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Wednesday, June 1

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

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

Thursday, June 2

Jr. Farmer Family FunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park from 4 to 5 p.m. Participants age two and older can help with farm chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

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

Friday, June 3

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

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

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

Saturday, June 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, June 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 6

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 7

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

Wednesday, June 8

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

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

Thursday, June 9

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 10

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

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

Saturday, June 11

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, June 12

Monday, June 13

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

Tuesday, June 14

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

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

Wednesday, June 15

Thursday, June 16

Jr. Farmer Family FunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park from 4 to 5 p.m. Participants age two and older can help with farm chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

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

Friday, June 17

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

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

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

Saturday, June 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, June 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 20

Tuesday, June 21

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 22

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

Thursday, June 23

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

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

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

Friday, June 24

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

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

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

Saturday, June 25

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

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

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

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

Sunday, June 26

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

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

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

Monday, June 27

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

Tuesday, June 28

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

Wednesday, June 29

Thursday, June 30

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 31

Friday, July 1

Campfire Fridays-SummerClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire, símores, animals and more fun at Hidden Pond Nature Center on two Friday nights in July. Each night we explore a different subject and area of the park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This program is just right for participants age three to adult and costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Dairy DaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully Historic Site. Ice cream and butter will be made at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Please register online. Children must be accompanied by an adult. House tour tickets will be available on site for an additional cost. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Símores & Campfire StoriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Lake Fairfax staff for a night of campfire stories while enjoying símores. The program runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. for participants age six to adult. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Saturday, July 2

Floral Workshop: Sunflowers and LemonsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Floral Workshop: Supply FeeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age 16 to adult will make a summer arrangement with sunflowers and lemons from 10 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. Designer Chuck Mason leads you through the project. Use the design principles and container to make your own fresh arrangements throughout the year. The cost is $38 per person, plus a supply fee of $25 per person. Please register for both. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

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

Sunday, July 3

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River while finding out about Riverbend Parkís wildlife and the American Indians who lived here. The ride for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

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

Northern Virginia Carvers
The wood carvers lend their tools and expertise from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill to help you uncover your hidden artistic talent as you create a creature from a block of wood. The lessons for participants age 12 to adult are free. There is a nominal charge for wood blanks. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

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

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

Toddler Time-Terrific TurtlesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore nature through outdoor activities and meet one of our turtles at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. This program for children two to four years old runs 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. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Ferns, Flowers and Trees at Scottís RunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
We explore, identify and share stories of some common and uncommon plants on this two- to three-mile walk for adults at Scottís Run Nature Preserve from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. Wear sturdy walking shoes or boots. The walk will be canceled if it rains. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scottís Run. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, July 4

Oh Say Can You See: Fun Facts, Games and Trivia for the 4th
Challenge the old grey cells this Independence Day with political trivia, games and fun facts at Sully Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. What does the Declaration of Independence actually say? Do you dare to use a quill pen and add your name to it? A guided tour is included. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, July 5

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

Stream Monsters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enter Big Rocky Run stream and see what monsters live in the water at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Hellgrammites, water scorpions, and water snakes are just some of our stream monsters. This program is for participants age seven to adult and runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Walk, Waddle and WiggleClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Walk, waddle or wiggle on over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy activities and try some animal locomotion. This program for children age two to five runs 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. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, July 6

Fireflies in the MeadowClick to Register with Parktakes Online
As dusk approaches, the meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is bright with fireflies. Join us in illuminating the world of small night creatures. Bring a plastic jar with a lid to catch and then release. Wear long pants, socks and closed shoes. Flashlights and insect repellant are useful. This program runs from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for participants age two to adult. The cost is $5 per person. Meet at Cabellís Mill. Call 703-631-0013.

Reptile SurveyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Lake Fairfax. Learn the habits and habitats of aggressive but misunderstood water snakes as we search for them and document their size, gender and location. Wear shoes that can get wet. This program runs from 7 to 8 p.m. for participants age seven to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-471-5414.

Thursday, July 7

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

Letís Grow Garden Club: Dig InClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Visit Green Spring Gardensí greenhouses and nursery areas where we can see the garden staff at work. Children age six to ten can help the gardeners start some seeds for late summer planting. Weíll plant some edibles and flowers and give everything a good watering. Make plant markers for the garden and pot a plant to take home. The program runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per child. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Games, Games, Games!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the kids to Sully Historic Site to enjoy hoops & sticks, game of graces, nine pins, board games and more from 1 to 2 p.m. This event is for children age 5 to 12, and the cost is $5 per child. This event will be canceled in case of inclement weather or extreme heat. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Amphibians After Dark Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age seven to adult will assist park naturalists at Lake Fairfax with a calling amphibian survey. Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their calls as we explore pools and ponds from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Friday, July 8

