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Enjoy Fall Festivities
in Parks

Enjoy Fall Festivities in Parks

With its mild weather and brilliant colors, autumn is a great time to venture out and explore Fairfax County parks. There are so many fun things to do, you may have a hard time choosing!

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Green Spring Master Gardeners Program Celebrates 15 Years

Green Spring Master Gardeners Program Celebrates 15 Years

From its very inception in 2002, the Green Spring Master Gardeners Program has worked toward a single guiding principle: to work within the community to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension.

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Emerald Ash Borer Takes a Heavy Toll on County Trees

Emerald Ash Borer Takes a Heavy Toll on County Trees

A hike through Fairfax County's tranquil woods can often be a great escape from whatever troubles you. But these days, the lush, green forest canopy itself is showing signs of trouble. Leafless trees with tan or white bark stick out like a sore thumb - the result of a plague that is killing ash trees - the emerald ash borer.

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New Playground Opens at Hidden Pond Nature Center

New Playground Opens at Hidden Pond Nature Center

Thrills await tots to tweens at Hidden Pond Nature Center's new playground. The facility's first users were all smiles when the gates opened over Independence Day weekend.

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Commemorative Character
Delights Park Visitors along the
Discovery Trail

Commemorative Character Delights Park Visitors along the Discovery Trail

Still looking for Thomas, Lord Fairfax VI? He's having a ball visiting the sites featured on this year's Fairfax County Park Authority Discovery Trail Map, which commemorates Fairfax County's 275th anniversary.

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New Carousel Comes to Lee District Park

New Carousel Comes to Lee District Park

Children can take a spin on a new carousel at Lee District Park. The new feature opened in June to the delight of park visitors who already enjoy other park attractions such as the accessible treehouse, the Tiki Village Playground and Chessie's Big Backyard.

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New Clubhouse Takes Shape at Burke Lake Golf Center

New Clubhouse Takes Shape at Burke Lake Golf Center

Tee up at the new doubledecker driving range at Burke Lake Golf Center, and you can't help but notice what's going on next door. Construction on the facility's new clubhouse is well underway in the second phase of planned improvements for the 47-year-old golf center.

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Fifty Plus

50+ Connect, Engage, Play

Our 50+ page is a one-stop-shop for activities and experiences in County parks specifically geared toward contemporary 50-somethings.

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Sunday, October 1

Grinding Demonstrations
(All ages) 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 cost is: $7 for adults; $6 for students 16 and older with ID; and $5 for children and seniors. No reservations are required. For more, call 703-759-2771.

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

Engineering with Lego at Colvin Run Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-11 yrs.) Power up your engineering skills with tens of thousands of LEGOs in this class offered by PlayWell. Apply real-world concepts in physics and engineering as you use LEGOs to build the same real-world mechanical systems used in historic Colvin Run Mill. Then, apply your newfound knowledge as you identify these same mechanical systems on an active mill day. A mill tour is included for all participants. Discounted tour tickets are available for family/guardians of workshop participants. The program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. costs $38 per person. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Monday, October 2

Little Hands on the Farm: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Come to Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about a different element of farm life each week. Children interact with farm animals, receive a story and create a craft. Sessions for children ages two and three meet from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Children age three to five meet from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child per session. Pre-paid reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Little Acorns-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Topics will be: 10/2-Rainbows; 10/16-Terrific Turtles; 10/23-Nature Shapes and Patterns; and 10/30-Spooky Animals. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Junior Astronomers Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-8 yrs.) Discover the wonders of the night sky at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as we introduce you to planets, stars and other features in our galaxy. Learn to use a telescope and explore the heavens through hands-on learning, games, stories and crafts. Adults must participate with children. The weekly program from 5 to 5:55 p.m. includes a field trip to a planetarium in Falls Church. Parents/guardians must provide transportation to the planetarium. The ten-week series costs $87. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed toys and puzzles while you meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month at Green Spring Gardens. Through games, songs, activities and a garden walk, we explore harvest time in October. The program runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, October 3

LakeLanders-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-7 yrs.) Explore the natural world in this fun, hands-on program series at Lake Accotink Park for the young nature enthusiast. Each week features different subjects and activities. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per session. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Wednesday, October 4

History Tots: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to explore history through sight, sound, smell and touch at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The 45-minute program includes indoor and outdoor activities, and adults must be able to participate with children. Sessions begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Topics in this monthly program vary with the seasons. In October, the topic is pumpkins. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Hot Dog, Símores! Wagon Ride and Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) 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 areaís local and natural history. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments and símores. Feel free to bring your own drinks and sides. The campfire program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Meet at Cabellís Mill. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, October 5

Jr. Farmer Family Fun: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Junior Farmers and their families will get to play an active role in taking care of Frying Pan Farm Park. Join us as we explore topics such as caring for our farm animals, tinkering with farm machinery and learning the importance of our crops and gardens. Enjoy a new topic from 4 to 5 p.m. each week as we go behind the scenes to help farmers with their work. Topics are: 10/5-Sheep and Wool; 10/12-Apples; 10/19-Harvest Time; and 10/26-Halloween. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Homeschool at the Lake Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This program for school children at Lake Accotink Park focuses on the natural and historical world. Different topics and hands-on activities are covered at each session. The program runs from 1 to 2 p.m., and the cost is $7 per person. The topics are: 10/5-Mammals; 10/12-Geology; and 10/19-American Indians. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Homeschool at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This periodic program is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series and is geared toward meeting some of the homeschool science requirements. Topics vary at each session. The program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Harvest Moon Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Come to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and learn about the colorful Harvest Moonís science and history. Learn why Native Americans and colonists used the moon to indicate the time to harvest, and then gather around the campfire for símores. The program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Friday, October 6

Campfire Fridays: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join us for a campfire, símores, animals and more each month this fall at Hidden Pond Nature Center. We cover a different topic and explore a different area of the park each night. The campfire program runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, October 7

Kids Can Cook! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-10 yrs.) Create a healthful snack with food straight from Kidwell Farm at Frying Pan Farm Park. Harvest tasty treats from the garden and learn fun ways to put them together to make kid-friendly dishes. The one-hour sessions begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the cost is $7 per child. An adult must attend class with the child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

From Now to Wow: Pathways to Good Design Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Even passionate gardeners can struggle with creating beautifully designed gardens. In this half-day symposium at Green Spring Gardens, learn to find your path from the less-than-ideal yard into the garden you have longed for. Presenter Marianne Wilburn shares ďBig Dreams, Small Garden,Ē and Pam Beck imparts ďMovement Through the Landscape.Ē Following the talks, have refreshments and meet with garden docents who will highlight ďPathway to Good DesignĒ features at Green Spring Gardens. The program from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. costs $57 per person. For more , call 703-642-5173.

Four Club Fall Classic
(11-Adult) Jefferson District Golf Courseís Jefferson Cup Tournament Series concludes with this nine-hole, individual stroke-play tournament at 1 p.m. where each participant is permitted only four clubs in their bag for the duration of the tournament. The cost per person is $35. The fee is due at the time of registration and includes lunch and prizes. The rain date is October 14. For more information, call 703-573-0444.

Scarecrow Making Workshops
(All ages) Come to Colvin Run Mill and make a ďfriendĒ for your garden or lawn from noon to 12:45 p.m. or 1 to 1:45 p.m. Bring pants and shirt, plus an old pair of panty hose (for head and body). We supply the stuffing and know-how. The cost is $6 per scarecrow. Panty hose can be purchased on site for an additional $1. No reservations are required. For more, call 703-759-2771.

