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Saturday, March 1

Fireside Chat at Sully
After a tour at Sully Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. sit by the fire in the outdoor kitchen to enjoy refreshments and historical tidbits in an informal atmosphere. This program will be canceled in inclement weather. The fireside chat is included with the cost of the house tour: $8 per adult, $7 per student, and $6 per senior or child. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Salamander Excursion Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Witness the first signs of spring by observing Jefferson salamanders, spotted salamanders and red spotted newts breeding in vernal pools. Visit a real fossil wall and climb Woodstock tower. Bring flashlights, dinner to cook on a grill, and dress for the weather. Meet at Elizabeth Furnace, Front Royal, Virginia. This trip leaves at 3:30 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m. Participants must be at least age eight. The cost is $45 per family or $20 per adult. Register online. For information, call E.C. Lawrence Park at 703-631-0013.

Tree Trek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Trees make Ellanor C. Lawrence a special place. Join expert naturalist Jim Dewing on a search for the biggest, oldest, rarest, and most important trees in our forest from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how parks care for them. Participants must be at least age eight. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Evening Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take an evening stroll through the forest to one of the largest meadows at Huntley Meadows Park. We listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. This 90-minute program is offered at 5:30 p.m. on 3/1 and 6:30 p.m. on 3/15. Bring a flashlight. Canceled if rain. The cost is $6 per. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the naturalist in calling in these amazing gliders of the night at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. This program is offered 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on 3/1 and 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. on 3/22. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, March 2

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Extravaganza Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Naturalists share the tales of "Yertle the Turtle", "Gertrude McFuzz" and more and show that real woodland creatures share some of the same talents. Meet live animals and make crafts at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Archaeological Investigations: Old Colchester Park and Preserve Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Fairfax County Park Authority Archaeologist Christopher Sperling shares investigations into the Old Colchester Park and Preserve that give us a better understanding of life for Colonial Virginians and Native Americans thousands of years ago. Discover some personalities unearthed by investigators and new ways to think about Fairfax County's past from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
The sap is rising and the maple trees at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site are tapped. Now it's sugaring time! Watch and learn as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire from noon to 2 p.m. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over fresh baked cornbread while supplies last! The cost is $3 per person. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Hard Times, Difficult Choices Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The Civil War was a difficult time and individuals had to make hard choices. Come to know the lives of the people who lived and worked at Walney and the choices they faced during a one-hour program at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park starting at 2 p.m. Try a taste of hard times with a piece of Confederate cake and sweet potato coffee. Participants must be at least age eight. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Monday, March 3

Philadelphia Flower Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The theme for this year's Philadelphia Flower Show is ARTiculture. Experience the combination of art and horticulture as the 184th PHS Philadelphia Flower Show celebrates everyone from Michelangelo to Monet, Picasso to Pollack, and da Vinci to Dali. Explore great gardens and learn from the world's most celebrated growers and designers. You'll be treated to international musical performances, gardening presentations, exhibits, lectures and the marketplace. Bring a lunch or enjoy the atmosphere and food of the Redding Terminal located across the street from the convention center. Wear comfortable shoes. The cost is $119 per person and includes motor coach and admission. The bus for March 3 departs Green Spring Gardens at 10 a.m. and returns at 10 p.m. The March 5 bus departs Green Spring at 8 a.m. and returns to the park at 8 p.m. Register online or call 703-642-5173.

Wednesday, March 5

Philadelphia Flower Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The theme for this year's Philadelphia Flower Show is ARTiculture. Experience the combination of art and horticulture as the 184th PHS Philadelphia Flower Show celebrates everyone from Michelangelo to Monet, Picasso to Pollack, and da Vinci to Dali. Explore great gardens and learn from the world's most celebrated growers and designers. You'll be treated to international musical performances, gardening presentations, exhibits, lectures and the marketplace. Bring a lunch or enjoy the atmosphere and food of the Redding Terminal located across the street from the convention center. Wear comfortable shoes. The cost is $119 per person and includes motor coach and admission. The bus for March 3 departs Green Spring Gardens at 10 a.m. and returns at 10 p.m. The March 5 bus departs Green Spring at 8 a.m. and returns to the park at 8 p.m. Register online or call 703-642-5173.

