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Wednesday, February 1

Homeschool Powhatan & Pocahontas Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-9 yrs.) At Riverbend Park, hear stories of the Native Americans who inhabited this area and learn some primitive skills. Class meets from 1 to 3 p.m. for three Wednesdays. The cost of the series is $51 per child. Meet at the Riverbend Nature Center. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Toddler Time: Snakes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-5 yrs.) Celebrate National Serpent Day at Hidden Oaks Nature Center by meeting live, native snakes and finding out how their wild cousins are coping with the stress of winter. The program from 10 to 10:45 a.m. costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

History Tots-Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore history through sight, sound, smell and touch with indoor and outdoor activities. This month’s topic is Valentines. Programs run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult who can participate in the program. Call 703-631-0013.

Friday, February 2

Friday, February 3

Storytelling Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Bring a snack and enjoy stories about the Bootlegging Past as told by one of our expert storytellers at Riverbend Park. We’ll start a campfire if the weather cooperates. Meet at the Nature Center. The program runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Things That Go Bump in the Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Ever wonder what’s making those scary noises in the dark? Come to Burke Lake Park from 7 to 8 p.m. to listen to the sounds of the forest at night and learn what’s out there. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Plants that Bully Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Give invasive plants an inch and they’ll take your yard. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens will show you native alternatives to grow instead. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Goodnight Walk: Night Sky Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Take an outdoor stroll at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn about night-sky wonders and how to continue your exploration at home. Enjoy a story and craft. Bring one flashlight per family. The program from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, February 4

Washington Gardener Seed Exchange - Subscriber Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Washington Gardener Seed Exchange - Others Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Washington Gardener (WG) Magazine co-hosts the 12th annual Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens with lectures and face-to-face seed swaps from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Bring your extra seeds to swap and get expert planting advice. The cost is $15 for Friends of Green Spring members and WG subscribers; $20 for others. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

World Wetlands Day Celebration! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Come to Huntley Meadows Park to celebrate the importance and beauty of wetlands. Learn why these unique ecosystems are significant to people, plants and animals. Join us for presentation and education stations, a guided wetland walk, and crafts from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Astronomy for Family Fun: PlanetsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Learn about the planets and moons and their effect on us and the rest of the solar system. This program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Where Are All the Animals Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Explore how animals survive the winter through a puppet show, view live animals and make a craft at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. The program costs $7 per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Recipes from the Hearth Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) In the 1794 kitchen at Sully Historic Site, make beaten biscuits and corn pone, a staple of the enslaved community’s diet. Compare the recipes and taste the difference. Then learn how laundry day differed 200 years ago. One-hour programs begin at 1 and 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, February 5

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
(3-Adult) The maple trees are tapped at Colvin Run Mill. Bundle up and watch as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire from noon to 2 p.m. Sample syrup over fresh baked cornbread while supply lasts! The cost is $5 per person. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Caribbean Reef Puppet Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Join an octopus, ray, shark, lobster and friends in this undersea adventure at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. After the show, play a game, sing songs and make a craft. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Winter Lecture: Rescuing Eden Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Garden historian Carolyn Seebohm shares her book “Rescuing Eden: Preserving America’s Historic Gardens,” a look at rescuing historic gardens from neglect and demolition. A book signing follows the lecture. This program at Green Spring Gardens runs 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person for advance registration or $12 at the door. Call 703-642-5173.

Monday, February 6

Little Acorns-Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary: 2/6 Animal Valentines; 2/13 Walk, Waddle and Wiggle; 2/27 Polar Animals. The cost for each session is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Little Hands on the Farm: Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join us for fun in the Visitor Center at Frying Pan Park and learn about animals, farm chores, and farm life in winter through stories, crafts and games. The program for children age two and three runs 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. The program for ages three to five runs 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $10 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Story Time Go! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Enjoy a story and then make a craft based on the story at Sully Historic Site from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-437-1794.

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join our Nature Playgroup at Green Spring Gardens. Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed activities while you meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. The programs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. cost $6 per child. Children must come with an adult. Call 703-642-5173.

Wednesday, February 7

Wednesday, February 8

Nature Tots at Walney Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Programs include both indoor and outdoor activities. The topic in February is wind and mud. Sessions run 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult who can participate. Call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, February 9

Kids’ Korner-Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Preschoolers explore nature or history once a month at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft are included. The topic in February is birds. The program from 1 to 1:45 p.m. costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, February 10

Campfire Fridays: Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Enjoy the roar of a campfire, s’mores and animals at Hidden Pond Nature Center in this monthly event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Explore different topics and parts of the park each time. The cost is $8 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-451-9588.

Full Moon Nature Hike & Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Hike under the full moon at Burke Lake Park. Your naturalist guide points out signs of creatures that glide, fly and tiptoe through the woods in the dark. End with a campfire and s’mores. The program from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Animal Pajama Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Put on your PJs and come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center at 7 p.m. to hear stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the center’s animals. Bring a favorite stuffed animal! The 45-minute program costs $6 per child. Children must come with an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Storytelling Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Bring a snack and enjoy stories about Winter’s Wrath as told by an expert storyteller at Riverbend Park. We’ll start a campfire if the weather cooperates. Meet at the Nature Center. The program from 5 to 6:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must attend with a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, February 11

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join naturalist P.J. Dunn at Huntley Meadows Park to hike the trails after dark as you look and listen for owls, beavers and other night animals. The program from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. costs $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Toys at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Make your own historic toys and play games children who once lived at Historic Huntley may have played from 1 to 2 p.m. A special children’s tour of Historic Huntley and a scavenger hunt are included. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

African-Americans at Walney Walking Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) In this interactive walking tour through Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, learn the names and stories of the many African-American families who lived here in slavery and in freedom. The one-hour program begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Family Fun: Sensational Seeds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Explore the sensational world of seeds from 10 to 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Work with seeds and learn how they grow. Plant some to take home to grow. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-642-5173.

Premium Tea and Chocolate Pairing
(16-Adult) In this delectable seminar at Colvin Run Mill, sip premium teas and savor a variety of decadent chocolates. Learn how to pair premium tea and chocolate successfully to bring out the best of both. Take a tea-sampler home. Certified Tea Specialist and Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden leads the program from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $35 per person. Reservations are required by February 8. Call 703-759-2771.

Punch: A Cup of History
(Adults 21+) Luke Pecoraro, Director of Archaeology at Mount Vernon, presents the history of punch, the popular drink of sailors, explorers and patriots for more than four centuries. Come to Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and taste one or two of George and Martha Washington’s favorite punch recipes. The program is followed by a traditional English tea. The cost is $42 for the program and tea; $18 for the program only. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7987.

