ResOURces Newsletter-June 2013

By Fairfax County Park Authority - Thursday, June 06, 2013


June 2013   Volume 13,  Number 6 

Hidden Pond Envirothon Team Competes for National Title

This time, they're headed to the national championships. After two consecutive years of runner-up finishes, the Hidden Pond Envirothon team broke through on May 19 and 20 and won the 2013 Virginia State Envirothon Competition. Competing as one of the top 15 Envirothon teams in Virginia, Hidden Pond finished first in five (Presentation, Soils, Aquatics, Wildlife, Forestry) of the competiton's six categories last month. The squad will compete at the Canon North American Envirothon Competition August 4-10 at Montana State University. Team members get a side trip to Yellowstone National Park for a day during their journey west.  

The Hidden Pond Nature Center Envirothon Team, Virginia State Champions
Front Row: Coach & Naturalist Shannon Morley, Monica Banghart and Sydney Spicer (Sophomores, W. Springfield HS), Coach and Hidden Pond Manager Mike McCaffrey.
Back Row: Peter MacDonald (Sophomore, W. Springfield HS), Murjan Hammad (Senior, Home schooled), Owen Mulvey-McFerron (Senior, Woodson HS), Liam Berigan (Senior, Robinson HS), Matt Baker (Sophomore, Woodson HS).
Liam, Murjan and Owen have been with the team for three years. Liam is headed to Cornell University to study Environmental Science. Murjan is bound for Virginia Tech for Wildlife Sciences and Forestry. Owen plans to study Marine Biology at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey.

It's Car Show Time

It's the 40th time around for the annual Fathers' Day Antique Car Show at Sully Historic Site. Be part of the event's ruby anniversary on June 16. More than 400 antique and classic cars will be on display. Volunteer Lori Weinraub takes a look at the event's four decades in our blog.


Tour the Parks Without Leaving Tracks

Something new is coming to the parks.

Engine #62 is ready to roll this summer. We'll be testing it at camps in late June. Later, it will be used for tours and interpretation at several parks. Look for the three-car, trackless train's official debut on July 4 at Lake Fairfax Park.

New Interactive Trail Map Online

Hikers and bikers who use Fairfax County trails are going to love this. There's a new interactive map of county trails on the county website. Three links for you: Information about the project;  the trail map, which we call Fairfax Trail Buddy;  and the Bike Fairfax Interactive Bike Map.


ECLP Starts a Kids' Bird-Watching Club

Ever want your kids to look up and listen? Here's just the thing. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park has started a Bird Watching Club for children 5-to-11 years old. They plan to meet once a month. Call the park for details at 703-631-0013.


This is Going to Look Odd

Huntley Meadows Park is undergoing changes. A major restoration project is under way in the park's wetlands. Machines in the wetlands may look aberrant, but hang in there. We think it's going to look great after the construction.


This is Going to Look Odd, Too

Huntsman Lake in Springfield is going to be drained later this year. A fish save took place this spring in preparation for dredging and construction work at the site. Details about the project are on our blog and in a video online. There's also work being done at Brookfield Pond, and Royal Lake is slated for dredging that will likely occur in 2014 or 2015.


Mantis Mama's Kids Grow Up

Riverbend Park Naturalist Michelle Brannon has been raising Carolina Mantises this spring. She recently set her babies free in a meadow, and she writes about their release in the fifth and final blog of our Mantis Mama series.


Parks Through the Eyes of Park Staff 

Catch up with our blog:


REI Supports IMA with Third Grant

The Park Authority's Invasive Management Area program (IMA) is having an outstanding seventh year. Following last year's record-setting numbers for the program, the National Association of Government Communicators in April named IMA's Take Back the Forest initiative the best government communication product by any agency in the nation. Now, REI has stepped forward with a $10,000 grant, the company's third for the program. The three REI grants over the past two and a-half years total $35,000.

Be part of a national award-winning program that makes life better by protecting natural resources. Volunteer for IMA

Shop to Help Huntley Meadows

Consider helping Huntley Meadows Park when you shop for food next week. Springfield Whole Foods at 8402 Old Keene Mill Road will donate five percent of its proceeds from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 19 to the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park. Park staff will be at the store from noon to 3 p.m. that day with arts and crafts and goodie bags for kids.

