Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Jai Cole,
Executive Director

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From Dinosaurs to Butterflies, Discover a Green Spring Program for Your Family

ButterflyHave some outdoor fun with the family, and sneak in a little education, too, with a variety of programs this September at Green Spring Gardens.

Learn about different aspects of nature on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, with a “Nature Scavenger Hunt” at Green Spring. Go on a hunt for themed objects around the park from 10 to 11 a.m. This event is designed for participants ages 4 to adult. The cost is $7 per person.

Register for Nature Scavenger Hunt

Discover prehistoric plants that are still around today during the “Family Fun: Jurassic Gardener” program on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Explore everything from a tree that is 69 million years old to ferns that were stomped on by dinosaurs. Take home your own plant. This program for participants ages 5 to adult runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $8 per person.

Register for Jurassic Gardener

Take your kindergartener on a family field trip on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 from 1 to 2 p.m. with the “Field Trip for All: Senses – Green and Growing Gardens.” The Park Authority’s Field Trips for All offer parents a unique opportunity to supplement their child’s science learning with real outdoor experiences and application of the concepts required in the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL). All attendees (parents and students) must register to control group size. The cost is $10 per person.

Register for Green and Growing

Want to know more about monarch butterflies? Then come to the “Family Fun: Monarch Migration” program on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 from 10 to 11 a.m. Learn about these magnificent butterflies and their migration with games, songs and activities. Move through obstacles in the Monarch Migration Course, evolving from egg to butterfly and beyond. This program is for participants age 5 to adult and costs $10 per person.

Register for Monarch Migration

Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Virginia. For more information, call 703-642-5173, or visit Green Spring Gardens.

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