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Friday, October 3

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

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

Saturday, October 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 6

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

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

Tuesday, October 7

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

Wednesday, October 8

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

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

Thursday, October 9

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

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

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

Friday, October 10

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

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

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

Saturday, October 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 12

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 13

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

Thursday, October 16

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

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

Garden Stroll & Tea
From 1 to 3 p.m. tour Green Spring Gardens with a docent. Afterward, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. The cost is $29 per person. To make a reservation, call 703-941-7987.

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

Friday, October 17

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

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

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

Saturday, October 18

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

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

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

Conifer ID: Cypress FamilyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Green Spring Gardens manager Mary Olien for this workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. to learn tips for distinguishing members of the cypress family, Cupressaceae. Bring a 10X hand lens or purchase one when you register online. The cost is $20 per person; the lens is and additional $25. For information, call 703-642-5173.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leave No Trace Awareness WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants ages 8 to 16 receive introductory training in the skills and ethics of the Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program. This three-hour workshop at Riverbend Park starts at 8 a.m. and the cost is $10 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 20

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

Thursday, October 23

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

Friday, October 24

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 26

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 27

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

Wednesday, October 29

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

Thursday, October 30

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

Friday, October 31

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

Saturday, September 6

All About Bats Campfire at Hidden OaksClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for bats from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn fun facts and hear an American Indian story of how bats got their wings. Toast marshmallows. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Workshop: Casting Leaves in ConcreteClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Horticulturalist Nancy Olney demonstrates casting and painting techniques at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The program cost is $45 per person and there is a $20 supply fee. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Hands-on Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop-off your child (ages 5 to 11) for an hour of natural adventure at E.C. Lawrence Park starting at 3 p.m. Children feed exhibit animals, search for wildlife, explore fur pelts, bones and other nature artifacts, and take home a craft. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Botanical DrawingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Build on your drawing skills as you work with perspective, shading, and three-dimensionality to draw botanic subjects at Green Spring Gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring a bag lunch.  The cost is $76 per person.  Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Artist Book Signing
Artists from the newly published American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic will be on hand at Green Spring Gardens from noon to 2 p.m. to sign copies of the book and talk informally about the project.  For information, call 703-642-5173.

Walney Time Travel: Peach Cobbler CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., learn about the lives of the E.C. Lawrence Park’s 18th century and early 19th century residents, as interpreters in period attire demonstrate cooking a peach cobbler using a Dutch oven. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

River MonstersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the Bull Run stream to discover river monsters from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Fish the deep pools for giant catfish and search the banks for northern water snakes. Meet at Hemlock Overlook. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Virginia Indian Festival at Riverbend Park
The festival includes eight Virginian tribes including the Rappahannock dancers and drummers. Enjoy hands on activities and live demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. including American Indian storytelling, shooting bow and arrows, throwing spears and making stone tools.  Also, explore a longhouse, help build a dugout canoe, and visit our marketplace of American Indian crafts, pottery and jewelry. The cost is $5. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Frogs & Sprites: Creatures of the ForestClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Forests are magical places where slow-moving caterpillars become spritely butterflies and frogs can freeze solid and live. Children ages 4 to 11 learn more about the trees these creatures need to live at E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

How to Draw Your Dragon(fly)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Margaret Wohler, illustrator for Huntley Meadows Park’s Dragonfly Guide, to learn tips and techniques for drawing dragonflies and other insects. This 90-minute program starts at 10 a.m. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Nature BuddiesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Parents and kids (ages three to five) read a story, play games and take a walk to Huntley Meadows’ wetland to look at seasonal happenings from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, September 7

SlugFest at Hidden Pond Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
There will be slug racing, crafts, fortune telling, skin exfoliation, slime tossing and the world premiere of The Life of Slime from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $8 per child (ages 3 to 12). Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Art Show Reception
Come to Green Spring Gardens’and the Historic House from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and see the work of Springfield Art Guild artists photographer Jay McKain and watercolorist Marnie Maree. Admission is free. The art show runs August 26-Oct. 28. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Grandparents’ Day Tea PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate National Grandparents Day with a multigenerational tea party at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

