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Monday, February 1

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

Wednesday, February 2

Wednesday, February 3

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

Thursday, February 4

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

Friday, February 5

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

Saturday, February 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, February 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 8

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

Nature Quest-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, children ages three to seven can learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field, at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-45-9588.

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 9

Wednesday, February 10

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

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

Thursday, February 11

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

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

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

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

Friday, February 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, February 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, February 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 15

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

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

Tuesday, February 16

Wednesday, February 17

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

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

Thursday, February 18

Nature Quest-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, children ages three to seven can learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field, at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-45-9588.

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

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

Friday, February 19

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

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

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

Saturday, February 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, February 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 22

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

Nature Quest-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, children ages three to seven can learn about local animal species, hands-on and in the field, at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $7 per child. Call 703-45-9588.

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 23

Wednesday, February 24

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

Thursday, February 25

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

Friday, February 26

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

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

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

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

Saturday, February 27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, February 28

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 29

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

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

Wednesday, February 30

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

Thursday, February 31

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

Tuesday, March 1

Wednesday, March 2

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

Pohick Puddle JumpersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Young nature lovers, age three to six, can now become Pohick Rangers at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Be part of this season’s hands-on exploration of the natural world from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with indoor activities and outdoor explorations. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, March 3

Nature Quest Winter - Seuss StoriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, children age three to seven will learn about many of our local animal species, hands-on and in the field at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, March 4

Campfire Fridays: Winter - AmphibiansClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and enjoy a campfire, s’mores, animals and more. The monthly winter program features a different topic each time for participants age two to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Woodcock WatchClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Woodcocks breed in early spring through beautiful night courtship flights. Meet a naturalist at Elklick Woodlands Nature Preserve in Western Fairfax County from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to see this breathtaking annual ritual. This event is appropriate for participants age eight to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013 for information.

Saturday, March 5

Family Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Stroll to one of Huntley Meadows Park’s largest meadows where bird-lovers age seven to adult can listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance. The walk lasts from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 5 and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on March 19. Bring a flashlight. The cost is $6 per person. The walk will be canceled in the event of rain. Call 703-768-2525.

Tree ID Workshop: ConifersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to ID a variety of evergreens in this session with Green Spring Gardens Manager Mary Olien. Bring a 10X hand lens or magnifying glass and dress for the weather. This workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon and is for participants age 16 and older. The cost is $22 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Drawing Workshop: Everyone Can DrawClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Think you can’t draw? Artist and instructor Marni Maree shows you that you can by learning techniques on different media. This workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.at Green Spring Gardens includes a lunch break and is for participants 16 and older. The cost is $80 per person. A supply fee of $10 (cash or check) is payable to the instructor. Call 703-642-5173.

Rescue PruningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to rescue trees and shrubs hit hard by winter with targeted pruning. Join Green Spring Gardens Manager Mary Olien on a walk to learn pruning strategies you can use in your own garden. Dress for the weather. This workshop runs from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and the cost is $25 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Tea Tasting: Blooming TeasClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Sample a glorious range of hand-tied blooming display teas from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Historic Green Spring and watch them bloom into beautiful floral displays as hot water is added. Take home a tea bloom. This tasting is designed for adults, and the cost is $25 per person. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Salamander Excursion - FamilyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Salamander Excursion - IndividualClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Elizabeth Furnace in Front Royal, Virginia, to witness the first signs of spring by observing salamanders and red-spotted newts breeding in vernal pools. Visit a fossil wall and climb wood stock tower. Bring flashlights, dinner to cook on a grill and dress for the weather. The program runs from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is for participants age eight and older. Register the family for $45 or an individual for $20. Call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Saturdays: StargazingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a stroll on the shores at Burke Lake Park and a campfire while learning about the constellations, their stories and other features of the night sky. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you, and telescopes are on hand to try out. S’mores ingredients are provided; hot dogs are welcome. The program is for participants age three to adult and runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. For more information, call 703- 323-6600.

