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Monday, February 1

Little Acorns-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to three and their accompanying adult can share natureís wonders at Hidden Oaks Nature Center through finger plays, stories, activities, and outdoor exploration. The 45-minute classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Topics include: 2/1 Groundhogs; 2/8 Valentines; 2/22 Birds in Winter; 2/29 Celebrating Dr. Seuss. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, February 2

Wednesday, February 3

Exhibit Ė Santa Through the Ages
The story of Santa is an endearing one and famous world-wide. Discover the history behind this jolly old elf at Sully Historic Site. This colorful case exhibit depicts Santa through a variety of objects. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Thursday, February 4

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Friday, February 5

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, February 6

Premium Tea and Chocolate Pairing Ė Back by Popular Demand!
This delectable seminar is a Valentineís tradition at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Sip premium teas from 1 to 3 p.m. and savor a variety of chocolates. Hear a bit of history and learn to pair tea and chocolate. A take-home tea sampler is included. Certified Tea Specialist Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden presents this program for attendees 16 and older. The cost is $30 per person and reservations are required by February 3. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Washington Gardener Seed Exchange - Subscribers and FROGSClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Washington Gardener Seed Exchange - GuestsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Washington Gardener Magazine is co-hosting the 11th annual Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens with lectures, face-to-face seed swaps and expert planting advice. The event is for adults and runs from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The cost is $15 for verified Friends of Green Spring members (FROGS) and WG subscribers; $20 for guests. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Chinese New Year: Celebrate the Year of the Monkey In Traditional FashionClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with traditional games and stories from 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Paint your Chinese zodiac animal, make a monkey craft and participate in a lion dance. This program is for participants age three to adult, and the cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

Evening WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to join naturalist P.J. Dunn at Huntley Meadows Park to hike the trails after dark, looking and listening for owls, beavers and other night animals. Hike from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Winter Tree ID Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Huntley Meadows Park to learn winter tree identification basics, and go for a hike to practice new skills. The program runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and is designed for participants ages 12 to adult. The cost is $7. Call 703-768-2525.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, February 7

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
Itís sugaring time at Colvin Run Mill. From noon to 2 p.m. watch as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire. Sample maple syrup on fresh baked cornbread -- while supplies last. Dress for the weather. The cost is $5 per person. No reservations are required. Call 703-759-2771 for more information.

Winter Lecture: Natives in Containers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Native plants in containers on a balcony or patio can provide food for a surprising number of insects and birds. Plantswoman Julie Borneman comes to Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to teach adults how to beautify and increase the wildlife value of any space by container gardening with native plants. The cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Birding for Beginners: Winter BirdsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the winter birds found in Huntley Meadows Park and gain some basic identification skills from 8 to 11 a.m. This program is for participants ages 12 to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Children ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Winter Hike-Marvelous MeadowsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a winter nature walk from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Look for hawks, waterfowl, bluebirds and finches while exploring native meadows and wetland overlooks. The hike is for participants age seven to adult and begins at the South Kings Highway entrance. The cost is $6 per person, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Astronomy CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire at Burke Lake Park, learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars, and savor símores from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This program is for participants ages three to adult and is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703- 323-6600.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Monday, February 8

Little Acorns-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to three and their accompanying adult can share natureís wonders at Hidden Oaks Nature Center through finger plays, stories, activities, and outdoor exploration. The 45-minute classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Topics include: 2/1 Groundhogs; 2/8 Valentines; 2/22 Birds in Winter; 2/29 Celebrating Dr. Seuss. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Nature Quest-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, children ages three to seven can 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 $7 per child. Call 703-45-9588.

Little Hands on the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to the Visitors Center at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about farm animals and chores. Enjoy a story, craft or game. Sessions for children age two to three run 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Classes for three- to five-year-olds run from 11 to 11: 45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Reservations are required, and an adult must attend with the child. Call 703-437-9101.

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to five enjoy nature-themed activities and adults can meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A staff member directs games and activities. The cost is $6 per child, and an adult must attend with the child. Call 703-642-5173.

Pohick Rangers Frozen OverClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Get outside this winter at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Join fellow Pohick Rangers from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. to go on adventures, play games and explore the woods. This is just like the Rangers series class, but children ages 8 to 12 can come to one or all three. Topics vary. The cost is $8 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, February 9

Wednesday, February 10

Nature Tots at Walney Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler, age two or three, to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 10:15 to 11 a.m. to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch in this monthly program. The cost is $4 per child. An adult must attend. Call 703-631-0013.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Thursday, February 11

Kidsí Korner - Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers ages three to six explore nature or history once a month, accompanied by an adult, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2 p.m. An outdoor activity and craft are included. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Genealogy - Where Do You Come From?Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Historic Huntley at Huntley Meadows Park from 7:30 to 9 p.m. to learn some tips and tricks to start your genealogical exploration. This program is for adults, and the cost is $30 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center, and worms and insects are on the menu. Children two and older can help our naturalist care for the centerís animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $4 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Friday, February 12

Animal ValentinesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children two to six can play musical valentines , meet live animals, play games, make a valentine craft and learn how animals find a mate at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. The event runs from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. on February 12 and 1 to 1:45 p.m. on February 14. The cost is $6 per child, and children must come with an adult. Call 703- 941-1065.

Flora Fauna Formulas: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to Huntley Meadows Park for a closer look at the fascinating dependencies between plants and animals. Each walk and discussion runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and features a different flora-fauna pair. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Herb GardeningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens will offer advice from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on choosing the best herbs and teach you how to make them flourish in your garden or container. This talk for adults is $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Tracking the Wild CreatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn different ways to identify and track animals at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children ages 6 to 12 will venture into the woods and stream valley. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Campfire Fridays: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and enjoy a campfire, símores, animals and more. The monthly winter program features a different topic each time and different areas of the park are visited. This event is for participants ages two to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, February 13

Animal Sweetheartís Dance - agest 3 - 5Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Animal Sweetheartís Dance - ages 6 - 10Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for dancing, refreshments, crafts and live animals at the social event of Hidden Pondís winter season. Children ages three to five are invited from 10 a.m. to noon, and children ages six to ten dance from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $8 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Floral Design: Valentine Topiary Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Floral Design: Valentine Topiary Supply FeeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens and create a stunning topiary of fresh cut flowers, greens, and Valentineís trim to keep or give to a loved one. This workshop for adults runs 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $38 per person, plus a $25 supply fee. Please register for both. Call 703-642-5173.

Astronomy FestivalClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Riverbend Park for guided star gazing, telescopic views, games, and ancient star stories around the campfire from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hot chocolate and snacks can be purchased. The event will be cancelled for rain or snow. The cost is $6 online; $7 at the door. Call 703-759-9018.

