ResOURces Newsletter-April 2013

By Fairfax County Park Authority - Friday, March 22, 2013


April 2013   Volume 13,  Number 4

Construction Begins at Huntley Meadows Wetland

Construction on the Huntley Meadows Park Wetland Restoration project is scheduled to begin on April 17. It's a major project that means there will be trail closings and large machines in the wetlands. There's information about the project on the Huntley Meadows website, and we'll keep you posted on the progress through our Facebook page and the Park Blog, Our Stories and Perspectives, which you can find on our website home page.

Celebrate Earth Day at SPRINGfest Fairfax

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.

Take Back the Forest, Again 

For the second straight spring, the Park Authority aims to Take Back the Forest. Offer an hour or a day of your time over the next month, and volunteer to help Take Back the Forest.

REI, Inc. is once again sponsoring the national award-winning promotion with a $15,000 grant that is being used to install boot brush stations and to recruit volunteers for our Invasive Management Area (IMA) program. See the video, then help us remove invasive plants and replace them with native species. 
Make IMA a part of your plans on National Volunteer Week April 20-27, Global Youth Service Day April 26-28 or Virginia's annual Invasive Plant Removal Day on May 4.
Garlic mustard is one of the invasive plants the Park Authority is trying to remove from parks. Invasive plants sometimes replace native plants and cause a string of events that lead to ecological and economic harm.

Welcome in Spring at Riverbend Park

Celebrate the spring blossoming of Virginia Bluebells. Be part of Bluebells at the Bend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at Riverbend Park. There will be games, music, wildflower walks and wagon rides, all for just $5.


Parks Need Volunteers

You have skills. Parks need volunteers. Join us in protecting natural resources, protecting cultural resources, or by offering a little time at one of these parks.


What are We Talking About?

Here's what we're blogging about:


Community Flea Market at Nottoway Park

Get out and do a little shopping in gorgeous spring weather. There's a Community Flea Market at Hunter House in Vienna's Nottoway Park, Saturday, April 13.   


"The Old Guard" Returns to Huntley

Civil War re-enactors take over Historic Huntley on Saturday, April 13, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The 3rd US Infantry Regiment Company B will recreate Civil War history at the site with tents, weapons, uniforms and demonstrations of Union Army life. There's a suggested $3 donation, but if you come dressed in 1860's period attire, you're in for free.  

Enjoy and Respect Parks This Spring

While you enjoy the parks this spring, remember: Picking flowers and pestering animals is illegal. So is removing arrowheads or metals. Enjoy your parks, share them with everyone else, and take only photographs


Last Chance for the Farmers Table at Frying Pan This Month 

There's still time to drop by the Winter Farmers Table at Frying Pan Farm Park's Visitor Center. 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.


Plan to Shop the Farmers Markets

Fairfax County Park Authority Farmers Markets open May 1 at eleven sites around the county. Here's all the information.


May 11 is Spring Farm Day

Here's a calendar marker. It's your chance to milk a cow, milk a goat, play farm games, visit with the baby farm animals, watch antique equipment demonstrations, take wagon rides and more. It's Spring Farm Day, May 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. 

History at the Farm

The Spring Meeting House at Frying Pan Farm Park has a rich history. Join officials for the dedication of an historic marker and a chance to get close to the site's history on Sunday, April 14.


Party Birthday Style!

Celebrate a birthday in a park. Find park birthday packages at


Some ideas to get you started:


Ellanor C. Lawrence Park: Feed a turtle or explore historical artifacts. Make a craft. 703-631-0013

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


Sully Historic Site: Party like it's 1799. Programs led by a staff historian. 703-437-1794

There are also birthday party packages at RECenters, Burke Lake, Jefferson Falls Miniature Golf Course,  and Lake Accotink Park. 


Sully Video Available Again

Sully Historic Site again has DVD's available of its award-winning video "From the Ground Up." The 41-minute video is the story of of the site's slave quarter and the slave community that lived there. It is available for $5 in the store at Sully.