Friday, March 7

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

Saturday, March 8

History Symposium: Victorian America – Glimpses Into a Gilded Age Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore this period of transformation and innovation in American life through lectures, living history performances, and exhibits from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens Distinguished guest speakers will present different aspects of the late Victorian era, including social movements, fashion, art, gender, and more. Hear how Green Spring's historic legacy springs from the Gilded Age. Lunch is included in the $75 fee. Call ahead for vegetarian requests. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for an evening walk through the woods to one of the largest meadows at Huntley Meadows Park. We listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. Bring a flashlight. Participants must be at least age eight. This 90-minute program is offered at 5:30 p.m. on 3/8 and 6:45 p.m. on 3/22. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, March 9

Birding for Beginners: Waterfowl Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Sharpen your waterfowl identification skills while birding with a Huntley Meadows Park naturalist from 8 to 11 a.m. Meet in the visitor center parking lot. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Conservation: Downspout to the Chesapeake Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Whether your landscape is large or small, there are actions you can take to green up your own backyard, starting at the downspout. Learn from Northern VA Soil and Water Conservation District's Lily Whitesell about five things every resident should know about their land and five things we all can do to create a healthy landscape that has a positive impact on streams, rivers and the bay. Whether you've just begun to explore these ideas or you've been trying them for years, there is something new for you to learn at this program for adults from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

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

Reptile & Amphibian Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Ellanor C. Lawrence Park's Reptile and Amphibian Club (RAC) and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and salamanders. Learn new facts, encounter live animals, and discover their habitats in the park from 1 to 2 p.m. This program is for youth age 6 to 15. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a journey through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge at Riverbend Park. Listen to Winnie the Pooh's story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. This one-hour program is offered at noon on 3/9 and 10 a.m. on 3/19. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, March 10

Jr. Naturalists: Wind Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages six to eight explore wind at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. An outdoor activity and craft is included in the $5 fee. Unregistered adults may attend. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Garden Sprouts: Signs of Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Spring is just around the corner. Children ages three to five are invited to become nature detectives and explore Green Spring Gardens for clues to the changing seasons. Hunt for spring flowers and migrating birds in our gardens from 11 a.m. to noon. Try out our human sun clock. Take home a bird's nest helper to hang in your backyard. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, March 11

Mary Surratt and the Conspiracy Against Lincoln
As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Sully Historic Site begins its annual spring lecture series. This series looks at different aspects of President Abraham Lincoln and his role in the War Between the States. Lectures are held at Cabell's Mill in Centreville from 7 to 8 p.m. This Civil War 150th Commemorative Program is sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. in memory of Thom F. Hanes, one of the original founders. Light refreshments will be served. To make a reservation, call 703-437-1794.

Wednesday, March 12

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

Thursday, March 13

Kids' Korner: Wind Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children (ages four to five) with an adult learn about wind at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft is included in the $5 fee. This program is offered 1 to 2 p.m. on 3/13 and 10 to 11 a.m. on 3/15. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, March 14

Basic Gardening: Spring Maintenance Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Shake the winter blahs and exercise those dormant gardening muscles with spring garden maintenance from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. In this program you will learn tips for your lawn and garden including best practices for selecting plants and starting seedlings. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Local Lore Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Travel back in time with your family at Huntley Meadows Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Explore the rich history of the Chesapeake region and the many cultures that have helped create this diverse community through activities, crafts and walks. Topics are seasonal. Participants must be at least age four. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, March 15

Evening Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take an evening stroll through the forest to one of the largest meadows at Huntley Meadows Park. We listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. This 90-minute program is offered at 5:30 p.m. on 3/1 and 6:30 p.m. on 3/15. Bring a flashlight. Canceled if rain. The cost is $6 per. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Kids' Korner: Wind Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children (ages four to five) with an adult learn about wind at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft is included in the $5 fee. This program is offered 1 to 2 p.m. on 3/13 and 10 to 11 a.m. on 3/15. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Garden Sprouts: One Potato, Two Potato Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come learn how these tasty tubers grow. Make potato prints, taste different kinds of potatoes, and plant some in our garden from 11 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. The cost is $6 per child (ages three to five). Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: St. Paddy's Peas and Potatoes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
St. Patrick's Day is the traditional day to plant potatoes. Learn the origins of this staple and its importance to Ireland from 1 to 2 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Listen to tales of leprechauns, sample spuds, and plant peas and potatoes in our garden. Participants must be at least age five. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Life in the Leaf Litter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist for a hike at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 4 p.m. and explore the forest floor. Uncover the diversity of soil organisms and the crucial role that invertebrates play in helping forests to stay healthy. Participants must be at least age eight. The cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sugar, Sex, and Poison: Shocking Plants Caught on Camera Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Award winning Director of Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, Bill Cullina, shows how this world of pollen, poisons, pigments, pheromones, sugars and sex translates to sound organic practices that benefit us all. Because plants are the base of life's food chain and they cannot escape “capture,” we often think of them as helpless. Not so. Learn about the amazing methods that plants employ to attract beneficial insects and repel the unwanted from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Director Cullina will show how this world of pollen, poisons, pigments, pheromones, sugars and sex translates to sound organic practices we all can benefit from. The cost is $18. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Wear Green Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell's Mill wearing your best green this Saint Patrick's Day and help find all things wearing green in the meadow. Return to a campfire to toast marshmallows. Please be sure to register an adult with your child. This one-hour program starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $6 per. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

