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Thursday, June 1

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) This program at Frying Pan Farm Park goes behind the scenes from 4 to 5 p.m. to help farmers with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals and shelling corn. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Homeschool at the Pond Ė Naturalists Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This program is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series and is geared to meet some of the homeschool science requirements. The program at Hidden Pond Nature Center runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and the cost is $10 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Friday, June 2

Garden Talk: Make Your Shade Shine Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Let Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens show you many of the wonderful plant possibilities for shade gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Call 703-642-5173.

Movie Night in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-Adult) Come to Movie Night in the Park at the Burke Lake Park field from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. At press time, our movie is scheduled to be ďSpace Jam.Ē All attendees must register. For updates, call 703-323-6600.

Saturday, June 3

Farm Tech: Gardening Using Hydroponics Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Learn to grow plants without soil. Come to Frying Pan Farm Park and see how soilless gardening can help you grow fresh vegetables in small spaces without pulling weeds. The program from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-437-9101.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Butter & Cheese Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Taste hand-churned butter and sample cheeses while learning about the dairy industryís importance at Walney. Tour the historic dairy at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and milk a pretend cow. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Hardtack and Johnnycakes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Get a taste of Civil War life as you sample hardtack and freshly made johnnycake at Historic Huntley from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Join an interpreter in period dress to discover which side the Masons chose in the war and how that made todayís Huntley possible. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist and youth volunteers at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as we demonstrate how we feed our site display animals and let you help. This program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more call 703-759-9018.

Kayak the Marsh at Lake Accotink Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) Paddle Lake Accotink's tranquil waters from 8 to 10 a.m., conditions permitting, with a naturalist guide for an early morning view of wildlife. No previous experience is required. Single seat kayaks and life preservers are provided. The cost is $30. Boaters younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-569-3464.

All About Bats Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Look for bats at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as you learn fun bat facts and lore, enjoy an American Indian story about bats, and toast marshmallows over the campfire. 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.

Sunday, June 4

Grain Grinding
(All Ages) See and hear 19th century technology at work! Come to Colvin Run Mill from noon to 3 p.m. when the miller will be grinding grain the old-fashioned way, conditions permitting. Please call the site to confirm. No reservations are required. The tour cost is: $7 for adults; $6 for students 16 and older with ID; and $5 for children and seniors. For more, call 703-759-2771.

Civil War Encampment
(All Ages) Walk through a Civil War encampment, talk with members of the Virginia 49th Volunteer Infantry and watch drilling and firing demonstrations throughout the day at Colvin Run Mill. Activities are free, and no reservations are required. Events take place from noon to 4 p.m. Tour the mill and watch a grain grinding demonstration for an additional charge. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
(All Ages) Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils at Colvin Run Mill. The free demonstration runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. No reservations are required. Call 703-759-2771.

Cardboard Boat Regatta Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(All ages) Set sail for the 28th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Accotink Park. Cheer the courageous crews or launch your own cardboard boat. Judging begins at 9 a.m. and race time is 11 a.m. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per car. Enter a boat for a small fee. Register at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/lake-accotink.

Monday, June 5

Little Hands on the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about farm animals and chores, and enjoy a story, craft or game. Sessions for two- and three-year-olds run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sessions for three- to five-year-olds are 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Reservations are required. Children must come with an adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed activities while you meet other playgroup parents one Monday each month at Green Spring Gardens. Bugs are the topic in June. The playgroup from 10 to 11:30 a.m. costs $6 per child. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Nature Quest-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) From field to stream and everything in between, children at Hidden Pond Nature Center will learn about our local animal species, hands-on and in the field from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $7 per child. For more information about this long-running program, call 703-451-9588.

Tuesday, June 6

Wednesday, June 7

History Tots-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore history through sight, sound, smell and touch with indoor and outdoor activities. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. An adult must participate. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Walk the meadows and forest edges at Burke Lake Park to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about our native bats and their habits. The cost of this program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Thursday, June 8

Garden Tour and Tea
(13-Adult) Tour the glorious springtime demonstration gardens with a Master Gardener docent who inspires you with stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea at Historic Green Spring. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $32 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Kidís Korner-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Preschool children and their adult learn about spring at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in this program from 1 to 2 p.m. when the topic will be hopping frogs. Meet at the pond. The cost is $6 per child. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Snake Feeding Program Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Join us at Hidden Pond Nature Center for a behind-the-scenes look at the snakes of Hidden Pond. Observe the unique methods snakes use to feed. Get a glimpse at something few people get to see in the wild while learning about our local serpents and their importance to our ecosystem. Please take into consideration this program may be graphic and may not be suitable for everyone. The program from 5:15 to 6 p.m. costs $6 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Friday, June 9

Bats in the Cropfields Night Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Discover how bats help out at Frying Pan Farm Park, and then try navigating the farm in an echolocation activity. Finish with a brief hike. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Campfire Fridays Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Gather Ďround at Hidden Pond Nature Center for a campfire, símores, animals and more. Each night in the monthly program features a different topic. Campfire programs run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person per program. Call 703-451-9588.

Full Moon Boat Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Enjoy a picturesque night under the full moon on our tour boat at Burke Lake Park. Test your listening and observation skills to spot local wildlife with one of our naturalists. The tour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Saturday, June 10

Qualify to be a National Champ Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) We are recruiting players for the American FootGolf League Virginia Regional Qualifier at 1:30 p.m. at Pinecrest Golf Course. The top 30 percent will qualify to the U.S. FootGolf National Championship. All skill levels are welcome. The entry fee is $22 to $27. Save 25 percent by reserving online at the Pinecrest website, using promo code PRAC.

Survival-Wilderness Survival Shelters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park and learn how to make personal shelters to beat hypothermia -- the number one outdoor threat. Find out what to pack and what natural materials you need to stay alive. The program from 11 a.m. to noon costs $10 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600.

Pruning Basics Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Not sure how to prune your shrubs or small trees? Join Mary Olien at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11 a.m. as she covers the basics of tools, timing and safety. Walk the gardens to look at plants and their pruning needs. The cost is $22. Call 703-642-5173.

Twilight Hilltop Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park, and the setting is stunning at dusk. Join us after-hours for a special tour and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments will be served. The program from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. costs $5 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

River Monsters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Meet expert angler Eric Malmgren at Hemlock Overlook Park, fish deep pools for giant catfish and search the banks for northern water snakes from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $7 per person. Bring a fishing pole and bait. Fishing licenses are required. Call 703-631-0013.

Welcome Back Mother Goose Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join naturalists in Nature Playce at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn and act out traditional nursery rhymes with nature themes. Make mud pie patty cakes and enjoy other activities and live animals. This program from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. costs $6 per child. An adult must attend with the child. Call 703-941-1065.