Scout Astronomy Festival at Riverbend
View outer space through a telescope, listen to ancient stories about the constellations 'round the campfire, take a guided tour of the night sky, and participate in hands-on activities at Riverbend Park. Hot chocolate and snacks will be available for purchase. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. but will be canceled in bad weather. The cost is $7.50 per child and $4 for adults. Reservations and advanced payment are required. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, March 6

Winter Lecture: The Hows & Whys of Botanical NomenclatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Botanical nomenclature is the formal, scientific naming system set up for easy plant identification. Plantsman Lee Gordon comes to Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to explain this naming system and help you gain a better understanding of how it works and why you want to use it. This lecture is for adults. The cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
The sap is rising and the maple trees are tapped. Now it’s sugaring time at Colvin Run Mill. Bundle up, brave the weather, and learn from noon to 2 p.m. as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over fresh baked cornbread -- while supplies last. This is an outdoor program for participants age three and older, so please dress appropriately. The cost is $5 per person. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Jane Austen Tea Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Jane finished “Emma” and began “Persuasion” 200 years ago, and we will discuss the heroes and rogues she matched up with her heroines. Come to Sully Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. prepared to name your favorite Jane Austen chap, and bring a photo if you wish. The tea is designed for participants age eight to adult. The cost is $28 per person. Call 703-437-1794.

Speak for the TreesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 2 to 12 can bring an adult and celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a reading of “The Lorax” at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Make a Lorax craft and learn how trees help people. The event runs from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Parents and children age five and older can sip tea at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, enjoy butterfly-shaped sandwiches, and join the crazy fun of “Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter” and his friends at the strangest of tea parties from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Meet a live creature from the story. The cost is $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Monday, March 7

Nature Quest-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, children age three to seven will learn about many of our local animal species, hands-on and in the field at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Little Acorns-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to three and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with finger plays, stories, activities, and outdoor exploration. The 45-minute classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. The topics vary: 3/7 Dinosaurs, 3/14 Penguins, 3/28 Rockin’ with Rocks. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

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

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

Garden Sprouts: Nature PlaygroupClick to Register with Parktakes Online
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 cost is $6 per child, and an adult must accompany the registered child. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

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

Tuesday, March 8

Wednesday, March 9

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour from 7 to 8 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park and learn how farm animals settle down for the night. Dress for the weather. This program is for participants age three and older. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Thursday, March 10

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour from 7 to 8 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park and learn how farm animals settle down for the night. Dress for the weather. This program is for participants age three and older. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Friday, March 11

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Grow Less Grass Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Tired of spending time and money trying to maintain that lush lawn? Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens will present basic principles of decreasing turf area and discuss plant selection for interest, location and season. This event for adults runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

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

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

Flora Fauna Formulas: WinterClick 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. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

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

Saturday, March 12

Evening Woodcock WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to stroll through the forest to one of Huntley Meadows Park’s largest meadows, listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. The walk is 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. on March 12 and 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. on March 26. Bring a flashlight. The cost is $6 per person. The walk will be canceled in the event of rain. Call 703-768-2525.

Solitary Bee Box WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Build an attractive and useful garden nesting box for solitary bees and fill it with material bees need to nest. Green Spring Gardens’ beekeeper Tatiana Lisle shows you how. The boxes are a great way to attract these pollinators to your garden. The workshop for participants age 16 and older runs from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $27 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun-St. Paddy’s Peas and PotatoesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional day to plant potatoes. Come to Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. and listen to tales of Ireland and leprechauns, sample spuds and plant peas and potatoes in our garden. This event is for participants age five and older. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

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

Barred Owls CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy an evening hike and campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to learn about owls. Participants age two to adult can meet our resident barred owl and roast marshmallows. The cost is $8 per person. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Winter Night-Time CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the night sky through hands-on activities and storytelling at Lake Fairfax Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Families can come early and picnic or roast hotdogs. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. S’mores are provided. The program for participants age three to adult costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-471-5414.

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

Sunday, March 13

Green is GreatClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Hidden Oaks Nature Center by learning about plants and animals that are green. Go on a green treasure hunt, paint with shades of green, and meet a green turtle. This event is for children age two to eight and runs from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. on March 13 and from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on March 17. The cost is $6 per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Wear Green CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park wearing your best green this St. Patrick’s Day and help find things wearing green in the meadow from 4 to 5 p.m. Toast marshmallows at the campfire. This event for participants age two to adult costs $6 per person. Please register an adult with your child. Please call 703-631-0013 for more information.

Winter Lecture: Epic TomatoesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens as garden writer and tomato aficionado Craig LeHoullier shares tips and tricks gleaned from his 35 years of gardening with tomatoes. The lecture for adults from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. is followed by a book signing. The cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. Call 703-642-5173.

