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Wednesday, June 1

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

History TotsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler age one to three to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore history through sight, sound, smell and touch. This monthly program from 10:15 to 11 a.m. includes indoor and outdoor activities. The topic in June is farming. The cost is $4 per child. An adult must be able to participate with children. Call 703-631-0013.

Technology Tour at WalneyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Ellanor C. Lawrence Park historians and learn about the technology the Machen family used to improve their lives in the 1800s. In this walking tour from 2 to 3 p.m., participants age six and older can see changes the Machens made and the types of technology we use in its place. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, June 2

Jr. Farmer Family FunClick 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. Participants age two and older can 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. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Afterschool Adventure Kids!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Get out of the classroom and into the great outdoors to explore all things that creep, crawl, and soar. Children age six to ten can join us at Huntley Meadows Park from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. for nature discovery and investigation. Thereís a different topic each class. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Guided Meditation in NatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Let nature de-stress your life. Join a Riverbend Park naturalist at 5 p.m. at Scottís Run Nature Preserve for an hour of guided meditation in a secluded spot within the park. Perfect for people age 15 and older who want to unplug from their busy daily life and reconnect with nature through mindfulness meditation. The cost is $12 per person. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scottís Run. Call 703-759-9018.

Friday, June 3

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Container GardeningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Container gardens provide beautiful accents for small areas and patios. With the help of Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens, learn how to select and care for containers and complementary plants that add wow to your living space. This talk is appropriate for adults and runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

All About Bats CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Several bat species flit in the Virginia sky. Participants age four to adult can look for them as we head to our campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and learn fun bat facts and lore, plus enjoy an American Indian story of how bats got their wings. Toast marshmallows over the embers. This event from 8 to 9 p.m. will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Rockhounders - Spring SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This popular summer camp for children age 6 to 12 is now a spring series at Hidden Pond Nature Center. This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting from 5 to 6 p.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, June 4

Natural HistoryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From space and dinosaurs to flowers and fish, this series at Colvin Run Mill covers it all. The program is designed for children age five to eight from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-759-2771.

Wild Side Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age five to adult will take a 90-minute tractor ride with a park naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Look for animals in meadow, forest and wetland habitats and learn how park staff manages each area. Enjoy refreshments while looking for wildflowers, birds and dragonflies. Rides are offered from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Meet at 6901 South Kings Highway. The cost is $7 per person. Rides are canceled if it rains. Call 703-768-2525.

Family Fun: Daring DragonfliesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the fierce and beautiful dragonfly at Green Spring Gardens. Find out about its life cycle and history and then head to the ponds with nets for a close look at this living fossil. Afterward, stay and enjoy the gardens and do our seasonal seek-and-find activity. This program for participants age five to adult runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Container Water Garden WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Container Water Garden Supply FeeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11 a.m. when horticulturalist Judy Zatsick guides you through building a container water garden with a pump and plants to take home. This workshop is for participants age 16 to adult. The cost is $35 per person, plus a $50 supply fee. Please register for both the program and supply fee. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Evening StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk. A naturalist will take participants age six to adult on a tour of the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks BridgeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at the nature center at Riverbend Park and then journey through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge. Participants age two to adult can listen to Winnie the Poohís story and play Poohsticks on the bridge from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Build Your Own Bat HouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bats help eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants, but theyíre having a hard time. Participants age three to adult can help these important animals thrive by building a bat house to take home from 9 to 11 a.m. at Riverbend Park. The cost is $8 per person, and everyone must register. A fee of $15 per bat house is paid to the instructor on the day of the program. Call 703-759-9018.

BatsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Walk the meadows and forest edges to see bats feeding on insects at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about our native bats and their habits. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Meet at Cabellís Mill, across from the pond. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, June 5

Cardboard Boat Regatta
Itís the 27tth running of the Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Accotink Park. Join in the fun with your own cardboard boat or spend the day watching as determined captains and their crews try to win the race before springing a leak. Admission is FREE. Parking is $5 per car. Judging is from noon to 1 p.m., and boat races will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. To register a boat or for more information, visit Lake Accotink or call 703-569-3464.

Grinding Demonstrations
See and hear 19th century technology at work! The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Please call the site to confirm. The tour cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. For more information, please call 703-759-2771.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. Come to Colvin Run Mill from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see the blacksmith at work. The demonstrations are free. For more information please call 703-759-2771.

Woodcarving
Enjoy free wood-carving lessons with Northern Virginia Carvers from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. There is a nominal charge for wood blanks. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Crystallized Flowers Tea Program
Learn how to crystallize edible flowers, herbs and fruits at Historic Green Spring. Chef and event planner Nora Burgan demonstrates the process and shows how to use them as elegant garnishes from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy samples. This program is for adults. The cost is $45 per person for the program and a full English tea; $22 per person for the program only. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Reptile & Amphibian ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 6 to 15 can join the Reptile & Amphibian Club at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs and salamanders. Learn new facts, encounter live animals and discover their park habitats from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look up, listen carefully and discover the amazing birds that inhabit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Children age 5 to 11 meet once a month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to develop birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Birding for BeginnersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Interested in birding? Participants age 12 to adult will learn about the birds at Huntley Meadows Park and some basic identification skills from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-768-2525.

Camera Trapping in Wildlife EcologyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how cameras track and monitor wildlife at Riverbend Park. Participants age 12 and older will learn about this citizen science project and participate in the research by placing camera traps from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, June 6

Nature Quest-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Be part of this long-running naturalist program at Hidden Pond Nature Center designed for preschool explorers age three to six. From field to stream and everything in between, children will learn about local animals, hands-on and in the field from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Garden Sprouts: Nature PlaygroupClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join our Nature Playgroup at Green Spring Gardens. Preschoolers age three to five can enjoy nature-themed activities while you meet other playgroup parents from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A staff member will put out nature sensory bins, direct games and activities or lead a garden walk. The theme for Juneís playgroup is ďAll about Bugs,Ē featuring ladybugs and fireflies. An adult must accompany the registered child. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-642-5173.

Little Acorns- SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to four and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration, weather permitting. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The topic is Beautiful Beetles, and the cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Little Hands on the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about farm animals and farm chores, and enjoy a story, craft or game. The session for children age two to three runs from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Three- to five-year-olds can participate from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Pre-paid reservations are required. An adult must attend the class with the child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, June 7

Time Traveler TuesdaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This series at Colvin Run Mill will take children age 6 to 11 on an interactive journey through time focusing on a different period in Virginia history each week. The program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Wednesday, June 8

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

Nature TotsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler, age two or three, to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Monthly programs include indoor and outdoor activities. An adult must be able to participate with children. The topic in June is baby animals. The cost is $4 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, June 9

Garden Tour & Tea
Tour some of the glorious demonstration gardens at Green Spring Gardens with a Master Gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English tea served in the 1784 historic house. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. is for participants age 13 to adult. The cost is $32 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Kidís Korner-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children age three to six learn about spring with their adult from 1 to 2 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Topics vary each month. The topic in June is hopping frogs, and the group meets at the pond. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Participants age three to adult can help our naturalist care for and feed the nature centerís animals from 5 to 6 p.m. The cost is $4 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Homeschool DayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 5 to 12 are invited to Sully Historic Site for hands-on learning designed to enrich understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800. Seasonal activities from 10 a.m. to noon include school room, games, textiles/sewing, slave life, kitchen, herbs, toiletries and medicines.†The cost is $10 per child and $5 for adults. Children must be accompanied by adult. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Friday, June 10

Hot Dog, Símores! Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age two to adult will meet at Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to enjoy a turkey hot dog supper roasted over the campfire and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run stream valley. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was, and learn about the areaís local and natural history. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments and símores. Bring your own drinks and sides. The program runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the cost is $10 per person. For more information, please call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Fridays SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a night of campfire, símores, animals and more at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Participants age three to adult will go to a different park area to explore a new topic each week. The program runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, please call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, June 11

Natural HistoryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From space and dinosaurs to flowers and fish, this series at Colvin Run Mill covers it all. The program is designed for children age five to eight from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-759-2771.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Butter & CheeseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and taste hand-churned butter and sample cheeses while learning about the dairy industryís importance at Walney. Tour the historic dairy and try your hand at milking a pretend cow. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Welcome Back Mother GooseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalists in Nature Playce at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn and act out traditional nursery rhymes with nature themes. Children age two to five will make mud pie patty cakes and enjoy other activities and live animals from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. An adult must attend with their child. Call 703-941-1065.

Summer Astronomy CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center, enjoy a campfire, and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Look through a telescope at the moon and learn to identify the visible constellations. Make símores. This program from 8 to 9 p.m. is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult The program will be canceled in the event of rain. Call 703-941-1065.

Wetland in BloomClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a plant ecology hike to the wetland at Huntley Meadows Park during peak bloom of buttonbush, swamp rose and lizards tail. Participants age five to adult will search for birds and mammals from 1 to 2:30 p.m. that use these plants for food, shelter and nesting. The cost is $6 per person. The hike will be canceled if it rains. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Watercolor Workshop: Water Lilies & MonetClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Be inspired by Monet's style and create your own water lily paintings using techniques like glazing, dry-brush, wet on wet, washes and more with the help of artist and instructor Dawn Flores from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. A supply list will be emailed before class. This program is intended for adults and the cost is $85 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac RiverClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River while finding out about Riverbend Parkís wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. This ride from 10 to 11 a.m. is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, June 12

Scottís Run Bird Watching for BeginnersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Start an adventure in birding. This class at Scottís Run Nature Preserve from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. covers birding basics for participants age 14 to adult, including how to use binoculars and other equipment, the importance of a field guide, and other strategies for identifying birds. The cost is $8. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities. Call 703-759-9018.

