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Friday, October 3

Fall Shot in the Dark Tournament
Teams of two play a 9-hole scramble using glow-in-the-dark balls at Burke Lake Golf Course starting at 7:30 p.m. Hors d’ouevres served beginning at 6:30 p.m. The fee includes one glow ball and flashlight. Additional glow balls are $5 each. Compete in closest-to-the-pin contests. Registration begins two weeks prior to the event. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams will be awarded. The rain date is October 10. The cost is $65 per team. To register, call 703-323-1641.

Leave No Trace Awareness: CampoutClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants receive introductory training in the skills and ethics of the Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program, which is applicable to all outdoor enthusiasts and all environments. Workshop topics include the underlying concept of minimum impact recreation and the seven principles of Leave No Trace. Bring camping gear for an overnight campout. Breakfast is provided. This program at Riverbend Park starts at 6 p.m.; the cost is $32 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, October 4

Halloween Wagon Rides Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a narrated wagon ride at Frying Pan Farm Park filled with family-oriented thrills, chills and adventures. Many fright sites will leave you with goose bumps or giggles! Enjoy s’mores and hot apple cider. Bring flashlights, blankets and dress for the weather. Rides depart on the hour from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Nature Buddies at Huntley Meadows ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Parent and child (ages three to five) read a story, play games and take a walk to the wetland from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Watercolor Workshop:  Painting GlassClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to paint the look of shine, reflection and transparency using watercolor on paper with instructor Marni Maree at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $76. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Campfire Saturdays at Royal LakeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides with a naturalist at Royal Lake from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program ends with a cozy campfire and s’mores. The cost is $7 per person. For information, call Hidden Pond Nature Center at 703-451-9588.

Archaeology Month: Holding the Past in the PresentClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 8 to 12 discover how to dig like an archaeologist and how historians reconstructed Ellanor C. Lawrence Park’s history. Examine artifacts and figure out how they were used. This program is offered at 1 and 3 p.m.; the cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

River MonstersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover river monsters in Bull Run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Fish the deep pools for giant catfish and search the banks for northern water snakes. Rregister accompanying adults and children. Bring poles and bait. Meet at Hemlock Overlook. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call E.C. Lawrence Park at 703-631-0013.

Hands-on NatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop-off your child (ages 5 to 11) for an hour of natural adventure at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park starting at 2 p.m. Children feed exhibit animals, search for wildlife, explore fur pelts, bones and other nature artifacts, and take home a craft. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Lovely Low-Maintenance GardensClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Start gardening smarter, not harder. Brenda Skarphol, Green Spring curatorial horticulturist, leads you to marvelous, sunny plant combos From 10:30 a.m. to noon. Learn eco-friendly gardening techniques that beautify gardens and reduce maintenance. The cost is $18. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Beyond Bows: How to Decorate Packages Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to make beautiful package decorations with bows, ribbons, botanic materials and more with the help of florist Chuck Mason at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The program cost is $35; supply fee is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Who-oo’s at the Campfire?Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Gather round the campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. to hear stories from different cultures of how owls came to be. Toast marshmallows. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, October 5

Halloween Wagon Rides Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a narrated wagon ride at Frying Pan Farm Park filled with family-oriented thrills, chills and adventures. Many fright sites will leave you with goose bumps or giggles! Enjoy s’mores and hot apple cider. Bring flashlights, blankets and dress for the weather. Rides depart on the hour from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Princess Tea PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come dressed as your favorite princess and enjoy a sit-down tea with cookies, crafts and photo opportunities at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Trees of RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a stroll around Riverbend Park from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and learn to distinguish some of its most common trees. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Cold Press Soap MakingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to make cold process soap using botanical ingredients at Green Spring Gardens from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Take home two bars of soap and recipes. The cost is $65. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Food and Jane Austen
Explore the Regency Era’s culinary and dining conventions through Jane Austen’s novels and letters at Green Spring’s Historic House from 1 to 3 p.m. Hear about dress codes and discover the delicacies fit for a dinner with Mr. Darcy! The cost is $29 per person and includes a full English tea program. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Monday, October 6

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Feed the display animals at E.C. Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and make a birdfeeder. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Little Acorns: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to four with an accompanying adult enjoy finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics in October include: 10/06 Owls, 10/20 Twirly Squirrels, and 10/27 Spooky Animals. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, October 7

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 3 to 12 help a naturalist care for and feed Hidden Pond Nature Center’s animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $4. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, October 8

Animal VetsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 7 to 12 meet at Riverbend Park’s nature center from 4 to 5 p.m. to check the health of exhibit animals. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

S‘more Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Return to a warming campfire and make a sweet chocolate treat to eat. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, October 9

Curator’s Choice TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come see a different side of Historic Huntley from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Kids Korner: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to six explore nature or history, with an adult, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft are included in the cost of $5. This one-hour program is offered at 1 p.m. on 10/9 and 10 a.m. on 10/11. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Jr. Farmer Family FunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program goes behind the scenes to help the farmers with fun chores at Frying Pan Farm Park from 4 to 5 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, October 10