Bread and Butter Tea Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) The Huntley villa must have hosted many afternoon teas, but probably not one like this where the guests are asked to make their own fresh butter while we share stories about families who lived here. Teddy bears and favorite dolls or trucks are welcome to partake of the simple fare of bread and butter, fruit, homemade pot cheese, and a selection traditional and herbal teas. The program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. costs $8 per person and includes a tour of Historic Huntley House and grounds. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

History Discussions at Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Enjoy a refreshingly different view of history at Huntley Meadows Park as guest speakers join us each quarter for a lively discussion of varied topics. Then, enjoy a tour of Historic Huntley. The program from 2 to 4 p.m. costs $5 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Snapping Turtles Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) The snapping turtle is Virginiaís largest fresh water turtle. Visit the pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and search for this large, often misunderstood reptile. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $6 per person and meets at Walney Pond. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

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 in this one-hour program that begins at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Campfire Saturdays: Owls in the Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Who or what is that calling loudly across Lake Accotink? Learn from your naturalist guide what makes those calls. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park wraps up with a campfire. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Sunday, October 8

Nature on the Lake: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Join us Sunday afternoons at Royal Lake Park to explore nature by boat. The two-hour lake journeys begin at 1 p.m. on October 8 and October 22. The cost is $30 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8702.

Folktales Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Cozy up to the campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to hear seasonal folktales. Stories feature bats, owls and other Halloween creatures. Enjoy roasting marshmallows. The campfire program from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $7 per person. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Tree Identification Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Are you curious about what trees you have been seeing? Would you like to learn more about how to tell one tree from another? Attend this lecture/hike at Riverbend Park to work on your identification skills. From 10 to 11:30 a.m., learn about leaf, twig, fruit and bark characteristics that will help you identify the trees around you. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, October 9

Columbus Day Boat Race Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Reenact the historic seafaring journey of Christopher Columbus by building your own mini-cardboard boat to float down the Pohick stream at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Supplies will be provided for building a boat. After itís built, head down to the creek for a race to the finish. Small prizes and bragging rights are awarded for the fastest and best-decorated boats. Race activities run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Tuesday, October 10

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. For more, call 703-451-9588.

LakeLanders-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-7 yrs.) Explore the natural world in this fun, hands-on program series at Lake Accotink Park for the young nature enthusiast. Each week features different subjects and activities. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per session. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Wednesday, October 11

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

Nature Tots: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch. The 45-minute programs include indoor and outdoor activities and begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m. An adult must be able to participate with children. In October, the topic is fall colors. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Astronomical Seminar and Telescope Viewing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(9-Adult) The roll-top observatory at Turner Farm holds a classroom seminar and nighttime observing session focused on a specific astronomical topic each month. Topics include planets, open clusters, double stars, stellar color spectrum, globular clusters and galaxies. Telescopes are used to view the objects discussed in class(weather dependent). This program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. costs $15 per person. Check the Analemma Societyís site for at http://www.analemma.org. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

Thursday, October 12

Jr. Farmer Family Fun: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Junior Farmers and their families will get to play an active role in taking care of Frying Pan Farm Park. Join us as we explore topics such as caring for our farm animals, tinkering with farm machinery and learning the importance of our crops and gardens. Enjoy a new topic from 4 to 5 p.m. each week as we go behind the scenes to help farmers with their work. Topics are: 10/5-Sheep and Wool; 10/12-Apples; 10/19-Harvest Time; and 10/26-Halloween. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Homeschool at the Lake Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This program for school children at Lake Accotink Park focuses on the natural and historical world. Different topics and hands-on activities are covered at each session. The program runs from 1 to 2 p.m., and the cost is $7 per person. The topics are: 10/5-Mammals; 10/12-Geology; and 10/19-American Indians. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Friday, October 13

Fall Carnival Fun Comes to the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Friday through Sunday, October 13-15 (All ages) Come to the Fall Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park for a day of food and fun and enjoy free parking and admission! Tasty fair food and beverages will be for sale. Games and rides will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $1 each, or 24 for $20. Carnival rides take three to five tickets.

Garden Talk: Composting Fall Leaves Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Instead of dragging your garden and yard waste out to the curb week after week, make those leaves work for you by turning them into rich, black-gold compost for the garden. Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens show you how to set up your composting station and what it takes to get it cooking. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

People of the Pohick Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center and learn about the people who have lived in the Pohick Stream Valley. Discover skills they needed to survive and the challenges they encountered in nature during their time. The program from 5 to 6 p.m. costs $7 per person. The sessions this fall will cover different groups of Pohick residents. For more info, call 703-451-9588.

Curious Stories of Sully Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy stories of the families who made Sully their home. Hear about Alexander Haight's wild ride, drill with a soldier, roast marshmallows, make s'mores and enjoy a wagon ride through the historic grounds. The program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

The Frightful Science of Mary Shelly Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join us for a chilling celebration of Halloween for adults at Historic Huntley. Dean Howarth, the ďNatural Philosopher,Ē will demonstrate for you Frankensteinís animation of the dead. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $25 per person. Call 703-768-2525 for information.

Creeping Creatures of the Creek Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Explore Big Rocky Run Stream from 7:30 to 8:30 at night. Hunt for the nocturnal spider and its bright eyes and other nighttime creek denizens. Bring flashlights; wear old shoes that can get wet. Sandals and flip-flops are not appropriate. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Meet at Ellanor C. Lawrence Parkís Cabellís Mill. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-Adult) Walk the meadows and forest edges at Lake Fairfax Park to see bats and learn about them and their habits. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. The program from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-471-5414.

Saturday, October 14

Fall Carnival Fun Comes to the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Friday through Sunday, October 13-15 (All ages) Come to the Fall Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park for a day of food and fun and enjoy free parking and admission! Tasty fair food and beverages will be for sale. Games and rides will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $1 each, or 24 for $20. Carnival rides take three to five tickets.

Farm Harvest Days
(All ages) Fall is a busy time on the farm. Come to Frying Pan Farm Park and watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations during Farm Harvest Days. For more family fun, take a wagon ride around the park, ride the carousel and visit the Fall Carnival. Harvest Day events run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, but there is a charge for rides. No reservations are necessary. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park and the Fairfax County Park Foundation. Call 703-437-9101 for information.

Women of Walney Walking Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) From the 1740s to the 1970s, women defined the cultural history of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. In this walking tour of the park, learn about the women who lived here and how their lives and work helped shape our land. The tour runs from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday and 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Family Fun: Bird Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Bring the family to Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for a guided bird walk through the gardens where birds are preparing for winter. Bring field glasses, if you have them, and weíll provide a bird search sheet. Warm up with hot cider and talk more with our guide about the birds we see and hear. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Chinese Kitchen Garden: Family Recipes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) At Green Spring Gardens, gardener, home cook and author Wendy Kiang-Spray will show you how to prepare many different Asian vegetables and explain how to use them traditionally and in your own recipes. The program from 1 to 2 p.m. costs $18 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

