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Wednesday, April 1

Natures’ April Foolers CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how animals use trickery to get a meal or to keep from being a meal at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. Listen to stories and toast marshmallows around a campfire. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers can explore Frying Pan Farm Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and get involved in hands on activities including games, demonstrations, animal encounters, crafts and short hikes. Topics include animal superstitions, vernal pools, and gardens. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Thursday, April 2

Peeper CreepClick to Register with Parktakes Online
What’s that sound? The peepers start the chorus to let the world know that spring has sprung. Get to know these tiny, often unseen, yet remarkably loud heralds of spring up close and personal. This is a naturalist-led indoor presentation and outdoor quest at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, April 3

Wood Frogs!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The wood frogs are breeding in the vernal pools! Assist in collecting and releasing frogs and recording data for our amphibian survey at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wear water-proof boots and bring flash lights. You must register an adult with your child. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, April 4

Easter Egg Hunt at Nottoway Park
Children ages one to nine can hunt for candy, toys and eggs at Nottoway Park from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Visit with the Easter bunny for photos. There will be door prizes for each age group. The cost is $9. Walk-in registration starts at 9:30 a.m. in the picnic shelter, cash only. Weather decision will be made at 8:30 a.m., call 703-324-8566.

Woodland Wildlife Egg HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Spring babies are everywhere! Meet costumed woodland characters along the half- mile Old Oak Trail and learn how different animals raise their young in the spring at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Hunt for eggs around some animals and get a treat from others. Finish with a small egg hunt in Nature Playce. Trail is not stroller friendly. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

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

Wagon Ride - Journey to the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond! Journey to see what’s hopping, splashing and swimming at Riverbend Park Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, April 5

Build Your Own Bee HouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Riverbend Park from 2 to 4 p.m. to learn about local pollinators and use invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators. This house attracts mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees, which rarely sting. The cost is $8 per person. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Build Your Own BirdhouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Make your backyard bird friendly. Learn about bird-friendly plants and build your own bird house at Riverbend Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children must be accompanied by registered adult. The cost is $8 plus a $5 supply fee on the day of the program. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Dinosaur Egg Hunt at Hidden OaksClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to eight can enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting dinoland in Nature Playce. Look at newly emerged tadpoles in the pond and make a dino craft. Canceled in case of rain. Pre-registration is required. Programs run at 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. for 45 min. session. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, April 6

Animal Vets WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children 6 to 11 spend the day at Riverbend Park starting at 9 a.m. with our exhibit animals. Check their health, weight and size, clean and refresh their tanks, and enjoy some fun activities and games. Bring a bag lunch, snack and drink. Wear old clothes. The cost is $60. Call 703-759-9018.

Little Hands on the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five learn about farm animals, and chores and enjoy a story, craft or game at Frying Pan Farm Park from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Adults must attend class with child. Class meets every other Monday for five sessions. The cost is $32. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Yoga for GardenersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Get a gentle introduction to the Vinyasa method helping participants increase the strength, flexibility and endurance necessary for gardening from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. This 11 class session is held indoors. The cost is $117. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Nature Quest-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Be a part of this naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. Children learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, April 8

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks BridgeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Thursday, April 9

Kid’s Korner-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children with an adult learn about spring Bluebells at E.C. Lawrence Park 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Jr. Farmer Family FunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Go behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm from 4 to 5 p.m. Help with chores such as milking the cows, feeding animals and shelling corn. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. Call 703-437-9101.

Songs of SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify the calls and songs of many park animals through hands-on activities and hikes at Huntley Meadows Park from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Learn about hawk hymns, the owl orchestra and amphibian anthems. The cost is $8 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Friday, April 10

S’more Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley at E.C. Lawrence Park at 6:30 p.m. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about other aspects of the areas' 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 $6. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Garden Talk: Edibles & OrnamentalsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Think you don’t have enough space for an edible garden? Master gardeners help you discover the basics of incorporating edibles into the ornamental landscape at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Call 703-642-5173.

Shot in the Dark Night Tournament
Teams of two play a 9-hole scramble using glow-in-the-dark balls at Burke Lake Golf Course starting at 8 p.m. Hors d’ouevres served at 7 p.m. Fee includes one glow ball and flashlight. Additional glow balls are $5 each. Closest-to-the-pin contests. Tournament is limited to the first 18 teams. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place teams. Rain date is April 17. The cost is $65 per team. Call 703-323-1641.