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Best Perennial Vines for Your GardenClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to select an appropriate vine with the help of master gardeners at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Campfire Bats, Bugs, and Owls Oh My!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Watch for bats, attract some bugs and call for owls at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Bring a toasting stick; marshmallows provided. This one-hour program is offered at 6:15 p.m. on 10/10 and at 7 p.m. on 10/25. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Giant SpidersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Hunt for the giant nocturnal fishing spider in Big Rocky Run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring flashlights; wear hiking shoes. Meet at Cabell’s Mill at E.C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, October 11

Kids Korner: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to six explore nature or history, with an adult, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft are included in the cost of $5. This one-hour program is offered at 1 p.m. on 10/9 and 10 a.m. on 10/11. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Centreville Historic District Ghost TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Travel through old Centreville with a ghost from the town’s past. Tales of murder, lost love, and the sacrifices of war will be shared. Meet in front of the Spindle Sears House at 5714 Mt. Gilead Road in Historic Centreville Park. Tours begin at 2 and 4 p.m. and the cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Live Owl and Hawk FestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet birds of prey presented at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:15 p.m. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Boardwalk Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Huntley Meadows Park naturalists take you on a tour of constellations, comets and other celestial events from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Wild Side Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a 90-minute wagon ride at Huntley Meadows Park to look for songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies and waterfowl. Meet at the South King’s Highway entrance. This program is offered at 2 and 4 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Scarecrow Making Workshop
Make a scarecrow at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 1 to 1:45 p.m. or 2 to 2:45 p.m. Bring pants and shirt, plus an old pair of pantyhose. The cost is $6 per scarecrow. We supply the stuffing and know-how. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Sunday, October 12

Scarecrow Making Workshop
Make a scarecrow at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 1 to 1:45 p.m. or 2 to 2:45 p.m. Bring pants and shirt, plus an old pair of pantyhose. The cost is $6 per scarecrow. We supply the stuffing and know-how. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Stories in the SandClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Identify animals by their tracks at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids ages 5 to 11 meet from 3 to 4 p.m. to discover the amazing variety of birds that inhabit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Reptile & Amphibian ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 1 to 2 p.m., children ages 6 to 15 explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and salamanders at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Boo-Tiful Mobile CraftClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 3 to 11 create a spooky mobile of their favorite Halloween characters at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per child; adults are free. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Monday, October 13

Columbus Day Boat RaceClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Reenact the historic sea-faring journey by building your own mini-cardboard boat to float down Pohick Creek at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, October 16

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy hands on activities games, demos, animal encounters, crafts, and short hikes! At Frying Pan Farm Park at 4:30 p.m. Topics include 10/2 Bug Hunt, and 10/16 Pigs. Kids must be accompanied by a registered adult.  The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Storytime in the ForestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five enjoy a nature story, followed by a craft, outdoor exploration and other activities at Huntley Meadows Park at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Garden Stroll & Tea
From 1 to 3 p.m. tour Green Spring Gardens with a docent. 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.

Fall Carnival Fun at the Farm
Come to the farm for carnival games, fair food, and amusement rides! The carnival is open Thursday, October 16 from 6-10 p.m.; Friday, October 17 from 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, October 18 from noon-10 p.m.; and Sunday, October 19 from noon-7 p.m. Parking and admission are free. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, October 17

Pumpkins by the Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Roast marshmallows at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy cookies and juice, and make crafts as we share stories about pumpkins that aren’t scary. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Riverside Campfire: American IndiansClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 6 to 7 p.m. play American Indian games and listen to stories ‘round the campfire at Riverbend Park. S’mores are provided. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Fall Carnival Fun at the Farm
Come to the farm for carnival games, fair food, and amusement rides! The carnival is open Thursday, October 16 from 6-10 p.m.; Friday, October 17 from 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, October 18 from noon-10 p.m.; and Sunday, October 19 from noon-7 p.m. Parking and admission are free. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Saturday, October 18

Historic All Hallows EveClick to Register with Parktakes Online
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family gatherings. Experience these traditions as you tour Sully Historic Site by lantern light from 4 to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Ghost Train at Burke Lake
Take a ride through the forest decorated for Halloween from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet costumed characters along the way. The carousel will also be running. The Ghost Train is a joint venture between Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, and FCPA. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-323-6600.

Farm Harvest Days at Frying Pan
See the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet farm animals and see demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free! For information, call 703-437-9101.

Fall Carnival Fun at the Farm
Come to the farm for carnival games, fair food, and amusement rides! The carnival is open Thursday, October 16 from 6-10 p.m.; Friday, October 17 from 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, October 18 from noon-10 p.m.; and Sunday, October 19 from noon-7 p.m. Parking and admission are free. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Taking Care of Heirloom TextilesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to clean, store and display a range of fibers from 10 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens’ Historic House. View a selection of fine Victorian clothing, linens and lace. Refreshments will be served. The cost is $22 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: GeocachingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Find secret caches at Green Spring using a GPS unit from 1 to 3 p.m. Some GPS units are available to share, but bring your own if you have one. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Watershed Clean-Up Day
Be part of the International Coastal Cleanup from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Trash bags and appreciation provided. This is a great community service project! Please call to reserve a section of the watershed at one of these sites:
Frying Pan Farm Park, 703-437-9101
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 703-941-1065
Hidden Pond Nature Center, 703-451-9588
Huntley Meadows Park, 703-768-2525
Lake Accotink Park, 703-569-3464
Lake Fairfax Park, 703-471-5414
Riverbend Visitor Center, 703-759-9018
Sully Historic Site, 703-437-1794
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 703-631-0013

Backyard ConservationClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Huntley Meadows Park naturalist 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.