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist and youth volunteers at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to search for worms and insects and help serve dinner to the display animals. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Astronomy for Family Fun: Stars Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Learn about the natural and cultural science of stars, fun facts about our own star and the most easily viewed constellations. Learn how you can further explore constellations as a family. This program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center runs from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, February 12

Orienteering Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park from noon to 2 p.m. and learn how to use a compass, read a topographic map and navigate orienteering courses. The cost is $25 per person. A compass is required. Call 703-323-6600.

Geocaching Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Learn how to enter latitude and longitude coordinates into a GPS and follow the coordinates to find a hidden object, container or unique geological feature at Burke Lake Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring your own GPS; a limited number will be available to borrow at class. The cost is $25 per person. Call 703-323-6600.

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
(3-Adult) The maple trees are tapped at Colvin Run Mill. Bundle up and watch as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire from noon to 2 p.m. Sample syrup over fresh baked cornbread while supply lasts! The cost is $5 per person. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Live Animal Lunchtime! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bring your lunch to Huntley Meadows Park and dine with a snake, turtle, or toad. Learn about the critter through crafts and hands-on activities. Dessert is our treat. The program from noon to 1 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Valentine Tea and Poetry Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy poetry and tea at the Machen Farm at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with your sweetheart. A costumed interpreter shares our Walney mystery love poem and invites you to write your own while dining on mint tea and sugar cookies. Frame your poem in the style of a childhood Valentine. The program from 3 to 4 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Winter Lecture: The Presidents’ Gardens Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Garden historian Marta McDowell shares the history of the White House grounds in this program at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. This entertaining history reveals how the story of the garden is also the story of America. A book signing follows. The program costs $10 per person in advance; $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Animal Valentines Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-8 yrs.) Play musical valentines and critter sweetheart games as you learn how animals find a mate. Meet live animals at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and make an animal valentine craft. The program from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. costs $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, February 13

Little Acorns-Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary: 2/6 Animal Valentines; 2/13 Walk, Waddle and Wiggle; 2/27 Polar Animals. The cost for each session is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Lakeshore Birding Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(11-Adult) Meet at the Burke Lake marina and walk the lakeshore looking for winter migrants such as common loons and common mergansers from 8 to 10 a.m. Bring binoculars. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-323-6600.

Tuesday, February 14

Homeschool at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This five-part program is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Topics include pond study, geology, fishing, reptiles, stream study, nocturnal wildlife and tracking. Classes meet from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $44 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Valentine’s Day Tea
(Adults) Celebrate the day of love and flowers with an elegant afternoon tea at Historic Green Spring. Explore the legend of St. Valentine with our special quiz, and earn a chance to take home a beautiful door prize. A favor bag is included. The tea from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $36 per person. Reservations are required. Call 703-941-7987.

Wednesday, February 15

Winter Wetlands and Forests Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Explore Huntley Meadows Park and learn how plants and animals adapt to the season through educational hikes, hands-on activities, journal-keeping, and games. The five classes meet from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m., and the cost of the series is $87 per child. Call 703-768-2525.

Tiny Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Hear the story “The Little Red Hen Makes Pizza” as you sip mint tea or apple juice and munch animal crackers at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Make a craft, too, in this program from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Thursday, February 16

Afternoon Innovators Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-12 yrs.) Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and learn about the many ways the Machen family used technology to make their lives easier. Hear from a historian, look at documents relating to 19th century technology, and make technology prototypes. The program from 5 to 6:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Friday, February 17

Lake Shore Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a campfire on the shore of Burke Lake from 6 to 7 p.m. Listen for all of the animals that come out at night while enjoying s’mores. The program meets at Shelter C, and the cost is $7 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600.

Storytelling Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Bring a snack and enjoy stories about Ancient Times as told by an expert storyteller at Riverbend Park. The program from 5 to 6:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, February 18

Astronomy Festival Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) At Riverbend Park from 6 to 8 p.m., enjoy guided stargazing, telescope viewing, campfire stories, games and activities. You can purchase hot chocolate and snacks. This event will be canceled if it’s raining or snowing. Register online for $6; $7 at the door. Call 703-759-9018.

Eco-Savvy Symposium: Cultivating Biodiversity Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) At Green Spring Gardens, learn from renowned public designer Bill McLaughlin of the U.S. Botanic Garden and expert local naturalist and environmental educator Alonso Abugattas how to create a home landscape that provides an oasis for birds, pollinators and other wildlife through the use of native plants. The program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. costs $56 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Work of Their Hands Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Learn about the contributions of the African-American enslaved community at Sully Historic Site as you tour the main house, kitchen/laundry and representative slave quarter. Hour-long programs start at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The cost is $6 per child age 5 to 15; $8 per person for age 16 and older. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-1794.

Winter Camping Basics Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(9-Adult) Before you head out for wintertime camping, learn the basics at Burke Lake Park’s campground. Families camp overnight with a naturalist who provides camping tips. Participants must have their own gear. The overnight program begins at 2 p.m., and the cost is $35 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-323-6600.

All Things Frozen Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center who shares stories about animals that enjoy being chilly and others that just figure out a way to get through the cold. Dress as your favorite frozen friend and enjoy a tea with china cups, treats and crafts. Contact the nature center one week prior with any dietary restrictions. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $15 per person. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, February 19

Sidewalk Science & Kitchen Chemistry Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-6 yrs.) Join a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as she helps your budding scientist unravel some science mysteries in a fun and safe way from 3 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Winter Tree ID Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to learn winter tree identification basics and hike to practice new skills. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-941-1065.

Winter Lecture: Top Ten Plants for Local Gardens Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Horticulturalists Karen Rexrode, Keith Tomlinson of Meadowlark Gardens and Judy Zatsick of Green Spring Gardens share their top ten lists of garden beauties and workhorses that are proven plants for Northern Virginia. This program at Green Spring Gardens runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and the cost is $10 per person for advance registration or $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

African-Americans at Walney Walking Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) In this interactive walking tour through Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, learn the names and stories of the many African-American families who lived here in slavery and in freedom. The one-hour program begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Monday, February 20

Little Hands on the Farm: Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join us for fun in the Visitor Center at Frying Pan Park and learn about animals, farm chores, and farm life in winter through stories, crafts and games. The program for children age two and three runs 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. The program for ages three to five runs 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $10 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Lakeshore Birding Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(11-Adult) Meet at the Burke Lake marina and walk the lakeshore looking for winter migrants such as common loons and common mergansers from 8 to 10 a.m. Bring binoculars. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-323-6600.