The Wide World of Oolong Teas
(16-Adult) This seminar at Colvin Run Mill focuses exclusively on oolong teas, considered to be the most complex of all tea styles. From the newer, lightly oxidized styles to the traditional darker styles, we taste a variety of oolongs and sample tea-infused treats. A take-home tea sampler is included. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. will be presented by Certified Tea Specialist Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden. Reservations are required by October 11. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Holding the Past in the Present Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-14 yrs.) Hold history in your hands at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Discover how to dig like an archaeologist and how historians reconstructed the parkís history. Examine artifacts and figure out how they were used. The program from 1 to 2 p.m. costs $8 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Garden Tour: Our Woods and Ponds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Take the garden path less traveled on a docent-led tour of Green Spring Gardensí woodland stream valley and ponds. Hear about native plants, streambank restoration, magnolia bogs, and the story of our c.1830 Spring House and the mysterious ruin that stands nearby. Refreshments will be served at the Historic House. The program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. costs $12 per person. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Park Paws Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Calling all dogs! Bring your owners to learn park etiquette while exploring Hidden Pond Nature Centerís back trails. Must play well with others and be accompanied by an adult. The one-hour program begins at 10 a.m., and the cost is $5 per person. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Lichens Hike & Sketch Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(10-Adult) What happens when a fungus and an algae take a lichen to each other? Learn about this hybrid organism and identify those greenish patches seen on trees and rocks. Join us at Huntley Meadows Park as we learn to draw the textures defining lichen colonies. The hike and sketch program from 10 a.m. to noon costs $8 per person. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Drawing Workshop: Insect Illustration Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(15-Adult) Come to Green Spring Gardens and use your basic drawing skills to accurately render insect anatomy for a beautiful finished illustra≠tion. Artist and instructor Caroline Hottenstein shows you how to use pen and ink, watercolor, graphite and colored pencils to capture and highlight details. Previous drawing experience encouraged. Supply list will be emailed before class. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the cost is $67 per person. Please bring a bag lunch. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

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. This program from 3 to 4 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-759-9018.

Boardwalk Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Whatís new in the night sky? Join naturalists at Huntley Meadows Park as they take you on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. The program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. will be canceled in the event of rain or other severe weather. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Astronomy Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a campfire and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Make símores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Who-ooís at the Campfire? Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Gather Ďround the campfire at Riverbend Park to hear stories from different cultures of how owls came to be. Toast marshmallows. Learn how to recognize different owl calls. The program from 6 to 7 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Wings in the Park Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Discover winged creatures in Burke Lake Park. Identify habitat, life cycles, sights and sounds. This program from 8 to 10 p.m. concludes with a campfire. Símores ingredients are provided. You are welcome to bring your own hot dogs. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Showy Fall Natives and Companions Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adult) Fall gardens are vibrant with changing leaf colors and fall flowers. Take a walk with horticulturist Brenda Skarphol to learn about some of the best fall natives, perennials, shrubs and trees at Green Spring Gardens. Discover fall plants that are best suited for your own home garden situation, sun or shade. The program runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $18 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, October 15

Fall Carnival Fun Comes to the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Friday through Sunday, October 13-15 (All ages) Come to the Fall Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park for a day of food and fun and enjoy free parking and admission! Tasty fair food and beverages will be for sale. Games and rides will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $1 each, or 24 for $20. Carnival rides take three to five tickets.

Enjoy an Unlimited Carnival Ride Pass - valid ONLY Sunday, October 15 from noon to 4 p.m. Buy in advance to save! Passes purchased through 4 p.m. on 10/7 are just $16 per person. Passes purchased from 10/8 through 4 p.m. on 10/13 are $18 per person. Passes are $25 per person if purchased after 10/13. Pick up your tickets across from the carnival entrance under the tent on the day of the carnival and redeem them at the carnival ticket booth for your ride wristband. No refunds. Purchase online through Parktakes at Unlimited Carnival Rides, or contact Frying Pan Farm Park. For more information about the carnival or tickets, call 703-437-9101.

Farm Harvest Days
(All ages) Fall is a busy time on the farm. Come to Frying Pan Farm Park and watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals and see traditional farm demonstrations during Farm Harvest Days. For more family fun, take a wagon ride around the park, ride the carousel and visit the Fall Carnival. Harvest Day events run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, but there is a charge for rides. No reservations are necessary. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park and the Fairfax County Park Foundation. Call 703-437-9101 for information.

Grinding Demonstrations
(All ages) 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 cost is: $7 for adults; $6 for students 16 and older with ID; and $5 for children and seniors. No reservations are required. For more, call 703-759-2771.

Brush Up Your British
(Adults) In this tea at Green Spring Gardens, explore the spectrum of linguistic and cultural differences between Britain and America. Compare customs and manners in these two nations ďdivided by a common language,Ē and discover why so many words and expressions can mean something quite different on each side of the Atlantic. The cost of the traditional English tea and program in the Historic House is $32; $12 for the program only. Reservations are required for this event from 1 to 3 p.m. Call 703-941-7987.

Invite a Flying Squirrel to Your Yard Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to learn proven strategies to draw flying squirrels to your backyard and learn how to recognize their presence. Receive plans for making a roosting and nesting box. The program cost is $5 per person. Flying squirrel roosting box kits are available for $30 each; stay an additional 30 minutes to assemble. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Life in the Lake Shallows Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Explore the lake shallows at Lake Fairfax Park to look for animals that call the littoral zone home. Snakes, fish, turtles and insects rely on the lakeís shallow areas to survive. We catch and release what we find from 10 to 11 a.m. Wear shoes that can get muddy and wet. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-471-5414.

Batty Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Use a bat detector to hear bats communicate and locate food. Enjoy a night hike to learn about native bats and their habitats. Settle by the campfire and savor símores. This campfire program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. costs $8 per person and meets at Ellanor C. Lawrence Parkís Cabellís Mill. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Monday, October 16

Nature Quest-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center and become part of the long-running naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer. From field to stream and everything in between, children learn about our local animal species, hands-on and in the field. Topics vary each week. Sessions meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost of each program is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Taux Trail for Homeschool Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Students at Huntley Meadows spend two hours immersed in the life of Virginia Indians 400 years ago. Grind corn, make a clay pot, master corn darts and take part in other activities from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $12 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Garden Buds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 yrs.) Meet in Green Spring Gardensí Childrenís Discovery Garden one Monday a month! Your child will enjoy different sensory materials out in the garden, rain or shine. Dress for the weather and explore at your leisure. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the cost is $5 per child. For more, call 703-642-5173.

Nature Drawing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Join local naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler on a walk to learn about the plants and animals that live in Huntley Meadows Park, and then draw things that you discover on the way. The class focus is on basic drawing skills, color theory, perspective, shading, gesture, contour, and realistic rendering. The program runs from 4 to 5 p.m. for four weeks, and the cost of the series is $41 per person. Any supply fee is payable to the instructor at the first class. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Little Hands on the Farm: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Come to Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about a different element of farm life each week. Children interact with farm animals, receive a story and create a craft. Sessions for children ages two and three meet from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Children age three to five meet from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child per session. Pre-paid reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Little Acorns-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Topics will be: 10/2-Rainbows; 10/16-Terrific Turtles; 10/23-Nature Shapes and Patterns; and 10/30-Spooky Animals. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

History for Small Fries Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-5 yrs.) Bring your child for a story and craft at Sully Historic Site to discover how things were in the olden days. Through their senses, children can experience how different things smelled, looked or worked. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. on Mondays and 11 a.m. to noon on Sundays costs $5 per child. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, October 17

LakeLanders-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-7 yrs.) Explore the natural world in this fun, hands-on program series at Lake Accotink Park for the young nature enthusiast. Each week features different subjects and activities. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per session. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Homeschool at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This periodic program is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series and is geared toward meeting some of the homeschool science requirements. Topics vary at each session. The program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, October 18