Evening Stroll at Huntley MeadowsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 6 to 7:30 p.m. learn the curious habits of fireflies, listen for owls, and watch bats hunt. You might even see resident beavers at work! The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Park Manager Walk and Talk
Take a free walk with the Huntley Meadows Park manager from 4 to 6 p.m. and learn about the park. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire Saturdays at Lake AccotinkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the woods and lakefronts where wildlife resides at Lake Accotink from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program ends with a campfire and s’mores. The cost is $7. For information, call Hidden Pond Nature Center at 703-451-9588.

Dinosaurs GaloreClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Follow a naturalist as you and your child (ages three to seven) dig into dinosaurs and explore this prehistoric world at Cub Run RECenter from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-817-9407.

Life in the Leaf LitterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist for a hike from 2 to 4 p.m. and explore the forest floor at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Fear-less Fest is Back!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Hidden Oaks Nature Center naturalist for a night hike from 7 to 9 p.m. and meet costumed creatures including a black widow spider, skunk, owl and a dead tree who explain why they have scary reputations. Investigate real animal skulls, owl pellets and make crafts. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, October 19

Pumpkins in the Park Festival
Lake Fairfax is excited to bring back its fall festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy activities for the whole family like our burlap sack slide, face painting, class demonstrations, carousel rides, food and outdoor fun. The cost is $7 per person. For information, call 703-471-5415.

Ghost Train at Burke Lake
Take a ride through the forest decorated for Halloween from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet costumed characters along the way. The carousel will also be running. The Ghost Train is a joint venture between Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, and FCPA. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-323-6600.

Farm Harvest Days at Frying Pan
See the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet farm animals and see demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free! For information, call 703-437-9101.

Fall Carnival Fun at the Farm
Come to the farm for carnival games, fair food, and amusement rides! The carnival is open Thursday, October 16 from 6-10 p.m.; Friday, October 17 from 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, October 18 from noon-10 p.m.; and Sunday, October 19 from noon-7 p.m. Parking and admission are free. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Preschool Pumpkins in the ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children with a registered adult enjoy activities including pumpkin painting, face painting and a puppet show at Lake Fairfax Park from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. A small pumpkin is included in the $7 admission fee. Register online. For information, call 703-471-5415.

Food and Jane Austen
Explore the Regency Era’s culinary and dining conventions through Jane Austen’s novels and letters at Green Spring’s Historic House from 1 to 3 p.m. Hear about dress codes and discover the delicacies fit for a dinner with Mr. Darcy! The cost is $29 per person and includes a full English tea program. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Autumn Harvest Tea PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages five and older with a registered adult create a mini floral bouquet and savor tea or spiced hot cider and a selection of harvest treats from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Microscopic Monsters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Use a microscope to discover the invisible organisms that make Walney Pond their home. This one-hour program meets at E.C. Lawrence Park at 1 p.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Venomous Snakes & Poisonous PlantsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
See a live copperhead snake and learn to identify poison ivy and a black widow at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, October 20

Little Acorns: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to four with an accompanying adult enjoy finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics in October include: 10/06 Owls, 10/20 Twirly Squirrels, and 10/27 Spooky Animals. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Thursday, October 23

BOO-stravaganza Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to eight dressed in their favorite costume between enjoy games and a wagon ride from 6 and 8 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Finish the evening with treats and a small pumpkin. The cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, October 24

Halloween AdventureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Riverbend Park from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for a festive wagon ride complete with scarecrows, sweets and stories and s’mores around the campfire. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Wild about Gardens Attracting WildlifeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens learn basic gardening techniques from master gardeners that attract wildlife to your yard. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Haunted Pond Jr.Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This program for three to six-year-olds at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. includes live animals, a walk into the forest at night, and a campfire with spell-binding stories, and s’mores. The cost is $7 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Jr. Naturalist: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids ages six to nine explore E.C. Lawrence Park’s meadows and forest, view wildlife, participate in historical activities, and make crafts from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

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

Saturday, October 25

Ghost Train at Burke Lake
Take a ride through the forest decorated for Halloween from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet costumed characters along the way. The carousel will also be running. The Ghost Train is a joint venture between Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, and FCPA. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-323-6600.

Haunted Pond at Hidden Pond ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids ages 6 to 12 explore nocturnal wildlife and local lore from 7 to 9 p.m. They’ll meet live animals, hear spellbinding stories and eat s’mores around the campfire. Scary stories will be told. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Campfire Bats, Bugs, and Owls Oh My!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Watch for bats, attract some bugs and call for owls at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Bring a toasting stick; marshmallows provided. This one-hour program is offered at 6:15 p.m. on 10/10 and at 7 p.m. on 10/25. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wagon Ride: Conn’s Farm and FerryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Hear tales of tobacco, yellow fever and a famous presidential crossing at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Garden Sprouts: Pumpkin PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five make a jack-o’-lantern, listen to pumpkin tales, and sample a delicious pumpkin treat at Green Spring Gardens from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Howl-o-ween Dog Costume Contest and Boneyard Hunt
Ready for some howlin’ Halloween fun?  Gather at Lake Accotink Park from 2 to 4 p.m. to witness the best in canine creativity. Show off your pet’s unique personality and compete for special prizes and treats!  Take your dog for a walk through the "boneyard" to sniff out well-earned treats while the judges confer.  The cost is $6 per dog. To register, call 703-569-0285.