Fur, Feathers, Scales & Skeletons Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-8 yrs.) Through hands-on activities, nature “safari” hikes and visits with live animals, students investigate the scientific classification of the animal kingdom at Hidden Oaks Nature Center during a five-week session. The 55-minute lessons begin at 4:15 p.m., and the cost is $44 per child. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Meet Live Snakes, Turtles and Toads Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Meet native reptiles and amphibians at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1 to 2 p.m. and learn how to identify these species. See at least one animal being fed. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, February 21

Intro to Telescopes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Bring your telescope to Turner Farm Park to learn astronomy and telescope basics. The program from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

Wednesday, February 22

Homeschool Winter Science Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-9 yrs.) Do you know how snowflakes are formed or why ducks are happy in cold water? In this three-week series at Riverbend Park, explore a different seasonal science topic each class. Sessions run from 1 to 3 p.m. The series cost is $51 per child. Call 703-759-9018.

Furry Foxes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) These wild members of the dog family are a common sight in our neighborhoods. Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn about their lives through activities, and practice yipping like a fox. The program from 10 to 10:45 a.m. costs $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Friday, February 23

Friday, February 24

Storytelling Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Bring a snack and enjoy stories about Native American Lore as told by an expert storyteller at Riverbend Park. We’ll start a campfire if the weather cooperates. Meet at the Nature Center. The program from 5 to 6:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Hot Dog, S’mores! Wagon Ride&Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Roast turkey hot dogs over a campfire and take a brisk wagon ride through Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 5:30 to 7 p.m. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments and s’mores. Bring your own drinks and sides. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, February 25

Birds Around Us Cabell’s Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Examine beaks, feathers, nests and talons at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 10 to 11 a.m. and learn about bird life cycles, migration patterns and adaptations. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Storytelling Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Bring a snack and enjoy stories about the Bootlegging Past as told by one of our expert storytellers at Riverbend Park. We’ll start a campfire if the weather cooperates. Meet at the Nature Center. The program runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Homemade Bird FeedersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bring empty milk jugs and/or two liter soda bottles to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to make bird feeders. Get tips for feeding birds and learn to identify common birds that visit home bird feeders. The program from 11 a.m. to noon costs $7 per person. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Starting From Scratch with Seeds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Grow flowers, vegetables and herbs from seed and expand your garden. Come to Green Spring Gardens and be inspired by propagator and horticulturalist Judy Zatsick as she discusses potting mixes, containers, seed treatments, lighting, fertilization and more. Take some seeds home. The program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. costs $22 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Crystallized Flower Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Come to the Historic House at Green Spring Gardens and learn to crystallize edible blooms to use as beautiful and easy garnishes. Take home your candied flowers along with decorating ideas and tips. The program runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $27. Call 703-642-5173.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Extravaganza Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) At Hidden Oaks Nature Center, hear tales of “Yertle the Turtle” and “Gertrude McFuzz,” meet live animals and make crafts from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Winter Birds and Feeder Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Learn about birds that call Huntley Meadows and your backyard home in winter. Make a pine cone bird feeder to take home. Learn to identify winter birds through calls, games and activities from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Evening Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Take an evening stroll through the forest to one of Huntley Meadows’ largest meadows. We’ll listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. Bring a flashlight. The approximately 1.5-mile walk is on uneven terrain, and the program will be canceled if it rains. It runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and the cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sketch Hike: Winter Trees and Landscapes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike, and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills. The program from 10 a.m. to noon costs $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, February 26

Orienteering Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park from noon to 2 p.m. and learn how to use a compass, read a topographic map and navigate orienteering courses. The cost is $25 per person. A compass is required. Call 703-323-6600.

Geocaching Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Learn how to enter latitude and longitude coordinates into a GPS and follow the coordinates to find a hidden object, container or unique geological feature at Burke Lake Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring your own GPS; a limited number will be available to borrow at class. The cost is $25 per person. Call 703-323-6600.

Fairy Tale Tea Time Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Fairy tales come to life as you sip tea and enjoy treats surrounded by your favorite fairytale characters at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Dress as your favorite character, learn how fairy tales have stood the test of time, and find out why so many fairy tales include our animal friends. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Winter Lecture: Coping with Deer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Garden expert Ruth Clausen shares some beautiful shrubs, annuals and perennials that deer seldom browse. Come to Green Spring Gardens and get design tips and plant combinations for your deer-resistant garden. A book signing follows the lecture. This program from1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per person for advance registration or $12 at the door. Call 703-642-5173.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Join a naturalist calling in these amazing gliders of the night and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the Nature Center at Hidden Oaks. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. The program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Birding for Beginners: Winter Birds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Interested in winter birding? Come to Huntley Meadows Park to learn about winter birds in the park and acquire some basic identification skills. The program from 8 to 11 a.m. ends with an indoor discussion. The cost is $10 per person, and children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Monday, February 27

Little Acorns-Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary: 2/6 Animal Valentines; 2/13 Walk, Waddle and Wiggle; 2/27 Polar Animals. The cost for each session is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

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Tuesday, January 1

Monday, January 2

Little Acorns-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings are welcome. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary: 1/2 Snow; 1/9 Hibernation; 1/23 Chinese New Year Fun; 1/30 Mittens. The cost for each session is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Thursday, January 3

Wednesday, January 4

History Tots-Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park each month to explore history through sight, sound, smell and touch with indoor and outdoor activities. The topic in January is family. Programs run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child., and children must be accompanied by a participating adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, January 5

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Saturday, January 7

Family Fun: Parade of Plants Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Did you know that all the floats in the Rose Parade are made from plant materials? At Green Spring Gardens, we will look at the history of the parade and see close-up photos of the floats. We will then go on a walk in the gardens to collect our own plant materials and make a wintery decoration from natural materials in the tradition of the floats. The program runs from 10 to 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-642-5173.

Cocoa and Craft in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-12 yrs.) Stay and play for 20 minutes or more as you sip cocoa and create up to three crafts from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. There are new craft kits each month. The cost is $6 per child. Children younger than 10 must bring an adult to assist them. Call 703-941-1065.

Astronomy Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a campfire at Burke Lake Park and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Make s’mores over the embers after hearing tales about the constellations. The program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Sunday, January 8

Celebrate Urban Birds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Start a lifelong hobby of backyard bird watching. Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center and learn how to identify common species and attract songbirds to your yard. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Build Your Own Time Capsule Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Participate in a lively discussion about time capsules and add to the historical record at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park by creating objects for our time capsule. Inscribe your name in tin, create your own stamps, and design your own Ellanor C. Lawrence money inspired by the events of 2017. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Monday, January 9

Little Acorns-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings are welcome. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary: 1/2 Snow; 1/9 Hibernation; 1/23 Chinese New Year Fun; 1/30 Mittens. The cost for each session is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join our Nature Playgroup at Green Spring Gardens. Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed activities while you meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. The topic in January is evergreens. Programs run 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-642-5173.