Tree Trek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist Jim Dewing on a search for the biggest, oldest and rarest trees at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Participants age two to adult will discover what makes a forest habitat home and how parks care for them. The trek runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and costs $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in TonightClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the naturalist at Hidden Oaks calling in these amazing gliders of the night and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. The program runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is designed for participants age four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Animal Egg Mobile WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Create a spring mobile of your favorite pond animals from plastic eggs at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. All materials will be provided. The workshop is designed for children 3 to 12, and an adult must accompany the child. The cost is $8 per child. There is no charge for adults. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Birding for Beginners: WaterfowlClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the waterfowl at Huntley Meadows Park and gain some basic identification skills from 8 to 11 a.m. The program begins with an indoor discussion and is designed for participants age 12 to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Monday, March 14

Little Acorns-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to three and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with finger plays, stories, activities, and outdoor exploration. The 45-minute classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. The topics vary: 3/7 Dinosaurs, 3/14 Penguins, 3/28 Rockin’ with Rocks. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, March 15

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour from 7 to 8 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park and learn how farm animals settle down for the night. Dress for the weather. This program is for participants age three and older. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Wednesday, March 16

Nature Tots at WalneyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 10:15 to 11 a.m. to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch in this monthly program. Programs include indoor and outdoor activities. Topics vary with the seasons, and in March the topic is signs of spring. The program is designed for children age two to three, and the cost is $4 per child. An adult must be able to participate with children. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, March 17

Green is GreatClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Hidden Oaks Nature Center by learning about plants and animals that are green. Go on a green treasure hunt, paint with shades of green, and meet a green turtle. This event is for children age two to eight and runs from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. on March 13 and from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on March 17. The cost is $6 per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Nature Quest Winter - Going GreenClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From field to stream and everything in between, children age three to seven will learn about many of our local animal species, hands-on and in the field at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Putting the Animals to BedClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour from 7 to 8 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park and learn how farm animals settle down for the night. Dress for the weather. This program is for participants age three and older. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

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

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

Friday, March 18

Brownie and Junior Girl Scout Sleepover at Dranesville TavernClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take an historic tour of Dranesville Tavern in the evening, then play games and participate in activities. This program for Girl Scouts will be led by a Riverbend Park naturalist. Bring sleeping bags, flashlights and a picnic dinner. Paid adult chaperones must accompany scouts at all times. A light breakfast is provided. This event is for females only. The sleepover begins at 6 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, March 19

Easter EggstravaganzaClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Hunt for eggs that contain treats and prizes and visit with farm animals at Frying Pan Farm Park. Egg hunts for children age one to four will begin at 10 and 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Egg hunts for children ages one to six will begin at 2 and 3 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. A weather decision will be made by 8 a.m. The weather makeup date is March 20. Call 703-437-9101.

Easter Egg Hunt at Colvin Run MillClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site and make egg-cellent crafts to take home. Bring your own basket. Egg hunts for children age two to three will take place at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The hunt for four- and five-year-olds will take place at 10:45 a.m., and children age six to eight hunt at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per child, and the event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Easter Egg Hunt at SullyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your baskets and hunt for Easter Eggs at Sully Historic Site from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Join the egg roll, visit baby animals, see the Easter Bunny and make an Easter craft. This event is for children age two to eight. The cost is $6. The rain date is March 20. Call 703-437-1794.

Dinosaur Egg HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt. Visit “dinoland” in Nature Playce and make a dino craft. Egg hunts for children age two to eight will be held on March 19 and March 20 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; on March 25 at 1:30, 2:45, and 4 p.m.; on March 26 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; and on March 27 at 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. Special sessions for children age two to three will be held on March 25 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. All programs last 45 minutes. The cost is $7 per child. Hunts will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

Family Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Stroll to one of Huntley Meadows Park’s largest meadows where bird-lovers age seven to adult can listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance. The walk lasts from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 5 and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on March 19. Bring a flashlight. The cost is $6 per person. The walk will be canceled in the event of rain. Call 703-768-2525.