Acting Director Named at Park Authority

The Fairfax County Park Authority will have a new director later this year. The Park Authority Board last week accepted the resignation of Director John Dargle, Jr., who was appointed to the post in June of 2008. Deputy Director/Chief Financial Officer Cindy Messinger will serve as Acting Director until the next director is selected.


Public Hearings Set for Policy Plan Updates

A proposed amendment to the County Comprehensive Plan concerns parks and recreation in the county. Details about public hearings on these policy plan updates are online.


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 Apr. 10: Digital Photography, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 10:30 a.m.
 Apr. 10: Science for Homeschoolers, at Huntley Meadows, 1:30 p.m.
 Apr. 10: Dog Obedience, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 7 p.m.
 Apr. 11: Kids Korner, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 1 p.m.
 Apr. 11: Science for Homeschoolers, at Huntley Meadows, 1:30 p.m.
 Apr. 11: Geology 101, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7 p.m.
 Apr. 11: Quilting, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 7 p.m.
 Apr. 13: Bluebells at the Bend, at Riverbend Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
 Apr. 13: The Poet and the Rent, by David Mamet, The Traveling Players, Frying Pan, 11:30 a.m.
 Apr. 14: Camping Merit Badge, at Riverbend Park, 2 p.m.
 Apr. 15: Venturers, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 3 p.m.
 Apr. 20: Breakfast with the Birds, at Riverbend Park, 7:30 a.m.
 Apr. 20: Pee-Wee Explorers, at Riverbend Park, 10 a.m.
 Apr. 20: Tree Trek, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 1 p.m.
 Apr. 21: Lee Mania, at Sully Historic Site, 1 p.m.
 Apr. 22: Feeding Day, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 3 p.m.
 Apr. 23: Tuesday Tea, at Sully Historic Site, 2 p.m.
 Apr. 25: Bird Study Merit Badge, at Riverbend Park, 4 p.m.
 Apr. 27: Geology Merit Badge, at Riverbend Park, 9 a.m.
 Apr. 27: Nature Journaling, at Riverbend Park, 9:30 a.m.
 Apr. 27: Springfest Fairfax, at Workhouse Arts Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
 Apr. 27: Nature Buddies, at Huntley Meadows, 10 a.m.
 Apr. 28: Geneology Merit Badge, at Huntley Meadows, 12:30 p.m.
 May   1: I Dig Science, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 10 a.m.
 May   1: Fishing for Parent and Child, at Riverbend Park, 5:30 p.m.
 May   2: Animal Feeding Time, at Riverbend Park, 4 p.m.
 May   3: Canoe Tour-Island Birds, at Riverbend Park, 6 p.m.
 May   4: Off-Trail Birding, at Huntley Meadows, 7 a.m.
 May   4: Broom Making, at Sully Historic Site, 1 p.m.
 May   4: Hands-On History, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 1:30 p.m.
 May   4: Broom Making, at Sully Historic Site, 2:30 p.m.
 May   5: Wetlands Awareness Day, at Huntley Meadows, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
 May   5: Teddy Bear Picnic, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 1:30 p.m.
 May   5: Weather-wise or Other-wise, at Sully Historic Site, 1, 2 or 3 p.m.
 May   6: Jr. Naturalist, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 3 p.m.
 May   6: Webelos-Outdoorsmen, at Sully Historic Site, 3 p.m.
 May   9: Winterthur and Mt. Cuba, at Green Spring Gardens, 6:30 a.m.
 May   9: Kids Korner, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 1 p.m.
 May   9: Fishing Merit Badge, at Riverbend Park, 4 p.m.
 May 10: Riverside Camping, at Riverbend Park, 6 p.m.
 May 11: Hiking for Fitness, at Riverbend Park, 8:30 a.m.
 May 11: Riverside Connection, at Riverbend Park, 9 a.m.
 May 11: Spring Farm Day, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
 May 13: Venturers, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 3 p.m.
 May 14: Tuesday Tea, at Sully Historic Site, 2 p.m.
 May 18: Spring Garden Day, at Green Spring Gardens, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
 May 18: Evening Walk, at Huntley Meadows, 7:30 p.m.
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