Halloween Goblin Golf & Lakeside Bonfire
Join us at Lake Accotink Park for this spooktacular event from 5 to 8 p.m. Wander past tombstones and ghoulish delights placed along all nine holes of the “Gruesome Goose” Mini-Golf Course as you play a ghostly round with glow in the dark golf balls!  Play a second round at no extra charge! Ride the spooky carousel while spectral music plays, then cast off the shivers by warming up to a blazing beach bonfire!  The cost is $7 per person; ages two and under free. Take a 20-minute wagon ride through the eerie nighttime woods for $3. To register in advance, call 703-569-0285.

Family Fun: Night Wings & Twilight Things Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages five and older with a registered adult learn about night creatures as we walk in the woods at Green Spring Gardens from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Play ghoulish games and make a creepy craft. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Jack-o’-Lantern Carving WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 1 to 3 p.m. make your own extraordinary jack-o’-lantern creation at Green Spring Gardens. The cost is $35 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Evening WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 6 to 8 p.m. join Huntley Meadows Park Naturalist P.J. Dunn to hike the trails after dark. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Night Owl Hike and Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Hike to look and listen for wildlife at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. While sitting around the campfire, visit with our resident barred owl and enjoy s’mores. Bring a flashlight and a blanket to sit on. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Wild Side Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a 90-minute wagon ride at Huntley Meadows Park to look for songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies and waterfowl. Meet at the South King’s Highway entrance. This program is offered at 2 and 4 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, October 26

Ghost Train at Burke Lake
Take a ride through the forest decorated for Halloween from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet costumed characters along the way. The carousel will also be running. The Ghost Train is a joint venture between Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, and FCPA. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-323-6600.

Hands-on History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages four to nine travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th century children at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $12. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

A Walk through Time at WalneyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2 to 3 p.m. tour historic Walney’s grounds and ruins and imagine yourself living with the Machens. Light refreshments will be served. The cost is $5 person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Pumpkin Patch at Nature PlayceClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five hunt for their favorite miniature pumpkin in Hidden Oaks Nature Center’s Nature Playce. Enjoy seasonal stories and a craft. This 45-minute program is offered at 1:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, October 27

Little Acorns: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to four with an accompanying adult enjoy finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics in October include: 10/06 Owls, 10/20 Twirly Squirrels, and 10/27 Spooky Animals. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, October 29

House of Reptiles and Night RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 7 to 8:30 p.m. test your courage and challenge your fears and phobias at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park’s All Hallows Eve House of Reptiles (and other crawling creatures). Roast s’mores at the campfire and then sit back for a wagon ride through a moonlit meadow. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, October 30

Jr. Farmer Family FunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program goes behind the scenes to help the farmers with fun chores at Frying Pan Farm Park from 4 to 5 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Saturday, November 1

Inviting Native PollinatorsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Millions of years ago plants enlisted insects to help in the vital enterprise of pollination.  Explore the intimate relationships pollinators have with plants from 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. University of Maryland entomologist Mike Raupp explains what threatens native pollinators and teaches you how to invite pollinators into your landscape. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Butter & CheeseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Walney and E.C. Lawrence Park have a long dairy farming history. From 1 to 2 p.m., taste hand-churned butter and sample cheeses while learning about the importance of this industry at Walney. Tour the historic dairy and try your hand at milking a pretend cow. Current restoration projects will be highlighted. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Huntley Harvest Festival
Join us for a day at Huntley Meadows and Historic Huntley to experience how everything from foxes to farmers prepares for winter. Come for storytelling, crafts, fun and games for the whole family from 1 to 4 p.m. Canceled if rain; dress appropriately for the weather. The cost is $10 per person. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Colonial Day
See Revolutionary War soldiers in camp and on the battlefield at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about daily life in rural Virginia. Make a craft to take home, step a country dance and have a hearty snack in our Colonial tavern. A house tour is included in the fee of $8 per adult; $6 per child. Children save $1 with a school coupon. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Hands-on Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop-off your child (ages 5-11) at 2 p.m. for an hour of natural adventure at E.C. Lawrence Park. Nature brings variety to each month’s program. Children feed exhibit animals, search for wildlife, explore fur pelts, bones and other natural artifacts, and take home a craft. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Kiln Club Pottery Show and Sale
Looking for great locally hand-crafted holiday gifts at reasonable prices? Members of the Ceramic Guild and the Kiln Club of Washington, D.C. will display and sell a variety of pottery styles in the barn at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A portion of the sales benefits Colvin Run Mill. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Campfire Saturdays at Royal LakeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides with a naturalist at Royal Lake from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Programs end with a cozy campfire and s’mores are provided. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call Hidden Pond at 703-451-9588.

