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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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