ResOURces Newsletter-April 2013
By Fairfax County Park Authority - Friday, March 22, 2013
NATURE, HISTORY AND HORTICULTURE IN FAIRFAX COUNTY
April 2013 Volume 13, Number 4
Construction Begins at Huntley Meadows Wetland
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
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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
Party Birthday Style!
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.
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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