Kids Korner-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-5 yrs.) Preschool children explore nature or history once a month, accompanied by an adult, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft are included in the program from 10 to 11 a.m., and the topic in October is squirrels. 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 the nature center for a behind-the-scenes look at the Hidden Pond snakes. Visitors observe the unique methods snakes use to feed while learning about our local serpents and their importance to our ecosystem. Please consider that this program from 5:15 to 6 p.m. is not for everyone and may be graphic. The cost is $5 per person. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Intro to Telescopes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(9-Adult) This class at Observatory Park at Turner Farm covers astronomy basics and how to set up and use your telescope. The course content depends on telescope type and includes observing selected objects in the sky using the roll-top observatory, weather permitting. You can bring your own telescope. The program from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

Thursday, October 19

Jr. Farmer Family Fun: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Junior Farmers and their families will get to play an active role in taking care of Frying Pan Farm Park. Join us as we explore topics such as caring for our farm animals, tinkering with farm machinery and learning the importance of our crops and gardens. Enjoy a new topic from 4 to 5 p.m. each week as we go behind the scenes to help farmers with their work. Topics are: 10/5-Sheep and Wool; 10/12-Apples; 10/19-Harvest Time; and 10/26-Halloween. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Garden Tour and Tea
(Adults) Tour the glorious demonstration gardens with a Master Gardener docent at Green Spring Gardens. Hear stories of Green Spring past and present and discover a wealth of ideas for your fall home landscape. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea at the Historic House. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $32 per person, and reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Homeschool Naturalist Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Bring your home-school student or group to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for hands-on learning designed to enrich your understanding of Fairfax Countyís natural environment. Take a hike with a naturalist, learn about plants that were used for dye, play environmentally fun games, and make a nature craft to take home and enhance the habitat in your own yard. The program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. costs $12 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Meteor Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(9-Adult) This class at Observatory Park at Turner Farm covers basic meteor astronomy, including what meteors are, their origins, best time to view, fireball reporting, visual and video observing techniques, movie clips from past meteor storms, how one estimates trajectory and orbits and other instrumental techniques used by amateur meteor observers. An optional outdoor visual observing session will be held after class, weather permitting. Bring a lawn chair and warm cover/sleeping bag. The one-hour program begins at 7:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

Friday, October 20

Rockhounders Ė Fall Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) The popular Hidden Pond Nature Center summer camp is now a fall series. This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting. Topics vary each week. The program meets from 5 to 6 p.m. and the cost is $7 per child for each session. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Bats in the Cropfields Night Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) As you get ready for bed, bats are getting ready to work. Come discover how these accommodating animals help out at Frying Pan Farm Park, and then try navigating the farm in an echolocation activity. Finish with a brief hike to explore the batsí natural habitat. This program from 6 to 7 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Please dress for the weather and a short hike. Call 703-437-9101.

Twilight Hilltop Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. Itís a dramatic setting made all the more stunning by the setting sun. Join us after hours from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a special tour and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments will be served afterward. The cost is $5 per person. Please dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

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 centerís live animals. Bring your favorite stuffed animal with you. The 45-minute program begins at 7 p.m. and costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, October 21

Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(All Ages) Show off your petís unique personality and compete for special prizes and treats at Lake Accotink Park from 3 to 4 p.m. All dogs must be leashed and friendly toward other dogs, children and people of all ages. Gather at Lake Accotink Parkís large pavilion to witness the best in canine creativity. The cost is $5. One registration per handler/dog. Human must register. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Master Class Program: Planning Spring Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Get the jump on spring by exploring early-blooming spring plants that add impact when the rest of your garden lies dormant. In this extended Master Class at Green Spring Gardens, famed plantsman and author David Culp boosts your plant knowledge so you can make your garden colorful and exciting well before spring officially arrives. This class from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. is recommended for experienced gardeners and adventurous beginners. The cost is $28. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Pumpkin Patch at Nature Playce Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-5 yrs.) Preschoolers hunt for their favorite miniature pumpkin in Nature Playce to decorate inside at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and take home. Enjoy seasonal stories and a craft. The 45-minute programs begin at 1:30 and 2:45 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Chocolate and Tea Tasting Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) During this tasting event at Green Spring Gardensí Historic House, sample a sumptuous selection of fine chocolates accompanied by carefully-chosen specialty teas. Learn about the attributes of each and discover how to pair them to create heavenly new flavors. The program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. costs $25 per person. English tea not included. For more, call 703-941-7987.

Predators of the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Discover and learn about the pond predators lurking in the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Find out what they prefer to eat, where they live and how humans have an impact on their environment. The program from 11 a.m. to noon costs $7 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Night Owl Hike and Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) At dayís end, take a hike to look and listen for wildlife in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. While sitting around the campfire, visit with our resident barred owl and enjoy símores. Bring a blanket to sit on and a flashlight. The campfire program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. Meet at Cabellís Mill. Call 703-631-0013.

All About Bats Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Look for bats at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as we head to our campfire to learn fun bat facts and lore and enjoy an American Indian story about how bats got their wings. Toast marshmallows. This program from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $7 per person and will be canceled if thereís bad weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) A naturalist at Huntley Meadows takes you on a relaxing stroll through the park at dusk to tour the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. The walk from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. costs $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Astronomy Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Enjoy a campfire at Riverbend Park from 6 to 7 p.m. and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Make símores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more campfire information, call 703-759-9018.

Lakeside Campfire Saturdays Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join us for an evening campfire at Royal Lake Park to explore the woodlands and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. is guided by a naturalist and ends with a cozy campfire. Símores are provided. For more information about the campfire, call 703-324-8702.

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join us at Burke Lake Park and enjoy a stroll along the lakeshore as we learn about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you and will have some telescopes on hand for you to use. The program from 8 to 9 p.m. concludes with a campfire. Símores ingredients are provided; hot dogs are welcome. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Sunday, October 22

Nature on the Lake: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Join us Sunday afternoons at Royal Lake Park to explore nature by boat. The two-hour lake journeys begin at 1 p.m. on October 8 and October 22. The cost is $30 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8702.

Women of Walney Walking Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) From the 1740s to the 1970s, women defined the cultural history of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. In this walking tour of the park, learn about the women who lived here and how their lives and work helped shape our land. The tour runs from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday and 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Birding for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(12-Adult) Interested in birding? We can get you started at Huntley Meadows Park! Learn about the parkís birds and pick up some basic identification skills. The program from 8 to 11 a.m. begins 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, call 703-768-2525.

Spooky Animals Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Owls and bats and spiders, oh my! Learn about natureís weird and misunderstood creatures through a parachute game, trail walk and live animals at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, The program runs from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Huntley Meadow-Ween Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-15 yrs.) Trick-or-treat in the wetlands at Huntley Meadows Park and celebrate the season with Halloween-themed activities, crafts and pumpkin painting from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per child. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Afternoon Innovators Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-12 yrs.) Did you know that James Machen, the owner and farmer of the modern-day Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, held patents for farming technology? In this afterschool program, learn how the Machens used technology to make their lives easier. Hear from a historian, look at historical documents and try to make prototypes to solve todayís challenges using technology. The program from 3:30 to 5 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Monday, October 23

Little Hands on the Farm: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Come to Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about a different element of farm life each week. Children interact with farm animals, receive a story and create a craft. Sessions for children ages two and three meet from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Children age three to five meet from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child per session. Pre-paid reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Little Acorns-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Topics will be: 10/2-Rainbows; 10/16-Terrific Turtles; 10/23-Nature Shapes and Patterns; and 10/30-Spooky Animals. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, October 24

LakeLanders-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-7 yrs.) Explore the natural world in this fun, hands-on program series at Lake Accotink Park for the young nature enthusiast. Each week features different subjects and activities. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $7 per session. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Wednesday, October 25

Exploring the Moon Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(9-Adult) The moon is as old as the earth, and its 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 discuss what the astronauts found. The session meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., rain or shine, with alternate viewing sessions available for cloudy days. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-324-8618.

