Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

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703-324-8700
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Sara Baldwin,
Acting Executive Director

Park News

Stay Informed

Get the latest information on what is happening at the Park Authority. Contact the Public Information Office for archived news items at Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

 

Garden Visitors Must Use Path Less Traveled; Main Entrance Closed

Garden
May 14, 2021
On Wednesday, May 19, 2021, Green Spring Gardens’ main entrance at Braddock and Witch Hazel roads will be closed for a new gate installation.

Park Authority Board to Hold Electronic Special Meeting May 17

Park
May 14, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) will meet on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 5 p.m. for a special meeting

Park Authority Marks National Trails Day with Pedestrian Bridge Dedication

Park
May 12, 2021
The Park Authority will celebrate National Trails Day on June 5, 2021, with a ceremony to mark the opening of the new pedestrian bridge along a trail in Smokewood Park, south of Whitacre Road in the Olde Creek section of the Braddock District.

Ribbon Cutting Set for New Bicycle Skills Area in Springfield

Ribbon
May 12, 2021
A ribbon-cutting ceremony has been scheduled for June 12, 2021, at 1 p.m. for the new Brookfield Park Bicycle Skills Area in Springfield, Virginia.

Save Now on Memberships at FCPA Recreation Centers

Save
May 12, 2021
There has never been a better time to get fit at a Park Authority RECenter.

Take the Survey on a New Design for the Wakefield Skatepark

Take
May 12, 2021
The Park Authority is looking for feedback on a proposed new design for the Wakefield Skatepark in Annandale, Virginia.

Fasten Up that Life Jacket and Get Ready for National Safe Boating Week

Fasten
May 12, 2021
Fairfax County parks offer plenty of places for folks in boats, canoes and kayaks to take to the wa-ter; and there’s no time like National Safe Boating Week to review some tips to keep those outings safe.

Spring Hill Park Maintenance Work to Begin

Spring
May 12, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin maintenance work in the next few weeks at Spring Hill Park located at 1239 Spring Hill Road in McLean, Virginia.

Park Authority Wins Five 2021 NACPRO Awards

Park
May 12, 2021
Five Fairfax County Park Authority nominees have been honored by the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) with 2021 NACPRO Awards, which honor excellence in the field of parks and recreation.

Be Inspired by the Colors of the Garden with a Walk at Sully

Be
May 12, 2021
Enjoy a walk through the garden at Sully and learn what plants the inhabitants would have had in the 19th century.

Grow Your History Knowledge with a Pretty Flowerpot in artiFACTS

Grow
May 12, 2021
Spring is a time for planting, and some of the flowerpots that were popular among county residents a century ago are still highly collectible today.

Park Board to Meet May 11 with Supervisors; Regular Meeting May 12

Park
May 5, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to jointly meet with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 3 p.m. The PAB is also scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 5 p.m. for a regularly scheduled meeting.

Do your Part to Preserve Scott’s Run Nature Preserve

Do
May 5, 2021
Visitors flock to Scott’s Run Nature Preserve each spring and summer to see its abundant wildflowers and hike to its beautiful waterfall, and the Park Authority wants to remind all visitors to share in the efforts to preserve this unique preserve by following park rules and regulations.

McLean Central Park Development Concept Meeting Slated

McLean
May 5, 2021
The public is invited to attend a public information meeting on the McLean Central Park Master Plan on Monday, May 24, 2021, at 7 p.m.

Join the Watch Party to See Renovations at the Hannah P. Clark House

Join
May 5, 2021
Celebrate Historic Preservation Month this May with a look at an ongoing preservation effort right here in Fairfax County.

South Run RECenter Landscape Volunteers Win Volunteer Fairfax Award

South
May 5, 2021
South Run RECenter’s Volunteer Landscape Team has been honored with the 2021 Volunteer Fairfax Environmental Sustainability Group Award.

Fairfax County Parks Among the Best in Virginia

Fairfax
May 5, 2021
Three Fairfax County parks, three playgrounds and one of the Park Authority’s Farmers Markets have been named among the state’s best in the Virginia Living Magazine’s “Best of Virginia 2021” competition.

Rolling Valley West Tennis Courts Temporarily Closed for Painting

Rolling
May 5, 2021
The Rolling Valley West tennis courts are temporarily closed so that crews can apply a new color coating and lines.

Focus on Nature at Huntley Meadows’ Beginner Photo Class

Focus
May 5, 2021
If you’re interested in nature photography, there’s no better place to learn than Huntley Meadows Park – a destination for nature photographers throughout the region.

Take a Field Trip for All to the Past at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Take
May 5, 2021
You’re never too young – or too old – to enjoy a field trip. Pack up the family for an adventure at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with “Artifacts of the Past” on Monday, May 24, 2021.

Portion of McCutcheon Park Closing Temporarily for Bamboo Removal

Portion
April 30, 2021
Parts of McCutcheon Park in Alexandria, Virginia, will be closed temporarily for safety reasons while a bamboo removal project is underway.

Rec-PAC Registration Underway for In-Person Summer Programs

Rec-PAC
April 30, 2021
After COVID-19 prevented in-person programs last summer, the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Rec-PAC returns this summer at 30 elementary school locations across Fairfax County.

Follow the Story of Suzi Cicada in a New Series for Children (and Adults)

Follow
April 30, 2021
Suzi Cicada has been hanging out all by herself for the past 17 years, but she has a feeling that everything in her life is about to change. She has the urge to chart a new course and see what else the world has in store.

RECenters Forming Teams of Otters, Dolphins and Stingrays!

RECenters
April 28, 2021
Do your kids want to make a big splash this summer? Get them involved in Fairfax County Park Authority Summer Swim Teams!

New Playground Coming to Newington Heights Park

New
April 28, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority began work this week on a playground replacement project at Newington Heights Park located off Monacan Road in the Mount Vernon District.

Water Mine to Host Drive-Thru Open Hires for Lifeguards

Water
April 28, 2021
The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole is hiring more than 150 lifeguards for the upcoming summer.

Additional Fairfax County Farmers Markets Open in May

Additional
April 28, 2021
Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the remaining Fairfax County Farmers Markets will be opening the first week of May!

Dust Off Your Putters for Some Family Fun!

Dust
April 28, 2021
Ace the day at the Jefferson District Falls Mini Golf Open House, May 22, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Discover How Epidemics Have Shaped Our History at Historic Huntley

Discover
April 28, 2021
Enjoy a healthy stroll up to a lovely view from Historic Huntley and learn why the Masons built their summer home upon a hill.

Celebrate the Park Authority’s 70th Anniversary with 70-cent Range Buckets

Celebrate
April 28, 2021
Celebrate 70 years of the Fairfax County Park Authority at two of the nation’s top 50 public ranges.

Discover How Wetlands Are Born at Huntley Meadows Park

Discover
April 28, 2021
Many factors combined to form the beautiful wetland habitat at Huntley Meadows Park.

Study the Beautiful Monarch Butterfly on a Field Trip for the Family

Study
April 28, 2021
Parents are invited to enjoy the fun with one of the Park Authority’s new “Field Trips for All” programs.

Explore the Fifty Acre Wood with Pooh and Friends at Hidden Oaks

April 28, 2021
Go on an adventure to the “Fifty Acre Wood” with “Pooh and Friends at Hidden Oaks” on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting April 28

Park
April 21, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Visit Green Spring Gardens’ New Webpage to See ‘What’s In Bloom’

Visit
April 21, 2021
With 22 themed gardens stretching across 31 acres, you can always find a burst of color to enjoy at Green Spring Gardens. Learn what’s blooming each month of the year by visiting the new “What’s In Bloom” webpage.

Park Board Approves Three Grants for Little League and Info Kiosks

Park
April 21, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant requests from Annandale North Springfield Little League, Falls Church Kiwanis Little League and Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) to improve park ball fields and build park information kiosks.

Building a Community of Movers at the Healthy Strides 5K/10K

Building
April 21, 2021
The Park Authority’s Healthy Strides program is all about building a community of movers – people who are moving their bodies and strengthening their minds for better health.

Make a Stop at Burke Lake’s New Train-Themed Ice Cream Parlor

Make
April 21, 2021
Stopping for a snack at Burke Lake’s newly renovated ice cream parlor is like putting a cherry on top of your day at the park.

Create a Special Mother’s Day Gift with ‘Fancy Paper’ at Sully Historic Site

Create
April 21, 2021
Looking for a unique gift for Mom on her special day? Get the family together for a private program at Sully Historic Site.

Get Slimy, Drop Eggs or Watch an Eruption at Huntley Meadows Park

Get
April 21, 2021
From slime to tornadoes, there are lots of science topics to explore during the “Outdoor Science Lab at Huntley” series in May.

Historic Huntley Tours Resume April 24

Historic
April 21, 2021
Discover a view for all time during a private tour of Historic Huntley with up to nine of your favorite people.

Treat Mom to a Special Mother’s Day with Help from Green Spring Gardens

Treat
April 21, 2021
Green Spring Gardens is offering two special ways to celebrate Mother’s Day this year.

Slither on Over to Burke Lake Park and Discover ‘Super Snakes’

Slither
April 21, 2021
You may love them or hate them, but snakes are important residents of Fairfax County.

Break Out of the Family Grind with a Milling Class at Colvin Run

Break
April 21, 2021
The “Run of the Mill Class” at Colvin Run Mill is anything but run of the mill.

Fairfax Parks Prepare for City Nature Challenge

Fairfax
April 14, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority is taking part in this year’s international City Nature Challenge.

Celebrate the Planet with Earth Day 2021 Events through the Park Authority

Celebrate
April 14, 2021
Folks throughout the world will be celebrating Earth Day 2021 from April 20 to April 22, and this year, the theme is “Together, We can Restore Our Earth.”

Bren Mar Park Demolition Project to Begin

Bren
April 14, 2021
Demolition work will begin at Bren Mar Park on Collier Lane and Edsall Road in Alexandria, Virginia, as the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) removes a home on the property.

Virtual Open Houses for Resident Curators Scheduled in May

Virtual
April 14, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority will host watch parties for the premiere of virtual open house videos featuring tours of two historic properties through the county’s Resident Curator Program.

Ceremony Set for Colvin Run’s Newly Renovated Waterwheel

Ceremony
April 14, 2021
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled on Sunday, May 2, 2021, so spectators can witness the new waterwheel at Colvin Run Mill take its first turns and grind its first grains.

Fear of Cicadapocalypse? Talk it Out at Hidden Oaks

April 14, 2021
Register for an introduction to cicadas. Bring your questions to this outdoor program and meet a cicada larva on your own terms.

Get Tips for Taking the Best Nature Photos with a Smartphone

Get
April 14, 2021
Smartphones are for more than selfies. Discover how to take the best nature photos on your phone with the “Smartphone Nature Photography Workshop” at Green Spring Gardens.

Use Nature’s Palette for Your Paintings with Help from Colvin Run

Use
April 14, 2021
Discover what nature can add to your artwork with the “Painting with Nature” class at Colvin Run Mill.

Take a Star Tour with a Webinar from the Analemma Society

Take
April 14, 2021
Grab your binoculars and pull up a seat for April’s “Topics in Astronomy Webinar.”

‘Trick Your Stick’ at Lake Fairfax Park and Go on a Stylish Hike

‘Trick
April 14, 2021
Put a little pizzazz into your next nature walk with a tricked-out hiking stick.

Cast your Line Far Beyond the Shore with Kayak Fishing at Lake Mercer

Cast
April 14, 2021
If the fish won’t come to you on the shoreline, learn how to go to them with a class on kayak fishing at Lake Mercer Park.

Wake Up Early or Stay Up Late for a Lunar Event at Burke Lake

Wake
April 14, 2021
Whether you’re an extreme early bird or night owl, Burke Lake Park has just the program for you.

See Classroom Science at Work in Nature at Hidden Pond

April 14, 2021

Explore science beyond the classroom with a “Science Enrichment” program at Hidden Pond Nature Center.

These programs are designed to supplement online and classroom science instruction with hands-on activities tailored to specific elementary grade levels. The 45-minute programs run on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2021, with a focus on a different grade level each…

Celebrate Poetry Month on a Scavenger Hunt at Green Spring Gardens

Celebrate
April 14, 2021
Green Spring Gardens is celebrating National Poetry Month in April by hosting a colorful Poetry Scavenger Hunt throughout its beautiful spring gardens.

Winners Announced in Fairfax Parks’ Annual Student Poetry Contest

Winners
April 9, 2021
Nine student poets have been named winners in the 2021 Fairfax Parks Student Poetry Contest.

Restrooms at Greenbriar and Poplar Tree Parks Closing for Renovation

Restrooms
April 9, 2021
The public restrooms at Greenbriar Park and Poplar Park will close temporarily, beginning on Monday, April 12, 2021, to allow for renovations.

Discover How a Mug was used for Home Learning in artiFACTS

Discover
April 9, 2021

Millions of students turned to online learning when the pandemic hit last year, but this month’s featured item in artiFACTS shows that tools to help kids learn from home were being made as far back as Benjamin Franklin’s day.

Put the sippy cup aside and see how pearlware mugs were once used to aid in a child’s education. The April addition to the artiFACTSwebsite shows how youngsters…

Marina Bathrooms at Burke Lake to Close for Renovations

Marina
April 7, 2021
The public restrooms at the Burke Lake Park Marina will close temporarily beginning on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, to allow for renovations.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting April 14

Park
April 7, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Maintenance Work to Start at Linway Terrace Park

Maintenance
April 7, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin maintenance work in the next few weeks at Linway Terrace Park located at 6246 Linway Terrace in McLean, Virginia

Frying Pan Farm Park and Animal Donations

Frying
April 7, 2021
“We don’t accept animal donations,” explains Frying Pan Farm Park Manager Nicole Mitchell.

Park Authority Amusements and Facilities to Reopen for Spring

Park
April 7, 2021
Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time to reopen Park Authority amusements and facilities that have been closed for the winter.

Enjoy Private Family Tours of Spring Wildflowers and Tadpoles

Enjoy
April 7, 2021
Whether you want to explore the spring ephemeral wildflowers, search for salamanders, compare wiggly tadpoles or look for animal homes, the naturalist at Hidden Oaks can create a program just for your family.

Bring History Lessons to Life at Sully Historic Site

Bring
April 7, 2021
Bring history to life for your elementary school students with a private “Field Trip for All” to Sully Historic Site.

Become an Armchair Space Explorer with May Webinars

Become
April 7, 2021
Go to infinity and beyond with a webinar on star maps and a virtual tour of the night sky.

Bluebells are Peaking at Riverbend Park

Bluebells
April 7, 2021
Spring is here and at Riverbend Park that means BLUEBELLS!

Join the Couples Challenge at Burke Lake Golf Course

Join
April 7, 2021
Put your vows to the test at the “For Better or Worse Couples Tournament” at Burke Lake Golf Course.

Braddock Park Master Plan Revision Public Meeting Set for April 26

Braddock
March 31, 2021
The public is invited to attend a Public Comment Meeting on Monday, April 26, 2021, at 7 p.m.

Lake Accotink Pollinator Garden Event Set for Mid-April

Lake
March 31, 2021
A dedication ceremony will be held at Lake Accotink Park on Saturday, April 17, 2021, for the new Margaret Kinder Education and Pollinator Garden.

Three Fairfax County Farmers Markets Open in April

Three
March 31, 2021
Much like beautiful spring flowers, the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Farmers Markets will begin to open in April 2021.