Monday, June 13

Nature Quest-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Be part of this long-running naturalist program at Hidden Pond Nature Center designed for preschool explorers age three to six. From field to stream and everything in between, children will learn about local animals, hands-on and in the field from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Tuesday, June 14

Animal Feeding TimeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís feeding time and Riverbend Parkís exhibit animals are hungry! Help feed and care for our snakes, turtles, frogs and fish from 10 to 11 a.m. Participants age four to adult will meet animals and learn fascinating facts. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Women's Only Tournament
Female players compete in a two-person team at Greendale Golf Course in a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Front 9 is Captainís Choice. Back 9 is Better Ball. Special competitions are included. Divisions in this adult tournament are determined based on sign-up with a minimum of eight players per division. Advance registration is required by Monday, June 6. The cost is $45 per person and includes tournament-day greens fee, power cart, breakfast, lunch and prizes. Call 703-971-6170.

Wednesday, June 15

Thursday, June 16

Jr. Farmer Family FunClick 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. Participants age two and older can 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. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Fatherís Day Campfire ECLPClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Begin Fatherís Day weekend with a hike, campfire and símores at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Learn about some of natureís best fathers, hike near a stream and eat símores. Moms are invited, too. The program for participants age two to adult runs from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Friday, June 17

Miller Training
Get dirty at Colvin Run Mill! This is a rare opportunity for visitors age 16 and older to participate in a two-day, hands-on practicum and learn to operate a water-powered mill. The program runs rom 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The $150 cost includes a supply fee. Reservations are required by June 3. Call 703-759-2771.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Ornamental GrassesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Give your garden four seasons of interest with low-maintenance, versatile grasses. Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens will introduce you to ornamental grasses that give life, motion and sound to your landscape. This talk for adults runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Fishing by the StreamClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and join a naturalist to go fishing along Rocky Run stream from 6 to 7 p.m. Participants age two to adult will learn about native fish and receive tips on equipment and techniques. Beginners are welcome. Bring your own fully rigged fishing poles; worms are provided for bait. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, June 18

Miller Training
Get dirty at Colvin Run Mill! This is a rare opportunity for visitors age 16 and older to participate in a two-day, hands-on practicum and learn to operate a water-powered mill. The program runs rom 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The $150 cost includes a supply fee. Reservations are required by June 3. Call 703-759-2771.

Wild Side Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age five to adult will take a 90-minute tractor ride with a park naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Look for animals in meadow, forest and wetland habitats and learn how park staff manages each area. Enjoy refreshments while looking for wildflowers, birds and dragonflies. Rides are offered from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Meet at 6901 South Kings Highway. The cost is $7 per person. Rides are canceled if it rains. Call 703-768-2525.

Wilderness Survival TrainingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This action-packed course at Burke Lake Park for participants age 13 to adult offers instruction, demonstration and hands-on practice of vital survival skills. Topics include fire making, shelter building, navigation and making snares, traps and tools. Dress for the weather, wear hiking boots, and plan to get sweaty and dirty. This four-session class meets rain or shine from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $95 per person. Those younger than 16 must come with a paying adult. Bring snacks and water. Adults should bring a non-folding survival knife. Call 703-323-6600.

Ice Cream at Historic HuntleyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Historic Huntley from 1 to 3 p.m. to make and enjoy old-fashioned hand-cranked ice cream. Participants age two to adult will discover how the histories of ice cream and Huntley follow a similar path. A tour of the ice well and Historic Huntley House are included in the $8 per person cost. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Feeding Day!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join animal caretakers at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to see how we feed our site display animals. Search for worms and insects and assist in serving dinner. Make a birdfeeder to take home. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult . Call 703-631-0013.

Funtography: Creative Exercises for ArtClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Improve your artistic eye and engage your creative brain through show-and-tell and imaginative exercises at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Photography instructor Tuan Pham will help you apply new vision to your art. No experience necessary. The cost is $32 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & BlossomsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt at Riverbend Park. Participants age two to adult can search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Campfire Saturdays: Lake Accotink SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adventure awaits at Lake Accotink Park as you explore spots where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for participants age three to adult ends with a cozy campfire. Bring whatever you like to roast. Símores are provided. Topics vary each month. The cost is $8 per person. Meet at the marina. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Animal Scientists Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your child at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for an hour of animal adventure and fun. Whether hiking the forest, examining pond creatures, or meeting exhibit animals, children investigate and discover first-hand animal biology, adaptation, and habitats. This program for children age 6 to 10 runs from 3 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Lecture and Tasting: Whiskey in AmericaClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Historic Green Spring and hear about the nationís most celebrated spirit. Mount Vernon archaeology director Luke Pecoraro tells the story of American distilled products through discoveries unearthed at colonial production sites, including George Washingtonís recently renovated distillery. Sample two ryes and three bourbons with light hors díoeuvres. This program for adults 21 and over runs from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $44 per person. Call 703-941-7987.

Fairy Tale Tea TimeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Fairy tales come to life at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as you sip tea and enjoy treats surrounded by your favorite fairy tale characters. Come dressed as your favorite character, and learn why so many fairy tales include our animal friends. This event for participants age four to adult runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Campfire Celebration Summer SolsticeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age four to adult can learn about our closest star as we celebrate the start of summer. Enjoy sun facts and storytelling at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m., and toast marshmallows. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. This program will be canceled in the event of rain. Call 703-941-1065.

Ancient Plants Sketch HikeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Huntleyís forests are home to plants whose ancestors have been with us since dinosaur times! Learn about ferns, moss and their allies on a 1.5-mile hike (flat terrain) at Huntley Meadows Park from 10 a.m. to noon while keeping a complimentary field sketch book provided by the RunningBrooke Fund. This program for participants age 13 to adult costs $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Fatherís Day Golf Tournament
Players age seven to adult will compete from 8 a.m. to noon at Burke Lake Golf Course. Teams of two compete in an 18-hole scramble format in three divisions: Father/Jr. 7-12; Father/Jr. 13-17; Father/Adult partner. There will be closest-to-the-pin contests, and prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in all divisions. The event is limited to the first 48 teams. Registration opens June 4.The rain date is June 25. The cost is $65 per team and includes lunch. Call 703-323-1641.

3rd Annual Summer Scramble
Teams of two players compete in a nine-hole scramble format tournament at Jefferson Golf course, beginning at 2 p.m. This scramble is for players age eight to adult. Advance registration is required by June 15. The cost per team is $70 before June 6 and $80 on or after June 6. The rain date is June 25. The fee is due at time of registration and includes prizes. For more information, call 703-573-9444, ext. 3.

Sunday, June 19

Antique Car Show
Celebrate Fatherís Day at Sullyís 43rd Annual Antique Car Show co-sponsored by the FCPA and The Model A Ford Club of America. More than 400 antique and classic cars fill the grounds, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Buy the car of your dreams at the Car Corral or search for the perfect accessory in the Flea Market with more than 100 vendors. Treat Dad to a delicious lunch and enjoy some music. A tour of the first floor of the 1794 house is included in the admission. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $7 for children. Call 703-437-1794.

Fatherís Day Tournament
This tournament at Oak Marr Golf Course begins at 9 a.m. and has a two-person team scramble format. Juniors, age 8 to 17, are divided into different age groups: Father/Jr. 8-10, Father/Jr. 11-13 and Father/Jr. 14-17. Trophies are awarded for each age group. Registration begins June 1. There is no rain date. The cost is $40 per team and is due at registration. Call 703-255-5390.

Fatherís Day Family FishingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Go fishing for Fatherís Day at Riverbend Park. Supplies and equipment are provided, or bring your own rod and reel. All fish caught are released, and we give you some tips. The program from 4 to 6 p.m. is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $8 . Call 703-759-9018.

Fatherís Day Celebration
Treat Dad to a free wood-carving lesson with Northern Virginia Carvers from noon to 4 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. There is a nominal charge for wood blanks. Free mill tours are being offered for all dads accompanied by their children. The tour cost for others is $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Animal DadsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Pretend to be a penguin, wolf and beaver dad as you learn about these doting fathers. Meet live animals and make a craft for your favorite father/grandfather at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. This program for children age two to six runs three times: 9:45 to 10:30 a.m., 11 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. The cost is $6 per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Grinding Demonstrations
See and hear 19th century technology at work! The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Please call the site to confirm. The tour cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. For more information, please call 703-759-2771.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. Come to Colvin Run Mill from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see the blacksmith at work. The demonstrations are free. For more information please call 703-759-2771.

Astronomy For Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Sample the science world through the beauty of the night sky at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Learn about the constellations, visible planets, comets and other night sky phenomena through fun activities for participants age six to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Monday, June 20

Tuesday, June 21

Duck, Duck, GooseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Waddle on over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn about our feathered friends. Honk like a goose, quack like a duck and find Mrs. Gooseís lost eggs. This program for children age three to five runs twice: 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must come with an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

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

Summer Solstice Sketch RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a sketch tour on the wild side of Huntley Meadows Park on the longest day of the year. Learn drawing basics while exploring meadow and forest habitats by bike. Bring water and a backpack for your art supplies. All materials are provided, including a field sketch kit compliments of the RunningBrooke Fund. The three-mile ride is along flat pavement. This program is for participants age 13 to adult from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Call 703-768-2525.

Wednesday, June 22

Pond LifeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and learn about pond life from 7 to 8 p.m. Bring shoes that can get wet and muddy. Participants age two to adult will search for catch and release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and other creatures. The cost is $5 per person. All family members must register. Call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, June 23

Garden Tour & Tea
Tour some of the glorious demonstration gardens at Green Spring Gardens with a Master Gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English tea served in the 1784 historic house. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. is for participants age 13 to adult. The cost is $32 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

19th Century School Days Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 5 to 12 will get the chance to cypher on slate boards, write with quill pens and read stories in an 1820s school house - complete with fireplace. This taste of school days past at Sully Historic Site runs from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Flora Fauna-Summer SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Hidden Pond Nature Center naturalists for a summer of exploration with weekly programs. This series for children age three to six runs from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-451-9588.