Multiplying Garden Treasures: Propagating from CuttingsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults will learn how to propagate plants from cuttings following simple techniques demonstrated by staff horticulturalist Nancy Olney at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Learn strategies for successful rooting and take the starters home to expand your collection and save money. The cost is $22 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

History Symposium: Downton AbbeyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
As Downton Abbey closes its doors, come to Historic Green Spring to celebrate the series and examine the time period it chronicled, from the Edwardian era to the Roaring Twenties. Test your Downton knowledge, and look back at some memorable moments. The symposium is for adults and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $56 per person. Call 703-941-7987.

Animal Scientists Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your six- to ten-year-old child from 2 to 3 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for animal adventures and fun. With hikes and visits with exhibit animals, children discover first-hand animal biology, adaptation, habitats, and roles in the larger ecosystem. Feel free to repeat the program as specific topics will vary. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Hot Dog, S’mores! Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and enjoy campfire cooking and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run stream valley. Learn about Ellanor C. Lawrence and the area’s local and natural history. We provide hot dogs and s’mores. Bring your own drinks and sides. The event for participants age two to adult runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, March 20

Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Fairfax ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures at Lake Fairfax Park. Egg hunts for children age one to four are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., noon, and 12:45, 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. The egg hunt for children age five to seven begins at 3 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-471-5414.

Dinosaur Egg HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt. Visit “dinoland” in Nature Playce and make a dino craft. Special sessions for children age two to three will be held on March 25 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Egg hunts for children age two to eight will be held on March 19 and March 20 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; on March 25 at 1:30, 2:45, and 4 p.m.; on March 26 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; and on March 27 at 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. All programs last 45 minutes. The cost is $7 per child. Hunts will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

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

Winter Lecture: Growing Summer BouquetsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to grow a small cutting garden for a season full of gorgeous cut flowers. Flower farmer Lisa Zeigler comes to Green Spring Gardens to share the secrets behind a successful cutting garden and covers location, soil preparations, flower varieties and growing without chemicals. A book signing will follow the hour-long lecture that begins at 1:30 p.m. This event is for adults. The cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. Call 703-642-5173.

Monday, March 21

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

Spring Break Special Sully TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Spring Break Special, 1-4 p.m. Tour the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee at Sully Historic Site, and then write a letter with a quill pen, learn to make your letter into an envelope, and read from a McGuffey’s Reader. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Please call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, March 22

Wednesday, March 23

Spring Break Special Sully TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Spring Break Special, 1-4 p.m. Tour the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee at Sully Historic Site, and then write a letter with a quill pen, learn to make your letter into an envelope, and read from a McGuffey’s Reader. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Please call 703-437-1794.

Thursday, March 24

Spring Break Special Sully TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Spring Break Special, 1-4 p.m. Tour the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee at Sully Historic Site, and then write a letter with a quill pen, learn to make your letter into an envelope, and read from a McGuffey’s Reader. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Please call 703-437-1794.

Friday, March 25

Dinosaur Egg HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt. Visit “dinoland” in Nature Playce and make a dino craft. Special sessions for children age two to three will be held on March 25 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Egg hunts for children age two to eight will be held on March 19 and March 20 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; on March 25 at 1:30, 2:45, and 4 p.m.; on March 26 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; and on March 27 at 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. All programs last 45 minutes. The cost is $7 per child. Hunts will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

Amphibians After DarkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Assist Riverbend Park naturalists with a calling amphibian survey. Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their calls as we explore pools and ponds. This program runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is for participants age 7 to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

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

Spring Break Special Sully TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Spring Break Special, 1-4 p.m. Tour the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee at Sully Historic Site, and then write a letter with a quill pen, learn to make your letter into an envelope, and read from a McGuffey’s Reader. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Please call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, March 26

Dinosaur Egg HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt. Visit “dinoland” in Nature Playce and make a dino craft. Special sessions for children age two to three will be held on March 25 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Egg hunts for children age two to eight will be held on March 19 and March 20 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; on March 25 at 1:30, 2:45, and 4 p.m.; on March 26 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; and on March 27 at 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. All programs last 45 minutes. The cost is $7 per child. Hunts will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

Easter Egg Hunt at Nottoway
Bring a basket and hunt for candy and eggs filled with treats. Take a photo with the Easter Bunny. An egg hunt for children age one and two will begin at 10:30 a.m.. The egg hunt for children age three and four begins at 11 a.m. Children age five and six start their hunt at 11:30 a.m., and egg hunters age seven to nine begin at noon. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. in the picnic shelter. The cost is $10 (cash only). A weather decision will be made by 8:30 a.m. For more information, plese call 703-938-7532.