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

Thursday, October 26

Jr. Farmer Family Fun: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Junior Farmers and their families will get to play an active role in taking care of Frying Pan Farm Park. Join us as we explore topics such as caring for our farm animals, tinkering with farm machinery and learning the importance of our crops and gardens. Enjoy a new topic from 4 to 5 p.m. each week as we go behind the scenes to help farmers with their work. Topics are: 10/5-Sheep and Wool; 10/12-Apples; 10/19-Harvest Time; and 10/26-Halloween. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-437-9101.

Homeschool at the Lake Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-17 yrs.) This program at Lake Accotink Park in October and November focuses on the natural and historical world. A different topic and hands-on activities are covered at each session from 1 to 2 p.m. The topic in October is Forestry 101. The cost is $7 per session. Call 703-569-3464.

Astronomy for Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Come to Observatory Park at Turner Farm and enjoy hands-on activities. Look through our telescopes to explore the universe. Learn about mind-boggling phenomena and celestial happenings. The monthly program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $10 per person, and thereís a different topic at each session. The topic in October is black holes. For more, call 703-324-8618.

Friday, October 27

Garden Talk: Get Ready for Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Enjoy the break from the summer heat and head back into the garden for some end-of-season maintenance. Master Gardeners at Green Spring Gardens teach you how to prepare your plants for the cold weather ahead and what needs to be done before winter arrives. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

BOO-stravaganza Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-8 yrs.) Celebrate the Halloween season with this variety event at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ghouls, princesses, and superheroes come to the indoor arena to start the extravaganza. Attendees enjoy a variety of themed games, dare to enter the slightly-spooky BOO barn, and take a wagon ride through the woods at night. Finish the evening with a small treat bag for the road. One-hour sessions begin at 6 and 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Pumpkins by the Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Families are invited to bring a small pumpkin to decorate and to play games at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Roast marshmallows at the campfire, enjoy cookies and juice, and make crafts as we share stories about pumpkins that arenít scary. The program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Creepy Crawly Hayride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy a night hayride along the creepy Cross County Trail at Lake Accotink Park looking for all things that come out after dark. After the hayride, warm up by a campfire, enjoy símores and hear stories of some of our animal kingdomís most creepy residents. The program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Saturday, October 28

Ice Cream at Historic Huntley Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Make and enjoy hand-cranked ice cream as Huntleyís Harris family may have done. Discover how the histories of ice cream and Huntley follow a similar path from elite luxury to family fare. A tour of the ice well and Historic Huntley House are included in the program from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Floral Workshop: Wickedly Wonderful Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adult) Create a festive Halloween floral design with gourds and seasonal flowers at beautiful Green Spring Gardens. With the help of professional floral designer Betty Ann Galway, you learn tips and tricks of the trade to apply to your floral arrangements at home. The program runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The program costs $38, and the supply fee is $25.†Please register for both the program and supply fee. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Two Season Garden Container Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) Come to Green Spring Gardens and create an outdoor container layered with early to mid-spring flower bulbs and winter interest plants to add beauty to your garden from winter into spring. From 2 to 3:30 p.m., horticulturalist Susan Eggerton leads you through the layering and planting process for this two-season container and explains care and maintenance. Please register for the $38 program and $30 supply fee. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Halloween at the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Dress up in your Halloween costume, and get ready for some not-so-spooky fun at Colvin Run Mill. Create Halloween crafts, enjoy hands-on activities, see a grain-grinding demonstration, and trick-or-treat around the site. This is an on-going event. Drop by any time between noon and 3 p.m. to enjoy the activities. Register online for $3 per person and save on admission. The cost is $5 at the gate. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Historic All Hallows Eve Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) In the 18th and 19th centuries, Virginians celebrated All Hallows Eve with storytelling, fortune telling, fall foods and family gatherings. Experience these traditions as you tour the house and grounds at Sully Historic Site by lantern light. The program from 4 to 7 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Hands-On Harvest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Want to learn more about the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park gardens? Join us for a garden tour through time and a chance to help staff and volunteers harvest our gardens. Dig for fall crops such as greens, broccoli, and squash. The program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Spine Tingling Skulls & Bones Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) What stories can skulls, teeth and bones tell us about the life of an animal? Can you identify an animal just by looking at its skeleton? Come to Huntley Meadows Park and become a bone detective. Use a magnifying glass to examine and touch real animal skulls and bones, and put an animal skeleton together. Make a skeleton craft to take home for your Halloween decorations. The program from noon to 1:30 p.m. costs $7 per person. For more information about the program, call 703-768-2525.

Halloween Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Take a wagon ride on the not-so-scary side at Riverbend Park. Find out about animals that are out at night, listen for bats and meet one of the parkís not-so-scary animals. Bring a flashlight. The one-hour program runs at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

House of Reptiles and Night Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bring your family, friends and flashlight to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to learn about the amazing reptiles that call our parks home. Test and overcome your fear of reptiles to see these wonderful creatures up close. Calm your nerves by roasting símores at a campfire while listening to stories, and then join us for a refreshing wagon ride through a moon-lit meadow. The three-hour program begins at 5 p.m. and the cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Fear-less Fest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Join a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center for a learning adventure night hike. Meet costumed characters, including a black widow spider, skunk, owl, raccoon and a dead tree who each explain why they have undeserved scary reputations. Investigate real animals and their skeletons. See owl pellets and make crafts. This event is great for scout groups. Come in costume. Register for the 90-minute program at 7 or 7:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Groups are guided in sets of approximately 15 people. Scout groups are led separately. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Haunted Pond Jr. and Haunted Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-12 yrs.) This nocturnal wildlife and local lore program at Hidden Pond features a craft, live animals, a twilight walk into the forest, a campfire with spell-binding stories and símores, and more. Scary stories will be told in the last 30 minutes for the older age group. The Haunted Pond Jr. session will have only mild stories. The sessions for 3-6 year-olds are from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m., and the session for 6-12 year-olds is from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Riverside Campfire - Batty about Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bats! Learn more about these fascinating and mysterious night-flying marvels at Riverbend Park. Find out why they are disappearing from our skies through games and activities. Bring a toasting stick; símores are provided. The one-hour program begins at 6 p.m. and costs $8 per person. Come early if youíd like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. This event will be canceled if it rains. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Trick or Treat at our Campground
(2-Adult) Enjoy a safe place to trick or treat in our decorated campground at Lake Fairfax Park, and then enjoy a warm fire with símores and stories. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Fee collected on site. No pre-registration required. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Halloween Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Enjoy a ghoulish ghost haunt, ghost stories and símores by the campfire at Burke Lake Park and Lake Fairfax Park. Símores ingredients will be provided. The two-hour program begins at Burke Lake at 6 p.m. and at Lake Fairfax at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information about the program at Burke Lake Park, call 703-323-6600. For more information about the program at Lake Fairfax Park, call 703-471-5414.