Friday, June 24

Campfire Fridays -SummerClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come along for a night of campfire, símores, animals, and more at Lake Accotink in a monthly program this summer. Explore a different topic and park area each night. This program is for participants age three to adult and runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Creek Adventure Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the whole family, age two to adult, to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for a wagon ride. Bring shoes that can get wet and an adventurous spirit to explore the Rocky Run from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Goodnight Walk: OwlsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to recognize the calls and features of local owls, make a craft, and enjoy a night hike with a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program, for participants age four to adult, costs $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, June 25

Creek CrittersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 6 to 12 will look for crayfish, salamanders, frogs, minnows, invertebrates, and other critters in the creeks and lake at Lake Fairfax Park from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Bring old, closed-toed shoes as we learn about stream and/or creek critters. The cost is $10 per child. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Evening WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to join naturalist PJ Dunn at Huntley Meadows Park to hike the trails after dark, looking and listening for owls, beavers and other night animals. The program runs from 8 to 10 p.m., and the cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

DIY Air Plant & Moss Wreath WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
DIY Air Plant & Moss Wreath Supply FeeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults will create a beautiful grapevine wreath with exotic Tillandsias (air plants), moss, and natural materials during this workshop at Green Spring Gardens from 10 a.m. to noon. With the help of Green Spring staff member Susan Eggerton, learn how to assemble, design and care for your creation. The cost is $38 per person, plus a supply fee of $25 per person. Please register for both. Call 703-642-5173.

Strawberry PicnicClick to Register with Parktakes Online
On June 16, 1888: ďA pleasant and successful strawberry festival was held in Machens grove. Tables were set out under the trees, ice cream and strawberries were served. A goodly number of pretty girls were present.Ē Participants age four to adult can rewind history at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and play croquet, savor strawberry ice cream, and learn school lessons from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy beforehand. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Home Grown Medical Chest
Medical care in the 1700s and 1800s was very different from what it is today. Tour Sully Historic Siteís garden, 18th century kitchen, and house, and learn about the preparation of home remedies and their uses. This event replaces the regular house tour. Reservations are suggested and tours are held at 1, 2 or 3 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Animal Feeding TimeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís feeding time, and the parkís exhibit animals are hungry! Join a Riverbend Park animal caretaker as they feed and care for our snakes, turtles, frogs, and fish. Discover fascinating facts about these animals as you meet them up close. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $4 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, June 26

Build Your own Bat House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bats help eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants, but they are having a hard time. Come to Riverbend Park from 10 a.m. to noon and help these important animals thrive by building a bat house to hang in your yard. The program is for participants age three to adult, and the cost is $8 per person. Everyone must register. A fee of $15 per bat house will be paid to the instructor on the day of the program. For more information, please call 703-759-9018.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at the nature center at Riverbend Park and journey through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Poohís story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. This adventure for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Life in the Leaf LitterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Riverbend Park naturalist for a hike and exploration of the forest floor. Uncover the diversity of soil organisms and the crucial role that invertebrates play in helping forests to stay healthy. This program for participants age eight to adult runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per person. Meet at Scottís Run Nature Preserveís west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scottís Run. For more information, please call 703-759-9018.

Preserving Sully Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Built in 1794 and saved from demolition in 1959, Sullyís walls tell many stories. On this specialized walking tour, see select archival photos and hear fascinating stories about past and continued efforts to preserve Sully Historic Site. The tour from 11 a.m. to noon is designed for participants age eight to adult. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Hands-on HistoryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your children age 4 to 11 and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th century children. Activities at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park will include games, farm chores and toy making. Then, the kids get to make something tasty. The program runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m., and the cost is $10 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Legacy of Lace Tea Program
Artist and collector Caroline Hottenstein returns to Green Spring Gardens to display lace items and lace-making tools and explain how this luxury fabric has been used as a fashion adornment for centuries. Hear about the origins of lace and its unlikely history. View slides of famous women resplendent in lace. Afterwards, enjoy a full English tea at the Historic House. This program for adults runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $42 for the program and tea; $15 for the program only. For more information, please call 703-941-7987.

Run of the MillClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come visit historic Colvin Run Mill to learn about the milling process from beginning to end. This hands-on program for participants age six to adult teaches you how we clean, mill and sift our grains using antique equipment. All participants get a souvenir sample bag of what is milled in class. This is a great event for families. The cost is $20 per person and runs from 1 - 3 p.m. For more information, please call 703-759-2771.

Monday, June 27

Little Hands on the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about farm animals and farm chores, and enjoy a story, craft or game. Sessions for children age two and three run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sessions for children age three to five run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Pre-paid reservations are required. An adult must attend class with the child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, June 28

Concert in the Garden
Be our guest from 6 to 8 p.m. for a live musical evening in the gardens at Green Spring Gardens with The Fender Benders, performing classic rock-n-roll from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn. A food truck, Good Grubbiní, will also be available. The Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) Board serves complimentary cake and lemonade. This event is free. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Wednesday, June 29

Sully Architecture Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Tour Sully from the ground up, from cellar to rafters, and see 18th century construction techniques used when Sully was built. This program at Sully Historic Site runs from 1 to 2 p.m. for participants age eight to adult. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, please call 703-437-1794.

White Glove TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a behind-the-scenes tour with a curator and learn the ins and outs of specialized furniture. Look in cabinets and the old clock at Sully Historic Site and see the special door that leads to hidden storage areas in this old house called Sully. The tour from 11 a.m. to noon is designed for participants age eight to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-437-1794.

Thursday, June 30

19th Century School Days Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 5 to 12 will get the chance to cypher on slate boards, write with quill pens and read stories in an 1820s school house - complete with fireplace. This taste of school days past at Sully Historic Site runs from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Drawing & Painting LabClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore drawing and painting techniques including concepts of shape, line, texture and color blending at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. A supply list will be emailed before the first class. This program is intended for participants age 16 to adult. The cost is $78 for four, two-hour lessons. Call 703-642-5173.† ††

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Family members age two to adult go behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park. Come help with farm chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn from 4 to 5 p.m. Topics and activities vary. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-437-9101.

Flora Fauna-Summer SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Hidden Pond Nature Center naturalists for a summer of exploration with weekly programs. This series for children age three to six runs from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $2 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, June 31

Sunday, May 1

Wetlands Awareness Day
Celebrate the beauty and importance of wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park from noon to 4 p.m. Bring friends and family of all ages to explore both forest and wetland environments on our trails and half-mile boardwalk. Learn about the special plants and animals that call this place home, including beavers, wood ducks, foxes and coyotes. Look through a spotting scope at a great blue heron and meet a raptor up close! This free event is held rain or shine. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Visitor Appreciation Week at Hidden Oaks
Hidden Oaks Nature Center celebrates Visitor Appreciation Week with special treats and programs all week long. The event kicks off on May 1 with a free Reptile and Amphibian program for participants age four and older from 4 to 4:45 p.m. No registration is required. Visitors will have a chance each day to win a small gift from Hidden Oaks. Prizes vary and may include such items as milkweed seeds and animal stickers. Call 703-941-1065 for more information.

Grinding and Blacksmithing demos
Travel back in time to see grinding and blacksmithing demonstrations at Colvin Run Mill. The miller will be grinding from noon to 3 p.m. No reservations are needed, but tour costs apply. The fees are $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for seniors and kids under 15. Blacksmithing demonstrations will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The demos are free, and no reservations are required. Call 703-759-2771.

Tea is ServedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a special tea for young ladies age six or older and a special woman in their lives. Wear your Sunday best to Sully Historic Site for an elegant, fun afternoon answering tea-tillating questions. The tea runs from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and the cost is $15 per person. For information call 703-437-1794.

Salamanders UndercoverClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 7 to 12 will assist a Riverbend Park naturalist with a forest salamander survey and then help find salamanders in park streams. Learn about the secret lives of these important amphibians through hands-on discoveries from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per child. Meet at the Riverbend Nature Center. For more information, please call 703-759-9018.

Monday, May 2

Visitor Appreciation Week at Hidden Oaks
Hidden Oaks Nature Center celebrates Visitor Appreciation Week with special treats and programs all week long. The event kicks off on May 1 with a free Reptile and Amphibian program for participants age four and older from 4 to 4:45 p.m. No registration is required. Visitors will have a chance each day to win a small gift from Hidden Oaks. Prizes vary and may include such items as milkweed seeds and animal stickers. Call 703-941-1065 for more information.

Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day at Green Spring
Stop by Green Spring Gardens May 2 through 6 for free gardening and history events at 11 a.m. each day. Afterwards, enjoy afternoon refreshments in honor of Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day on May 6. On Monday, join the Master Gardeners for a roundtable conversation; take a tree walk on Tuesday and receive a free tree sapling; on Wednesday, enjoy a special tour of the historic house; visit with the gardeners at our edible garden on Thursday; and on Friday, learn about Green Spring past and present on a tour led by a Master Gardener docent. Call 703-642-5173.

Little Acorns-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to four and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration, weather permitting. Dress for the weather. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary each week: 5/2 Bird Nests & Eggs; 5/9 Spring Flowers; 5/16 Mice are Nice; 5/23 Wiggly Worms. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

Nature Quest-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Be part of the long-running naturalist program at Hidden Pond Nature Center designed for preschool explorers age three to six. From field to stream and everything in between, children will learn about our local animal species, hands-on and in the field from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Trillium TrekClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults will travel by van from Hidden Oaks Nature Center to Linden, Virginia, to see a glorious display of trilliums and other spring wildflowers. Plan on a moderate hike on a rocky trail, wear hiking shoes, and bring a snack. Stop for a late lunch at the Apple House. This program runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the cost is $30 per person. Call 703-941-1065.

Garden Sprouts: Nature PlaygroupClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join our year-round Nature Playgroup. Preschoolers age two to five will enjoy nature-themed activities, and you can meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A staff member is on hand to put out nature sensory bins, direct games and activities, or lead a garden walk. The theme for the May playgroup is ďButterflies and Motherís Day.Ē The cost is $6 per child, and an adult must accompany the registered child. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Little Hands on the FarmClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn all about farm animals and farm chores, and enjoy a story, craft or game. The session for children age two to three runs from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Three- to five-year-olds can participate from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Pre-paid reservations are required. An adult must attend the class with the child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, May 3

Time Traveler TuesdaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The Time Traveler series at Colvin Run Mill will take participants age 6 to 11 on an interactive journey through time focusing on a different period in Virginia history each week. The program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Call 703-759-2771.