Enjoy a Spring Day at Frying Pan Farm Park

Enjoy
March 31, 2021
It’s fun to spend a whole morning or a whole afternoon at Frying Pan Farm Park!

Go on a Free Nature Scavenger Hunt with the Family at Cub Run

Go
March 31, 2021
Turn your next walk in the woods into an exciting scavenger hunt on the parkland behind Cub Run RECenter.

Get into the Build with Huntley Architecture!

Get
March 31, 2021
This Federal style villa has a connection to America’s hard-won independence, and a story all its own.

Go Way Down Yonder for Pawpaws at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Go
March 31, 2021
Go off trail with a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to learn about the pawpaw’s historical and ecological importance to Virginia.

Flash Back to the 1960s and Bring Clothes to Life with Tie-Dye at Sully

Flash
March 31, 2021
Put a colorful zing into your family’s wardrobe with the “Natural Tie-Dye” program at Sully Historic Site on Wednesday, April 21 and Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Explore Science Topics with Hands-On Activities at Huntley Meadows

Explore
March 31, 2021
Spark an early interest in science with an “Outdoor Science Lab at Huntley.”

Bring Classroom Study Outdoors with Monarchs at Hidden Oaks

March 31, 2021
With school field trips on hold, the Park Authority is offering a series of “Field Trips for All” to supplement online and classroom instruction, and Hidden Oaks Nature Center is offering “Monarchs” as part of the program.

Paddle and Reel in a Kayak Fishing Program on Local Waters

Paddle
March 31, 2021
Spend a Sunday afternoon aboard a kayak in search of that perfect catch.

Fuel your Creativity with Garden & Painting Programs at Green Spring

Fuel
March 31, 2021
Green Spring Gardens is offering two ways to get your creative juices flowing with virtual programs on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Set Aside the Tang and Pour a Cup of Tea for a Virtual Salute to the 1970s

Set
March 31, 2021
Return to the era of rotary phones, bell bottoms, disco and chia pets with a “Virtual Afternoon Tea: Salute to the Seventies.”

Bring your Nonmotorized Boat to Lake Mercer for a Day

Bring
March 31, 2021
The gates to Lake Mercer Park will open on Saturday, April 17, 2021, to allow a limited number of people to launch their kayaks, canoes or other nonmotorized boats onto the water.

Snack on S’mores and Learn about Nature Around a Lake Accotink Campfire

Snack
March 31, 2021
Start your weekend off right with the warmth and crackle of a campfire at Lake Accotink Park.

Meet Some 'Terrific Turtles' at Burke Lake Park

Meet
March 31, 2021
They may not be teenage mutant ninja warriors, but Fairfax County parks still have some terrific turtles.

The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole is Hiring!

The
March 24, 2021
FCPA is now hiring to fill over 200 seasonal positions for the upcoming summer.

Share Your Story with the ‘I Love Parks’ Storytelling Project

Share
March 24, 2021
The Park Authority’s Healthy Strides program is launching a new storytelling project called “I Love Parks” -- the theme of the annual 5K/10K/Kids Dash scheduled for Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Hit Us With Your Best Shot: Enter the Farm Photo Contest

Hit
March 24, 2021
Don’t just share your beautiful farm photos on Instagram; enter them in the first-ever photo contest being hosted by the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park!

Nominate Exceptional Volunteers for a Park Service Award

Nominate
March 24, 2021
Recognizing the work and service of our many wonderful volunteers is critical.

Take the Family on a Treasure Hunt at Green Spring Gardens

Take
March 24, 2021
Hidden somewhere in Green Spring Gardens is a geocache.

Join in the National Cherry Blossom Festival with Green Spring Programs

Join
March 24, 2021
Green Spring Gardens is offering two programs this spring with official links to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Enjoy a virtual Japanese-themed afternoon tea or get tips on creating a Japanese style garden for your home.

Virtual Field Trips Connect Children to Nature and Science

Virtual
March 24, 2021
Fairfax County Park Authority’s Hidden Oaks Nature Center staff partnered with Northrop Grumman Corporation and Fairfax County Park Foundation to enable elementary-age children to benefit from mini virtual field trips.

Absorb History on a Walk Along the Length of Walney Creek

Absorb
March 24, 2021
Take a one-mile walk along Walney Creek from its source at the Spring House to its end at Big Rocky Run.

Put your Detective Skills to Work at Historic Huntley

Put
March 24, 2021
Become a “House Detective” at Historic Huntley and see if you can solve some of the mysteries surrounding this historic home.

Take to the Trail for a Nature Photography Lesson at Lake Fairfax

Take
March 24, 2021
Work on developing your photography skills with the “Nature Photography for Beginners” class at Lake Fairfax Park.

Help with Some Spring Cleaning at Fairfax County Parks

Help
March 24, 2021
April is time for “Watershed Cleanup Days” in Fairfax County Parks, and there are plenty of places that need your help to clean up our local waterways.

Turn your Tot into a Nature Lover at Hidden Oaks

March 24, 2021
Help your children begin to discover the wonders of nature with the “Tots in the Woods” program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

Sample Chocolates from Around the World at Green Spring Gardens

Sample
March 24, 2021
Treat your taste buds on Saturday, April 3, 2021, as Green Spring Gardens presents “Tasting: Chocolate from Around the World.”

Paddle the Day Away on a Kayak at Lake Accotink Park

Paddle
March 24, 2021
Curious about kayaking? Give it a try with the “Intro to Kayaking” class at Lake Accotink Park.

Take a Moonwalk via a Park Authority Webinar

Take
March 24, 2021
Explore the moon with your feet planted firmly on Earth. Join the “Exploring the Moon Webinar” on Monday, April 19, 2021.

Ponder the Magic of Vernal Pools at ECLP Before They Slip Away

Ponder
March 24, 2021
With their short life span, vernal pools are one of the most fascinating and elusive ecosystems at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

Get Hands on the Environment at Hidden Pond Nature Center

March 24, 2021
Hidden Pond Nature Center is offering seventh graders a chance to get involved with nature.

Plant Sales Underway at Green Spring Gardens

Plant
March 18, 2021
Phone-order plant sales with curbside pickup is now available at Green Spring Gardens.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on March 24

Park
March 18, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Public Information Meeting Set on Proposed Solar Arrays at Laurel Hill Golf Club

Public
March 18, 2021
The Park Authority will host a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, to review plans and seek comment on a proposed canopy mounted solar array in the Laurel Hill Golf Club parking lot.

Virtual Ribbon-Cutting Watch Party Set for Bridge on March 20

Virtual
March 18, 2021
The public is invited to view a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the dedication of a new bridge in Gabrielson Gardens at Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Oakton, Virginia. Join us via YouTube on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the first day of spring and the dedication of Burnet Bridge.

Tennis Court Repairs to Begin at Stephen Foster Park

Tennis
March 18, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority just began a reconstruction project at Stephen Foster Park tennis courts located at Walt Whitman Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia. Work began last week and will continue for approximately three months.

Park E-news is the Place to Go for Personalized Info on Park Events, Topics

Park
March 18, 2021
Get park information targeted to your specific interests with the Fairfax County Park Authority’s E-news website. The Park Authority produces a host of information releases and e-newsletters covering topics such as camps, classes, boating, farmers markets, fishing, gardening, history, nature, RECenters, trails and volunteering.

Spend Some Family Time with a Naturalist at Huntley Meadows

Spend
March 18, 2021
Spend some special time with your family on a private tour of Huntley Meadows Park on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Learn about Rainbows, Haloes and Glories (Oh, My!) in a Webinar

Learn
March 18, 2021
This webinar covers some of the common and uncommon phenomena you may see in the sky during the day or night, such as rainbows, haloes and glories.

Explore Hidden Pond Nature Center Via Discovery Sampler

March 18, 2021
Hidden Pond Nature Center in the heart of Springfield, Virginia, is offering a single program that presents a sampling of the activities that Hidden Pond is known for.

Explore Cain’s Branch and Discover Unknown Facts

Explore
March 18, 2021
Discover hidden historical ruins overlooked by most visitors as you walk the trails around Sully Historic Site on this guided tour!

Hidden Pond Nature Center Hosts Science Enrichment Programs

Hidden
March 18, 2021
Hidden Pond Nature Center is offering you a chance to supplement your child's online science education with hands-on programs that are tailored to their age group.

‘Make Do’ with a Virtual Tea Hosted by Green Spring Gardens

‘Make
March 18, 2021
Come to tea and discover your sense of wabi-sabi, the Japanese art of finding beauty in the naturally imperfect world.

Swing Into Spring Savings with the Golf Fairfax Pass Sale

Swing
March 18, 2021
Time is limited, so act now to purchase a pass for discounted rounds of golf at Fairfax County golf courses.

Explore the World of Amphibians After Dark at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Explore
March 18, 2021
Assist park naturalists with a calling amphibian survey.

Create an Egg-cellent Spring Art Project at Sully Historic Site

Create
March 18, 2021
Spring has sprung and the birds are singing! Spruce up your house décor with an egg-cellent art idea.

Get an Introduction to Mountain Biking at Lake Accotink Park

Get
March 18, 2021
Introduce your kids to the fundamentals of mountain biking during a four-week class at Lake Accotink Park.

Meeting Set to Explore Wakefield Park Pickleball Court Conversion

Meeting
March 10, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority is proposing conversion of the existing platform tennis courts at Wakefield Park to pickleball. Wakefield Park is located at 8100 Braddock Road in Annandale, Virginia.

Baby Animals Arrive at Frying Pan Farm Park

Baby
March 10, 2021
Spring is birthing season, and the public is invited to meet scores of baby farm animals at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Virginia. The largest number of newborns are expected to arrive from March to May 2021.

Eggster Bunnies Come to Historic Sully

Eggster
March 10, 2021
What is soft, small and rolls instead of hops around? It’s an Eggster Bunny!

Explore the Lives of Virginia’s First Residents at Huntley Meadows Park

Explore
March 10, 2021
Delve into Huntley Meadows Park’s history and prehistoric past. Come to the park on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, for “The Taux: Living with the Land.”

Put the Focus on Nature with a Photo Class at Huntley Meadows

Put
March 10, 2021
Many of the Park Authority’s most popular social media photos have been shot at Huntley Meadows Park, and you can learn how to capture images like those yourself.

Expand Your Understanding of the Planets and Stars with a Park Webinar

Expand
March 10, 2021
Explore the universe from the comfort of your home with the “Introduction to Astronomy Webinar” on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

Fairfax County Woman’s Impact on Nursing Chronicled in artiFACTS

Fairfax
March 10, 2021
In honor of Women’s History Month, artiFACTS takes a look at a Fairfax County woman who made strides in the field of nursing in the early 1900s and had an impact far beyond the county.

Cozy up with a Cup of Tea for a Program on Zzzzzs at Green Spring

Cozy
March 10, 2021
Instead of a Sunday afternoon nap, put the kettle on and get a little history of sleep during a virtual afternoon tea with the folks at Green Spring Gardens.

Explore the Outdoors on a Walney Creek Walk

Explore
March 10, 2021
Take a Sunday afternoon walk at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and explore plants, animals and history.

Share Nature’s Delights with Your Kids at Green Spring Gardens

Share
March 10, 2021
Choose the day. Choose the subject. Bring your family to Green Spring Gardens for a personalized tour.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Banana) to the 2021 Virtual Healthy Strides 5K/10K

BYOB
March 3, 2021
Park Authority Fitness and Wellness staff have had to be innovative in their approach to the Healthy Strides 5K/10K, held annually on the first Saturday in May.

Park Authority Seeks Input on Dog Park Study Draft Report

Park
March 3, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will hold a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7 p.m. to present the study findings and gather public comment on the Dog Park Study Draft Report.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on March 10

Park
March 3, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Park Authority Preschool Fall Registration Begins March 8

Park
March 3, 2021
Did you know Fairfax County Park Authority operates two licensed preschools? Lee District and Spring Hill RECenters offer preschool classes for children 3 and older.

Pohick Stream Valley Park Trail Construction Work to Start

Pohick
March 3, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin construction on the next segment of the Pohick Stream Valley Trail between Burke Station Park and Hillside Road.

Rec-PAC Hiring Goes Virtual – Featuring On-the-Spot Job Offers!

Rec-PAC
March 3, 2021
Rec-PAC is hiring to fill over 200 positions for its six-week summer camp program.

Park Board Approves Matching Grants for Trail & Field Improvements and New Bike Trail

Park
March 3, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved three Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grants to be used for trail and field improvements and construction of a pump track.

Go Birding Aboard a Kayak at Lake Accotink Park

Go
March 3, 2021
Discover a new angle for bird-watching with the “Birding by Kayak-Single” program at Lake Accotink Park on Saturday, March 27, 2021.

Family Programs Coming to Hidden Pond Nature Center

March 3, 2021
Visit Hidden Pond Nature Center for fun outdoor activities for your family, group or pod. Hidden Pond hosts private programs on several topics for groups of up to eight people.

See the Curious Ways Living Things Grow and Change at Hidden Oaks

March 3, 2021
Plants and animals all grow and change, but many do so in curious ways. Investigate some of these changes during the “Growth and Change” program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

Celebrate the Spring Equinox at Huntley Meadows or Turner Farm

Celebrate
March 3, 2021
Celebrate the arrival of spring on Saturday, March 20, 2021, with a solar observation, a sunset stroll or both!

Have a ‘Hoppy’ Time with Rabbit Mini Golf at Burke Lake Park

Have
March 3, 2021
It’s mini golf and an egg hunt all in one! Play a round of “Rabbit Hole-in-One” at Burke Lake Park.

Park Authority Warns Facebook Users of Targeted Scam

Park
February 24, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has been notified of a Facebook page that uses the FCPA logo and a misspelled version of Fairfax County to friend request and message people that they have won a prize.

Apply to Work at Frying Pan Farm Park

Apply
February 24, 2021
One of Fairfax County’s most popular parks is hiring!

Fish Someplace New with Boat Access to Lake Mercer on March 27

Fish
February 24, 2021
The gates will open at Lake Mercer Park on Saturday, March 27, 2021, to allow anglers to access the water by kayak, canoe or other non-motorized boat.

Explore Nature Your Way at Hidden Oaks Nature Center

February 24, 2021
Round up the family and set out on a personalized woodland tour. Join a naturalist for “Nature Your Way in Spring at Hidden Oaks.”

Focus on Our Feathered Friends with a Birding Program at Lake Fairfax

Focus
February 24, 2021
If you’re interested in birding but aren’t sure how to start, come to Lake Fairfax Park.

Study the Legacy of Slavery in Fairfax County at Historic Huntley

Study
February 24, 2021
Let a historian be your guide for a tour of the historic manor house that examines the relationship of the Mason family to slavery.

Delve into Local History at Lake Accotink Park

Delve
February 24, 2021
Learn about some of the people who lived around Accotink Creek after 1700 and how they helped shape the area.

Tour the Witch Hazels in Bloom at Green Spring

Tour
February 24, 2021
Discover a burst of color on a gray winter day with a tour of the witch hazels in bloom at Green Spring Gardens.

Frying Pan Farm Park to host Into the Woods

Frying
February 17, 2021
Experience the changes of spring and get up and moving through the wooded trail at Frying Pan Farm Park.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on Feb. 24

Park
February 17, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Trail Improvements Planned at Random Hills Park

Trail
February 17, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is seeking public comment on the design of a planned trail improvement project in Random Hills Park, located off Random Hills Road in Fairfax, Virginia.