Yoga for Gardeners - Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) This class at Green Spring Gardens features a gentle introduction to the Vinyasa method of yoga which helps participants increase the strength, flexibility and endurance necessary for gardening. Classes run 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Mondays. The eight sessions are held indoors. The cost is $91 per person. Call 703-642-8252.

Tuesday, January 10

Teen Ranger - Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-16 yrs.) This series at Hidden Pond Nature Center provides hands-on experience with the daily activities required to maintain a nature center. Learn what it takes to care for the animals and natural areas and how to teach others about animals and environmental issues and concerns. We also touch on some administrative aspects of operating a nature center. The five-lesson series costs $44 per person and meets from 4 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, January 11

Nature Tots at Walney Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The monthly programs include both indoor and outdoor activities. The topic in January is snow and ice. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child, and children must come with an adult who can participate. Call 703-631-0013.

History for Homeschool-Trips & Studies - Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-12 yrs.) Students in this five-week program learn about American history each week at Historic Huntley by exploring Fairfax and Alexandria history from 1 to 3 p.m. Class includes field trips to local and national historic sites. Students must have basic reading and writing skills and be comfortable working in a group. Field trip transportation is provided for up to 10 children. The cost is $105. Fees for entry and tours are additional. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Homeschool Animal Adaptations - Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-9 yrs.) Each class in this three-week program focuses on different animal adaptations to discover how the animals around us manage through the harsh winter. Classes at the Riverbend Park Nature Center meet from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $51 per child. Call 703-759-9018.

Thursday, January 12

Kids’ Korner-Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Preschool children explore nature or history once a month at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft are included. Topics vary. The January topic is snow. The program from 1 to 1:45 p.m. costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Astronomy for Family Fun: Venus Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Sample the science world through the beauty of the night sky at Turner Farm Park. Learn about the constellations, visible planets, comets and other night-sky phenomena through fun activities. The program from 6 to 8 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 571-214-7891.

Homeschool at the Pond - Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This five-part program is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Topics include pond study, geology, fishing, reptiles, stream study, and tracking. Classes meet from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $44 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Friday, January 13

Animal Pajama Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-6 yrs.) Put on your PJs and come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish them goodnight. Bring your favorite stuffed animal with you! The 45-minute program begins at 7 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Campfire Fridays: Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Come out for a night of campfire, s’mores, animals, and more with new programs each month at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The cost of each program is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, January 14

Blending Teas: The Basics
(16-Adult) Learn tea-blending basics and create your own special take-home blend at Colvin Run Mill in an interactive seminar from 1 to 3 p.m. Tea-infused treats are included in this presentation by Certified Tea Specialist Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden. The cost is $35 per person, and pre-paid reservations are required by January 11. Call 703-759-2771.

Hot Drinks from Around the World Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Sample and learn about an eclectic selection of traditional hot drinks from all corners of the globe at Historic Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about purple corn, yak butter, orchid root, ginger and more. The cost is $27 per person. Call 703-941-7987.

You Can Build It! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Build your dream house. Experiment with different building materials (eg LEGOs) at Historic Huntley House to build pediments, walls, arches and lintels, and learn something new about eggs. Make a paper house and take home a piece of decorative plaster. A house tour is included. The program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist and youth volunteers at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and assist in feeding the site display animals. Make a birdfeeder to take home. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Sing or Tweet or Growl Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-9 yrs.) Animals compete in song and other vocalizations for a variety of reasons. Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to discover surprising animal calls past and present and join in the chorus. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Winter Tree ID Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Learn winter tree identification basics at Huntley Meadows Park and go for a hike to practice new skills. The program from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. costs $8. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, January 15

Orienteering Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Orienteering is the sport of navigation with map and compass. Come to Burke Lake Park from noon to 2 p.m. and learn how to use a compass, read a topographic map and navigate orienteering courses. The cost is $25 per person. A compass is required. Call 703-323-6600.

Winter Lecture: How Plants Got Their Stripes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Plantsman Joseph Tychonievich comes to Green Spring Gardens to share the science and secrets behind variegated and patterned leaves from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Call 703-642-5173.

Dino Puppet Show & Activities Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Dinosaurs once roamed the Earth. Enjoy a dinosaur puppet show at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and learn fun fossil facts from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, January 16

Pohick Rangers - Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-12 yrs.) Be part of another great season with Hidden Pond’s longest-running program, Pohick Rangers. We discuss a wide range of topics including: wetland diversity, forest ecosystems, nocturnal wildlife, insects and more. Class meets 5 to 6 p.m. every other week for five sessions. The cost is $44 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Pohick Rangers Junior - Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-8 yrs.) This program at Hidden Pond Nature Center is similar to Pohick Rangers but includes more story- and craft-related activities for younger students. Class meets every other week for five sessions from 5 to 6 p.m. The cost is $44 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Science for Homeschoolers - Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-9 yrs.) Students explore marsh, meadow and forest at Huntley Meadows Park. Basic reading and writing skills are required. The six classes meet from 1 to 3 p.m., and the cost of the series is $106 per child. Call 703-768-2525.

Afternoon Innovators Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-12 yrs.) James Machen, a farmer and owner of modern-day Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, held patents for farming technology. Hear from a historian at ECLP, look at documents on 19th century technology, and make prototypes to solve today’s challenges using technology. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Tuesday, January 17

Wednesday, January 18

Science for Homeschoolers - Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(9-12 yrs.) At Huntley Meadows Park, investigate the interrelation between earth cycles, ecosystems, and plant and animal functions and processes at the cell level. Basic reading and writing skills are required; students must be comfortable working in a group. The six classes cost $106 and meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 703-768-2525.

Mr. Weather Bear Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) With Mr. Bear, learn about the weather with a felt-board story, bubble play, an ice cube race and songs from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Thursday, January 19

Inauguration Day at Walney Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) People who lived on Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from the 1830s to the 1970s, were constantly rubbing elbows with presidents. Join a Park historian from 7 to 8 p.m. for a lively discussion on voting, citizenship and connections between the residents of Walney and residents of the White House as we mark Inauguration Day. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Adopt a Woodland Wiggler - Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-12 yrs.) Naturalists at Hidden Oaks Nature Center train participants in the care and feeding of three creatures over a three-month period — bess beetles, mealworms or crickets, and tadpoles. Students take an animal home and return the next month to report on their experiences before getting a new critter. The three-part series held on Thursdays, January 19, February 16 & March 16 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. costs $21. Pay a $20 material fee at the first class. Call 703-941-1065.