Summer Astronomy Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars and use a telescope at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Make símores. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The program will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at Riverbend Parkís Nature Center and take a wagon ride to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Poohís story and play Poohsticks. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Build Your own Bat House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Bats eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants. Help them thrive by building a bat house at Riverbend Park to hang in your yard. The two-hour program begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $8 per person, and everyone must register. A $15 fee per bat house will be collected at the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Useful and Edible Native Plants and Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park and learn which native plants and trees are safe to eat and those to avoid. Find out 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. This program from 8:30 to 10:25 a.m. costs $23 and runs rain or shine. Bring water, snack and rainwear, and wear suitable outdoor clothes and hiking boots/shoes. Call 703-323-6600.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Walk the meadows and forest edges at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about our native bats and their habits from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Take a relaxing stroll with a naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park from 8 to 9 p.m. to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, June 11

Geocaching Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) Learn to use hand-held GPS units to locate hidden treasure caches within Lake Accotink Park. Follow coordinates to hidden objects or unique geological features. Find caches just for registered students. Bring your own GPS; a limited number will be available to borrow at class. Class runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $22 per person. Call 703-569-3464.

The Quest for Lost History Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) The search for historic treasure doesnít always include a map and shovel. At Frying Pan Farm Park, learn methods for discovering a placeís lost past while preserving the land around it, and then apply the skills to uncover clues hidden around the park. Meet at the information kiosk for this program from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Tea at the Royal Court
(13-Adult) Female vocal ensemble Seraphim offers melodic glimpses into the lives of the ladies of King Henry VIIIís court with songs, dances and conversation. The performance at Historic Green Spring is followed by a traditional English tea. The full program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $45 per person. Enjoy the performance only for $18 a person. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Fishing by the Stream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Fish with a naturalist from 6 to 7 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 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. Meet at Cabellís Mill. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Spring Warblers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Walk with a naturalist at Lake Accotink Park in search of early spring migrating warblers. The program from 8 to 10 a.m. costs $8 per person. Bring binoculars. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-569-3464.

Monday, June 12

Tuesday, June 13

Scottís Run Nature Preserve Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Take a three-mile, naturalist-led hike in beautiful Scottís Run Nature Preserve. Hike over moderate terrain from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to scenic overlooks and the Scottís Run waterfall. The cost is $8 per person. Bring water and meet at the west parking lot. Call 703-759-9018.

Women-Only Tournament. Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Come to Greendale Golf Course for the 9 a.m. shotgun start in this women-only tournament. Players compete in a two-person team. Front 9 is captainís choice; Back 9 is better ball. Divisions are determined based on sign-up Register by June 5. The cost is $45 per person and includes greens fee, power cart, breakfast, lunch and prizes. Call 703-971-6170.

Wednesday, June 14

Nature Tots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore nature with indoor and outdoor activities for 45 minutes, beginning at 9:45 or 11 a.m. The topic in June is baby animals, and the cost is $6 per child. An adult must participate. Call 703-631-0013.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to search for tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and other creatures. The program from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, June 15

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) This program at Frying Pan Farm Park goes behind the scenes from 4 to 5 p.m. to help farmers with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals and shelling corn. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Taux Trail for Homeschool Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Students at Huntley Meadows Park spend two hours immersed in the life of Virginia Indians 400 years ago ó grind corn, make a clay pot, master corn darts. The program at 10 a.m. costs $12 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Fatherís Day Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Start Fatherís Day weekend with a hike, campfire and símores at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about some of natureís best fathers. Moms are invited, too. The cost is $8 per person. Register an adult with any registered child. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, June 16

Summer Camp Sunset Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Join us from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park for an evening of songs, skits, and símores around the campfire. Itís the fun of summer camp without all the packing. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Garden Talk: Best Perennial Vines Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Elevate the beauty of your garden with non-invasive, native perennial vines. Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens will teach you how to select a vine to take your garden to new heights. This program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Hot Dog, Símores, Wagon Ride and Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and enjoy a turkey hot dog roasted over the campfire and a family wagon ride through the Rocky Run stream valley. Learn about local and natural history. We provide hot dogs and símores. Bring your own drinks and sides. The program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. costs $10 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Animal Pajama Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Put on your PJs and come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the centerís live animals. Bring a favorite stuffed animal with you. The 45-minute program begins at 7 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Camping/Movie Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(All Ages) Reserve a campsite at Burke Lake Park and see a movie in the campground field for free at 8:30 p.m. The scheduled movie is ďFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.Ē Check online for updates, or call 703-323-6600.

Saturday, June 17

Intro to Kayaking Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Lake Accotink Park and learn about different kayaks, paddles, personal flotation devices and safety gear. Practice multiple strokes on the water. Class meets from 9 to 10:25 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:55 a.m. for four weeks. The cost is $118 per person. For more, call 703-569-3464.

Jr. Naturalist Explorers Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-12 yrs.) Join us for naturalist-guided nature walks and discover the wildlife that live in the forest, wetland, and meadows of Huntley Meadows Park. The Saturday program meets from 10 a.m. to noon, and the Friday program meets from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. Each program cost $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Fatherís Day Golf Tournament
(7-Adult) Celebrate with Dad and sign up for the Fatherís Day Golf Tournament at Burke Lake Golf Center from 8 a.m. to noon. Teams of two compete in an 18-hole scramble format in three age divisions. Registration begins two weeks prior to event and is limited to the first 48 teams. The cost is $65 per team and includes lunch. The rain date is June 24. Call 703-323-1641.

Summer Scramble Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Teams of two compete in a nine-hole, scramble format (captainís choice) at Jefferson District Golf Course beginning at 1 p.m. The cost per team is $75. The fee is due at the time of registration and includes lunch and prizes. The rain date is June 24. Call 703-573-0444.

Workshop: Colorful Garden Totem Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) At Green Spring Gardens, make a whimsical garden totem with a birdhouse topper to use as a garden feature or focal point. Horticulturist Nancy Olney has gathered balusters, paints and a lot of know-how to inspire your creativity. The workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon costs $38, plus a $20 supply fee. Please register for both. Call 703-642-5173.