Family Nature NightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover your natural neighborhood at Huntley Meadows Park from 7 to 8 p.m. Explore park habitats and diverse wildlife through activities, games and walks. Dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Rockhounders- Spring SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a hands-on approach to geology that includes rock and mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, April 11

Bluebells at the Bend Festival
Join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park as we celebrate he return of Virginia bluebells. The Bluebells at the Bend Festival features live music, wildflower walks, live animals, face painting, wagon rides, and other family-friendly activities. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Amphibian CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Gather around a campfire, make s’mores and learn about our native amphibians at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. See some animals first hand and talk about their habits and habitats. Please be sure to register an adult with your child. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wood Frogs!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The wood frogs are breeding in the vernal pools! Assist in collecting and releasing frogs and recording data for our amphibian survey at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wear water-proof boots and bring flash lights. You must register an adult with your child. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Kite Fun Day at the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Make and decorate a kite at Frying Pan Farm Park and then watch it soar from 10:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Kite flying activities for children 10 years and younger. Pre-paid reservations required. The cost is $10. Call 703-437-9101.

Children’s Cherry Blossom CelebrationClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate he Japanese gift of the cherry trees at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Take the chop stick challenge, paint a paper lantern, rake a Zen garden, or fold origami. Enjoy free activities or purchase a craft ticket to access a variety of Japanese-inspired crafts. The cost is $10 for a craft ticket; all other activities are free. Advance registration for the craft ticket recommended. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Shoji Lamp WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Make an elegant Shoji table lamp with wood and rice paper for a warm accent light anywhere in your home at Green Spring Gardens from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn about the simple Zen aesthetic of Japan’s ancient decorative traditions. Materials will be supplied. Refreshments served. The cost is $45. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Animal Search with a NaturalistClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist Jim Dewing at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and see which creatures, feathered or furred, are out from 8 to 9 a.m. Jim helps you discover a hidden forest filled with animal signs, emerging native plants, even a few invaders. Bring open eyes, questions, binoculars, and field guides if you wish. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Build Your Own Bluebird HouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Uncover the mysteries of these spring jewels through a short slide show and walk at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. Make your own nest box for your back yard. Bring a hammer. Reservations and advanced payment required by 3/15. Register for each kit. The cost is $15. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Field FrenzyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Go into the field with an experienced naturalist to find, handle and create habitats for some of the wild animals found in Hidden Pond Park from 10 a.m. to noon. The animals we catch may be placed on display. The cost is $8. Call 703-451-9588.

Civil War School of the Soldier
Camps of instruction were common to new recruits who came to the Confederate Army straight from farms, shops and schoolrooms. Learn the skills of a soldier at Sully Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pack a knapsack, march and drill with “muskets”, put up a tent, visit the surgeon and learn about camp cooking. The cost is $5 per child and $7 per adult. House tour included. Call 703-437-1794.

Watershed Clean-Up at Lake Accotink
Be part of the 27th annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. Join park staff and volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon as we clean up the park and surrounding streams. Every piece of trash came from someone and you’ll be the one to keep it from harming wildlife and threatening fragile ecosystems. Meet at the marina to sign in and get your assignment. Dress for the weather and wear clothes and sturdy shoes that can get muddy. Gloves and trash bags provided. This event is perfect for students, families, scouts, school and civic groups. Event held rain or shine. Call 703-569-0285.

Naturalist’s Choice ‘Behind the Scenes’Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Huntley Meadows Park 40th anniversary by taking a tour of some off-the-beaten-path, seldom-seen places with a park naturalist from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 11, cost $8, and from 10 a.m. to noon on April 25, cost $7. Dress for going off trail. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, April 12

A Touch of Japan for Cherry BlossomClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Have Cherry Blossom fun at Sully Historic Site. Sample teas of Japan, see Japanese fans and colorful objects, and then paint your own fan from 3 to 5 p.m. Tour of the 1794 house included at 4 p.m. Prepaid reservations required by 3/21. The cost is $27. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Jane Austen: Strictly Ballroom Tea Program
In Austen’s fiction, a ball was the ultimate venue for courtship. Under cover of music and the footwork of a dance, young people talked and touched in flirtatious ways not permitted elsewhere. Hear about the protocol, passion and “felicities of rapid motion” that characterized the Austen-era ball at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Program followed by a full English tea. Reservations required. The cost is $32. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Monday, April 13

Storytime in the ForestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for a nature story at Huntley Meadows Park from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., followed by a craft, outdoor exploration and other activities. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Tuesday, April 14

Civil War Lecture: After the War
Sully Historic Site hosts an After the War Civil War Lecture at 7 p.m. This Civil War 150th Commemorative Program is sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. in memory of Thom F. Hanes. Gettysburg National Military Park ranger, Charles Teague, presents this look at the final days of the life of President Lincoln. Light refreshments will be served. Donations gratefully accepted. Reservations required. For information, call 703-437-1794.