Starting From Scratch with SeedsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Grow flowers, vegetables and herbs from seed. Green Spring Gardens propagator and horticulturist Judy Zatsick discusses potting mixes, containers, seed treatments, lighting, fertilization, watering, seed sources and timing. Then take home a few seeds to start your own collection. This event for adults runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The cost is $22 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Live Raptors Program Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet live hawks and owls when the Raptor Conservancy brings a few feathered friends to Green Spring Gardens. Learn about the lifecycle, hunting and flying skills of these impressive birds and how you can help them survive. The program from 1 to 2 p.m. is for participants age five and older. Children must come with an adult. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Unplug at the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Leave technology behind and enjoy a natural family adventure at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park designed for those ages two and older. Search for birds and mammals this winter and other plants and critters as the seasons change. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. The program runs from 1 to 2 p.m. and costs $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

To Build a FireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and learn the science and art of building a fire. Test your skill with primitive fire bows and modern fire-making techniques. This event is for participants age eight to adult and runs from 3 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the naturalist at Hidden Oaks to look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center, and learn how you can encourage them to visit your yard. The program runs from 7 to 8 p.m. and is designed for participants ages four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703- 941-1065.

Sketch Hike: Winter Trees and LandscapesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler at Huntley Meadows Park to learn sketching techniques and enhance your observation skills. The hike is designed for participants age 10 to adult and runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, February 14

Animal ValentinesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children two to six can play musical valentines, meet live animals, play games, make a valentine craft and learn how animals find a mate at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. The event runs from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. on February 12 and 1 to 1:45 p.m. on February 14. The cost is $6 per child, and children must come with an adult. Call 703- 941-1065.

Valentine Tea and PoetryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy poetry, tea and cookies at Ellanor C. Lawrence Parkís Machen Farm from 2:30 to 4 p.m. A costumed interpreter shares a mystery love poem and invites you to write your own. Leave with your poem framed in childhood Valentine-card style. This event for participants age four to adult costs $10. Call 703-631-0013.

Valentineís Day Tea: Royal Romances
Adults can celebrate royal love stories throughout history, from Anthony and Cleopatra to William and Kate, at Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3 p.m. Hear about passion in the palace, scandalous liaisons, and royal romances that changed history. Enjoy a special Valentineís tea menu and favor bag. Reservations are required. The cost is $45 per person. Call 703-941-7987.

Winter Lecture: The History of SpicesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
For centuries, humans have lusted after pepper, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg, changing lives and fortunes forever. At Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., science educator Todd Brethauer will discuss their botany, biogeography, production, processing and trade. This lecture is for adults. The cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. Call 703-642-5173.

Preamble Scramble and Presidential Trivia
Celebrate George Washington's Day weekend at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by rediscovering the Declaration of Independence and early American presidential and political trivia. Discover what the presidents had for pets. Play fun games such as our own Preamble Scramble, included with your tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. The event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Call 703-437-1794.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Monday, February 15

Madisonís Escape Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bundle up at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for a Presidentsí Day wagon ride and learn about President James Madisonís escape across the Potomac during the War of 1812. This program is for participants age five to adult and will be canceled in the event of bad weather. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, February 16

Wednesday, February 17

Pohick Puddle Jumpers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Nature lovers ages three to six can become Pohick Rangers at Hidden Pond Nature Center and enjoy hands-on exploration of the natural world from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Indoor and outdoor activities are planned, and topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Thursday, February 18

Nature Quest-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, children ages three to seven can 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 $7 per child. Call 703-45-9588.

Penguins and Polar BearsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Why do penguins and polar bears never meet, and how do penguins keep eggs warm? Through activities from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, children age two to five will learn about these creatures and their chilly homes. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703- 941-1065.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Friday, February 19

Fireside StoriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age three to six can gather around an imaginary indoor campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and listen to non-scary stories. The event runs from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703- 941-1065.

Girl Scout Sleepover at Dranesville Tavern
Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts will take a historic tour of Dranesville Tavern starting at 6 p.m. and then play games and participate in activities with a Riverbend Park naturalist as their guide. Participants should bring sleeping bags, flashlights and a picnic dinner. Paid adult chaperones must accompany scouts at all times. The program ends at 9 a.m. after a light breakfast, which is included in the $25 cost. This event is for females only. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, February 20

Discover the EcoSavvy Symposium: Water-Wise GardeningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Water is a finite natural resource that demands bold conservation efforts. Come to Green Spring Gardens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn practical, water-wise gardening techniques and creative solutions to conserve, capture, contain and sustain this precious natural resource. This symposium is designed for adults and costs $70 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

The Work of Their Hands - ages 5 - 15Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The Work of Their Hands - ages 16 or olderClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the contributions of the African American enslaved community at Sully Historic site. Tour the main house, kitchen/laundry and representative slave quarter. Hour-long programs begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The cost for children 5 to 15 is $6 per child, and the cost for those age 16 and older is $8 per person. Call 703-437-1794.

Feeding Day!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist and youth volunteers at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to search for worms and insects and help feed our site display animals. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. The program from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Please register an adult with your child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Secret ForestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn the winter secrets of our lovely evergreen cedar forest at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and the surprises held within. Participants age two to adult can discover how helping the land to heal may help you and your community. The program runs from 5 to 6 p.m., and the cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Native American ArcheryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 8 to 12 can learn to use bows and arrows and learn about three different Native American tribes through hands-on activities. This program meets three consecutive Saturdays at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $24 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Evening StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a naturalist-led stroll through Huntley Meadows Park from 5 to 7 p.m. to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. The event is for participants age six to adult. The cost is $7. Call 703-768-2525.

Campfire Saturdays: Royal Lake WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adventure awaits at this evening campfire at Royal Lake from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Guided by a naturalist, explore woodland and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides. The program for participants age three to adult ends with a cozy campfire. Bring whatever you like to roast; símores are provided. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8702.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, February 21

Night Hike CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a nighttime walk with a naturalist to search for wildlife at Burke Lake Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The hike for participants age three to adult concludes with a campfire and símores. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. Call 703- 323-6600.

Where Are All The AnimalsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore how animals survive the winter with a puppet show, live animals and a craft at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. This program is for children age three to eight. The cost is $5. Call 703- 941-1065.

Winter Lecture: Mt. Cuba Plant TrialsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens to hear about Mt. Cuba Centerís ongoing trials of native plants from the centerís education and research director, Eileen Boyle. Find out which are shaping up to be the best performers and the most beneficial to wildlife. This lecture is for adults and runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. Call 703-642-5173.