Sunday, November 2

Kiln Club Pottery Show and Sale
Looking for great locally hand-crafted holiday gifts at reasonable prices? Members of the Ceramic Guild and the Kiln Club of Washington, D.C. will display and sell a variety of pottery styles in the barn at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A portion of the sales benefits Colvin Run Mill. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Blacksmithing Demonstration
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Birding for BeginnersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Interested in birding? We can get you started! From 8 to 11 a.m., learn about the birds in Huntley Meadows Park and some basic identification skills. The program begins with an indoor discussion. Children ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Hands-on History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your children (ages four to nine) and let explore the lives of 19th century children with a costumed interpreter at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Various activities include games, penmanship, washing clothes and making a food item such as butter, ice cream, cheese or applesauce. The cost is $12 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Monday, November 3

Feeding Day!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist and youth volunteers as we demonstrate how we feed 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. Please be sure to register an adult with any child. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Nature Quest: Underground LifeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to seven learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, November 5

Pohick Puddle Jumpers: Birds
The youngest nature lovers can now become Pohick Rangers! This program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and offers plenty of digging, netting, meeting animals and you guessed it – puddle jumping in the woodlands of the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Park. The cost is $5. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, November 7

Raptor Stay or Fly Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet live raptors at E.C. Lawrence Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as we explore different strategies for surviving winter. Enjoy s‘mores. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Rockhounders: Oddities of Rocks
This hands-on geology program for children ages 6 to 11 includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting. The program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center and the cost is $6 per child. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, November 8

Workshop: Hypertufa Garden ContainerClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Create a stone trough of hypertufa for a natural-looking container that’s ideal for succulents, conifers and rock garden plants. Green Spring staff member Susan Eggerton explains the process and leads you through construction from 10 a.m. to noon. The program cost is $45 per person, and there is a $20 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Homeowner Rain Garden WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 1 to 4 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, learn how to properly locate, design, construct and maintain a small-scale rain garden that captures rain water and allows it to soak into the ground.  This action allows polluted runoff from roads and buildings to infiltrate the ground, slowing its flow and preventing pollutants from reaching local streams, the Potomac River, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.  The program cost is $12 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Hands-on Harvest and Biscuits, TooClick to Register with Parktakes Online
At the slave quarter, learn about the lives and chores of slaves who lived at Sully. Bake biscuits in the open hearth kitchen, dip a candle and fashion a corn husk doll. This one-hour program is offered at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Wild Side Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2 to 3:30 p.m., take a 90-minute tractor ride with a Huntley Meadows Park naturalist to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Look for and learn about songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies and waterfowl, then stop for a snack at the observation platform. Meet at the South King’s Highway park entrance. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Scout Astronomy Festival
View outer space through a telescope, listen to ancient stories about the constellations ‘round the campfire, take a guided tour of the night sky and participate in hands-on activities at Riverbend Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Scouts work on night-sky- related patches, badges, pin and loops, and journeys. Hot chocolate and snacks are available for purchase. The cost is $7.50 per scout and siblings; $4 per adult. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Kids Korner: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to six explore nature or history, accompanied by an adult, at E.C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft are included in the cost of $5 per child. Call for topic. This one-hour program is offered at 10 a.m. on 11/8 and 1 p.m. on 11/20. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, November 9

Reptile & Amphibian ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 6 to 15 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 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look up and listen carefully and discover the amazing variety of birds that inhabit E.C. Lawrence Park. Kids ages 5 to 11 meet from 3 to 4 p.m. to develop awesome birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Afternoon Tea: Celebrating Jane AustenClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy afternoon tea on the 203rd anniversary of the publication of Sense and Sensibility. From 1 to 3 p.m. Sully Historic Site, we offer some lighthearted hints on how to talk like Jane Austen and some insight into the lives of the Dashwood girls. The cost is $27 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Monday, November 10

Nature Quest: Wacky WildlifeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to seven learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, November 12

S'more Wagon Ride & Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Discover the area’s local and natural history. Return to a campfire and make a sweet chocolate treat. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Animal VetsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 7 to 12 meet at the Riverbend Park nature center to help care for exhibit animals from 4 to 5 p.m. An optional Riverbend patch is available for $3.15/scout. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Pohick Puddle Jumpers: Animal Sounds
The youngest nature lovers can now become Pohick Rangers! This program from runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and offers plenty of digging, netting, meeting animals and puddle jumping in the woodlands of the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Park. The cost is $5. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, November 14

Kyle’s Corner: Rats, Pigs, or Crodata?
Children ages 6 to 11 join naturalist Kyle for a fun perspective on nature as he delves into a different topic each meeting with science, outdoor explorations and live animals. The program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center and the cost is $6. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, November 15