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

Help Jeremiah Feverfew HomeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Oh No! Jeremiahís pet squirrel Yarrow is loose and Jeremiah has gotten lost looking for him. From 11 a.m. to noon, children age five to nine will tour the garden and environs at Sully Historic Site as they hear the story of this mischievous boy and his pet squirrel. Tour, booklet and garden samples are included in the cost of $7 per child. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

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

Goodnight Walk: Night Sky Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a stroll outside Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn about the night sky. Enjoy a story and craft. Participants age three to adult will learn how to continue their own exploration of the moon and stars at home. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Bring one flashlight per family and dress for outdoors. Call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, July 9

Native American Archery Click to Register with Parktakes Online
For food and defense, archery was an important part of life for the Native Americans. Learn how to make a bow and arrow and then take aim and shoot. This program at Hidden Pond Nature Center runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for children age 8 to 12. The cost is $8. Call 703-451-9588.

Superfoods: Three-Part Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Three sessions with culinary expert Nora Burgan will showcase ways to incorporate a variety of healthful superfoods into your familyís diet: grains, seeds, berries, fruits and vegetables. Each of these sessions at Historic Green Spring is for adults and will include a demonstration, creative recipes and three to four samplings. Sessions on July 9 and 16 run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The session on July 23 is 2:30 to 4 p.m. The cost is $90 per person for the series. You may also register for individual sessions. See listings by date. Call 703-941-7987.

Superfoods: Ancient Grains & Seeds (Single session) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Culinary expert Nora Burgan brings history to life at your table with a variety of ancient seeds and grains that are trending today as flavorful and healthy alternatives to processed grains. Adults will enjoy a cooking demonstration at Historic Green Spring, ingenious recipe ideas, and some delicious samplings from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $35 per person. Call 703-941-7987.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and bring shoes that can get wet and muddy. We search for, catch, and release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and other creatures. This program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. is for participants age two to adult, and all family members must register. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Animal Feeding Time Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís feeding time, and the parkís exhibit animals are hungry! Join a Riverbend Park animal caretaker as they feed and care for our snakes, turtles, frogs, and fish. This program for participants age four to adult runs 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $4 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-759-9018.

Watercolor on Canvas Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
With the help of artist Marni Maree at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., paint the subject of your choice on two canvas boards using traditional watercolor paints and brushes. Some watercolor experience is helpful, but not necessary.†Watercolor paint, canvas boards and spray varnish will be provided for a $10 fee payable to the instructor (check or cash). Bring a lunch and photos of your subject. The cost is $85 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Herb Container Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age five to adult will plant a simple herb container where the love of food and gardening come together. In this workshop at Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m., learn to grow tasty herbs to put on pizzas and salads or in teas and recipes. Itís a great project to do with kids. The cost is $35 per project. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Living Dolls Beauty School Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your favorite doll to get all dolled up before Doll Camp at Colvin Run Mill. The workshop for children age five to nine includes hairstyling, jewelry-making, a tea party and more. The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $25 per child. Call 703-759-2771.

Ice Cream Creations and Dairy Delights Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Picnic on the beautiful lawn at Sully Historic Site. Help hand-crank delicious homemade ice cream and enjoy a curiosity of flavors such as peach, asparagus, vanilla, and blueberry. Music, historic craft-making and period games make for an extra-special, old-fashioned afternoon of fun for family members age five to adult from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Take a ride on the trackless train for a new way to tour the site - available at a separate cost. Call 703-437-1794.

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a stroll along the shore at Burke Lake Park and learn about the constellations, their stories and other features of the night sky. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you along with having some telescopes on hand for you to try out. The program from 8:30 to 10 p.m. is for participants age three to adult and concludes with a campfire and símores. Bring hot dogs if you wish. The cost is $12 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-323-6600.

Meadow Explorers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a hike to our wildlife sanctuary meadow in the hope of seeing various animals that call our meadow home, and learn about the wildlife habitat. Bring footwear suitable for hiking. The explorers program at Lake Fairfax runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for participants age 6 to 12. The cost is $10 per child. Call 703-471-5414.

Poetry Sketch Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for a Poetry Sketch walk at Huntley Meadows Park that combines nature study, drawing and poem craft in the forest and wetland. We celebrate nature by reading works by American poets while writing poems of our own accompanied by sketches. This program for participants age 15 to adult runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, July 10

Teddy Bear Picnic Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Todayís the day the teddy bears have their picnic at Hidden Oaks Nature Center! Bring your teddy bear to join our stories, songs, games and light refreshments for humans and bears. This program from 1:30 to 3 p.m. is for children age three to seven. The cost is $10 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

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

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

Turtle Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
See turtles close up at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Learn how to identify different species of turtle and then assist a naturalist in a search for them at the pond. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

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

Nature Quest-Summer Scottís Run Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This naturalist-led program is designed for the young explorer age three to seven. From field to stream and everything in between, children learn about many of our local animal species, hands-on and in the field, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Scottís Run Nature Preserve. The cost is $6 per child. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scottís Run. Call 703-759-9018.