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
Itís sugaring time at Colvin Run Mill. From noon to 2 p.m. watch as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire. Sample maple syrup on fresh baked cornbread -- while supplies last. Dress for the weather. The cost is $5 per person. No reservations are required. Call 703-759-2771 for more information.

Technology Tour at Walney Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Ellanor C. Lawrence Park historians and learn about the types of technology the Machen family used to improve their lives in the 1800s and the types of technology we use in its place. This tour is for participants ages six to adult and runs from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Monday, February 22

Little Acorns-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to three and their accompanying adult can share natureís wonders at Hidden Oaks Nature Center through finger plays, stories, activities, and outdoor exploration. The 45-minute classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Topics include: 2/1 Groundhogs; 2/8 Valentines; 2/22 Birds in Winter; 2/29 Celebrating Dr. Seuss. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Nature Quest-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, children ages three to seven can 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 $7 per child. Call 703-45-9588.

Little Hands on the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to the Visitors Center at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about farm animals and chores. Enjoy a story, craft or game. Sessions for children age two to three run 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Classes for three- to five-year-olds run from 11 to 11: 45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Reservations are required, and an adult must attend with the child. Call 703-437-9101.

Live Animal Lunchtime!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your lunch to Huntley Meadows Park from noon to 1:30 p.m. and dine with a special animal guest -- a snake, turtle or toad. Learn about their diet, adaptations and habitat through crafts and hands-on learning for adults and children age three and older. Dessert is our treat! The cost is $8. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525 for more information

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, February 23

Wednesday, February 24

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Thursday, February 25

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Friday, February 26

Flora Fauna Formulas: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to Huntley Meadows Park for a closer look at the fascinating dependencies between plants and animals. Each walk and discussion runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and features a different flora-fauna pair. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Small Space Veggie GardeningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Let the Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens show you how to grow vegetables in limited space. This program for adults runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Call 703-642-5173.

Rockhounders Winter SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Hidden Pond Nature Center naturalist Kyle for a fun perspective on nature as he delves into different topics with outdoor explorations and live animals. This program for children age 6 to 12 meets from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588 for more information.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, February 27

Beginning BeekeepingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about beekeeping from Mount Vernonís beekeeper, John Ferree. Come to Green Spring Gardens to learn hive-management basics and get your beekeeping questions answered. This class for adults meets indoors and outdoors and runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $12. Call 703-642-5173 for more information.

Animal ScientistsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your six to ten-year-old child from 2 to 3 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for animal adventure and fun, including forest hikes, examining pond creatures, or meeting exhibit animals. Children investigate and discover first-hand animal biology, adaptation and habitats. Topics vary. The cost is $5 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Birds Around Us Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to examine beaks, feathers, nests and talons and explore the avian world that lives around us. Participants age two and older can find out about bird lifecycles, migration patterns and adaptations. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Home Made Bird Feeders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring empty milk jugs or two-liter bottles to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 11 a.m. to noon and turn them into bird feeders. Get tips for feeding birds and learn to identify common birds that visit home bird feeders. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. This program for participants age two to adult is $5 per person. Register an adult with your child. Call 703-631-0013.

Hot Dog, Símores! Wagon Ride & Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and enjoy roasted turkey hot dogs and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley to learn about the areaís history. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments and símores. Bring your own drinks and sides. This event for participants age two to adult costs $10 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Animal Pajama PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age three to six can put on their PJs and come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the centerís live animals. The party from 7 to 7:45 p.m. is $4 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703- 941-1065.

Tune into Nature NewsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Get the latest eco-updates throughout Huntleyís habitats. Donít miss each unique broadcast and walk at Huntley Meadows Park from 4 to 6 p.m. for participants age eight to adult. Children ages 8 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $7. Call 703-768-2525.

Evening Woodcock WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited on an evening stroll through Huntley Meadows Park to listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. The walk from 5:30 to 7 p.m. costs $6. Bring a flashlight. The walk will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire Saturdays: Lake Accotink WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Evening campfire adventures await at Lake Accotink Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as you explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist. The program for participants ages three to adult ends with a cozy campfire. Bring whatever you like to roast; símores are provided. Topics vary each week. The cost is $8 per person. Meet at the marina. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, February 28

Live Animal Lunchtime!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your lunch to Huntley Meadows Park from noon to 1:30 p.m. and dine with a special animal guest -- a snake, turtle or toad. Learn about their diet, adaptations and habitat through crafts and hands-on learning for adults and children age three and older. Dessert is our treat! The cost is $8. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525 for more information

Winter Lecture: Garden Design from NatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, leaders in ecological landscape design, reveal how plants fit together in nature and how you can use this knowledge to create a home landscape that is resilient, beautiful, and diverse. This groundbreaking idea of moving from plants as individual objects to communities that work together is a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture. A book signing follows the lecture at Green Spring Gardens. This event for adults runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and the cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Leap Day Tea
Celebrate this yearís bonus day with a traditional English tea at Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn how Leap Day keeps us in alignment with the stars and hear about historic events that have happened on February 29. Discover the folklore and superstition surrounding Leap Day and ponder its implications as you plan for an extra day on your calendar. This tea is for adults, and reservations are required. The cost is $32 per person. Call 703-941-7987.

Dr. Seussí Birthday ExtravaganzaClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Naturalists at Hidden Oaks Nature Center share the tales of ďYertle the Turtle,Ē ďGertrude McFuzzĒ and other loveable characters and show that real woodland creatures share some of these creaturesí same talents. Participants age four to adult can also meet live animals and make crafts from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, please call 703- 941-1065.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Monday, February 29

Little Acorns-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to three and their accompanying adult can share natureís wonders at Hidden Oaks Nature Center through finger plays, stories, activities, and outdoor exploration. The 45-minute classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Topics include: 2/1 Groundhogs; 2/8 Valentines; 2/22 Birds in Winter; 2/29 Celebrating Dr. Seuss. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Wednesday, February 30

Holiday ConcertsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
In their annual holiday visit to Sully, IONA treats its audience to traditional Celtic music blending songs, dance turns and aires in a lively and entertaining presentation. The performance features multiple fiddling styles, dynamic dancing, driving percussion and strong vocals from all the Celtic nations. Shows will be held at 1 and 2 p.m. A house tour is included in the $12 cost, and refreshments will be served in the 18th century kitchen. Seating is limited. The program is ideal for those ages five to adult. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Thursday, February 31

New Yearís Eve Fireside Movie at the MillClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Dorothy Radford remade Cabellís Mill into a community gathering place in the 1930s. Ring in the New Year early at the mill and learn more about this intriguing woman. Enjoy pizza, popcorn and a crackling fire as you watch the child-friendly 1939 animated movie Gulliverís Travels. Finish the evening with a toast of sparkling cider. The event is appropriate for participants age four to adult and runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Please register an accompanying adult with children. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Wednesday, January 1

Saturday, January 2

Sunday, January 3

Cocoa and Craft in the ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Stay and play for 20 minutes or more as you sip cocoa and create up to three crafts, with new crafts each month. The program is for children ages 2 to 12, but those younger than 6 will need an adultís help. It runs from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. on January 3 and 1 to 4 p.m. on January 8. The cost is $5 per child. Call 703- 941-1065.

