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Spring in the Parks

Pirate Fun, Egg Hunts, Free Golf Clinics and More

We at the Park Authority are busy preparing our parks for eager springtime adventurers. Fairfax County parks will be bursting with events and programs to celebrate the warmer weather and lighter days. So be sure to join in the fun!

Thursday, April 20

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) This 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. The program from 4 to 5 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Adopt a Woodland Wiggler-Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-12 yrs.) At Hidden Oaks Nature Center, naturalists train participants in proper husbandry, care and feeding of three different creatures over three months. Students receive a new animal to take home at each session and report back the next month on the successes and challenges, before taking a new animal home. Classes meet from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. The critters are: 4/20, tent caterpillars; 5/25, tobacco hornworms; 6/15, black swallowtail caterpillars. The $24 fee covers all three months. An additional $20, one-time material fee is payable at the first class. More animals will be available at programs monthly through 2017. Call 703-941-1065.

Kid’s 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 monthly program from 1 to 2 p.m. The topic in April in wriggling worms. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

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.

Homeschool at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This five-part program at Hidden Pond Nature Center is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series. Topics include, pond study, geology, fishing, reptiles, stream study, nocturnal wildlife and tracking. Classes meet 1 to 2:30 p.m. Additional meeting dates will be provided at the first session. The cost of each class is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, April 21

Survival Skills Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond. Learn about shelter building, distinguishing edible vs. poisonous plants, and other “dangers” of the wild. The program from 6 to 7 p.m. costs $7 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Nature for Tiny Tots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 1/2yrs.) Children and parents learn about plants, animals, and habitats through songs, crafts and activities at Huntley Meadows Park. Topics vary. The programs from 10 to 11 a.m. cost $12 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Cover the Ground Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Cannot grow or maintain a lawn? Have excessively wet or dry areas, slopes or deep shade? Let a ground cover do the work for you. Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens introduce you to ground covers that are great for problem areas. The program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Hot Dog, S’mores, Wagon Ride and Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and 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 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult Call 703-631-0013.

Riverside Campfire - Batty about Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bats! Come to Riverbend Park to learn more about these fascinating and mysterious night-flying marvels and why they are disappearing from our skies through games and activities. Bring a toasting stick; s’mores are provided. Come early if you’d like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. The program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. It will be canceled in the event of rain. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Walk the meadows and forest edges at Lake Accotink 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 9 to 10 p.m. is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Saturday, April 22

Blossoms in the Park: Lake Accotink
Come to Lake Accotink Park for a naturalist-led hike to see spring’s awakening. Visit live animal displays, take part in games and crafts, win prizes, and experience nature at its best. Activities take place at the marina 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it’s all free! For more information, call 703-569-0285.

Native American Tribes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-14 yrs.) Join us for this new three-part program at Hidden Pond Nature Center which focuses on the tribes of the Americas. Each day focuses on a different tribe and the skills they needed to survive. We also make some of the things those tribes used, such as arrowheads. Sessions meet from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost of the series is $27 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Earth Day Celebration Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Celebrate Earth Day at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park by learning about the changing environment, composting and other green practices. End the celebration from 11 a.m. to noon by recycling household materials into fun new items. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Celebrate Earth Day with Outdoor Play Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Celebrate Earth Day at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with a guided nature walk, family scavenger hunt and a craft from recycled products. Learn about the advantages of daily outdoor play for all ages. This free program runs from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Garden Program: Spring-Blooming Natives Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Virginia is glorious in spring when native perennials and wildflowers come into bloom. Join horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol on a walk at Green Spring Gardens to discuss native spring-bloomers that will suit your garden growing conditions so you, too, can have the glory of a native Virginia spring in your yard. This program from 10:30 a.m. to noon costs $18 per person. Dress for the weather. Call 703-642-5173.

Garden Program: New vs. Classic Plants Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Overwhelmed by how many plant choices there are at a nursery? Plantsman and author David Culp cuts through the hype and reduces the confusion with a clear look at what is new, what is unusual and what remains steadfast in the world of perennial plants. You will leave this program at Green Spring Gardens with a solid list of foundation plants, as well as great ideas for tomorrow’s perennial stars. The session from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $22 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Centreville Treasures Transcribe-a-Thon
(12-Adult) Help tell the story of our community’s history as Ellanor C. Lawrence Park hosts its first transcribe-a-thon in partnership with Centreville Regional Library. Participants will try their hand at reading 19th-century documents related to the Machen family who lived at Walney and helping park staff transcribe these documents. This free event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but transcribers may drop in and out at any time. Light refreshments will be served. A limited number of laptops will be available, but participants are invited to bring their own. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Junior/Parent Tournament
(7-Adult) Teams of two players compete in an 18-hole, scramble format at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be closest-to-the-pin contests and prizes for teams placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in two age divisions: Adult/Jr. 7-12; Adult/Jr. 13-17. Registration begins April 8 and is limited to the first 48 teams. The cost is $65 per team, and fees are due at time of registration. The fee includes lunch. The rain date is April 29. For more tournament information, call 703-323-1641.