Campfire Celebration Summer Solstice Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Learn about our closest star as we celebrate the start of summer at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Enjoy sun and sky fun facts, storytelling and an explanation of the seasons. Toast marshmallows. The program from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. costs $6 per person and will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

Boardwalk Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Join park naturalists at Huntley Meadows Park on a tour of constellations, comets and other celestial events from 8 to 10 p.m. This event will be canceled if it rains. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, June 18

Astronomy for Family Fun: Stars Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center and learn about the natural and cultural science of stars, including fun facts about our own star and easily viewed constellations. The program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Sully Historic Site Antique Car Show
(All ages) Celebrate Fatherís Day at Sullyís 44th Annual Antique Car Show, co-sponsored by The Model A Ford Club of America. See more than 400 antique and classic cars. Buy the car of your dreams at the car corral or search for the perfect accessory from more than 100 vendors. Treat Dad to a delicious lunch and tap your toes to music from the heyday of these classic cars. A tour of the first floor of the 1794 historic house is included with admission. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $7 for children. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Fatherís Day Cruise Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Treat Dad to a special day with the family aboard a 32-foot pontoon tour boat at Lake Accotink Park. Spot soaring eagles and sunbathing turtles while slowly cruising for 30 minutes around the lake. All pre-registered passengers receive a beverage and treat on board. Cruises are scheduled at 2, 3 and 5 p.m. Please arrive 20 minutes before your cruise time to check in at the ticket building. The cost is $6 per person. Registrants will be notified if cruises are cancelled due to adverse boating conditions, such as inclement weather or high wind. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Fatherís Day Celebration
(All Ages) Treat Dad to a day at Colvin Run Mill for Fatherís Day. The mill tour is free from noon to 3 p.m. for all dads who are accompanied by their children. For others, the cost of the tour is $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. No reservations are required. For more information about the mill event, call 703-759-2771.

Animal Dads Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-6 yrs.) Pretend to be a penguin, wolf and beaver dad as you learn about these doting fathers. Meet live animals at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and make a craft for your favorite father/grandfather. The program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Grain Grinding
(All Ages) See and hear 19th century technology at work! Come to Colvin Run Mill from noon to 3 p.m. when the miller will be grinding grain the old-fashioned way, conditions permitting. Please call the site to confirm. No reservations are required. The tour cost is: $7 for adults; $6 for students 16 and older with ID; and $5 for children and seniors. For more, call 703-759-2771.

Tuesday, June 20

Useful & Edible Native Plants and Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park from 9 to 11 a.m. and learn about native plants and trees that are safe to eat and those to avoid. Learn the right plants to help start a fire, provide a drink, stop an itch or heal a wound. The cost is $23 per person. Bring water and dress for the weather. We meet rain or shine. Call 703-323-6600.

Tour of the Little River Turnpike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Take a van tour from Hidden Oaks Nature Center to see highlights of the region's first toll road. Travel with a historian from the docks in Old Town Alexandria to the Little River Bridge in Aldie to recall the past glories of these highways. Bring your own picnic lunch. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. The trip departs from the Packard Center at 9 a.m. and returns at 2 p.m. The cost is $30 per person. Call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, June 21

Thursday, June 22

Garden Tour and Tea
(13-Adult) Tour the glorious springtime demonstration gardens with a Master Gardener docent who inspires you with stories of Green Spring past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea at Historic Green Spring. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $32 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

The Buzz on Bees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Join Karen Waltman, Ellanor C. Lawrence Parkís volunteer beekeeper, as she takes us through the ins and outs of a bee colony. Learn the parkís bee history dating to the 1840s and watch as we open bee boxes. End the evening with a taste of honey from our hive. This program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Walk the meadows and forest edges at Burke Lake Park to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector and learn about bats and their habits from 8 to 9 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Snake Feeding program Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Join us at Hidden Pond Nature Center for a behind-the-scenes look at the snakes at Hidden Pond. See the unique methods snakes use to feed. Learn about our local serpents and their importance to our ecosystem. The program meets from 5:15 to 6 p.m. and the cost is $5 per person. Please take into consideration this program is not for everyone and may be graphic. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, June 23

Twilight Hilltop Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park, and the setting is stunning at dusk. Join us after-hours for a special tour and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments will be served. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $5 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Jr. Naturalist Explorers Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-12 yrs.) Join us for naturalist-guided nature walks and discover the wildlife that live in the forest, wetland, and meadows of Huntley Meadows Park. The Saturday program meets from 10 a.m. to noon, and the Friday program meets from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. Each program cost $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Riverside Campfire - American Indians Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Play American Indian games and listen to stories Ďround the campfire at Riverbend Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Símores will be provided. Come early to picnic or toast hot dogs. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Lake Shore Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a campfire at Lake Accotink Park. Listen for nighttime animals while enjoying símores. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-569-3464.

Saturday, June 24

Workshop: Summer Bouquet Floral Design Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Come to Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and learn how to make your own high-style, summer bouquet with the help of floral designer Betty Ann Galway. The workshop costs $38, plus a $25 supply fee. Please register for both. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

The Old Farmerís Almanac
(Adults) This year we celebrate a total solar eclipse and the 225th anniversary of the Old Farmerís Almanac. Come to Historic Green Spring and hear about the beloved calendar of the heavensí origins and its ďsecret formulaĒ for prediction as we assess its accuracy. The program and English tea from 1 to 3 p.m. cost $32 per person; $12 for the program only. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7987.

Great Outdoors Month Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-adult) June is National Great Outdoors Month. Come for a naturalist-guided tour of Huntley Meadows Park and discover the story behind the beauty. How did the park come to be? How do we manage the natural landscape? Celebrate with us as we enjoy the great outdoors from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $8. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Civil War Hike at Lake Accotink Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Lake Accotink holds a wealth of Civil War secrets. Join a historian from 10 to 11 a.m. to walk the park and learn some of the stories that make this park so unique. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Home Grown Medicine Chest
(5-Adult) Medical care in the 1700s and 1800s was quite different. Tour Sully Historic Siteís garden, 18th century kitchen and house, and learn about old-fashioned home remedies. This program at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. replaces the regular house tour. Reservations are suggested. The cost is $8 for adults, $7 for students, and $6 for children and seniors. Call 703-437-1794.

Frog Chorus at Eakin Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Identify frogs by sound and features. Meet at Eakin Park to join a naturalist-led walk to the pond from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Bring one flashlight per family. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Weíll cancel if it rains. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join naturalist P.J. Dunn to hike the trails at Huntley Meadows Park after dark. Look and listen for owls, beavers and other night animals from 8 to 10 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, June 25

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Visit historic Colvin Run Mill to learn about the milling process from beginning to end in this hands-on program. All participants get to take home a souvenir sample bag of what is milled during class. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $20 per person. Call 703-759-2771.

Colonial Games and Ice Cream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Have historic fun at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m.. Join us for a tournament of hoop and stick, the game of graces and other childhood games of yesteryear. Go on a historic scavenger hunt. Relax with ice cream. Register solo for $10 or in groups of four for $32. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Fairy Tale Tea Time Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Fairy tales come to life as you sip tea and enjoy treats surrounded by your fairy tale characters at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Come dressed as your favorite! Learn why so many fairy tales include our animal friends. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $15 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Search for birds and butterflies on a wagon ride scavenger hunt at Riverbend Park. Meet a friendly animal up close. The cost of the program from 10 to 11 a.m. is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Build Your Own Bee House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Come to Riverbend Park, and have fun learning about local pollinators. Use some invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators. The bees this house will attract are mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees who rarely sting. The program from 3 to 4:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Monday, June 26

Flashing Fireflies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at Lake Accotink Park or on Thursday at Turner Farmer Park to learn more about fascinating fireflies. Bring a jar with a lid and wear hiking shoes. The cost is $6 per person. For more information about the program at Lake Accotink, call 703-569-3464. For more information about the program at Turner Farm Park, call 703-324-8618.