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

Grain Grinding Demonstrations
The miller will be grinding from noon to 3 p.m., conditions permitting, at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Tours cost $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for children and seniors. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Monday, September 8

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

Tuesday, September 9

Downton Abbey Costumes at Winterthur GetawayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Travel to Winterthur Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware to see the Downton Abbey costume exhibit. Enjoy lunch the Winterthur cafe.  The motor coach departs Green Spring Gardens at 7:15 a.m. and returns at 6:15 p.m.  The program fee of $119 per person includes motor coach, driver tip, entrance fees and tours. Register online.  For information, call 703-642-5173.

Wednesday, September 10

Wagon Ride: Journey to the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
See what’s hopping, splashing and swimming in Riverbend’s pond from 10 to 11 a.m. Meet at the nature center. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

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

Thursday, September 11

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

Go Native! WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
We discuss the benefits of planting natives at Hunter House in Nottoway Park from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-324-8513.

Kids Korner: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children ages three to six with an adult explore nature or history at E.C. Lawrence Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 9/11 and 10 to 11 a.m. on 9/13. An outdoor activity and craft are included in the $5 fee. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Homeschoolers Special at SullyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your homeschool student (age 5 to 12) or group to Sully Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for hands-on fun learning designed to enrich understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800. The cost is $10 per child and $5 per adult. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

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

Forestry Thursday at Hidden PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the hidden world of trees at Hidden Pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Topics include: 9/11 Pine Cones and Coconuts, 9/18 Woodland Trees, and 9/25 Trees of our Waterways. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, September 12

Campfire Friday: FishingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Hook a big one at Hidden Pond Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy a campfire and s’mores. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, September 13

Bat Fest at Hidden Oaks Nature CenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Leslie Sturges, wildlife rehabilitator and licensed exhibitor, presents live local bats from 7 to 9 p.m. Go on an evening bat hike and enjoy games and crafts. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Kids Korner: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children ages three to six with an adult explore nature or history at E.C. Lawrence Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 9/11 and 10 to 11 a.m. on 9/13. An outdoor activity and craft are included in the $5 fee. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Native American ArcheryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to make a bow and arrows and then take aim and shoot at Hidden Pond Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $24. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Evening StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn the curious habits of fireflies, listen for owls, and watch bats hunt from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Huntley Meadows. You might even see resident beavers at work! The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Fall Garden Day at Green Spring Gardens
Local plant vendors satisfy your gardening needs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live music, bake sale and a silent auction add to the festivities. Admission is free. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Four-Floor TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Oliver Evans’ birthday weekend with a behind-the-scenes tour of his modern milling marvel. Explore all four floors of Colvin Run Mill and see how Evans’ patented system revolutionized the milling industry. This extended tour may last up to two hours. Tours begin at noon and 2 p.m. and the cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Farm Animal Safari at Frying PanClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Calling all safari detectives! Use your powers of observation to locate clues left by animals from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. Activities include observation games and a guided tour through the park. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Sunday, September 14

Build Your Own Bat HouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2 to 4 p.m. at Riverbend Park, build a bat house to hang in your yard. The cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Four-Floor TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Oliver Evans’ birthday weekend with a behind-the-scenes tour of his modern milling marvel. Explore all four floors of Colvin Run Mill and see how Evans’ patented system revolutionized the milling industry. This extended tour may last up to two hours. Tours begin at noon and 2 p.m. and the cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Reptile & Amphibian ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 6 to 15 explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and salamanders at E.C. Lawrence Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching ClubClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Kids ages 5 to 11 meet at E.C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. to develop awesome birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Monday, September 15

Yoga for Gardeners at Green Spring GardensClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This class from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. features a gentle introduction to the Vinyasa method. Class is held indoors.  The cost is $117 per person for 11 Monday morning classes.  Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, September 16