Build Your Own Bee House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about local pollinators and using invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators at Riverbend Park. The bee house attracts mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees who rarely sting. This program for participants age three to adult runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Life in the Leaf Litter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Riverbend Park naturalist for a hike and exploration of the forest floor. Uncover the diversity of soil organisms and the crucial role that invertebrates play in helping forests to stay healthy. This program for participants age eight to adult meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. the cost is $7 per person. Meet at Riverbend Parkís nature center. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, July 11

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

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age two to five are invited to join our Nature Playgroup at Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Preschoolers enjoy nature-themed activities while adults meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. A staff member is on hand to put out nature sensory bins and direct games and activities. An adult must accompany the registered child. Julyís theme is: Red, White, and Camping. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-642-5173.

Yoga for Gardeners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
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. The eight classes will be held indoors from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on Mondays. The cost is $88 per person. For more information, call

Tuesday, July 12

Wednesday, July 13

Junior 18-hole Tournament
Junior golfers, age 7 to 17, compete in an 18-hole individual stroke tournament at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m. to noon. Players compete in three age divisions: 10 and under, 11-13, and 14-17. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in all divisions and closest-to-the-pin contests. Registration begins June 29. The rain date is July 20. The cost is $20 for Junior program members and $30 for non-Junior program members. Lunch is included. Fee is due at the time of registration. Call 703-323-1641.

Reptile Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Lake Accotink. Learn the habits and habitats of aggressive but misunderstood water snakes as we search for them and document their size, gender and location. Wear shoes that can get wet. This program runs from 7 to 8 p.m. for participants age seven to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-569-3464.

Dragons and Damsels at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
In the summer, dragonflies and damselflies dart above the surface of Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Learn myths and facts about these beautiful insects. Discover their secret lives. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Meet at Walney Pond. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, July 14

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program for participants age two to adult goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park. Help with farm chores such as milking cows, feeding animals, and shelling corn from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

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

Amphibians After Dark Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age seven to adult will assist park naturalists at Lake Accotink with a calling amphibian survey. Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their calls as we explore pools and ponds from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Kids Korner-Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children age three to six share summer adventures with their adult and a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. This monthly program runs from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Call the park for topic and meeting location, 703-631-0013.

Garden Tour and Tea
Tour the glorious demonstration gardens at Green Spring Gardens with Master Gardener docents. Hear about Green Springís fascinating history, our educational mission, and how we can help your gardens grow! Afterwards, enjoy a full English tea at the 1784 Historic House. This program for participants age 13 to adult runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $32 per person. For more information and to make reservations, call 703-941-7987.

Friday, July 15

Campfire Fridays-SummerClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire, símores, animals and more fun at Hidden Pond Nature Center on two Friday nights in July. Each night we explore a different subject and area of the park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This program is just right for participants age three to adult and costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Nocturnal Hunters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist for a night hike at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to learn about the parkís nocturnal animals. Catch and release fireflies, locate bats with a bat detector, and search for other live animals. At the campfire, roast marshmallows and make símores. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Frying Pan Fridays Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Delve into a different part of your favorite Farm Park on a stress-free adventure from 7 to 8:30 p.m. that includes hands-on activities and short hikes for participants age five to adult. Topics at Frying Pan Farm Park vary each month. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Saturday, July 16

Native American Archery Click to Register with Parktakes Online
For food and defense, archery was an important part of life for the Native Americans. Learn how to make a bow and arrow and then take aim and shoot. This program at Hidden Pond Nature Center runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for children age 8 to 12. The cost is $8. Call 703-451-9588.

Superfoods: Berries and Fruits (Single session) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover what makes some fruits and berries super fruits, power-packed with vitamins and minerals. Culinary expert Nora Burgan explains their amazingly healthful properties as she demonstrates innovative recipes and presentations, including a twist on fruit kabobs. Enjoy several samplings. This session at Historic Green Spring is for adults and runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Photography as Zen ArtClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enhance your photographic vision and produce more meaningful images using Green Spring Gardens as inspiration. This program taught by photographer Tuan Pham incorporates several Zen creative practices with photography basics to enable you to find beauty wherever you are and capture images that reflect your true nature. Students must bring a digital camera and tripod, and have a means of sending digital images. This program takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $186 for four lessons. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Native Trees and Shrubs for Home Gardens Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to join horticulturist Brenda Skarphol for a tour of native trees and shrubs at Green Spring Gardens that support pollinators and other fauna and are great candidates for beautifying the home landscape. Get tree care requirements, tips for plant identification, plant sources and design ideas from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $18 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Wilderness Survival Skills Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This fast-paced session at Burke Lake Park for participants age 13 to adult covers essential survival skills for day hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting or fishing in the back country. Topics include survival preparedness, fire making, rescue signaling, shelter building, foraging for food, collecting and purifying water, finding time and directions, making natural cordage and preparing the ultimate survival kit. The four-hour lesson begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $48 per person. Bring snacks and water. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Animal Search with a Naturalist Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Early morning is one of the most active times in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. With an expert naturalist, see which creatures, feathered or furred, are in the forest. From 8 to 9 a.m., you discover a hidden forest filled with animal signs, emerging native plants and even a few invaders. Bring your curiosity, lots of questions, binoculars and field guides, if you wish. This program is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Fishing by the Stream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and go fishing along Rocky Run stream. Learn about native fish and receive tips on equipment and techniques. Beginners are welcome. Bring your own fully rigged fishing poles; worms are provided for bait. The program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. is for participants age five to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Meet at Cabellís Mill. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Dinofest in Nature Playce Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore dinoland at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and unearth a real fossil to keep. Compare your height and length to that of dinosaurs. Search for hidden dinosaurs and tracks. Make a fossil impression to take home. This program for children age three to eight runs from 1 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, July 17