The Mystery of Oolong Teas
The most diverse category of Camellia Sinensis, oolongs can range from light floral “green” styles to hearty darks. Taste a variety of these “wulong” teas as you learn what makes them special at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. Tea-infused treats and a take-home tea sampler are included. The cost is $30. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Coyotes Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Satisfy your curiosity and your sweet tooth with one howling campfire at E.C. Lawrence Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Listen to coyote calls, take a short hike, and make s’mores as you learn about this wily canine. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Astronomy CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars and get advice on how to enjoy the Geminids meteor shower on December 13. Make s’mores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Boardwalk AstronomyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalists from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Park Manager Walk and Talk
Join Huntley Meadows Park Manager Kevin Munroe on a free walk from 4 to 6 p.m. Find out about the wetland restoration project and learn about the wildlife for which the park is known. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Leave No Trace Awareness WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants ages 8 to 16 receive introductory training in the skills and ethics of Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program. Workshop topics include the underlying concept of minimum impact recreation and the seven principles of Leave No Trace. This three-hour program at Riverbend Park starts at 8 a.m. and the cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Campfire Saturdays at Lake AccotinkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides with a naturalist at Lake Accotink Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Programs end with a cozy campfire and s’mores. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call Hidden Pond Park at 703-451-9588.

Ride the Turkey Train at Lake FairfaxClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Ride Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad around Lake Fairfax and through the fall-colored forest as you hear about early Thanksgiving celebrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See how Eastern Woodland Indians hunted and how their tools were made. Create your own Thanksgiving-themed craft to take home. Please bring non-perishable food to be donated to a local food bank. The cost is $6 per person. To make a reservation, call 703-471-5415.

Sunday, November 16

Ride the Turkey Train at Lake FairfaxClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Ride Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad around Lake Fairfax and through the fall-colored forest as you hear about early Thanksgiving celebrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See how Eastern Woodland Indians hunted and how their tools were made. Create your own Thanksgiving-themed craft to take home. Please bring non-perishable food to be donated to a local food bank. The cost is $6 per person. To make a reservation, call 703-471-5415.

American Indian Foods Tasting & TeaClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Taste the flavors enjoyed by woodland American Indians in the 1600s while sitting communally around the ‘fire’ at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Listen to oral stories about local animals and enjoy traditional games. Make a game to take home. The cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

I Like Coffee, I Like Tea
Tea and coffee are the most popular beverages in the world, and both have legendary pasts. Learn about the history, provenance, health benefits, and more of these flavorful and competing brews as we compare and contrast them at Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3 p.m. A traditional English tea follows the program. The cost is $29 per person. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in TonightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. This one-hour program is offered at 5:45 p.m. on 11/16 and 6 p.m. on 11/28. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, November 17

Nature Quest: Birds of a FeatherClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to seven learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Tuesday, November 18

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
It’s dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Children ages 3 to 12 help our naturalist care for and feed the nature center’s animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $4 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, November 19

Pohick Puddle Jumpers: Lizards and Salamanders
The youngest nature lovers can now become Pohick Rangers! This program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and offers plenty of digging, netting, meeting animals and you guessed it – puddle jumping in the woodlands of the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Park. The cost is $5. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, November 20

Kids Korner: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to six explore nature or history, accompanied by an adult, at E.C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft are included in the cost of $5 per child. Call for topic. This one-hour program is offered at 10 a.m. on 11/8 and 1 p.m. on 11/20. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Storytime in the ForestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five hear 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 $7 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Friday, November 21

Jr. Naturalist: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages six to nine explore E.C. Lawrence Park, view wildlife, participate in historical activities, and make crafts from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call for topic. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Oh Deer, Too Many Deer!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Develop your own deer-resistant garden plan at E.C. Lawrence Park from 6 to 7 p.m. Learn plant selection and strategies. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Friday: Animal TrackingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to recognize and follow wildlife tracks through the forest at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program concludes with a campfire and s’mores. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Family Nature NightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Reconnect with nature at Huntley Meadows Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Explore the park’s habitats and diverse wildlife through activities, crafts, games and walks. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire with the ConstellationsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 6 to 7 p.m., enjoy a campfire at Riverbend Park and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars and get advice on how to enjoy the Geminids meteor shower on December 13. Make s’mores. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Rockhounders: What’s a Mineral?
This hands-on geology program for children ages 6 to 11 includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting. The program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center and the cost is $6. To register or for information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, November 22

Holiday Treats for Sully CrittersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
At this outdoor program from 1 to 2 p.m., make edible ornaments for birds and squirrels. Hang one on a tree in the park and take one home for your backyard. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Garden Sprouts: Little Gobblers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five learn about wild turkeys at Green Spring Gardens from 11 a.m. Listen to a turkey call, look for turkey prints, and bring home a nature-inspired decoration for your Thanksgiving table. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Turkey HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn the history of the wild turkey, its amazing adaptations and importance to early Americans at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Asian Style Miniature Dish GardenClick to Register with Parktakes Online
East meets West in this charming Asian miniature dish garden. Design and create an Asian garden scene with figurines, stones, and plants at Green Spring Gardens from 10 a.m. to noon. The program cost is $45 per person, and there is a $20 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Owl OutingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., prowl around Huntley Meadows Park after dark to listen for and learn about our local owls, and possibly see a barred owl. Meet at the visitor center. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Thanksgiving Table ArrangementClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Break the cornucopia tradition and make a Thanksgiving centerpiece in a fresh pumpkin at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The program cost is $35 per person, and there is a $25 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Monday, November 24

Nature Quest: Rocks RockClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to seven learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, November 26