Animal Feeding at the Nature Center Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 3 to 11 help our naturalist care for and feed Hidden Pond Nature Center’s animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $4. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your flashlight or lantern to Frying Pan Farm Park for a twilight tour from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Wednesday, September 17

Homeschool Historians Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your homeschool student (ages 6 to 13) or group to E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m. for hands-on learning designed to enrich your understanding of Fairfax County history. The cost is $12 per child and $5 per adult. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, September 18

Forestry Thursday at Hidden PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the hidden world of trees at Hidden Pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Topics include: 9/11 Pine Cones and Coconuts, 9/18 Woodland Trees, and 9/25 Trees of our Waterways. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your flashlight or lantern to Frying Pan Farm Park for a twilight tour from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Garden Stroll & Tea
Tour Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. Enjoy a traditional English tea served in our 1784 historic house. The cost is $29. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Friday, September 19

Riverside Campfire: Batty about BatsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn why bats are disappearing from our skies through games and activities at Riverbend Park from 6 to 7 p.m. Bring a toasting stick; s’mores provided. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Great Grub to Grow in FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Master gardeners introduce you to the basics of growing and harvesting cool-season vegetables at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Local Lore at Historic HuntleyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 6:30 to 8 p.m., explore the Chesapeake region’s rich history and the many cultures that have helped create this diverse community through activities, crafts and walks. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

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

Goodnight Walk: OwlsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to recognize the calls and features of local owls, make a craft and take a night hike with a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, September 20

Batty Campfire at E.C. Lawrence ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Use a bat detector to hear bats communicate and hunt from 7 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a night hike and savor s‘mores. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bats at Lake AccotinkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for bats from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. S’mores are provided. The cost is $7 per person. For information, call Hidden Pond Nature Center at 703-451-9588.

Garden Sprouts: Sunflowers & ScarecrowsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages three to five look for giant flowers and straw men on an autumn scavenger hunt from 11 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. Stuff a friendly scarecrow. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Autumn Cider Activity Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages five and older with a registered adult follow the clues around Green Spring Gardens for an activity-based, autumn scavenger hunt from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Milkweed Safari: Monarchs and More Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a pictorial safari of plant/animal/insect relationships at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Sully’s Garden WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
How to attract birds and butterflies using native plantings is discussed by horticulturalist Andy Johnson in this talk and walk in Sully’s beautiful heirloom garden from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. A guided tour through the garden follows the program. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Peonies-a-Plenty: Propagation Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to divide herbaceous peonies at Green Spring Gardens from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The program fee is $30 and the supply fee is $15. Register for the 1 p.m. tree peony grafting program as well, and we’ll waive the supply fees for both programs. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Peonies-a-Plenty: Tree Peony GraftingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Go through the grafting process so you end up with a tree peony to take home at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The program cost is $30 per person and the supply fee is $15. Register for the 10:30 a.m. peony propagation program as well, and the supply fees for both programs will be waived.  Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Club Championship at Burke Lake GC
Players compete in an 18-hole individual stroke tournament from 8 to 10 a.m. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and closest to the pin contests. Registration begins two weeks prior to the event. The rain date is September 27. The $35 fee includes lunch. To register, call 703-323-1641.

Campfire with Stories and SongsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the Huntley Meadows naturalist for a sing-a-long and American Indian stories from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy s’mores. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Park Manager Walk and Talk
Join Huntley Meadows Park Manager Kevin Munroe on a free walk from 4 to 6 p.m. For information, call 703-768-2525.