Animal Feeding TimeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís feeding time, and Riverbend Parkís exhibit animals are hungry! Join a Riverbend animal caretaker to feed and care for our snakes, turtles, frogs and fish from 10 to 11 a.m. Participants age four to adult will discover fascinating animal facts as they meet the animals up close. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Visitor Appreciation Week at Hidden Oaks
Hidden Oaks Nature Center celebrates Visitor Appreciation Week with special treats and programs all week long. The event kicks off on May 1 with a free Reptile and Amphibian program for participants age four and older from 4 to 4:45 p.m. No registration is required. Visitors will have a chance each day to win a small gift from Hidden Oaks. Prizes vary and may include such items as milkweed seeds and animal stickers. Call 703-941-1065 for more information.

Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day at Green Spring
Stop by Green Spring Gardens May 2 through 6 for free gardening and history events at 11 a.m. each day. Afterwards, enjoy afternoon refreshments in honor of Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day on May 6. On Monday, join the Master Gardeners for a roundtable conversation; take a tree walk on Tuesday and receive a free tree sapling; on Wednesday, enjoy a special tour of the historic house; visit with the gardeners at our edible garden on Thursday; and on Friday, learn about Green Spring past and present on a tour led by a Master Gardener docent. Call 703-642-5173.

Wednesday, May 4

Farmers Markets Open
New vendors will be joining the Farmers Market at Oak Marr on Opening Day from 8 am to noon. In addition to the marketís ultra-customer-friendly family of vegetable, fruit and meat vendors, welcome new vendors for gluten-free products, plants and flowers, baked goods, greens, salsa, and honey and herbs. For†more information about the Oak Marr market, call 703-281-6501.

Pohick Puddle JumpersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The youngest nature lovers, age three to six, can now become Pohick Rangers. Be part of this seasonís natural world exploration, hands-on and up close at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Indoor and outdoor activities include exploring the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

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

History TotsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler age one to three to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore history through sight, sound, smell and touch. This monthly program from 10:15 to 11 a.m. includes indoor and outdoor fun. Topics vary with the seasons. The topic in May is trains. The cost is $4 per child. An adult must be able to participate with children. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Visitor Appreciation Week at Hidden Oaks
Hidden Oaks Nature Center celebrates Visitor Appreciation Week with special treats and programs all week long. The event kicks off on May 1 with a free Reptile and Amphibian program for participants age four and older from 4 to 4:45 p.m. No registration is required. Visitors will have a chance each day to win a small gift from Hidden Oaks. Prizes vary and may include such items as milkweed seeds and animal stickers. Call 703-941-1065 for more information.

Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day at Green Spring
Stop by Green Spring Gardens May 2 through 6 for free gardening and history events at 11 a.m. each day. Afterwards, enjoy afternoon refreshments in honor of Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day on May 6. On Monday, join the Master Gardeners for a roundtable conversation; take a tree walk on Tuesday and receive a free tree sapling; on Wednesday, enjoy a special tour of the historic house; visit with the gardeners at our edible garden on Thursday; and on Friday, learn about Green Spring past and present on a tour led by a Master Gardener docent. Call 703-642-5173.

Thursday, May 5

Afterschool Adventure Kids!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Get into the great outdoors to explore all things that creep, crawl, and soar. Children age six to ten can join us at Huntley Meadows Park from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. for nature discovery and investigation. Thereís a different topic each class. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-768-2525.

Jr. Farmer Family FunClick 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. Participants age two to adult can 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-437-9101.

Guided Meditation in NatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Research suggests contact with nature can mitigate stress and enhance mental well-being. Join a Riverbend Park naturalist at 5 p.m. at Scottís Run Nature Preserve for an hour of guided meditation in a secluded spot within the park. Perfect for people age 15 to adult who want to unplug from daily life and reconnect with nature The cost is $12 per person. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scottís Run. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Visitor Appreciation Week at Hidden Oaks
Hidden Oaks Nature Center celebrates Visitor Appreciation Week with special treats and programs all week long. The event kicks off on May 1 with a free Reptile and Amphibian program for participants age four and older from 4 to 4:45 p.m. No registration is required. Visitors will have a chance each day to win a small gift from Hidden Oaks. Prizes vary and may include such items as milkweed seeds and animal stickers. Call 703-941-1065 for more information.

Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day at Green Spring
Stop by Green Spring Gardens May 2 through 6 for free gardening and history events at 11 a.m. each day. Afterwards, enjoy afternoon refreshments in honor of Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day on May 6. On Monday, join the Master Gardeners for a roundtable conversation; take a tree walk on Tuesday and receive a free tree sapling; on Wednesday, enjoy a special tour of the historic house; visit with the gardeners at our edible garden on Thursday; and on Friday, learn about Green Spring past and present on a tour led by a Master Gardener docent. Call 703-642-5173.

Friday, May 6

Survival SkillsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond. Children age 6 to 12 will learn through shelter building, distinguishing edible vs. poisonous plants and other Ďdangersí of the wild from 5 to 6 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Campfire Fridays SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a night of campfire, símores, animals and more at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Participants age three to adult will go to a different park area to explore a new topic each week. The program runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Visitor Appreciation Week at Hidden Oaks
Hidden Oaks Nature Center celebrates Visitor Appreciation Week with special treats and programs all week long. The event kicks off on May 1 with a free Reptile and Amphibian program for participants age four and older from 4 to 4:45 p.m. No registration is required. Visitors will have a chance each day to win a small gift from Hidden Oaks. Prizes vary and may include such items as milkweed seeds and animal stickers. Call 703-941-1065 for more information.

Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day at Green Spring
Stop by Green Spring Gardens May 2 through 6 for free gardening and history events at 11 a.m. each day. Afterwards, enjoy afternoon refreshments in honor of Visitor Appreciation Week and National Public Gardens Day on May 6. On Monday, join the Master Gardeners for a roundtable conversation; take a tree walk on Tuesday and receive a free tree sapling; on Wednesday, enjoy a special tour of the historic house; visit with the gardeners at our edible garden on Thursday; and on Friday, learn about Green Spring past and present on a tour led by a Master Gardener docent. Call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, May 7

Natural HistoryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From space and dinosaurs to flowers and fish, this series at Colvin Run Mill covers it all. The program is designed for children age five to eight and runs from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary. The cost is $6 per child. call 703-759-2771.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & BlossomsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park. Participants age two to adult can search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-759-9018 for information.

Live Animal Lunchtime!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your lunch to Huntley Meadows Park from noon to 1:30 p.m. and dine with a special animal guest -- a snake, turtle or toad. Participants age three to adult can learn about an animalís diet, adaptations, and habitat through crafts and hands-on learning for adults and children. Dessert is our treat! The cost is $7 per person. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered. Call 703-768-2525.

Genealogy - Where Do You Come From?Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Are you overwhelmed with stories of your familyís exploits, or is your familyís past in an unknown country? Join us at Historic Huntley to learn some tips and tricks to start your genealogical exploration. This program runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and is for adults. The cost is $30 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Animal Moms and BabiesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Wild animals care for their young in fascinating ways. Through a naturalist-led walk and talk, craft, game and song at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, children age two to five will learn about natureís wild ways of child rearing. Meet live animals. The program runs from 1 to 1:45 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Great Plants for Wildlife GardensClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Attract beneficial insects, birds, and wildlife to your garden with native and eco-friendly plants. Come to Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. as horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol shows you choice annuals and perennials that will work for your growing conditions and gives you design tips for planting so your garden looks great into fall. This talk, appropriate for adults, takes place in the gardens. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Pink Ladyís Slipper WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age six to adult will join a naturalist from Hidden Oaks Nature Center for a leisurely stroll to a natural wild orchid display at Roundtree Park on Annandale Road in Falls Church. Your naturalist guide will also identify other native wildflowers from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $2 per person. Meet at Roundtree Park. This walk canceled in the event of rain. Call 703-941-1065.

Secretive SalamandersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center for Salamander Saturday Ė a celebration of salamanders! This initiative by the Foundation for the Conservation of Salamanders is dedicated to raising awareness about salamanders, their habitats and their role in the ecosystem. While salamanders are the most abundant vertebrate in many forest floor ecosystems and consume vast numbers of insects and other invertebrates, people are unaware of them due to their secretive nature. At 3 p.m., take a leisurely 45-minute walk with our naturalist along the Old Oak Trail to roll logs in search of these interesting creatures. This free event is for participants age four to adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Evening StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk. A naturalist will take participants age six to adult on a tour of the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Build Your Own Bat HouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bats eat mosquitoes and help pollinate plants, but they are having a hard time. Participants age three to adult can help these important animals thrive by building their own bat house from 9 to 11 a.m. at Riverbend Park. The cost is $8 per person, and everyone must register. A fee of $15 per bat house should be paid to the instructor on the day of the program. For more information, please call 703-759-9018.

Riverbend Bird Stroll Ė WarblersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Hike with a naturalist during peak warbler migration from 7 to 9 a.m. Adults can discover why Riverbend Park is an important stopover and nesting area that attracts so many species. Beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars. The cost is $8 per person. Meet at the visitor center. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Night Hike CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a nighttime walk with a naturalist at Burke Lake Park to search for wildlife from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The hike concludes with a campfire. Símores ingredients provided. This program is for participants age three to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. For more information, please call 703-323-6600.

Visitor Appreciation Week at Hidden Oaks
Hidden Oaks Nature Center celebrates Visitor Appreciation Week with special treats and programs all week long. The event kicks off on May 1 with a free Reptile and Amphibian program for participants age four and older from 4 to 4:45 p.m. No registration is required. Visitors will have a chance each day to win a small gift from Hidden Oaks. Prizes vary and may include such items as milkweed seeds and animal stickers. Call 703-941-1065 for more information.

Sunday, May 8

Motherís Day Tea
Indulge in a sumptuous Motherís Day-themed tea menu at Historic Green Spring as we pay tribute to mothers everywhere. Take our Motherís Day quiz to learn all about this traditional rite of spring and earn the opportunity to take home a beautiful door prize! Favor bag included. This program is for participants age 13 to adult and runs from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $47 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Potpourri for Mum on Motherís Day
Take the Sully Historic House tour and make a special potpourri sachet for your mother from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mom must be on your tour. The potpourri is free with the tour cost of $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Scottís Run Bird Watching for BeginnersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Birding is a hobby that can last a lifetime and parks are a great place to start your adventure. This class at Scottís Run Nature Preserve from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. covers birding basics for participants age 14 to adult, including how to use binoculars and other equipment, the importance of a field guide and other strategies for identifying different types of birds. The cost is $8 per person. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities. Call 703-759-9018.