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

Wednesday, April 15

Nature Tots at WalneyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Program includes indoor and outdoor fun. Adult must be able to participate with children. Cost is $4 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers can explore Frying Pan Farm Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and get involved in hands on activities including games, demonstrations, animal encounters, crafts and short hikes. Topics include animal superstitions, vernal pools, and gardens. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, April 17

Campfire FridaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come along for a night of campfire, s'mores, animals and so much more! Learn about the coming of the frog and discover different areas of the park that we visit at Hidden Pond at 7 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Jr. Naturalist-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Elementary-age children explore spring Bluebells at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Rockhounders- Spring SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a hands-on approach to geology that includes rock and mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, April 18

Amphibian CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Gather around a campfire, make s’mores and learn about our native amphibians at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. See some animals first hand and talk about their habits and habitats. Please be sure to register an adult with your child. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Spring Campfire Saturdays at Royal LakeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
A naturalist guided adventure awaits as you explore woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Royal Lake Park. Enjoy some s’mores around a campfire and learn about amphibians. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Entry Gardens: Designing for Curb AppealClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn the formula for a beautiful entry garden: plant selection, creating focus, screening views, complementing architecture and hardscaping at Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Garden designer Amy Knotts Neiberline answers your design questions and shares dos and don’ts for creating a beautiful front yard. The cost is $22. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks BridgeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Floral Design: Lush Spring BulbsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Envision springtime indoors with a lush, pastel arrangement of daffodils, hyacinth, iris, tulips, and roses. Floral designer Rachel Gang teaches you the creative process and shows experienced arrangers how to take design to the next level at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $35 plus a $25 supply fee. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Pu-Ehr Tea Tasting PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the unique characteristics of Pu-Ehr teas as you taste several quality vintage brews at Green Spring Gardens from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Pu-Erh tea is one of China’s great treasures but relatively unknown in the West. A complex maturation process yields a tea unlike any other in the world that shares many attributes with fine wine. The cost is $25. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Tree TrekClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist Jim Dewing on a search for the biggest, oldest, and rarest trees in our forest from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how we care for them. The cost is $6. Call 703-631-0013.

Earth Day CelebrationClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Earth Day by learning about the changing environment, composting and green practices at E.C. Lawrence Park from 11 to noon. The festivities end by recycling household materials into fun new items. The cost is $5. Call 703-631-0013.

Evening WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist PJ Dunn hiking trails after dark at Huntley Meadows Park from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., listening for owls, beavers and night animals. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Lake Accotink Wildflower WalkClick 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. Participants meet in the close end of the first large parking lot on the left, off of Lake Accotink Access Road, which is off of Highland Avenue. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Sketch Hike: Spring EphemeralsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on spring wildflowers and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per person. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Wetland WatchersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Parent and child take a walk to the Huntley Meadows wetland with stories and a scavenger hunt to look at real world examples of nature getting ready for the coming season from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dress for the weather. Accompanying adult does not pay. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, April 19

The Very Very Fun Storybook Tea PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy popular stories by author Eric Carle at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. as we act out being hungry caterpillars munching through some of the storybook treats and meet not-so-grouchy ladybugs. Miss Spider will even join us for tea! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call one week in advance with any dietary restrictions. The cost is $10 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, April 20

Animal VetsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at the Riverbend Park Nature Center and go behind the scenes to help care for our exhibit animals from 4 to 5 p.m. Take the animal’s vital signs and check their health. An optional Riverbend patch will be available for $3.15. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Nature Quest-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Be a part of this naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. Children learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, April 22

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & BlossomsClick 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. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Thursday, April 23

Jr. Farmer Family FunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Go behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm from 4 to 5 p.m. Help with chores such as milking the cows, feeding animals and shelling corn. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. Call 703-437-9101.

Songs of SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify the calls and songs of many park animals through hands-on activities and hikes at Huntley Meadows Park from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Learn about hawk hymns, the owl orchestra and amphibian anthems. The cost is $8 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Garden Stroll & Tea
Tour some of the glorious demonstration gardens with a master gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring Gardens’ past and present from 1 to 3 p.m. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. Reservations required. The cost is $32. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Spring Wildflowers of Scotts RunClick 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 west parking lot. Wear hiking shoes. Canceled if rain. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Homeschool: Geo TrekClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Tour Riverbend Park to see how nature and humans have altered our landscape, and how archeology unearths our past from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Call 703-759-9018.

Friday, April 24

Garden Talk : Rock GardensClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Rock gardens add a rugged beauty to any landscape. At Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. master gardeners show you how to design, plant, and care for a mountaintop garden. These plants boast longevity, and require little maintenance. Cost is $10. Call 703-642-5173.

Rockhounders- Spring SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a hands-on approach to geology that includes rock and mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, April 25

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & BlossomsClick 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. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Naturalist’s Choice ‘Behind the Scenes’Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Huntley Meadows Park 40th anniversary by taking a tour of some off-the-beaten-path, seldom-seen places with a park naturalist from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 11, cost $8, and from 10 a.m. to noon on April 25, cost $7. Dress for going off trail. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Wildflowers, Tinctures, Teas and VinegarClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a hike and learn about healing and edible plants that grow in Riverbend Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Collect plants to create healing teas, tinctures, and vinegars. Each participant brings home a tincture or vinegar. The cost is $20 plus a supply fee of $7, payable to the instructor at class time. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Sketch Hike: BirdsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on birds, and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, April 26

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

Jane Austen: Strictly Ballroom Tea Program
In Austen’s fiction, a ball was the ultimate venue for courtship. Under cover of music and the footwork of a dance, young people talked and touched in flirtatious ways not permitted elsewhere. Hear about the protocol, passion and “felicities of rapid motion” that characterized the Austen-era ball at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Program followed by a full English tea. Reservations required. The cost is $32. For information, call 703-941-7987.

