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Spring in the Parks


Spring Highlights

Springtime Activities Abound in
Fairfax County Parks

Say goodbye to winter - spring is about to bloom and we have plenty of ways for you to celebrate in your Fairfax County parks! From egg hunts to spring festivals to explorations into local history and natural wonders, the parks will help you leave the winter hibernation behind.

Wednesday, April 13

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

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

Thursday, April 14

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

Reptile SurveyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey at Lake Fairfax Park. Learn the habits and habitats of the aggressive but misunderstood water snake as we search for them and document their size, gender and location. Wear shoes that can get wet. The survey takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. and is designed for participants age eight to adult. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, please call 703-471-5414.

Friday, April 15

Frying Pan FridaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Delve into a different side of your favorite farm park on a stress-free adventure that includes hands-on activities and short hikes at Frying Pan Farm Park. This event is appropriate for participants age five to adult runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Topics vary each month. The cost is $8 per person, and children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Twilight Hilltop Tour
Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. It's a dramatic setting made more stunning by the setting sun. Adults are invited to join us after hours for a special tour from 7 to 8 p.m. and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments will be served afterward. The cost is $6. Dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, April 16

Bluebells

Bluebells at the Bend Festival
Spring awakens at Riverbend Park when the Virginia bluebells are blooming. These native wildflowers carpet the forests and put on a spectacular display. The Bluebells at the Bend Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is perfect for all ages. It features wagon rides, face painting, wildflower walks, live animals, music and a moon bounce. The cost is $5 per person. Children age two or younger are admitted free. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Pirate Fest Pirate Fest at Lake FairfaxClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Pirates, privateers, and ports of call, ahoy! This family festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park is for participants age three to adult and celebrates Virginia's seafaring and port trading past. Join in singing sea chanteys, tavern tunes and pirate ditties. Learn nautical skills and experience the life of a sailor as you make your way around our port town. Wear your most dashing pirate clothes and enter our costume contest. Shop our exotic market and take some treasure home for yourself. The cost is $10 per person. A pirate-themed tour boat ride and pirate feast are available for a separate cost. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Workshop: Ikebana Flower DesignClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Ikebana is a Japanese art of flower arrangement. Learn its rich symbolism and fundamentals at this workshop at Green Spring Gardens and take home your own arrangement. The program for participants age 16 to adult runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $35 per person, plus a $25 supply fee. Please register for the program and supply fee. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Vegetable Gardening 101Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Horticulturalist and Longwood Gardens instructor Nancy Bell will be at Green Spring Gardens from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to show you the basics of planting and maintaining a home vegetable garden. Learn about plant selection, tools, plant rotation, pest control and how to keep the garden thriving. This program is for adults, and the cost is $18 per person. For more information, please call 703-642-5173.

Edible Landscape DesignClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Horticulturalist and Longwood Gardens instructor Nancy Bell will be at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3 p.m. to show you how to make your edible garden productive and beautiful by designing with companion flowers and plants. Learn how to incorporate attractive plant supports that echo your design and keep the garden looking tidy. This program is for adults, and the cost is $18 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Sounds of the Night CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Night sounds fill our ears with delight. Participants age four and older will learn to identify nocturnal animal calls and enjoy stories of local denizens at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 8 to 9 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.

Tune into Nature NewsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Tune in to the latest nature headlines at Huntley Meadows Park. Participants age eight to adult will get in-depth reporting out in the field about the latest eco-updates throughout Huntley's habitats from 5 to 7 p.m. Don't miss each unique broadcast and walk. The cost is $7 per person. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Evening WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults are invited to join naturalist PJ Dunn to hike the trails after dark at Huntley Meadows Park, looking and listening for owls, beavers and other night animals from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

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

Sunday, April 17

Hitching a Ride Through HuntleyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to uncover some of the top-secret history at Huntley Meadows. Participants age four and older will take a wagon ride through time on the wilder side of the park to discover its role from World War II through the Cold War. Meet at the South King's Highway parking lot. There are two program times: 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