American Indian Stories and GamesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2:30 to3:30 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, children ages two to five explore the culture of Eastern Woodland Indians with traditional stories and games. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Friday, November 28

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in TonightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. This one-hour program is offered at 5:45 p.m. on 11/16 and 6 p.m. on 11/28. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

The Thanksgiving StoryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the family and holiday guests to this lively and interactive retelling of the Thanksgiving story at Frying Pan Farm Park from 11 to 11:40 a.m. Gleemania’s Sue Cournoyer entertains and informs while engaging everyone. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Turkey WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the wild turkey’s habits and secret ways during a walk in the cedar forest at E.C. Lawrence Park from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Look for wild turkeys and their signs. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Kyle’s Corner: Our Feathered Friends
Children ages 6 to 11 join naturalist Kyle as he delves into a different topic each meeting with science, outdoor explorations and live animals. The program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center and the cost is $6 per child. To register or for more information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, November 29

Campfire Saturdays at Royal LakeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides with a naturalist at Royal Lake from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Programs end with a cozy campfire and s’mores are provided. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call Hidden Pond at 703-451-9588.

American Indian Stories CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire as you hear traditional American Indian stories focusing on fall changes at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. Toast marshmallows. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, November 30

Snake and Turtle FeedingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a demonstration by animal caretaker staff at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Weekend Highlights

Saturday, November 1

Inviting Native Pollinators Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Millions of years ago plants enlisted insects to help in the vital enterprise of pollination.  Explore the intimate relationships pollinators have with plants from 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. University of Maryland entomologist Mike Raupp explains what threatens native pollinators and teaches you how to invite pollinators into your landscape. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Butter & Cheese Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Walney and E.C. Lawrence Park have a long dairy farming history. From 1 to 2 p.m., taste hand-churned butter and sample cheeses while learning about the importance of this industry at Walney. Tour the historic dairy and try your hand at milking a pretend cow. Current restoration projects will be highlighted. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Huntley Harvest Festival
Join us for a day at Huntley Meadows and Historic Huntley to experience how everything from foxes to farmers prepares for winter. Come for storytelling, crafts, fun and games for the whole family from 1 to 4 p.m. Canceled if rain; dress appropriately for the weather. The cost is $10 per person. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Colonial Day
See Revolutionary War soldiers in camp and on the battlefield at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about daily life in rural Virginia. Make a craft to take home, step a country dance and have a hearty snack in our Colonial tavern. A house tour is included in the fee of $8 per adult; $6 per child. Children save $1 with a school coupon. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Hands-on Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop-off your child (ages 5-11) at 2 p.m. for an hour of natural adventure at E.C. Lawrence Park. Nature brings variety to each month’s program. Children feed exhibit animals, search for wildlife, explore fur pelts, bones and other natural artifacts, and take home a craft. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Kiln Club Pottery Show and Sale
Looking for great locally hand-crafted holiday gifts at reasonable prices? Members of the Ceramic Guild and the Kiln Club of Washington, D.C. will display and sell a variety of pottery styles in the barn at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A portion of the sales benefits Colvin Run Mill. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Campfire Saturdays at Royal Lake Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides with a naturalist at Royal Lake from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Programs end with a cozy campfire and s’mores are provided. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call Hidden Pond at 703-451-9588.

Sunday, November 2

Kiln Club Pottery Show and Sale
Looking for great locally hand-crafted holiday gifts at reasonable prices? Members of the Ceramic Guild and the Kiln Club of Washington, D.C. will display and sell a variety of pottery styles in the barn at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A portion of the sales benefits Colvin Run Mill. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Blacksmithing Demonstration
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Birding for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Interested in birding? We can get you started! From 8 to 11 a.m., learn about the birds in Huntley Meadows Park and some basic identification skills. The program begins with an indoor discussion. Children ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Hands-on History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your children (ages four to nine) and let explore the lives of 19th century children with a costumed interpreter at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Various activities include games, penmanship, washing clothes and making a food item such as butter, ice cream, cheese or applesauce. The cost is $12 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, November 8

Workshop: Hypertufa Garden Container Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Create a stone trough of hypertufa for a natural-looking container that’s ideal for succulents, conifers and rock garden plants. Green Spring staff member Susan Eggerton explains the process and leads you through construction from 10 a.m. to noon. The program cost is $45 per person, and there is a $20 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Homeowner Rain Garden Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 1 to 4 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, learn how to properly locate, design, construct and maintain a small-scale rain garden that captures rain water and allows it to soak into the ground.  This action allows polluted runoff from roads and buildings to infiltrate the ground, slowing its flow and preventing pollutants from reaching local streams, the Potomac River, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.  The program cost is $12 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Hands-on Harvest and Biscuits, Too Click to Register with Parktakes Online
At the slave quarter, learn about the lives and chores of slaves who lived at Sully. Bake biscuits in the open hearth kitchen, dip a candle and fashion a corn husk doll. This one-hour program is offered at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Wild Side Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2 to 3:30 p.m., take a 90-minute tractor ride with a Huntley Meadows Park naturalist to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Look for and learn about songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies and waterfowl, then stop for a snack at the observation platform. Meet at the South King’s Highway park entrance. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Scout Astronomy Festival
View outer space through a telescope, listen to ancient stories about the constellations ‘round the campfire, take a guided tour of the night sky and participate in hands-on activities at Riverbend Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Scouts work on night-sky- related patches, badges, pin and loops, and journeys. Hot chocolate and snacks are available for purchase. The cost is $7.50 per scout and siblings; $4 per adult. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Kids Korner: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to six explore nature or history, accompanied by an adult, at E.C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft are included in the cost of $5 per child. Call for topic. This one-hour program is offered at 10 a.m. on 11/8 and 1 p.m. on 11/20. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, November 9

