May 2020, Vol. 20, No. 5
Let us bring parks to you. Our new Virtual Exploration Center helps you stay healthy and engaged. There are photos and descriptions of natural and cultural resources, ideas for things to do, a printable health journal, health and fitness trackers, video workouts and nutrition information. There are nature walk and scavenger hunt bingo games, a field guide to plants and wildlife, updates on births at Frying Pan Farm Park, history-themed coloring pages, interactive tours of county historic sites, a guide to historical roadside markers and historic sites, and information about county museum collections. The page is updated regularly, so check back for new ideas. Come explore parks from home.
Three Fairfax County Park Authority farmers markets are slated to open in May.
The Reston market is scheduled to open May 9, the Mount Vernon/McCutcheon market on May 13, and the Burke market on May 16. There will be health and social distancing requirements at these markets.
Please see the farmers market website for details.
Spring wildlife activity combined with more people walking in the parks means there could be more wildlife sightings than usual this year. Here are blogs about wildlife you may encounter in Fairfax County:
Too Much Fawning. Leave Baby Deer Alone
Be Bear Aware, Not Bear Afraid
Snakes? Just Leave ‘em Alone
When Does Wildlife Need Human Help?
Who's Caring for Park Exhibit Animals?
And one about the farm animals: Caring for the Newborns at Frying Pan Farm Park
A major project to protect forest at Frying Pan Farm Park is coming. It’s part of the Park Authority’s Helping Our Land Heal ecological restoration program. The years-long project will remove invasive species and create a more native, natural landscape. Project details are online.
Heading to a park for a walk? Take along a camera. Get tips on photography in the parks in the latest issue of the Snapshots newsletter.
The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation celebrated Earth Day with a virtual poetry showcase that recognized winners of the 2020 Fairfax Parks Student Poetry Contest. A record 150 students in grades K-8 entered. This year's theme, "My Parks, My Planet," celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. See the list of winners online.
The Fairfax County Park Authority annually recognizes the best efforts of its volunteers and partners. Any resident can submit a nomination. Details about the Elly Doyle Awards and how to nominate a park volunteer or park partner are online.
Where do you go for information about COVID-19, the parks and the county?
Follow these links:
Park Information and a Park FAQ
The Fairfax County COVID-19 Web Site
The CDC and Parks
Parks with Trails (use the filter to select Trails)
Trails Web Page
We are daily reviewing state and federal guidelines while coordinating with the Health Department, county officials, and other park agencies. This emergency situation is fluid. Like a river full of rapids, things can change quickly. See the FAQ on our web site and follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for the latest information and any changes about activities in parks.
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