Easter Egg Hunt at ClemyjontriClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for egg hunts, crafts and photo ops with the Easter Bunny at Clemyjontri Park. Egg hunts begin every 30 minutes; at 10 and 10:30 a.m. for children age one to nine; at 11 and 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m. for one– to three-year-olds; at 1, 1:30, 2 and 2:30 p.m. for ages four to six. The cost is $6 per child. Preregistration is required. Carousel rides will be available for $1.75 per child. Call 703-288-2807.

Evening Woodcock WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to stroll through the forest to one of Huntley Meadows Park’s largest meadows, listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. The walk is 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. on March 12 and 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. on March 26. Bring a flashlight. The cost is $6 per person. The walk will be canceled in the event of rain. Call 703-768-2525.

Bring Back Bluebirds!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the world of bluebirds, build your own bluebird box and learn how to monitor for success. Meet at Riverbend Park Nature Center from 10 a.m. to noon. This program is for participants age eight to adult. The cost is $8; a $10 fee will be paid to the instructor for each box built. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-759-9018.

Floral Design: Bunnies Everywhere - WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Floral Design: Bunnies Everywhere - Supply FeeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Several floral Easter bunny styles will be created in this workshop at Green Spring Gardens. Children will love receiving a bunny corsage or boutonniere and adults will love the cute bunny centerpiece. This design workshop is for participants age 16 and older and runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $38 per person, plus a $25 supply fee. Please register for both program and supply fee. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Tune into Nature NewsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Get in-depth reporting out in the field about the latest eco-updates throughout Huntley’s habitats. Don’t miss each unique broadcast and walk at Huntley Meadows Park from 4 to 6 p.m. This program is for participants age 8 to adult, and children age 8 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Spring Awakening Sketch WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate spring by learning to spot early bright signs of seasonal change while learning how to draw outdoors. We read sections of “The Forest Unseen” by David George Haskell and take a 1.5-mile walk to the wetland at Huntley Meadows Park. Drawing materials are included in the cost, courtesy of the RunningBrooke Fund. This program for participants age 11 to adult runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, March 27

Dinosaur Egg HuntClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt. Visit “dinoland” in Nature Playce and make a dino craft. Special sessions for children age two to three will be held on March 25 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Egg hunts for children age two to eight will be held on March 19 and March 20 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; on March 25 at 1:30, 2:45, and 4 p.m.; on March 26 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; and on March 27 at 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. All programs last 45 minutes. The cost is $7 per child. Hunts will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

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 snake, turtle or toad. Participants age three to adult will learn about the animals’ diet, adaptations and habitat activities. Dessert is our treat! The cost is $8 per person. Children younger than 16 must come with a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Monday, March 28

Little Acorns-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to three and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with finger plays, stories, activities, and outdoor exploration. The 45-minute classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. The topics vary: 3/7 Dinosaurs, 3/14 Penguins, 3/28 Rockin’ with Rocks. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, March 29

Wednesday, March 30

Thursday, March 31

Saturday, August 1

Sunday, August 2

Weekend Highlights

Saturday, February 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, February 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, February 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, February 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, February 27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, February 28

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, March 5

Family Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Stroll to one of Huntley Meadows Park’s largest meadows where bird-lovers age seven to adult can listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance. The walk lasts from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 5 and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on March 19. Bring a flashlight. The cost is $6 per person. The walk will be canceled in the event of rain. Call 703-768-2525.

Tree ID Workshop: Conifers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to ID a variety of evergreens in this session with Green Spring Gardens Manager Mary Olien. Bring a 10X hand lens or magnifying glass and dress for the weather. This workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon and is for participants age 16 and older. The cost is $22 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Drawing Workshop: Everyone Can Draw Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Think you can’t draw? Artist and instructor Marni Maree shows you that you can by learning techniques on different media. This workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.at Green Spring Gardens includes a lunch break and is for participants 16 and older. The cost is $80 per person. A supply fee of $10 (cash or check) is payable to the instructor. Call 703-642-5173.