These Walls are Talking: Civil War Stories
Go back to 1861 when Frying Pan Meeting House served as a field hospital. Learn about the Pamunkey Indians’ role in the war, serving as pilots and scouts on Union gunboats that traversed Virginia waterways. Pamunkey women aided Union soldiers who encamped near the community throughout the war. Listen to Pamunkey and Civil War re-enactors, view hands-on exhibits and watch these stories come to life from 1 to 3 p.m.! Meet at Frying Pan Farm Park Meeting House: 2615 Centreville Rd, Herndon For information, call 703-437-9101.

Choice Plants for Small GardensClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Tour the gardens at Green Spring with curatorial horticulturist Brenda Skarphol to learn about woody and herbaceous plants for small gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. Discover how to use these plants to create vibrant spaces. The cost is $15. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Behind the Scenes, White Glove TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a journey through the collections of Sully Historic Site from 1 to 2 p.m. Try on white gloves to handle select objects. Visitors get up close and personal to objects used by the families who lived at Sully in the past. The cost is $8 per person. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Monday, April 27

Nature Quest-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Be a part of this naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. Children learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Tuesday, April 28

Hillwood Gardens & Tea, Washington, DCClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Tour the gardens of Hillwood Estate in Washington, DC on a day trip that leaves Green Spring Gardens at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m.  Walk through Hillwood’s spring gardens and mansion, then savor afternoon tea at its cafe. The cost is $98 and includes motor coach, entrance fee, tour and afternoon tea.  The trip cancelation deadline is April 13.  For information, call 703-642-5173. 

Wednesday, April 29

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers can explore Frying Pan Farm Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and get involved in hands on activities including games, demonstrations, animal encounters, crafts and short hikes. Topics include animal superstitions, vernal pools, and gardens. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Thursday, April 30

Homeschool: NaturalistClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your home-school student or group for hands-on fun learning designed to enrich your understanding of Fairfax County’s natural environment at Riverbend Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Take a hike with a naturalist, learn about plants that were used for dye, play environmentally fun games and make a nature craft to take home and enhance the habitat in your own yard. The cost is $12 per child. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Songs of SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify the calls and songs of many park animals through hands-on activities and hikes at Huntley Meadows Park from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Learn about hawk hymns, the owl orchestra and amphibian anthems. The cost is $8 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Homeschool Day at SullyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Sully hosts Homeschool Day for children ages 5-12 years old from 10 a.m. - noon. Bring your home school student or group for hands-on fun 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 per student and $5 per chaperone. Registration deadline is April 27. For information, call 703-437-1794.

   

Sunday, March 1

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday ExtravaganzaClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalists at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. as they share the tales of ‘Yertle the Turtle’, ‘Gertrude McFuzz’ and others, showing hat real woodland creatures share some of the same talents. Meet live animals and make crafts. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Speak for the TreesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a reading of The Lorax at E.C. Lawrence Park from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Make a Lorax craft and learn how trees help people. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
Watch as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire at Colvin Run Mill from noon to 2 p.m. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over fresh baked cornbread, while supplies last. Price of $5 includes pre-season mill open-house admission. Call 703-759-2771.

Appetite for Art Tea Program
Experience a sumptuous selection of food-filled masterpieces which depict the rituals, customs and symbolism of dining through the ages at Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3 p.m. Reservations are required. The cost is $32 per person and includes a full English tea following the program. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Winter Lecture: Teaming with NutrientsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take your gardening skills up a notch by optimizing plant nutrition at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Jeff Lowenfels explains how plants eat and what to feed them (not just N-P-K.). You will be rewarded with an organic garden that is the envy of the neighborhood. The cost is $10 per person in advance and $12 at the door. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Wednesday, March 4

Your Home: NaturallyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about forage cuisine at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Make your home and life more Earth-friendly by using items you already have. A naturalist will share steps you can take to make your home a healthier, more natural and environmentally friendly sanctuary. The cost is $8 per person. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, March 6

Wood Frogs!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The wood frogs are breeding in the vernal pools! Assist in collecting and releasing frogs and recording data for our amphibian survey at E.C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wear water-proof boots and bring flash lights. Please register an adult with your child. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, March 7