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

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

Bluebells and BloodrootsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults will learn to identify Riverbend Park's beautiful spring ephemerals and discover the folklore that has grown up around them as we walk along the banks of the Potomac River from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Meet at the visitor center. This event will be canceled if it rains. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, April 18

Genealogy - Where Do You Come From?Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Are you overwhelmed with stories of your family's exploits, or is your family's past in an unknown country? Join us at Historic Huntley to learn some tips and tricks to start your genealogical exploration. This program runs from 2 to 3:30 and is for adults. The cost is $30 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Wednesday, April 20

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

Thursday April 21

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

Homeschool DayClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your home school student or group to Sully Historic Site from 10 a.m. to noon for fun, hands-on learning designed to enrich your understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800. This program is designed for students ages 5 to 12. The cost is $10 per child and $5 for adult chaperones. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Kid's Korner-Spring
Preschool children age three to six learn about spring with their adult from 1 to 2 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Topics vary each month. The topic in April is wriggling worms. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Guided Meditation in NatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Recent research suggests that contact with nature can help mitigate stress and enhance mental well-being. Join a Riverbend Park naturalist at 5 p.m. for an hour of guided meditation in a secluded spot within the park. Perfect for people age 15 to adult who want to unplug from their busy daily life and reconnect with nature through mindfulness meditation. The cost is $12 per person. Meet at the nature center. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Friday, April 22

NEW! Summer Campler (Summer Camp Sampler)
Children age three and older can come to Colvin Run Mill from noon to 3 p.m. and sample activities from several of our new 2016 summer camps. Featured camps include Nature Quest, Mini Miller Camp, Geology Rocks, and Doll Camp: The Journey Ends. This event is free and no reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Flora Fauna Formulas: SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Have you ever wondered about the unique relationships between plant and animal pairs in the forest or wetlands? Adults are invited to join us at Huntley Meadows Park for a closer look at these fascinating dependencies from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Each walk and discussion features a different flora-fauna pair. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Classical Ballet – Day on the RanchClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Frying Pan Farm Park to experience "Day on the Ranch," an original Classical Ballet Theatre Children's Series performance featuring choreography by Nell Hacker and music by Aaron Copland. This 30-minute frontier adventure presents a unique opportunity to expose young boys and girls to ballet through a classic American theme and score. It's a wonderful introduction to the performing arts, complete with cowboys, frontier women, and post-show fun. This event is for participants age three to adult and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Saturday, April 23

Right Size Flower Garden Book Talk and Coffee
Adults are invited to join us at Green Spring Gardens for coffee and a book talk on "Right-size Flower Garden: Simplify your Outdoor Spaces with Smart Design Solutions and Plant Choices." Perennial garden expert and author Kerry Ann Mendez shares her successful recipe for having a garden you can manage and love again. A book signing follows. The program runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and the cost is $15 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Junior/Parent Tournament
Teams of two players age seven to adult compete in an 18-hole scramble format at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams in two age divisions, Adult/Junior 7-12 and Adult/Junior 13-17, and closest to the pin. Registration begins April 9 and is limited to the first 48 teams. The rain date is April 30. The cost is $65 per team and includes lunch. The fee is due at the time of registration. For more information, call 703-323-1641.

Earth Day CelebrationClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Earth Day at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park by learning about the changing environment, composting and other green practices. End the celebration by recycling household materials into fun new items. This event is for participants age two to adult from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Astronomy CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire at Burke Lake Park and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Make s'mores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations. This program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Lake Accotink Wildflower WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist Clara Ailes for a leisurely walk along Accotink Creek at Lake Accotink Park in search of bluebells, dwarf ginseng, showy orchids and other spring wildflowers. The program, for participants age four to adult, runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $6 per person. Meet in the close end of the first large parking lot on the left off Lake Accotink Access Road, which is off Highland Avenue. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Lyrids Meteor Shower CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come enjoy a campfire at Lake Fairfax Park while viewing the full moon and possibly the Lyrids meteor shower from 8 to         9:30 p.m. Bring a flashlight as a night hike is included. This program is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Sunday, April 24