Rescue Pruning Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to rescue trees and shrubs hit hard by winter with targeted pruning. Join Green Spring Gardens Manager Mary Olien on a walk to learn pruning strategies you can use in your own garden. Dress for the weather. This workshop runs from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and the cost is $25 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Tea Tasting: Blooming Teas Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Sample a glorious range of hand-tied blooming display teas from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Historic Green Spring and watch them bloom into beautiful floral displays as hot water is added. Take home a tea bloom. This tasting is designed for adults, and the cost is $25 per person. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Salamander Excursion - Family Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Salamander Excursion - Individual Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Elizabeth Furnace in Front Royal, Virginia, to witness the first signs of spring by observing salamanders and red-spotted newts breeding in vernal pools. Visit a fossil wall and climb wood stock tower. Bring flashlights, dinner to cook on a grill and dress for the weather. The program runs from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is for participants age eight and older. Register the family for $45 or an individual for $20. Call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a stroll on the shores at Burke Lake Park and a campfire while learning about the constellations, their stories and other features of the night sky. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you, and telescopes are on hand to try out. S’mores ingredients are provided; hot dogs are welcome. The program is for participants age three to adult and runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. For more information, call 703- 323-6600.

Scout Astronomy Festival at Riverbend
View outer space through a telescope, listen to ancient stories about the constellations 'round the campfire, take a guided tour of the night sky, and participate in hands-on activities at Riverbend Park. Hot chocolate and snacks will be available for purchase. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. but will be canceled in bad weather. The cost is $7.50 per child and $4 for adults. Reservations and advanced payment are required. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, March 6

Winter Lecture: The Hows & Whys of Botanical Nomenclature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Botanical nomenclature is the formal, scientific naming system set up for easy plant identification. Plantsman Lee Gordon comes to Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to explain this naming system and help you gain a better understanding of how it works and why you want to use it. This lecture is for adults. The cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
The sap is rising and the maple trees are tapped. Now it’s sugaring time at Colvin Run Mill. Bundle up, brave the weather, and learn from noon to 2 p.m. as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over fresh baked cornbread -- while supplies last. This is an outdoor program for participants age three and older, so please dress appropriately. The cost is $5 per person. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Jane Austen Tea Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Jane finished “Emma” and began “Persuasion” 200 years ago, and we will discuss the heroes and rogues she matched up with her heroines. Come to Sully Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. prepared to name your favorite Jane Austen chap, and bring a photo if you wish. The tea is designed for participants age eight to adult. The cost is $28 per person. Call 703-437-1794.

Speak for the Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 2 to 12 can bring an adult and celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a reading of “The Lorax” at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Make a Lorax craft and learn how trees help people. The event runs from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Parents and children age five and older can sip tea at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, enjoy butterfly-shaped sandwiches, and join the crazy fun of “Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter” and his friends at the strangest of tea parties from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Meet a live creature from the story. The cost is $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, March 12

Evening Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to stroll through the forest to one of Huntley Meadows Park’s largest meadows, listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. The walk is 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. on March 12 and 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. on March 26. Bring a flashlight. The cost is $6 per person. The walk will be canceled in the event of rain. Call 703-768-2525.

Solitary Bee Box Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Build an attractive and useful garden nesting box for solitary bees and fill it with material bees need to nest. Green Spring Gardens’ beekeeper Tatiana Lisle shows you how. The boxes are a great way to attract these pollinators to your garden. The workshop for participants age 16 and older runs from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $27 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun-St. Paddy’s Peas and Potatoes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional day to plant potatoes. Come to Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. and listen to tales of Ireland and leprechauns, sample spuds and plant peas and potatoes in our garden. This event is for participants age five and older. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

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

Barred Owls Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy an evening hike and campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to learn about owls. Participants age two to adult can meet our resident barred owl and roast marshmallows. The cost is $8 per person. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Winter Night-Time Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the night sky through hands-on activities and storytelling at Lake Fairfax Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Families can come early and picnic or roast hotdogs. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. S’mores are provided. The program for participants age three to adult costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-471-5414.

Campfire Saturdays: Royal Lake Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for an evening campfire at Royal Lake from 6:30 to 8 p.m. when the topic is lakeside fishing. Adventure awaits as you explore with a naturalist the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides. The program for participants age three to adult ends with a cozy campfire. Bring whatever you like to roast; s’mores are provided. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8702.