Little Hands on the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about farm animals and chores, and enjoy a story, craft or game. Sessions for two- and three-year-olds run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Sessions for three- to five-year-olds are 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Reservations are required. Children must come with an adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, June 27

Flashing Fireflies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at Lake Accotink Park or on Thursday at Turner Farmer Park to learn more about fascinating fireflies. Bring a jar with a lid and wear hiking shoes. The cost is $6 per person. For more information about the program at Lake Accotink, call 703-569-3464. For more information about the program at Turner Farm Park, call 703-324-8618.

Concert in the Garden
(All ages) Be our guests for an evening of live music in the gardens at Green Spring from 7 to 8 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn. The Friends of Green Spring Board serves complimentary cake and lemonade. This event is free! For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Trivia Tuesdays: Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Join us at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for family-friendly fun as we compete at Cabellís Mill to see who will be the park trivia champion. June is Civil War trivia time from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Register individually for $7 or in groups of four for $22. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Duck, Duck, Goose Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Waddle on over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center and learn about our feathered friends. Honk like a goose, quack like a duck and find Mrs. Gooseís lost eggs. The program from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Animal Feeding at the Nature Center Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Help our naturalist care for and feed the nature centerís animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, June 28

Fireflies in the Meadow Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) As dusk approaches, the meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park lights up with fireflies. Join us for the show from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for $5 per person. Bring a lidded plastic jar and flashlight to Cabellís Mill. Call 703-631-0013.

Amphibians After Dark Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Assist park naturalists with a calling amphibian survey from 8 to 9 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their calls as we explore pools and ponds. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about the survey, call 703-569-3464.

Thursday, June 29

Flora Fauna-Summer Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Join Hidden Pond Naturalists for a summer of exploration with a different topic each week through August 24. The series meets from 11 to 11:45 a.m., and the cost is $5 per child for each session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Jr. Farmer Family Fun - four weeks Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) This four-part family program at Frying Pan Farm Park goes behind the scenes to help farmers with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary each week. The program runs from 4 to 4:55 p.m. for four weeks, and the cost for the series is $42 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about the series, call 703-437-9101.

Homeschool Day Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-12 yrs.) Bring your home school student or group for hands-on fun learning designed to enrich understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800. The two-hour program at Sully Historic Site begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $10 for children and $5 for adult chaperones. For more information about the program, call 703-437-1794.

Exploring the Moon Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(9-Adult) The moonĎs surface is marked by craters and lava flows billions of years old. Explore these lunar features through a high-powered telescope at Observatory Park at Turner Farm and learn about their origins. See where the Apollo lunar landings occurred,and what the astronauts found. Class meets rain or shine from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. with alternate viewing sessions available for cloudy days. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

Flashing Fireflies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at Lake Accotink Park or on Thursday at Turner Farmer Park to learn more about fascinating fireflies. Bring a jar with a lid and wear hiking shoes. The cost is $6 per person. For more information about the program at Lake Accotink, call 703-569-3464. For more information about the program at Turner Farm Park, call 703-324-8618.

Friday, June 30

Dairy Days - Ice Cream and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Discover the whey of the dairy at Sully Historic Site in programs at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life. The program costs $7 per person, and children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Tour the Historic House for an additional cost. For more, call 703-437-1794.

Campfire with the Constellations Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at Cabellís Mill and talk about stars around a warm campfire. Head into the meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with a naturalist to identify the early summer constellations, then return to the campfire to make símores. The cost of the program from 8:30 to 10 p.m. is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Goodnight Walk: Owls Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) 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 cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Campfire Fridays Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Come along for a night of campfire, símores, animals, and more at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Each Friday night has a different topic, and different areas of the park will be visited. The program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Riverside Campfire - Bats and Bugs Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) As day turns to night, bats and some insects wake up. Through games and activities at Riverbend Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m., learn about the relationship between night-flying bats and the insects they seek. Bring a toasting stick; símores are provided. Come early if youíd like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. The cost is $8 per person. This event will be canceled if it rains. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, June 31

Saturday, July 1

Watercolor Workshop: Working with Brusho Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Learn to use Brusho, a watercolor medium made with ink crystals, in your watercolor paintings on various surfaces under the guidance of artist Marni Maree. Bring your lunch to this class being held at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A supply list will be emailed. The cost is $88 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

History Discussions at Huntley
(Adults) Enjoy a refreshingly different view this summer at Historic Huntley. Join our guest speaker for a lively local history discussion related to Historic Huntley or the surrounding area. The program from 1 to 2 p.m. meets at the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center. The cost is $5 per person. Call for the topic. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Evening StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) A naturalist takes you on a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk to tour the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. The stroll from 8 to 10 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, July 2

Grinding Demonstrations
See and hear 19th century technology at work at Colvin Run Mill. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. Please call the site to confirm. The tour costs $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and up with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge at Colvin Run Mill and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. No reservations are required for this free demonstration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Civil War Earthworks Walking Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) During the Civil War, the Confederate Army built more than five miles of earthworks in Centreville. Learn about the hidden history in your backyard as you tour the earthworks with Cheryl Repetti, president of the Friends of Historic Centreville Park. This program meets at the Sears-Spindle House at 3417 Mt. Gilead Road and runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $7 per person. Park across from the house. The program involves a 1.5-mile hike over easy terrain. If you want more information or require physical accommodations, please call (703) 631-0013.

Stream Monsters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) 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 runs from 9 to 10 a.m. and costs $7 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River from 10 to 11 a.m. while finding out about Riverbend Parkís wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, July 3

Oh Say Can You See: Fun Facts, Games and Trivia for the 4th
Challenge the old gray cells with political trivia, games and fun facts at Sully Historic Site. What does the Declaration of Independence actually say? Who were the signers participating in this act of treason? Do you dare to use a quill pen and add your signature? You and your family will be surprised by what you may discover about the past and how it has shaped our lives today and for the future. The program is included with the house tour. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. For more, call 703-437-1794.

