ResOURces Newsletter-June 2014: Baby Animals, Car Show, Camps, Bees

By Fairfax County Park Authority - Monday, June 09, 2014


 June 2014,  Vol. 14 No. 6

Sully Hosts 41st Car Show on Fathers' Day 

Get revved up for the 41st Annual Sully Antique Car Show on June 15. More than 400 classic and antique cars, trucks and specialty vehicles will be on display at the largest car show in Northern Virginia.

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Model A Ford Club of America sponsor the program at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly. Get information online or call 703-437-1794.

There's still time to be part of a summer camp with the Fairfax County Park Authority, the largest summer camp provider in Northern Virginia. And remember, there are three-day camps on June 25-27 after the county's public schools end their year.

Camp themes include sports, adventure, aquatics, boating, fishing, art, tech, equestrian, nature, science and more. Browse and sign up on the Park Authority's camps web page.

You find a baby deer or a rabbit in the woods. What then? Should you do something? Does it need protection? Is it in danger? Is it abandoned?

Most of the time, the solution is -- Do Nothing. A child found this fawn recently in Nature Playce at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. It was perfectly safe and healthy, and mom knew where it was. Find out what was going on in our blog.

Hang Out at a Farmers Market

The Chef at the Market series kicks off at the Reston Farmers Market on June 28. Eventually, all 11 markets will be hosting cooking demonstrations that are part of this series. The focus is on simple, low-cost nutritious recipes using produce available at the markets. This is a partnership between the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Virginia Cooperative Extension's Master Food Volunteers.

Concerts at the Government Center Farmers Market begin on July 3 with a performance by Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie. The market is open in the center's parking lot from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, and the concerts on the ellipse behind the center begin at 5:30 p.m.  It's a great opportunity to pick up some food at the market then flop on a blanket for a summer show. The Thursday concerts run through August.


Frying Pan has a critter on the farm that is helping all the residents who live near the park. Here's the buzz on the beehives at the farm and the man who tends them for the Park Authority.


Timing is everything, you've heard it said. Take a trip back through the years to see how folks used to mark the passage of time. There's a sun clock in the children's garden at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale.


This summer, you have a chance to earn a free wagon ride at Frying Pan Farm Park or even a free day at a RECenter or the Water Mine. Pick up a Discovery Trail Map at any of nine select parks and visit those parks before the end of August. Details are on the Park Authority website.


Green Spring Gardens volunteer Clint Fields is a finalist in the Cox Conserves Heroes program. The program recognizes volunteers who create, preserve or enhance shared outdoor spaces. The public casts votes online on behalf of the volunteers, and money is donated to a charity of the volunteer's choice based on the voting. A vote for Fields could help raise up to $10,000 to support an additional 2,800 Title I school children attending school programs at Green Spring Gardens. More information about the program and voting is on the Park Authority's website.

Nice To Hear. Thanks 

Hi Teri! (Tucker, at Frying Pan Farm Park)

Tyler's party on Saturday was great! All of the kids has so much fun and the weather was beautiful! Kayla (our party guide) did an amazing job! She was able to keep all of the kids interested and was super helpful with getting everything organized. Thank you for helping to make Tyler's party a success!!
Want to send out a HUGE thank you to Allison (Howell) and Ken (Garlem) for all their help during the Old Dominion Miniature Horse Show (at Frying Pan) on May 2,3,4. We could not have done it without your help!! Thank you so much! See you in 2015!!!
-Bill and Carol Hollar
Hi Cheryl (Repetti, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park),
I just wanted to say thank you for doing a wonderful job with the puppet show on Saturday. I think it was just right for three year olds -- it kept their attention and was perfect for that age.
-Leanna O'Donnell
Hidden Pond Nature Center Park Rangers,
Enclosed you will find the thank you cards my students wrote to the park rangers who led our field trip on Friday, April 25th. I wanted to let you know what a wonderful learning experience you provided for my students. They were excited to learn about nature and animals! The staff at your nature center does an amazing job of engaging our learners. Every guide was knowledgeable, interesting and enthusiastic.
-Mrs. Cresap, Old Bridge Elementary
Strong Showing for Hidden Pond Envirothon Team
The Hidden Pond Nature Center Envirothon team had a high finish for the fourth consecutive year at the Virginia's state Envirothon competition, but fell short of repeating as state champion.
Hidden Pond was first in the competition's soil category and placed second in both the aquatics and wildlife categories, but that wasn't enough to stop Fort Defiance High School of Augusta County from taking the state title.

Hidden Pond's team members were Monica Banghart, Sydney Spicer and Stuart Murdoch of West Springfield High School; Caroline Healey and Matt Baker of Woodson High School; and Evelyn Rosado of Robinson High School.
Program Listings by Parks



Program Listings by Date 

Jun 14  Nature Buddies, at Huntley Meadows, 11 a.m.
Jun 14  Backyard Conservation, at Huntley Meadows, 3:30 p.m.
Jun 15  Antique Car Show, at Sully Historic Site, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Jun 15  Intro to Kayaking, at Riverbend Park, 12 noon
Jun 15  Grain Grinding Demonstration, at Colvin Run Mill, 12 noon - 3 p.m.
Jun 19  Homeschool Day, at Sully Historic Site, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Jun 20  Rockhounders, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 4:30 p.m.
Jun 20  Bats, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 8:30 p.m.
Jun 21  Sunrise Kayak Tour, at RRiverbend Park, 7 a.m.
Jun 22  Intro to Kayaking, at Riverbend Park, 12 noon
Jun 25  Pond Life, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 7 p.m.
Jun 28  Hiking, at Riverbend Park, 10 a.m.
Jun 28  Evening Stroll, at Huntley Meadows, 8 p.m.
Jun 29  Dragonflies, at Huntley Meadows, 9 a.m.
Jul   1  Digital Photography, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 6:30 p.m.
Jul   1  Dog Obedience II, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 6:30 p.m.
Jul   1  Rally Obedience, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 8 p.m.
Jul   2  Digital Photography II, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 6:30 p.m.
Jul   2  Dog Obedience I, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 8 p.m.
Jul   3  Parent and Child Fishing by Boat, at RB, 5 p.m.
Jul   3  Treibball I, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 5:30 p.m.
Jul   3  Treibball II, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 6:45 p.m.
Jul   3  Quilting, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 7 p.m.
Jul   3  Dog Obedience I, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 8 p.m.
Jul   5  Sunrise Kayak Tour, at Riverbend Park, 7 a.m.
Jul   5  Turtle Survey, at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 4 p.m.
Jul   6  Grain Grinding Demonstration, at Colvin Run Mill, 12 noon - 3 p.m.
Jul   6  Intro to River Kayaking, at Riverbend Park, 1 p.m.
Jul   7  Yoga for Gardeners, at Green Spring Gardens, 9:45 a.m.
Jul   7  Tai Chi I, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 7 p.m.
Jul   7  Hatha Yoga II, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 7:30 p.m.
Jul   7  Tai Chi II, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 8 p.m.
Jul   8  Tai Chi II, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 8 p.m.
Jul   9  Hand Sewing Workshop for Kids, at Sully, 9:30 a.m.
Jul   9  Kayaking for Fitness, at Riverbend Park, 5 p.m.
Jul 10  Tai Chi I, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 7 p.m.
Jul 10  Tai Chi II, at Frying Pan Farm Park, 8 p.m.
Jul 11  Dairy Days - Ice Cream Making and Butter, at Sully, 1 p.m.
Jul 12  Evening Walk, at Huntley Meadows, 7 p.m.
Jul 12-13  World War II Living History, at Sully Historic Site, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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