Sunday, March 13

Green is Great Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Hidden Oaks Nature Center by learning about plants and animals that are green. Go on a green treasure hunt, paint with shades of green, and meet a green turtle. This event is for children age two to eight and runs from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. on March 13 and from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on March 17. The cost is $6 per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Wear Green Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park wearing your best green this St. Patrick’s Day and help find things wearing green in the meadow from 4 to 5 p.m. Toast marshmallows at the campfire. This event for participants age two to adult costs $6 per person. Please register an adult with your child. Please call 703-631-0013 for more information.

Winter Lecture: Epic Tomatoes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens as garden writer and tomato aficionado Craig LeHoullier shares tips and tricks gleaned from his 35 years of gardening with tomatoes. The lecture for adults from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. is followed by a book signing. The cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. Call 703-642-5173.

Tree Trek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist Jim Dewing on a search for the biggest, oldest and rarest trees at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Participants age two to adult will discover what makes a forest habitat home and how parks care for them. The trek runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and costs $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the naturalist at Hidden Oaks calling in these amazing gliders of the night and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. The program runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is designed for participants age four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Animal Egg Mobile Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Create a spring mobile of your favorite pond animals from plastic eggs at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. All materials will be provided. The workshop is designed for children 3 to 12, and an adult must accompany the child. The cost is $8 per child. There is no charge for adults. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Birding for Beginners: Waterfowl Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the waterfowl at Huntley Meadows Park and gain some basic identification skills from 8 to 11 a.m. The program begins with an indoor discussion and is designed for participants age 12 to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, March 19

Easter Eggstravaganza Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Hunt for eggs that contain treats and prizes and visit with farm animals at Frying Pan Farm Park. Egg hunts for children age one to four will begin at 10 and 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Egg hunts for children ages one to six will begin at 2 and 3 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. A weather decision will be made by 8 a.m. The weather makeup date is March 20. Call 703-437-9101.

Easter Egg Hunt at Colvin Run Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site and make egg-cellent crafts to take home. Bring your own basket. Egg hunts for children age two to three will take place at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The hunt for four- and five-year-olds will take place at 10:45 a.m., and children age six to eight hunt at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per child, and the event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Easter Egg Hunt at Sully Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your baskets and hunt for Easter Eggs at Sully Historic Site from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Join the egg roll, visit baby animals, see the Easter Bunny and make an Easter craft. This event is for children age two to eight. The cost is $6. The rain date is March 20. Call 703-437-1794.

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt. Visit “dinoland” in Nature Playce and make a dino craft. Egg hunts for children age two to eight will be held on March 19 and March 20 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; on March 25 at 1:30, 2:45, and 4 p.m.; on March 26 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; and on March 27 at 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. Special sessions for children age two to three will be held on March 25 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. All programs last 45 minutes. The cost is $7 per child. Hunts will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

Family Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Stroll to one of Huntley Meadows Park’s largest meadows where bird-lovers age seven to adult can listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance. The walk lasts from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 5 and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on March 19. Bring a flashlight. The cost is $6 per person. The walk will be canceled in the event of rain. Call 703-768-2525.

Multiplying Garden Treasures: Propagating from Cuttings Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults will learn how to propagate plants from cuttings following simple techniques demonstrated by staff horticulturalist Nancy Olney at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Learn strategies for successful rooting and take the starters home to expand your collection and save money. The cost is $22 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

History Symposium: Downton Abbey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
As Downton Abbey closes its doors, come to Historic Green Spring to celebrate the series and examine the time period it chronicled, from the Edwardian era to the Roaring Twenties. Test your Downton knowledge, and look back at some memorable moments. The symposium is for adults and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $56 per person. Call 703-941-7987.

Animal Scientists Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your six- to ten-year-old child from 2 to 3 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for animal adventures and fun. With hikes and visits with exhibit animals, children discover first-hand animal biology, adaptation, habitats, and roles in the larger ecosystem. Feel free to repeat the program as specific topics will vary. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Hot Dog, S’mores! Wagon Ride & Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and enjoy campfire cooking and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run stream valley. Learn about Ellanor C. Lawrence and the area’s local and natural history. We provide hot dogs and s’mores. Bring your own drinks and sides. The event for participants age two to adult runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, March 20

Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Fairfax Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Hunt for eggs filled with treats and treasures at Lake Fairfax Park. Egg hunts for children age one to four are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., noon, and 12:45, 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. The egg hunt for children age five to seven begins at 3 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-471-5414.