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

Build Your own Bat House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Bats help eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants, but they are having a hard time. Help these important animals thrive by building a bat house at Riverbend Park to hang in your yard. The two-hour program begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $8 per person, and everyone must register. A $15 fee per bat house will be collected on the day of the program. Call 703-759-9018.

Snake and Turtle Feeding Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by our animal caretaker staff at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed during this program from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Lake Accotink Wildflower Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Join naturalist Clara Ailes at Lake Accotink Park for a leisurely walk along Accotink Creek in search of bluebells, dwarf ginseng, showy orchids and other spring wildflowers from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Meet at the close end of the first large parking lot on the left, off Lake Accotink Access Road, which is off Highland Avenue. The cost is $6 per person. Children younger than 12 may attend for free with a registered adult. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Campfire Flix Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Tired of seeing the same old flicks at the movies? Want to see a unique film? Then come to Hidden Pond Nature Center and watch original shows scripted by our own staff while you enjoy a campfire and s’mores. The flix from 8 to 9 p.m. cost $6 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join naturalist P.J. Dunn at Huntley Meadows Park to hike the trails after dark as you look and listen for owls, beavers and other night animals. The two-hour program begins at 7:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

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 come with a registered adult Call 703-759-9018.

Homemade Bird Feeders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bring your empty milk jugs and/or two-liter soda bottles to Riverbend Park to make bird feeders. We discuss tips for feeding birds and learn to identify common birds that visit home bird feeders. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars to this program from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Astronomy Boat tour with Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Enjoy a night out on our tour boat at Burke Lake Park and learn about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you and will have a telescope for you to try out. The program from 8 to 10 p.m. concludes with a campfire. S’mores are provided; hot dogs are welcome. The cost is $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult . Call 703-323-6600.

Sunday, April 23

Walney History Dog Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) We have many animals at Walney Visitor Center today, but did you know the past residents of Walney kept animals? In this guided hike, participants and their pets walk the Historic Loop and then from Walney to Middlegate while learning about the animals that once lived on the grounds of what is now Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Participants (and their dogs) must be able to walk a half-mile. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Civil War Life at Frying Pan Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Follow in the footsteps of real Civil War soldiers stationed on the grounds of what is now Frying Pan Farm Park. Learn about the park’s wartime experiences as you practice drills, build a camp and apply first aid from 2 to 3 p.m. Will your soldier make it home? The program cost is $7 per person. Meet at the Frying Pan Meeting House. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Birding for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Interested in birding? We can get you started. Come to Huntley Meadows Park to learn about the park’s birds and gain some basic identification skills. The program from 8 to 11 a.m. starts with an indoor discussion. The cost is $10 per person. Children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about birding at Huntley, call 703-768-2525.

Birding by Kayak Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-Adult) Enjoy a naturalist-led birding trip by kayak at Lake Accotink Park. Lake Accotink is home to more than 130 bird species and features many unique habitats. See how these small vessels can provide a closer look into the bird world. Travel in one-person or two-person kayaks from 8 to 10 a.m. The cost is $15 per person for a tandem kayak and $20 for a single kayak. Each person must register. For more information about Lake Accotink programs, call 703-569-3464.

Twilight History Boat Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Take a twilight boat tour at Burke Lake Park. Learn about Burke’s local history as the last soft glow of light disappears and the stars begin to shine. This tour from 6 to 8 p.m. costs $6 per person. For more information about the boat tour, call 703-323-6600.

Monday, April 24

Little Acorns- Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult share nature’s wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and outdoor exploration, weather permitting. The topics are: 4/3-Signs of Spring; 4/17-Frogs, Toads and Salamanders; 4/24-Bird’s Nests and Eggs. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcomed. Call 703-941-1065.

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 all about farm animals and farm 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 run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child. Pre-paid reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

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. We go out in sun, clouds, or rain from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Tuesday, April 25

Family Trivia Tuesdays Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Join us at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for family fun, pizza and friendly competition at Cabell’s Mill to see who will become the Ellanor C. Lawrence trivia champion. The topic is American history until 1865. Register as an individual for $7 or in groups of four for $22. Trivia time is 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Take a three-mile, naturalist-led hike in the beautiful Scott’s Run Nature Preserve along the Potomac River. This hike over moderate terrain from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. highlights natural features, scenic overlooks and the Scott’s Run waterfall. The cost is $8 per person. Don’t forget to bring some water along. Meet at the west parking lot. There are no facilities at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. For more information about the hike, call 703-759-9018.

