ResOURces Newsletter-Dec 2013
By Fairfax County Park Authority - Wednesday, November 13, 2013
NATURE, HISTORY AND HORTICULTURE IN FAIRFAX COUNTY
December 2013 Volume 13, No. 12
Jolly Times in the Parks
Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series Returns
The Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series returns to Green Spring Gardens. It's a chance to hear leading authors, garden designers and scientists talk about gardening. Topics include plant varieties, history, photography and conservation. The lecture schedule is on Green Spring's website.
Smiles All Around
||There were smiles all around this past weekend at Frying Pan Farm Park. Thanks to the support team and, especially, to all of the volunteers who make our annual Children's Holiday Shopping program a smashing success. |
Eyes on the Sky: Meteors Coming
As this issue of ResOURces is emailed, we are in the midst of the annual Geminid meteor shower. Upwards of 100 meteors an hour are sometimes spotted during peak hours. We'll get you pointed in the right direction. Some county parks are featuring astronomy programs this month, and some also host astronomy programs for scouts.
Use Art to Take Back the Forest
Design a T-shirt for the Park Authority and win a gift certificate from REI. We're hosting a T-shirt design contest for 12-to-18 year-old county residents. The theme is Take Back the Forest, the slogan for the Park Authority's Invasive Management Area (IMA) program. Go to the IMA website for details about how to enter and win.
Fires, Flyers and Favorites: Our Blog
Been following our blog? If so, then you know we've been talking about:
and Candlelight tours of history
Work Starting on Brookfield Dam
You may soon see some major reconstruction work at Brookfield Community Park Pond and Brookfield Park Dam in Springfield. Here's what's going on.
New Director for Park Authority
The Park Authority will have a new director starting Jan. 27, 2014. Meet Kirk Kincannon.
FCPA Board and Friends Groups
This year, 2013, is unique in that three of the Fairfax County Park Authority's irrepressible Friends groups all are marking major anniversaries. The Park Authority's board took time recently to note those milestones and to thank and honor the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park, Green Spring Gardens, and Hidden Oaks Nature Center.
Give Someone a Park This Holiday Season
Parks Are For History
There are 93 Fairfax County Park Authority parks with historic areas in them. Find one near you.
Re-Accreditation for Parks
We have again met the national standards that assure Fairfax County residents we're doing a quality, responsible job. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies has re-accredited the Fairfax County Park Authority
. The county Board of Supervisors
recently recognized the agency for its re-accreditation, which Acting Director Cindy Messinger calls "a significant accomplishment." Thank you for supporting your parks and for giving us the tools to do our job well.
Thanks for Visiting
"Yesterday we met some of our best friends from Alabama up near their house in Springfield, VA. We don't get to see them much anymore since all the kids are in school but since everyone had the day off we decided to take advantage. We met at this awesome park by their house called Hidden Pond and paid the $6 to go to the Nature class. The kids learned about what animals do to get ready for winter and then went on a nature hike out on the trails. They made little habitats to help the creatures outside. Then they came back inside and colored pictures and got snacks. Then we played on the playground for a while and wore them out." -- From the blog "My Three Olson Boys.
"We love coming to Hidden Oaks each year because the squirrel puppet show fits right into our curriculum! The kids really enjoy all animals and the cool stuff in the nature center, and they get the opportunity to walk out into the woods and hear all about the dreys and trees and creatures out in the woods. Everyone at Hidden Oaks is fabulous and we appreciate so much all that you do for the children in our area. Thank you all!" -- Lisa Melchiori, Kindergarten teacher, Poplar Tree ES.
Green Spring on the Other Side of the World
We got a kick out of this Green Spring selfie.
This is a photo of our own Green Spring Gardens on the cover of a magazine published in Mongolia. Thanks to a former Green Spring volunteer for spotting it.
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