ResOURces Newsletter-August 2013

By Fairfax County Park Authority - Tuesday, July 23, 2013


 August 2013,  Vol. 13  No. 8

Hidden Pond 15th in National Envirothon

The Hidden Pond Nature Center Envirothon Team made its first trip to the National Envirothon a successful one with a 15th-place finish among the 57 competing state and provincial championship teams from the United States and Canada. The local team earned its trip to the nationals by winning the Virginia state Envirothon championship earlier this year. Hidden Pond highlighted its national result with a tie for first place and a perfect score in the Rangeland Special Topic category, one of six categories in which teams competed. Hidden Pond also tied for sixth in the Aquatics division. The Mount Academy in Esopus, New York, won the national title, followed by the state champions from Massachusetts and Missouri.

The Hidden Pond Nature Center Envirothon Team
Front Row: Coach & Naturalist Shannon Morley, Monica Banghart and Sydney Spicer (Juniors, W. Springfield HS), Coach and Hidden Pond Manager Mike McCaffrey.
Back Row: Peter MacDonald (Junior, W. Springfield HS), Murjan Hammad (Home School Graduate), Owen Mulvey-McFerron (Woodson HS Graduate), Liam Berigan (Robinson HS Graduate), Matt Baker (Junior, Woodson HS).
Liam plans to study Environmental Science at Cornell, Murjan will major in Wildlife Sciences  and Forestry at Virginia Tech, and Owen will study Marine Biology and Environmental Science at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
In an email announcing its national placing, the Hidden Pond team acknowledged Northern Virginia Soil Scientist Dan Schwarz for his training sessions, Stephanie DiNicola-Turner of the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District for organizing area competitions, Beth Sokolik of the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District for her organization of state competitions, Jim McGlone of the Virginia Department of Forestry for assistance with tree identification and timber usage, Dominion Virginia Power for sponsorship, and former head coach Emily Smith for her dedication to the program.
Envirothon is the nation's largest high school environmental education competition. The competition week in early August at Montana State University in Bozeman included side trips to a rodeo and to Yellowstone National Park.

Riverbend Hosts Indian Festival Sept. 7

Eight American Indian tribes from Virginia will gather on Sept. 7 at Riverbend Park for one of the site's biggest events of the year. It's Riverbend's Virginia Indian Festival featuring the Rappahannock dancers and drummers. Plenty of hands-on activities and live demonstrations of American Indian culture.


No Blah Blah Blah in our Blogs

Hope you're keeping up with us, because we've been busy blogging:


Party Animals

Invite some wildlife to a birthday party. Celebrate with us at these parks:


Volunteer in the Cool of September

Spend time outdoors as dropping temperatures invite you back to the parks. Plan now to be in the parks in September, even if just for a short time, as a volunteer. Match your skills with the needs at parks:


Parks are Fun

There are 130 Fairfax County Park Authority parks with picnic areas. Find one near you.


Fill 'em Out

It's always thrilling to fill out a form!  Yeah, we know, it can be a drag. But it's helpful. We just won a national award for the way we use the information gathered from class evaluation forms you fill out after Park Authority programs. So please help us keep improving. Fill 'em out.


What's Happening in Nature?

Follow the changes in nature week-by-week all year long. The Hidden Pond Nature Center Almanac can give you a good idea of what's going on in nature at any given time. It's an easy, informative way to watch and learn about nature.


Annual Park Awards Announced

The Fairfax County Park Authority has announced its 2013 Elly Doyle Park Service Award winners. The awards will be presented this fall at a ceremony that will include the introduction of a new honor -- the Mayo Stuntz Cultural Stewardship Award.  In addition, the Park Foundation has announced the 2013 Eakin Philanthropy Award recipients.


Events in the Parks

Aug. 22:  Flora Fauna, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 10 a.m.
Aug. 22:  Flora Fauna, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 11 a.m.
Aug. 23:  Night Hike, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7:15 p.m.
Aug. 24:  Dinorock, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 10 a.m.
Aug. 24:  Evening Stroll, at Huntley Meadows, 8 p.m.
Aug. 25:  Sketches in Nature, at Huntley Meadows, 1 p.m.
Aug. 28:  White Glove Tour, at Sully Historic Site, 1 p.m.
Aug. 29:  Flora Fauna, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 10 a.m.
Aug. 29:  Flora Fauna, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 11 a.m.
Sept.   1:  Grinding Demonstration, at Colvin Run Mill, 12 noon - 3 p.m.
Sept.   1:  Blacksmithing Demonstration, at Colvin Run Mill, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sept.   4:  Mr. Weather Bear, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 10 a.m.
Sept.   4:  Wildlife Wednesdays, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 4:30 p.m.
Sept.   5:  Brown Bag with Nature, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 12:15 p.m.
Sept.   5:  Parent and Child Fishing by Boat, at Riverbend Park, 5:30 p.m.
Sept.   6:  Riverside Campfire: Night Wings, at Riverbend Park, 6:30 p.m.
Sept.   7:  River Monsters, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 9 a.m.
Sept.   7:  Nature by Touch, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 2 p.m.
Sept.   7:  Hands-On Nature, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 2 p.m.
Sept.   7:  Peach Cobbler Campfire, at E.C. Lawrence Park, 6:30 p.m.
Sept.   8:  Kayak Tour-Island Hopping, at Riverbend Park, 9 a.m.
Sept.   8:  Indian Lore Merit Badge, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 12:30 p.m.
Sept.   8:  All About Bees, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 2 p.m.
Sept.   9:  History for Homeschoolers, at Colvin Run Mill, 10 a.m.
Sept.   9:  Nature Quest, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 10 a.m.
Sept.   9:  Feeding Day!, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 10:  Storytime in the Forest, at Huntley Meadows, 10 a.m.
Sept. 10:  Storytime in the Forest, at Huntley Meadows, 1:30 p.m.

Don't Miss These Links

Sept. 7: Indian Festival at Riverbend

Oct. 5: Fall Garden Day at Green Spring

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