Friday, January 20

Lake Shore Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a campfire on Burke Lake’s sandy beach from 6 to 7 p.m. Listen for all of the animals that come out at night while enjoying s’mores. Meet at the marina. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600.

Saturday, January 21

Preamble Scramble and Presidential Trivia
(All ages) Rediscover the Declaration of Independence and early American presidential and political trivia at Sully Historic Site on inauguration weekend from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Discover what animals the presidents had for pets and play our Preamble Scramble, which is included with the tour. The cost is $7 for adults; $6 for students; and $5 for seniors and children. Bad weather will cancel the event. Call 703-437-1794.

Celebrate the 255th Birthday of Richard Bland Lee
(All ages) During your house tour at Sully Historic Site, learn about Mr. Lee’s impressive political career that showed him to be concerned about the future of our new nation. Enjoy a piece of birthday cake from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults; $6 for students; and $5 for seniors and children. The program will be canceled in the event of bad weather. Call 703-437-1794.

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Take a stroll along the shore at Burke Lake Park from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and learn about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. Try out a telescope and enjoy a campfire. S’mores ingredients are provided; hot dogs are welcome. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

No Mere Trifle
(Adults) At Historic Green Spring, chef and event planner Nora Burgan explores the origins of the creamy, delectable English trifle and demonstrates how to make an easy, modern-day version that you can sample. The program from 1 to 3:30 p.m. includes a traditional English tea. The cost is $45 per person for the program and tea; $18 for the program only. Reservations are required. Call 703-941-7987.

Pooh Bear’s Friends’ Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Families enjoy honey, tea and cookies at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in a Pooh-style tea and learn about Virginia’s black bears and whether heffalumps and wuzzles are natives here. Bring a favorite stuffed animal and take a guided woodlands walk. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $15 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Family Owl Outing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Discover the secret world of owls! Come to Huntley Meadows Park and learn what makes these raptors excellent predators of the night with a presentation followed by a hike on the trail to hopefully hear or spot one of Huntley’s resident owls. The program from 4:30 to 6 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Join a naturalist calling in these amazing gliders of the night and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center at Hidden Oaks. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. The program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, January 22

Birding for Beginners– Woodpeckers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) As they drum and drill on trees, woodpeckers are seeking shelter, food or a mate. Learn about their biology and behavior and how to attract them to your yard. See if you can spot some at feeders or on the trail at Huntley Meadows Park. The program from 8 to 11 a.m. costs $10 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Australia Day Celebration Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) G’day mate! Celebrate Australia Day at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with traditional stories, games and songs from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Meet a native animal from the land down under and enjoy an Australian taste treat, The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Winter Lecture: New Horizons for the Native Plant Movement Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join landscape architect and author Thomas Rainer at Green Spring Gardens as he explores current trends in leading-edge planting design and gives his thoughts about how native plant advocacy must adapt to meet the needs of an urbanizing planet. See the work of leading designers who have adapted a naturalistic style and learn strategies for beautiful and resilient gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person for advance registration or $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

The People Who Saved Sully Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) How did Eddie Wagstaff, Eleanor Lee Templeman and the community save Sully Historic Site from becoming an airport runway? See a special presentation and take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the historic house like never before from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Monday, January 23

Little Acorns-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings are welcome. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary: 1/2 Snow; 1/9 Hibernation; 1/23 Chinese New Year Fun; 1/30 Mittens. The cost for each session is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Thursday, January 24

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Saturday, January 26

Friday, January 27

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Wildlife in Your Garden Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Do your part to help native fauna survive by providing food, shelter and water for visiting wildlife in your own yard. At Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., learn gardening techniques from Master Gardeners to turn your corner of the planet into a thriving habitat for birds and native insects. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Storytelling Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Bring a snack and enjoy stories about Native American lore as told by one of our expert storytellers at Riverbend Park. We’ll start a campfire if the weather cooperates. Meet at the Nature Center. The program runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Hot Dog, S’mores! Wagon Ride & Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a turkey hot dog supper roasted over the campfire and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run stream valley at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about the area’s local and natural history from 5:30 to 7 p.m. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments and s’mores. Bring your own drinks and sides. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. Call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, January 28

Chinese New Year: Year of the RoosterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Celebrate the Chinese New Year with traditional games and stories at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Paint your Chinese zodiac animal, make a rooster craft, and participate in a Lion Dance from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Garden Program: Small Space Food Gardens Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) If you want an edible garden but are short on garden space, Smithsonian gardener Matt Burch is here to help. Burch comes to Green Spring Gardens to share strategies for creating a productive food garden that will add flavorful variety to your meals, even when space is at a premium. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $16 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Watercolor Workshop: Paint Shiny Objects Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Learn how to make glass and silver look shiny and reflective in watercolor. Artist and instructor Marni Maree demonstrates techniques and provides guidance for your own watercolor painting at Green Spring Gardens. The supply list will be provided before class. Bring a lunch. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the cost is $88 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Making Ice & Ice Cream at Walney Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Crank ice cream at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as you discover how ice was harvested and stored in this 19th century farm. Try using ice tongs. The program from 2:30 to 4 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) A naturalist takes you on a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk to tour the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. The program from 5 to 7 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-768-2525.

Flying Squirrels Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Watch flying squirrels at Hidden Oaks Nature Center glide in for their evening feast of peanuts and mealworms before you head out to enjoy a campfire. Hear a Native American story of how flying squirrels came to be. Make s’mores. The minimum age to attend this program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. is four years old. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Sketch Hike: Winter Trees and Landscapes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike, and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills. The program from 10 a.m. to noon costs $8 per person. For more information about the program, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, January 29

Groundhog Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Learn the story behind Groundhog Day and some interesting facts about this animal. Visit the home of the Walney garden groundhog at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and play some groundhog games from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Groundhog’s Day Out Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Come to Frying Pan Farm Park and find out if groundhogs can really predict the weather. Visit a groundhog burrow, learn cool groundhog facts, enjoy games and make your own groundhog friend to take home. The program runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Dress for the weather; hot chocolate provided. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Winter Lecture: Summer Flowering BulbsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) You already know and grow dainty spring flowering bulbs like tulips, crocuses and daffodils. Now it’s time to take the next step: know and grow the bold, show-stopping, flowering summer bulbs. At Green Spring Gardens, garden designer and nurseryman Jenks Farmer will share creative design ideas combining summer bulbs, like crinum and perennials to add some wow to your summer garden. The program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per person for advance registration or $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Skiing Penguins and Snowman Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-9 yrs.) Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to create fun crafts and activities to keep or share. Build and race penguins and create spiffy snowmen. Make a gift bag to take home your fun creations. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Orienteering Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Orienteering is the sport of navigation with map and compass. Come to Burke Lake Park from noon to 2 p.m. and learn how to use a compass, read a topographic map and navigate orienteering courses. The cost is $25 per person. A compass is required. Call 703-323-6600.

