ResOURces Newsletter-July 2013

By Fairfax County Park Authority - Thursday, July 11, 2013


NATURE, HISTORY AND HORTICULTURE IN FAIRFAX COUNTY

 July 2013  Volume 13, Number 7

Get to a Park This Month

July is Park and Recreation Month. Be part of it. Plenty of ideas for things to do below and on our website. Here's something fun for summer campers, bored kids and playful big folks. Tell us and show us why you love parks. Drop a note and photo to parkpix@fairfaxcounty.gov. We'll share them on Facebook. Have fun!

It's Not Just a Fair Time. It's a Great Time.

The carnival's back in town. August 1 through 4 are the dates for the 65th annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm Park. One of the county's biggest annual events brings old-fashioned country fun to suburbia with carnival games, rides, animal shows, 4-H exhibits and live entertainment. Make plans now.

 

ResOURces Railroad is Rolling

Ready for a ride on our new train? It made its debut on July 4 at Lake Fairfax Park. Keep an eye out this summer for Engine 62 and ResOURces Railroad at a park near you. We'll be moving it from site to site to use for fun rides and interpretive programs.

 

Native Plants in Your Yard

Bit by bit, you can make your yard more native. That's good for you, good for wildlife, good for the environment. Author Doug Tallamy recently talked with Fairfax County employees about native plants in suburbia. Learn from his tips how to make your yard more friendly toward nature.

 

The View from the Tower

In the Middle Ages, you were in serious trouble if you were sent to the tower. Not so today in Fairfax County. Volunteer Curtis Gibbens loves being sent to the tower at Huntley Meadows Park. See the park through the eyes of this writer and photographer.

 

Hidden Pond Team in National Environthon Finals

Hidden Pond Nature Center sends its Virginia State Champion Environthon Team to the National Finals at Montana State University on Aug. 4-10. Envirothon is a natural resources competition for high school students. Hidden Pond won the Virginia state title this past spring.

 
A Cicada Legacy
 
Kinda quiet out there without the cicadas. However, the billions of visitors who dropped by the east coast this spring have left a reminder of their month-long party. You might see brown, wilted tree limbs in some areas. They're no big deal, and it's not a disease. Female cicadas cut channels in those limbs and laid eggs in the furrows. Established trees will have no problem recovering from the natural trimming.
 

Parks Are Fun

There are 165 Fairfax County Park Authority parks with playgrounds. Find one near you.

 

Frying Pan's Nature Trail

Folks often visit Frying Pan Farm Park to attend an event or see the farm animals. But have you explored further? Did you know there's a nature trail at the park? It comes complete with a rock-splashed stream, a waterfall, trail markings and more. Drop by the Visitor Center and check out a family backpack that will have everything in it you need for a self-guided trek along the trail. Details about family backpacks at other parks are on page 8 of the Spring 2008 issue of ResOURces online.

 

Rain Garden Dedication in Memory of Sally Ormsby

There will be a public dedication of a rain garden on Saturday, July 20, in memory of local environmentalist Sally Ormsby. The outdoor event will take place at the Fred Packard Center in Annandale Community Park near Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

 

Park Board Adopts Strategic Plan

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has adopted a strategic plan for 2014 through 2018. The plan establishes priorities for park initiatives and creates a system for tracking their progress.

 
 
  
 
 Click on the links for information.  
 