Family Owl Outing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Come to Huntley Meadows Park and discover the secret world of owls. Learn what makes them excellent night predators and hike a trail to try to spot one of Huntleyís resident owls. The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, October 29

History for Small Fries Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-5 yrs.) Bring your child for a story and craft at Sully Historic Site to discover how things were in the olden days. Through their senses, children can experience how different things smelled, looked or worked. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. on Mondays and 11 a.m. to noon on Sundays costs $5 per child. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Build Your Own Bee House Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Have fun at Riverbend Park learning about local pollinators and using invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators. The bees this house attracts are mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees that rarely sting. The program from 1 p.m. to noon costs $8 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Art Show Reception
(All ages) Meet the artists behind the currents exhibits at Green Spring Gardens. See ďNature from Three Points of ViewĒ -- the work of Jan Burns, Madeleine Chen, and Shari MacFarlane -- at the Horticulture Center. At the Historic House, see "The Birds, the Bees, the Flowers, the Trees and Other Things!" -- works in watercolor by Caroline and Erik Hottenstein. From 1 to 3 p.m., meet the artists at a reception in each site, and enjoy light refreshments. This event is free. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Live Owl and Hawk Fest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Meet birds of prey at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as presented by wildlife rehabilitator and artist Lois Auer. Explore how these birdsí adaptations enable them to be agile hunters. Find out which species live in Fairfax County and what is inside an owl pellet. The program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Animals of Myth and Legend Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Owls, bats, toads and more conjure up spooky images. Separate fact from fiction at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as a naturalist shares stories and tales about misconceptions of local wildlife. Meet a toad and toast marshmallows. The program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, October 30

Little Hands on the Farm: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-5 yrs.) Come to Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about a different element of farm life each week. Children interact with farm animals, receive a story and create a craft. Sessions for children ages two and three meet from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Children age three to five meet from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $8 per child per session. Pre-paid reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Little Acorns-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Topics will be: 10/2-Rainbows; 10/16-Terrific Turtles; 10/23-Nature Shapes and Patterns; and 10/30-Spooky Animals. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Nature Quest-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center and become part of the long-running naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer. From field to stream and everything in between, children learn about our local animal species, hands-on and in the field. Topics vary each week. Sessions meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost of each program is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, October 31

Wednesday, November 1

History Tots: FallClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 yrs.) Toddlers explore history through sight, sound, smell and touch at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The 45-minute program includes indoor and outdoor activities, and adults must participate with children. Sessions begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. The topic in November is Pilgrims. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Hot Dog, Símores! Wagon Ride and Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Roast a turkey hot dog over the campfire and take a brisk wagon ride at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Learn about the areaís local and natural history. We provide hot dogs and símores. Bring your own drinks and sides. The program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. costs $10 per person, and children must be accompanied by a registered adult . For more, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, November 2

Homeschool at the Lake Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-17 yrs.) This program at Lake Accotink Park focuses on the natural and historical world with hands-on activities from 1 to 2 p.m. The topics are: 11/2-Enviromental Study; 11/9-American Indian Life; and 11/16-Geology. The cost is $7 per session. For more, call 703-569-3464.

Homeschool at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) This program at Hidden Pond Nature Center is based on the Pohick Rangers series and meets some of the homeschool science requirements. Learn through hands-on activities and informal discussions with our naturalist. Topics vary at each session. The program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Friday, November 3

Rockhounders Ė Fall Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) The popular Hidden Pond Nature Center summer camp is now a fall series. This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting. The program meets from 5 to 6 p.m. and the cost is $7 per child for each session. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Campfire Fridays: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join us for a campfire, símores and more at Lake Accotink Park. A different topic and a different area of the park will be explored each time we meet . The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Call 703-569-3464.

Nature for Tiny Tots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 1/2 yrs.) Children and their parents learn about plants, animals and habitats through songs, crafts and activities at Huntley Meadows Park. Topics vary in this monthly program. Sessions meet from 10 to 11 a.m., and the cost is $10 per child. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Animal Pajama PartyClick 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 say goodnight to the centerís live animals. The 45-minute program begins at 7 p.m. and costs $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Campfire Fridays: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join us for a campfire, símores, animals and more each month this fall at Hidden Pond Nature Center. We cover a different topic and explore a different area of the park each night. The campfire program runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, November 4

Cocoa Wagon Rides Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy fall with a special harvest-themed wagon ride at Frying Pan Farm Park and hot cocoa and símores around the campfire. Programs begin at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, and children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Campfire Saturday: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join us for campfires and símores at Brookfield Park on November 4. With a naturalist, explore woodland and lakefront spots where wildlife hides and resides. The programs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. cost $8. Call at 703-569-3464.

A Taste of Tea and History: Fashion Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Journey through time in our new series: Tea and History. This session explores womenís clothing of the mid-19th century. Examine garments and accessories up close and enjoy a light afternoon tea with scones and jams. After tea, make your own fashionable accessory to take home. This program at Sully Historic Site runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $28 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Feeding Day Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as we demonstrate how we feed our site display animals. Search for worms and insects, and assist in the feedings. Make a birdfeeder to take home. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Tree Identification Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Would you like to learn how to tell one tree from another? Attend this lecture/hike at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to work on your identification skills from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Learn about leaf, twig, fruit and bark characteristics that will help you identify the trees around you. The cost is $7 per person. For more, call 703-941-1065.

Fall Color Snap Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(10-Adult) Whatís that chill in the air? How do plants and animals adapt to the coming seasonal change? Join us for a hike from 10 a.m. to noon at Huntley Meadows Park and learn how to draw a beautiful fall scene. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Owl Outing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(Adults) These nocturnal raptors are pair-bonding and looking for nesting sites at this time of year. Prowl Huntley Meadows Park after dark to listen for and learn about our local owls and possibly see a barred owl. The program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Meet at the visitor center and dress for the weather and standing off trail. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, November 5

Tricky TurkeysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-5 yrs.) Do you know a jake from a jenny? Baby turkeys and their grown-ups are surprisingly curious creatures. Find out about these birds through a story, song and craft from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

A Taste of History: Thanksgiving
(Adults) Food historian Joyce White explores changing Thanksgiving traditions, from the settlersí ďHarvest HomeĒ of 1621 to the present-day celebration. Hear about famous Americans who influenced the holidayís transformation, and enjoy samples of historic Thanksgiving food spanning four centuries. This tea and tasting program from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardensí Historic House costs $42 per person; $18 for the program only. Reservations required. Call 703-941-7987.

Hardtack and Johnnycakes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Get a taste of a soldierís life at Historic Huntley as you sample hardtack and freshly made johnnycake. Join an interpreter in period dress from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to write a letter home with pen and ink and learn to sew a button as we share stories about wartime residents of Huntley. The cost is $7 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Monday, November 6

Little Acorns-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and parents share natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center through finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, outdoor exploration. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Topics will be: All about Autumn, Desert Discovery, Turkey Tales and Tricky Animals. Call 703-941-1065.

Little Acorns-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and parents share natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center through finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, outdoor exploration. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Topics will be: All about Autumn, Desert Discovery, Turkey Tales and Tricky Animals. Call 703-941-1065.

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed toys and puzzles while you meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month at Green Spring Gardens. Through games, songs, activities and a garden walk we explore a different topic each time. The program runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, November 7

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. For more, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, November 8

Natural Science through Lenses Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-8 yrs.) Experience how magnifying glasses and microscopes enhance nature observation and study in this program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn about the nature of light, the power of lenses, the inner workings of plants and the marvels of insect adaptation. The five-part series meets from 4:15 to 5:10 p.m. and costs $44 per person. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Nature Tots: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(1-3 yrs.) Toddlers explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with indoor and outdoor activities beginning at 9:45 and 11 a.m. An adult must participate with children. Topics vary. The cost is $6 per child. For more, call 703-631-0013.

