ResOURces Newsletter-April 2014

By Fairfax County Park Authority - Friday, April 04, 2014


April 2014,  Vol. 14 No. 4

Farmers Markets Set to Open 

Farmers Markets open across the county the first week of May. There will be Master Gardener plant clinics at the markets as well as great foods from vendors within 125 miles of Fairfax County. It's all fresh and locally grown. Everything about Farmers Markets is on the Fairfax County Park Authority's website.
There will be 11 market sites this year -- Sherwood Library, Oak Marr RECenter, and Wakefield Park on Wednesdays -- Mason District Park, Old Town Herndon, and the new market at the Government Center on Thursdays -- Lewinsville Park and the Kingstowne Town Center on Fridays -- the Burke VRE parking lot and Reston's Lake Anne Village Center on Saturdays -- and the Lorton VRE parking lot on Sundays.

Rolling Out Eggs, a Bunny Train and Spring Programs

Engine #62 and the Bunny Train visit McLean Central Park, and a half-dozen parks hold spring egg hunts this month. Spring programs at Fairfax County Park Authority parks include a tasting party, an egg decoration workshop, a garden tour and more. April's programs hit a crescendo when the Fairfax County Park Foundation brings you the Healthy Strides Health and Fitness Expo at South Run RECenter on April 25, the Healthy Strides Community 5K/10K at Burke Lake Park on April 26, and SpringFest Fairfax at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton on April 26.

Look for the Fairfax County Park Authority tent at SpringFest. We'll have turtle and snake exhibits, backyard insects, cultural resources, a composting demonstration, live birds of prey, native plant seeds, examples of animals that are indicators of a healthy environment, and touchable sea creatures. Entertainer Billy B appears courtesy of the Park Foundation.

Visit the Babes of Frying Pan

Spring is birthing time on the farm. Due dates are arriving for the cows, sheep and pigs of Kidwell Farm at Frying Pan Farm Park on West Ox Road in Herndon. Plan now to visit the farm's newborns. The sign at the front of the park announces the new births, and we've got the animals and their due dates listed on our website. And remember, you can see the babies, watch sheep shearing, milk a cow, take a wagon ride and more at Spring Farm Day on Saturday, May 10.


Bluebells Bloom at Riverbend

It's bluebell time at Riverbend Park. Follow the progress of the spring bloomers on our blog, and head to Riverbend on Saturday, April 12, for the animal displays, wagon rides, moon bounce, music and more at the Bluebells at the Bend Festival.


Rip Some Weeds

The Fairfax County Park Authority's national award-winning Invasive Management Area Program (IMA) needs volunteers for a third go-round of Take Back the Forest. REI, Inc. and the Fairfax County Park Foundation are sponsoring the program to remove invasive plants from parks for a third straight year. We're looking for 625 volunteers from now through May to help us rid the parks of invasives. Volunteer and get a free t-shirt based on a design by Centreville High School's Judy Moon.

Kyle Wakayama of REI, Inc. and IMA coordinator Erin Stockschlaeder display this year's Take Back the Forest t-shirt.

Be a Little More Green 

Looking for gardening information or a place to pick up something new for your home plantings this year? The Garden Gate Plant Shop at Green Spring Gardens is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Visit the gardens and shop for all things horticultural, and plan for Spring Garden Day on May 17.


Take a Hard Hat Tour Behind the Scenes 

This could be the best time in the last 40 years to tour Colvin Run Mill Historic Site. Colvin Run is offering special tours on the mill's history while restoration work is continuing through November. It's a chance to really see how the mill works. Thanks to the Fairfax County Park Foundation, preservationists aged 2-to-12 will receive hard hats as tour souveniers while supplies last.


16 Tons of Tires

Because of an Eagle Scout, more than 500 tires were recently hauled out of Elklick Preserve -- part of an effort supported by Park Authority maintenance crews that have seen 1,500 tires removed from parks in the past half-year.


Adapted Programs Expand at Riverbend

Riverbend Park patrons with disabilities will have a chance to get out on the Potomac River this summer. A grant through the Fairfax County Park Foundation from the Take Me Fishing initative will fund the purchase of sit-on-top kayaks that are accessible for folks with physical disabilities. An adapted kayaking program kicks off June 28.


Nomination Time for Environmental Excellence Awards 

Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Fairfax County Environmental Excellence Awards. The awards recognize county residents, organizations, businesses and county employees who dedicate time and energy to benefit the environment. Nominations are open through May 31.


Summer Bonus at Lake Fairfax Park

Season passes are on sale for the Water Mine at Lake Fairfax Park. The water park opens on May 24. You'll have a chance to double your fun on some days at the park this year. Engine #62 of ResOURces Railroad will be running at Lake Fairfax on the second weekends of June, July and August and on May 31, June 1 and July 4. Hit the pool and hitch a ride this summer.

Learn About Parks Through Podcasts

There's a good chance you haven't been to all of the Fairfax County Park Authority's 400-plus parks. Learn what's in some of our resource parks you may not have visited by lending an ear. Give a listen to our short welcome-to-the-park podcasts.