Homeschool at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This five-part program at Hidden Pond Nature Center is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series. Topics include, pond study, geology, fishing, reptiles, stream study, nocturnal wildlife and tracking. Classes meet 1 to 2:30 p.m. Additional meeting dates will be provided at the first session. The cost of each class is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, April 26

Pohick Puddle Jumpers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) The youngest nature lovers can now become part of this season’s exploration of the natural world, with hands-on and up-close indoor and outdoor activities at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The program from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. includes an exploration of the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond. Topics vary. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, April 28

Survival Skills Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Survive the wilds of Hidden Pond. Learn about shelter building, distinguishing edible vs. poisonous plants, and other “dangers” of the wild. The program from 6 to 7 p.m. costs $7 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

The Comforts of Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Delve into the history of the Civil War era by coming to an 1860s-themed campfire at Frying Pan Farm Park. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. features songs, folklore and stories, and some outdoor games. Learn about the importance of campfires to the Civil War soldier and enjoy some hot drinks and treats. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Riverside Campfire - American Indians Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Come to Riverbend Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., play American Indian games and listen to stories ‘round the campfire. S’mores are provided. Come early if you want to bring a picnic or toast hotdogs. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

National Superhero Day Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Did you know that animals have superpowers? Come to Lake Fairfax Park dressed up as your favorite superhero and learn about our animal friends’ superpowers. Enjoy a hike around the lake and see if you can spot our super friends. End the hike with stories of your favorite superhero while enjoying s’mores by the campfire. The program from 6 to 8 p.m. costs $10 per person. Call 703-471-5414.

Camping/Movie Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(All Ages) Camp out at Burke Lake Park and receive free admission to our movie night in the campground field with purchase of a campsite for the night, available on site day-of. Campsites can accommodate up to seven people. Movie time is 8:30 p.m. Movies and dates are subject to change. Please check Parktakes Online for updates. At press time, the movie is scheduled to be “Guardians of the Galaxy.” For more, call 703-323-6600.

Saturday, April 29

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Meet at the Nature Center at Riverbend Park and take a wagon ride through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. 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 information, call 703-759-9018.

Go Native Community & Scout Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) At Green Spring Gardens, discover the importance of native plants to the survival of Virginia’s native animals. Learn what makes plants invasive and why we want to remove them. Connect with the Potomac Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS) and Green Spring for your take-action project. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $8 per person. Workshop participants get a certificate for a discount on a native plant starter garden from VNPS. Wear work clothes, gloves and sturdy shoes. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Sketch Hike: Birds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on birds, and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills. The two-hour program begins at 10 a.m., and the cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, April 30

A Feast of Flowers: Lecture, Tasting, Tea
(13-Adult) Discover which flowers are edible and the surprising ways they can jazz up recipes. Sample a variety of blooms. This program at Historic Green Spring is followed by a traditional English tea. The program and tea run from 1 to 3 p.m., and the cost is $36 per person. The lecture and tasting only costs $18 per person. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7987.

These Walls Are Talking…Listen to Their Civil War Stories
(8-Adult) The Frying Pan Meeting House walls stood throughout the Civil War years serving as a field hospital, encampment and picket post. Come to the Meeting House from 1 to 3 p.m. and learn about some of the Union and Confederate soldiers whose lives and fates can be traced back to Frying Pan. Re-enactors, a special guest speaker and exhibits will bring the history of the common soldier to life. Parking is available at Frying Pan Farm Park. Take a free wagon ride shuttle from the Country Store. This event is free, but donations will graciously be accepted. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Toys at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Make your own historic toys and play games children who lived at Historic Huntley may have once played. A special children’s house tour and scavenger hunt are included in this program from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Adults are welcome to take a house tour while the kids are occupied. Call 703-768-2525.

 

Springfest
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Saturday, April 29, 2017
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free Admission!
Sully Historic Site
3650 Historic Sully Way
Chantilly, VA 20151

 

Pirate Fest at Lake Fairfax Park May 6 & 7, 2017
Pirate Fest
Lake Fairfax Park
Saturday, May 6, 2017
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
and
Sunday, May 7, 2017
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Pirates and privateers - AHOY!

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Junior Golf Fairfax

FREE Junior Golf Clinics

Aspiring golfers ages 8-17 learn, practice and play the lifelong game of golf! Clinics are offered at Pinecrest, Burke Lake & Oak Marr Golf courses.

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


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