ResOURces Newsletter-Jan 2014

By Fairfax County Park Authority - Thursday, December 19, 2013


January 2014    Vol. 14, No. 1   

Restoration is Working at Huntley Meadows

The reconstruction project at Huntley Meadows is winding down. Staff at the park thought it would take up to three years to learn if wildlife would respond as hoped to the massive changes in the park.

Spinning History at Colvin Run

Colvin Run Mill plans to have a second millstone turning later this year. Grant money is funding completion of the mill restoration that started in 1968.

Warm Up at the Boil Down

Plan now for one of the sweetest events of the year. Colvin Run Mill's annual Maple Syrup Boil-Down is one of the site's major seasonal events. This year it is scheduled for three upcoming Sundays -- Feb. 9, Feb. 23 and March 2. See how maple tree sap is turned into syrup, and taste that syrup drizzled over the mill's fresh-baked cornbread.

The Ground's Frozen: A Perfect Time to Talk Gardening

The Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series is under way at Green Spring Gardens. It's a chance for you to hear from authors, garden designers, scientists and others on the cutting edge of horticulture. Upcoming topics include the Smithsonian's garden archives, shade gardens, peonies, favorite plants, garden photography, archaeology, conservation, container gardening and more. 
The schedule is on Green Spring's website.

Garden photography is one winter lecture topic at Green Spring Gardens.

New Programs Coming to ECLP

Here's your chance to learn about winter birds in our area, how trees helped build our nation, and to eat foods that the Confederates ate. Kids will have a chance to join a bird-watching club or a reptile and amphibian club. Those are some of the new programs coming soon to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

 Kids can join a bird-watching or a reptile/amphibian club at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. 


Teacher Workdays?

No School?

No problem.

Fairfax County public schools have teacher workdays on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 30-31. Kids don't go to school. Instead, they can go to the parks! Parks have oodles of things to do, including workshops and all-day camps. Check out our teacher workday events for you. 



NRMP Plan Goes Before Park Board

Ten years ago, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board adopted the agency's first Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP), a ground-breaking step that coordinated the agency's work on resource preservation. It's how we protect natural resources for you. That five-year plan was renewed five years ago, and now it's time for another go-round. The Park Board meets January 22 with adoption of a new NRMP on the agenda. These links take you to a summary of accomplishments under the original planthe current NRMP, the new NRMP draft, and a simple page of plan highlights that summarizes what it's all about.


Nice Words for Sully

Sully Historic Site:

I want to take this opportunity to let you know how much we enjoyed our visit to Sully Historic Site...... Our docents were so well informed and answered all of many questions. We really enjoyed learning not only the history of Sully but also about the daily lives of those who lived there through the years. I also want to thank you for your hospitality at Sully - everyone was so gracious and friendly - we felt at home.
Again, many thanks for an excellent tour of the house and grounds.
We hope to return again in the future.
Jill Gentry, Trip Coordinator
Lifelong Learning Institute - Manassas

The Park Authority's Annual Report

It's like our high school yearbook for 2013.


Events in the Parks

Program Listings by Park

Colvin Run Mill          E.C. Lawrence          Frying Pan          Green Spring

Hidden Oaks          Hidden Pond          Huntley Meadows          Riverbend
Sully          RECenters          Lake Fairfax          Lake Accotink          Golf
Jan. 15  Nature Detectives, at Huntley Meadows, 1:30 p.m.
Jan. 15  Tiny Tot Read Aloud, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 2:15 p.m.
Jan. 16  Winter Biology, at Riverbend Park, 3 p.m.
Jan. 16  Quilting, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 7 p.m.
Jan. 16  Tai Chi I, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 7 p.m.
Jan. 16  Tai Chi II, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 8 p.m.
Jan. 17  Rockhounders, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 4:30 p.m.
at  Green Spring Gardens,1:30 p.m.
Jan. 24  Family Nature Night, at Huntley Meadows, 6 p.m.
Jan. 25  Hot Cocoa Party, at Green Spring Gardens, 1:30 p.m.
Jan. 25  Flying Dragons, at Huntley Meadows, 3 p.m.
Jan. 25  Evening Walk, at Huntley Meadows, 5 p.m.
Jan. 26  Drummers and Drillers, at Huntley Meadows, 10 a.m.
Feb.  2  Groundhog Day, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 1:30 p.m.
Feb.  3  Nature Quest, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 10 a.m.
Feb.  7  Local Lore, at Huntley Meadows, 6 p.m.
Feb.  8  Hiking, at Riverbend Park, 8:30 a.m.
Feb.  8  Birds of Prey, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 10 a.m.
Feb.  9  Dynamic Nature Walking, at Riverbend Park, 8:30 a.m.
Feb.  9  Maple Syrup Boil-Down, at Colvin Run Mill, 12 noon - 2 p.m.
Feb. 10  Jr. Naturalists, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 3:30 p.m.

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