Visitor Appreciation Week at Hidden Oaks
Hidden Oaks Nature Center celebrates Visitor Appreciation Week with special treats and programs all week long. The event kicks off on May 1 with a free Reptile and Amphibian program for participants age four and older from 4 to 4:45 p.m. No registration is required. Visitors will have a chance each day to win a small gift from Hidden Oaks. Prizes vary and may include such items as milkweed seeds and animal stickers. Call 703-941-1065 for more information.

Monday, May 9

Little Acorns-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to four and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration, weather permitting. Dress for the weather. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary each week: 5/2 Bird Nests & Eggs; 5/9 Spring Flowers; 5/16 Mice are Nice; 5/23 Wiggly Worms. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

Nature Quest-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Be part of the long-running naturalist program at Hidden Pond Nature Center designed for preschool explorers age three to six. From field to stream and everything in between, children will learn about our local animal species, hands-on and in the field from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Seniors-Only Tournament!
Senior players 55 and older compete at Greendale Golf Course in a one-day, 18-hole, individual stroke-play tournament with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Divisions are determined based on sign-up with a minimum of eight players required per division. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place in each division, as well as closest to the pin. Registration is now open; advanced registration is required by May 2. The cost is $45 per person and includes greens fee and power cart, breakfast, lunch and prizes. The fee is due at registration. Call 703-971-6170.

Tuesday, May 10

Time Traveler TuesdaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The Time Traveler series at Colvin Run Mill will take participants age 6 to 11 on an interactive journey through time focusing on a different period in Virginia history each week. The program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Call 703-759-2771.

Wednesday, May 11

Pohick Puddle JumpersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The youngest nature lovers, age three to six, can now become Pohick Rangers. Be part of this seasonís natural world exploration, hands-on and up close at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Indoor and outdoor activities include exploring the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Nature TotsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler, age two or three, to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Monthly programs include indoor and outdoor activities. An adult must be able to participate with children. The topic in May is flowers. The cost is $4 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, May 12

Afterschool Adventure Kids!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Get into the great outdoors to explore all things that creep, crawl, and soar. Children age six to ten can join us at Huntley Meadows Park from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. for nature discovery and investigation. Thereís a different topic each class. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-768-2525.

Garden Tour & Tea
Tour the demonstration gardens at Green Spring Gardens with a Master Gardener who will inspire you with stories of Green Springís past and present. Then, enjoy a traditional English tea served in the 1784 historic house. This program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and is for participants 13 to adult. The cost is $32 per person. Reservations are required. Call 703-941-7987.

Kidís Korner-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age three to six learn about spring with their adult from 1 to 2 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Topics vary each month. Mayís topic is sliding snakes. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Animal Feeding at the Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Participants three and older can help our naturalist feed the animals from 5 to 6 p.m. The cost is $4 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Friday, May 13

Survival SkillsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond. Children age 6 to 12 will learn through shelter building, distinguishing edible vs. poisonous plants and other Ďdangersí of the wild from 5 to 6 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

4 Seasons at Huntley - Coffee Table BookClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to come visit the wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park in similar places and patterns four different seasons of the year to create ďA Year in the Life of Huntley MeadowsĒ coffee table book to share with family and friends. Choose your media to bring with you from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. -- camera, sketchbook, etc. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Par-3 Challenge
Golfers age eight to adult will compete in a 9-hole, individual stroke-play tournament beginning at 2 p.m. at Jefferson Golf Course. Jeffersonís tee boxes will be moved around to turn the entire course into par-3s. Tee box locations will be kept secret until the day of the event. Advance registration is required by May 11. The cost per person is $36 if you sign up before May 1 and $41 for registrations on or after May 1. The rain date is May 21. The fee is due at the time of registration and includes prizes. For more information, call 703-573-0444, ext. 3.

Saturday, May 14

Spring Garden Day Ė THE BIG PLANT SALE
More than 40 local garden vendors will descend on Green Spring Gardens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with beautiful and unusual plants to fill your spring gardening needs. Growers and Master Gardeners will be on hand to help with plant selections and gardening advice. Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) members receive 10 percent off plants in the Garden Gate Plant Shop. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Spring Farm DayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Watch sheep shearing and antique farm equipment demonstrations at Frying Pan Farm Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants age two to adult can try hands-on farm activities such as cow and goat milking. Enjoy crafts, games and puppet shows and get an up-close introduction to the baby farm animals. The cost is $7 per person. Walk-ins are welcome. The cost is $8 at the door. Call 703-437-9101.

You Can Build It!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age four to adult can experiment with different building materials (e.g. LEGOs) at Historic Huntley from 1 to 3 p.m. and build pediments, walls, arches and lintels and learn something you may not have known about eggs. Make a Federal-style home in paper and take home your own piece of decorative plaster. A tour of the Historic Huntley House is included in the $9 per person cost. Call 703-768-2525.

Natural HistoryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From space and dinosaurs to flowers and fish, this series at Colvin Run Mill covers it all. The program is designed for children age five to eight and runs from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary. The cost is $6 per child. call 703-759-2771.

Visit with a Carpenter - ChildClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Visit with a Carpenter - AdultClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Most men had some knowledge of carpentry 200 years ago. Work with the carpenter at Sully Historic Site to learn about wood types and use tools from the 18th century. This is an ongoing program from noon to 3 p.m. A Forgotten Road tour at 2 p.m. is included. The cost for children age 5 to 14 is $8 per child. The cost for participants age 16 to adult is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Fishing by the StreamClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and join a naturalist to go fishing along Rocky Run stream from 6 to 7 p.m. Participants age two to adult will learn about native fish and receive tips on equipment and techniques. Beginners are welcome. Bring your own fully rigged fishing poles; worms are provided for bait. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Night Hike & Símores CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a naturalist-led walk through the forest at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to listen for nocturnal animals and to look for evidence of wildlife. End your hike at our campfire and make símores. This program for participants four to adult runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

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

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks BridgeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at the nature center at Riverbend Park and then journey through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge. Participants age two to adult can listen to Winnie the Poohís story and play Poohsticks on the bridge from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Campfire Saturdays: Lake Accotink SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adventure awaits at Lake Accotink Park as you explore the woodlands and spots where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist. The program for participants age three to adult runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and ends with a cozy campfire. Bring whatever you like to roast. Símores are provided. Topics vary each month. The cost is $8 per person. Meet at the marina. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Frog Chorus at Eakin PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Eakin Park in Fairfax to join a naturalist-led walk to the pond to identify frogs by sound and features. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Bring one flashlight per family. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The walk will be canceled in the event of rain. Call 703-941-1065 for more information.

Sunday, May 15

The Very, Very Fun Storybook Tea PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy stories by author Eric Carle at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as we act out being hungry caterpillars while children munch through some of the storybook treats. Meet and release not-so-grouchy ladybugs. Make crafts. This program, for kids age three to eight runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065 one week in advance with any dietary restrictions.

Herpetology 101Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Can you detail the difference between a reptile and amphibian? Hone your skills at identification and improve your knowledge of local species using live animals and specimens at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This program is for participants age 13 to adult. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Grinding and Blacksmithing demos
Travel back in time to see grinding and blacksmithing demonstrations at Colvin Run Mill. The miller will be grinding from noon to 3 p.m. No reservations are needed, but tour costs apply. The fees are $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for seniors and kids under 15. Blacksmithing demonstrations will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The demos are free, and no reservations are required. Call 703-759-2771.

Live Animal Lunchtime!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your lunch to Huntley Meadows Park from noon to 1:30 p.m. and dine with a special animal guest -- a snake, turtle or toad. Participants age three to adult can learn about an animalís diet, adaptations, and habitat through crafts and hands-on learning for adults and children. Dessert is our treat! The cost is $7 per person. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered. Call 703-768-2525.

Monday, May 16

Little Acorns-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to four and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration, weather permitting. Dress for the weather. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary each week: 5/2 Bird Nests & Eggs; 5/9 Spring Flowers; 5/16 Mice are Nice; 5/23 Wiggly Worms. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

Nature Quest-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Be part of the long-running naturalist program at Hidden Pond Nature Center designed for preschool explorers age three to six. From field to stream and everything in between, children will learn about our local animal species, hands-on and in the field from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Tuesday, May 17

Time Traveler TuesdaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The Time Traveler series at Colvin Run Mill will take participants age 6 to 11 on an interactive journey through time focusing on a different period in Virginia history each week. The program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Call 703-759-2771.

Animal Feeding TimeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís feeding time, and Riverbend Parkís exhibit animals are hungry! Join a Riverbend animal caretaker to feed and care for our snakes, turtles, frogs and fish from 10 to 11 a.m. Participants age four to adult will discover fascinating animal facts as they meet the animals up close. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Wednesday, May 18

Pohick Puddle JumpersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The youngest nature lovers, age three to six, can now become Pohick Rangers. Be part of this seasonís natural world exploration, hands-on and up close at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Indoor and outdoor activities include exploring the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, May 19

Afterschool Adventure Kids!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Get into the great outdoors to explore all things that creep, crawl, and soar. Children age six to ten can join us at Huntley Meadows Park from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. for nature discovery and investigation. Thereís a different topic each class. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-768-2525.

Jr. Farmer Family FunClick 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. Participants age two to adult can 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. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-437-9101.

