Park Authority

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
703-324-8700 TTY 711
12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Jai Cole
Executive Director

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Earth Day Fairfax

Come to Earth Day Fairfax 2024, the County’s largest Earth Day celebration.

Earth Day Festival

 


Saturday, April 20, 2024
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 Sully Historic Site

3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA 20151

Event admission is free.
Parking is $10 per vehicle and can be paid at the gate.
Earth day is a rain or shine
 event.

Discover how you can make an impact on family, community and planetary health through fun, hands-on activities, games and live music and educational entertainment. Engage your senses with craft beer and tasty local cuisine, a visit with your favorite furry farm friends, take the obstacle course challenge and more! Explore the opportunities and experiences available at this year’s festival below (information will continue to be added as the event approaches).

Volunteer Opportunities

Vendor/Exhibitor Information

Meet WUSA9 Meteorologist Topper Shutt!

Join ‘Tenacious’ Topper Shutt and WUSA9’s award-winning Weather Team for some interactive fun!

  • See what it’s like to be an on-screen meteorologist and give a weather forecast in front of a green screen
  • Check out ECO9 – Channel 9’s hybrid broadcast truck

Programs and Activities

We’ll have live entertainment all day long! See below for the program schedule:

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Meet Ranger Rick from the National Wildlife Federation
Enjoy a special drawing presentation with NWF’s Art Director and Children’s Author John Gallagher

11 a.m.
Theatrical Performance
Recycling Pirates

11:45 -11:55 a.m.
Welcome to Earth Day!
WUSA-9 Meteorologist Topper Shutt

Noon
Earth Day Proclamation & Introducing the Park Authority's Wonder Wagon!
Congressman Gerry Connolly
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Fairfax County Park Authority Board
Fairfax County Park Foundation


12:30 – 2 p.m.
Musical Performance
Kevin Elam and Friends

2 – 4 p.m.
Musical Performance
Sonic Boom
 

There’s more than enough fun to go around!

  • Meet WUSA-9 meteorologist Topper Shutt and his team! See the Eco9 hybrid production truck and learn how to report your own weather forecast.
  • Play with our Farmland friends from Frying Pan Farm Park
  • Hands-on exhibits and experiments that will broaden your understanding of local wildlife, plant life and our ecosystem.
  • Physical Challenges:
    • The 2024 Earth Day Obstacle Course
    • Nerf Archery and Axe Throwing
    • Outdoor ice skating
    • Fitness Demonstrations
  • Outdoorsmanship: Learn to connect with nature through camping and fishing.
  • Take a closer look at bugs. Take a look at insects under the microscope and learn about their positive and negative impacts on farming.
  • Games and Prizes. Everywhere you turn you’ll find games and activities with fun prizes!
  • Crafts: Paint birdhouses, practice origami, press flowers, or learn to make sustainable play dough from grain milled at our own Colvin Run Mill. That’s just a couple of things to look forward to.
  • Explore Nature with Naturalists. From sighting birds in the treetops with binoculars to investigating the creeping critters below, have fun investigating the natural world with the experts.
  • Touch-A-Truck: Check out some of the amazing vehicles and machines that help serve our community every day.
  • Sensory Tent: For those who may need to find a calmer and more relaxed way of celebrating the day, or who may just need to take a break from the excitement, our sensory tent is filled with toys, fidgets and crafts.

In addition to all the fun and excitement, Earth Day Fairfax is all about teaching new skills and simple tricks you can do at home to have a huge impact on the world outside. Here’s a few things you can learn at this year’s event:

  • Summer camp opportunities in Fairfax
  • Water recreation Spots in Fairfax County
  • Golf options for kids and adults
  • Strategies to grow bigger, better plants
  • Information for identifying and getting rid of invasive plants
  • Ways insects help the environment
  • Effect of erosion on archaeology
  • How to use a historic corn grinder
  • Local natural and cultural history
  • Composting

What’s a celebration without great food and a cold drink? If you work up an appetite (as we know you will), there are lots of options to choose from:

Help Us Reduce Waste at the Earth Day Festival!

We’re using reusable r.Cups and r.Ware food containers to help reduce single-use waste.

DO: Return the branded r.Cups and r.Ware to the labeled reuse bins at designated waste stations.

DO NOT: Put r.Cups and r.Wares in the trash or recycle bins or take them home.


 

See Captured Images below from Past Event

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