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River while finding out about Riverbend Parkís wildlife and the American Indians who lived here. The ride for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and bring shoes that can get wet and muddy. We search for, catch, and release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and other creatures. This program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. is for participants age two to adult, and all family members must register. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Tea program: Souvenirs: Tchotchkes or Treasures?
Knickknacks and sentimental mementos of vacations are tangible memory keepers that preserve the past. At Green Spring Gardens, discover the origins of ďtourist artĒ and consider souvenirs as historical storytellers, from ancient relics and keepsakes to t-shirts and key chains. Afterwards, enjoy a full English tea at the Historic House and take home a souvenir of Historic Green Spring. This event for adults runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $32 per person. For information and reservations call 703-941-7987.

Sundaes in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the family for a Sunday stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center and for an ice cream sundae. The sundaes are $2 each, and the woodland walk and visit to Nature Playce are free! Registration is preferred but not required. The program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Dragonflies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the life cycle, behavior and identification of Huntleyís many dragonflies and damselflies. Venture to the wetland at Huntley Meadows Park to observe these acrobatic fliers in action. This program from 9 to 11 a.m. is for participants age 12 to adult. The cost is $7 per person. The program will be canceled in the event of rain. For more, call 703-768-2525.

How to Draw Your Dragon(fly) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist/artist Margaret Wohler at Huntley Meadows Park to learn tips and techniques for drawing dragonflies and other insects you might find in the park. This program for participants age 12 to adult runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Scottís Run Bird Watching for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Birding is a hobby that can last a lifetime and parks are a great place to start your adventure. This class for participants age 14 to adult covers birding basics, including how to use binoculars and other equipment, the importance of a field guide and other strategies for identifying different types of birds. The program runs from 9 to 11 a.m., and the cost is $12 per person. Meet at the west parking lot at Scottís Run Nature Preserve. There are no facilities. Call 703-759-9018.

Monday, July 18

Tuesday, July 19

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

Lethal Predators Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and find out who our local lethal predators are. Assist a naturalist with conservation biology as we head out into the forest to look for some lethal predators. This program is for participants age eight to adult and runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Wednesday, July 20

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Walk the meadows and forest edges at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation, and learn about our native bats. The program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. is for participants age seven to adult. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

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

Reptile Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Burke Lake Park. Learn the habits and habitats of aggressive but misunderstood water snakes as we search for them and document their size, gender and location. Wear shoes that can get wet. This program runs from 7 to 8 p.m. for participants age seven to adult. The cost is $6 per person. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Farm Explorers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey into Frying Pan Farm Park with this new evening preschool-age program. Children age three to five will get involved in hands-on activities including games, demonstrations, animal encounters, crafts and short hikes from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $8 per child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Thursday, July 21

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

Letís Grow Garden Club: Bee Quest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Test your garden pollinator-spotting skills with our pollinator game at Green Spring Gardens. Children age 6 to 10 will try to figure out how pollinators help us grow food and what plants they like to visit. We spend time tending and watering the garden and seedlings before visiting our bee hives. Sample some delicious flower honey. Take home some pumpkin seeds to plant at home. The program runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per child. Call 703-642-5173.

Amphibians After Dark Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age seven to adult will assist park naturalists at Burke Lake Park with a calling amphibian survey. Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their calls as we explore pools and ponds from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Friday, July 22

Dairy DaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully Historic Site. Ice cream and butter will be made at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Please register online. Children must be accompanied by an adult. House tour tickets will be available on site for an additional cost. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

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

Night Hike with Símores Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a night hike to our meadow listening for noises of the night, and then relax by the campfire while enjoying símores. This campfire event at Lake Fairfax is for participants age six to adult and runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more, call 703-471-5414.

Saturday, July 23

Dairy Farming at Walney: Ice Cream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age three to adult will explore Walneyís dairy farm history while touring the ice house and ice pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Try your hand at ice-making tools and picking up an ice block. Make and eat hand-cranked ice cream. The cost is $8 per person. Please be sure to register an adult with any registered child. Call 703-631-0013.