Family Woodcock WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for an evening walk through the woods to one of the large meadows at Huntley Meadows Park from 6 to 7:30 pm. March 7 and 7:30 to 9 p.m. on March 21. We'll listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. Bring a flashlight. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Snake and Turtle FeedingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by our animal caretaker at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 3 to 4 p.m. At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wake Up Sleepy Heads! Puppet Show & Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in getting our winter-sleeping puppet animals to rise and shine for springtime at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2 p.m. Springtime is really just around the corner and animals in the wild will be waking up! Make a simple craft and enjoy a refreshing wagon ride through the meadow. The cost is $10. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Garden Under Glass: Terrarium WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Shake off the winter chill by creating a garden under glass at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Miniature plants, lush mosses, stones and whimsical figures will bring a smile and remind you of warmer days. Care instructions included. The cost is $38 per person plus a supply fee of $25. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Rainforest to Candy ShopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Did you know that rainforest monkeys and lizards help us have foods like chocolate? Learn how at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. Investigate raw ingredients in your favorite sweets and pick a favorite from chocolate samples from around the world. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Garden Sprouts: Hot and ColdClick to Register with Parktakes Online
While it’s winter in Virginia, it’s summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Children ages 5 and up can learn why seasons differ around the globe at Green Spring Gardens from 11 a.m. to noon. Sample chocolaty treats, both icy and hot! Enjoy a story about chocolate, then scout the gardens for signs of winter and spring. Register online. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, March 8

40th Anniversary Birding for BeginnersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Sharpen your waterfowl identification skills while birding with a park naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park from 8 to 11 a.m. Learn about the history of the park’s nest box program for wood ducks and hooded mergansers. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Reptile & Amphibian ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the RAC and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs and salamanders at E.C. Lawrence Park from 3 to 4 p.m. Learn new facts, encounter live animals and discover their habitats in the park. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Winter Lecture: Hellstrip GardeningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Improve that patch of old turf on the street side of the sidewalk by growing a “hellstrip” garden. Evelyn Hadden offers guidance at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on turning languishing, neighborhood parking strips into thriving, curbside gardens. Hadden addresses street trees, plants, poor soil, laws and covenants and pedestrian traffic. The cost is $10 per person in advance and $12 at the door. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks BridgeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Tuesday, March 10

Civil War Lecture Robert E. Lee
As we near the end of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Sully Historic Site hosts its annual spring lecture series sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. in memory of Thom F. Hanes, one of the original founders. Program runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Wednesday, March 11

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night at Frying Pan Farm Park from 7 to 8 p.m. Dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Thursday, March 12

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night at Frying Pan Farm Park from 7 to 8 p.m. Dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Kids’ Korner: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children ages four to six explore nature or history at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft included. The topic for March is wind. This one-hour program is offered at 1 p.m. on March 12 and 10 a.m. on March 14. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, March 13

Campfire Fridays: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come along for a night of campfire, s’mores, animals, and so much more! Each night features a different topic and different areas of the park that we visit. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, March 14

Kids’ Korner: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children ages four to six explore nature or history at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft included. The topic for March is wind. This one-hour program is offered at 1 p.m. on March 12 and 10 a.m. on March 14. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Park Manager Walk and Talk
Join Huntley Meadows Park Manager Kevin Munroe on a walk and talk through the park from 3 to 5 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.

Evening Woodcock WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take an evening stroll through the forest to one of the park’s largest meadows at Huntley Meadows Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. We’ll listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. Bring a flashlight. Canceled if raining. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire Saturdays at Royal LakeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
A naturalist guided adventure awaits as you explore woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Royal Lake Park. Enjoy some s’mores around a campfire and learn about lakeside fishing. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Go Green Campfire!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a green celebration, both of green forest creatures and being “green” as a forest friend at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. A naturalist will invite all to learn about being green, the origins of St. Patrick’s Day and to sing a traditional Irish tune. Make your friends green with envy as you celebrate by making s’mores. All materials provided. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Salamander Excursion/personClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Salamander Excursion/familyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Witness the first signs of spring by observing Jefferson salamander, spotted salamanders and red spotted newts breeding in vernal pools from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visit a real fossil wall and climb wood stock tower. Bring flashlights, your dinner to cook on a grill and dress for the weather. Meet at Elizabeth Furnace, Front Royal, Virginia. The cost is $20 per person and $45 per family. For information, call Ellanor C. Lawrence Park 703-631-0013.

History Symposium: Food in AmericaClick to Register with Parktakes Online
American cuisine, like the nation itself, is a melting pot. Explore historical influences on the American dinner table through lectures, exhibits and living history at Green Spring Gardens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Distinguished guest speakers discuss the influence on America’s palate of African food traditions, European culinary techniques, food technology innovations and more. View classic American cooking films and enjoy a rousing living history performance of legendary celebrity chef Julia Child. Lunch is included. Call site for vegetarian request. The cost is $75. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Watershed Clean-Up Day
Join individuals, students, families, scouts and other community groups from 9 a.m. to noon as they remove rubbish from creeks and streams In the Potomac River Watershed. Collect tires, bed springs, bottles, cans and other debris from local waterways. Wear boots and old clothes and bring gloves. Trash bags and appreciation provided. Call to reserve a section of the watershed.
Cub Run RECenter: 703-817-9407
Hidden Oaks Nature Center: 703-941-1065
Hidden Pond Nature Center: 703-451-9588
Huntley Meadows Park: 703-768-2525
Lake Fairfax: 703-471-5415
Riverbend Park: 703-759-9018
E.C. Lawrence Park: 703-631-0013
Lake Accotink Park, April 11: 703-569-3464