Friday, May 20

Campfire Fridays SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a night of campfire, símores, animals and more at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Participants age three to adult will go to a different park area to explore a new topic each week. The program runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Rockhounders - Spring SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This summer camp for children age 6 to 12 is now a spring series at Hidden Pond Nature Center. This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting from 5 to 6 p.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Garden Talk: Lovely Annuals & PerennialsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Want to have a beautiful yard with loads of curb appeal? Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens will show you how soil preparation, mass plantings and careful attention to the right flower selection can give you a lush flowering garden. This talk for adults runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Hot Dog, Símores! Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants wo and older will meet at Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to enjoy a turkey hot dog supper roasted over the campfire and a wagon ride through the Rocky Run SV. Discover the areaís local and natural history. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments and símores. Feel free to bring your own drinks and sides. The program runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the cost is $10 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

American Indian Stories CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as you hear traditional American Indian stories and toast marshmallows from 8 to 9 p.m. The cost of this program for participants age four to adult is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Flora Fauna Formulas: SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Have you ever wondered about the unique relationships between plant and animal pairs in the forest or wetlands? Adults are invited to join us at Huntley Meadows Park for a closer look at these fascinating dependencies from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Each walk and discussion features a different flora-fauna pair. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, May 21

Natural HistoryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From space and dinosaurs to flowers and fish, this series at Colvin Run Mill covers it all. The program is designed for children age five to eight and runs from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary. The cost is $6 per child. call 703-759-2771.

Twilight Hilltop TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. Itís a dramatic setting made more stunning by the setting sun. Adults are invited to join us after hours for a special tour from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. See the house in a different light. Light refreshments will be served afterward. The cost is $6. Dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

The Moon and the Stars CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and talk about the moon and stars around a warm campfire. Head out into the meadow with a naturalist to learn how to identify the early spring constellations, and enjoy símores around the fire. The program runs from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for participants age two to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Sketch Hike: BirdsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on birds and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills. The program is appropriate for participants age 12 to adult and runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, please call 703-768-2525.

Evening WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This is a perfect way to spend the evening! Adults are invited to join naturalist PJ Dunn to hike the trails at Huntley Meadows Park after dark, looking and listening for owls, beavers and other night animals from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, please call 703-768-2525.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac RiverClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River while finding out about Riverbend Parkís wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. This ride from 10 to 11 a.m. is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

International Observe the Moon NightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Observe the moon through a scope, see ancient lava flows, enjoy a campfire and stories, and go on a moonlit night hike at Burke Lake Park. The program for participants age four to adult runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and will be canceled if it rains. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Sunday, May 22

Wetland RangersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age four to seven can become a young, wetland ranger at Huntley Meadows Park and explore the wild wetland habitat through stories, games and nature walks from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Topics vary. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Cooking BiscuitsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to cook without electric ovens and microwaves? Try cooking the old-fashioned way over a fire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Participants age four to adult can cook biscuits with jelly and make fresh butter to sample. Learn about the tools and safety required when cooking with open flames. This program runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. For more information, please call 703-631-0013.

Monday, May 23

Little Acorns-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to four and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and an outdoor exploration, weather permitting. Dress for the weather. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary each week: 5/2 Bird Nests & Eggs; 5/9 Spring Flowers; 5/16 Mice are Nice; 5/23 Wiggly Worms. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703- 941-1065.

Nature Quest-SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Be part of the long-running naturalist program at Hidden Pond Nature Center designed for preschool explorers age three to six. From field to stream and everything in between, children will learn about our local animal species, hands-on and in the field from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Tuesday, May 24

Time Traveler TuesdaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The Time Traveler series at Colvin Run Mill will take participants age 6 to 11 on an interactive journey through time focusing on a different period in Virginia history each week. The program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Call 703-759-2771.

Wednesday, May 25

Pohick Puddle JumpersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The youngest nature lovers, age three to six, can now become Pohick Rangers. Be part of this seasonís natural world exploration, hands-on and up close at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Indoor and outdoor activities include exploring the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Pond LifeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and learn about pond life from 7 to 8 p.m. Bring shoes that can get wet and muddy. Participants age two to adult will search for catch and release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and other creatures. The cost is $5 per person. All family members must register. Please call 703-631-0013 for info.

Master Gardener Informational Meeting
Find out how to become a Master Gardener at Green Spring Gardens. Bi-weekly training begins in the fall, but learning more about what it means to be a Master Gardeners begins now. Join us from 10 a.m. to noon to learn more. For more information, call 703-642-0128.

Thursday, May 26

Garden Tour & Tea
Tour the demonstration gardens at Green Spring Gardens with a Master Gardener who will inspire you with stories of Green Springís past and present. Then, enjoy a traditional English tea served in the 1784 historic house. This program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and is for participants 13 to adult. The cost is $32 per person. Reservations are required. Call 703-941-7987.

Afterschool Adventure Kids!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Get into the great outdoors to explore all things that creep, crawl, and soar. Children age six to ten can join us at Huntley Meadows Park from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. for nature discovery and investigation. Thereís a different topic each class. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-768-2525.

BatsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Walk the meadows and forest edges to see bats feeding on insects at Lake Accotink Park. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about our native bats and their habits. This program for participants age seven to adult runs from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Friday, May 27

Rockhounders - Spring SeriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This summer camp for children age 6 to 12 is now a spring series at Hidden Pond Nature Center. This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting from 5 to 6 p.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Amphibian CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Gather around a campfire to learn about our native amphibians at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Participants age two to adult will get to see some animals first hand and talk about their habits and habitats. Make símores around the campfire. The program runs from 7 to 8 p.m., and the cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Bats, Bugs and Owls Oh My!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the critters that only come out at night and their special adaptations that help them thrive while we sleep. Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center and watch for bats, attract some bugs and call for owls. We provide marshmallows at the campfire. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 8 to 9 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, May 28

Water Mine Opens for the Summer
The recently expanded, and better than ever Water Mine Family Swimminí Hole reopens at 10 a.m. Season passes for the water park are already on sale.

Natural HistoryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From space and dinosaurs to flowers and fish, this series at Colvin Run Mill covers it all. The program is designed for children age five to eight and runs from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary. The cost is $6 per child. call 703-759-2771.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & BlossomsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park. Participants age two to adult can search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-759-9018 for information.

Cures from the Quarter
At the slave quarter at Sully Historic Site, learn how enslaved African Americans maintained their health. Discover the differences and similarities between healthcare methods of slaves and their masters. Learn about the Native American influence on early American healthcare. Reservations are suggested for this program at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. A Forgotten Road Tour is included. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Copperheads and Black RacersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age eight to adult are invited to assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. We search for, capture, identify and release snakes from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn habits and preferred habitats of our native snakes. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-631-0013 for information.

Tiny Tea PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Hear the story ďThe Little Red Hen Makes PizzaĒ as you sip mint tea or apple juice and munch on animal crackers at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Make a pretend pizza and a craft. The program for participants age three to adult runs from 1 to 1:45 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Trees are Terrific CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy símores around the campfire from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn how trees make Ellanor C. Lawrence Park a special place. Participants age two to adult will work up an appetite with a short hike with expert naturalist Jim Dewing to search for the biggest, oldest and most important trees in our forest. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, May 29

Reptile & Amphibian ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 6 to 15 can join the Reptile & Amphibian Club at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs and salamanders. Learn new facts, encounter live animals and discover their park habitats from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look up, listen carefully and discover the amazing birds that inhabit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Children age 5 to 11 meet once a month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to develop birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Monday, May 30

Tuesday, May 31

Time Traveler TuesdaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The Time Traveler series at Colvin Run Mill will take participants age 6 to 11 on an interactive journey through time focusing on a different period in Virginia history each week. The program runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Call 703-759-2771.

Animal Feeding TimeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís feeding time, and Riverbend Parkís exhibit animals are hungry! Join a Riverbend animal caretaker to feed and care for our snakes, turtles, frogs and fish from 10 to 11 a.m. Participants age four to adult will discover fascinating animal facts as they meet the animals up close. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, August 1

Sunday, August 2

Weekend Highlights

Saturday, May 14

Spring Garden Day – THE BIG PLANT SALE
More than 40 local garden vendors will descend on Green Spring Gardens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with beautiful and unusual plants to fill your spring gardening needs. Growers and Master Gardeners will be on hand to help with plant selections and gardening advice. Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) members receive 10 percent off plants in the Garden Gate Plant Shop. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Spring Farm Day Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Watch sheep shearing and antique farm equipment demonstrations at Frying Pan Farm Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants age two to adult can try hands-on farm activities such as cow and goat milking. Enjoy crafts, games and puppet shows and get an up-close introduction to the baby farm animals. The cost is $7 per person. Walk-ins are welcome. The cost is $8 at the door. Call 703-437-9101.

You Can Build It! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age four to adult can experiment with different building materials (e.g. LEGOs) at Historic Huntley from 1 to 3 p.m. and build pediments, walls, arches and lintels and learn something you may not have known about eggs. Make a Federal-style home in paper and take home your own piece of decorative plaster. A tour of the Historic Huntley House is included in the $9 per person cost. Call 703-768-2525.

Natural History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From space and dinosaurs to flowers and fish, this series at Colvin Run Mill covers it all. The program is designed for children age five to eight and runs from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary. The cost is $6 per child. call 703-759-2771.

Visit with a Carpenter - Child Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Visit with a Carpenter - Adult Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Most men had some knowledge of carpentry 200 years ago. Work with the carpenter at Sully Historic Site to learn about wood types and use tools from the 18th century. This is an ongoing program from noon to 3 p.m. A Forgotten Road tour at 2 p.m. is included. The cost for children age 5 to 14 is $8 per child. The cost for participants age 16 to adult is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Fishing by the Stream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and join a naturalist to go fishing along Rocky Run stream from 6 to 7 p.m. Participants age two to adult will learn about native fish and receive tips on equipment and techniques. Beginners are welcome. Bring your own fully rigged fishing poles; worms are provided for bait. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Night Hike & S’mores Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a naturalist-led walk through the forest at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to listen for nocturnal animals and to look for evidence of wildlife. End your hike at our campfire and make s’mores. This program for participants four to adult runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Tune into Nature News Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Tune in to the latest nature headlines at Huntley Meadows Park. Participants age eight to adult will get in-depth reporting out in the field about the latest eco-updates throughout Huntley’s habitats from 4 to 6 p.m. Don’t miss each unique broadcast and walk. The cost is $7 per person. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at the nature center at Riverbend Park and then journey through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge. Participants age two to adult can listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Campfire Saturdays: Lake Accotink Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adventure awaits at Lake Accotink Park as you explore the woodlands and spots where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist. The program for participants age three to adult runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and ends with a cozy campfire. Bring whatever you like to roast. S’mores are provided. Topics vary each month. The cost is $8 per person. Meet at the marina. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Frog Chorus at Eakin Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Eakin Park in Fairfax to join a naturalist-led walk to the pond to identify frogs by sound and features. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Bring one flashlight per family. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The walk will be canceled in the event of rain. Call 703-941-1065 for more information.