Sketch Hike: Winter Trees and LandscapesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler at Huntley Meadows Park, and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills. The sketch hike is for participants ages 10 to adult. It runs from 1 to 3 p.m., and the cost is $7 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Monday, January 4

Pohick Rangers Frozen OverClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Winter can be unpredictable. It snows, itís icy and the pond is freezing, so it is time to get outside at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Join fellow Pohick Rangers from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. to go on adventures, play games and explore the woods. Pohick Rangers Frozen Over is just like our series class, but children age 8 to 12 can come to one session or all three. Topics vary each month. The cost is $8 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Little Acorns-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to three and their accompanying adult will share natureís wonders through finger plays, stories and other activities at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. The 45-minute classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Dress for the weather. The topics vary: 1/04 Winter Wonderland; 1/11 Hibernation; 1/25 Snow. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703- 941-1065.

Yoga for GardenersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Green Spring Gardens offers an introduction to the Vinyasa method of yoga to increase the strength, flexibility and endurance necessary for gardening. The ten classes in this session meet indoors from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.†The cost is $111 per person. Call 703-642-8252.

Thursday, January 5

Wednesday, January 6

Technology Tour at WalneyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Ellanor C. Lawrence Park historians and learn about the types of technology the Machen family used to improve their lives in the 1800s. See the changes the Machens made to the land and the types of technology we use in its place. This tour is for participants age six to adult and runs from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Pohick Puddle JumpersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age three to six can now become Pohick Rangers at Hidden Pond Nature Center and enjoy hands-on exploration of the natural world from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Indoor and outdoor activities include exploring the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond. Topics vary. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, January 7

Friday, January 8

Cocoa and Craft in the ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Stay and play for 20 minutes or more as you sip cocoa and create up to three crafts, with new crafts each month. The program is for children ages 2 to 12, but those younger than 6 will need an adultís help. It runs from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. on January 3 and 1 to 4 p.m. on January 8. The cost is $5 per child. Call 703- 941-1065.

Campfire Fridays: WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and enjoy a campfire, símores, animals and more. Topics vary each month and different areas of the park are visited. This event is perfect for the whole familyóthose ages two to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, January 9

Caribbean Reef Puppet Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join an octopus, ray, shark, lobster and all their friends in this undersea adventure at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. After the show, play a game, sing songs of the sea and make a craft. Children age three to seven are invited to attend from 2 to 3 p.m. but must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

Evening WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to join naturalist P.J. Dunn at Huntley Meadows Park to hike the trails after dark, looking and listening for owls, beavers and other night animals. Hike from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Family Board Game NightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join other families at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 5 to 8 p.m. playing traditional and new nature-themed board games, and see an exhibited reptile eat a goodnight snack. Humans age two to adult are welcome to purchase pizza and other snacks. The cost is $5 per person. Children under 10 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703- 941-1065.

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a stroll along the shores at Burke Lake Park while learning about constellations, their stories and other features of the night sky. Our astronomical naturalist will identify stars and provide telescopes for you to try out. Make símores around a campfire, and bring your own hot dogs to roast. The program for participants age three to adult runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The cost is $8 per person, and children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600.

Global Teas, Techniques and Traditions
From British-style tea to Asian Yixing pots and Eastern European samovars, we will ďvisitĒ many countries at Colvin Run Mill through their teas and preparation styles. Tea-infused treats and a take home tea sampler are included. This event is for participants age 16 and older, runs from 1 to 3 p.m., and is presented by Certified Tea Specialist Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden. The cost is $30. Reservations are required by January 6. Call 703-759-2771.

Sunday, January 10

Fireside StoriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age three to six can gather around a pretend indoor campfire and listen to non-scary stories. The event runs from 3 to 3:45 p.m. on January 10 and from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. on January 29. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

Snake and Turtle FeedingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by our animal caretaker staff at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, and at least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. The program from 1 to 2 p.m. is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $5 per person, and children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703- 941-1065.

NSI: Nature Scene InvestigationClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Decipher the clues animals leave in tracks, bones and other evidence at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The investigation runs from 3 to 4 p.m. and is for participants ages two to adult. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Birding for Beginners - WoodpeckersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
As they drum and drill on trees, woodpeckers are seeking shelter, food or a mate. Come to Huntley Meadows Park and learn about woodpecker biology and behavior and how to attract them to your yard. This program is for participants age 12 to adult and runs from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Monday, January 11

Little Acorns-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to three and their accompanying adult will share natureís wonders through finger plays, stories and other activities at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. The 45-minute classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Dress for the weather. The topics vary: 1/04 Winter Wonderland; 1/11 Hibernation; 1/25 Snow. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703- 941-1065.

Nature Quest-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children three to seven years old will enjoy this long-running naturalist program for the young explorer. From field to stream and everything in between, children 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 $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Four Seasons at Huntley - Coffee Table BookClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Visit the wetlands in similar places four different seasons of the year to create a coffee table book : ďA Year in the Life of Huntley Meadows.Ē Choose your media to bring with you; camera, sketchbook, etc. Two classes are offered per season for adults from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Thursday, January 12

Wednesday, January 13

Nature Tots at WalneyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 10:15 to 11 a.m. to explore nature indoors and outdoors through sight, sound, smell and touch. Topics vary with the seasons. January features snow and ice. The program is designed for children age two to three, and the cost is $4 per child. An adult must participate with the child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, January 14

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Children two and older can help our naturalist care for and feed the nature centerís animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $4 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Kidsí Korner - WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age three to six explore nature or history once a month, accompanied by an adult, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft are included. The program runs from 1 to 2 p.m. and topics vary by the season. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Friday, January 15

Tracking the Wild CreatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn a variety of ways to identify and track animals at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children age 6 to 12 will venture into the woods and stream valley, and topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, please call 703-451-9588.