Native American Archery Click to Register with Parktakes Online
For food and defense, archery was an important part of life for the Native Americans. Learn how to make a bow and arrow and then take aim and shoot. This program at Hidden Pond Nature Center runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for children age 8 to 12. The cost is $8. Call 703-451-9588.

Animal Feeding Time Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís feeding time, and the parkís exhibit animals are hungry! Join a Riverbend Park animal caretaker as they feed and care for our snakes, turtles, frogs, and fish. This program for participants age four to adult runs 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $4 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-759-9018.

Superfoods: Avocado, Cauliflower, Coconuts (Single Session) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring an array of spectacular, healthful superfoods to your table in creative ways. Culinary expert Nora Burgan demonstrates and shares inventive recipes, from stuffed baked avocado to cauliflower crust pizza during this program from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Historic Green Spring. Discover the versatile coconut and a cocoa chocolate bar for todayís healthy palate. Sample three to four super recipes. The cost is $35 per person. For more, call 703-941-7987.

Sketch Hike: Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike through history from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center at Huntley Meadows Park and hike up to Historic Huntley for some breathtaking views while sketching some of the historic architecture and landscaping of the Mason family villa. This hike is designed for participants age 11 to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Useful and Edible Plants and Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Burke Lake Park and learn about uses for native plants and trees in the wilderness or in your backyard. Find out which plants are safe to eat and those to avoid. Learn the right weeds and trees to help start a fire, get a drink, find a meal, make a rope, stop an itch or heal a wound. Explore Burke Lake Parkís trails, fields and forests, and see what Mother Nature is growing just for you. Bring water, snack, and rainwear. Wear suitable outdoor clothes and hiking boots/shoes. The program for participants age 10 to adult is held from 10 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. The cost is $24 per person. Call 703-323-6600.

Frog Chorus at Eakin Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Eakin Park in Fairfax to join a naturalist-led walk to the pond to identify frogs by sound and features. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Bring one flashlight per family. The program will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk. A naturalist takes you on a tour of the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents from 8 to 10 p.m. This program is for participants age six to adult. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, July 24

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

Scottís Run Nature Preserve Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a three-mile, naturalist-led hike in this nature preserve along the Potomac River. This hike over moderate terrain highlights the natural features, scenic overlooks and Scottís Run waterfall. The program for participants age 13 to adult runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. Bring water. Meet at the west parking lot at Scottís Run Nature Preserve. There are no facilities Call 703-759-9018.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Monday, July 25

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

Tuesday, July 26

Animals Underground Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Dig down deep and investigate who lives in the dark, damp world under the forest floor as we learn about moles, earthworms, termites and the many other creatures of the soil. This program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center is for children age two to five and runs 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. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, July 27

Fireflies in the MeadowClick to Register with Parktakes Online
As dusk approaches, the meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is bright with fireflies. Join us in illuminating the world of small night creatures. Bring a plastic jar with a lid to catch and then release. Wear long pants, socks and closed shoes. Flashlights and insect repellant are useful. This program runs from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for participants age two to adult. The cost is $5 per person. Meet at Cabellís Mill. Call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, July 28

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program for participants age two to adult goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park. Help with farm chores such as milking cows, feeding animals, and shelling corn from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

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

Friday, July 29

Reptile Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for a night hike to learn about our native reptiles that become nocturnal during the warmer months. Return to our campfire to roast marshmallows and make símores. This program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $8 per person. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, July 30

Campfire Bats, Bugs, and Owls Oh My! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the critters that come out only at night and their special adaptations that help them thrive while we sleep. We provide marshmallows at the campfire. This program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Whatís new in the night sky? Join naturalists at Huntley Meadows Park as they take you on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. This program for participants age 12 to adult runs from 8 to 10 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Giant Spiders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore Big Rocky Run at night and hunt for the giant nocturnal fishing spider. Bring flashlights, and wear hiking shoes. This program at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is for participants age eight to adult from 8 to 9 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid registered adult. Meet at Cabellís Mill. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, July 31

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

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

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

Tree Trek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Trees make Ellanor C. Lawrence a special place. Join an expert naturalist from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on a search for the biggest, oldest, most rare and most important trees in our forest. Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how parks care for them. This program is for participants age seven to adult and may fulfill some scouting requirements. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Scottís Run Leave No Trace Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age 8 to 16 receive introductory training in the Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program, which is applicable to all outdoor enthusiasts and all environments. The workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. covers such topics as the underlying concept of minimum-impact recreation and the seven principles of Leave No Trace. The cost is $10 per child. Meet at the west parking lot at Scottís Run Nature Preserve. There are no facilities at Scottís Run. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Dueling Designers Tea
Two designers simultaneously create original floral arrangements at Green Spring Gardens using identical materials. Discover how different creative styles, techniques and approaches to design and materials are revealed in this highly entertaining demonstration. Adults can enjoy the program only or follow it with a full English tea served in the 1784 Historic House. This event runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The cost for the program and tea is $45 per person; $22 per person for the program only. For information and reservations please call 703-941-7987.

