Turner Farm Park Volunteer
925 Springvale Road
Great Falls, VA 22066
VOLUNTEER AT TURNER FARM PARK
Whether you prefer to keep your head in the stars, prefer to keep all four (horse) feet on the ground, or you like to get wrapped up in all sorts of weeds, volunteering at The Turner Farm may be for you! The Turner Farm has volunteer opportunities for persons interested in Astronomy, equestrian facility management, and invasive management. In addition to meeting like-minded people and being in the great outdoors you're also giving back to the community and receive other benefits.
This former dairy farm, saved from development by a public/private partnership, includes almost 40 acres of open fields enclosed by perimeter fencing and is open for general riding. Features include a novice level cross country course complete with water, ditch and bank complexes; a round pen; and a large multi-purpose outdoor arena (200’ x 300’) with all-weather footing, stadium jumps and dressage markers.
To many, the U.S. Army silo near Turner Farm Park in Great Falls was a deteriorating relic from the Cold War era. But for amateur astronomer Charles H. Olin, it represented a possibility for something more. And after more than a decade of work, Olin's goal of seeing the silo turned into an observatory is nearing completion.
For the past eight years, Olin and a dozen or so stargazers armed with telescopes have met at the former military site to view space from the lawn outside the silo. The land was managed by the National Park Service, which received its first application from the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1989 to use it as county park space.
But it wasn't until the Park Authority was granted control of the site in 1998 that Olin's efforts to establish an observatory gained some traction. The former 11-acre Army site is next to Turner Farm Park, a roughly 23-acre former dairy farm that has an outdoor equestrian riding center, walking paths and farm buildings. (Washington Post)”
THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING ...Community Park Benefits: Currently active Community park volunteers who have consistently maintained an average of four hours of service per week can use EITHER the Free RECenter facility Use of the partnering RECenter, OR their site’s Community Park benefit.
Free RECenter classes: Volunteers who have served a minimum of 32 hours and maintain an average of eight hours of service per week, or volunteer as an Adapted Aquatics assistant for four weekly classes per class session are eligible to take one free FCPA class per session on a space available basis.
Family Discount Pass: All FCPA volunteers are entitled to purchase a 25-visit pass for their family use to any RECenter at a special county employee rate.