New Bridge Now Open; Mid-March Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Set

New
February 17, 2021
The Park Authority will host a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony in mid-March to mark the installation and opening of a new bridge in Gabrielson Gardens at Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Oakton, Virginia. The bridge opened to the public today. 

Move Your Homeschool Classroom to Hidden Pond Nature Center

February 17, 2021
Work on those homeschool science requirements at Hidden Pond Nature Center.

Find a Family Cure for Cabin Fever at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Find
February 17, 2021
Get your family into the great outdoors with a personalized program led by a naturalist or historian at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

Make Your Yard More Eco-Friendly with Tips from Hidden Oaks

February 17, 2021
Transform your suburban space to a natural oasis with guidance from a Hidden Oaks Nature Center naturalist and gardener.

Grind Corn and Make Clay Pottery at Huntley Meadows

Grind
February 17, 2021
Immerse yourself in a way of life from 400 years ago at the “Corn Grinding & Clay Pottery” program at Huntley Meadows Park.

Study Virginia History Where it Happened at Sully Historic Site

Study
February 17, 2021
Bring those school history lessons to life for your children with a visit to Sully Historic Site.

Cuddle Up with the Kids for a Story in the Gardens at Green Spring

Cuddle
February 17, 2021
Put a new spin on story time with “Storytelling in the Garden” at beautiful Green Spring Gardens.

Celebrate Parks, Poetry and the Planet with the Parks Poetry Contest

Celebrate
February 10, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation invite students in grades K-8 to enter the 2021 Poetry Contest in honor of National Poetry Month in April.

Be the Early Bird that Catches the Best Images at Huntley Meadows Park

Be
February 10, 2021
In the “Nature Photography at Dawn” program, learn how to use a DSLR and a tripod to capture images of the natural world early in the morning.

Step Back in Time with a Hilltop Outing to Historic Huntley

Step
February 10, 2021
Discover history with a view on a family outing to Historic Huntley.

Soak Up History at Your Own Pace at Sully Historic Site

Soak
February 10, 2021
Sully Historic Site is offering a unique opportunity in March for folks to stroll the historic house on their own with members of their family.

Native Reptiles and Amphibian Virtual Presentation in Spanish

Native
February 10, 2021
For over a decade, the Fairfax County Office for Children’s Institute for Early Learning and the Fairfax County Park Authority have teamed up to lead workshops for thousands of licensed child care professionals.

Cash in your Compass for a Geocaching Workshop at Lake Fairfax

Cash
February 10, 2021
Go on a treasure hunt at Lake Fairfax Park with the help of a GPS device.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on Feb. 10

Park
February 3, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Discover an Unusual artiFACT Found in a Curious Place 

Discover
February 3, 2021
Visit the Park Authority’s artiFACTS website to discover a clothing item recovered from a Civil War era dig that initially fooled scientists.

Smokewood Bridge Replacement Work to Begin

Smokewood
February 3, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin bridge replacement work in Smokewood Park south of Whitacre Road in the Olde Creek section of Braddock District.

Parks Authority Camp Planner Tool Now Available

Parks
January 28, 2021
My Summer Camp Planner is an easy-to-use spreadsheet that streamlines family summer camp planning.

Sully Historic Site Tells Story of Virginia’s Enslaved People in ‘Who Were They?’ Tour

Sully
January 28, 2021
Sully Historic Site is currently offering a “Who Were They?” tour, which highlights the lives and stories of the enslaved workers who lived and worked at Sully in the late 18th century.

Park Authority Board Grants Scope Approval for Northern Natural Resource Management Plan

Park
January 28, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board granted scope approval for the Northern Area Natural Resource Management Plan at its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.

Park Authority Board Leadership Remains Unchanged for 2021

Park
January 28, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted to return its existing slate of officers to the Board for 2021.

Laurel Hill Golf Club Among Top Virginia Courses

Laurel
January 28, 2021
Laurel Hill Golf Club received high marks and is considered among the top 10 courses in Virginia.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on Jan. 27

Park
January 22, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Wayward Hummingbird Makes Itself at Home at Green Spring Gardens

Wayward
January 22, 2021
A hummingbird species that usually makes its home in the western part of the United States has been drawing birders and photographers to the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia.

Gabrielson Gardens Bridge Construction Underway; Temporary Trail Detours, Closures Anticipated

Gabrielson
January 22, 2021
Hikers, bikers and equestrians using the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail in the Gabrielson Gardens Park area, will need to follow the marked detour around the worksite due to construction of the replacement bridge foundation.

Gain Confidence Drawing with Ink During a Green Spring Workshop

Gain
January 22, 2021
During the “Virtual Watercolor Workshop: Pen and Ink,” artist Marni Maree will teach you various ways to draw with ink.

Take Your Preschooler on a Bear Hunt with Cub Run RECenter

Take
January 22, 2021
Keep your youngster busy this winter with a “Class in a Bag” that’s all about bears.

Take the Family on a Hilltop Outing to Historic Huntley

Take
January 22, 2021
Enjoy a family-friendly tour of Historic Huntley, which was built high atop a hill overlooking the unique Huntley Meadows Park area.

Sip Tea Along with Love Lessons from Jane Austen

Sip
January 22, 2021
Enjoy a “Virtual Afternoon Tea: Love Lessons from Jane Austen” with the help of the folks at Green Spring Gardens.

Cozy Up to a Campfire Your Way at Hidden Oaks Nature Center

January 22, 2021
Treat your family to a personalized campfire program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

Discover Dr. Seuss-like Critters at Hidden Oaks Nature Center

January 22, 2021
Celebrate the “Dr. Seuss Birthday Extravaganza” at Hidden Oaks Nature Center with stories, critters and crafts.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on January 19

Park
January 15, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5 p.m. for a special meeting.

Parks Authority Spring/Summer Day Camps Registration Underway

Parks
January 15, 2021
Registration for spring break and summer camps is now underway.

Burke Lake Golf Center and Oak Marr Golf Complex Ranges Ranked in Top 50 Public Range

Burke
January 15, 2021
Two of Golf Fairfax’s renovated ranges were recognized in the Top 50 Public Ranges by Golf Range Magazine.

Frying Pan Farm Park to Visitors: Do Not Feed the Animals

Frying
January 15, 2021
Fairfax County Park Authority officials are warning visitors against feeding the farm animals who live at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Virginia.

artiFACTS Serves Up a Slice of History for National Pie Day

artiFACTS
January 15, 2021
As the country gets ready to celebrate National Pie Day on Jan. 23, 2021, artiFACTS serves up a pie plate from the Park Authority’s historical collections to reflect on the work of past artisans.

Tempt Your Tastebuds at the Maple Syrup Boil Down at Colvin Run

Tempt
January 15, 2021
It’s sugaring time at the mill, so bundle up, brave the weather and watch and learn as sap is boiled down into a sweet syrup over an open fire.

Put Your Green Thumb to Work Inside with Help from Green Spring Gardens

Put
January 15, 2021
Take your passion for gardening indoors this winter with some help from the folks at Green Spring Gardens.

Dig into Dinosaurs for Grownups at Hidden Oaks Nature Center

January 15, 2021
Stomp like a T-Rex or soar like a pterosaur and come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to brush up on your knowledge of dinosaurs.

Collect Winter Critters at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Collect
January 15, 2021
Explore Walney Creek with a naturalist to meet some of the small creek critters (macroinvertebrates) that call it home.

Chase the Winter Blues Away with Floral Workshops at Green Spring

Chase
January 15, 2021
Bring some color and a touch of nature into your home all winter long with monthly floral design workshops at Green Spring Gardens.

Learn the Ropes about Rope-Making at Sully Historic Site

Learn
January 15, 2021
Journey back to the 1800s at Sully Historic Site and experience the challenges people once faced in making a rope sturdy enough for their needs

Go on an Outdoor Treasure Hunt at Lake Fairfax Park

Go
January 15, 2021
Channel your inner pirate and go on a modern-day treasure hunt using a handheld Global Positioning System, better known as GPS.

Save Now on Membership to County’s Nine Recreation Centers

Save
January 6, 2021
Take advantage of the RECenter membership sale now through Feb. 28, 2020.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on Jan. 13

Park
January 6, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 at 5 p.m

Park Authority Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Fee Adjustments

Park
January 6, 2021
The Fairfax County Park Authority has scheduled its annual community comment meeting on the agency’s proposed fee adjustments.

Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District Holds Annual Seedling Sale

Northern
January 6, 2021
The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD), a longtime partner in environmental stewardship, is having its annual seedling sale starting on Feb. 2, 2021.

Get Out of the House and Into Nature with a Family Program at ECLP

Get
January 6, 2021
Get your family into the great outdoors with a personalized program led by a naturalist or historian at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

Learn How to Lure Butterflies to your Home Garden at Green Spring

Learn
January 6, 2021
Get ready to welcome a beautiful assortment of butterflies to your garden next summer with a little help from the folks at Green Spring Gardens.

Go on a Search for Winter Waterfowl at Burke Lake Park

Go
January 6, 2021
See what birds are calling the lake home this season with the park’s “Waterfowl” program on two Tuesdays in February.

Visit Historic Huntley with the Kids or on an Adults-Only Tour

Visit
January 6, 2021
Discover the beauty and historic legacy of Historic Huntley during an outing with the kids or during an evening for adults only.

Stay Warm While Learning about Nature in Winter with Virtual Programs

Stay
January 6, 2021
Huntley Meadows Park naturalists are offering two virtual nature series to keep children moving and engaged this season from the comfort of home.

Enjoy a Virtual Tea with a Royal Flare through Historic Green Spring

Enjoy
January 6, 2021
This “Virtual Afternoon Tea: Rebellious Royals” will focus on non-conformist royalty through the years.

Add a Personal Touch to Valentine’s Giving with Sully Historic Site

Add
January 6, 2021
Give a gift from the heart this Valentine’s Day by creating a handmade heart at Sully Historic Site.

Glide Over for a Cozy Flying Squirrel Campfire

Glide
January 6, 2021
A winter’s evening is the best time to learn about fairy gliders, better known as flying squirrels.

Public Meeting Scheduled on North Hill Park Development Project

Public
December 22, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authoritywill hold a virtual public meeting on January 6, 2021, to discuss development plans for North Hill Park, located near the intersection of Richmond Highway and Dart Drive in Alexandria, Virginia.

At the meeting, the agency will present its development concept for the park and seek public feedback on the plan and potential park facilities.The…

Get Paid to Play with Fairfax County Parks Summer Jobs

December 22, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will host a Virtual Summer Job Fair in January to start the hiring process for its Rec-PAC summer camp program and the Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax Park.

This interactive information session for job seekers will take place via Microsoft Teams on Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Learn what it’s like to be a…

Fairfax County Parks Grow with New Land Acquisition

December 22, 2020

Fairfax County’s parkland has grown with a land acquisition in Reston, Virginia, located in the Hunter Mill Supervisory District.

Hunters East LLC has granted 7.03 acres to the Fairfax County Park Authority under a proffer agreement that calls for the property to be used for the development of an athletic field and other recreational amenities. The agreement assures the community will…

Snowflake Trail Brings Outdoor Fun to Cub Run RECenter

Snowflake
December 22, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority is offering a free scavenger hunt with video clues in the Cub Run Stream Valley. Grandmother Frost has lost her gifts for the woodland animals, and it’s your job to help her find the presents as you walk through the forest behind Cub Run RECenter. Videos at stops along the trail lead you to your goal and teach you about the animals in the…

First Hike Fairfax 2021 Photo Contest Returns with New Twists

First
December 17, 2020

Ring in the new year by celebrating 70 years of Fairfax County parks! First Hike Fairfax returns with special prizes just for the Park Authority’s 70th anniversary. This year, First Hike Fairfax will be a three-day event (Jan. 1-3, 2021) to help promote social distancing and prevent crowding on the trails on one day. Once again, the Park Authority joins America’s State Parks and Virginia State…

Park Authority Seeks Public Input on Pickleball

Park
December 17, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) seeks the public’s input on how to provide for the emerging sport of pickleball and invites participation in an online survey.

Get Gardening Tips All Winter with Green Spring Lecture Series

Get
December 17, 2020
Green Spring Gardens’ popular Winter Lecture Series returns in January in a virtual format.

Requesting Special Park Programs is Easier Than Ever

Requesting
December 17, 2020
The Park Authority has a new program request form that makes it easy to register for personalized programs for birthdays, scout gatherings, school enrichment and family fun in parks throughout Fairfax County.

Know Which Holiday Gifts are Welcome in Parks

Know
December 17, 2020
If this holiday season brought you a new puppy, an e-bike for personal transportation, or other new toys, we hope you bring them out and safely enjoy the amenities in Fairfax County Parks.

Open a Virtual Window to Park Authority Celebrations and Activities

Open
December 17, 2020

Celebrate an anniversary, learn to be a treedetectiveand enjoy a virtual tea with new offerings at the Park Authority’sVirtual Exploration Center.

The Park Authority is currently celebrating its 70thanniversary year, and fitness buffs helped to kick off activities on December 6 with exercises done in groups of 70, some while dressed in…

Grab a Net and Catch a Critter at Huntley Meadows Park

Grab
December 17, 2020
Get up close and personal with the critters at Huntley Meadows Park at one of the park’s “Catch a Critter!” days in January 2021.

Add Historic Authenticity to Your Artwork at Sully Historic Site

Add
December 17, 2020
Capture a moment in time with your artwork through the unique “Interior Illustrations” program at Sully Historic Site.

Serve Up a Bird Buffet with a Feeder You Make at Lake Fairfax

Serve
December 17, 2020
Make a bird feeder and help take care of your feathered friends this winter.

Enjoy a Nature Center Field Trip Every Week at Hidden Oaks

December 17, 2020
Children always look forward to the annual school field trip.

Park Authority Names New Business Administration Director

Park
December 9, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority has named Michael Peter to serve as Division Director of Business Administration.

An Old Lamp Shines the Way to History in artiFACTS

An
December 9, 2020
Bringing light to long, dark winter nights wasn’t always as easy as flipping a light switch.

Four Park Board Members Reappointed to Four-Year Terms

Four
December 9, 2020
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has reappointed four members of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board to serve four-year terms.

Stay Safe & Shop Local with Curbside Pickup at Sully Historic Site

Stay
December 9, 2020
Looking for a unique, local gift for someone this holiday season? Look no further--the Squirrel’s Nest Museum Gift Shop at Sully Historic Site is now offering curbside pickup!

Start the New Year with a Twilight Boardwalk Stroll at Huntley Meadows

Start
December 9, 2020
Experience the magic of Huntley Meadows Park as it transitions from day into night.

Build a Snowman that Will Never Melt at Sully Historic Site

Build
December 9, 2020
It’s always sad to watch a snowman melt away, so discover how you can create a four-season snowman that will still be with you when summer arrives.

Take the Path Less Traveled By at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Take
December 9, 2020
Get off the beaten path with a naturalist and explore some of the trails that fewer people have discovered at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

Wander the Shores of Burke Lake to Spot Winter Waterfowl

Wander
December 9, 2020
While some birds may be wintering in the South, there are still plenty to see on local waterways.