Flora Fauna Formulas: Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Have you ever wondered about the unique relationships between plant and animal pairs? Adults are invited to Huntley Meadows Park for a closer look at these fascinating dependencies. Each walk and talk runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and features a different flora-fauna pair. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: HouseplantsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the joy of gardening into your home. With proper lighting, soil and watering, you can have houseplants that flourish. Master gardeners at Green Spring Gardens will introduce adults to reliable and easy to grow houseplants and offer advice on plant care from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Animal Pajama Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age two to six can put on their PJs to hear stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the animals at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. The party runs from 7 to 7:45 p.m., and the cost is $4 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

Saturday, January 16

Family Fun: Snow Globe WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Walk the wintry landscape at Green Spring Gardens and then create a winter wonderland of your own. Make a snow globe in a jar with a miniature figurine and glittering snowflakes. Take it home and let it snow! This workshop is for participants ages five and older and runs from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Winter Tree IDClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Do you know your sweet gum from your hickory? Come to Huntley Meadows Park to learn winter tree identification basics, and go for a hike to practice new skills. The program runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and is designed for participants ages 12 to adult. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Tiny Tea PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Hear the story ďThe Little Red Hen Makes PizzaĒ as you sip tea or juice and munch animal crackers at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Make a pretend pizza and create a craft. The cost is $7 per person. Children two and older must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

Floral Design: Winter Cutting GardenClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Floral Design: Supply FeeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11: 30 a.m. and create an arrangement of greens and other garden materials to brighten up your winter home. This class for adults is $38 per person and $25 for supplies. Please register for both class and supplies. Call 703-642-5173.

Hard Times, Difficult ChoicesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and learn about the lives of the people who lived and worked at Walney and the hard choices they faced during the Civil War. Try a taste of hard times with a piece of Confederate cake and sweet potato coffee. This program is for participants age eight to adult and runs from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Tea Tasting: Teas for Winter HealthClick to Register with Parktakes Online
A steaming cup of tea offers warmth, comfort and health benefits throughout cold and flu season. Adults can come to Historic Green Spring from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and taste a variety of the best teas and herbal infusions to boost immunity and cure the winter blues. Learn their medicinal properties, discover healthful brews to enjoy year round, and take home a sample. The cost is $22 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Watercolor Workshop: Dynamic DoodlesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to draw with pencils and inks in a relaxed style at Green Spring Gardens. Artist and instructor Marni Maree will show you how to add pattern and designs to your drawing to create beautiful and intricate artwork that can be embellished with watercolor. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is designed for participants ages 13 to adult. The cost is $80 per person. A supply fee of $10 (in cash or check) is payable to the instructor. Call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, January 17

Technology Tour at WalneyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Ellanor C. Lawrence Park historians and learn about the types of technology the Machen family used to improve their lives in the 1800s. See the changes the Machens made to the land and the types of technology we use in its place. This tour is for participants age six to adult and runs from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Snow Big DealClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Blizzards, freezing rain and frigid temperatures. Find out how wild animals stay safe and snug while winter deals its worst. Enjoy an indoor presentation at Huntley Meadows Park and an animal homes hike expedition. Then make a craft to take home. The program is designed for children age 3 to 17 and runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-768-2525.

Winter Lecture: Acts of Garden WildnessClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Donít view nature from a screen. View it from your own garden of biodiversity. Alan Ford and Laura Beaty of the Virginia Native Plant Society will be at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to show adults how to use a native plant palette to invite birds and beneficial insects to their garden. Learn the relationships bugs and birds have with these plants and how to recognize who has been visiting your garden. The cost is $10 per person for advance registration or $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Pooh Bearís Friendsí Tea PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Families can enjoy honey, tea and cookies in a Pooh-style tea at Hidden Oaks Nature Center while learning about Virginiaís black bears and whether heffalumps and wuzzles are native to Fairfax County. Bring a favorite stuffed animal along for a guided walk in the woods. The party runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for participants three and older. The cost is $15 per person, and children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

Celebrate the 253rd Birthday of Richard Bland Lee
Come to Sully Historic Site from 1 to 4 p.m. to celebrate the 253rd birthday of Richard Bland Lee. ďBe Ever Mindful of the FutureĒ is the motto on the Lee family crest, and during your afternoon house tour, discover important contributions of Mr. Leeís impressive political career that showed him to be concerned about the future of our new nation. Stop in the east wing for a piece of birthday cake. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students and $5 for seniors and children. This event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Call 703-437-1794.

Wednesday, January 18

Thursday, January 19

Wednesday, January 20

Pohick Puddle JumpersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age three to six can now become Pohick Rangers at Hidden Pond Nature Center and enjoy hands-on exploration of the natural world from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Indoor and outdoor activities include exploring the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond. Topics vary. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, January 21

Nature Quest-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children three to seven years old will enjoy this long-running naturalist program for the young explorer. From field to stream and everything in between, children 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 $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Mr. Weather BearClick to Register with Parktakes Online
With the help of Mr. Bear, children age two to five will learn about the weather with a felt-board story, bubble play, an ice cube race and songs. This event at Hidden Oaks Nature Center runs from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

Sunday, January 22

Saturday, January 23

Penguins and Polar Bears Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Why do penguins and polar bears never meet? How does a penguin keep its eggs warm? Through activities from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, children age two to five will learn more about these creatures of the ice and their chilly environment. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in TonightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the naturalist at Hidden Oaks calling in these gliders of the night and learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. The program runs from 5 to 6 p.m. on January 2 and from 6 to 7 p.m. on January 23. Itís designed for participants ages four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703- 941-1065.

Dive into DragonfliesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the diverse world of dragonflies - their amazing powers of flight, voracious appetite and the many different species that call Northern Virginia home. Come to Huntley Meadows Park and leave with a list of the top ten parks to spot dragonflies, as well as information on how to create the perfect dragonfly pond at home. This program runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and is for adults. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist and youth volunteers at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as we demonstrate how we feed our site display animals. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. Search for worms and insects, and assist in serving dinner. The program runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Please be sure to register an adult with your child. Call 703-631-0013.

Animal ScientistsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your six to ten-year-old child from 2 to 3 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for an hour of animal adventure and fun. Whether hiking the forest, examining pond creatures, or meeting exhibit animals, children investigate and discover first-hand animal biology, adaptation and habitats. Topics vary. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

American Indian Symbols and ShapesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age six to ten will explore historic American Indian culture at Hidden Pond Nature Center based on patterns and symbols. They can use their newfound knowledge to design a take-home game and make a pretend story hide and a pinch pot. The program runs from 1 to 2 p.m., and the cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

Campfire Saturdays: Royal Lake WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for an evening campfire at Royal Lake from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Adventure awaits as you explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist. The program is for ages three to adult and ends with a cozy campfire. Bring whatever you like to roast; símores are provided. The topic in January is sounds of winter. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8702.