Geocaching Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Students learn to use hand-held GPS units to locate hidden treasure caches within Burke Lake Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring your own GPS; a limited number will be available to borrow. The cost is $25. Call 703-323-6600.

Monday, January 30

Little Acorns-WinterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings are welcome. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Topics vary: 1/2 Snow; 1/9 Hibernation; 1/23 Chinese New Year Fun; 1/30 Mittens. The cost for each session is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, January 31

Monday, February 1

Tuesday, February 2

Weekend Highlights

Saturday, January 14

Blending Teas: The Basics
(16-Adult) Learn tea-blending basics and create your own special take-home blend at Colvin Run Mill in an interactive seminar from 1 to 3 p.m. Tea-infused treats are included in this presentation by Certified Tea Specialist Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden. The cost is $35 per person, and pre-paid reservations are required by January 11. Call 703-759-2771.

Hot Drinks from Around the World Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Sample and learn about an eclectic selection of traditional hot drinks from all corners of the globe at Historic Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about purple corn, yak butter, orchid root, ginger and more. The cost is $27 per person. Call 703-941-7987.

You Can Build It! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Build your dream house. Experiment with different building materials (eg LEGOs) at Historic Huntley House to build pediments, walls, arches and lintels, and learn something new about eggs. Make a paper house and take home a piece of decorative plaster. A house tour is included. The program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist and youth volunteers at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and assist in feeding the site display animals. Make a birdfeeder to take home. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Sing or Tweet or Growl Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-9 yrs.) Animals compete in song and other vocalizations for a variety of reasons. Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to discover surprising animal calls past and present and join in the chorus. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Winter Tree ID Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Learn winter tree identification basics at Huntley Meadows Park and go for a hike to practice new skills. The program from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. costs $8. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, January 15

Orienteering Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Orienteering is the sport of navigation with map and compass. Come to Burke Lake Park from noon to 2 p.m. and learn how to use a compass, read a topographic map and navigate orienteering courses. The cost is $25 per person. A compass is required. Call 703-323-6600.

Winter Lecture: How Plants Got Their Stripes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Plantsman Joseph Tychonievich comes to Green Spring Gardens to share the science and secrets behind variegated and patterned leaves from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Call 703-642-5173.

Dino Puppet Show & Activities Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Dinosaurs once roamed the Earth. Enjoy a dinosaur puppet show at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and learn fun fossil facts from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, January 21

Preamble Scramble and Presidential Trivia
(All ages) Rediscover the Declaration of Independence and early American presidential and political trivia at Sully Historic Site on inauguration weekend from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Discover what animals the presidents had for pets and play our Preamble Scramble, which is included with the tour. The cost is $7 for adults; $6 for students; and $5 for seniors and children. Bad weather will cancel the event. Call 703-437-1794.

Celebrate the 255th Birthday of Richard Bland Lee
(All ages) During your house tour at Sully Historic Site, learn about Mr. Lee’s impressive political career that showed him to be concerned about the future of our new nation. Enjoy a piece of birthday cake from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults; $6 for students; and $5 for seniors and children. The program will be canceled in the event of bad weather. Call 703-437-1794.

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Take a stroll along the shore at Burke Lake Park from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and learn about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. Try out a telescope and enjoy a campfire. S’mores ingredients are provided; hot dogs are welcome. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

No Mere Trifle
(Adults) At Historic Green Spring, chef and event planner Nora Burgan explores the origins of the creamy, delectable English trifle and demonstrates how to make an easy, modern-day version that you can sample. The program from 1 to 3:30 p.m. includes a traditional English tea. The cost is $45 per person for the program and tea; $18 for the program only. Reservations are required. Call 703-941-7987.

Pooh Bear’s Friends’ Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Families enjoy honey, tea and cookies at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in a Pooh-style tea and learn about Virginia’s black bears and whether heffalumps and wuzzles are natives here. Bring a favorite stuffed animal and take a guided woodlands walk. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $15 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Family Owl Outing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Discover the secret world of owls! Come to Huntley Meadows Park and learn what makes these raptors excellent predators of the night with a presentation followed by a hike on the trail to hopefully hear or spot one of Huntley’s resident owls. The program from 4:30 to 6 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Join a naturalist calling in these amazing gliders of the night and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center at Hidden Oaks. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. The program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, January 22

Birding for Beginners– Woodpeckers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) As they drum and drill on trees, woodpeckers are seeking shelter, food or a mate. Learn about their biology and behavior and how to attract them to your yard. See if you can spot some at feeders or on the trail at Huntley Meadows Park. The program from 8 to 11 a.m. costs $10 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Australia Day Celebration Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) G’day mate! Celebrate Australia Day at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with traditional stories, games and songs from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Meet a native animal from the land down under and enjoy an Australian taste treat, The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Winter Lecture: New Horizons for the Native Plant Movement Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join landscape architect and author Thomas Rainer at Green Spring Gardens as he explores current trends in leading-edge planting design and gives his thoughts about how native plant advocacy must adapt to meet the needs of an urbanizing planet. See the work of leading designers who have adapted a naturalistic style and learn strategies for beautiful and resilient gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person for advance registration or $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

The People Who Saved Sully Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) How did Eddie Wagstaff, Eleanor Lee Templeman and the community save Sully Historic Site from becoming an airport runway? See a special presentation and take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the historic house like never before from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, January 28

Chinese New Year: Year of the Rooster Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Celebrate the Chinese New Year with traditional games and stories at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Paint your Chinese zodiac animal, make a rooster craft, and participate in a Lion Dance from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Garden Program: Small Space Food Gardens Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) If you want an edible garden but are short on garden space, Smithsonian gardener Matt Burch is here to help. Burch comes to Green Spring Gardens to share strategies for creating a productive food garden that will add flavorful variety to your meals, even when space is at a premium. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $16 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Watercolor Workshop: Paint Shiny Objects Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Learn how to make glass and silver look shiny and reflective in watercolor. Artist and instructor Marni Maree demonstrates techniques and provides guidance for your own watercolor painting at Green Spring Gardens. The supply list will be provided before class. Bring a lunch. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the cost is $88 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Making Ice & Ice Cream at Walney Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Crank ice cream at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as you discover how ice was harvested and stored in this 19th century farm. Try using ice tongs. The program from 2:30 to 4 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) A naturalist takes you on a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk to tour the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. The program from 5 to 7 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-768-2525.