FCPA Director Kirk Kincannon Announces Retirement after 40 Years of Public Service

FCPA
December 4, 2020
Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Executive Director Kirk Kincannon announced his retirement this week, ending his tenure with the award-winning agency effective Feb. 12, 2021.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on Dec. 9

Park
December 2, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Park Winter Break Camps Change with the Times

Park
December 2, 2020
For years, campers have enjoyed the fun and excitement Park Authority winter break camps have offered while school is out. This year will be no exception with a lineup of specialty camps for children ages 5 and older.

Take an Enchanting Driving Tour of Holiday Lights At Frying Pan Farm Park

Take
December 2, 2020
Bring your family to enjoy Holiday Lights on the Farm! Thousands of lights will decorate a mile-long route through the park in Herndon, Virginia, on select weekend evenings in December.

Public Links, Inc to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on Dec. 9

Public
December 2, 2020
Public Links, Inc, a nonprofit arm of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB), is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 at 4:45 p.m.

VDOT Opens New Access Point for Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

VDOT
December 2, 2020
A new, permanent ramp from Route 28 North to the new Braddock Road-Walney Road overpass over Route 28 has opened, adding a new access point for Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

Four Park Authority Dog Parks Among the Best in Northern Virginia

Four
December 2, 2020
Four of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s off-leash dog parks are among the region’s best, according to readers of Northern Virginia magazine.

EcoSavvy Symposium Goes Virtual; Explores Stormwater Management

EcoSavvy
December 2, 2020
Join us for the 17th annual and first virtual EcoSavvy Symposium on stormwater management.

Park Authority’s Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Report Now Available Online

Park
December 2, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s 2020 Fiscal Year Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is now available online.

Play Tree Detective on a Scavenger Hunt at Green Spring Gardens

Play
December 2, 2020
“Green Spring Tree Detective” and join in the scavenger hunt for 10 beautiful trees in the gardens.

Gather the Family for a Campfire, Hike and Animal Tales at Hidden Oaks

December 2, 2020
Looking for something new to do to get the whole family outdoors? Book a “Campfire Your Way” program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

Take a Twilight Stroll on the Boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park

Take
December 2, 2020
Experience those magical hours when day transitions to night at Huntley Meadows Park.

Listen to Stories for Children in the Gardens at Green Spring

Listen
December 2, 2020
Sit back and enjoy some fresh air and stories surrounded by the gardens at Green Spring.

Explore the Universe as a Family with Help from Hidden Oaks

December 2, 2020
With all those extra hours of darkness, winter is a great time to delve into astronomy as a family. Get started with some help from the folks at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

Combine Science and Art with Nature Drawing at Huntley Meadows

Combine
December 2, 2020
How can you learn about nature without a textbook or computer screen? Through drawing!

Enjoy a Nature Walk and Talk for Ages 50+

Enjoy
December 2, 2020
Meet kindred spirits as a naturalist leads you on a trail walk and guides you on natural history investigations at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

Go Nuts for the Nutcracker Exhibit at Sully Historic Site

Go
November 24, 2020
Did you ever wonder where the craze for collecting nutcracker dolls came from? Nutcrackers have a fascinating history, and they can be found in many parts of the world.

Score a Hole-in-One with Holiday Golf Gifts from Golf Fairfax

Score
November 24, 2020
Golf has been growing in popularity as a safe way to enjoy the outdoors while having fun and getting fit.

Free Virtual 70th Anniversary Puppet Show Celebrates Kids, Park Anniversary

Free
November 24, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority is celebrating its 70th Anniversary on Dec. 6, 2020 with a special “thank you” gift for the kids of all ages who have enjoyed county parks for the past seven decades.

Get Fit as you Celebrate the Park Authority’s 70th Anniversary

Get
November 24, 2020
Enjoy a free workout with a “70” theme and join in the fun as the Fairfax County Park Authority celebrates its 70th anniversary on Dec. 6, 2020.

New Roadway Eases Access to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

New
November 24, 2020
The newly opened Poplar Tree Road extension and bridge over Route 28 is making access to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park easier than ever.

Discover How Animals Beat the Cold at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Discover
November 24, 2020
You can layer on extra clothes, but how do animals cope with winter weather?

Deck the Door with a Wreath You Make at Colvin Run Mill

Deck
November 24, 2020
Give your home a personal touch this holiday season. Create a one-of-a-kind winter wreath for your door.

Become a Winter Tree Detective at Hidden Oaks

November 24, 2020
When the leaves fall from the trees, how can anyone know which tree is which species? Find out by becoming a winter tree detective.

Be Among the First to Join a New Explorers Program at Burke Lake

Be
November 24, 2020
Don’t miss the chance for your child to join the Park Authority’s newest nature club.

Celebrate the Longest Night of the Year at a Hidden Oaks Campfire

November 24, 2020
This year celebrate the winter solstice with s’mores by a campfire and look forward to those longer days ahead.

Clemyjontri Master Plan Revision Meeting Announced

Clemyjontri
November 18, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will host a public meeting to discuss the planning process and potential revisions to the Clemyjontri Park Master Plan.

Fairfax County Park Authority Names New Director of Golf Operations

Fairfax
November 18, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority has selected Jesse Coffman to head operations at its eight public golf courses.

Enjoy a VIP Holiday Shopping Experience at Frying Pan Farm

Enjoy
November 18, 2020
Treat yourself to a private shopping experience this holiday season and discover unique, locally-crafted gifts at Frying Pan Farm Park.

See if Squirrels Can Fly at Hidden Oaks Nature Center

November 18, 2020
Learn proven strategies to encourage amazing native flying squirrels to your treed backyard and how to recognize their presence.

Celebrate an Old-Fashioned Holiday at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Celebrate
November 18, 2020
Step back in time and see how the residents of Walney Farm would have celebrated the holidays in days gone by.

Choose a Family Program Just for You at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Choose
November 18, 2020
Pack up your family pod and head to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park for a personalized outdoor nature or history program.

Return to an Age of Elegance at Sully Historic Site this Holiday Season

Return
November 18, 2020
Take a journey to holidays past with a visit to Sully Historic Site. Treat the family to an “Age of Elegance Private Tour” Thursdays through Sundays.

Outside is the Best Side for Everyone at Hidden Oaks

November 18, 2020
Roasting marshmallows over an open fire, listening for owls on a night hike and discovering fascinating facts about animals of the night make for excellent autumn fun with Hidden Oaks new Campfire Your Way program.

Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with Teatime at Green Spring Gardens

Celebrate
November 18, 2020
Discover the surprising stories behind “The Twelve Days of Christmas” during tea at the Historic House at Green Spring Gardens.

Repair Work to Begin on Lake Accotink Park Trail

Repair
November 12, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work on the Lake Accotink Park Trail repair project.

Outstanding Park Volunteers to be Honored at Virtual Ceremony

Outstanding
November 12, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will honor its outstanding volunteers during a virtual presentation of the annual Elly Doyle Park Service Awards on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Make Holiday Shopping Safe and Easy This Year at a Park

Make
November 12, 2020
From private shopping appointments to curbside pickup, Fairfax County parks are offering safe and easy ways to find unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list this year.

Fairfax County Voters Approve $112 Million Park Bond

Fairfax
November 12, 2020
Fairfax County voters approved a $112 million bond on the Nov.3, 2020 ballot that includes $100 million for the Fairfax County Park Authority and $12 million for Nova Parks.

Repaving Operations to Begin Soon at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Repaving
November 12, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin repaving the parking lot on the field side of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

Accotink Creek Stream Restoration Project to Begin

Accotink
November 12, 2020
Construction work along the main stem of Accotink Creek and a secondary channel at Wakefield Park is set to begin.

Bone Up on Turkey Trivia at Hidden Oaks Nature Center

November 12, 2020
There are pictures of turkeys everywhere this time of year, but how much do your kids really know about this iconic bird?

Relax with Some Old-Fashioned Storytelling at Green Spring Gardens

Relax
November 12, 2020
Sit back and relax with the kids and experience the ancient art of storytelling.

Book a ‘Field Trip for All’ with Nature Themes at Green Spring Gardens

Book
November 12, 2020
You don’t need a school bus to go on a field trip. Load up the family van for a “Field Trip for All” at Green Spring Gardens.

Add a Park Experience to Your Holiday Shopping List This Year

Add
November 12, 2020
Think outside the gift box this holiday season. Give a gift that will making lasting memories -- a unique park experience.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on Nov. 10

Park
November 5, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Fairfax County Park Authority Acquires Historic Property in McLean

Fairfax
November 2, 2020
The property, with both rolling terrain, informal trails, as well as level ground, currently preserves open space and holds potential for a future community park.

Miller Heights Road Outfall Restoration Project to Begin

Miller
October 28, 2020
This is a maintenance project that will restore a degraded outfall channel using natural stream design techniques.

Take a Field Trip to a Park to Supplement Online Learning

Take
October 28, 2020
Bundle up and come out for our wonderful science- and history-based outdoor lessons with the Park Authority’s new Field Trips for All programs at parks throughout the county.

Gobble Up Prizes at Two Fall Golf Tournaments

Gobble
October 28, 2020
There are two great tournaments coming your way this fall! Golf was never better with competitions at two scenic Fairfax County golf courses.

Enjoy an Activity as Old as Time with Outdoor Tales at Green Spring Gardens

Enjoy
October 28, 2020
Let your kids sit back and enjoy some stories with the “Outdoor Storytelling” program at Green Spring Gardens.

Cook Over a Campfire at Riverbend Park with Native American Techniques

Cook
October 28, 2020
Discover how Native American people used the resources where they lived to harvest and cook their own food.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on Oct. 28

Park
October 21, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Fall Back in Time with a Virtual Visit to Historic Oak Hill on Nov. 1

Fall
October 21, 2020
As the clocks roll back this fall, use some of that extra hour to take a step back in time. Go on a virtual tour of historic Oak Hill beginning at noon on Nov. 1, 2020.

2021 Park Authority Board Meeting Schedule Set

2021
October 21, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board, a 12-member board appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to set policy and establish strategic policy and direction for the Park Authority, has approved its 2021 meeting schedule.

Start your Holiday Shopping with a Visit to Green Spring Gardens

Start
October 21, 2020
Just in time for the holidays, Green Spring Gardens' gift shop is now open for shopping by appointment only.

Take a Custom Tour for the Family at Green Spring Gardens

Take
October 21, 2020
Explore the colors of fall at Green Spring Gardens on a customized, private family tour.

Get into the Fall Spirit and Go Nuts for Felting at Sully Historic Site

Get
October 21, 2020
Decorate your home with colorful acorns that you create.

Have a Spooky Good Time with Haunted Mini Golf at Oak Marr

Have
October 21, 2020
Oak Marr RECenter is welcoming all werewolves, vampires and goblins for a howling good evening of mini golf on Halloween weekend.

Sample Spirits of Fall at Whisky Tastings at Green Spring and Colvin Run

Sample
October 21, 2020
Treat your tastebuds to some Scotch whisky at two tasting events in the parks in November.

See How Cabell’s Mill has Changed Over 250 Years

See
October 21, 2020
Take the “Mill Race Tour” on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, and trace the changes at Cabell’s Mill over its 250-year history.

Take a Peek at Nocturnal Critters at Riverbend Park

Take
October 21, 2020
Discover what critters are on the move in local parks after people go home for the day.

Find Relaxing Programs for Kids and Adults at Green Spring Gardens

Find
October 21, 2020
Give the kids a chance to relax with yoga in the gardens or give yourself a chance to turn garden fruits and vegetables into a beautiful home decoration. Green Spring Gardens is offering programs for kids and adults to enjoy on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

Visit artiFACTS to See How Much Voting Has Changed in Virginia

Visit
October 14, 2020
Visit artiFACTS this month and discover the story of an old-fashioned ballot box.

Enjoy Customized Programs in the Parks on Your Schedule

Enjoy
October 14, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority is offering a new series that allows families to enjoy personalized tours and programs on a date and time that work best for them.

Park Authority Polling Sites Open Only to Voters on Nov. 3

Park
October 14, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will host six polling locations on Nov. 3, 2020. These six sites will be closed to customers to facilitate voters. Other Park Authority sites will be open for business.

RECenters Offer Free Admission to Veterans on Nov. 11

RECenters
October 14, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will join in the national celebration of Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, by offering free admission to the RECenters to those who serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

First Hike Fairfax Wins Statewide Honors at Virtual Conference

First
October 14, 2020
Last year’s First Hike Fairfax program, which drew hundreds of people onto local trails on New Year’s Day, has been honored by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) as the Best Health Initiative in the category for a population area greater than 200,000.

Hear the Clang, Clang, Clang of the Blacksmith at Colvin Run

Hear
October 14, 2020
Spend a Sunday afternoon exploring the grounds of historic Colvin Run Mill and enjoy a free demonstration of the ancient art of blacksmithing.

Munch on S’mores by a Campfire at Lake Fairfax Park

Munch
October 14, 2020
Come to Lake Fairfax Park on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, for an evening campfire and s’mores the whole family can enjoy.

Cast a Line at Burke Lake Park with some Family Fishing

Cast
October 14, 2020
Come to Burke Lake Park on a Monday in November for some “Family Fishing” time. Use that weekday break from school to see what you can catch.

Capture the Beauty of Orchids in Watercolors at Green Spring

Capture
October 14, 2020
Come to Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, and let botanical artist Dawn Flores teach you how to plan and execute an orchid-inspired painting.

Book Your Private Tour of Historic Sully

Book
October 14, 2020
Sully Historic Site is open for private tours! Each tour session will be reserved exclusively for one household, family group, pod, etc.

Make a New Friend at the Scarecrow Event at Sully Historic Site

Make
October 14, 2020
Family members of all ages are invited to celebrate the season by creating a scarecrow to use for a fall decoration.

Braddock Park Master Plan Public Survey Available Online

Braddock
October 7, 2020
The community has an opportunity to participate in an important survey that will help inform the Braddock Park master plan revision process.

Help Green Spring Gardens Celebrate its 50 Anniversary this October

Help
October 7, 2020
This month, Green Spring Gardens is celebrating 50 years as one of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s premier destinations, and there are several ways you can join the fun.

Three Fairfax County Parks are Parent Favorites

Three
October 7, 2020
Three Fairfax County parks are among the region’s favorites as chosen by readers of Washington Parent magazine this year.

Save Now on Membership to the County’s 9 Recreation Centers

Save
October 7, 2020
Take advantage of the membership sale that’s going on now through Nov. 30, 2020.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on Oct. 14

Park
October 7, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Get Hooked on the Park Authority’s New Fishing Website

Get
October 7, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority wants to reel you in with its new website dedicated to fishing in and around the county.

Make Like a Moth and Be Drawn to a Campfire at ECLP

Make
October 7, 2020
If you’ve ever wondered why a moth is attracted to light, then come to the “Night Flyers Campfire” at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and go mothing with a naturalist.

Let the Kids Go Wild with Wild Critters at Lewinsville House

Let
October 7, 2020
Want to know more about wildlife near your house or school? Bring the youngsters to Lewinsville House to learn about the plants, animals and habitats near you.

Hone your Drawing Skills on Nature Walks at Huntley Meadows

Hone
October 7, 2020
What better way to learn about “Nature Drawing” than on the nature trails at Huntley Meadows Park?

Fill the School Holiday in November with Burke Lake’s Mini-Camp

Fill
October 7, 2020
Keep the kids busy on their student holiday Nov. 2 and 3, 2020, with the “Best of Burke Lake Park” mini-camp.

Explore the Stars and Planets with an Astronomy Webinar

Explore
October 7, 2020
Now that the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer, it’s a great time to learn some astronomy basics to better enjoy those extra hours of dark skies.