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed toys and puzzles while you meet other playgroup parents from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. A staff member is on hand to put out nature sensory bins, direct games and activities, or lead a garden walk. The topic will be trees. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Walk, Waddle and Wiggle Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Animals move in fascinating ways. Walk, waddle or wiggle on over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy activities and try out some animal locomotion. The program from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, July 4

Wednesday, July 5

Toddler Time - Terrific Turtles Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Explore nature through outdoor activities and meet one of our turtles at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Useful & Edible Native Plants and Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Burke Lake Park from 9 to 11 a.m. to learn about native plants and trees that offer food or can be used to help start a fire, get a drink, make a rope, stop an itch or heal a wound. Bring water, snack, rainwear, and wear suitable outdoor clothes and hiking boots/shoes. The cost is $23 per person, and the program runs rain or shine. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Thursday, July 6

Flora Fauna-Summer Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Join Hidden Pond Naturalists for a summer of exploration with a different topic each week. Come for one or all. The series meets from 11 to 11:45 a.m., and the cost is $5 per child for each session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more, call 703-451-9588.

19th Century School Days Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-12 yrs.) Come to Sully Historic Site and cypher on slate boards, write with quill pens and read stories in an 1820s school house. The one-hour programs begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Friday, July 7

Turtle Pool Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Turtles like to soak and take in the sun. Come to the Visitor Center deck at Riverbend Park to watch our turtles enjoy some outdoor time. Afterwards, go on a scavenger hunt and hike around the park. The program from 4 to 5 p.m. is free! For more, call 703-759-9018.

Creek Adventure Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and bring shoes that can get wet. The trip from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Animal Pajama Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Wear your pajamas to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the centerís live animals. The party from 7 to 7:45 p.m. is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Twilight Hilltop Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Enjoy the stunning view from Historic Huntley as the sun sets and join us after hours for a special tour. Light refreshments will be served. The program runs from 8 to 9 p.m. It costs $5 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, July 8

Painting Flowers with Paper Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Learn to create a beautiful flower painting using commercial and hand-painted papers in this series at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 4 p.m. Beginners welcome. The cost is $119 per person for four classes. Call 703-642-5173.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and search for catch-and-release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and more from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 each. Children must come with a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Down by the Sea Floral Design Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adult) Create a summer centerpiece with fresh flowers, seashells and a sand pail at Green Spring Gardens. The workshop from 9:30 to 11 a.m. costs $38, plus a $25 supply fee. Register for both. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Summer Plants that Sizzle, Not Fizzle Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join Green Spring Gardensí curatorial horticulturist Brenda Skarphol for a stroll through our gardens to learn about beautiful hardy plants that thrive in the summer heat. Get design and maintenance ideas for eco-friendly gardening. The program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. costs $18 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, July 9

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Visit historic Colvin Run Mill for a hands-on program on how we clean, mill and sift grains using antique equipment. Take home a souvenir sample. The session from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $20 per person. Call 703-759-2771.

Fashion Diplomacy Tea Program
(Adults) Come to Historic Green Spring and discover fashionís historical role in international diplomacy. A traditional English tea follows the program. This event from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $32 for the program and tea; $12 for the program only. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7987.

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

Teddy Bear Picnic Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) 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. The picnic from 1:30 to 3 p.m. costs $10 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) One out of ten humans has no access to safe drinking water. Join a naturalist at Lake Accotink Park from 10 to 11 a.m. and learn what we can do to help with the planetís number-one global risk. The cost is $6. Call 703-569-3464.

Reptile Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Lake Fairfax Park from 8 to 9 a.m. Learn about the misunderstood water snake as we search for them and document their size, gender and location. The cost is $6 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-471-5414.

Pancakes at the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Make corn pancakes with honey while discovering the little-known history of the place we call now Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Monday, July 10

Tuesday, July 11

Wednesday, July 12

Junior 18-hole Tournament
(7-17 yrs.) Junior golfers compete in an 18-hole, individual stroke tournament at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m. to noon. The $20 cost per person includes lunch. Call 703-323-1641.

Dragons and Damsels at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) 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 from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Reptile Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Lake Accotink Park from 8 to 9 p.m. Learn about the misunderstood water snake as we search for them and document their size, gender and location. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Thursday, July 13

Reptile Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Burke Lake Park from 8 to 9 p.m. Learn about the misunderstood water snake as we search for them and document their size, gender and location. The cost is $6 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-323-6600.

Snake Feeding program Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Join us at Hidden Pond Nature Center to observe the unique methods snakes use to feed. Get a glimpse of something few people get to see in the wild. Please consider that this program may be graphic. It runs from 5:15 to 6 p.m. and costs $5 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Friday, July 14

Nocturnal Hunters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for a night hike to learn about the parkís nocturnal animals. Catch and release fireflies and locate bats with a bat detector. Roast marshmallows at the campfire. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Riverside Campfire - Batty about Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Learn more about bats and why they are disappearing from our skies through games and activities at Riverbend Park. Bring a toasting stick; símores are provided. The program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, July 15

Native American Archery Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-14 yrs.) Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center and learn how to make a bow and arrow, and then take aim and shoot. This program meets for three consecutive Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $30. Call 703-451-9588.

Made in the Shade Gardening Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Horticulturist Karen Rexrode introduces you to fabulous plants at Green Spring Gardens that will make your shady garden look great. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $18 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Modified Stableford Tournament
(8-Adult) Participants at Jefferson District Golf Course will compete in a nine-hole, individual stroke-play tournament utilizing the Modified Stableford scoring system. Play at 1 p.m. The cost is $35 per person and includes lunch and prizes. The rain date is July 22. Call 703-573-0444.

Dinofest in Nature Playce Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center and explore dinoland. Unearth a real fossil to keep, compare your height to that of dinosaurs, and make a fossil impression to take home. This event from 1 to 2 p.m. will be canceled if it rains. The cost is $6 per child. Children must come with an adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Powhatanís People Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Learn about elements of the Algonquian culture of the Powhatan and Tauxenent Indians, such as crafting stone tools, hunting and farming. End the day playing games. This program at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per person, and children must be accompanied by a registered adult .For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Garden Tour, Ice Cream Social and Exhibit Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adult) Stroll the summer gardens at Green Spring Gardens with a Master Gardener docent, then cool down at an ice cream social in the 1784 Historic House. View a limited-time photo exhibit on the fascinating history of the house. This program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. costs $12 per person. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Animal Search with a Naturalist Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Early morning is one of the most active times at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. From 8 to 9 a.m., a naturalist will help you see which creatures, feathered or furred, are in the forest. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, July 16

Grinding Demonstrations
See and hear 19th century technology at work at Colvin Run Mill. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. Please call the site to confirm. The tour costs $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and up with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and search for catch-and-release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and more from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 each. Children must come with a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Sundaes in the ParkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bring the family for a Sunday stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center with a vanilla ice cream sundae. Sundaes are $2 each, and the woodland walk and visit to Nature Playce are free. The event runs 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Federal Era Society †
(All Ages) Visit with members of the Federal Era-Regency Society of Maryland at Colvin Run Mill. Costumed historians will picnic and socialize with the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is free. A separate ticket is required for the grinding demonstration. Call 703-759-2771.

