ResOURces Newsletter-March 2013

By Fairfax County Park Authority - Tuesday, February 26, 2013


March 2013   Volume 13,  Number 3

Frying Pan Farm Park's Spring Births

Spring means animal births at Frying Pan Farm Park. This is one of the best times of the year to visit. Follow the arrivals on the sign at Frying Pan's entrance, and see the Kidwell Farm birthing schedule on Frying Pan's website. Then, head out to the farm for a visit with the newborns.




Gather Round the Farmers Table

Local farmers and vendors have seasonal produce, baked goods, meat, eggs, herbs, honey, artisan soups and yogurts available for you.  The Winter Farmers Table continues at Frying Pan Farm Park's Visitor Center. Learn about healthy eating and health screenings when the Inova Mobile Health Services bus visits on March 21. Free pony rides, courtesy of SPIRIT, on March 28. The market's open through April 25 on Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Frying Pan, 2739 West Ox Road in Herndon, VA. 


Win Free Concert Tickets

Trivia time. Answer the question for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie on Sunday, March 17. It's part of the Bluegrass Barn series at Frying Pan Farm Park. Here we go:

Most people identify bluegrass music as the sound of Appalachia, but there were multiple regions, cultures and countries that contributed to its formation. Name one other country that influenced the development of bluegrass music.
Send your answer to by Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The winner will be selected at random and notified on March 14.


Girls Weekend Out

Time for the girls to get away for a weekend. Or for just part of one. It's Girls Weekend Out for Girl Scouts at Lake Fairfax Park April 12-14. It's camping, badges, sing-a-longs and skits for Brownies, Juniors, Seniors, Cadettes and Ambassadors. Register by March 25. 


Girl Scout Sleepover at Colvin Run Mill

Make your Girl Scout's next overnight visit a sleepover in a park. Colvin Run Mill is hosting a sleepover for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts on Saturday night, April 27. See the mill at night, enjoy s'mores around a bonfire and churn your own butter for breakfast. Register online.


Those Sounds You're Hearing in the Parks

Clucks, squirts, pops, quacks, rattles and chirps. Have you been listening? The parks are getting noisy. Happens every spring. Give an ear to our Calls of Our Common Frogs and Toads podcast, read about wood frogs in action, and take a peek at our wood frogs video in the Park Video box on our website home page. Together, they'll help you figure out the critters behind the noises.


Remembering Gettysburg 

The 150th commemmoration of the Civil War continues this spring with a series of lectures about the Battle of Gettysburg. National Park Service historians speak at Fairfax County Park Authority sites on the second Tuesdays of March, April and May. Get details online or reserve a spot by calling Sully Historic Site at 703-437-1794. 


Lecture: African-American Dress of the 19th Century 

Sully Historic Site this month hosts a lecture about African-American clothing from 1790-1840. Author and history/museum specialist Dr. Ann Wass of the Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park, Maryland, will be the guest speaker at Sully on Tuesday, March 19. Space is limited, so please call Sully at 703-437-1794 by March 15 to make reservations.  


Reconstruction at Huntley Meadows Begins 

After two decades of tracking changes in the wetland at Huntley Meadows and with public support, the Fairfax County Park Authority is taking steps to protect the park's wetland. There will be construction equipment in the park, and some trails will be closed during work to protect the wetland. Details of the project and its impact are on the Huntley Meadows website.


Join Us on Watershed Cleanup Day

Help us keep the trash out of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. This year, Fairfax County Park Authority sites are marking spring's Watershed Cleanup Day on March 16 and April 6. Pop on an old pair of boots and lend a hand at one of our parks


Take Back the Forest is Back

Take Back the Forest returns for a second year. Thanks to a grant from REI, Inc., the Park Authority's Invasive Management Area program will be seeking volunteers to wage battle against non-native invasive plants that threaten the natural environment and wildlife habitat of our parks. Take Back the Forest runs this year through April and May. Last year, some 800 volunteers stepped forward to give a little time removing invasive plants and replacing them with native flora. See the video, and then volunteer and join us for an hour or a day during April and May.


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Parks Are Natural For Trails

There are 238 Fairfax County Park Authority parks with hiking trails. Find one near you.


Trout Season Under Way

There's still time to catch dinner. Three more trout stockings are scheduled at Lake Fairfax Park on March 15, March 29 and April 12. There's information about the spring trout season and information about fishing in Fairfax County Park Authority parks on our website.


Celebrate Earth Day at SPRINGfest Fairfax

This is a calendar marker. Fairfax County hosts several programs to mark Earth Day 2013. The big one is SPRINGfest Fairfax from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 27 at the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton. Join us for pony rides, a petting zoo, visits with reptiles, a farmers' market, theatre, games, music, crafts, workshops, a puppet show, tree plantings, a climbing wall and more. Check the website for details.


Plan For April's Community Flea Market  

The Community Flea Market at Hunter House in Vienna is Saturday, April 13.   Vendors and visitors will find information online. 

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 Mar. 18: Nature Quest, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 10 a.m.
 Mar. 18: Feeding Day, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 3 p.m.
 Mar. 19: Victory Tea Party, at Sully Historic Site, 2 p.m.
 Mar. 21: Storytime in the Forest, at Huntley Meadows 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
 Mar. 23: Nature Buddies, at Huntley Meadows, 10 a.m.
 Mar. 23: Easter Egg Hunt, at Colvin Run Mill, 10, 10:45, 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
 Mar. 24: Dinosaur Egg Hunt, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m.
 Mar. 25: Animal Vets Workshop, at Riverbend Park, 9 a.m.
 Mar. 25-29: The In-The-Wild Bunch, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 9 a.m., M-F
 Mar. 25: Scout Day at Sully Historic Site, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 Mar. 25: Girl Scouts: Detective, at Riverbend Park, 2 p.m.
 Mar. 27: Girl Scouts: Senses, at Riverbend Park, 2 p.m.
 Mar. 30: Dinosaur Egg Hunt, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m.
 Apr.   3: Girl Scouts: Senses, at Riverbend Park, 2 p.m.
 Apr.   4: Animal Feeding Time, at Riverbend Park, 4 p.m.
 Apr.   5: Amphibians After Dark, at Riverbend Park 7:30 p.m.
 Apr.   6: Hiking for Fitness, at Riverbend Park 8:30 a.m.
 Apr.   6: Indian Lore Merit Badge, at Riverbend Park, 9 a.m.
 Apr.   6: Intro to Mountain Biking, at Riverbend Park, 10 a.m.
 Apr.   6: Discover Great Parks in Great Falls, at Riverbend Park, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
 Apr.   6: Spring Babies, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 12:15 p.m.
 Apr.   6: Kite Fun Day, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
 Apr.   6: Japanese Teas, at Colvin Run Mill, 1 p.m.
 Apr.   6: Hands-On History, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 1:30 p.m.
 Apr.   7: Discover Great Parks in Great Falls, at Riverbend Park, 10 and 11:30 a.m.
 Apr.   8: Yoga for Gardeners, at Green Spring Gardens, 9:30 a.m.
 Apr.   8: Jr. Naturalist, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 3 p.m.
 Apr.   8: Young Explorers' Series, at Huntley Meadows, 3 p.m.
 Apr.   8: Nature Snoopers, at Huntley Meadows 3 p.m.
 Apr. 10: Kids Korner, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 1 p.m.
 Apr. 10: Science for Homeschoolers, at Huntley Meadows, 1:30 p.m.
 Apr. 11: Hiking for Fitness, at Riverbend Park, 5:30 p.m.
 Apr. 11: Geology 101, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7 p.m.

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