Spend a Fall Friday Evening by a Crackling Campfire at Lake Fairfax

Spend
October 7, 2020
Come to Lake Fairfax Park for an evening campfire the whole family can enjoy.

Tackle Composting and Curb Appeal in Talks at Green Spring Gardens

Tackle
October 7, 2020
Green Spring Gardens is offering two Garden Talks this fall that will help you give your garden an organic boost and improve your home’s curb appeal.

Start your Engines and Get Ready for NASCOW at Frying Pan Farm Park

Start
October 1, 2020
Root for your favorite cow when Frying Pan Farm Park hosts its first-ever NASCOW Race on Friday Oct. 16, 2020.

Discover Critters, Trees and a Mystery at the Park’s Virtual Exploration Center

Discover
October 1, 2020
If you’re running out of ways to keep yourself and the kids entertained, use the Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center this week to get ideas for real-world adventures in Fairfax County parks.

Take the Family for a Spin on a Twilight Wagon Ride at Frying Pan

Take
October 1, 2020
Pack up the family and head to Frying Pan Farm Park for a private twilight wagon ride this fall.

Create a Masterpiece with the Colors of Fall at Sully Historic Site

Create
October 1, 2020
Experience the “Colors of the Fall” at Sully Historic Site as you go on a guided tour of hidden ruins throughout the property.

Keep your Eyes Open for Feathered Friends on a Birding Boat Tour

Keep
October 1, 2020
Set sail on a two-hour tour and go “Birding on the Boat” at Burke Lake Park.

Park Authority Offers New Shelters to Rent at Laurel Hill

Park
September 23, 2020
An expansive new picnic shelter location is open and ready to host your family gatherings, staff meetings, parties and more at Laurel Hill Central Green.

Discover How Kids Made History at Ash Grove in artiFACTS

Discover
September 23, 2020
Learn what archeologists discovered hiding under a brick floor on the historic Ash Grove property that was once owned by a member of the family that gave Fairfax County its name.

Go on a Search for Secretive Salamanders at Riverbend Park

Go
September 23, 2020
During the “Salamanders Undercover” program, learn about the secret lives of these important amphibians through hands-on discoveries.

Learn about Ways of the American Indians in Virginia

Learn
September 23, 2020
Bring Virginia history to life for your fourth-grade student with the “Taux Trek at Huntley.”

Pick up Birding as New Hobby at Burke Lake Park

Pick
September 23, 2020
Get to know some of the birds of Burke Lake Park and gain some basic identification skills that you can use to identify birds anywhere you see them.

See the Autumn Leaves from a Kayak at Lake Accotink

See
September 23, 2020
Spend a Saturday morning soaking in the fall sights aboard a kayak at Lake Accotink Park.

Seek Out the History Most Visitors Miss at Sully Historic Site

Seek
September 23, 2020
Dig deeper into local history with the program, “Hidden in Your Backyard: The History of Cain’s Branch.”

Spot Birds from a Kayak at Lake Accotink or Burke Lake

Spot
September 23, 2020
Do some birding from the water with an early morning kayak adventure at Lake Accotink or Burke Lake Park.

Roundtree Park Tennis Court Repairs to Begin

Roundtree
September 17, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin the Roundtree Park Tennis Court Repair project. Work will start on or about Sept. 23, 2020 and continue for approximately six weeks.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on Sept. 23

Park
September 17, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Join in the 70th Anniversary Celebration of Fairfax County Parks

Join
September 17, 2020
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Fairfax County Park Authority, and activities are planned from now through next June to mark our 70 Years of Excellence.

Take a Virtual Tour of Historic Oak Hill this Fall

Take
September 17, 2020
This year, historic Oak Hill will open its doors to the public through a virtual tour in autumn.

Long Branch Stream Valley Trail Project to Begin

Long
September 17, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority held a well-attended, online information meeting regarding the proposed Long Branch Stream Valley Trail Maintenance project on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020.

Find Ideas to Get the Kids Moving Between Screen Times

Find
September 17, 2020
Kids and parents, too, need a break from their screens once in a while. Zoom away from the computer and find suggestions for some family fun at the Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center.

Journey to the Past with DinoFest at Hidden Oaks’ Nature Playce

September 17, 2020
Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to explore the ancient world of dinosaurs in Dinoland.

Prowl Riverbend Park After Dark to Learn about Nocturnal Critters

Prowl
September 17, 2020
Curious about what happens in nature after the sun sets? Get some answers in the “Nature at Night” program this fall at Riverbend Park.

Wake Up Early to Hone your Photo Skills at Huntley Meadows

Wake
September 17, 2020
Join the “Nature Photography at Dawn” class for adults to discover what critters awake with the sun, and learn how to capture them with your camera.

Wind Down the Week with Campfire Fridays at Lake Accotink

Wind
September 17, 2020
During the “Campfire Fridays” programs, explore the wonders of our natural world through nature walks, interactive activities and animal presentations.

Discover the Benefits of Native Plants on an Outing to Riverbend Park

Discover
September 17, 2020
Join a naturalist at Riverbend Park to learn about some of the park’s native plants and discover why they are so important.

Celebrate 70 Years of Parks with a Special Fitness Day

Celebrate
September 17, 2020
The Park Authority was founded on Dec. 6, 1950, and on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, we will offer a series of virtual fitness programs to celebrate seven decades of parks and recreation in the county.

Parks Welcome Virginia BioBlitz 2020

Parks
September 17, 2020
Visit a Fairfax County park for Virginia BioBlitz 2020. It’s an opportunity to discover the nature around you.

Fun Day Monday in Fairfax County Parks – Make Time to Play

Fun
September 11, 2020
Take a break for a few hours and give the kids (and you) some fun at Fairfax County Parks every Monday. That’s right, Monday is now the new Fun Day!

Make the World a Better Place at a Watershed Cleanup Event

Make
September 11, 2020
Do your part to help the environment. Volunteer for a “Watershed Cleanup Days” event at a park or recreation center near you this fall.

Get in Shape to Plant and Weed with Yoga for Gardeners

Get
September 11, 2020
Do your gardening muscles a favor. Try some “Virtual Yoga for Gardeners.”

Celebrate Women of the Wild at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Celebrate
September 11, 2020
They heard the call. Now you can hear how women have helped to preserve and protect parks, open spaces and the natural world.

Take a Field Trip to Virginia’s Past at Sully Historic Site

Take
September 11, 2020
Field trips aren’t just for kids anymore. Take the whole family on a field trip this fall to supplement screen time with in-person learning experiences.

Park Acreage Expands With New Park At North Hill

Park
September 9, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority has acquired an additional 12.0565 acres of parkland under a proffer agreement with the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Flash Sale Offers Savings on Fall Park Authority Classes

Flash
September 9, 2020
The Park Authority is offering a flash sale on fall classes. Register by Sept. 19, 2020 and save $8 on any program costing $45 or more.

County Parks Host Virtual Programs by Request

County
September 9, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority is creating programs just for you. The park agency is offering virtual versions of its popular park programs, and many of them can be scheduled for your convenience.

Compete to be the Champ or Test New Limits in Golf Fairfax Tourneys

Compete
September 9, 2020
Test your golfing talent with a championship challenge or by leaving some clubs at home in upcoming Park Authority golf tournaments.

Peek into the Universe with an Intro to Astronomy Webinar

Peek
September 9, 2020
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has said, “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” But if you want to try to make sense of it, start with a Park Authority webinar.

Sip Cider and See the Distilling Process in Action at Colvin Run Mill

Sip
September 9, 2020
Learn about the distilling process, how ciders are made, and why these activities are mill-related at the “Stills and Cider” event at Colvin Run Mill.

Discover What’s Happening After Dark at Riverbend Park

Discover
September 9, 2020
See a side of Riverbend Park most humans don’t get to experience. Enjoy the park after dark with the “Nature at Night” program on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.

Take a Break from the Screens and Hit the Greens

Take
September 9, 2020
Make Monday your Fun Day this school year with programs designed for family members of all ages in Fairfax County Parks.

Take a Peek in Our Mystery Window & Ask a Naturalist

Take
September 9, 2020
Visit Hidden Oaks Nature Center’s pond and peek inside the Little Acorner area to enjoy a new nature scene every week.

Go Slow and Steady to Burke Lake to Study Turtles

Go
September 9, 2020
They may not be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but Fairfax County has some pretty “Terrific Turtles” of its own.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on Sept. 9

Park
September 2, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Braddock Park Master Plan Revision Virtual Meeting Slated

Braddock
September 2, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority has started a public planning process that will update the master plan for Braddock Park.

Discover the Spy Side of Huntley Meadows Park

Discover
September 2, 2020
Take a stroll through the less-visited side of Huntley Meadows Park to uncover its history of spies and espionage. Learn how the Cold War struggle between the US and the former Soviet Union shaped Huntley and the Fairfax County we know today.

Settle in for an Outdoor Storytime at Green Spring Gardens

Settle
September 2, 2020
Spend a morning at Green Spring Gardens and enjoy an “Outdoor Storytelling” experience.

Tots in the Woods for Outdoor Exploration at Hidden Oaks

September 2, 2020
Preschoolers ages 4 to 5 benefit from daily outdoor play. Encourage their natural curiosity by exploring forest critters.

Bat Away your Fears with a Bats Class at Lake Accotink

Bat
September 2, 2020
Bats may have a scary reputation, but they make our evenings more pleasant by gobbling up lots of bugs, such as mosquitoes, that like to bother humans.

Explore Nature by the Light of a Campfire at Lake Accotink

Explore
September 2, 2020
Come to Lake Accotink Park for an evening campfire and s’mores the whole family can enjoy.

Welcome Fall with an Evening Hike at Huntley Meadows

Welcome
September 2, 2020
As summer draws to a close, welcome fall by spending some time outdoors at Huntley Meadows Park.

Spice Up Teatime at Home with a Virtual Tea Program from Green Spring

Spice
September 2, 2020
This fall, Historic Green Spring invites you to enjoy three virtual afternoon tea programs that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Virtual Meeting Set for Long Branch Stream Valley Trail Project

Virtual
August 26, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a virtual informational meeting regarding the proposed Long Branch Stream Valley Trail Maintenance project on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 at 7 p.m.

New Butterfly-Themed Playground Opens in Annandale Park

New
August 26, 2020
Flit your way over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center/Annandale Community Park to the butterfly metamorphosis-themed playground.

Hunt for Dinosaur Eggs and More at Hidden Oaks

August 26, 2020
Dig out your basket and stomp over to Nature Playce at Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy an outdoor dinosaur program followed by an egg hunt.

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day at Hidden Oaks Nature Center

August 26, 2020
Honor your furry friend on its national day and learn how teddy bears came into popular culture. Have your bear or buddy join you on an outdoor teddy bear picnic in Nature Playce and make a bear craft.

Splash Into Virtual Dog Daze to Wrap Up Summer

Splash
August 26, 2020
Join the Fairfax County Park Authority for a Virtual Dog Daze from Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.

FCPA Creates Programs to Support Online Education

FCPA
August 26, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority is introducing programs designed to support online school education and homeschooling students.

Find More to Experience at Green Spring Gardens in September

Find
August 19, 2020
This September Green Spring Gardens will once again offer garden-related programming sure to entice gardeners, those who appreciate beautiful things and people with a passion for history.

Golfweek Magazine Names Laurel Hill Among Top Virginia Courses

Golfweek
August 19, 2020
For the fourth consecutive year Laurel Hill Golf Club has been named one of Golfweek Magazine’s “Best Public Courses You Can Play” in Virginia.

Fairfax County Livestream Concerts Close Out Summer in Style

Fairfax
August 19, 2020
Summer is almost over, but the music still heats up as the Fairfax County Park Authority’s virtual summer concert series approaches the finish line with six great performances.

Parktakes Programs and Classes to Resume in Fall

Parktakes
August 19, 2020
After a monthslong, pandemic-related hiatus, Parktakes programs and classes are scheduled to resume this fall!

Starlight Cinema Partners Honored for Popular Summer Entertainment

Starlight
August 19, 2020
Trinity Centre and 1-66 Express Mobility Partners are being honored with a 2020 Eakin Philanthropy Award for their commitment to co-sponsor the Park Authority’s Starlight Cinema Summer Entertainment Series.

Hwang Family Honored for Support of County Parks

Hwang
August 19, 2020
The Hwang Family will be honored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) for their support of county parks and park programs. Family members will receive the 2020 Eakin Philanthropy Award in the Individual category at a virtual ceremony in November.

Photo or Drawing? Turn to artiFACTS in August for the Reveal

Photo
August 19, 2020
As the nation celebrates the 100th Anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, artiFACTS salutes a woman important to Fairfax County history.

Fairfax County Historic Sites Programming Begins Again

Fairfax
August 13, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s historic sites will begin programming once again, bringing the magic of local history outside, inside and virtually with a focus on family tours, safety and limited indoor access.

Friends of Riverbend Park to Receive Philanthropy Award

Friends
August 12, 2020
The Friends of Riverbend Park is being honored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation for its generous support of Riverbend Park programs and projects.

Dominion Energy Receives Award for Park Philanthropy

Dominion
August 12, 2020
Dominion Energy will be honored with a 2020 Eakin Philanthropy Award for its support of Fairfax County parks through the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

Watch Puppets or Pump Yourself Up with Virtual Park Offerings

Watch
August 12, 2020
See what you can learn from a puppet, take a garden stroll or work up a sweat with a fitness workout via the Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center.

Junk Yard Band Tops Lineup for Fairfax Livestream Concerts

Junk
August 12, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s virtual summer concert series pulls out all the stops with a blockbuster lineup.

Livestream Summer Concerts Five Days a Week in Fairfax County

Livestream
August 12, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s virtual summer concert series roll on this week with a diverse lineup of performers.

Lahey Lost Valley Curatorship Under Consideration

Lahey
August 5, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) and the Resident Curator Evaluation Team for the Lahey Lost Valley property will host a virtual public meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 at 10 a.m. to score the Resident Curator Program application received for the Lahey Lost Valley property and determine the selection outcome.

Park Authority Parks, Playgrounds Named Among Best

Park
August 5, 2020
The votes are in and once again, the Fairfax County Park Authority has been named among the top in Virginia Living Magazine’s Best of Virginia 2020 competition.

Save Now on Passes to the County’s Nine Recreation Centers

Save
August 5, 2020
There’s never been a better time to get fit at a Park Authority RECenter. Take advantage of the pass sale that’s going on now through Sept. 30, 2020.

Field Lighting Project to Begin at Hooes Road Park

Field
August 5, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority in partnership with Springfield/South County Youth Club (SYC) will soon begin Field #3 lighting installation at Hooes Road Park.

Pollinator Garden at Lake Accotink to be Named for Margaret Kinder

Pollinator
August 5, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has voted to name a pollinator garden at Lake Accotink Park in honor of lifelong educator, naturalist, gardener and community volunteer Margaret Kinder.

Green Spring’s Garden Gate Plant Shop Reopens for your Gardening Needs

Green
August 5, 2020
Take your green thumb on a shopping spree at Green Spring Gardens. Green Spring’s Garden Gate Plant Shop will open for limited hours starting on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020.

Enjoy a Free Summer Concert from the Comfort of Home

Enjoy
August 5, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s virtual summer concert series continues this week with a variety of musical styles to suit all ages.