Sunday, May 15

The Very, Very Fun Storybook Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy stories by author Eric Carle at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as we act out being hungry caterpillars while children munch through some of the storybook treats. Meet and release not-so-grouchy ladybugs. Make crafts. This program, for kids age three to eight runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065 one week in advance with any dietary restrictions.

Herpetology 101 Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Can you detail the difference between a reptile and amphibian? Hone your skills at identification and improve your knowledge of local species using live animals and specimens at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This program is for participants age 13 to adult. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Grinding and Blacksmithing demos
Travel back in time to see grinding and blacksmithing demonstrations at Colvin Run Mill. The miller will be grinding from noon to 3 p.m. No reservations are needed, but tour costs apply. The fees are $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for seniors and kids under 15. Blacksmithing demonstrations will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The demos are free, and no reservations are required. Call 703-759-2771.

Live Animal Lunchtime! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your lunch to Huntley Meadows Park from noon to 1:30 p.m. and dine with a special animal guest -- a snake, turtle or toad. Participants age three to adult can learn about an animal’s diet, adaptations, and habitat through crafts and hands-on learning for adults and children. Dessert is our treat! The cost is $7 per person. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered. Call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, May 21

Natural History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From space and dinosaurs to flowers and fish, this series at Colvin Run Mill covers it all. The program is designed for children age five to eight and runs from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary. The cost is $6 per child. call 703-759-2771.

Twilight Hilltop Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. It’s a dramatic setting made more stunning by the setting sun. Adults are invited to join us after hours for a special tour from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. See the house in a different light. Light refreshments will be served afterward. The cost is $6. Dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

The Moon and the Stars Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and talk about the moon and stars around a warm campfire. Head out into the meadow with a naturalist to learn how to identify the early spring constellations, and enjoy s’mores around the fire. The program runs from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for participants age two to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Sketch Hike: Birds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on birds and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills. The program is appropriate for participants age 12 to adult and runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, please call 703-768-2525.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This is a perfect way to spend the evening! Adults are invited to join naturalist PJ Dunn to hike the trails at Huntley Meadows Park after dark, looking and listening for owls, beavers and other night animals from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, please call 703-768-2525.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River while finding out about Riverbend Park’s wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. This ride from 10 to 11 a.m. is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

International Observe the Moon Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Observe the moon through a scope, see ancient lava flows, enjoy a campfire and stories, and go on a moonlit night hike at Burke Lake Park. The program for participants age four to adult runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and will be canceled if it rains. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Sunday, May 22

Wetland Rangers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age four to seven can become a young, wetland ranger at Huntley Meadows Park and explore the wild wetland habitat through stories, games and nature walks from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Topics vary. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Cooking Biscuits Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to cook without electric ovens and microwaves? Try cooking the old-fashioned way over a fire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Participants age four to adult can cook biscuits with jelly and make fresh butter to sample. Learn about the tools and safety required when cooking with open flames. This program runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. For more information, please call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, May 28

Water Mine Opens for the Summer
The recently expanded, and better than ever Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole reopens at 10 a.m. Season passes for the water park are already on sale.

Natural History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From space and dinosaurs to flowers and fish, this series at Colvin Run Mill covers it all. The program is designed for children age five to eight and runs from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary. The cost is $6 per child. call 703-759-2771.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park. Participants age two to adult can search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-759-9018 for information.

Cures from the Quarter
At the slave quarter at Sully Historic Site, learn how enslaved African Americans maintained their health. Discover the differences and similarities between healthcare methods of slaves and their masters. Learn about the Native American influence on early American healthcare. Reservations are suggested for this program at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. A Forgotten Road Tour is included. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Copperheads and Black Racers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age eight to adult are invited to assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. We search for, capture, identify and release snakes from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn habits and preferred habitats of our native snakes. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-631-0013 for information.

Tiny Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Hear the story “The Little Red Hen Makes Pizza” as you sip mint tea or apple juice and munch on animal crackers at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Make a pretend pizza and a craft. The program for participants age three to adult runs from 1 to 1:45 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Trees are Terrific Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy s’mores around the campfire from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn how trees make Ellanor C. Lawrence Park a special place. Participants age two to adult will work up an appetite with a short hike with expert naturalist Jim Dewing to search for the biggest, oldest and most important trees in our forest. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, May 29

Reptile & Amphibian Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 6 to 15 can join the Reptile & Amphibian Club at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs and salamanders. Learn new facts, encounter live animals and discover their park habitats from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Look up, listen carefully and discover the amazing birds that inhabit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Children age 5 to 11 meet once a month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to develop birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, June 4

Natural History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From space and dinosaurs to flowers and fish, this series at Colvin Run Mill covers it all. The program is designed for children age five to eight from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-759-2771.

Wild Side Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age five to adult will take a 90-minute tractor ride with a park naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Look for animals in meadow, forest and wetland habitats and learn how park staff manages each area. Enjoy refreshments while looking for wildflowers, birds and dragonflies. Rides are offered from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Meet at 6901 South Kings Highway. The cost is $7 per person. Rides are canceled if it rains. Call 703-768-2525.

Family Fun: Daring Dragonflies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the fierce and beautiful dragonfly at Green Spring Gardens. Find out about its life cycle and history and then head to the ponds with nets for a close look at this living fossil. Afterward, stay and enjoy the gardens and do our seasonal seek-and-find activity. This program for participants age five to adult runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Container Water Garden Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Container Water Garden Supply Fee Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11 a.m. when horticulturalist Judy Zatsick guides you through building a container water garden with a pump and plants to take home. This workshop is for participants age 16 to adult. The cost is $35 per person, plus a $50 supply fee. Please register for both the program and supply fee. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk. A naturalist will take participants age six to adult on a tour of the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at the nature center at Riverbend Park and then journey through the woods to Poohsticks Bridge. Participants age two to adult can listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Build Your Own Bat House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bats help eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants, but they’re having a hard time. Participants age three to adult can help these important animals thrive by building a bat house to take home from 9 to 11 a.m. at Riverbend Park. The cost is $8 per person, and everyone must register. A fee of $15 per bat house is paid to the instructor on the day of the program. Call 703-759-9018.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Walk the meadows and forest edges to see bats feeding on insects at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about our native bats and their habits. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Meet at Cabell’s Mill, across from the pond. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, June 5

Cardboard Boat Regatta
It’s the 27tth running of the Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Accotink Park. Join in the fun with your own cardboard boat or spend the day watching as determined captains and their crews try to win the race before springing a leak. Admission is FREE. Parking is $5 per car. Judging is from noon to 1 p.m., and boat races will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. To register a boat or for more information, visit Lake Accotink or call 703-569-3464.

Grinding Demonstrations
See and hear 19th century technology at work! The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Please call the site to confirm. The tour cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. For more information, please call 703-759-2771.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. Come to Colvin Run Mill from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see the blacksmith at work. The demonstrations are free. For more information please call 703-759-2771.

Woodcarving
Enjoy free wood-carving lessons with Northern Virginia Carvers from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. There is a nominal charge for wood blanks. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Crystallized Flowers Tea Program
Learn how to crystallize edible flowers, herbs and fruits at Historic Green Spring. Chef and event planner Nora Burgan demonstrates the process and shows how to use them as elegant garnishes from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy samples. This program is for adults. The cost is $45 per person for the program and a full English tea; $22 per person for the program only. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Reptile & Amphibian Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 6 to 15 can join the Reptile & Amphibian Club at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs and salamanders. Learn new facts, encounter live animals and discover their park habitats from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Look up, listen carefully and discover the amazing birds that inhabit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Children age 5 to 11 meet once a month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to develop birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Birding for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Interested in birding? Participants age 12 to adult will learn about the birds at Huntley Meadows Park and some basic identification skills from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-768-2525.

Camera Trapping in Wildlife Ecology Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how cameras track and monitor wildlife at Riverbend Park. Participants age 12 and older will learn about this citizen science project and participate in the research by placing camera traps from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, June 11

Natural History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
From space and dinosaurs to flowers and fish, this series at Colvin Run Mill covers it all. The program is designed for children age five to eight from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-759-2771.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Butter & Cheese Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and taste hand-churned butter and sample cheeses while learning about the dairy industry’s importance at Walney. Tour the historic dairy and try your hand at milking a pretend cow. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Welcome Back Mother Goose Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalists in Nature Playce at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn and act out traditional nursery rhymes with nature themes. Children age two to five will make mud pie patty cakes and enjoy other activities and live animals from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. An adult must attend with their child. Call 703-941-1065.

Summer Astronomy Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center, enjoy a campfire, and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Look through a telescope at the moon and learn to identify the visible constellations. Make s’mores. This program from 8 to 9 p.m. is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult The program will be canceled in the event of rain. Call 703-941-1065.

Wetland in Bloom Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a plant ecology hike to the wetland at Huntley Meadows Park during peak bloom of buttonbush, swamp rose and lizards tail. Participants age five to adult will search for birds and mammals from 1 to 2:30 p.m. that use these plants for food, shelter and nesting. The cost is $6 per person. The hike will be canceled if it rains. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Watercolor Workshop: Water Lilies & Monet Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Be inspired by Monet's style and create your own water lily paintings using techniques like glazing, dry-brush, wet on wet, washes and more with the help of artist and instructor Dawn Flores from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. A supply list will be emailed before class. This program is intended for adults and the cost is $85 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River while finding out about Riverbend Park’s wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. This ride from 10 to 11 a.m. is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday June 12

Scott’s Run Bird Watching for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Start an adventure in birding. This class at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. covers birding basics for participants age 14 to adult, including how to use binoculars and other equipment, the importance of a field guide, and other strategies for identifying birds. The cost is $8. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities. Call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, June 18

Miller Training
Get dirty at Colvin Run Mill! This is a rare opportunity for visitors age 16 and older to participate in a two-day, hands-on practicum and learn to operate a water-powered mill. The program runs rom 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The $150 cost includes a supply fee. Reservations are required by June 3. Call 703-759-2771.

