ResOURces Newsletter-May 2013

By Fairfax County Park Authority - Tuesday, May 07, 2013


May 2013   Volume 13,  Number 5

 Take A Hike. There are Things to See.

You'll be amazed at what you can see on a hike in a Fairfax County park. These photos of fox kits were taken last week by a ResOURces staffer who was standing on a major hiking trail as he pushed the camera button. The den, which is the hole in the ground barely visible just above the end of the black pipe, can be seen from the trail.

June 1 is National Trails Day. Celebrate it by heading out to a park and finding your own surprises on a Fairfax County Park Authority trail. Trail information and maps are on our web site.


Colvin Run Mill Earns $75,000 Grant 

County citizen and employee votes for a grateful Colvin Run Mill paid off. The historic site has received a $75,000 grant from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The grant follows Colvin Run's fourth-place finish among 24 Washington area historic sites in an online voting contest called Partners in Preservation. The contest helped determine how to divide nearly  one million dollars donated to historic preservation. 

Colvin Run's grant, the largest ever for the site, will fund restoration of the mill's upper levels, which will allow visitors to see more of the mill. 


Red, Bulbous, Bug Eyes 

Cicadas are coming. If you haven't been through this, it's quite an experience. They're harmless, but noisy. They might not be too thick in Fairfax County this time around. If you want some information about them, Hidden Pond Nature Center will have some on display, and the naturalists at any county nature facility can help. Channel 16's County Magazine also has information.


Arts in the Parks

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is just one of the many sites hosting Arts in the Parks programs this summer. One more reason to spend summer in your parks.


Changes at Frying Pan's Store

There's something new at the Country Store in Frying Pan Farm Park. An Artisans' Corner now features local artists and their work. In addition, keep an eye out for more locally made products in the future.


Blogging's On Our Mind

Here's what we've been talking about on our blog:


Trek Into Parks for a Birthday Party 

Celebrate a birthday in a park. Feed a turtle, visit with animals, make crafts, take a hayride, garden, following a naturalist, explore forests and meadows, fish or dig into archaeology -- and, of course, eat some cake. All of these parks can host your party: 


Ellanor C. Lawrence Park -- Frying Pan Farm Park -- Green Spring Gardens -- Hidden Oaks Nature Center -- Hidden Pond Nature Center -- Huntley Meadows -- Riverbend Park -- Sully Historic Site


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


The Farmers Markets are Open

Here's everything you need to know.


Rev It Up! It's Car Show Time

The annual Fathers' Day Antique Car Show returns to Sully Historic Site on June 16. More than 400 antique and classic cars will be on display. Don't forget sunglasses. These babies shine. 


Gather for a Campfire or Wagon Ride

Bring the family to a campfire or wagon ride. Visit the new Wagon Rides/Campfires web page for information. It's the Park Authority's new page that brings into one place all the information about campfires and wagon rides that take place at numerous parks.  


How About a Free Round of Golf?

A free round of golf is just one of the thanks for volunteers at the upcoming U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Va. We need scorers, forecaddies, standard bearers and more as the nation's best amateur public links golfers vie for a spot in the Masters. The tournament is July 15-20. Here's information on volunteering.

 Click on the links for information.  

 May 16: Hiking for Fitness, at Riverbend Park, 5:30 p.m.
 May 17: Cub Scout Camping, at Riverbend Park, 6 p.m.
 May 18: Spring Garden Day, at Green Spring Gardens, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
 May 18: Nature Buddies, at Huntley Meadows, 10 a.m.
 May 18: Evening Walk, at Huntley Meadows, 7:30 p.m.
 May 19: Tree Trek, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 5 p.m.
 May 20: Feeding Day, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 3 p.m.
 May 25: River Monsters, through E.C. Lawrence Park, 10 a.m.
 May 25: Cures From the Quarter, at Sully Historic Site, 1, 2 or 3 p.m.
 May 30: Fishing Merit Badge, at Riverbend Park, 4 p.m.
 May 31: Wagon Ride, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 7 p.m.
 Jun   1: Junior Equestrian, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 3:30 p.m
 Jun   2: Forestry Merit Badge, at Huntley Meadows, 9 a.m.
 Jun   2: Grinding at the Mill, at Colvin Run Mill, 12 noon-3 p.m.
 Jun   2: Wood Carving Lessons, at Colvin Run Mill, 12 noon-4 p.m.
 Jun   2: Stream Stomp, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 1:30 p.m.
 Jun   3: Feeding Day, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 3 p.m.
 Jun   3: Brownies: Hiker, at Riverbend Park, 4 p.m.
 Jun   3: After School on the Farm, at Frying Pan Farm Park, After school care begins June 3
 Jun   6: Animal Feeding Time, at Riverbend Park, 4 p.m.
 Jun   7: Turtle Time, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 10 a.m.
 Jun   8: Pond Life, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 10 a.m.
 Jun   9: Strawberry Festival, through E.C. Lawrence Park, 2 p.m.
 Jun 10: Venturers, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 3 p.m.
 Jun 16: Antique Car Show, at Sully Historic Site, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
 Jun 16: Grinding at the Mill, at Colvin Run Mill 12 noon-3 p.m.
 Jun 16: Wood Carving Lessons, at Colvin Run Mill, 12 noon-4 p.m.
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