January 2020, Vol. 20, No. 1

Get Outside for First Hike Fairfax

Start the new year off right. Hit the trails! First Hike Fairfax returns on New Year's Day with more prizes for the photo contest.

On January 1, Fairfax County joins state parks across Virginia and America to encourage you to start 2020 with a hike. First Hike Fairfax, presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation, is easy and fun. Visit any county park trail, shoot photos, pick your favorite, and enter the First Hike Fairfax Photo Contest by January 2. There are six ways to win a gift card or RECenter pass. MORE.  


Colvin Run Mill: A Web of Simple Machines

Simple answers can solve big problems. That’s the story behind a video produced by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for its STEM in 30 project. The museum teamed with Colvin Run Mill Historic Site to produce a show about simple machines that you probably interact with every day of your life.

See the video online, and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at both the Air and Space Museum and Colvin Run Mill.


Green Spring Hosts Winter Lectures

The Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series returns to Green Spring Gardens this month. The series presents talks by garden experts on the cutting edge of horticulture. The presentations take place on select Sundays in January, February and March. More information and the 2020 lecture schedule are on Green Spring’s website.  


Witch Hazels Bloom at Green Spring

It’s witch hazel blooming time at Green Spring Gardens. Green Spring has a nationally significant collection of more than 200 witch hazels, and they’ll be splashing color across the gardens over the next couple of months. See photos online and learn about the Virginia history of this hardy shrub. Green Spring hosts a tour of witch hazels on Feb. 22


Bluegrass Barn

The Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center auditorium will be jumping again on Sunday evenings to the sounds of some of the top names in bluegrass music as the Bluegrass Barn series, sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation, resumes.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Carolina Blue, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, and Troy Engle & Southern Skies will be in concert at Frying Pan Farm Park over the next few months. Half-season passes to all four shows are available. Details and tickets are on Frying Pan’s web page.


Farmers Market Vendors

Behind the scenes, we’re getting ready for the 2020 Farmers Market season. The Park Authority is recruiting new vendors who have unique, local food-based products. There are 10 producer-only farmers markets across the county. The hours, locations, and other information you need about the markets or about becoming a vendor is on the Park Authority web page. You can also follow markets through the season on Instagram or with the markets' free newsletter.



What's Going On in Parks

January Calendar of Events
Jan. 1: First Hike Photo Contest
Jan. 11: Astronomy Festival
May 2: The Healthy Strides 10K/5K
Rec-PAC Open Hires
School Snow Day Camps
Guided Hikes and Walks
Camps for School Holidays
Programs for Preschoolers
Mistletoe, Kisses, and Yuck! 
Sully's House Closed for Maintenance

 Volunteer in a Park
Programs for Scouts
Register for Classes
Subscribe to ResOURces
Campfire Programs in Parks
Subscribe to the Park Blog
Winter Weather: What's Open When it Snows?
Park Authority Newsletters and Publications


Colvin Run Mill Hidden Oaks Nature Center Sully Historic Site
E.C. Lawrence Hidden Pond Nature Center RECenters
Frying Pan Farm Park Huntley Meadows Lake Accotink
Green Spring Gardens Riverbend Park Lake Fairfax
  Golf Courses Burke Lake



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