Wild Side Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age five to adult will take a 90-minute tractor ride with a park naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Look for animals in meadow, forest and wetland habitats and learn how park staff manages each area. Enjoy refreshments while looking for wildflowers, birds and dragonflies. Rides are offered from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Meet at 6901 South Kings Highway. The cost is $7 per person. Rides are canceled if it rains. Call 703-768-2525.

Wilderness Survival Training Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This action-packed course at Burke Lake Park for participants age 13 to adult offers instruction, demonstration and hands-on practice of vital survival skills. Topics include fire making, shelter building, navigation and making snares, traps and tools. Dress for the weather, wear hiking boots, and plan to get sweaty and dirty. This four-session class meets rain or shine from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $95 per person. Those younger than 16 must come with a paying adult. Bring snacks and water. Adults should bring a non-folding survival knife. Call 703-323-6600.

Ice Cream at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Historic Huntley from 1 to 3 p.m. to make and enjoy old-fashioned hand-cranked ice cream. Participants age two to adult will discover how the histories of ice cream and Huntley follow a similar path. A tour of the ice well and Historic Huntley House are included in the $8 per person cost. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join animal caretakers at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to see how we feed our site display animals. Search for worms and insects and assist in serving dinner. Make a birdfeeder to take home. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Funtography: Creative Exercises for Art Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Improve your artistic eye and engage your creative brain through show-and-tell and imaginative exercises at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Photography instructor Tuan Pham will help you apply new vision to your art. No experience necessary. The cost is $32 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt at Riverbend Park. Participants age two to adult can search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Campfire Saturdays: Lake Accotink Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adventure awaits at Lake Accotink Park as you explore spots where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for participants age three to adult ends with a cozy campfire. Bring whatever you like to roast. S’mores are provided. Topics vary each month. The cost is $8 per person. Meet at the marina. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Animal Scientists Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your child at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for an hour of animal adventure and fun. Whether hiking the forest, examining pond creatures, or meeting exhibit animals, children investigate and discover first-hand animal biology, adaptation, and habitats. This program for children age 6 to 10 runs from 3 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Lecture and Tasting: Whiskey in America Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Historic Green Spring and hear about the nation’s most celebrated spirit. Mount Vernon archaeology director Luke Pecoraro tells the story of American distilled products through discoveries unearthed at colonial production sites, including George Washington’s recently renovated distillery. Sample two ryes and three bourbons with light hors d’oeuvres. This program for adults 21 and over runs from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $44 per person. Call 703-941-7987.

Fairy Tale Tea Time Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Fairy tales come to life at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as you sip tea and enjoy treats surrounded by your favorite fairy tale characters. Come dressed as your favorite character, and learn why so many fairy tales include our animal friends. This event for participants age four to adult runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Campfire Celebration Summer Solstice Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age four to adult can learn about our closest star as we celebrate the start of summer. Enjoy sun facts and storytelling at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m., and toast marshmallows. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. This program will be canceled in the event of rain. Call 703-941-1065.

Ancient Plants Sketch Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Huntley’s forests are home to plants whose ancestors have been with us since dinosaur times! Learn about ferns, moss and their allies on a 1.5-mile hike (flat terrain) at Huntley Meadows Park from 10 a.m. to noon while keeping a complimentary field sketch book provided by the RunningBrooke Fund. This program for participants age 13 to adult costs $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Father’s Day Golf Tournament
Players age seven to adult will compete from 8 a.m. to noon at Burke Lake Golf Course. Teams of two compete in an 18-hole scramble format in three divisions: Father/Jr. 7-12; Father/Jr. 13-17; Father/Adult partner. There will be closest-to-the-pin contests, and prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in all divisions. The event is limited to the first 48 teams. Registration opens June 4.The rain date is June 25. The cost is $65 per team and includes lunch. Call 703-323-1641.

3rd Annual Summer Scramble
Teams of two players compete in a nine-hole scramble format tournament at Jefferson Golf course, beginning at 2 p.m. This scramble is for players age eight to adult. Advance registration is required by June 15. The cost per team is $70 before June 6 and $80 on or after June 6. The rain date is June 25. The fee is due at time of registration and includes prizes. For more information, call 703-573-9444, ext. 3.

Sunday, June 19

Antique Car Show
Celebrate Father’s Day at Sully’s 43rd Annual Antique Car Show co-sponsored by the FCPA and The Model A Ford Club of America. More than 400 antique and classic cars fill the grounds, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Buy the car of your dreams at the Car Corral or search for the perfect accessory in the Flea Market with more than 100 vendors. Treat Dad to a delicious lunch and enjoy some music. A tour of the first floor of the 1794 house is included in the admission. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $7 for children. Call 703-437-1794.

Father’s Day Tournament
This tournament at Oak Marr Golf Course begins at 9 a.m. and has a two-person team scramble format. Juniors, age 8 to 17, are divided into different age groups: Father/Jr. 8-10, Father/Jr. 11-13 and Father/Jr. 14-17. Trophies are awarded for each age group. Registration begins June 1. There is no rain date. The cost is $40 per team and is due at registration. Call 703-255-5390.

Father’s Day Family Fishing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Go fishing for Father’s Day at Riverbend Park. Supplies and equipment are provided, or bring your own rod and reel. All fish caught are released, and we give you some tips. The program from 4 to 6 p.m. is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $8 . Call 703-759-9018.

Father’s Day Celebration
Treat Dad to a free wood-carving lesson with Northern Virginia Carvers from noon to 4 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. There is a nominal charge for wood blanks. Free mill tours are being offered for all dads accompanied by their children. The tour cost for others is $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Animal Dads Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Pretend to be a penguin, wolf and beaver dad as you learn about these doting fathers. Meet live animals and make a craft for your favorite father/grandfather at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. This program for children age two to six runs three times: 9:45 to 10:30 a.m., 11 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. The cost is $6 per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Grinding Demonstrations
See and hear 19th century technology at work! The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Please call the site to confirm. The tour cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. For more information, please call 703-759-2771.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. Come to Colvin Run Mill from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see the blacksmith at work. The demonstrations are free. For more information please call 703-759-2771.

Astronomy For Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Sample the science world through the beauty of the night sky at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Learn about the constellations, visible planets, comets and other night sky phenomena through fun activities for participants age six to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, June 25

Creek Critters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 6 to 12 will look for crayfish, salamanders, frogs, minnows, invertebrates, and other critters in the creeks and lake at Lake Fairfax Park from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Bring old, closed-toed shoes as we learn about stream and/or creek critters. The cost is $10 per child. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to join naturalist PJ Dunn at Huntley Meadows Park to hike the trails after dark, looking and listening for owls, beavers and other night animals. The program runs from 8 to 10 p.m., and the cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

DIY Air Plant & Moss Wreath Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
DIY Air Plant & Moss Wreath Supply Fee Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults will create a beautiful grapevine wreath with exotic Tillandsias (air plants), moss, and natural materials during this workshop at Green Spring Gardens from 10 a.m. to noon. With the help of Green Spring staff member Susan Eggerton, learn how to assemble, design and care for your creation. The cost is $38 per person, plus a supply fee of $25 per person. Please register for both. Call 703-642-5173.

Strawberry Picnic Click to Register with Parktakes Online
On June 16, 1888: “A pleasant and successful strawberry festival was held in Machens grove. Tables were set out under the trees, ice cream and strawberries were served. A goodly number of pretty girls were present.” Participants age four to adult can rewind history at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and play croquet, savor strawberry ice cream, and learn school lessons from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy beforehand. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Home Grown Medical Chest
Medical care in the 1700s and 1800s was very different from what it is today. Tour Sully Historic Site’s garden, 18th century kitchen, and house, and learn about the preparation of home remedies and their uses. This event replaces the regular house tour. Reservations are suggested and tours are held at 1, 2 or 3 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Animal Feeding Time Click to Register with Parktakes Online
It’s feeding time, and the park’s exhibit animals are hungry! Join a Riverbend Park animal caretaker as they feed and care for our snakes, turtles, frogs, and fish. Discover fascinating facts about these animals as you meet them up close. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $4 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, June 26

Build Your own Bat House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bats help eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants, but they are having a hard time. Come to Riverbend Park from 10 a.m. to noon and help these important animals thrive by building a bat house to hang in your yard. The program is for participants age three to adult, and the cost is $8 per person. Everyone must register. A fee of $15 per bat house will be paid to the instructor on the day of the program. For more information, please call 703-759-9018.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at the nature center at Riverbend Park and journey through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. This adventure for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Life in the Leaf Litter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Riverbend Park naturalist for a hike and exploration of the forest floor. Uncover the diversity of soil organisms and the crucial role that invertebrates play in helping forests to stay healthy. This program for participants age eight to adult runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per person. Meet at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve’s west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scott’s Run. For more information, please call 703-759-9018.

Preserving Sully Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Built in 1794 and saved from demolition in 1959, Sully’s walls tell many stories. On this specialized walking tour, see select archival photos and hear fascinating stories about past and continued efforts to preserve Sully Historic Site. The tour from 11 a.m. to noon is designed for participants age eight to adult. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Hands-on History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your children age 4 to 11 and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th century children. Activities at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park will include games, farm chores and toy making. Then, the kids get to make something tasty. The program runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m., and the cost is $10 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Legacy of Lace Tea Program
Artist and collector Caroline Hottenstein returns to Green Spring Gardens to display lace items and lace-making tools and explain how this luxury fabric has been used as a fashion adornment for centuries. Hear about the origins of lace and its unlikely history. View slides of famous women resplendent in lace. Afterwards, enjoy a full English tea at the Historic House. This program for adults runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $42 for the program and tea; $15 for the program only. For more information, please call 703-941-7987.

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come visit historic Colvin Run Mill to learn about the milling process from beginning to end. This hands-on program for participants age six to adult teaches you how we clean, mill and sift our grains using antique equipment. All participants get a souvenir sample bag of what is milled in class. This is a great event for families. The cost is $20 per person and runs from 1 - 3 p.m. For more information, please call 703-759-2771.


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