Pohick Puddle Jumpers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-6 yrs.) The youngest nature lovers explore the natural world with hands-on and up-close indoor and outdoor activities at Hidden Pond Nature Center. This series of programs includes exploration of the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond. Topics vary. Sessions meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the cost of each program is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Bobcat Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Bobcats have moved into Fairfax County. Learn to identify bobcat habitat, life cycles, sights and sounds and learn to be a good bobcat neighbor. Take home a paw print. This program at Burke Lake Park from 8 to 10 p.m. ends with a campfire and símores. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Astronomical Seminar and Telescope Viewing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(9-Adult) The roll-top observatory at Turner Farm is hosting monthly classroom seminars and observing sessions on topics such as planets, open clusters, double stars, stellar color spectrum, globular clusters and galaxies. Telescopes are used to view the objects discussed in the classroom (weather dependent). This program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. costs $15 per person. Check the Analemma Societyís site for topics at http://www.analemma.org. Call 703-324-8618.

Thursday, November 9

Homeschool at the Lake Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-17 yrs.) This program at Lake Accotink Park focuses on the natural and historical world with hands-on activities from 1 to 2 p.m. The topics are: 11/2-Enviromental Study; 11/9-American Indian Life; and 11/16-Geology. The cost is $7 per session. For more, call 703-569-3464.

Predators of the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Discover and learn about the pond predators lurking in the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Find out what they prefer to eat, where they live and how humans impact their environment. The program from 5 to 6 p.m. costs $7 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Friday, November 10

Saturday, November 11

Cocoa Wagon Rides Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy fall with a special harvest-themed wagon ride at Frying Pan Farm Park and hot cocoa and símores around the campfire. Programs begin at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, and children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Family Fun: Letterbox Hunt Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Learn about the adventurous history of letterboxing. Make a personal stamp and book to use as we follow clues to find a hidden letterbox among the gardens of Green Spring Gardens. The program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. costs $6 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

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 to 8 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

On Masonís Land Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Did you know that Huntley Meadows Park was once part of George Mason IVís land holdings? Discover this forgotten founding father for yourself by designing your own stencil to mark crops, writing with a quill feather, and hiking through the land he left us from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, November 12

Eating and Fighting Like a Sailor in the War of 1812
(All ages) Colvin Run Mill welcomes the Shipís Company for the first time! Reenactors portraying U.S. Navy sailors from the War of 1812 will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to demonstrate how these sailors survived during the Age of Sail. There will be demonstrations on sailor nutrition and a cannon firing. This event is free. No reservations are required. There is an additional cost for mill tours. For more, call 703-759-2771.

Artistically Inspired Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) Gather friends and family at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to create beautiful crafts inspired by our history and natural world. Learn about the history of the crafts and natural resources we will be using. Light refreshments will be served. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $12 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Celebrate Centrevilleís Past Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Join us at Ellanor C. Lawrence Parkís historic Cabellís Mill to uncover artifacts, search newly discovered maps, decipher ancient documents and enjoy a lively and enlightening discussion of historical sites in old Centreville. This free program begins at 1 p.m. Call 703-631-0013.

Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(8-Adult) One out of every 10 humans has no access to safe, drinkable water. Only three percent of water on the Earth is fresh. Join a naturalist and visit a Fairfax County lake to learn what we can do to help. This program at Lake Fairfax Park from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $6 per person. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Little Acorns-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and parents share natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center through finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, outdoor exploration. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Topics will be: All about Autumn, Desert Discovery, Turkey Tales and Tricky Animals. Call 703-941-1065.

Monday, November 13

Nature Quest-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center and join the long-running naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer. From field to stream and everything in between, children learn about our local animal species, hands-on and in the field. Topics vary each week. Sessions meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost of each program is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

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. Through their senses, children can experience how different things smelled, looked or worked. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. on Mondays costs $5 per child. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, November 14

Homeschool at the Pond (6-12 yrs.) This program at Hidden Pond Nature Center is based on the Pohick Rangers series and meets some of the homeschool science requirements. Learn through hands-on activities and informal discussions with our naturalist. Topics vary at each session. The program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per child. Call 703-451-9588. Taux Trail for Homeschool (6-12 yrs.) Students at Huntley Meadows spend two hours immersed in the life of Virginia Indians 400 years ago. Grind corn, make a clay pot, master corn darts and take part in other activities from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $12 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Wednesday, November 15

Kids Korner-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-5 yrs.) Preschool children explore nature or history once a month, accompanied by an adult, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. An outdoor activity and craft are included in the program from 10 to 11 a.m. The topic in November is Wooly Bear Caterpillars. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Intro to Telescopes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(9-Adult) This class at Observatory Park at Turner Farm covers astronomy basics and how to set up and use your telescope. Bring it along and observe selected objects in the sky, weather permitting. The program from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Call 703-324-8618.

Thursday, November 16

Homeschool at the Lake Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(13-17 yrs.) This program at Lake Accotink Park focuses on the natural and historical world with hands-on activities from 1 to 2 p.m. The topics are: 11/2-Enviromental Study; 11/9-American Indian Life; and 11/16-Geology. The cost is $7 per session. For more, call 703-569-3464.

Turkey Cup
(Adults)† Join us at Greendale Golf Course at 9 a.m. for the shotgun start of our Sixth Annual Turkey Cup. Winners bring home Thanksgiving dinner and dessert!†The tournament is a two-player scramble. Prizes will be awarded for top finishes in each division, as well as closest to the pin. Registration closes November 9.†The cost is $90 per team and includes lunch, greens fee, power cart and prizes.†The fee is due at time of registration. Call 703-971-6170.

Homeschool Historians Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) Bring your homeschool student or group to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for hands-on learning designed to enrich your understanding of Fairfax County history. Learn how light reflects life through candle making, explore food production from garden to table, play historical games, and make a toy. The program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-631-0013.

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

Astronomy for Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) Come to Observatory Park at Turner Farm and enjoy hands-on activities and looking through our telescopes to explore the universe. Learn about mind-boggling phenomena and celestial happenings. The monthly program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $10 per person, and thereís a different topic at each session. The topic in November is ďGalaxies.Ē Call 703-324-8618.

Friday, November 17

Rockhounders Ė Fall Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-12 yrs.) The popular Hidden Pond Nature Center summer camp is now a fall series. This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting. The program meets from 5 to 6 p.m. and the cost is $7 per child for each session. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Campfire Fridays: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join us for a campfire, símores and more at Lake Accotink Park. A different topic and a different area of the park will be explored each time we meet . The program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. costs $8 per person. Call 703-569-3464.

Coyotes Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Satisfy your curiosity and your sweet tooth with one howling campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Listen to coyote calls, take a short hike, and make símores as you learn about this wily canine from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Join our astronomical naturalist at Burke Lake Park and stroll the lakeshore learning about constellations and other night-sky features. There will be telescopes on hand for you to use. The program from 7 to 9 p.m. concludes with a campfire. Símores ingredients are provided; hot dogs are welcome. The cost is $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-323-6600.

Saturday, November 18

Riverside Campfire -Terrific Turkeys Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Wild turkeys roam Riverbend Parkís meadows and riverbanks. Learn about these elusive and seasonal birds through games and activities. Bring a toasting stick; símores are provided. The one-hour program begins at 6 p.m. and costs $8 per person. Come early if youíd like to bring a picnic or hot dogs to toast. This event will be canceled if it rains. For more, call 703-759-9018.