Party in the Parks

Celebrate a birthday in a park. Some ideas to get you started:


Ellanor C. Lawrence Park: Feed a turtle or explore historical artifacts. Make a craft. 703-631-0013

Frying Pan Farm Park: Visit the baby animals and take a hayride. 703-437-9101


Green Spring Gardens: Indoors or outdoors, learn of plants and gardens. 703-642-5173

Hidden Oaks Nature Center: Celebrate with naturalist-led programs indoors or outside in the forest. Themes include dinosaurs, butterflies, reptiles and more. 703-941-1065

Hidden Pond Nature Center: Visit the animals in the nature center and explore the woods around the pond. 703-451-9588


Huntley Meadows:  Explore forest, meadows, a visitor center and a boardwalk that runs through wetlands full of wildlife. 703-768-2525

Riverbend Park: Explore the world of reptiles and amphibians, uncover clues about forest animals, dig into dinosaurs, learn about archaeology or make it a fishing trip. 703-759-9018


Sully Historic Site: Party like it's 1799. Programs led by a staff historian. 703-437-1794

Birthday party packages also are available at RECenters, Burke Lake, Jefferson Falls Miniature Golf Course,  and Lake Accotink Park. 


Spring Break Camps are This Month

There's still time to sign up for this month's Spring Break Camps.

 All you need to know is on our website.

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


Program Listings by Date  

Apr.   9  Wildlife Wednesday, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 11  Rockhounders, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 4:30 p.m.
Apr. 12  Easter Egg Hunt, at Colvin Run Mill, multiple times
Apr. 12  Sketches in Nature, at Huntley Meadows, 10 a.m.
Apr. 12  Bluebells at the Bend Festival, at Riverbend Park, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Apr. 12  Easter Egg Hunt, at Sully Historic Site, 1 p.m.
Apr. 12-13 Dinosaur Egg Hunt, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, multiple times
Apr. 14  Monday Bird Walk, at Eakin Park, Every Monday, 7 a.m.
Apr. 14  Spring Break Special, at Sully Historic Site, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Apr. 18  Spring Break Special, at Sully Historic Site, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Apr. 18  Boy Scout Day, at Sully Historic Site, 1 p.m.
Apr. 19  Breakfast with the Birds, at Riverbend Park, 7:30 a.m.
Apr. 20  Dinosaur Egg Hunt, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, multiple times
Apr. 21  Feeding Day, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 3:30 p.m.
Apr. 24  Homeschool Day, at Sully Historic Site, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Apr. 25  Kids Night Out, at Riverbend Park, 6 p.m.
Apr. 25  Family Nature Night, at Huntley Meadows, 6:30 p.m.
Apr. 26  Food Wars, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 10 a.m.
Apr. 26  Backyard Conservation, at Huntley Meadows, 3:30 p.m.
Apr. 26  Girl Scout Evening, at Colvin Run Mill, 6 p.m.
Apr. 28  Animal Vets, at Riverbend Park, 4 p.m.
May   3  Fly Fishing, at Riverbend Park, 9 a.m.
May   3  Sketches in Nature, at Huntley Meadows, 10 a.m.
May   3  Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge, at RB, 10 a.m.
May   3  Laundry Day, at Sully Historic Site, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
May   3  May Day Baskets, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 3:30 p.m.
May   5  Nature Quest, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 10 a.m.
May   5  Trees of Riverbend, at Riverbend Park, 10 a.m.
May   5  Feeding Day, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 3:30 p.m.
May   6  Trillium Trek, via Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 9 a.m.
May   9  Local Lore, at Huntley Meadows, 6 p.m.
May 10  Nature Buddies, at Huntley Meadows, 11 a.m.
May 12  Animal Vets, at Riverbend Park, 4 p.m.

Springfest Fairfax is April 26

Bees, trees, seeds, weeds, shows, reptiles, stream cleanup, food drive, pony rides, plant sales, food court, climbing wall, bounce house, petting zoo, face painting and more. All of that, all on one day, sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority, the Fairfax County Park Foundation, the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Clean Fairfax, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. Be part of it at Springfest Fairfax 2014 on April 26 at the Workhouse Arts Center.




Link Up With Your Parks:

  Encourage park stewardship by sharing or forwarding this newsletter.

   This is a Fairfax County Park Authority Publication.         
If ADA accommodations and/or alternative formats are needed, please call (703) 324-8695.

If you would like to receive ResOURces each month it is published, subscribe by signing up for E-News at  and select the Natural Resource Management box. If you have signed up for E-News, you will receive ResOURces when it contains information on the topics you requested.ResOURces' email addresses are: and

Fairfax County Park Authority | Fairfax, VA 22035 | 703-324-8695 | Fax 703-324-3996 | TTY 703-803-3354 |



[ 12055 Government Center Pkwy. Suite 927, Fairfax, VA 22035 ]  [ 703-222-4664 ]
Comments to FCPA Webmaster