Monday, July 17

Tuesday, July 18

Planetarium Adventure Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Learn about the wonders of the solar system and the upcoming solar eclipse at a planetarium presentation at Falls Church High School from 1 to 3 p.m. Solar eclipse glasses will be provided to all attendees. The program cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register through Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Call 703-941-1065.

Animal Feeding at the Nature Center Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Help our naturalist care for and feed the nature centerís animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, July 19

Meteor Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(10-Adult) This class at Observatory Park at Turner Farm covers meteor basics ówhat they are, best time to view, fireball reporting and more. An optional outdoor observing session will be held after class, weather permitting. Class meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Walk the meadows and forest edges at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to learn about bats and see them feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. The program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. costs $5 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, July 20

Garden Tour and Tea
(Adult) Tour the glorious demonstration gardens with a Master Gardener at Green Spring Gardens and enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $32 per person. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7987.

Friday, July 21

Riverside Campfire - Night Wings Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Hoot like an owl, swoop like a bat and flutter like a moth as we learn about the creatures that fly through our night skies. This campfire program at Riverbend Park runs 6 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $8 per person. Bring a toasting stick; símores are provided. Call 703-759-9018.

Campfire Fridays Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center for a night of campfire, símores, animals and more. The program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, July 22

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Stroll the shore at Burke Lake Park, learn about the constellations and other night-sky features, and try out a telescope. End with a campfire and símores. The program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Campfire Bats, Bugs, and Owls Oh My! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Learn about critters that only come out at night and how they thrive while we sleep. Watch for bats at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, call for owls and roast marshmallows from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Ancient Plants Sketch Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) At Huntley Meadows Park, see plants whose ancestors have been with us since dinosaur times! Learn to sketch ferns and moss on a two-hour sketch hike beginning at 10 a.m. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Bead Heaven Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) Broaden your jewelry-making skills by crafting a beautiful, wire-wrap and bead necklace at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost of the program is $42 with a supply fee of $25 payable to the instructor. Call 703-941-7987.

Moonless Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Take advantage of a moonless night at Observatory Park at Turner Farm to learn about planets, constellations, galaxies and star clusters. The program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-324-8618.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Ice Cream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Explore Walneyís dairy farm history while touring the ice house and dairy at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Weíll be making and eating hand-cranked ice cream from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Ice Cream at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Make and enjoy hand-cranked ice cream at Historic Huntley from 1 to 2 p.m. A tour of the ice well and house are included in this program. The cost is $8. Call 703-768-2525.

Lethal Predators Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Assist a naturalist with conservation biology at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as we head out into the forest to look for some of our lethal predators. The program from 9 to 10:30 a.m. costs $7 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, July 23

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Animals Underground Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) See what lives under the forest floor as we learn about moles, earthworms, termites and other creatures of the soil. This 45-minute program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center runs at 1 and 2:15 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must come with an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Monday, July 24

History for Small Fries Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-5 yrs.) Bring your child to Sully Historic Site for a story and craft to discover how things were in the olden days. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $6 per child. Call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, July 25

Family Trivia Tuesdays: Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Join us at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for family-friendly fun as we compete at Cabellís Mill to see who will be the park trivia champion. The topic from 7 to 8:30 p.m. is Reptiles and Amphibians. Register individually for $7 or in groups of four for $22. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Wednesday, July 26

Intro to Telescopes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(10-Adult) Come to Observatory Park at Turner Farm to learn astronomy basics as well as how to set up and use your telescope. You can bring your own telescope. The class from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $8 per person. Call 703-324-8618.

Fireflies in the Meadow Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) See fireflies light up the meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring a plastic jar with a lid to catch and then release. The cost is $5 per person. Meet at Cabellís Mill. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, July 27

Friday, July 28

Reptile Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for a hike to learn about nocturnal reptiles and make símores at the campfire. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 for children and adults. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Riverside Campfire - Reptiles Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet some of the fantastic reptiles of Riverbend Park and play reptilian games from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a toasting stick and flashlight. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Goodnight Walk: Night Sky Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Take a stroll at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to learn about night-sky wonders and enjoy a story and craft. Bring a flashlight and dress for an outdoor walk. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Campfire & Night Senses Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Participate in activities at Lake Fairfax Park that show how the night affects our senses and how animals adapt to the dark. The program from 8:30 to 10 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Saturday, July 29

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join naturalist P.J. Dunn to hike the trails after dark at Huntley Meadows Park as you look and listen for owls, beavers and other night animals. The walk from 8 to 10 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, July 30

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge at Colvin Run Mill and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. No reservations are required for this free demonstration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Visit historic Colvin Run Mill for a hands-on program on how we clean, mill and sift grains using antique equipment. Take home a souvenir sample. The session from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $20 per person. Call 703-759-2771.

How to Draw Your Dragon(fly) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Join naturalist/artist Margaret Wohler (illustrator for Huntleyís own Dragonfly Guide) to learn tips and techniques for drawing dragonflies and other insects you might find in Huntley Meadows Park. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Tree Trek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(10-Adult) Join an expert naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on a search for the biggest, oldest, rarest and most important trees in our forest. Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how parks care for them. The program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. It may fulfill some scouting requirements. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Monday, July 31

Monday, June 1

Tuesday, June 2

Weekend Highlights

Saturday, June 17

Intro to Kayaking Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Come to Lake Accotink Park and learn about different kayaks, paddles, personal flotation devices and safety gear. Practice multiple strokes on the water. Class meets from 9 to 10:25 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:55 a.m. for four weeks. The cost is $118 per person. For more, call 703-569-3464.

Jr. Naturalist Explorers Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-12 yrs.) Join us for naturalist-guided nature walks and discover the wildlife that live in the forest, wetland, and meadows of Huntley Meadows Park. The Saturday program meets from 10 a.m. to noon, and the Friday program meets from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. Each program cost $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Father’s Day Golf Tournament
(7-Adult) Celebrate with Dad and sign up for the Father’s Day Golf Tournament at Burke Lake Golf Center from 8 a.m. to noon. Teams of two compete in an 18-hole scramble format in three age divisions. Registration begins two weeks prior to event and is limited to the first 48 teams. The cost is $65 per team and includes lunch. The rain date is June 24. Call 703-323-1641.

Summer Scramble Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Teams of two compete in a nine-hole, scramble format (captain’s choice) at Jefferson District Golf Course beginning at 1 p.m. The cost per team is $75. The fee is due at the time of registration and includes lunch and prizes. The rain date is June 24. Call 703-573-0444.

Workshop: Colorful Garden Totem Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) At Green Spring Gardens, make a whimsical garden totem with a birdhouse topper to use as a garden feature or focal point. Horticulturist Nancy Olney has gathered balusters, paints and a lot of know-how to inspire your creativity. The workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon costs $38, plus a $20 supply fee. Please register for both. Call 703-642-5173.