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Weekend Highlights

Saturday, June 25

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

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

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

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

Sunday, June 26

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

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

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

Saturday, July 2

Floral Workshop: Sunflowers and Lemons Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Floral Workshop: Supply Fee Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age 16 to adult will make a summer arrangement with sunflowers and lemons from 10 a.m. to noon at Green Spring Gardens. Designer Chuck Mason leads you through the project. Use the design principles and container to make your own fresh arrangements throughout the year. The cost is $38 per person, plus a supply fee of $25 per person. Please register for both. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

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

Sunday, July 3

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River while finding out about Riverbend Park’s wildlife and the American Indians who lived here. The ride for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

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

Northern Virginia Carvers
The wood carvers lend their tools and expertise from noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill to help you uncover your hidden artistic talent as you create a creature from a block of wood. The lessons for participants age 12 to adult are free. There is a nominal charge for wood blanks. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

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

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

Toddler Time-Terrific Turtles Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore nature through outdoor activities and meet one of our turtles at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. This program for children two to four years old runs 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. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Ferns, Flowers and Trees at Scott’s Run Click to Register with Parktakes Online
We explore, identify and share stories of some common and uncommon plants on this two- to three-mile walk for adults at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. Wear sturdy walking shoes or boots. The walk will be canceled if it rains. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scott’s Run. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, July 9

Native American Archery Click to Register with Parktakes Online
For food and defense, archery was an important part of life for the Native Americans. Learn how to make a bow and arrow and then take aim and shoot. This program at Hidden Pond Nature Center runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for children age 8 to 12. The cost is $8. Call 703-451-9588.

Superfoods: Three-Part Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Three sessions with culinary expert Nora Burgan will showcase ways to incorporate a variety of healthful superfoods into your family’s diet: grains, seeds, berries, fruits and vegetables. Each of these sessions at Historic Green Spring is for adults and will include a demonstration, creative recipes and three to four samplings. Sessions on July 9 and 16 run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The session on July 23 is 2:30 to 4 p.m. The cost is $90 per person for the series. You may also register for individual sessions. See listings by date. Call 703-941-7987.

Superfoods: Ancient Grains & Seeds (Single session) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Culinary expert Nora Burgan brings history to life at your table with a variety of ancient seeds and grains that are trending today as flavorful and healthy alternatives to processed grains. Adults will enjoy a cooking demonstration at Historic Green Spring, ingenious recipe ideas, and some delicious samplings from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $35 per person. Call 703-941-7987.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and bring shoes that can get wet and muddy. We search for, catch, and release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and other creatures. This program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. is for participants age two to adult, and all family members must register. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

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

Watercolor on Canvas Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
With the help of artist Marni Maree at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., paint the subject of your choice on two canvas boards using traditional watercolor paints and brushes. Some watercolor experience is helpful, but not necessary. Watercolor paint, canvas boards and spray varnish will be provided for a $10 fee payable to the instructor (check or cash). Bring a lunch and photos of your subject. The cost is $85 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Herb Container Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age five to adult will plant a simple herb container where the love of food and gardening come together. In this workshop at Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m., learn to grow tasty herbs to put on pizzas and salads or in teas and recipes. It’s a great project to do with kids. The cost is $35 per project. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Living Dolls Beauty School Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your favorite doll to get all dolled up before Doll Camp at Colvin Run Mill. The workshop for children age five to nine includes hairstyling, jewelry-making, a tea party and more. The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $25 per child. Call 703-759-2771.

Ice Cream Creations and Dairy Delights Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Picnic on the beautiful lawn at Sully Historic Site. Help hand-crank delicious homemade ice cream and enjoy a curiosity of flavors such as peach, asparagus, vanilla, and blueberry. Music, historic craft-making and period games make for an extra-special, old-fashioned afternoon of fun for family members age five to adult from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Take a ride on the trackless train for a new way to tour the site - available at a separate cost. Call 703-437-1794.

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a stroll along the shore at Burke Lake Park and learn about the constellations, their stories and other features of the night sky. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you along with having some telescopes on hand for you to try out. The program from 8:30 to 10 p.m. is for participants age three to adult and concludes with a campfire and s’mores. Bring hot dogs if you wish. The cost is $12 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-323-6600.

Meadow Explorers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a hike to our wildlife sanctuary meadow in the hope of seeing various animals that call our meadow home, and learn about the wildlife habitat. Bring footwear suitable for hiking. The explorers program at Lake Fairfax runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for participants age 6 to 12. The cost is $10 per child. Call 703-471-5414.