Sunday, January 24

Australia Day CelebrationClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Gíday mate! Celebrate Australia Day with traditional stories, games and songs and meet a native animal at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy an Australian taste treat, and learn to speak Australian. This event is for participants age three to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703- 941-1065.

Full Moon HikeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults can enjoy natureís tranquil beauty and winterís bright skies under the full moon at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. A naturalist guide points out signs of creatures that glide, fly and tiptoe through the woods in the dark, and refreshments are provided. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703- 941-1065.

Winter Lecture: Is it Better or Just New? Click to Register with Parktakes Online
With so many new perennials released every year, it can be difficult to distinguish legitimately better cultivars from those that are simply marketable. Through production trials, garden visits, vendor visits and conversations with other growers, plantsman Paul Westervelt has worked to select the true winners for our region. Hear him speak at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The lecture is for adults, and the cost is $10 per person for advance registration or $12 at the door. Call 703-642-5173.

A Dulcimer Winter Tea
Enjoy an afternoon of warm tea and beautiful music at Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Musician Jody Marshall showcases the distinctive sounds of the hammered dulcimer with her wide-ranging repertoire. Ms. Marshall tells the story of this versatile and expressive instrument that suits a variety of musical genres, traditional and contemporary alike. A traditional English tea follows the program. This event is for adults, and reservations are required. The cost is $38. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Monday, January 25

Little Acorns-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to three and their accompanying adult will share natureís wonders through finger plays, stories and other activities at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. The 45-minute classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Dress for the weather. The topics vary: 1/04 Winter Wonderland; 1/11 Hibernation; 1/25 Snow. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703- 941-1065.

Little Hands on the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the Visitors Center at Frying Pan Farm Park and learn all about farm animals and farm chores. Enjoy a story, craft or game. Sessions for children two- to three-years-old run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Classes for three- to five-year-olds run from 11 to 11: 45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Reservations are required, and adults must attend class with children. Call 703-437-9101.

Nature Quest-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children three to seven years old will enjoy this long-running naturalist program for the young explorer. From field to stream and everything in between, children 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 $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, January 26

Friday, January 27

Thursday, January 28

Drawing & Painting LabClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore drawing and painting techniques including concepts of shape, line, texture and color blending at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. A supply list will be emailed before the first class. The cost is $78 for four, two-hour lessons, Thursdays, January 28 & February 4, 11 and 18.† Call 703-642-5173.

Friday, January 29

Fireside StoriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age three to six can gather around a pretend indoor campfire and listen to non-scary stories. The event runs from 3 to 3:45 p.m. on January 10 and from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. on January 29. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

Tracking the Wild CreatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn a variety of ways to identify and track animals at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children age 6 to 12 will venture into the woods and stream valley, and topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, please call 703-451-9588.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Pruning Trees & Shrubs Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Donít be intimidated by the thought of pruning trees and shrubs. Master gardeners at Green Spring Gardens offer basic pruning techniques and tips on tool selection to give you the confidence to tackle your pruning tasks. The talk runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and is for adults. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Floral Design: Leaf ManipulationClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Floral Design: Supply FeeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Karinís Florist designer Bryan Swann comes to Green Spring Gardens to demonstrate various leaf manipulation techniques like looping, weaving and plaiting that you can use in floral design. With Bryanís help, use some of these techniques to make your own sculptural floral arrangement. This workshop is for adults and runs from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $45 per person, and supplies are $25 per person. Please register for both the program and supply fee. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Flora Fauna Formulas: Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Have you ever wondered about the unique relationships between plant and animal pairs? Adults are invited to Huntley Meadows Park for a closer look at these fascinating dependencies. Each walk and talk runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and features a different flora-fauna pair. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, January 30

Plight of Urban BeesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Honey bees have much to show us about our relationship with nature. Even with the disappearance of honey bee colonies, there is hope to be found in stories of beekeepers. Author Alison Gillespie shares their stories with you at Green Spring Gardens and teaches how you can help bees survive. This lecture is for adults and runs from 10 to 11 a.m. A book signing follows the lecture. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Making Ice & Ice Cream at WalneyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The secret to making ice cream is ice. Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and enjoy homemade ice cream as you discover how ice was harvested and stored in 19th century Fairfax. Try using ice tongs. This event is for ice cream lovers age two to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Please register an adult with your child. For information call 703-631-0013.

Dino Puppet Show & ActivitiesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Dinosaurs once roamed all the Earth, places far and near. How do we know that they were here? Find out at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Children age two to seven can enjoy a puppet show with fun fossil facts from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

Evening StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk. A naturalist takes you on a tour of woods and wetlands from 5 to 7 p.m. to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. The stroll is designed for participants age six to adult, and the cost is $7 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Tune into Nature NewsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Get in-depth reporting out in the field about the latest eco-updates throughout Huntleyís habitats. Donít miss each unique broadcast and walk at Huntley Meadows Park from 4 to 6 p.m. This program is for participants age eight to adult, and children ages 8 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire Saturdays: Lake Accotink WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Evening campfire adventures await at Lake Accotink Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as you explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist. The program for participants age three to adult ends with a cozy campfire. Bring whatever you like to roast; símores are provided. Topics vary each week. The cost is $8 per person. Meet at the marina. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Sunday, January 31

Groundhogís Day Out at Frying Pan ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Frying Pan Farm Park from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and find out if groundhogs can really predict the weather. Participants age two to adult can visit a groundhog burrow, enjoy games and make their own groundhog friend to take home. Hot chocolate is provided. The cost is $8, and all participants must register. Call 703-437-9101.