Sunday, March 15

Winter Lecture: Plants I Haven’t KilledClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Horticulturalist Sandy McDougle has been testing perennial plants for years looking for the most stalwart. Having found new candidates to replace her dead victims, she will share with you at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. perennials that have the potential to thrive, despite her best efforts. The cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Go Green: Shamrocks & SnakesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate St. Patricks’ Day with Irish stories, music and the legend of why there are no snakes in Ireland. Meet several snakes which live here, not there at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:15 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wear Green CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill wearing your best green this Saint Patrick’s Day at E.C. Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and help find all things wearing green in the meadow. Return to a campfire to toast marshmallows. Please be sure to register an adult with your child. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Floral Design: Catch the Irish SpiritClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Irish or not, you can enjoy the spirit of the day. Join floral design instructor Chuck Mason at Green Spring Gardens from 2:30 to 4 p.m. as he helps you create an arrangement with an Irish spirit using decorative greens and flowers. A leprechaun may even leave a bit of gold. The cost is $38 per person plus a $25 supply fee. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks BridgeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Tuesday, March 17

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night at Frying Pan Farm Park from 7 to 8 p.m. Dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Wednesday, March 18

Your Home: NaturallyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about forage cuisine at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Make your home and life more Earth-friendly by using items you already have. A naturalist will share steps you can take to make your home a healthier, more natural and environmentally friendly sanctuary. The cost is $8 per person. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Nature Tots at WalneyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler to explore nature through the sight, sound, smell and touch of Spring at E.C. Lawrence Park from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Program includes both indoor and outdoor activities. Adult must be able to participate with children. The cost is $4 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, March 19

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
When evening shadows spread over Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night at Frying Pan Farm Park from 7 to 8 p.m. Dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, March 20

Family Nature NightClick 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 many park habitats and diverse wildlife through activities, crafts, games and walks. Please the call park for topic. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-768-2525.

S’more Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley at E.C. Lawrence Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about other aspects of the areas’ 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. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Garden Talk: CompostingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Don’t drag your garden and yard waste out to the curb week after week. Learn how to turn it into compost or black gold at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Master Gardeners show you the right way to make rich, nutrient-filled compost that plants love. The cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, March 21

Easter Eggstravaganza: Enjoy the Fun at Frying Pan Farm ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages one to six can hunt for eggs full of treats and prizes starting at 10 a.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Weather decisions will be made by 8 a.m. and a rain date is set on March 22. The cost is just $6 per child. Call 703-437-2771.

Family Woodcock WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for an evening walk through the woods to one of the large meadows at Huntley Meadows Park from 6 to 7:30 pm. March 7 and 7:30 to 9 p.m. on March 21. We'll listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. Bring a flashlight. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire Saturdays at Lake AccotinkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
A naturalist guided adventure awaits as you explore woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Enjoy some s’mores around a campfire and learn about fishing. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Boardwalk AstronomyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
What’s new in the night sky? Join a Huntley Meadows Park naturalist as they take you on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in TonightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Hidden Oaks naturalist calling in these amazing night gliders and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Campfire with the ConstellationsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill and talk about stars around a warm campfire from 8 to 9 p.m. Then head out into the meadow with a naturalist to learn how to identify the early summer constellations. Please be sure to register an adult with your child. The cost is $6. For information, call Ellanor C. Lawrence Park 703-631-0013.

Workshop: Decorating Birdhouse GourdsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Turn a gourd into a beautiful, crafted birdhouse for your feathered friends at Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Green Spring educator Susan Eggerton shows you a stencil, wood burning, and ink dye technique to free your decorative imagination and turn a plain gourd into a work of art. The cost is $35 for the program plus a $25 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & BlossomsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. on March 21 and 25 and from 11 a.m. to noon on March 22. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $5. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, March 22

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & BlossomsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. on March 21 and 25 and from 11 a.m. to noon on March 22. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $5. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Animal Egg Mobile WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children 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. All materials provided. Children must be accompanied by adult. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Fashion Show: Kyoto Costume Institute Tea Program
Travel to Japan with our slideshow showcasing the fabulous collection of one of the world’s leading repositories of Western haute couture, the Kyoto Costume Institute. At Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3 p.m., learn about KCI’s mission to research three centuries of Western fashion and provide cultural exchange through international exhibits. After the program, enjoy a traditional English tea. Reservations are required. The cost is $32 per person and includes a full English tea following the program. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Wednesday, March 25