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

Sunday, March 16

Early Spring Containers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
In the cold of winter, spring never seems to come soon enough. Chanticleer Garden's Jonathan Wright will show you how to plant up beautiful early spring containers that will thrive and "warm up" any cold day from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. The cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Women's History Month Tea: Nancy AstorClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Virginia-born Lady Nancy Astor, Gilded Age heiress turned British aristocrat, became the first woman member of Parliament. Hear about the extraordinary life and career of this controversial figure, her famous wit, her outspoken views, and her zealous campaigning for the rights of women and children from 1 to 3 p.m. at Historic Green Spring. The cost is $29 and includes an English tea. Participants must be at least age 13. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

Hands-on History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your children (ages 5 to 11) and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th century children at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Various activities include games, penmanship, washing clothes, and making a food item such as butter, ice cream, cheese or applesauce. The cost is $10 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Tuesday, March 18

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

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

Wednesday, March 19

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a journey through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge at Riverbend Park. Listen to Winnie the Pooh's story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. This one-hour program is offered at noon on 3/9 and 10 a.m. on 3/19. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Thursday, March 20

Operation: Imagination Exploration Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages four to nine join a spy mission at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Information is classified and will be disclosed to participants only. The cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, March 21

Campfire Friday: Spring Changes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Welcome the beginning of spring with an evening campfire for the whole family at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join our naturalists to explore the park for signs of spring. The program concludes with a campfire and s'mores. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Campfire Night Hike: Predators at Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Not all predators are sleeping. Enjoy a night hike at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to learn about nocturnal hunters. Listen to taped calls of owls and coyotes and catch a glimpse of them in the forest. End the evening with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows around the campfire. Please be sure to register an adult with any child. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, March 22

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the naturalist in calling in these amazing gliders of the night at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. This program is offered 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on 3/1 and 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. on 3/22. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Family Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for an evening walk through the woods to one of the largest meadows at Huntley Meadows Park. We listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. Bring a flashlight. Participants must be at least age eight. This 90-minute program is offered at 5:30 p.m. on 3/8 and 6:45 p.m. on 3/22. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Hands-on Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop-off you child (age 5 to 11) for an hour of natural adventure at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park starting at 2 p.m. Explore the worlds of birds, animals and plants. Enjoy games and craft activities. Activities vary each month. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Rain Forest Puppet Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to seven explore the magical rain forest through a puppet show starring a trio of lizards and their friends at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy rain forest activities such as bird watching, puddle jumping and a chameleon craft. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

First Annual Jefferson Par-3 ChallengeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants will compete in a nine-hole individual stroke play tournament at Jefferson District Golf Course starting at 9 a.m.  Jefferson's tee boxes will be moved around to turn the entire course into Par-3's.  Tee box locations will be kept secret until the day of the event.  Advanced registration is required by March 19.  The cost per person is $40 if signed up before March 17; $45 if on or after the 17th. The fee is due at time of registration and includes lunch and prizes. Please call 703-573-0444 ext. 8 for more information or to sign up.