Put the Kettle on for a Virtual Tea Party and Tea Talk

Put
August 5, 2020
Historic Green Spring invites you to enjoy an afternoon tea program from the comfort of your home on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. You supply the kettle, and Green Spring can do the rest.

Work on your Nature Drawing Skills at Huntley Meadows Park

Work
August 5, 2020
Huntley Meadows Park offers the perfect backdrop for two different nature drawing courses this August.

Enjoy a Program Personalized for Your Family at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Enjoy
August 5, 2020
Feeling anxious about outdoor group activities these days? Relax with a personalized program for just your family at a Fairfax County park.

Discover What’s Buzzing in the Meadow on a Bug Hunt

Discover
August 5, 2020
The meadow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is a-buzz with bug life. Come on a “Meadow Bug Hunt” on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, and capture and release amazing insects and other arthropods.

Get a Virtual Lesson on How to Tell If a Stream is Healthy

Get
August 5, 2020
Join a virtual program from the folks at Hidden Pond Nature Center to learn why it’s important to keep streams and creeks healthy and discover how to gauge their health.

Move your Company Meetings Outdoors at Frying Pan Farm Park

Move
August 5, 2020
Take a break from the constant stream of virtual meetings to get the office crew back together again safely with an outdoor meeting at Frying Pan Farm Park.

Park Authority Names New Director of Planning and Development

Park
July 31, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority announced the selection of Stephanie Leedom, who will serve as Director of the Park Planning and Development Division.

Huntley Meadows Volunteer Honored for Environmental Work

Huntley
July 29, 2020
Cathy Ledec will be honored with the 2020 Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award for 17 years of volunteer service at Huntley Meadows Park and for the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Park Authority Earns V3 Certified Employer Status

Park
July 29, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority has become certified as a Virginia Values Veterans (V3) certified employer. This designation serves as a welcome sign for veterans seeking employment with the agency.

Mason District Park Basketball Court Repairs to Begin

Mason
July 29, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin the Mason District Park Basketball Court Repair project. Work will start next month and continue for approximately four weeks.

Face your Fears on a Creepy Crawly Hike at Hidden Pond

July 29, 2020
Head into the woods on a twilight adventure at Hidden Pond Nature Center that will let you see spiders that are active by day, as well as those coming out for the evening.

Rock On with a Virtual Geology Camp this Summer

Rock
July 29, 2020
Discover natural wonders in a virtual summer geology camp led by staff at Riverbend Park.

Dip a Net into Burke Lake and See What’s Swimming By

Dip
July 29, 2020
There’s a lot going on under the surface at Burke Lake. Come to the park for “Life in the Lake” and see some of the small critters that make the lake their home.

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week with Farm-Fresh Produce

Celebrate
July 29, 2020
Celebrate National Farmers Market Week the first week in August with a visit to one of the county’s producer-only farmers markets.

Celebrate National Golf Month with Golf Fairfax

Celebrate
July 29, 2020
August is National Golf Month and a great chance to celebrate with Golf Fairfax.

Take a Private Wagon Ride with your Family at Frying Pan Park

Take
July 29, 2020
Round up the kids and head to Frying Pan Farm Park for a safe and private single-family wagon ride tour of the park.

Discover a Vintage Cleaning Product in the Age of COVID-19

Discover
July 29, 2020
While shoppers scrambled to find cleaning products to protect against COVID-19, Fairfax County archaeologists were harboring a gallon bottle of a much sought-after bleach. Only problem, the bottle was 60 years old – and empty!

Meridian Group Honored with Park Collaboration Award

Meridian
July 28, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board will honor the Meridian Group with the Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award for its work on Quantum Field in Tysons.

Rolling Valley West Courts to Close for Renovations

Rolling
July 28, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work on the Rolling Valley West Court Repair Project at Rolling Valley West Park.

Favorite Park Authority Fitness Classes Delivered Virtually 

Favorite
July 28, 2020
Your favorite Park Authority group fitness classes with your favorite fitness instructors will be holding virtual classes beginning on Aug. 3, 2020.

Summer Entertainment Series Returns with Livestream Concerts

Summer
July 28, 2020
Beginning July 30, the Fairfax County Park Authority will livestream 25 free summer concert events featuring a mix of nationally known performers and singer-songwriters.

Cool Down this Summer with a Day at the Ice Rink

Cool
July 22, 2020
Take a break from the summer’s heat and cool off with a little ice skating at the Mount Vernon RECenter.

Take a Hike and Search for Wildlife at Hidden Pond

July 22, 2020
Explore the riparian forest of the Pohick Stream Valley on a “Stream Valley Hike” at Hidden Pond Nature Center.

Trail Improvements Slated for Long Branch Stream Valley Park

Trail
July 21, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin trail improvement work on trails in Long Branch Stream Valley Park and Rutherford Park in Burke.

Six Honorees to Receive Special Park Authority Recognitions

Six
July 21, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will honor six individuals and groups with 2020 Elly Doyle Park Service Special Recognition Awards at a virtual volunteer celebration in November.

Three Park Volunteers Honored with Elly Doyle Service Awards

Three
July 21, 2020
Volunteers from Colvin Run Mill, Frying Pan Farm Park and the Olander and Margaret Banks Neighborhood Park will be honored for their outstanding service contributions as recipients of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s 2020 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards.

Dive Back into Swim Lessons with the Park Authority

Dive
July 21, 2020
With the continued opening of RECenters at a modified pace, Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is pleased to announce the return of our Learn to Swim classes starting Aug. 1, 2020.

Youth Honoree Named for Elly Doyle Park Service Awards

Youth
July 21, 2020
A Springfield, Virginia, teenager described as an “all-round volunteer dynamo” is the 2020 Youth recipient of a Fairfax County Park Authority Elly Doyle Park Service Awards.

Journey Back Hundreds of Years at Huntley Meadows Park

Journey
July 21, 2020
Delve into Huntley Meadows Park’s history and prehistoric past as you examine the lives of the Tauxenent and other First Americans in this region.

Discover the Beauty in Little Things with Drawing Small Wonders

Discover
July 21, 2020
Search for small items such as fungus, seeds, flowers, feathers, bugs and more on a 30-minute stroll at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

Bewitch your Kids with a Science for Wizards Virtual Camp

Bewitch
July 21, 2020
Stir up your summer with the “Science for Wizards Virtual Camp” the week of July 27-31, 2020.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on July 22

Park
July 15, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 5 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, this is a virtual meeting.

Public Links, Inc to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on July 22

Public
July 15, 2020
The Public Links, Inc, a nonprofit arm of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Three Fairfax County Park Authority Board Members will be in the meeting.

Outstanding Park Authority Volunteers to be Honored

Outstanding
July 15, 2020
Nineteen Fairfax County Park Authority volunteers will be honored as Outstanding Volunteers at the 2020 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards virtual celebration in November.

Summer Entertainment Series In-Person Concerts Canceled

Summer
July 15, 2020
Virtual concerts will be held Thursday through Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and children’s shows will be held on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. A schedule of virtual events will be released later this month.

Take a Hike and Search for Wildlife at Hidden Pond

July 15, 2020
Explore the riparian forest of the Pohick Stream Valley on a “Stream Valley Hike” at Hidden Pond Nature Center.

Get Answers to Some of Nature’s Mysteries at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Get
July 15, 2020
Learn about the lives of the monarch butterflies that visit Fairfax County each year on their long aerial treks.

Explore Native American Culture through a Virtual Camp

Explore
July 15, 2020
Discover how culture and nature were intertwined in life as a Powhatan through a virtual summer camp with the folks at Huntley Meadows Park.

Eisman Golf Academy Launches Performance Studio

Eisman
July 15, 2020
The Eisman Golf Academy (EGA) has opened the Eisman Performance Center at Laurel Hill Golf Club.

It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Super Snakes at Burke Lake

It’s
July 15, 2020
Come to Burke Lake Park and discover what’s super about snakes in the “Super Snakes” program on Monday, July 20, 2020.

Park Authority Schedules Virtual Job Fair, Quick Hires

Park
July 8, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is still looking for enthusiastic workers to fill seasonal positions now that COVID-19 safety restrictions are being eased and park facilities are reopening under Gov. Ralph Northam’s phased Forward Virginia Blueprint.

Braddock Park Master Planning Revision Starts

Braddock
July 8, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority has started a public planning process that will revise the master plan for Braddock Park. This 61-acre district park is in Clifton, Virginia.

Navigating Resident Curator Site Easier Than Ever

Navigating
July 8, 2020
The Resident Curator Program (RCP) is designed to preserve historic properties by offering long-term leases to qualified tenants who agree to rehabilitate and maintain these historic resources. A curator can be a private citizen, a nonprofit entity or a for-profit entity.

Design Outdoor Fun Just For Your Family at Hidden Oaks

July 8, 2020
Families can choose to meet a special live nature center critter, explore the stream, dip for tadpoles or meet a caterpillar along with a personalized naturalist-led woodland walk along the Old Oak Trail at Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

Virtual Wonders Helps Parents, Teachers Connect Kids and Nature

Virtual
July 8, 2020
Parenting or teaching is never easy, and during the pandemic the challenges can be greater. It is time to move outside with the children. To prepare for the adventure, join the Fairfax County Park Authority online.

Campfires at E.C. Lawrence Illuminate Summer Evenings

Campfires
July 8, 2020
Get outside and see Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in a different light this summer at an evening campfire program.

Get Outside With Your Family and Explore

Get
July 8, 2020
Outdoor programs are back at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park! What could be safer or more fun than a grand adventure for just you and your family?

Take a Spin on a Carousel or Travel by Train at County Parks

Take
July 8, 2020
Carousels are once again spinning at parks in Fairfax County, and the Burke Lake Park train is choo-chooing along the rails. Take the kids for a ride on your next park outing!

Park Foundation Board Selects New Officers

Park
July 1, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Foundation Board of Directors has electedofficers to lead as the fundraising arm for the Park Authority from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022 at its May 19, 2020annualmeeting.

Michael Gailliot was elected as Chair for the new term. He is a real estate professionalwithCentury 21 New Millennium in Alexandria, Virginia. Gailliot has volunteered with and…

Apply for Farmers Market Jobs at Green Spring Gardens

Apply
July 1, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority has two job openings at Green Spring Gardens for applicants with a passion for farmers markets and public gardens.

Green Spring is currently accepting applications for a Farmers Market Coordinator to coordinate the operation of 10 seasonal farmers markets throughout Fairfax County and oversee special events, such as Farmers Market Week and Fall…

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on July 8

Park
July 1, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 5 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, this is a virtual meeting. You can watch the meeting here or listen by calling 855-925-2801 and entering the access code: 8081.

The Board will recess for closed session during the…

Celebrate Park and Recreation Month Throughout July

Celebrate
July 1, 2020

July is Park and Recreation Month around the nation, and this year’s theme from the National Park and Recreation Association is “We Are Parks and Recreation.”

In keeping with the theme, this month the Fairfax County Park Authority will be shining a spotlight on some of the many staff members who provide vital services in our…

Get Back Outside with Outdoor Park Programs

Get
July 1, 2020

Take a break from the virtual world and get outdoors with programs in the parks. The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is offering programs for families and individuals in July and August that will allow you to experience nature in person – not via a screen.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center is offering hikes for up to nine family members. During “Nature Your Way at Hidden Oaks,” a…

Park Authority Seeks Applicants for Part-time Summer Positions

Park
July 1, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is looking for nearly 150 enthusiastic workers to fill seasonal positions at the agency now that COVID-19 safety restrictions are being eased and park facilities are reopening under Gov. Ralph Northam’s phased Forward Virginia Blueprint.

Have fun and get paid while enjoying the park system this summer. Many positions are primarily outdoors…

Gradual Reopening of RECenters Planned During Phase Three; Other Park Facilities Slated to Reopen as Well

July 1, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) nine RECenters will reopen to the public over the next several weeks as the region moves into Phase Three of Gov. Ralph Northam’s Forward Virginia Blueprint.

You’ll Get a Kick Out of This - FootGolf at Pinecrest is Back

You’ll
July 1, 2020

Pinecrest Golf Courseannouncesthe return ofFootGolf-- this weekend --on July 4, 2020.FootGolf will be available on Saturdays and Sundays after 3 p.m.With the safety of allplayers and staffasthepriority,new safety guidelineshave been implemented based on recommendationsput forth by the Centersfor Disease Controland PreventionandThe American FootGolf League.

FootGolfcombines two…

Reserve a Picnic Shelter: Now It’s Easier Than Ever!

Reserve
July 1, 2020

The Park Authority’s Picnic Locator 2.0 is here! A new version of one of our most popular web applications makes it easier than ever to locate and reserve a picnic spot in a Fairfax County park.

With the new application, picnickers can now make reservations online. Visitors to the locator site can use filters to find the rental facility that best meets…

Park Authority Launches Outdoor Fitness Classes

Park
June 25, 2020
Get your fitness fix with the Park Authority’s new Outdoor Group Fitness Classes. The Park Authority is launching a series of outdoor exercise classes starting on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at RECenter locations across the county.

Finding a Pickleball Court Just Got Easier

Finding
June 25, 2020
Finding pickleball courts in Fairfax County parks just got easier.

Park Board Funds Grant Program, Approves Two New Mastenbrooks

Park
June 25, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a reallocation of funds to continue the Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program and has also approved grants for projects at Frying Pan Farm Park and Observatory Park at The Turner Farm.

Reserve Online and Avoid the Line for Fairfax County Park Activities

Reserve
June 25, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority has launched a new online ticketing system that allows visitors to avoid ticket lines for select park activities.

Park Board Approves Fund Allocations for November Ballot Question

Park
June 25, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Board has approved a plan for the distribution of funds from the $100 million Park Bond that is scheduled to appear on the ballot in the upcoming November election.

Park Authority Virtual Summer Camps to Start

Park
June 25, 2020
While the Park Authority’s usual summer camps at RECenters, nature centers and local parks and schools cannot be held in-person this summer due to COVID-19, kids can still enjoy a great summer of fun and learning with all new virtual camps.

Join Turtles, Snakes and a Bearded Dragon in the Virtual Spotlight

Join
June 25, 2020
This week, the Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center is putting the animals of Hidden Oaks Nature Center in the spotlight through a series of videos.

Keep Your Game on Par with July Golf Events

Keep
June 25, 2020
Swing into summer with upcoming tournaments hosted by Golf Fairfax. Get your practice rounds in and take your game to the next level!

Tour Frying Pan Farm Park from Your Car

Tour
June 25, 2020
Drive back in time to a working farm in Herndon, Virginia. Take a driving tour of Frying Pan Farm Park.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on June 24

June 17, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Learn Some New MOOOVs at the Park Virtual Exploration Center

Learn
June 17, 2020
Go on a virtual field trip to Frying Pan Farm Park and get eye-to-eye with a cow and her calf at the Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center.

Deadline Extended for Elly Doyle Award Nominations

Deadline
June 17, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority is extending the nomination period for honoring those who volunteer in parks and support agency programs and initiatives.

Park Authority Names New Director for Park Operations

Park
June 17, 2020
Kurt Louis has been named the new Director for Park Operations for the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Facilities Closed at Jefferson District Park Due to Construction

Facilities
June 17, 2020
Some facilities at Jefferson District Park will remain closed through July due to construction work getting underway this month.

Huntley Meadows Park: Please Respect the Resources

Huntley
June 17, 2020
Welcome to, or back to, Huntley Meadows Park! As the Fairfax County Park Authority continues to reopen, please come and enjoy our trails.

