Washington, D.C. and her daring escape from the White House. Meet Washington Post writer Steve Vogel and learn about his new book “Through the Perilous Fight”.  Enjoy popular music from 200 years ago with Ship’s Company Chanteymen. This War of 1812 Bicentennial program is supported by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. in memory of Thom F. Hanes, one of the original founders. The cost is $8 per adult and $6 for seniors and children. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Hands-on NatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop your child (ages 5 to11) off at E.C. Lawrence Park at 2 p.m. for an hour of natural adventure. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Spring Farm Day Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Watch sheep shearing and antique farm equipment demonstrations at Frying Pan Farm Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Milk cows and goats and enjoy crafts, games, and puppet shows. Get an up-close introduction to the baby farm animals . The cost is $7 in advance; $8 at the door; walk-ins welcome. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Family Fun: Mother Nature’s Day Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Mother’s Day by creating a nesting box for feathered moms at Green Spring Gardens. This program is offered 11 a.m. to noon for kids age three to five, and the program for participants age five and older runs from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Nature Buddies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Parent and child (ages three to five) read a story, play games, and take a walk to the wetland to look at real-world examples of seasonal happenings. This 90-minute program at Huntley Meadows starts at 11 a.m. and the cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Wagon Ride: Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Dinosaurs GaloreClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to seven make a fossil to take home and dig for buried ‘dinosaur’ bones at Cub Run RECenter from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-817-9407.

Sunday, May 11

Mother’s Day Tea at Historic Green Spring
From 1 to 3 p.m., enjoy an afternoon tea while hearing about the remarkable mothers who raised children in Green Spring’s Historic House from the 1780s to the 1960s. The cost is $29. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Saturday, May 17

Wagon Ride: Journey to the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming at Riverbend Park. Meet at the nature center at 10 a.m. for this one-hour program. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Spring Garden Day – BIG PLANT SALE!
Don’t miss this exciting, annual plant sale at Green Spring Gardens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Wildflowers, Tinctures, Teas and VinegarClick to Register with Parktakes Online
In this wildflower workshop at Riverbend Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we take a hike and learn about the healing and edible plants that grow in the park. Then we collect plants to create healing tinctures, teas and vinegars. The program cost is $20 per person. A supply fee of $7 is payable at class time. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Frog Chorus at Eakin Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Hidden Oaks naturalist on a walk to the pond from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. to identify frogs by sound and features. Meet at Eakin Park on Prosperity Rd. in Fairfax. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Food Wars! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Frying Pan Farm Park to catch and identify animals that help plants grow and discover how plants dominate their territory. The cost is $20 with a kit and $6 without one. This program is offered from 10 a.m. to noon to on 5/17 and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on 5/31. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

The Self-Sustaining Gardener Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Frying Pan Farm Park and learn the holistic approach to growing healthy and productive food plants year after year. This program is offered from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on 5/17 and 10 a.m. to noon on 5/31.The cost is $20 with a kit and $6 without one. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Sunday, May 18

Trees of Riverbend Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify common trees at Riverbend Park. This program is offered at 10 a.m. on 5/5; 1 p.m. on 5/18. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Eric Carle’s Storybook Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, enjoy popular stories by author Eric Carle as we act out being hungry caterpillars. Miss Spider will even join us for tea! The cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Hands-on History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your children (ages four to nine) at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m. and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th century children. The cost is $10 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Tree Trek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Trees make Ellanor C. Lawrence a special place. Join expert naturalist Jim Dewing on a search for the biggest, oldest, rarest, and most important trees in our forest from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how parks care for them. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Tell a Story at SullyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 1 to 4 p.m., learn about the people who lived at Sully’s Slave Quarter 200 years ago. Use paper and other media to create your own story. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, May 24

Kid’s KornerClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children (ages three to six) with their adult learn about nesting birds at E.C. Lawrence Park. The program on 5/15 runs 1 to 2 p.m. The 5/24 program runs 10 to 11 a.m. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Riverbend Bird Stroll: WarblersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 7 to 9 a.m., hike with a naturalist during peak warbler migration at Riverbend Park. Meet at the visitor center. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Tasting Party: Coffee CuppingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Can you tell Guatemalan coffee from Indonesian? Come to Historic Green Spring from 10:30 a.m. to noon to discover why coffees from different countries are quite distinct and taste the differences for yourself. Sample coffees from major growing regions of the world to assess how terroir, or taste of place, affects your cup of Joe! The cost is $30 per person.  Register online. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Tour: Cures from the QuarterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how enslaved African Americans maintained their health at Sully. Tours are offered at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per /adult, $6 per student, and $5 per senior and child. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Nocturnal Senses CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how animals of the night use their keen sense of smell, sight and hearing to get a meal, or to keep from being a meal at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. Make s’mores. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Floral Design: Grocery Bunch MakeoversClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Get tips and tricks to turn that grocery floral bunch into a beautiful arrangement at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $38 per person plus a $25 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, May 25

Copperheads and Black RacersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Assist a naturalist at E.C. Lawrence Park with a reptile survey from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sundaes in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2 to 3 p.m., bring the family for a Sunday stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center and stop by the campfire area for an ice cream sundae. Sundaes are $2; the walk and visit to Nature Playce are free. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, May 31

Food Wars! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Frying Pan Farm Park to catch and identify animals that help plants grow and discover how plants dominate their territory. The cost is $20 with a kit and $6 without one. This program is offered from 10 a.m. to noon to on 5/17 and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on 5/31. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

The Self-Sustaining Gardener Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Frying Pan Farm Park and learn the holistic approach to growing healthy and productive food plants year after year. This program is offered from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on 5/17 and 10 a.m. to noon on 5/31.The cost is $20 with a kit and $6 without one. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Workshop: Crafted Flowering AlliumClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Craft a painted, flowering allium for your garden out of surprisingly simple craft supplies at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $45 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Campfire with the ConstellationsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill and talk stars around a warm campfire from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call E.C. Lawrence Park at 703-631-0013.

River MonstersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the Bull Run stream to discover river monsters from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fish the deep pools for giant catfish and search the banks for northern water snakes. Meet at Hemlock Overlook. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call E.C. Lawrence Park at 703-631-0013.

Life in the Leaf LitterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Uncover the diversity of soil organisms and the role that invertebrates play in helping forests to stay healthy on a hike at E.C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bow Making WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants make their own bows from scratch at Riverbend Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $160 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

The Civil War at Home and in Camp
At this new living history event at Sully Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., learn not only about fighting tactics, but about soldiers’ training, discipline, health care and food.  Find out what civilians were doing to support the troops.  The cost is $8 per adult and $6 per senior and child. For information, call 703-437-1794.


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