ResOURces-Feb 2013

By Fairfax County Park Authority - Wednesday, January 23, 2013


February 2013   Volume 13,  Number 2

 Which Witch is Your Favorite?

Yeah, it's cold, but parts of Green Spring Gardens already look like spring.

The witch hazel are in bloom.
There are more than 200 of these winter-blooming beauties at the park.  They're here because Green Spring is affiliated with the North American Plant Collections Consortium, a network of gardens that specialize in preserving different plants. Green Spring's specialty is the witch hazel. Lots of color variety in them. Got a favorite?

 Mantis Mama

Maybe you know someone who adopted a stray cat, dog or bird that kept returning to their home. Naturalist Michelle Brannon just became a mom thanks to a Carolina mantis who picked Michelle to watch over her kids.


Maple Syrup Boil-Down

Ever been to a maple syrup boil-down
It's a celebration of making maple syrup, the real thing, from the sap of maple trees.
The trees have been tapped, and you can join the boil-down and taste the results over corn bread at Colvin Run Mill on Feb. 24 and March 3.
The video on the park's website will tap your interest. 

Gather Round the Farmers Table

It's time for the good stuff, straight from the farm. The Farmers Table returns to Frying Pan Farm Park's Visitor Center this spring. Meet local farmers and vendors, and take home seasonal produce, baked goods, meat, eggs, herbs, honey, artisan soups and yogurts. Family activities, too. Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Frying Pan, 2739 West Ox Road in Herndon, VA., Feb. 21 through April 25. 


We Need a Volunteer Who Eats 

We need a food-loving volunteer, or at least one who doesn't mind being around food. We're looking for a Market Master for the Fairfax County Farmers Market  at Lewinsville Park in McLean and an office/support volunteer at Green Spring Gardens. Contact Mae Carroll at (703) 642-0128 or visit the website.


X-Treme Gardening

What do you do about your garden after the weather extremes of the last couple of years? That's the theme of the ninth annual EcoSavvy Gardening Symposium at Green Spring Gardens. The date is February 23. Register online.

And remember, the Green Spring Winter Lecture Series continues through March 17.


Learn About Your Parks Through Our Blog

Upset by that Super Bowl kissing commercial? Wait'll you see this!

Here's what we're talking about on our blog:

Tight Lines: It's Trout Season

Five trout stockings are scheduled at Lake Fairfax Park this spring. Information about the spring trout season is online as is information about fishing in other Fairfax County Park Authority parks.


Parks Are Natural

There are 140 Fairfax County Park Authority parks with natural areas. Find one near you.


Peek at Park Videos

Ever been to Hidden Pond Nature Center? If not, the video on the park's website will tell you what this small gem in Springfield has for you.

How about volunteering just for a few hours on a single day? You can do that through the Invasive Management Area program. Check out what IMA is all about in the Park Videos box on our website home page.
That same video box can introduce you to this summer's Park Authority Camps.

Still Room for Vendors at April's Community Flea Market  

The community Flea Market at Hunter House in Vienna is Saturday, April 13. There are slots open for vendors.  For information on reserving a spot, contact Barbara Ziman at 703-437-1794. 

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 Click on the links for information or to register for a class. 

 Feb. 14: Kids Korner, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 10 a.m.
 Feb. 15: Ponderings, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 4:30 p.m.
 Feb. 16: Preamble Scramble, at Sully Historic Site, 11 a.m.
 Feb. 16: Bird Banding, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 1:30 p.m.
 Feb. 17: Dynamic Nature Walking, at Riverbend Park, 9 a.m.
 Feb. 17: Preamble Scramble, at Sully Historic Site, 11 a.m.
 Feb. 18: Geology Merit Badge, at Hunter House, 10 a.m.
 Feb. 19: Slime Time, at Clark House, 11 a.m.
 Feb. 20: Ecology, at Hunter House, 1 p.m.
 Feb. 21: Storytime in the Forest, at Huntley Meadows, 1:30 p.m.
 Feb. 24: Maple Syrup Boil-Down, at Colvin Run Mill, 12 noon-2 p.m.
 Feb. 25: Nature Quest, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 10 a.m.
 Feb. 25: Feeding Day, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 3 p.m.
 Feb. 28: Astronomy Merit Badge, at Riverbend Park, 5 p.m.
 Mar.   2: Indoor and Outdoor Plants, at Green Spring Gardens, 9:30 a.m.
 Mar.   2: Salamander Excursion, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 3:30 p.m.
 Mar.   3: Maple Syrup Boil-Down, at Colvin Run Mill, 12 noon-2 p.m.
 Mar.   3: Webelos-Naturalist, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 2 p.m.
 Mar.   4: Nature Quest, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 10 a.m.
 Mar.   4: Venturers, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 3 p.m.
 Mar.   6: Our Furry Friends, at Clark House, 10 a.m.
 Mar.   6: Kids Korner, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 1 p.m.
 Mar.   7: Storytime in the Forest, at Huntley Meadows, 10 a.m.
 Mar.   7: Kids Korner, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 1 p.m.
 Mar.   7: Storytime in the Forest, at Huntley Meadows, 1:30 p.m.
 Mar.   8: Ponderings, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 4 p.m.
 Mar.   8: Wood Frogs, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 7 p.m.
 Mar.   9: Tea and Cheese Pairings, at Colvin Run Mill, 1 p.m.
 Mar. 23: Easter Egg Hunt, at Colvin Run Mill, 10 a.m.

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