By Fairfax County Park Authority - Tuesday, March 20, 2012
NATURE, HISTORY AND HORTICULTURE IN FAIRFAX COUNTY
April, 2012 Volume 12, Number 1
Take Back the Forest This Spring
Help Take Back the Forest! Been thinking about volunteering for something? Got some service hours due? Take Back the Forest is a Fairfax County Park Authority program designed to limit the damages of invasive plants. The agency is looking to line up 500 volunteers to help get rid of invasives at 40 sites throughout the county, so there's likely a park close to you. Invasive plants can destroy native plants and trees, and that affects the wildlife that depends on those native plants. Get a free t-shirt and free deck of cards just for helping out the parks and wildlife for a couple of hours anytime from April 15-May 15. Read more about Take Back the Forest.
IMA Work Schedule
Help rip 'em out. Log some service time. Check out the Invasive Management Area work schedule for when and where.
The New Look of ResOURces
ResOURces has a new format. Instead of the page-turning, print-style look of the past, ResOURces is now simple, efficient, more timely and easier to read on a computer or smart phone.
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Spring Births at Frying Pan
The babies are arriving at Frying Pan Farm Park. See some of them in the new hatchling display window. Nature doesn't run on a smart phone schedule, but here's a pretty good idea of who's been born and what you can look forward to seeing:
View the Shuttle Landing from Sully
Watch the landing of the space shuttle Discovery from Sully Historic Site. It's scheduled to arrive at mid-morning on April 17.
Home-made ice cream, farm animals, butter churning, costumed interpreters, colonial carpentry, guided walks and wagon rides. It's all part of the 30th anniversary celebration of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Be part of it on May 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bull Riding Returns to Frying Pan
Professional bull riding and cowgirl barrell racing returns to Frying Pan Farm Park this spring. Get in on the excitement April 28 and 29.
Park Authority Anniversaries in 2012
It's fun to see where you've been. Park Authority anniversaries in 2012 include the 30th anniversary of the dedication of Walney House at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and the marking of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Ox Hill.
Community Flea Market April 14
Find a bargain at the Community Flea Market on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hunter House in Nottoway Park, Vienna, VA.
It's sign-up time! The Fairfax County Park Authority is the largest summer camp provider in Northern Virginia. Sign up today.
Events in the Parks
April 10: Civil War Lecture Series at Sully Historic Site, 7-8 p.m., $5/person.
April 13: Cafe' Cattail at Huntley Meadows Park
, 7-9:30 p.m., Free
April 14: Virginia Hunters Horse Show Series at Frying Pan Farm Park
. Spectators Free.
April 14, 21: Green Spring Garden Markets at Green Spring Gardens
, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
April 15: Grinding Demonstration at Colvin Run Mill
, 12 Noon -3 p.m.
April 21: Farm Baby Day at Frying Pan Farm Park
, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Free
April 21: Earth Day, 9 a.m. - 12 noon at Cub Run RECenter
April 21: Park Manager Walk and Talk at Huntley Meadows Park
, 4-6 p.m., Free
April 28: Rare and Unusual Teas at Colvin Run Mill
, reservations by 4/17, 1-3 p.m., $25
April 29: Wagon Rides at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
, advance reservations, $6
May 5: Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
30th Anniversary, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission
May 6: Wetlands Awareness Day at Huntley Meadows Park
, 12 noon-3 p.m., Free
May 6: Blacksmith Demonstration at Colvin Run Mill
, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Free
May 6: Grinding Demonstration a Colvin Run Mill
, 12 noon-3 p.m.
May 8: Battle of Ox Hill Lecture Series at Sully Historic Site
, -8 p.m., $5/person.
May 12: Spring Farm Day at Frying Pan Farm Park
, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $5/person
May 12: Park Manager Walk and Talk at Huntley Meadows Park
, 4-6 p.m., Free
May 19: Spring Garden Day at Green Spring Gardens
, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
June 3: Wood Carving Lessons at Colvin Run Mill
, 12 Noon-4 p.m., Free
June 10: Dairy Farming at Walney, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
June 17: Antique Car Show at Sully Historic Site
, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
June 17: Father's Day at the Mill, Colvin Run Mill Historic Site
, 12 noon-4 p.m.
Activities/Classes in the Parks
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