Campfire Celebration Summer Solstice Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Learn about our closest star as we celebrate the start of summer at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Enjoy sun and sky fun facts, storytelling and an explanation of the seasons. Toast marshmallows. The program from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. costs $6 per person and will be canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

Boardwalk Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Join park naturalists at Huntley Meadows Park on a tour of constellations, comets and other celestial events from 8 to 10 p.m. This event will be canceled if it rains. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, June 18

Astronomy for Family Fun: Stars Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center and learn about the natural and cultural science of stars, including fun facts about our own star and easily viewed constellations. The program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Sully Historic Site Antique Car Show
(All ages) Celebrate Father’s Day at Sully’s 44th Annual Antique Car Show, co-sponsored by The Model A Ford Club of America. See more than 400 antique and classic cars. Buy the car of your dreams at the car corral or search for the perfect accessory from more than 100 vendors. Treat Dad to a delicious lunch and tap your toes to music from the heyday of these classic cars. A tour of the first floor of the 1794 historic house is included with admission. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $7 for children. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Father’s Day Cruise Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Treat Dad to a special day with the family aboard a 32-foot pontoon tour boat at Lake Accotink Park. Spot soaring eagles and sunbathing turtles while slowly cruising for 30 minutes around the lake. All pre-registered passengers receive a beverage and treat on board. Cruises are scheduled at 2, 3 and 5 p.m. Please arrive 20 minutes before your cruise time to check in at the ticket building. The cost is $6 per person. Registrants will be notified if cruises are cancelled due to adverse boating conditions, such as inclement weather or high wind. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Father’s Day Celebration
(All Ages) Treat Dad to a day at Colvin Run Mill for Father’s Day. The mill tour is free from noon to 3 p.m. for all dads who are accompanied by their children. For others, the cost of the tour is $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and older with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. No reservations are required. For more information about the mill event, call 703-759-2771.

Animal Dads Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-6 yrs.) Pretend to be a penguin, wolf and beaver dad as you learn about these doting fathers. Meet live animals at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and make a craft for your favorite father/grandfather. The program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Grain Grinding
(All Ages) See and hear 19th century technology at work! Come to Colvin Run Mill from noon to 3 p.m. when the miller will be grinding grain the old-fashioned way, conditions permitting. Please call the site to confirm. No reservations are required. The tour cost is: $7 for adults; $6 for students 16 and older with ID; and $5 for children and seniors. For more, call 703-759-2771.

Saturday, June 24

Workshop: Summer Bouquet Floral Design Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Come to Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and learn how to make your own high-style, summer bouquet with the help of floral designer Betty Ann Galway. The workshop costs $38, plus a $25 supply fee. Please register for both. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac
(Adults) This year we celebrate a total solar eclipse and the 225th anniversary of the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Come to Historic Green Spring and hear about the beloved calendar of the heavens’ origins and its “secret formula” for prediction as we assess its accuracy. The program and English tea from 1 to 3 p.m. cost $32 per person; $12 for the program only. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7987.

Great Outdoors Month Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-adult) June is National Great Outdoors Month. Come for a naturalist-guided tour of Huntley Meadows Park and discover the story behind the beauty. How did the park come to be? How do we manage the natural landscape? Celebrate with us as we enjoy the great outdoors from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $8. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Civil War Hike at Lake Accotink Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Lake Accotink holds a wealth of Civil War secrets. Join a historian from 10 to 11 a.m. to walk the park and learn some of the stories that make this park so unique. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Home Grown Medicine Chest
(5-Adult) Medical care in the 1700s and 1800s was quite different. Tour Sully Historic Site’s garden, 18th century kitchen and house, and learn about old-fashioned home remedies. This program at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. replaces the regular house tour. Reservations are suggested. The cost is $8 for adults, $7 for students, and $6 for children and seniors. Call 703-437-1794.

Frog Chorus at Eakin Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Identify frogs by sound and features. Meet at Eakin Park to join a naturalist-led walk to the pond from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Bring one flashlight per family. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. We’ll cancel if it rains. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join naturalist P.J. Dunn to hike the trails at Huntley Meadows Park after dark. Look and listen for owls, beavers and other night animals from 8 to 10 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, June 25

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Visit historic Colvin Run Mill to learn about the milling process from beginning to end in this hands-on program. All participants get to take home a souvenir sample bag of what is milled during class. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $20 per person. Call 703-759-2771.

Colonial Games and Ice Cream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Have historic fun at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 3 p.m.. Join us for a tournament of hoop and stick, the game of graces and other childhood games of yesteryear. Go on a historic scavenger hunt. Relax with ice cream. Register solo for $10 or in groups of four for $32. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Fairy Tale Tea Time Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Fairy tales come to life as you sip tea and enjoy treats surrounded by your fairy tale characters at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Come dressed as your favorite! Learn why so many fairy tales include our animal friends. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $15 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Search for birds and butterflies on a wagon ride scavenger hunt at Riverbend Park. Meet a friendly animal up close. The cost of the program from 10 to 11 a.m. is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Build Your Own Bee House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Come to Riverbend Park, and have fun learning about local pollinators. Use some invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators. The bees this house will attract are mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees who rarely sting. The program from 3 to 4:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, July 1

Watercolor Workshop: Working with Brusho Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Learn to use Brusho, a watercolor medium made with ink crystals, in your watercolor paintings on various surfaces under the guidance of artist Marni Maree. Bring your lunch to this class being held at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A supply list will be emailed. The cost is $88 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

History Discussions at Huntley
(Adults) Enjoy a refreshingly different view this summer at Historic Huntley. Join our guest speaker for a lively local history discussion related to Historic Huntley or the surrounding area. The program from 1 to 2 p.m. meets at the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center. The cost is $5 per person. Call for the topic. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) A naturalist takes you on a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk to tour the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. The stroll from 8 to 10 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, July 2

Grinding Demonstrations
See and hear 19th century technology at work at Colvin Run Mill. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. Please call the site to confirm. The tour costs $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and up with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge at Colvin Run Mill and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. No reservations are required for this free demonstration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Civil War Earthworks Walking Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) During the Civil War, the Confederate Army built more than five miles of earthworks in Centreville. Learn about the hidden history in your backyard as you tour the earthworks with Cheryl Repetti, president of the Friends of Historic Centreville Park. This program meets at the Sears-Spindle House at 3417 Mt. Gilead Road and runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $7 per person. Park across from the house. The program involves a 1.5-mile hike over easy terrain. If you want more information or require physical accommodations, please call (703) 631-0013.