Poetry Sketch Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for a Poetry Sketch walk at Huntley Meadows Park that combines nature study, drawing and poem craft in the forest and wetland. We celebrate nature by reading works by American poets while writing poems of our own accompanied by sketches. This program for participants age 15 to adult runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, July 10

Teddy Bear Picnic Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic at Hidden Oaks Nature Center! Bring your teddy bear to join our stories, songs, games and light refreshments for humans and bears. This program from 1:30 to 3 p.m. is for children age three to seven. The cost is $10 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

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

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

Turtle Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
See turtles close up at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Learn how to identify different species of turtle and then assist a naturalist in a search for them at the pond. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

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

Nature Quest-Summer Scott’s Run Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This naturalist-led program is designed for the young explorer age three to seven. From field to stream and everything in between, children learn about many of our local animal species, hands-on and in the field, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. The cost is $6 per child. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scott’s Run. Call 703-759-9018.

Build Your Own Bee House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about local pollinators and using invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators at Riverbend Park. The bee house attracts mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees who rarely sting. This program for participants age three to adult runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Life in the Leaf Litter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Riverbend Park naturalist for a hike and exploration of the forest floor. Uncover the diversity of soil organisms and the crucial role that invertebrates play in helping forests to stay healthy. This program for participants age eight to adult meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. the cost is $7 per person. Meet at Riverbend Park’s nature center. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, July 16

Native American Archery Click to Register with Parktakes Online
For food and defense, archery was an important part of life for the Native Americans. Learn how to make a bow and arrow and then take aim and shoot. This program at Hidden Pond Nature Center runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for children age 8 to 12. The cost is $8. Call 703-451-9588.

Superfoods: Berries and Fruits (Single session) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover what makes some fruits and berries super fruits, power-packed with vitamins and minerals. Culinary expert Nora Burgan explains their amazingly healthful properties as she demonstrates innovative recipes and presentations, including a twist on fruit kabobs. Enjoy several samplings. This session at Historic Green Spring is for adults and runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Photography as Zen Art Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enhance your photographic vision and produce more meaningful images using Green Spring Gardens as inspiration. This program taught by photographer Tuan Pham incorporates several Zen creative practices with photography basics to enable you to find beauty wherever you are and capture images that reflect your true nature. Students must bring a digital camera and tripod, and have a means of sending digital images. This program takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $186 for four lessons. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Native Trees and Shrubs for Home Gardens Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to join horticulturist Brenda Skarphol for a tour of native trees and shrubs at Green Spring Gardens that support pollinators and other fauna and are great candidates for beautifying the home landscape. Get tree care requirements, tips for plant identification, plant sources and design ideas from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $18 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Wilderness Survival Skills Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This fast-paced session at Burke Lake Park for participants age 13 to adult covers essential survival skills for day hiking, backpacking, camping, hunting or fishing in the back country. Topics include survival preparedness, fire making, rescue signaling, shelter building, foraging for food, collecting and purifying water, finding time and directions, making natural cordage and preparing the ultimate survival kit. The four-hour lesson begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $48 per person. Bring snacks and water. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Animal Search with a Naturalist Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Early morning is one of the most active times in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. With an expert naturalist, see which creatures, feathered or furred, are in the forest. From 8 to 9 a.m., you discover a hidden forest filled with animal signs, emerging native plants and even a few invaders. Bring your curiosity, lots of questions, binoculars and field guides, if you wish. This program is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Fishing by the Stream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and go fishing along Rocky Run stream. Learn about native fish and receive tips on equipment and techniques. Beginners are welcome. Bring your own fully rigged fishing poles; worms are provided for bait. The program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. is for participants age five to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Dinofest in Nature Playce Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore dinoland at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and unearth a real fossil to keep. Compare your height and length to that of dinosaurs. Search for hidden dinosaurs and tracks. Make a fossil impression to take home. This program for children age three to eight runs from 1 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, July 17

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River while finding out about Riverbend Park’s wildlife and the American Indians who lived here. The ride for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and bring shoes that can get wet and muddy. We search for, catch, and release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and other creatures. This program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. is for participants age two to adult, and all family members must register. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Tea program: Souvenirs: Tchotchkes or Treasures?
Knickknacks and sentimental mementos of vacations are tangible memory keepers that preserve the past. At Green Spring Gardens, discover the origins of “tourist art” and consider souvenirs as historical storytellers, from ancient relics and keepsakes to t-shirts and key chains. Afterwards, enjoy a full English tea at the Historic House and take home a souvenir of Historic Green Spring. This event for adults runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $32 per person. For information and reservations call 703-941-7987.

Sundaes in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring the family for a Sunday stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center and for an ice cream sundae. The sundaes are $2 each, and the woodland walk and visit to Nature Playce are free! Registration is preferred but not required. The program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Dragonflies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the life cycle, behavior and identification of Huntley’s many dragonflies and damselflies. Venture to the wetland at Huntley Meadows Park to observe these acrobatic fliers in action. This program from 9 to 11 a.m. is for participants age 12 to adult. The cost is $7 per person. The program will be canceled in the event of rain. For more, call 703-768-2525.