 Jul  19: Riverside Campfire, Bats & Bugs, at Riverbend Park, 6:30 p.m.
 Jul  20: Milkshake Duo, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 10 a.m.
 Jul  20: Ice Cream Making, at Colvin Run Mill, 12-3 p.m.
 Jul  21: Grinding Demonstration, at Colvin Run Mill, 12-3 p.m.
 Jul  21: Wood Carving Lessons, at Colvin Run Mill, 12-4 p.m.
 Jul  21: Hands-On History, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 1:30 p.m.
 Jul  21: Stream Stomp, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 1:30 p.m.
 Jul  22: Tribal Trials Camp, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, M-F, 2:30 p.m.
 Jul  22: Potomac Adventures Camp, at Riverbend Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Jul  22: Wild Things Camp, at Riverbend Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Jul  22: Camp Extended Care, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 7 a.m.
 Jul  22: Camp Extended Care, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 8 a.m.
 Jul  22: Summer Sewing Camp, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Jul  22: Fun Camp, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Jul  22: Art Explorers Camp, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Jul  22: All About Animals, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Jul  22: Adventures on the Farm, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Jul  22: Chess Camp, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Jul  22: Music Camp, at Colvin Run Mill, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Jul  22: Tiny Tots Nature Camp, at Huntley Meadows, M-F, 9:30 a.m.
 Jul  22: Chess Camp, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 1 p.m.
 Jul  22: Zombie Rangers Camp, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, M-F, 7 p.m. 
 Jul  22: Camp Extended Care, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 4 p.m.
 Jul  22: Canoe Tour-Moonlight, at Riverbend Park, 7 p.m.
 Jul  23: Snake Hunters, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 9 a.m.
 Jul  24: Oh Deer!, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 10 a.m.
 Jul  27: The GoodLife Theatre, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 10 a.m.
 Jul  27: Ice Cream Making, at Colvin Run Mill, 12-3 p.m.
 Jul  29: Camp Extended Care, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 7 a.m.
 Jul  29: Camp Extended Care, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 8 a.m.
 Jul  29: Adventures on the Farm, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Jul  29: Fun Camp, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Jul  29: All About Animals, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Jul  29: Reptile Rangers Camp, at Riverbend Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Jul  29: Girl Scouts: Nature Adventures, at Riverbend Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Jul  29: Fine Arts Camp, at Colvin Run Mill, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Jul  29: Tracks and Traces Camp, at Huntley Meadows, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Jul  29: Sully Sleuths History Camp, at Sully Historic Site, M-F, 9:30 a.m.
 Jul  29: Animals of the Night Camp, at Huntley Meadows, M-F, 9:30 a.m.
 Jul  29: LEGO Mindstorms Robotics, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 4:15 p.m.
 Jul  31: Reptile Campfire, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 7 p.m.
 Aug 1-4: Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival, at Frying Pan Farm Park
 Aug  3: Rocknoceros, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 10 a.m.
 Aug  4: Grinding Demonstration, at Colvin Run Mill, 12-3 p.m.
 Aug  4: Ice Cream Making, at Colvin Run Mill, 12-3 p.m.
 Aug  4: Wood Carving Lessons, at Colvin Run Mill, 12-4 p.m.
 Aug  5: Creepy Crawlies Camp, at Riverbend Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Aug  5: Camp Extended Care, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 7 a.m.
 Aug  5: Camp Extended Care, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 8 a.m.
 Aug  5: Chess Camp, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Aug  5: Summer Sewing Camp, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Aug  5: Chess Camp, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Aug  5: Chess Camp, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Aug  5: Doggone Fun Camp, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Aug  5: All About Animals, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Aug  5: Adventures on the Farm, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Aug  5: Earthsavers Camp, at E.C. Lawrence Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Aug  5: Archaeological Dig Field Experience, at ECLP, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Aug  5: Fine Arts Camp, at Colvin Run Mill, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Aug  5: Nature Quest Camp, at Huntley Meadows, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Aug  5: History Hoppers, at Sully Historic Site, M-F, 9:30 a.m.
 Aug  5: Wetlanders Camp, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, M-F, 2:30 p.m.
 Aug  5: Camp Extended Care, at Frying Pan Farm Park, M-F, 4 p.m.
 Aug  6: Venom or Poison, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 9 a.m.
 Aug  7: Giant Spiders, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 8 p.m.
 Aug  9: Mill Races, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 10 a.m.
 Aug 10: Boardwalk Astronomy, at Huntley Meadows, 8:30 p.m.
 Aug 12: History Camp, at Colvin Run Mill, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Aug 12: Fishing Adventures Camp, at Riverbend Park, M-F, 9 a.m.
 Aug 12: The Modern Historian Camp, at Huntley Meadows, M-F, 9 a.m.
 
 
 
FIELD TRIPS AND PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS
 
 

 The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship

July 15-20 at Laurel Hill Golf Club

 
 
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