Flying Squirrels Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Watch flying squirrels at Hidden Oaks Nature Center glide in for their evening feast of peanuts and mealworms before you head out to enjoy a campfire. Hear a Native American story of how flying squirrels came to be. Make s’mores. The minimum age to attend this program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. is four years old. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Sketch Hike: Winter Trees and Landscapes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike, and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills. The program from 10 a.m. to noon costs $8 per person. For more information about the program, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, January 29

Groundhog Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Learn the story behind Groundhog Day and some interesting facts about this animal. Visit the home of the Walney garden groundhog at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and play some groundhog games from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Groundhog’s Day Out Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Come to Frying Pan Farm Park and find out if groundhogs can really predict the weather. Visit a groundhog burrow, learn cool groundhog facts, enjoy games and make your own groundhog friend to take home. The program runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Dress for the weather; hot chocolate provided. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Winter Lecture: Summer Flowering Bulbs Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) You already know and grow dainty spring flowering bulbs like tulips, crocuses and daffodils. Now it’s time to take the next step: know and grow the bold, show-stopping, flowering summer bulbs. At Green Spring Gardens, garden designer and nurseryman Jenks Farmer will share creative design ideas combining summer bulbs, like crinum and perennials to add some wow to your summer garden. The program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per person for advance registration or $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Skiing Penguins and Snowman Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-9 yrs.) Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to create fun crafts and activities to keep or share. Build and race penguins and create spiffy snowmen. Make a gift bag to take home your fun creations. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Orienteering Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Orienteering is the sport of navigation with map and compass. Come to Burke Lake Park from noon to 2 p.m. and learn how to use a compass, read a topographic map and navigate orienteering courses. The cost is $25 per person. A compass is required. Call 703-323-6600.

Geocaching Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Students learn to use hand-held GPS units to locate hidden treasure caches within Burke Lake Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring your own GPS; a limited number will be available to borrow. The cost is $25. Call 703-323-6600.

Saturday, February 4

Washington Gardener Seed Exchange - Subscriber Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Washington Gardener Seed Exchange - Others Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Washington Gardener (WG) Magazine co-hosts the 12th annual Seed Exchange at Green Spring Gardens with lectures and face-to-face seed swaps from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Bring your extra seeds to swap and get expert planting advice. The cost is $15 for Friends of Green Spring members and WG subscribers; $20 for others. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

World Wetlands Day Celebration! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Come to Huntley Meadows Park to celebrate the importance and beauty of wetlands. Learn why these unique ecosystems are significant to people, plants and animals. Join us for presentation and education stations, a guided wetland walk, and crafts from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Astronomy for Family Fun: Planets Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Learn about the planets and moons and their effect on us and the rest of the solar system. This program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Where Are All the Animals Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Explore how animals survive the winter through a puppet show, view live animals and make a craft at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. The program costs $7 per child, and children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Recipes from the Hearth Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) In the 1794 kitchen at Sully Historic Site, make beaten biscuits and corn pone, a staple of the enslaved community’s diet. Compare the recipes and taste the difference. Then learn how laundry day differed 200 years ago. One-hour programs begin at 1 and 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, February 5

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
(3-Adult) The maple trees are tapped at Colvin Run Mill. Bundle up and watch as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire from noon to 2 p.m. Sample syrup over fresh baked cornbread while supply lasts! The cost is $5 per person. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Caribbean Reef Puppet Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Join an octopus, ray, shark, lobster and friends in this undersea adventure at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. After the show, play a game, sing songs and make a craft. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Winter Lecture: Rescuing Eden Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Garden historian Carolyn Seebohm shares her book “Rescuing Eden: Preserving America’s Historic Gardens,” a look at rescuing historic gardens from neglect and demolition. A book signing follows the lecture. This program at Green Spring Gardens runs 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person for advance registration or $12 at the door. Call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, February 11

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join naturalist P.J. Dunn at Huntley Meadows Park to hike the trails after dark as you look and listen for owls, beavers and other night animals. The program from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. costs $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Toys at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Make your own historic toys and play games children who once lived at Historic Huntley may have played from 1 to 2 p.m. A special children’s tour of Historic Huntley and a scavenger hunt are included. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

African-Americans at Walney Walking Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) In this interactive walking tour through Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, learn the names and stories of the many African-American families who lived here in slavery and in freedom. The one-hour program begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Family Fun: Sensational Seeds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Explore the sensational world of seeds from 10 to 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Work with seeds and learn how they grow. Plant some to take home to grow. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-642-5173.

Premium Tea and Chocolate Pairing
(16-Adult) In this delectable seminar at Colvin Run Mill, sip premium teas and savor a variety of decadent chocolates. Learn how to pair premium tea and chocolate successfully to bring out the best of both. Take a tea-sampler home. Certified Tea Specialist and Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden leads the program from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $35 per person. Reservations are required by February 8. Call 703-759-2771.

Punch: A Cup of History
(Adults 21+) Luke Pecoraro, Director of Archaeology at Mount Vernon, presents the history of punch, the popular drink of sailors, explorers and patriots for more than four centuries. Come to Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and taste one or two of George and Martha Washington’s favorite punch recipes. The program is followed by a traditional English tea. The cost is $42 for the program and tea; $18 for the program only. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7987.

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist and youth volunteers at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to search for worms and insects and help serve dinner to the display animals. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Astronomy for Family Fun: Stars Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Learn about the natural and cultural science of stars, fun facts about our own star and the most easily viewed constellations. Learn how you can further explore constellations as a family. This program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center runs from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, February 12

Orienteering Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park from noon to 2 p.m. and learn how to use a compass, read a topographic map and navigate orienteering courses. The cost is $25 per person. A compass is required. Call 703-323-6600.

Geocaching Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Learn how to enter latitude and longitude coordinates into a GPS and follow the coordinates to find a hidden object, container or unique geological feature at Burke Lake Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring your own GPS; a limited number will be available to borrow at class. The cost is $25 per person. Call 703-323-6600.