How to Draw Your Dragon(fly) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist/artist Margaret Wohler at Huntley Meadows Park to learn tips and techniques for drawing dragonflies and other insects you might find in the park. This program for participants age 12 to adult runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Scott’s Run Bird Watching for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Birding is a hobby that can last a lifetime and parks are a great place to start your adventure. This class for participants age 14 to adult covers birding basics, including how to use binoculars and other equipment, the importance of a field guide and other strategies for identifying different types of birds. The program runs from 9 to 11 a.m., and the cost is $12 per person. Meet at the west parking lot at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. There are no facilities. Call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, July 23

Dairy Farming at Walney: Ice Cream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age three to adult will explore Walney’s dairy farm history while touring the ice house and ice pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Try your hand at ice-making tools and picking up an ice block. Make and eat hand-cranked ice cream. The cost is $8 per person. Please be sure to register an adult with any registered child. Call 703-631-0013.

Native American Archery Click to Register with Parktakes Online
For food and defense, archery was an important part of life for the Native Americans. Learn how to make a bow and arrow and then take aim and shoot. This program at Hidden Pond Nature Center runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for children age 8 to 12. The cost is $8. Call 703-451-9588.

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

Superfoods: Avocado, Cauliflower, Coconuts (Single Session) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring an array of spectacular, healthful superfoods to your table in creative ways. Culinary expert Nora Burgan demonstrates and shares inventive recipes, from stuffed baked avocado to cauliflower crust pizza during this program from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Historic Green Spring. Discover the versatile coconut and a cocoa chocolate bar for today’s healthy palate. Sample three to four super recipes. The cost is $35 per person. For more, call 703-941-7987.

Sketch Hike: Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike through history from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center at Huntley Meadows Park and hike up to Historic Huntley for some breathtaking views while sketching some of the historic architecture and landscaping of the Mason family villa. This hike is designed for participants age 11 to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Useful and Edible Plants and Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Burke Lake Park and learn about uses for native plants and trees in the wilderness or in your backyard. Find out which plants are safe to eat and those to avoid. Learn the right weeds and trees to help start a fire, get a drink, find a meal, make a rope, stop an itch or heal a wound. Explore Burke Lake Park’s trails, fields and forests, and see what Mother Nature is growing just for you. Bring water, snack, and rainwear. Wear suitable outdoor clothes and hiking boots/shoes. The program for participants age 10 to adult is held from 10 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. The cost is $24 per person. Call 703-323-6600.

Frog Chorus at Eakin Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Eakin Park in Fairfax to join a naturalist-led walk to the pond to identify frogs by sound and features. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Bring one flashlight per family. The program will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk. A naturalist takes you on a tour of the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents from 8 to 10 p.m. This program is for participants age six to adult. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, July 24

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

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a three-mile, naturalist-led hike in this nature preserve along the Potomac River. This hike over moderate terrain highlights the natural features, scenic overlooks and Scott’s Run waterfall. The program for participants age 13 to adult runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. Bring water. Meet at the west parking lot at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. There are no facilities Call 703-759-9018.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, July 30

Campfire Bats, Bugs, and Owls Oh My! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the critters that come out only at night and their special adaptations that help them thrive while we sleep. We provide marshmallows at the campfire. This program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
What’s new in the night sky? Join naturalists at Huntley Meadows Park as they take you on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. This program for participants age 12 to adult runs from 8 to 10 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Giant Spiders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore Big Rocky Run at night and hunt for the giant nocturnal fishing spider. Bring flashlights, and wear hiking shoes. This program at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is for participants age eight to adult from 8 to 9 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid registered adult. Meet at Cabell’s Mill. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, July 31

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

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

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

Tree Trek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Trees make Ellanor C. Lawrence a special place. Join an expert naturalist from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on a search for the biggest, oldest, most rare and most important trees in our forest. Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how parks care for them. This program is for participants age seven to adult and may fulfill some scouting requirements. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Scott’s Run Leave No Trace Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age 8 to 16 receive introductory training in the Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program, which is applicable to all outdoor enthusiasts and all environments. The workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. covers such topics as the underlying concept of minimum-impact recreation and the seven principles of Leave No Trace. The cost is $10 per child. Meet at the west parking lot at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. There are no facilities at Scott’s Run. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Dueling Designers Tea
Two designers simultaneously create original floral arrangements at Green Spring Gardens using identical materials. Discover how different creative styles, techniques and approaches to design and materials are revealed in this highly entertaining demonstration. Adults can enjoy the program only or follow it with a full English tea served in the 1784 Historic House. This event runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The cost for the program and tea is $45 per person; $22 per person for the program only. For information and reservations please call 703-941-7987.


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