ResOURces Newsletter-July 2012
By Fairfax County Park Authority - Thursday, June 21, 2012
NATURE, HISTORY AND HORTICULTURE IN FAIRFAX COUNTY
July 2012 Volume 12, Number 4
Four Good Things Down on the Farm
New Guide to Huntley Meadows Dragonflies
The Civil War at Ox Hill
The sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War continues. September 1 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Ox Hill/Chantilly. Activities are planned from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day at Ox Hill Battlefield Park, 4134 West Ox Road in Fairfax. Artillery demonstrations, period music, presentation of colors, speeches, laying of a wreath, and living history interpreters will all be part of the day's free activities. The park also has a free audio walking tour (use the QR code) available anytime.
Party in the Park!
Celebrate a birthday in a park. Find park birthday packages at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/wp-parties.htm
Some ideas to get you started:
Frying Pan Farm Park: Visit the baby animals and take a hayride. 703-437-9101
Green Spring Gardens: Indoors or outdoors, learn of plants and gardens. 703-642-5173
Hidden Oaks Nature Center: Celebrate with naturalist-led programs indoors or outside in the forest. Themes include dinosaurs, butterflies, reptiles and more. 703-941-1065
Hidden Pond Nature Center: Visit the animals in the nature center and explore the woods around the pond. 703-451-9588
Huntley Meadows: Explore forest, meadows, a visitor center and a boardwalk that runs through wetlands full of wildlife. 703-768-2525
Riverbend Nature Center: Explore the world of reptiles and amphibians, uncover clues about forest animals, dig into dinosaurs, learn about archaeology or make it a fishing trip. 703-759-9018
There are also birthday party packages at RECenters, Burke Lake, Jefferson Falls Miniature Golf Course, and Lake Accotink Park.
Get Wild on the Farm: The 64th Annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Farm Show
Carnival Sneak Peek, Aug. 2-3
Come out to the Fairfax County 4-H Fair preview August 2 and 3. Enjoy free kid-friendly shows from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., traditional fair rides, amusements and treats. Tickets are $15 in advance for an unlimited one-day ride pass (must be purchased by July 31). Unlimited ride specials will be honored 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 on the day of the event. Contact Frying Pan Farm Park for details or tickets. Parking and park admission are free.
Big Truck Night, Outdoor Movie and Carnival Fun, Aug. 3
Have a wild night at Frying Pan Farm Park on August 3 with carnival games and rides from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Parking is free. Enjoy sitting in the big trucks and the tractors from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cars II begins at dark on a large outdoor movie screen. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for the movie. Bring a craft or baked goods for judging in the 4-H Building. Entry information is online.
The 4-H Fair and Farm Show, Aug. 4-5
Get out of the city and into the country without leaving the county. There's old-fashioned country fun at the Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Farm Show August 4 and 5. There will be carnival games, rides and fair exhibits. Try your hand at farm chores, see stage shows, cheer at the dog and horse shows. Plan to eat salad on Monday, because there will be plenty of fair food. Hoofers and Heifers 4-H members will show their farm animals. An antique tractor pull begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The 4-H Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Carnival rides will be open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday. Parking is $7.
ECLP Hosts Blue Sky Puppet Theatre
Arts in the Parks
Arts in the Parks means great reasons to get outdoors. There's entertainment and education for kids and adults. Learn about Arts in the Parks online and see this summer's performance schedule.
July's Take 12 Step is Get Moving Outside. You can start by moving your finger on the mouse, and click a step toward health.
Due to sewer line work, the section of Rocky Run Stream Valley Trail between Route 29 and Awbrey Patent Drive will be closed until approximately July 26. Thanks for your patience.
History: Oakton Schoolhouse
Events in the Parks
Park Calendar of Events
Activities/Classes in the Parks
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