FROGS to Mark 20th Anniversary

It's been 20 years since FROGS started appearing at Green Spring Gardens. The Friends of Green Spring mark their 20th anniversary of support for the park with a 6 p.m. gathering before the public Concert in the Gardens at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26. FROGS have helped make Green Spring one of the premier horticultural and educational gardens in the Washington area.


It's Now the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center

Huntley Meadows Park has renamed its main building the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center. Hoffman has devoted nearly 38 years to the protection and preservation of the park's wetlands. She is a co-founder of the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park and led the drive to save the wetlands in the 1970s by preventing a planned four-lane highway from being built through the park.

 Click on the links for information.  

 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.
 Jun 17: Jr. Naturalist, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 3 p.m.
 Jun 20: Kids' Korner, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 10 a.m.
 Jun 21: Bats, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 8:30 p.m.
 Jun 23: Hands-On History, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 1:30 p.m.
 Jun 24: History Camp, at Colvin Run Mill, 9 a.m., M-F
 Jun 24: Wildlife Rangers, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 9 a.m., M-F
 Jun 24: Creepy Crawlies, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 9 a.m., M-F
 Jun 24: Creepy Crawlies Camp, at Riverbend Park, 9 a.m., M-F
 Jun 24: Geology Rocks, at Riverbend Park, 9 a.m., M-F
 Jun 24: Scientists and Artists Camp, at Huntley Meadows, 9 a.m., M-F
 Jun 24: Dog Obedience II, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 5:30 p.m.
 Jun 26: Needlework Camp, at Sully Historic Site, 9:30 a.m., W-F
 Jun 26: Dog Obedience, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 8 p.m.
 Jun 27: Quilting, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 7 p.m.
 Jun 28: Veggie Garden, at Green Spring Gardens, 9 a.m.
 Jun 29: Evening Stroll, at Huntley Meadows, 8 p.m.
 Jun 30: Dragonflies, at Huntley Meadows, 9 a.m.
 Jul   1: Fishing Adventures, at Riverbend Park, 9 a.m.
 Jul   1: Freshwater Fishing Fun Camp, at Riverbend Park, 9 a.m., M-F
 Jul   1: Reptile Rangers, at Riverbend Park, 9 a.m., M-F
 Jul   1: Textile Merit Badge, at Sully Historic Site, 10 a.m.
 Jul   4: Oh Say Can You See, at Sully Historic Site, 1 p.m.
 Jul   5: Dairy Days, at Sully Historic Site, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
 Jul   6: Hiking for Fitness, at Riverbend Park, 8:30 a.m.
 Jul   6: Tai Chi, at Riverbend Park, 9 a.m.
 Jul   6: Ice Cream Making, at Colvin Run Mill, 12 noon-3 p.m.
 Jul   6: Turtle Survey, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 7 p.m.
 Jul   7: Birding for Beginners, at Huntley Meadows, 8 a.m.
 Jul   7: Pond Life, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 10 a.m.
 Jul   7: Grinding at the Mill, at Colvin Run Mill 12 noon-3 p.m.
 Jul   7: Wood Carving Lessons, at Colvin Run Mill, 12 noon-4 p.m.
 Jul   8: History Camp, at Colvin Run Mill, 9 a.m., M-F
 Jul   8: Arts al Fresco, at Green Spring Gardens, 9 a.m., M-F
 Jul   8: Geology Rocks, at Riverbend Park, 9 a.m., M-F
 Jul   8: History Hoppers, at Sully Historic Site, 9:30 a.m., M-F
 Jul   8: Yoga for Gardeners, at Green Spring Gardens, 9:30 a.m.
 Jul   8: Tai Chi I, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 7 p.m.
 Jul   8: Hatha Yoga II, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 7:30 p.m.
 Jul   8: Tai Chi II, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 8 p.m.
 Jul   9: Stream Monsters, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 9 a.m.
 Jul   9: Tai Chi I, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 7 p.m.
 Jul   9: Tai Chi II, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 8 p.m.
 Jul 13-14: World War II Living History, at  Sully Historic Site, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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