Barred Owls Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy an evening hike and campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Learn about owls and meet our barred owl. Then return to a warm campfire to roast marshmallows. Meet at Cabell's Mill. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Workshop: Watercolor on Canvas Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and paint on two stretched canvases using traditional watercolor paints and brushes. Forget all that you know about painting on paper – this is a whole new experience. Some watercolor experience is helpful, but not necessary. A morning demonstration followed by an afternoon of painting and critique session. Bring a bag lunch. Supply list sent prior to class. Canvases and spray varnish will be provided for $12 fee to the instructor. The cost is $74 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, March 23

Tea and Jane Austen's Persuasion Click to Register with Parktakes Online
On March 23, 1816, in a letter to her niece, Fanny, Jane Austen says she has "another ready for publication." She was referring to Persuasion, one of her last novels. Enjoy an afternoon of tea and treats while investigating the world of Ann Elliot and Captain Wentworth at Sully Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. Participant must be at least age eight. The $27 fee includes an English tea. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Frogs, Toads and Salamanders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Boasting amazing defense strategies, curious calls and complete metamorphosis, these harmless amphibians' ancestors outlived the dinosaurs. Children ages four to nine are invited to meet live animals at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Wagon Ride: Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from noon to 1 p.m. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Thursday, March 27

Curator's Choice Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Historic sites are rich with histories, mysteries, and stories. Docents and guides can only share a small fraction of these on regular tours. Join us from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a rare opportunity when the curator reveals a different side of Historic Huntley. The cost is $7 per person. Meet at the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Wolf Scout Fishing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Wolf Cub Scouts complete their fishing elective with naturalists at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Fishing class runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

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

Friday, March 28

Family Nature Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come discover your natural neighborhood and reconnect your family with nature at Huntley Meadows Park. Seasonal topics explore the park's habitats and wildlife through activities, crafts, games and walks from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please call the park for topic. Participants must be at least age four. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, March 29

Hike with MikeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Hidden Pond Park Manager Mike McCaffrey for a free walk from 3 to 5 p.m. to learn about the plants and animals found in the Pohick Stream Valley. The walk will be canceled if raining. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Weed ID and Control Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Spring is here and, sadly, the weeds are too. At Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2:30 p.m., master gardener Frank Reilly teaches you how to identify lawn and garden weeds and how to help control them for a more beautiful lawn and garden. The cost is $18 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Native American Archery Click to Register with Parktakes Online
For food and defense, archery was an important part of life for the Native Americans. Kids ages eight to twelve learn how to make a bow and arrow and then take aim and shoot! The class runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $24 for three 90-minute classes. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Royal Lake Bird Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to listen and look for local birds. Bring binoculars. Meet at Kings Park West parking lot. The hike is from 8:30 to 10:30 am. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Introduction to Animal Tracking Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This hands-on mini-course from noon to 2 p.m. introduces you to the signs, tracks, and traces left by local forest animals. Capture a track in plaster to take home. Meet at Kings Park West parking lot. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Sunday, March 30

Women's History Month Tea Program: Meet Mrs. Robert WalkerClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Historic re-enactor Lynne Garvey Hodge portrays suffragist Mrs. Robert Walker, telling her fascinating life story as a Quaker, a member of Baltimore's elite "Blue Book" society and a passionate campaigner for women's voting rights. From 1 to 3:30 p.m. hear about her 1917 arrest and the shocking details of her incarceration at the Occoquan Workhouse. The cost is $35 (program + tea) or $15 (program only). To make reservations, call Historic Green Spring at 703-941-7987.

Monday, March 31

Let's Grow Garden Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids ages three to eight discover their green thumbs in our multisession gardening club at Green Spring Gardens. Interesting session themes change for our every-other-Monday meetings from 10:30 a.m. to noon to keep minds active for hands-on gardening, crafting, natural science lessons and nature walks. Six sessions are scheduled on Mondays 3/31, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 6/2, 6/16. The cost is $76. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, April 1

How to Attract Birds and Butterflies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From 6 to 7 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park, learn from a garden expert what plants, products and strategies to choose. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Wednesday, April 2

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

Friday, April 4

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, April 7

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 8

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 9

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

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

Thursday, April 10

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

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

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

Friday, April 11

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 13

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

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

Monday, April 14

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

Tuesday, April 15

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

Thursday, April 17

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

Friday, April 18

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

Saturday, April 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 20

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

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

Monday, April 21

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 23

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

Thursday, April 24

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

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

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

Friday, April 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 27

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, April 28

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 30

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

Weekend Highlights

Saturday, April 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 13

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

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

Saturday, April 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 20

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

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

Saturday, April 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 27

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

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

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

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

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


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