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
(3-Adult) The maple trees are tapped at Colvin Run Mill. Bundle up and watch as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire from noon to 2 p.m. Sample syrup over fresh baked cornbread while supply lasts! The cost is $5 per person. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Live Animal Lunchtime! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bring your lunch to Huntley Meadows Park and dine with a snake, turtle, or toad. Learn about the critter through crafts and hands-on activities. Dessert is our treat. The program from noon to 1 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Valentine Tea and Poetry Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy poetry and tea at the Machen Farm at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with your sweetheart. A costumed interpreter shares our Walney mystery love poem and invites you to write your own while dining on mint tea and sugar cookies. Frame your poem in the style of a childhood Valentine. The program from 3 to 4 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Winter Lecture: The Presidents’ Gardens Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Garden historian Marta McDowell shares the history of the White House grounds in this program at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. This entertaining history reveals how the story of the garden is also the story of America. A book signing follows. The program costs $10 per person in advance; $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Animal Valentines Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-8 yrs.) Play musical valentines and critter sweetheart games as you learn how animals find a mate. Meet live animals at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and make an animal valentine craft. The program from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. costs $7 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, February 18

Astronomy Festival Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) At Riverbend Park from 6 to 8 p.m., enjoy guided stargazing, telescope viewing, campfire stories, games and activities. You can purchase hot chocolate and snacks. This event will be canceled if it’s raining or snowing. Register online for $6; $7 at the door. Call 703-759-9018.

Eco-Savvy Symposium: Cultivating Biodiversity Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) At Green Spring Gardens, learn from renowned public designer Bill McLaughlin of the U.S. Botanic Garden and expert local naturalist and environmental educator Alonso Abugattas how to create a home landscape that provides an oasis for birds, pollinators and other wildlife through the use of native plants. The program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. costs $56 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Work of Their Hands Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Learn about the contributions of the African-American enslaved community at Sully Historic Site as you tour the main house, kitchen/laundry and representative slave quarter. Hour-long programs start at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The cost is $6 per child age 5 to 15; $8 per person for age 16 and older. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-1794.

Winter Camping Basics Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(9-Adult) Before you head out for wintertime camping, learn the basics at Burke Lake Park’s campground. Families camp overnight with a naturalist who provides camping tips. Participants must have their own gear. The overnight program begins at 2 p.m., and the cost is $35 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-323-6600.

All Things Frozen Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center who shares stories about animals that enjoy being chilly and others that just figure out a way to get through the cold. Dress as your favorite frozen friend and enjoy a tea with china cups, treats and crafts. Contact the nature center one week prior with any dietary restrictions. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $15 per person. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, February 19

Sidewalk Science & Kitchen Chemistry Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-6 yrs.) Join a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as she helps your budding scientist unravel some science mysteries in a fun and safe way from 3 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Winter Tree ID Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to learn winter tree identification basics and hike to practice new skills. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-941-1065.

Winter Lecture: Top Ten Plants for Local Gardens Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Horticulturalists Karen Rexrode, Keith Tomlinson of Meadowlark Gardens and Judy Zatsick of Green Spring Gardens share their top ten lists of garden beauties and workhorses that are proven plants for Northern Virginia. This program at Green Spring Gardens runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and the cost is $10 per person for advance registration or $12 at the door. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

African-Americans at Walney Walking Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) In this interactive walking tour through Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, learn the names and stories of the many African-American families who lived here in slavery and in freedom. The one-hour program begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, February 25

Birds Around Us Cabell’s Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Examine beaks, feathers, nests and talons at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 10 to 11 a.m. and learn about bird life cycles, migration patterns and adaptations. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Storytelling Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Bring a snack and enjoy stories about the Bootlegging Past as told by one of our expert storytellers at Riverbend Park. We’ll start a campfire if the weather cooperates. Meet at the Nature Center. The program runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Homemade Bird Feeders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bring empty milk jugs and/or two liter soda bottles to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to make bird feeders. Get tips for feeding birds and learn to identify common birds that visit home bird feeders. The program from 11 a.m. to noon costs $7 per person. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Starting From Scratch with Seeds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Grow flowers, vegetables and herbs from seed and expand your garden. Come to Green Spring Gardens and be inspired by propagator and horticulturalist Judy Zatsick as she discusses potting mixes, containers, seed treatments, lighting, fertilization and more. Take some seeds home. The program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. costs $22 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Crystallized Flower Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Come to the Historic House at Green Spring Gardens and learn to crystallize edible blooms to use as beautiful and easy garnishes. Take home your candied flowers along with decorating ideas and tips. The program runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $27. Call 703-642-5173.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Extravaganza Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) At Hidden Oaks Nature Center, hear tales of “Yertle the Turtle” and “Gertrude McFuzz,” meet live animals and make crafts from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Winter Birds and Feeder Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Learn about birds that call Huntley Meadows and your backyard home in winter. Make a pine cone bird feeder to take home. Learn to identify winter birds through calls, games and activities from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Evening Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Take an evening stroll through the forest to one of Huntley Meadows’ largest meadows. We’ll listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. Bring a flashlight. The approximately 1.5-mile walk is on uneven terrain, and the program will be canceled if it rains. It runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and the cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sketch Hike: Winter Trees and Landscapes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike, and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills. The program from 10 a.m. to noon costs $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, February 26

Orienteering Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park from noon to 2 p.m. and learn how to use a compass, read a topographic map and navigate orienteering courses. The cost is $25 per person. A compass is required. Call 703-323-6600.

Geocaching Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Learn how to enter latitude and longitude coordinates into a GPS and follow the coordinates to find a hidden object, container or unique geological feature at Burke Lake Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring your own GPS; a limited number will be available to borrow at class. The cost is $25 per person. Call 703-323-6600.

Fairy Tale Tea Time Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Fairy tales come to life as you sip tea and enjoy treats surrounded by your favorite fairytale characters at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Dress as your favorite character, learn how fairy tales have stood the test of time, and find out why so many fairy tales include our animal friends. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Winter Lecture: Coping with Deer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Garden expert Ruth Clausen shares some beautiful shrubs, annuals and perennials that deer seldom browse. Come to Green Spring Gardens and get design tips and plant combinations for your deer-resistant garden. A book signing follows the lecture. This program from1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per person for advance registration or $12 at the door. Call 703-642-5173.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Join a naturalist calling in these amazing gliders of the night and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the Nature Center at Hidden Oaks. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. The program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Birding for Beginners: Winter Birds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Interested in winter birding? Come to Huntley Meadows Park to learn about winter birds in the park and acquire some basic identification skills. The program from 8 to 11 a.m. ends with an indoor discussion. The cost is $10 per person, and children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-768-2525.


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