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & BlossomsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. on March 21 and 25 and from 11 a.m. to noon on March 22. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $5. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Thursday, March 26

Salamander CrawlClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Late march is the most wonderful time of year for our resident salamanders! They come out in droves to meet up and lay eggs for next year’s population. A naturalist presents live specimens and leads you on safari to find these elusive, colorful, and often overlooked critters at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Downton Abbey LectureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
How accurate is Downton Abbey in its depiction of the interconnected lives of aristocrats and their servants 100 years ago? Hear about the grim realities of life for domestic servants and the true nature of their relationships with their employers. Discuss whether the popular TV show provides real historical insight or rose-tinted historical fiction from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Register online. The cost is $15. Light refreshments served. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Friday, March 27

Barred Owls CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy an evening hike and campfire to learn about owls at E.C. Lawrence Park from 6 to 7 p.m. Meet our resident barred owl. Then return to a warm campfire to roast marshmallows. Meet at Cabell's Mill. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Rockhounders- Spring SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and enjoy a hands-on approach to geology that includes rock and mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, March 28

Easter Egg Hunt: Clemyjontri ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come out for kid-friendly Easter fun including egg hunts, crafts, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and other activities at Clemyjontri Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Egg hunts are divided by age and run every 30 minutes. Pre-registration is required. Carousel rides are also available for just $1.75 per child. The rain date is March 29. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-388-2807.

Easter Egg Hunt: SullyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to seven can hunt for Easter eggs at Sully Historic Site starting at noon. Join the egg roll, visit baby animals, see the Easter Bunny and make a craft. Bring your own basket. The cost is $6 per child. The rain date is March 29. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Dinosaur Egg HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to eight can stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting dinoland in Nature Playce. Make a dino craft to take home. Both dates run from noon to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. Program is canceled in case of rain. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks BridgeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

40th Anniversary: Spring Symphony StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Huntley Meadows 40th anniversary by joining park naturalists for a delightful evening walk . You can listen for sounds of spring including woodcocks, frogs, owls and more from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dress for the weather and going off trail. Please bring a flashlight. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Meet at the South King’s Hwy., parking area. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, please call 703-768-2525.

Backyard Bird FeedingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Park Manager Kevin Munroe at Huntley Meadows Park from 2 to 3:30 p.m. as he shares his tips and tricks for backyard bird feeding - the best feeders, bird baths, native plants, landscaping for wildlife and how to deal with squirrels. Learn what to feed and plant for each season and leave with a list of native plants for every month of the year. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Pre-Qingming Tasting PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come sample different types of special-production Pre-Qingming teas and assess their qualities at Historic Green Spring from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Chinese festival of Qingming venerates ancestors and celebrates the newly-unfolding greenery of spring. Tea leaves that are plucked before Qingming are prized for their delicacy and subtle nuances. The cost is $25 per person. Register online. Call 703-941-7987.

Photography as Zen ArtClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enhance your photographic vision and produce more meaningful images using a beautiful garden as inspiration at Green Spring Gardens from 9:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. This program incorporates Zen creative practices with photography basics to enable you to find beauty wherever you are and capture images that reflect your true nature. Students must bring a digital camera and tripod and have a means of sending digital images. There are four 3½-hour lessons in this program. The cost is $133 per person. Register online. For more information, please call 703-642-5173.

Multiplying Garden Treasures: CuttingsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to take cuttings following simple techniques demonstrated by staff horticulturist Nancy Olney from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Learn strategies for successful rooting as you take one plant and transform it into drifts of many. Take the starters home to expand your collection. The cost is $22 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Pairing Premium Teas & Chocolates
Sip premium teas and savor the decadent delights of a variety of chocolates – white, milk, semi-sweet, bittersweet and extra dark from 1 to 3 pm. Learn a bit of history, the respective growing regions of tea and chocolate and how to pair tea and chocolate successfully to bring out the best of both. Sample some treats made with tea and chocolate. A take home tea sampler is included. Presented by Certified Tea Specialist and Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden. The cost is $30 per person. Ages 16+. Reservations required by by 3/23. To reserve, call 703-759-2771.

Sunday, March 29

Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Fairfax ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children one to seven years old can hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures at Lake Fairfax Park starting at 11 a.m. Pre-paid reservations are required. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Dinosaur Egg HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages two to eight can stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting dinoland in Nature Playce. Make a dino craft to take home. Both dates run from noon to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. Program is canceled in case of rain. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Build Your own Bat HouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bats help eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants, but they are having a hard time. Help these important animals thrive by building a bat house to hang in your yard at Riverbend Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $8 per person plus $15 per bat house paid to instructor on the day of the program. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Choice Flowering Trees for SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join curatorial horticulturist Brenda Skarphol at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. for a tour through the gardens to view glorious spring flowering trees like magnolia, redbud, juneberry, and ornamental cherry and plum that provide structure and shade in the garden. Cultural requirements, design ideas and mature size are discussed. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, March 31