Behind the Scenes, White Glove TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Museum collections tell a story of the people who used them. Take a journey through Sully Historic Site and get up close and personal with objects used by the families who lived here. This event is appropriate for participants age eight to adult and runs from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. White gloves are provided. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Birding for BeginnersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Interested in birding? We can get you started. Participants age 12 to adult will learn about the birds at Huntley Meadows Park and some basic identification skills from 8 to 11 a.m. The program begins with an indoor discussion. The cost is $8 per person. Children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Meeting House These Walls are Talking...Come Hear Their Civil War Stories          
More Civil War battles were fought in Virginia than any other state. Manassas was one of the first major battles, the war ended in Appomattox, and the Frying Pan Meeting House served as a field hospital, encampment and picket post during the war. Learn about significant battles in Virginia and the soldiers who fought them with the help of re-enactors and special exhibits. This free event at the Frying Pan Meeting House will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. for participants age eight to adult. Parking is available at Frying Pan Farm Park. Take a free wagon ride shuttle from the Country Store to the Meeting House. Donations will be gratefully accepted. If inclement weather occurs, the event will be moved to the Indoor Arena at Frying Pan Farm Park. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, April 29

Garden Talk: Planting Trees and ShrubsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to select trees and shrubs that thrive in Northern Virginia. Understand how to handle bare-root, balled, wrapped and container plants. Receive helpful guidance at Green Spring Gardens from Master Gardeners on planting, feeding and caring for new trees and shrubs. Take home a free sapling to plant in your yard. This talk for adults runs from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Hot Dog, S'mores! Wagon Ride & CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age two and older will meet at Cabell's Mil at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to enjoy a turkey hot dog supper roasted over the campfire and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run Stream Valley. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about the area's local and natural history. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments and s'mores. Feel free to bring your own drinks and sides. The program runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the cost is $10 per person. For more information, please          call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Friday: Bugs & SpidersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Find out what sorts of bugs like to come out at night in this program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center for participants age four to adult. Join our naturalist for an outdoor adventure and nature study from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. that concludes with a campfire. S'mores are provided. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Survival SkillsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond. Children age 6 to 12 will learn about shelter building, distinguishing edible vs. poisonous plants, and other 'dangers' of the wild from 5 to 6 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Family Fun: Composting ABCsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the wonderful world of worms while learning about different methods of composting. Participants age five to adult will get some creative ideas for recycling and reusing man-made objects as we celebrate Earth Day month. The program runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Riverbend Park. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, April 30

Healthy Strides Expo at SpringFest Healthy Strides Expo at Spring Fest!
Come to the Healthy Strides Expo at SpringFest for FREE family-friendly fun, including:

  • ALL AGES (3+) FUN RUNS (times TBA)
  • OBSTACLE COURSE
  • FITNESS GAMES & ACTVITIES
  • FREE-PLAY ZONE
  • MOONBOUNCES
  • and more!

Workshop: Hypertufa Garden TroughClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Create a stone trough of hyper-tufa at Green Spring Gardens for a natural-looking container that's ideal for succulents, conifers and rock garden plants. Green Spring staff member Susan Eggerton explains the process and leads you through construction. This workshop for adults runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $45 per person, plus a $25 supply fee. Please register for both the program and supply fee. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Campfire Saturdays: Royal Lake SpringClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Adventure awaits as you explore the woodlands and Royal Lake spots where wildlife hides and resides, guided by a naturalist. The program is appropriate for participants age three and older  and runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  The program ends with a cozy campfire. Bring whatever you'd like to roast. S'mores are provided. Topics vary each month. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-866-0566.

Golf Pass Sale
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Pirate Fest at Lake Fairfax Park April 16, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Springfest

 

Bunny Portrait
Bluebells at Riverbend
Dancing with the Easter Bunny
Historic Green Spring


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