Ride the Turkey Train at Lake Fairfax Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Enjoy a ride on Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad at Lake Fairfax Park between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. See how Eastern Woodland Indians hunted and how their tools were made. Create your own Thanksgiving-themed craft to take home. The cost is $5, and the Fairfax County Park Authority will be collecting non-perishable food for a local food bank. Call 703-471-5414.

A Bountiful Harvest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Wheat and corn were the two main crops grown at Sully. Stop by the kitchen at the historic site to see foods made with these two grains. Make a corn husk doll and a woven wheat ornament to take home. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Premium Tea and Cheese Pairing
(16-Adult) Experience the many flavor profiles of premium teas and cheeses as you learn a variety of pairing techniques. Taste tea- and cheese-infused treats and take home a tea sampler. The program from 1 to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill is presented by Certified Tea Specialist Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden. The cost is $35. Reservations are required by November 15. Call 703-759-2771.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Join a naturalist at Hidden Oaks Nature Center who will be calling in these amazing night gliders, and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. The program from 7 to 8 p.m. costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Park Paws Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(16-Adult) Calling all dogs! Bring your owners to learn park etiquette while exploring Hidden Pond Nature Centerís back trails. Dogs must play well with others and be accompanied by an adult. The one-hour program begins at 10 a.m., and the cost is $5 per person. Call 703-451-9588.

Decorative Gourd Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(4-Adult) Gourds are used in many different ways. At Huntley Meadows Park, learn this valuable cropís history, then prep, design and decorate a gourd using different media and your imagination. The program from noon to 2 p.m. costs $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more , call 703-768-2525.

Sunday, November 19

Christmas Cookies: History and Tasting
(Adults) Chef and culinary historian Nora Burgan tells the story of the Christmas cookie. Enjoy a cookie-decorating demonstration at Historic Green Spring and learn simple tips to make your festive table pop. Tasting samples are included. The program includes a traditional English tea. Reservations are required for this event from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $42 for the program and tea; $18 for program only. Call 703-941-7987.

African-Americans at Walney Walking Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(6-Adult) In this interactive tour at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, learn the names and stories of the many African-American families who lived here in slavery and in freedom. Learn about slave tenancy and stories of survival. The program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Afternoon Innovators Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(7-12 yrs.) Learn how the Machens used technology to make their lives easier many years ago at the site of todayís Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Hear from an historian, look at 19th century documents and try making prototypes to solve todayís challenges using technology. The program from 3:30 to 5 p.m. costs $10. Call 703-631-0013.

Princess Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Celebrate happily-ever-after at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with fairytale princesses and their nature pals. Discover how wildlife help with happy endings! Dress as your favorite character and enjoy tea with cookies, crafts and photo opportunities on a flowered throne. The party from 2 to 3:30 p.m. costs $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call by November 10 with food allergies: 703-941-1065.

Monday, November 20

Garden Buds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-3 yrs.) Meet in the Childrenís Discovery Garden at Green Spring Gardens one Monday a month. Your child enjoys different sensory materials out in the garden, rain or shine. Dress for the weather and explore at your leisure. The program from 10 to 11 a.m. costs $5 per child. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Little Acorns-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and parents share natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center through finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, outdoor exploration. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Topics will be: All about Autumn, Desert Discovery, Turkey Tales and Tricky Animals. Call 703-941-1065.

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Friday, November 24

Discover the Desert Puppet Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Visit the Sonoran Desert in a puppet show about a coyote, jack rabbit, road runner and all of their neighbors. Take part in experiments, make a cactus craft, and meet live desert animals in this program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

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 in this one-hour program that begins at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Sunset Wagon Ride Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Enjoy the sunset as we look and listen for animals at Riverbend Park. Dusk is an active time for animals, so come aboard for this evening adventure from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Meet at the nature center. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, November 25

Turkey Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-Adult) Discover the wild turkeyís habits and secret ways during a walk in the cedar forest at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Look for wild turkeys and their signs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more, call 703-631-0013.

A Visit with Santa Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-Adult) Bring your camera to Sully Historic Site and take a picture with Santa in front of an open-hearth fire. Make an ornament to deck your own halls and see a holiday puppet show. Take a wagon ride, weather permitting. This event runs from noon to 4 p.m. Santa visits and wagon-ride time slots will be based on arrival time. The cost is $7 per person. For more, call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, November 26

Slave Life at Sully Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(5-Adult) Did the enslaved community at Sully Historic Site celebrate Christmas? Learn how the enslaved marked the holidays in this program from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Monday, November 27

Exploring the Moon Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(9-Adult) The moonís surface is marked by craters and lava flows billions of years old. Explore these features and see where the Apollo landings occurred through a high-powered telescope at Observatory Park at Turner Farm. The class meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. For more, call 703-324-8618.

Little Acorns-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and parents share natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center through finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, outdoor exploration. The 45-minute programs begin at 9:45 and 11 a.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Topics will be: All about Autumn, Desert Discovery, Turkey Tales and Tricky Animals. Call 703-941-1065.

Nature Quest-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
(3-7 yrs.) Come to Hidden Pond Nature Center and join the long-running naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer. From field to stream and everything in between, children learn about our local animal species, hands-on and in the field. Topics vary each week. Sessions meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost of each program is $7 per child. Call 703-451-9588.

Tuesday, November 28

Wednesday, November 29

Festive Sully
(All ages) See the main house at Sully decorated for an 18th century season of celebration and enjoy a special holiday exhibit. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Tours run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. No reservations are required. The tour cost is: $7 for adults; $6 for students; and $5 for seniors and children. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Thursday, November 30

Festive Sully
(All ages) See the main house at Sully decorated for an 18th century season of celebration and enjoy a special holiday exhibit. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Tours run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. No reservations are required. The tour cost is: $7 for adults; $6 for students; and $5 for seniors and children. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

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Liz Ittner RECenter Vending Gets a Makeover

As the Park Authority's wellness coordinator, it warms my heart to hear how our RECenters have changed lives for the better. For example, I remember the inspiring story of one man who turned to his RECenter fitness director for exercise and nutritional guidance to lose weight. He followed the advice, lost a considerable amount of weight over time and ultimately learned from his doctor that he no longer needed medication to manage his obesity-related high blood pressure and high cholesterol. His commitment to himself to maintain a healthy lifestyle changed his life forever.

Part of the Park Authority's mission is to engage the public in leading healthy and active lifestyles. This includes both exercise and nutrition. While we excel at providing hundreds of monthly fitness and wellness options for our customers, we recently realized the contents of our vending machines fell short in nutritional standards. In keeping with our mission, we set out to find tasty, more nutritious snacks and beverages with less sugar and fat, and in researching the options we were surprised to find that nationwide, healthful vending options outsell more traditional options 3-to-1. It seems that the goal of making good nutritional choices is catching on!

These days, you'll find that our RECenter soft drink machines have been replaced with new, Hello Goodness machines offering water, juice and sports drinks. We are also in the process of stocking our snack machines with choices that meet or exceed USDA and American Heart Association standards for vending. Additionally, you will be able to purchase everything for $1 with the option to use a credit card, if you choose. So, whether you're visiting the RECenter for yourself or for your family, you can feel good about the nutritional value of the snacks and beverages you choose from our machines.

Elizabeth Ittner
Fitness and Wellness Program Coordinator



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