Winter Lecture: The Art of GardeningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
To visit Chanticleer Gardens is to step into a world of beauty and creativity that few other gardens can match. Meet Chanticleer gardener Joe Henderson at Green Spring Gardens as he shares content from the new book, ďThe Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer.Ē From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., youíll learn how techniques differ with site conditions and plant palettes, how to experiment successfully, and how to achieve union between plant and site. A book signing will follow. This event is for adults. The cost is $10 per person for advance registration or $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Hot Cocoa Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a walk through Green Spring Gardensí winter wonderland with one of our naturalists and join us back inside to warm up with a hot cocoa party. Jazz up your cup of cocoa up with goodies, listen to some heartwarming winter stories and make a wintry craft to take home. The party will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and is for participants age five and older. The cost is $12 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Groundhog Day at E.C. Lawrence!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet our larger-than-life Walney groundhog at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Learn the story behind Groundhog Day and some interesting facts about this animal. Visit the Walney garden groundhog home and play some groundhog games. This event is for participants age two and older. The cost is $6 per person. Please be sure to register an adult with your child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Snowman FunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Even if there is no snow on the ground, children age three to eight can celebrate the cool snowman by crafting their own, enjoying stories, and sipping on snowman soup (hot chocolate). Join a naturalist outdoors at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to look for tracks of snowmen and other woodland creatures. The program runs from 2 to 3 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

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Weekend Highlights

Saturday, February 6

Premium Tea and Chocolate Pairing – Back by Popular Demand!
This delectable seminar is a Valentine’s tradition at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Sip premium teas from 1 to 3 p.m. and savor a variety of chocolates. Hear a bit of history and learn to pair tea and chocolate. A take-home tea sampler is included. Certified Tea Specialist Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden presents this program for attendees 16 and older. The cost is $30 per person and reservations are required by February 3. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Washington Gardener Seed Exchange - Subscribers and FROGSClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Washington Gardener Seed Exchange - GuestsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Washington Gardener Magazine is co-hosting the 11th annual Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens with lectures, face-to-face seed swaps and expert planting advice. The event is for adults and runs from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The cost is $15 for verified Friends of Green Spring members (FROGS) and WG subscribers; $20 for guests. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Chinese New Year: Celebrate the Year of the Monkey In Traditional FashionClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with traditional games and stories from 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Paint your Chinese zodiac animal, make a monkey craft and participate in a lion dance. This program is for participants age three to adult, and the cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

Evening WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to join naturalist P.J. Dunn at Huntley Meadows Park to hike the trails after dark, looking and listening for owls, beavers and other night animals. Hike from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Winter Tree ID Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Huntley Meadows Park to learn winter tree identification basics, and go for a hike to practice new skills. The program runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and is designed for participants ages 12 to adult. The cost is $7. Call 703-768-2525.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, February 7

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
It’s sugaring time at Colvin Run Mill. From noon to 2 p.m. watch as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire. Sample maple syrup on fresh baked cornbread -- while supplies last. Dress for the weather. The cost is $5 per person. No reservations are required. Call 703-759-2771 for more information.

Winter Lecture: Natives in Containers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Native plants in containers on a balcony or patio can provide food for a surprising number of insects and birds. Plantswoman Julie Borneman comes to Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to teach adults how to beautify and increase the wildlife value of any space by container gardening with native plants. The cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Birding for Beginners: Winter BirdsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the winter birds found in Huntley Meadows Park and gain some basic identification skills from 8 to 11 a.m. This program is for participants ages 12 to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Children ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Winter Hike-Marvelous MeadowsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a winter nature walk from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Look for hawks, waterfowl, bluebirds and finches while exploring native meadows and wetland overlooks. The hike is for participants age seven to adult and begins at the South Kings Highway entrance. The cost is $6 per person, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Astronomy CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire at Burke Lake Park, learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars, and savor s’mores from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This program is for participants ages three to adult and is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703- 323-6600.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, February 13

Animal Sweetheart’s Dance - agest 3 - 5Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Animal Sweetheart’s Dance - ages 6 - 10Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for dancing, refreshments, crafts and live animals at the social event of Hidden Pond’s winter season. Children ages three to five are invited from 10 a.m. to noon, and children ages six to ten dance from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $8 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Floral Design: Valentine Topiary Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Floral Design: Valentine Topiary Supply FeeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens and create a stunning topiary of fresh cut flowers, greens, and Valentine’s trim to keep or give to a loved one. This workshop for adults runs 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $38 per person, plus a $25 supply fee. Please register for both. Call 703-642-5173.

Astronomy FestivalClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Riverbend Park for guided star gazing, telescopic views, games, and ancient star stories around the campfire from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hot chocolate and snacks can be purchased. The event will be cancelled for rain or snow. The cost is $6 online; $7 at the door. Call 703-759-9018.

Starting From Scratch with SeedsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Grow flowers, vegetables and herbs from seed. Green Spring Gardens propagator and horticulturist Judy Zatsick discusses potting mixes, containers, seed treatments, lighting, fertilization, watering, seed sources and timing. Then take home a few seeds to start your own collection. This event for adults runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The cost is $22 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Live Raptors Program Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet live hawks and owls when the Raptor Conservancy brings a few feathered friends to Green Spring Gardens. Learn about the lifecycle, hunting and flying skills of these impressive birds and how you can help them survive. The program from 1 to 2 p.m. is for participants age five and older. Children must come with an adult. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Unplug at the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Leave technology behind and enjoy a natural family adventure at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park designed for those ages two and older. Search for birds and mammals this winter and other plants and critters as the seasons change. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. The program runs from 1 to 2 p.m. and costs $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

To Build a FireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and learn the science and art of building a fire. Test your skill with primitive fire bows and modern fire-making techniques. This event is for participants age eight to adult and runs from 3 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the naturalist at Hidden Oaks to look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center, and learn how you can encourage them to visit your yard. The program runs from 7 to 8 p.m. and is designed for participants ages four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703- 941-1065.

Sketch Hike: Winter Trees and LandscapesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler at Huntley Meadows Park to learn sketching techniques and enhance your observation skills. The hike is designed for participants age 10 to adult and runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, February 14

Animal ValentinesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children two to six can play musical valentines, meet live animals, play games, make a valentine craft and learn how animals find a mate at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. The event runs from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. on February 12 and 1 to 1:45 p.m. on February 14. The cost is $6 per child, and children must come with an adult. Call 703- 941-1065.

Valentine Tea and PoetryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy poetry, tea and cookies at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park’s Machen Farm from 2:30 to 4 p.m. A costumed interpreter shares a mystery love poem and invites you to write your own. Leave with your poem framed in childhood Valentine-card style. This event for participants age four to adult costs $10. Call 703-631-0013.

Valentine’s Day Tea: Royal Romances
Adults can celebrate royal love stories throughout history, from Anthony and Cleopatra to William and Kate, at Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3 p.m. Hear about passion in the palace, scandalous liaisons, and royal romances that changed history. Enjoy a special Valentine’s tea menu and favor bag. Reservations are required. The cost is $45 per person. Call 703-941-7987.

Winter Lecture: The History of SpicesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
For centuries, humans have lusted after pepper, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg, changing lives and fortunes forever. At Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., science educator Todd Brethauer will discuss their botany, biogeography, production, processing and trade. This lecture is for adults. The cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. Call 703-642-5173.