Butterfly GardeningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a presentation by a Riverbend naturalist on butterflies, host plants for their caterpillars and nectar plant suggestions at Riverbend Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn techniques for attracting these garden jewels and area butterfly gardens you can visit. The cost is $12 per person. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Weekend Highlights

Saturday, April 18

Amphibian Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Gather around a campfire, make s’mores and learn about our native amphibians at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. See some animals first hand and talk about their habits and habitats. Please be sure to register an adult with your child. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Spring Campfire Saturdays at Royal Lake Click to Register with Parktakes Online
A naturalist guided adventure awaits as you explore woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Royal Lake Park. Enjoy some s’mores around a campfire and learn about amphibians. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Entry Gardens: Designing for Curb Appeal Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn the formula for a beautiful entry garden: plant selection, creating focus, screening views, complementing architecture and hardscaping at Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Garden designer Amy Knotts Neiberline answers your design questions and shares dos and don’ts for creating a beautiful front yard. The cost is $22. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Floral Design: Lush Spring Bulbs Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Envision springtime indoors with a lush, pastel arrangement of daffodils, hyacinth, iris, tulips, and roses. Floral designer Rachel Gang teaches you the creative process and shows experienced arrangers how to take design to the next level at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $35 plus a $25 supply fee. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Pu-Ehr Tea Tasting Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the unique characteristics of Pu-Ehr teas as you taste several quality vintage brews at Green Spring Gardens from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Pu-Erh tea is one of China’s great treasures but relatively unknown in the West. A complex maturation process yields a tea unlike any other in the world that shares many attributes with fine wine. The cost is $25. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Tree Trek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist Jim Dewing on a search for the biggest, oldest, and rarest trees in our forest from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how we care for them. The cost is $6. Call 703-631-0013.

Earth Day Celebration Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Earth Day by learning about the changing environment, composting and green practices at E.C. Lawrence Park from 11 to noon. The festivities end by recycling household materials into fun new items. The cost is $5. Call 703-631-0013.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist PJ Dunn hiking trails after dark at Huntley Meadows Park from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., listening for owls, beavers and night animals. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

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. Participants meet in the close end of the first large parking lot on the left, off of Lake Accotink Access Road, which is off of Highland Avenue. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Sketch Hike: Spring Ephemerals Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on spring wildflowers and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per person. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Wetland Watchers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Parent and child take a walk to the Huntley Meadows wetland with stories and a scavenger hunt to look at real world examples of nature getting ready for the coming season from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dress for the weather. Accompanying adult does not pay. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, April 19

The Very Very Fun Storybook Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy popular stories by author Eric Carle at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. as we act out being hungry caterpillars munching through some of the storybook treats and meet not-so-grouchy ladybugs. Miss Spider will even join us for tea! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call one week in advance with any dietary restrictions. The cost is $10 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, April 25

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. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Naturalist’s Choice ‘Behind the Scenes’ Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Huntley Meadows Park 40th anniversary by taking a tour of some off-the-beaten-path, seldom-seen places with a park naturalist from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 11, cost $8, and from 10 a.m. to noon on April 25, cost $7. Dress for going off trail. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Wildflowers, Tinctures, Teas and Vinegar Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a hike and learn about healing and edible plants that grow in Riverbend Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Collect plants to create healing teas, tinctures, and vinegars. Each participant brings home a tincture or vinegar. The cost is $20 plus a supply fee of $7, payable to the instructor at class time. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Sketch Hike: Birds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on birds, and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, April 26

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

Jane Austen: Strictly Ballroom Tea Program
In Austen’s fiction, a ball was the ultimate venue for courtship. Under cover of music and the footwork of a dance, young people talked and touched in flirtatious ways not permitted elsewhere. Hear about the protocol, passion and “felicities of rapid motion” that characterized the Austen-era ball at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Program followed by a full English tea. Reservations required. The cost is $32. For information, call 703-941-7987.

These Walls are Talking: Civil War Stories
Go back to 1861 when Frying Pan Meeting House served as a field hospital. Learn about the Pamunkey Indians’ role in the war, serving as pilots and scouts on Union gunboats that traversed Virginia waterways. Pamunkey women aided Union soldiers who encamped near the community throughout the war. Listen to Pamunkey and Civil War re-enactors, view hands-on exhibits and watch these stories come to life from 1 to 3 p.m.! Meet at Frying Pan Farm Park Meeting House: 2615 Centreville Rd, Herndon For information, call 703-437-9101.

Choice Plants for Small Gardens Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Tour the gardens at Green Spring with curatorial horticulturist Brenda Skarphol to learn about woody and herbaceous plants for small gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. Discover how to use these plants to create vibrant spaces. The cost is $15. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Behind the Scenes, White Glove Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a journey through the collections of Sully Historic Site from 1 to 2 p.m. Try on white gloves to handle select objects. Visitors get up close and personal to objects used by the families who lived at Sully in the past. The cost is $8 per person. For information, call 703-437-1794.


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