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt. Visit “dinoland” in Nature Playce and make a dino craft. Special sessions for children age two to three will be held on March 25 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Egg hunts for children age two to eight will be held on March 19 and March 20 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; on March 25 at 1:30, 2:45, and 4 p.m.; on March 26 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; and on March 27 at 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. All programs last 45 minutes. The cost is $7 per child. Hunts will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

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

Winter Lecture: Growing Summer Bouquets Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to grow a small cutting garden for a season full of gorgeous cut flowers. Flower farmer Lisa Zeigler comes to Green Spring Gardens to share the secrets behind a successful cutting garden and covers location, soil preparations, flower varieties and growing without chemicals. A book signing will follow the hour-long lecture that begins at 1:30 p.m. This event is for adults. The cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door. Call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, March 26

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt. Visit “dinoland” in Nature Playce and make a dino craft. Special sessions for children age two to three will be held on March 25 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Egg hunts for children age two to eight will be held on March 19 and March 20 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; on March 25 at 1:30, 2:45, and 4 p.m.; on March 26 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; and on March 27 at 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. All programs last 45 minutes. The cost is $7 per child. Hunts will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

Easter Egg Hunt at Nottoway
Bring a basket and hunt for candy and eggs filled with treats. Take a photo with the Easter Bunny. An egg hunt for children age one and two will begin at 10:30 a.m.. The egg hunt for children age three and four begins at 11 a.m. Children age five and six start their hunt at 11:30 a.m., and egg hunters age seven to nine begin at noon. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. in the picnic shelter. The cost is $10 (cash only). A weather decision will be made by 8:30 a.m. For more information, plese call 703-938-7532.

Easter Egg Hunt at Clemyjontri Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for egg hunts, crafts and photo ops with the Easter Bunny at Clemyjontri Park. Egg hunts begin every 30 minutes; at 10 and 10:30 a.m. for children age one to nine; at 11 and 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m. for one– to three-year-olds; at 1, 1:30, 2 and 2:30 p.m. for ages four to six. The cost is $6 per child. Preregistration is required. Carousel rides will be available for $1.75 per child. Call 703-288-2807.

Evening Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to stroll through the forest to one of Huntley Meadows Park’s largest meadows, listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. The walk is 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. on March 12 and 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. on March 26. Bring a flashlight. The cost is $6 per person. The walk will be canceled in the event of rain. Call 703-768-2525.

Bring Back Bluebirds! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the world of bluebirds, build your own bluebird box and learn how to monitor for success. Meet at Riverbend Park Nature Center from 10 a.m. to noon. This program is for participants age eight to adult. The cost is $8; a $10 fee will be paid to the instructor for each box built. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-759-9018.

Floral Design: Bunnies Everywhere - Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Floral Design: Bunnies Everywhere - Supply Fee Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Several floral Easter bunny styles will be created in this workshop at Green Spring Gardens. Children will love receiving a bunny corsage or boutonniere and adults will love the cute bunny centerpiece. This design workshop is for participants age 16 and older and runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $38 per person, plus a $25 supply fee. Please register for both program and supply fee. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Tune into Nature News Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Get in-depth reporting out in the field about the latest eco-updates throughout Huntley’s habitats. Don’t miss each unique broadcast and walk at Huntley Meadows Park from 4 to 6 p.m. This program is for participants age 8 to adult, and children age 8 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Spring Awakening Sketch Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate spring by learning to spot early bright signs of seasonal change while learning how to draw outdoors. We read sections of “The Forest Unseen” by David George Haskell and take a 1.5-mile walk to the wetland at Huntley Meadows Park. Drawing materials are included in the cost, courtesy of the RunningBrooke Fund. This program for participants age 11 to adult runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, March 27

Dinosaur Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt. Visit “dinoland” in Nature Playce and make a dino craft. Special sessions for children age two to three will be held on March 25 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Egg hunts for children age two to eight will be held on March 19 and March 20 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; on March 25 at 1:30, 2:45, and 4 p.m.; on March 26 at 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m.; and on March 27 at 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. All programs last 45 minutes. The cost is $7 per child. Hunts will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

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 snake, turtle or toad. Participants age three to adult will learn about the animals’ diet, adaptations and habitat activities. Dessert is our treat! The cost is $8 per person. Children younger than 16 must come with a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.


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