More Park Facilities Opening Under Phase Two Guidelines

More
June 11, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will begin opening additional amenities to the public on Friday, June 12, 2020, as the region moves into Phase Two of Gov. Ralph Northam’s Forward Virginia Blueprint for reopening.

Lazar Family Honored with National Award for Park Contributions

Lazar
June 11, 2020
The National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) has selected The Lazar Family as a recipient of a 2020 NACPRO Award in the Outstanding Contributor category.

Herndon Farmers Market Will Open June 18

Herndon
June 11, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Farmers Market in Herndon will open for the season on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

Trace the Origins of Silhouettes in artiFACTS

June 11, 2020

Today it’s easy to snap a selfie if you want a portrait of yourself. In the nation’s early years, people would turn to silhouette artists if they wanted a cheap and fast portrait.

In this month’s edition of artiFACTS, discover how silhouettes got their name and learn about the person who came to be associated with…

Get Golf Ready with the Return of Classes and Lessons

Get
June 11, 2020
The Fairfax County Golf Academies are thrilled to announce the return of private lessons and small group classes at five Fairfax County Park Authority facilities.

Park Authority’s Idea Portal Wins National Award

Park
June 4, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority is being honored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for an innovative program that helps to strengthen services for residents by embracing staff ideas for innovation and change.

Four More Fairfax County Farmers Markets to Open

Four
June 4, 2020
Fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods and more will soon be available at four additional Fairfax County Park Authority Farmers Markets. Markets at Oak Marr, Annandale, McLean and Kingstowne have now been scheduled to open.

Find Crafts, Games and Exercises at the Virtual Exploration Center

Find
June 4, 2020
Experiment with a new paper craft, challenge yourself with a picture and word game, or give your core a workout with a visit to the Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center.

Sully Historic Site’s Annual Car Show Goes Online

Sully
June 4, 2020
Crank up your computer. The annual Antique Car Show at Sully Historic Site will be an online gathering.

Make Gardening Easy with Curbside Plant Pickup at Green Spring Gardens

Make
June 2, 2020
Green Spring Gardens is now offering phone orders and curbside pickup of plants from its Garden Gate Plant Shop.

Golf Fairfax Tees Up for Women’s Golf Month in June

Golf
June 2, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s seven courses are celebrating Women’s Golf Month with a variety of fun social events and specials to celebrate our growing network of women golfers.

Treat Dad to a Day on the Links with Golf Fairfax

Treat
June 2, 2020
Keep dad out of the rough this Father’s Day with special savings and events. Surprise dad with a friendly tournament, rounds of golf, gift cards or quality gear!

Further Changes Announced as FCPA Responds to Phase One

Further
May 29, 2020

Beginning today, face coverings must be worn inside public spaces. For the Fairfax County Park Authority, this currently means anyone who visits a Park Authority golf course clubhouse, or other indoor space would fall under Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 63. This effects players or visitors as well as park staff members. As other public facilities open, this rule will…

Discover New Activities to do Online and in Parks at the Virtual Exploration Center

Discover
May 28, 2020
Challenge yourself to a new workout, find a unique activity for the kids and explore the beauty of Green Spring Gardens from the Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center. The website is filled with ideas to entertain everyone in the family.

Historic Colvin Run Mill’s Wheel and Flume to be Replaced

Historic
May 28, 2020
The flume and wheel that power grinding operations at Colvin Run Mill are going to be replaced.

Summer Concerts and Independence Day Celebrations Canceled in July

Summer
May 28, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Summer Entertainment Series will be canceled through July due to public safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Fourth of July events have been canceled, too.

Park Authority Wins Six National Communications Awards

Park
May 28, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority has been honored with six awards from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC).

Fairfax County Athletic Fields Reopening for Unpermitted Use

Fairfax
May 27, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), and the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) are announcing the reopening of outdoor athletic fields in Fairfax County for unpermitted use as part of Forward Virginia Phase 1 for Northern Virginia.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on May 27

May 22, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board (PAB) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Wakefield and Lorton Farmers Markets Scheduled to Open Next Week

Wakefield
May 22, 2020
Two more Fairfax County Farmers Markets will open next week. The Wakefield Market in Wakefield Park will open for the season on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, and the Lorton Market at the Lorton VRE parking lot will open on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

Fairfax County Summer Camps, Rec-PAC, SACC Canceled

May 20, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), and the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) are announcing the cancelation of 2020 summer camp programs due to the COVID-19 crisis. Included in these cancellations are all FCPA sponsored summer camp programs, REC-Pac programs held at local schools, summer camp programs sponsored by NCS and SACC programs.

Collectively, these…

FCPA Shutters Pool, Water Mine and Our Special Harbor

May 20, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) will not open its premier outdoor water attractions this summer due to COVID-19.

Plant a Row in your Garden to Benefit Food for Others

Plant
May 20, 2020

Use your love of gardening to help those in need.

The county’s Providence District Office is working with Food for Others to encourage gardeners who are planting fruits, vegetables and herbs this spring to consider dedicating some garden space to donations.

Pledge to “Plant a Row” at this ...

Swing into Spring with a Golf Fairfax Spring Pass

Swing
May 20, 2020

Get ready for the greatest golf savings of the season with the Golf Fairfax Spring Pass savings spectacular. The more you play, the more you save!

Now through June 21, 2020, save up to 25% when you purchase multi-round passes at Fairfax County Park Authority golf facilities, including the Burke Lake, Greendale, Jefferson, Oak Marr, Pinecrest…

Dig Deep into Mount Air’s History in artiFACTS

Dig
May 20, 2020
The Mount Air Historic Site is best known for an 18th-century mansion that once graced the property. A recent archaeological discovery at the site points to a much older past.

Get Ready for a Duck Sing-Along, Tasty New Recipes and an Abs Workout

Get
May 20, 2020
Check out the new look of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center.

Phased Reopening of Fairfax County Parks Begins in Time for Memorial Day Weekend

May 19, 2020

The Park Authority has begun reopening of parking lots and parks in the park system to be open for the Memorial Day weekend. Park Authority staff will begin the process of clearing barricades and opening parking lots at all 427 parks for our community on Wednesday, May 20 through Friday, May 22. These parks will reopen for limited use in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines from the…

Pohick Stream Valley Sanitary Sewer Work Planned in Lorton

Pohick
May 13, 2020
Work associated with an approaching sanitary sewer replacement project within Pohick Stream Valley Park on parcels adjacent to Williamsburg Square neighborhood in Lorton, Virginia, is set to begin.

Find Colvin Run Mill Flour and Cornmeal at the Reston Farmers Market

Find
May 13, 2020
Add a taste of old-fashioned goodness to your baking and cooking. The 200-year-old Colvin Run Mill is set to begin selling its stone-ground products at the Reston Farmers Market.

Find Lessons on Science and Health at the Park Virtual Exploration Center

Find
May 13, 2020
Stay healthy, connected and engaged while parks are closed by checking out the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Virtual Exploration Center.

Summer Entertainment Series June Performances Canceled

Summer
May 11, 2020
The Summer Entertainment Series will be canceled through June 2020 due to public safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phased Opening of Park Authority Golf Courses Set

Phased
May 7, 2020

Fairfax County Park Authority golf courses and driving ranges will reopen in May. This is the start of a phased reopening of park amenities that so far includes trail, farmers markets and garden plots as state restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 disease are eased. These sites will open as follows:

May 8: Burke Lake Golf Center, Greendale Golf Course, Laurel Hill…

Park Board Approves Mastenbrook Grant for Shelter at Burke Lake

Park
May 6, 2020
A new picnic shelter will be coming to Burke Lake Park with the help of a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant.

New Trail Coming to Flatlick Stream Valley Park in Chantilly

New
May 6, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work on a new trail in Flatlick Stream Valley Park in Chantilly.

Roll the Dice to a Virtual Park Experience with the Family

Roll
May 1, 2020
This week, new features have been added to the Virtual Exploration Center to give your family a workout, challenge the kids with scavenger hunts and help you delve into county history from the comfort of your couch.

Maintenance Building Replacement Begins

Maintenance
May 1, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin work on the replacement of the Area 1 Maintenance Facility located at 1929 Pimmit Drive, Falls Church, Virginia.

FCPA to Open Select Farmers Markets with Safety in Mind

FCPA
May 1, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will open some of its farmers markets in May. This year’s markets will again offer delicious, locally grown, farm-fresh products. Three markets will open initially, with others phased in as resources allow.

Park Authority to Hold Electronic Board Meeting on April 29

April 23, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority’s April 22, 2020, Board Meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 5 pm. In light of current social distancing recommendations, the meeting will be held in virtual format accessible via livestream.

Winners Announced in Fairfax Parks‘ Annual Student Poetry Contest

Winners
April 23, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation celebrated Earth Day with a virtual poetry showcase recognizing the winners of the 2020 Fairfax Parks student poetry contest.

Park Authority Board Seeks Nominees for Park Service Awards

Park
April 23, 2020
You can recognize volunteer’s invaluable contributions with a nomination for an Elly Doyle Park Service Award, Elly Doyle Special Recognition Award, Elly Doyle Youth Award, Harold L. Strickland Partnership and Collaboration Award, Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award, or Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award. Anyone can submit nominations.

Park Acreage Expands in Fairfax County with New Purchase

Park
April 23, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority just added more than 11 acres of land to its holdings in fiscal year 2020.

A Shout-Out to Park Volunteers During Volunteer Appreciation Week

A
April 23, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority salutes its invaluable volunteers as the nation celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week April 19-25.

Laurel Hill Golf Club Launches Virtual Pro Shop

Laurel
April 23, 2020

Laurel Hill Golf Club’s newly launched virtual store brings its fully stocked pro shop straight to you! Customers can view items online or set up a virtual in-store shopping experience with a personal shopper. The pro shop features everything a golfer needs to play a round of golf, from sunglasses to apparel to golf balls.

Browse the online selection of performance technology polo…

Head to the Trails with your Camera to Capture Spring’s Beauty

Head
April 23, 2020

Spring is the perfect time to dust off your camera and head outside to capture images of budding trees, wildflowers and baby animals. Let the April issue of the Snapshots e-newsletter inspire you with photos from Fairfax County parks.

If you want to experiment a little with photo processing, Snapshot offers tips on how to use…

Park Authority Board Cancels April 22 Meeting

April 17, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has canceled its regular meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2020, and will instead be holding a virtual, electronic meeting on Wednesday, April 29 at 5 p.m.

More information regarding the agenda and how the public can view this meeting will be forthcoming.We appreciate your patience as we refine our digital meeting platform and…

Park Authority Launches Virtual Exploration Center

Park
April 15, 2020
Whether you’re looking for an on-demand workout, activities to entertain the kids, or historical tidbits about Fairfax County, check out the Park Authority’s new Virtual Exploration Center.

Discover Where to Find Imari Ware in artiFACTS

Discover
April 15, 2020
Visit artiFACTS and learn about beautiful Japanese Imari ware and how it was used for entertaining.

Stay Active with Free On-Demand Les Mills Programs

Stay
April 9, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority cares about your health and wellness and so does our RECenter fitness partner Les Mills.

Spike Your Plan to Play Volleyball and Soccer in the Parks

Spike
April 8, 2020
During this time of COVID-19 awareness and social distancing, please be aware that sports activities, of all kinds, except for use of trails are prohibited at Park Authority locations.

Make a Historical Discovery from the Comfort of Your Couch

Make
April 8, 2020
Use your extra time at home this spring to become an armchair archaeologist or couch curator with a visit to the Fairfax County Park Authority’s artiFACTS website.

Temporary Storage Site Approved at Boyd A. & Charlotte M. Hogge Park

Temporary
March 30, 2020
A temporary storage site will be established at Boyd A. & Charlotte M. Hogge Park in Falls Church, Virginia, to help with a construction project in the area.

Help Keep Parks, Yourself and Others Safe

Help
March 20, 2020

Observe s o c i a l d i s t a n c i n g while you’re being sociable in parks.

Although park facilities are closed, parks are open, and the Fairfax County Park Authority is asking you to observe government guidelines to limit your group size to fewer than 10 people during the current world pandemic. One of the key tactics to limiting the spread of coronavirus is social distancing,…

Lake Accotink Master Plan Revision Meetings Postponed

March 20, 2020

The Lake Accotink Master Plan Revision community meeting at Cardinal Forest Elementary School scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020, and the community meeting at the large waterfront pavilion in Lake Accotink Park on Saturday, April 18, 2020, are postponed indefinitely, due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) safety precautions.

Public input continues to play a big role in developing a vision…

Park Authority Postpones Resident Curator Meetings

Park
March 20, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority has postponed two public meetings of its Resident Curator Program Evaluation Team for the Lahey Lost Valley property in Vienna, Va. As a result, the period for public comment on a resident curator application for the Lahey Lost Valley site has been extended.

The postponed meetings were set for Monday March 23, 2020, and Monday, March 30 in the…

Stay Active Indoors with Livestreamed Exercise Programs

March 20, 2020

While Park Authority RECenters are temporarily closed, you can stay active and reduce stress by exercising at home.

Try “Everyday Tai Chi” or choose from four “Everyday Yoga” classes. They can be livestreamed on Channel 16 television at the air times listed below or viewed online by clicking on the…

Parks Poetry Contest Deadline extended to March 17

Parks
March 11, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority has extended the deadline for the 2020 Parks Poetry Contest. Entries will now be due by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.The previous deadline was March 13.

The extended deadline will allow students in grades K-8 to work on entries over the weekend and on the March 16 Teacher Workday just announced by Fairfax County Public Schools, while also…

James Zook Reappointed to Park Authority Board

James
March 11, 2020
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has reappointed James P. Zook to the Fairfax County Park Authority Board. The action came at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Community Meeting on Lake Accotink Master Plan Revision Set

Community
March 11, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a community meeting Tuesday, March 31, 2020, to provide an update on the Lake Accotink Park Master Plan Revision.

Grant Approved to Refurbish Equestrian Ring at Turner Farm Park

Grant
March 4, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant to refurbish the equestrian ring surface at Turner Farm Park.

Plaque Honoring Bob Lundegard to be Installed at Great Falls Grange

Plaque
March 4, 2020
A memorial plaque will be installed at Great Falls Grange Park in honor of the late Bob Lundegard.

Laura Eakin Erlacher to Join Park Foundation Board

Laura
March 4, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has confirmed the appointment of Laura Eakin Erlacher to the Fairfax County Park Foundation Board.

Be Wise and Check out the Festival of Owls at Huntley Meadows

Be
March 4, 2020
Meet local live owls up close and personal! Come to the “Festival of Owls” at Huntley Meadows Park on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Fairfax County joins Move Your Way campaign to encourage physical activity

Fairfax
March 4, 2020
Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is pleased to announce that Fairfax County has been selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to participate as a pilot community implementing the Move Your Way campaign.

Park Survey to Help Grandparents Connect Grandchildren with Nature

Park
February 26, 2020
Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren, and the Fairfax County Park Authority wants to know what it can do to help grandparents connect their grandchildren with nature.

Park Board Approves Mastenbrook Grant for Invasive Plant Control

February 26, 2020
A Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant will be used to help control invasive plants in the Turkeycock Run Stream Valley.

Find Quarterly Updates on Fairfax County Park Projects Online

Find
February 26, 2020
Discover the improvements and new facilities that have come to your local Fairfax County parks.

Learn Campfire Safety at Historic Huntley

Learn
February 26, 2020
Make Smokey Bear proud and register for the “Campfire Safety for Families” program.

