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Spring in the Parks


 

The winter was long and harsh, but warm days are returning. It’s time to celebrate in the parks!

Thursday, April 2

Peeper Creep Click to Register with Parktakes Online
What’s that sound? The peepers start the chorus to let the world know that spring has sprung. Get to know these tiny, often unseen, yet remarkably loud heralds of spring up close and personal. A naturalist-led indoor presentation and outdoor quest will help find our favorite, pint-sized peeping people pleasers at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, April 4

Easter Egg Hunt at Nottoway Park
Children ages 1 to 9 years old can hunt for candy, toys and eggs at Nottoway Park starting at 10:30 a.m. to noon. Visit with the Easter bunny for photos. There will be door prizes for each age group. The cost is $9. Walk-in registration starts at 9:30 a.m. in the picnic shelter, cash only. Weather decision will be made at 8:30 a.m., call 703-324-8566.

Woodland Wildlife Egg Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Spring babies are everywhere! Meet costumed woodland characters along the 1/2- mile Old Oak Trail and learn how different animals raise their young in the spring at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Hunt for eggs around some animals and get a treat from others. Finish with a small egg hunt in Nature Playce. Trail is not stroller friendly. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Bluebells and Bloodroots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to identify Riverbend Park’s beautiful spring ephemerals, and discover the folklore that has grown up around them, as we walk the banks of the Potomac River from 10 a.m. to noon. Canceled if rain. The cost is $8 per person. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, April 5

Dinosaur Egg Hunt at Hidden Oaks Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children ages 2-8 years enjoy a dinosaur-themed program and outdoor egg hunt while visiting dinoland in Nature Playce. Look at newly emerged tadpoles in the pond. Make a dino craft. Event canceled in case of rain. Pre-registration required for programs at 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m. or 4 p.m. for 45 min. session. The cost is $7 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, April 6, 20 & 27

Nature Quest-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come be a part of the long-running naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. From field to stream and everything in between, children learn about our local animal species, hands-on and in the field. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, April 9

Kids' Korner-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children with their adult learn about spring Bluebells at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Songs of Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Thursday, April 9, 23 & 30 Animals often communicate in song. Learn how to identify the calls and songs of many of the park’s animals through hands-on activities and hikes at Huntley Meadows Park from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Learn about hawk hymns, owl orchestra and amphibian anthems. The cost is $8 per child. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Saturday, April 11

Children’s Cherry Blossom Celebration Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to celebrate spring and the Japanese gift of the cherry trees. Take the chop stick challenge, paint a paper lantern, rake a Zen garden, fold origami and more. This open-house format includes a mixture of free activities and fee-based crafts. Advance registration for craft ticket recommended. The cost is $10. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Build Your Own Bluebird House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Uncover the mysteries of these spring jewels through a short slide show and walk at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. Make your own nest box for your back yard. Bring a hammer. Reservations and advanced payment required by 3/15. Register for each kit. The cost is $15. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Bluebells at the Bend Festival
Join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park as we celebrate he return of Virginia bluebells. The Bluebells at the Bend Festival features live music, wildflower walks, live animals, face painting, wagon rides, and other family-friendly activities. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Friday, April 17

Jr. Naturalist-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Elementary-age children explore spring Bluebells at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, April 18

Floral Design: Lush Spring BulbsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Envision springtime indoors with a lush, pastel arrangement of cut daffodils, hyacinth, iris, tulips, and roses. Floral designer Rachel Gang teaches you the creative process and shows more experienced arrangers how to take the design to the next level at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Advanced registration required. The cost is $35 plus a supply fee of $25. From information, call 703-642-5173.

Spring Campfire Saturdays at Royal Lake Click to Register with Parktakes Online
A naturalist guided adventure awaits as you explore woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Royal Lake Park. Enjoy some s’mores around a campfire and learn about amphibians. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Sketch Hike: Spring Ephemerals Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on spring wildflowers and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $8 per person. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Thursday, April 23

Spring Wildflowers of Scotts Run Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Scotts Run Nature Preserve at 10 a.m. and walk the trails in search of spring beauty, dutchman’s breeches and other spring ephemerals in these rich woods. Meet in west parking lot. Wear sturdy hiking shoes. Canceled if rain. The cost is $6. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, April 25

Spring Campfire Saturdays at Lake Accotink Click to Register with Parktakes Online
A naturalist guided adventure awaits as you explore woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park. Enjoy some s’mores around a campfire and learn about bug hunting. The cost is $8. For information, call 703-451-9588.

Spring Break Camps Spring Break Camps – Had enough of winter? There is still time to sign up for camps over spring break week, March 30 - April 3. Choose from hundreds of options including one or two-day workshops or full-day and half-day camps. Enjoy sports, nature, specialty fun, and more.  Extended care (7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.) is available at many sites.  Check out all the offerings via Parktakes Online or call 703-222-4664.

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


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