Reptile & Amphibian Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 6 to 15 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 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Look up and listen carefully and discover the amazing variety of birds that inhabit E.C. Lawrence Park. Kids ages 5 to 11 meet from 3 to 4 p.m. to develop awesome birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Afternoon Tea: Celebrating Jane Austen Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy afternoon tea on the 203rd anniversary of the publication of Sense and Sensibility. From 1 to 3 p.m. Sully Historic Site, we offer some lighthearted hints on how to talk like Jane Austen and some insight into the lives of the Dashwood girls. The cost is $27 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, November 15

The Mystery of Oolong Teas
The most diverse category of Camellia Sinensis, oolongs can range from light floral “green” styles to hearty darks. Taste a variety of these “wulong” teas as you learn what makes them special at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. Tea-infused treats and a take-home tea sampler are included. The cost is $30. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Coyotes Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Satisfy your curiosity and your sweet tooth with one howling campfire at E.C. Lawrence Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Listen to coyote calls, take a short hike, and make s’mores as you learn about this wily canine. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Astronomy Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars and get advice on how to enjoy the Geminids meteor shower on December 13. Make s’mores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Boardwalk Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalists from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Park Manager Walk and Talk
Join Huntley Meadows Park Manager Kevin Munroe on a free walk from 4 to 6 p.m. Find out about the wetland restoration project and learn about the wildlife for which the park is known. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants ages 8 to 16 receive introductory training in the skills and ethics of Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program. Workshop topics include the underlying concept of minimum impact recreation and the seven principles of Leave No Trace. This three-hour program at Riverbend Park starts at 8 a.m. and the cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Campfire Saturdays at Lake Accotink Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides with a naturalist at Lake Accotink Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Programs end with a cozy campfire and s’mores. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call Hidden Pond Park at 703-451-9588.

Ride the Turkey Train at Lake Fairfax Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Ride Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad around Lake Fairfax and through the fall-colored forest as you hear about early Thanksgiving celebrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See how Eastern Woodland Indians hunted and how their tools were made. Create your own Thanksgiving-themed craft to take home. Please bring non-perishable food to be donated to a local food bank. The cost is $6 per person. To make a reservation, call 703-471-5415.

Sunday, November 16

Ride the Turkey Train at Lake Fairfax Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Ride Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad around Lake Fairfax and through the fall-colored forest as you hear about early Thanksgiving celebrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See how Eastern Woodland Indians hunted and how their tools were made. Create your own Thanksgiving-themed craft to take home. Please bring non-perishable food to be donated to a local food bank. The cost is $6 per person. To make a reservation, call 703-471-5415.

American Indian Foods Tasting & Tea Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Taste the flavors enjoyed by woodland American Indians in the 1600s while sitting communally around the ‘fire’ at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Listen to oral stories about local animals and enjoy traditional games. Make a game to take home. The cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

I Like Coffee, I Like Tea
Tea and coffee are the most popular beverages in the world, and both have legendary pasts. Learn about the history, provenance, health benefits, and more of these flavorful and competing brews as we compare and contrast them at Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3 p.m. A traditional English tea follows the program. The cost is $29 per person. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. This one-hour program is offered at 5:45 p.m. on 11/16 and 6 p.m. on 11/28. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, November 22

Holiday Treats for Sully Critters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
At this outdoor program from 1 to 2 p.m., make edible ornaments for birds and squirrels. Hang one on a tree in the park and take one home for your backyard. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Garden Sprouts: Little Gobblers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five learn about wild turkeys at Green Spring Gardens from 11 a.m. Listen to a turkey call, look for turkey prints, and bring home a nature-inspired decoration for your Thanksgiving table. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Turkey Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn the history of the wild turkey, its amazing adaptations and importance to early Americans at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Asian Style Miniature Dish Garden Click to Register with Parktakes Online
East meets West in this charming Asian miniature dish garden. Design and create an Asian garden scene with figurines, stones, and plants at Green Spring Gardens from 10 a.m. to noon. The program cost is $45 per person, and there is a $20 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Owl Outing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., prowl around Huntley Meadows Park after dark to listen for and learn about our local owls, and possibly see a barred owl. Meet at the visitor center. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Thanksgiving Table Arrangement Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Break the cornucopia tradition and make a Thanksgiving centerpiece in a fresh pumpkin at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The program cost is $35 per person, and there is a $25 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, November 29

Campfire Saturdays at Royal Lake Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides with a naturalist at Royal Lake from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Programs end with a cozy campfire and s’mores are provided. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call Hidden Pond at 703-451-9588.

American Indian Stories Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire as you hear traditional American Indian stories focusing on fall changes at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. Toast marshmallows. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, November 30

Snake and Turtle Feeding Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a demonstration by animal caretaker staff at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.


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