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

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

Sunday, September 21

Grain Grinding Demonstrations
The miller will be grinding from noon to 3 p.m., conditions permitting, at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Tours cost $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for children and seniors. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Microscopic Monsters at Walney PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 1 to 2 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park, use a microscope to discover invisible organisms and learn why such tiny creatures are so important. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Monarchs and MoreClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify monarch and other butterflies and assist with tagging monarchs at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. This one-hour program is offered at 2:30 p.m. on 9/6, and 1:30 and 3 p.m. on 9/21. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

The Social Ladder
At Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3 p.m. learn how everybody knew their place on the social ladder in the Old World and the New. The cost is $29 and includes an English tea program. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Monday, September 22

History for HomeschoolersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 7 to 10 discover the history, technology and work of a rural 19th century Virginia community at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Tuesday, September 23

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your flashlight or lantern to Frying Pan Farm Park for a twilight tour from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Wednesday, September 24

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

Homeschool Naturalist Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your homeschool student (ages 6 to 13) or group to E.C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m. for hands-on fun learning to enrich understanding of Fairfax County’s natural environment. The cost is $12 per child and $5 per adult. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, September 25

Homeschoolers Special at SullyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your homeschool student (age 5 to 12) or group to Sully Historic Site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for hands-on fun learning designed to enrich understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800. The cost is $10 per child and $5 per adult. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.

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

Forestry Thursday at Hidden PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the hidden world of trees at Hidden Pond from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Topics include: 9/11 Pine Cones and Coconuts, 9/18 Woodland Trees, and 9/25 Trees of our Waterways. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your flashlight or lantern to Frying Pan Farm Park for a twilight tour from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, September 26

Goodnight Walk: Abounding BatsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Search the skies for bats at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a story and fun facts. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Fall Warblers at E.C. Lawrence ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Look for warblers with an expert guide from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Raptors of the Forest CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Relax around the campfire with live birds of prey at E.C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8 p.m. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Family Nature Night at Huntley MeadowsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Reconnect with nature from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and explore habitats and wildlife through activities, crafts, games and walks. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Easy-to-Grow ShrubsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, master gardeners introduce you to shrubs that add shape and structure, fragrance, berries and color to your landscape. The cost is $10. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Campfire Friday: Animal SuperstitionsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
It’s Friday the 13th and we’ll explore the truth behind animal superstitions at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy a campfire and s’mores. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, September 27

Wild Side Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a 90-minute tractor ride with a Huntley Meadows Park naturalist to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Meet at the South King’s Highway park entrance. Rides on 9/27 depart at 2 and 4 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Farm Animal Safari at Frying PanClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Calling all safari detectives! Use your powers of observation to locate clues left by animals from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. Activities include observation games and a guided tour through the park. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Sounds of the Night CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Identify nocturnal animal calls and enjoy stories around a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. Make s’mores. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.

The Living Garden Spaces SymposiumClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens’ Living Garden Spaces Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and discover how to create a richly layered home garden with nature as your design inspiration. The cost is $75 per person. Call for vegetarian lunch requests. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Flavored Teas Tasting PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Sample a range of loose-leaf black, green and white teas accented with combinations of fruit, berries, spices, oils and blossoms at Historic Green Spring from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A traditional English tea follows the program. The cost is $25 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-7987.

Snapping TurtlesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Visit the pond and search for snapping turtles at E.C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. Meet at Walney Pond. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Birding for Beginners at Huntley MeadowsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about birds in the park from 8 to 11 a.m. The program begins with an indoor discussion. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Evening WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Huntley Meadows Park Naturalist P.J. Dunn to hike the trails after dark from 7 to 9 p.m. Listen for owls and frogs and watch for beaver activity. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, September 28

Build Your own Bat HouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 2 to 4 p.m. at Riverbend Park, build a bat house to hang in your yard. The cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Hands-on History at E.C. Lawrence ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off children ages four to nine and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th century children from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $12 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Wagon Ride: Birds, Butterflies & BlossomsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Weekend Highlights

Saturday, October 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 12

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 18

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

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

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

Conifer ID: Cypress Family Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Green Spring Gardens manager Mary Olien for this workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. to learn tips for distinguishing members of the cypress family, Cupressaceae. Bring a 10X hand lens or purchase one when you register online. The cost is $20 per person; the lens is and additional $25. For information, call 703-642-5173.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, October 26

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

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

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

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


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