Be an Early Bird to Get Good Photos at Huntley Meadows

Be
February 26, 2020
Discover how you can capture the beauty of Huntley Meadows Park with “Nature Photography At Dawn.”

Park Authority Camps Among the Best in Northern Virginia

Park
February 20, 2020
Fairfax County Park Authority summer camps are winners! They have once again been named in Northern Virginia Magazine’s Best Summer Camps list. 

Sully Seeks Local Students for Paid Internships

Sully
February 20, 2020
Sully Historic Site is pleased to announce the seventh year of the Margaret C. Peck Youth Internship program.

Celebrate Pi Day with Pie at Sully

Celebrate
February 20, 2020
Indulge in some pie with a scoop of history on the side on Pi Day 2020 -- Saturday, March 14.

Discover the Tale of a Tail-less Jacket in artiFACTS

Discover
February 20, 2020
In this month’s addition to the artiFACTS website, read about a ladies’ spencer that was used as a family’s dress-up costume for decades before its historic importance was documented by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Peer Deep into the Universe at Turner Farm Park

Peer
February 20, 2020
Dorothy may have worried about lions and tigers and bears, but you have nothing to fear at the “Nebulas, Star Clusters & Galaxies, Oh My!” program at Turner Farm Park.

Celebrate Earth Day with the 2020 Parks Poetry Contest

Celebrate
February 12, 2020
The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation invite students in grades K-8 to enter the 2020 Fairfax Parks Poetry Contest in honor of National Poetry Month in April.

Public to Hear Resident Curator Proposal for Lahey Lost Valley

Public
February 12, 2020
This meeting provides an opportunity for the applicant to present a proposal to the evaluation team in a public forum.

Step Back in Time with Blacksmithing Demos at Colvin Run

Step
February 12, 2020

Take a walk back in time as “Blacksmithing Demonstrations” return to Colvin Run Mill on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Come to the mill and watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils. This free program is suitable for all ages and runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. No reservations are required.

Blacksmithing is weather and…

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday at Hidden Oaks

February 12, 2020

Hear the tales of the ambitious “Yertle the Turtle” and the envious “Gertrude McFuzz” as Hidden Oaks Nature Center celebrates the birthday of the children’s writer known as Dr. Seuss.

Naturalists will read the stories of these fictional critters and show how real woodland creatures share some of the storybook animals’ talents. Participants can meet live animals and make a…

Join the Grassroots Science Movement at Green Spring Gardens

Join
February 12, 2020

With the data-gathering methods available to everyone these days, gardeners and nature lovers everywhere can provide critical information to scientists in this changing world. Discover how you can help with the “Citizen Science for Gardeners and Nature Lovers” program at Green Spring Gardens.

Bird migration, butterfly numbers, invasive plant spread, and insect populations are just…

Take a Walk on the Spy Side at Huntley Meadows

Take
February 12, 2020

Stroll the less-visited side of Huntley Meadows Park to uncover a history of spies and espionage. Learn how the Cold War struggle between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union shaped Huntley and the Fairfax County we know today.

The “Secrets, Spies, Sputniks and Huntley” program includes a 2.4-mile walk over flat terrain. It runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020,…

Godbold and Carter Reappointed to Park Board

Godbold
February 5, 2020

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors reappointed two members of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board to four-year terms. Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter will return as the representative for the Lee District, and Marguerite (Maggie) F. Godbold will continue to represent the Sully District. The action came at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Dr. Carter was…

Bundle Up for a Maple Syrup Boil Down at Colvin Run Mill

Bundle
February 5, 2020

Discover what it takes to turn sap into maple syrup for your waffles and pancakes. Come to the “Maple Syrup Boil-Down” at Colvin Run Mill on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

The sap is rising at this time of year, and trees at Colvin Run have been tapped to capture the drip, drip, drip of sap from the tree. Bundle up and watch as that sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an outdoor,…

Wish Animals Goodnight at the Animal Pajama Party at Hidden Oaks

February 5, 2020

Show off those new holiday pajamas at the “Animal Pajama Party” at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Sunday, February 16, 2020.

Children age 3 to 7 are invited to put on their PJs and get ready for bed along with some woodland critters. There will be bedtime stories and a chance to meet the nature center’s animals and bid them goodnight. Kids are welcome to bring their own stuffed…

Make your Garden Sensational Year-round with a Four-Season Approach

Make
February 5, 2020

Discover ways to maintain an interesting garden year-round at the 16th annual “EcoSavvy Symposium” at Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, February 15, 2020.

This year, the topic will be: The Four Season Garden-Sensational Ornamental and Edibles All Year Long. Author and columnist Marianne Wilburn and Smithsonian Gardens Horticulture Collections Manager Cindy Brown will share ways to…

Park Authority Summer Day Camps Registration Begins February 4

Park
January 29, 2020

It may be cold outside, but it’s time to think about summer, and more specifically about summer camp for your children! Who is thinking about summer? You should! Registration for summer camps begins next Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Recently voted as one of Northern Virginia Magazine’s Best Summer Camps 2020, the Fairfax County Park Authority offers more than 2,000 summer day camp options at…

Fairfax County Park Authority Shares in Tree Conservation Award

January 29, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is among the organizations that have been honored by the Fairfax County Tree Commission with an award for tree preservation.

Commission members voted to present the Tree Conservation Award for Tree Preservation to the team of agencies and consultants that worked on the Difficult Run at Brittenford Drive Stream Restoration Project. Urban…

Ride the Rails to Fairfax County’s Civil War Past in artiFACTS

Ride
January 29, 2020

Railroad lines through Fairfax County were critical to both Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War, and remnants of those lines are being preserved in some Fairfax County parks. In this month’s edition of artiFACTS, learn about a segment of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad that was documented at Lake Accotink Park. County archeologists are…

Annandale Community Park Playground to be Replaced

Annandale
January 29, 2020

A new playground is coming to Annandale Community Park. At its meeting on January 22, 2020, the Fairfax County Park Board approved a plan to demolish the current playground, which has exceeded its life cycle, and build a new playground that meets accessibility requirements and is located closer to the existing rentable…

McLean Project for the Arts and Park Authority to Host Open House for Possible Arts Center at Clemyjontri Park

McLean
January 29, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) andtheMcLean Project for the Arts(MPA)will host apublic open house to discuss the potential for development of anarts and education center at Clemyjontri Park. The meetingwill be held onMonday,February 24, 2020, with the open house at 6:30 p.m. and a presentationandcommunitydiscussionat7 p.m. The meeting will take place​in MPA's Emerson…

Travel Back through 50 Years of Headlines at a Green Spring Tea

Travel
January 29, 2020

Green Spring Gardens turns 50 year this, and to help celebrate its golden anniversary, the park is hosting “A Half Century of Headlines: Lecture and Tea.”

Come to the historic house and test yourself with a fun quiz on momentous milestones of the past. Revisit 50 years of world headlines, from the transformative to the trivial, and hear about some headlines made at Green Spring.…

Feed the Birds with your own Pinecone Birdfeeder this Winter

Feed
January 29, 2020

Help feed your feathered friends this winter with the “Make Your Own Pinecone Birdfeeders!” program at Riverbend Park.

Find out what birds stick around through the winter and make and take home a pinecone bird feeder to help them get through the cold. Learn about the common birds that may visit your feeder.

The program is being offered on two Saturdays in February –…

Treat your Little Sweetie to the Animal Sweethearts Dance

Treat
January 29, 2020

Get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with the “Animal Sweethearts Dance” at Hidden Pond Nature Center on Saturday, February 8, 2020. It’s the social event of Hidden Pond’s winter season!

Bring your youngster to the nature center for a morning of dancing, refreshments and crafts. There will be costumed animal characters, as well as live animals to entertain. The program runs from 10…

2020 Park Authority Board Officers Elected

2020
January 28, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board elected officers for 2020 in January.

At its meeting on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, the Board voted to return William G. Bouie, who represents the Hunter Mill District, to his 12th term as chairman. Providence District Representative Ken Quincy will serve again as vice chairman. Michael W. Thompson, Jr., of the Springfield District, returns…

Burke Lake Golf Center Honored as Top 50 Public Range

Burke
January 22, 2020

For the second year running, Burke Lake Golf Center's driving range was recognizedas one of the Top 50 Public Ranges by Golf Range Magazine, apublication of the Golf Range Association of America (GRAA) and the Professional Golf Association (PGA).

Each year GRAArecognizes theteaching professionals, public, private and stand-alone rangeswhose achievements stood out.

GRAA…

Don’t Let the Cold Keep You and Your Camera Indoors

Don’t
January 22, 2020

Winter can be a beautiful time of year to take photos in Fairfax County parks, and the January issue of the Snapshots e-newsletter offers some tips on how to get you and your camera ready for a cold or snowy day.

Get inspired by the winners of the annual First Hike photo contest and see some award-winning nature photos shot…

Be Prepared with Wilderness Survival and Fire-Building Skills

Be
January 22, 2020

Learn basic wilderness survival skills, cook a meal over a campfire or study the art of fire-building in outdoor programs on Sunday, February 15, 2020, in county parks.

Huntley Meadows Park is offering “Wilderness Survival Skills 101” to get you ready for your next venture into the wild. In this program, learn how to build a fire, read a compass and set up a tent for shelter. The…

Wander through Winter on a Waterfowl Hike at Riverbend Park

Wander
January 22, 2020

Some water birds stick around all winter and others merely pass through our region. Go on a “Winter Waterfowl Hike” at Riverbend Park on Friday, February 7, 2020, and see what birds you can find.

Bird lovers age 14 to adult are invited to hike with a naturalist to search for winter waterfowl along the Upper Potomac River. Participants should bring binoculars and spotting scopes.…

Discover How Stone Soup Can Chase Away the Winter’s Cold

Discover
January 22, 2020
NOTICE: Making Stone Soup at Frying Pan Farm Park has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Nothing warms you up faster in winter than a hot bowl of soup, and making homemade soup from scratch can be easy. Learn how at the “Making Stone Soup” class at Frying Pan Farm Park on Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Your group will create a soup based on the children’s…

Go on a Winter Witch Hazel Hunt at Green Spring Gardens

Go
January 22, 2020

Celebrate Green Spring’s 50th anniversary with a garden tour featuring the park’s signature shrub. This docent-led tour will showcase Green Spring Gardens’ nationally-accredited witch hazel collection featuring more than 200 specimens that bloom from fall through March. After the tour, warm up in the Historic House with hot drinks.

The “Garden Tour-Winter Witch Hazels” program is…

Put your Manners to the Royal Test with Tea at Historic Green Spring

Put
January 22, 2020

Enjoy a traditional English tea as you learn about etiquette for nobility at the “Royal Manners” Lecture and Tea” on Sunday, February 23, 2020.

Hear about codes of diplomatic decorum and dictates of British royal protocol, past and present. Learn the complex rules of etiquette to follow when in the presence of royalty and the surprising rules the royals must follow as well. This…

Take a Leap into the Wilderness on a Leap Day Walk at Huntley Meadows

Take
January 22, 2020

Celebrate the day that only comes around every four years. This Leap Day, go on a guided tour of the forest and wetland habitats at Huntley Meadows Park. Learn about common winter wildlife and where to find critters in the park at this time of year.

The “Leap Day Wilderness Walk” runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020. It’s designed for participants age four to…

Take your Family on a Hunt for Flying Squirrels or Courting Woodcocks

Take
January 22, 2020

Discover flying squirrels and lovesick woodcocks in park programs on Saturday, February 22, 2020.

At the “Family Woodcock Walk” at Huntley Meadows Park, listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. Be ready for an approximately 1.5-mile walk on uneven terrain, and don’t forget to bring a flashlight. This event is designed for…

Plan Your Kids' Park Authority Summer Camps Now - My Summer Camp Planner!

Plan
January 16, 2020

Who is thinking about summer? You should! Registration for summer camps begins Tuesday, February 4, 2020. The Fairfax County Park Authority offers more than 2,000 summer day camp options for kids ages 3 to 17 at over 100 locations including RECenters, nature centers, historic sites, lakefront parks, golf courses and schools.

Want to make sure you get the popular camp your child…

Comments on Proposed Fee Adjustments Accepted Through Month’s End

January 16, 2020

The Fairfax County Park Authority has scheduled an opportunity for comments on the agency’s proposed 2020 fee adjustments. The public is invited to share their perspectives on the proposals with the Park Authority Board on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7 p.m. in the Park Authority Board Room 941 on the ninth floor of the Herrity Building located at 12055 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax,…

Search for Hidden Treasures at Lake Fairfax Park with GPS

January 16, 2020

Set off on a search for hidden treasure at Lake Fairfax Park after learning how to put your Global Positioning System (GPS) unit to work.

At the “Geocaching Workshop” on Saturday, February 8, 2020, students age eight to adult will learn how to enter latitude and longitude coordinates into a GPS. Treasure hunters will then follow the coordinates to find a hidden object, container…

Discover Bunny Mellon’s Oak Spring Garden in a Winter Lecture

Discover
January 16, 2020

During this winter’s lecture series at Green Spring Gardens, hear from the gardener who’s carrying on in the spirit of Bunny Mellon at the Oak Spring Garden.

Rachel “Bunny” Mellon was a gardener, artist and icon who created countless gardens for famous friends and family, including the White House Rose Garden and the Potager du Roi at Versailles. Her most intimate garden was the…

Put a Little Muscle into an Old-fashioned Taffy Pull at Frying Pan Farm

Put
January 16, 2020

Dress for the weather and plan to get messy at an old-fashioned taffy pull at Frying Pan Farm Park.

Come to the “Old-fashioned Candy Making Party!” on Saturday, February 8, 2020, and make new friends as you make candy and sample refreshments from the olden days. Historic farm interpreters will lead a program that includes exhibits of an early 20th-century farmhouse, a brief…

Discover How Animals are Coping with Cold this Winter

Discover
January 16, 2020

Your pet may wear a sweater when it gets cold outside, but what do animals in the wild do to stay warm? Get some answers at the “Winter Wonder Campfire” at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on Friday, January 24, 2020.

Bundle yourself up and get ready to learn some animal strategies for surviving winter. Meet some of the park’s exhibit animals and find out how they cope with the cold and…

Ring in the Chinese New Year with a Celebration at Hidden Oaks

January 16, 2020

Celebrate Chinese New Year with games, stories and crafts at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

Come to the park for the “Chinese New Year-Year of the Rat” party. Ring in the Year of the Rat by participating in a Ribbon Dance and a Dragon Parade. The program runs from 2 to 3 p.m., and the cost is $8 per person. This event is designed for family members age…

Voting Now Open for First Hike Fairfax People’s Choice

Voting
January 8, 2020

On January 1, 2020, hundreds of people rang in the new year by hiking in Fairfax County parks. The Fairfax County Park Authority received nearly 200 entries in our annual First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest. Judges chose the top 18 photos for inclusion in the People’s Choice category and voting is now open! Visit ...

New Year Brings a New Facebook Link for Fairfax Parks

New
January 8, 2020

The new year brings opportunity for change and that rings true for the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Facebook page.

Effective Tuesday, January 7, 2020, the Park Authority’s Facebook handle has changed to @fairfaxparks. The link to the Facebook page has therefore changed to: www.facebook.com/fairfaxparks. This…

Quench Your Thirst for Knowledge - Sip at Laurel Hill Golf Club

Quench
January 8, 2020