Stream Monsters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) 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 runs from 9 to 10 a.m. and costs $7 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River from 10 to 11 a.m. while finding out about Riverbend Park’s wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, July 8

Painting Flowers with Paper Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Learn to create a beautiful flower painting using commercial and hand-painted papers in this series at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 4 p.m. Beginners welcome. The cost is $119 per person for four classes. Call 703-642-5173.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and search for catch-and-release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and more from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 each. Children must come with a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Down by the Sea Floral Design Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adult) Create a summer centerpiece with fresh flowers, seashells and a sand pail at Green Spring Gardens. The workshop from 9:30 to 11 a.m. costs $38, plus a $25 supply fee. Register for both. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Summer Plants that Sizzle, Not Fizzle Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join Green Spring Gardens’ curatorial horticulturist Brenda Skarphol for a stroll through our gardens to learn about beautiful hardy plants that thrive in the summer heat. Get design and maintenance ideas for eco-friendly gardening. The program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. costs $18 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, July 9

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Visit historic Colvin Run Mill for a hands-on program on how we clean, mill and sift grains using antique equipment. Take home a souvenir sample. The session from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $20 per person. Call 703-759-2771.

Fashion Diplomacy Tea Program
(Adults) Come to Historic Green Spring and discover fashion’s historical role in international diplomacy. A traditional English tea follows the program. This event from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $32 for the program and tea; $12 for the program only. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7987.

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

Teddy Bear Picnic Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) 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. The picnic from 1:30 to 3 p.m. costs $10 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) One out of ten humans has no access to safe drinking water. Join a naturalist at Lake Accotink Park from 10 to 11 a.m. and learn what we can do to help with the planet’s number-one global risk. The cost is $6. Call 703-569-3464.

Reptile Survey Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Lake Fairfax Park from 8 to 9 a.m. Learn about the misunderstood water snake as we search for them and document their size, gender and location. The cost is $6 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-471-5414.

Pancakes at the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Make corn pancakes with honey while discovering the little-known history of the place we call now Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Saturday, July 15

Native American Archery Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-14 yrs.) Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center and learn how to make a bow and arrow, and then take aim and shoot. This program meets for three consecutive Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $30. Call 703-451-9588.

Made in the Shade Gardening Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Horticulturist Karen Rexrode introduces you to fabulous plants at Green Spring Gardens that will make your shady garden look great. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $18 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Modified Stableford Tournament
(8-Adult) Participants at Jefferson District Golf Course will compete in a nine-hole, individual stroke-play tournament utilizing the Modified Stableford scoring system. Play at 1 p.m. The cost is $35 per person and includes lunch and prizes. The rain date is July 22. Call 703-573-0444.

Dinofest in Nature Playce Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center and explore dinoland. Unearth a real fossil to keep, compare your height to that of dinosaurs, and make a fossil impression to take home. This event from 1 to 2 p.m. will be canceled if it rains. The cost is $6 per child. Children must come with an adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Powhatan’s People Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Learn about elements of the Algonquian culture of the Powhatan and Tauxenent Indians, such as crafting stone tools, hunting and farming. End the day playing games. This program at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per person, and children must be accompanied by a registered adult .For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Garden Tour, Ice Cream Social and Exhibit Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adult) Stroll the summer gardens at Green Spring Gardens with a Master Gardener docent, then cool down at an ice cream social in the 1784 Historic House. View a limited-time photo exhibit on the fascinating history of the house. This program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. costs $12 per person. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Animal Search with a Naturalist Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Early morning is one of the most active times at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. From 8 to 9 a.m., a naturalist will help you see which creatures, feathered or furred, are in the forest. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, July 16

Grinding Demonstrations
See and hear 19th century technology at work at Colvin Run Mill. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting, from noon to 3 p.m. Please call the site to confirm. The tour costs $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 and up with ID, and $5 for children and seniors. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and search for catch-and-release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and more from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 each. Children must come with a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Sundaes in the Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bring the family for a Sunday stroll along the paths around Hidden Oaks Nature Center with a vanilla ice cream sundae. Sundaes are $2 each, and the woodland walk and visit to Nature Playce are free. The event runs 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Federal Era Society  
(All Ages) Visit with members of the Federal Era-Regency Society of Maryland at Colvin Run Mill. Costumed historians will picnic and socialize with the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is free. A separate ticket is required for the grinding demonstration. Call 703-759-2771.

Saturday, July 22

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Stroll the shore at Burke Lake Park, learn about the constellations and other night-sky features, and try out a telescope. End with a campfire and s’mores. The program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Campfire Bats, Bugs, and Owls Oh My! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Learn about critters that only come out at night and how they thrive while we sleep. Watch for bats at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, call for owls and roast marshmallows from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $6. Children must come with a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Ancient Plants Sketch Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) At Huntley Meadows Park, see plants whose ancestors have been with us since dinosaur times! Learn to sketch ferns and moss on a two-hour sketch hike beginning at 10 a.m. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Bead Heaven Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) Broaden your jewelry-making skills by crafting a beautiful, wire-wrap and bead necklace at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost of the program is $42 with a supply fee of $25 payable to the instructor. Call 703-941-7987.

Moonless Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Take advantage of a moonless night at Observatory Park at Turner Farm to learn about planets, constellations, galaxies and star clusters. The program from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-324-8618.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Ice Cream Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Explore Walney’s dairy farm history while touring the ice house and dairy at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. We’ll be making and eating hand-cranked ice cream from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must come with a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Ice Cream at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Make and enjoy hand-cranked ice cream at Historic Huntley from 1 to 2 p.m. A tour of the ice well and house are included in this program. The cost is $8. Call 703-768-2525.

Lethal Predators Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Assist a naturalist with conservation biology at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as we head out into the forest to look for some of our lethal predators. The program from 9 to 10:30 a.m. costs $7 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, July 23

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Animals Underground Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) See what lives under the forest floor as we learn about moles, earthworms, termites and other creatures of the soil. This 45-minute program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center runs at 1 and 2:15 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must come with an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, July 29

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join naturalist P.J. Dunn to hike the trails after dark at Huntley Meadows Park as you look and listen for owls, beavers and other night animals. The walk from 8 to 10 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, July 30

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge at Colvin Run Mill and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. No reservations are required for this free demonstration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. and meet a friendly animal up close. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Visit historic Colvin Run Mill for a hands-on program on how we clean, mill and sift grains using antique equipment. Take home a souvenir sample. The session from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $20 per person. Call 703-759-2771.

How to Draw Your Dragon(fly) Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Join naturalist/artist Margaret Wohler (illustrator for Huntley’s own Dragonfly Guide) to learn tips and techniques for drawing dragonflies and other insects you might find in Huntley Meadows Park. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Tree Trek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(10-Adult) Join an expert naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on a search for the biggest, oldest, rarest and most important trees in our forest. Discover what makes a forest habitat home and how parks care for them. The program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. It may fulfill some scouting requirements. For more information, call 703-631-0013.


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