Preamble Scramble and Presidential Trivia
Celebrate George Washinton's Day weekend at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by rediscovering the Declaration of Independence and early American presidential and political trivia. Discover what the presidents had for pets. Play fun games such as our own Preamble Scramble, included with your tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. The event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Call 703-437-1794.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, February 20

Discover the EcoSavvy Symposium: Water-Wise GardeningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Water is a finite natural resource that demands bold conservation efforts. Come to Green Spring Gardens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn practical, water-wise gardening techniques and creative solutions to conserve, capture, contain and sustain this precious natural resource. This symposium is designed for adults and costs $70 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

The Work of Their Hands - ages 5 - 15Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The Work of Their Hands - ages 16 or olderClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the contributions of the African American enslaved community at Sully Historic site. Tour the main house, kitchen/laundry and representative slave quarter. Hour-long programs begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The cost for children 5 to 15 is $6 per child, and the cost for those age 16 and older is $8 per person. Call 703-437-1794.

Feeding Day!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist and youth volunteers at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to search for worms and insects and help feed our site display animals. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. The program from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Please register an adult with your child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Secret ForestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn the winter secrets of our lovely evergreen cedar forest at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and the surprises held within. Participants age two to adult can discover how helping the land to heal may help you and your community. The program runs from 5 to 6 p.m., and the cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Native American ArcheryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 8 to 12 can learn to use bows and arrows and learn about three different Native American tribes through hands-on activities. This program meets three consecutive Saturdays at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $24 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Evening StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a naturalist-led stroll through Huntley Meadows Park from 5 to 7 p.m. to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. The event is for participants age six to adult. The cost is $7. Call 703-768-2525.

Campfire Saturdays: Royal Lake WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adventure awaits at this evening campfire at Royal Lake from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Guided by a naturalist, explore woodland and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides. The program for participants age three to adult ends with a cozy campfire. Bring whatever you like to roast; s’mores are provided. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8702.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, February 21

Night Hike CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a nighttime walk with a naturalist to search for wildlife at Burke Lake Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The hike for participants age three to adult concludes with a campfire and s’mores. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. Call 703- 323-6600.

Where Are All The AnimalsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore how animals survive the winter with a puppet show, live animals and a craft at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. This program is for children age three to eight. The cost is $5. Call 703- 941-1065.

Winter Lecture: Mt. Cuba Plant TrialsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens to hear about Mt. Cuba Center’s ongoing trials of native plants from the center’s education and research director, Eileen Boyle. Find out which are shaping up to be the best performers and the most beneficial to wildlife. This lecture is for adults and runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. Call 703-642-5173.

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
It’s sugaring time at Colvin Run Mill. From noon to 2 p.m. watch as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire. Sample maple syrup on fresh baked cornbread -- while supplies last. Dress for the weather. The cost is $5 per person. No reservations are required. Call 703-759-2771 for more information.

Technology Tour at Walney Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Ellanor C. Lawrence Park historians and learn about the types of technology the Machen family used to improve their lives in the 1800s and the types of technology we use in its place. This tour is for participants ages six to adult and runs from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, February 27

Beginning BeekeepingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about beekeeping from Mount Vernon’s beekeeper, John Ferree. Come to Green Spring Gardens to learn hive-management basics and get your beekeeping questions answered. This class for adults meets indoors and outdoors and runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $12. Call 703-642-5173 for more information.

Animal ScientistsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your six to ten-year-old child from 2 to 3 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for animal adventure and fun, including forest hikes, examining pond creatures, or meeting exhibit animals. Children investigate and discover first-hand animal biology, adaptation and habitats. Topics vary. The cost is $5 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Birds Around Us Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to examine beaks, feathers, nests and talons and explore the avian world that lives around us. Participants age two and older can find out about bird lifecycles, migration patterns and adaptations. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Home Made Bird Feeders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring empty milk jugs or two-liter bottles to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 11 a.m. to noon and turn them into bird feeders. Get tips for feeding birds and learn to identify common birds that visit home bird feeders. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. This program for participants age two to adult is $5 per person. Register an adult with your child. Call 703-631-0013.

Hot Dog, S’mores! Wagon Ride & Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and enjoy roasted turkey hot dogs and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley to learn about the area’s history. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments and s’mores. Bring your own drinks and sides. This event for participants age two to adult costs $10 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Animal Pajama PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age three to six can put on their PJs and come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the center’s live animals. The party from 7 to 7:45 p.m. is $4 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703- 941-1065.

Tune into Nature NewsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Get the latest eco-updates throughout Huntley’s habitats. Don’t miss each unique broadcast and walk at Huntley Meadows Park from 4 to 6 p.m. for participants age eight to adult. Children ages 8 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $7. Call 703-768-2525.

Evening Woodcock WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited on an evening stroll through Huntley Meadows Park to listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. The walk from 5:30 to 7 p.m. costs $6. Bring a flashlight. The walk will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire Saturdays: Lake Accotink WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Evening campfire adventures await at Lake Accotink Park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as you explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist. The program for participants ages three to adult ends with a cozy campfire. Bring whatever you like to roast; s’mores are provided. Topics vary each week. The cost is $8 per person. Meet at the marina. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, February 28

Live Animal Lunchtime!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your lunch to Huntley Meadows Park from noon to 1:30 p.m. and dine with a special animal guest -- a snake, turtle or toad. Learn about their diet, adaptations and habitat through crafts and hands-on learning for adults and children age three and older. Dessert is our treat! The cost is $8. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525 for more information

Winter Lecture: Garden Design from NatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, leaders in ecological landscape design, reveal how plants fit together in nature and how you can use this knowledge to create a home landscape that is resilient, beautiful, and diverse. This groundbreaking idea of moving from plants as individual objects to communities that work together is a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture. A book signing follows the lecture at Green Spring Gardens. This event for adults runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and the cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Leap Day Tea
Celebrate this year’s bonus day with a traditional English tea at Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn how Leap Day keeps us in alignment with the stars and hear about historic events that have happened on February 29. Discover the folklore and superstition surrounding Leap Day and ponder its implications as you plan for an extra day on your calendar. This tea is for adults, and reservations are required. The cost is $32 per person. Call 703-941-7987.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday ExtravaganzaClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Naturalists at Hidden Oaks Nature Center share the tales of “Yertle the Turtle,” “Gertrude McFuzz” and other loveable characters and show that real woodland creatures share some of these creatures’ same talents. Participants age four to adult can also meet live animals and make crafts from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, please call 703- 941-1065.

African American History Month Exhibit
In observance of African American history month, Sully Historic Site is exhibiting artifacts excavated from around the late 18th century Sully slave cabins through April 3, 2016. The exhibit is included with a site tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.


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