April 2021, Vol. 21, No. 4

Three Farmers Markets Open in April

Time for fresh food.

Three Fairfax County farmers markets open in April: Burke on Saturday, April 10, McCutcheon/Mt. Vernon on Wednesday, April 21, and Herndon on Thursday, April 22.

The other seven county markets open in May.

Market addresses, schedules and safety guidelines are on our web site.  


Invasives Go in the Trash

Fairfax County requires yard waste to be placed in paper bags. So why does the Park Authority's Invasive Management Area program use large plastic bags? Because the size is needed, and those bags are packed with non-native invasive plants that must be incinerated. Invasives are burned, not composted. Material you leave curbside in paper bags is turned into mulch. Invasive plants in mulch would spread their seeds. At home, don't put invasive plants in paper bags for pickup and composting. Trash them.


Take a Virtual Mini Field Trip

Hidden Oaks Nature Center has created a series of virtual mini field trips for teachers and families. It's a series of videos, some in Spanish, designed to help kids understand nature.

The topics and teachings in these short videos align with Virginia Standards of Learning and are funded by a Northrop Grumman Science Educational Support grant through the Park Foundation.

Find them on the Hidden Oaks web page.


Take Your Best Shot: Photo Contest

Photos on the Farm! Enter the first Frying Pan Farm Park Photo Contest sponsored by the Friends of Frying Pan Park.

Entry deadline is April 15. Entry fees go toward feeding the farm animals and supporting the farm.

Details are online


Hidden Pond Hosts Private and Family Programs

Enjoy a private program at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Hidden Pond hosts private programs on several topics for groups of up to eight people. The cost is $45 per group, and only one group attends each program.

Check out all of the park’s programs online


Frying Pan Welcomes Newcomers

Spring births have started at Frying Pan Farm Park. Video

More are coming. You can follow the schedule of expected birth dates and the arrival of the newcomers on Frying Pan’s web site.

You can keep up with the park's new arrivals in our blog and on the Park Authority's FacebookInstagram, and Twitter pages.    


Blue-ming Bluebells

We can’t let spring slip by without a reminder of the bluebell displays taking place at several parks. This spring explosion of blue is a specialty at Riverbend Park in Great Falls.

Buds were showing at publication time, so plan for an April trip to the park. This is one of those regional must-see events if you live in the Washington area.


New Camping Rule: No Outside Firewood

A new park rule prohibits campers from bringing firewood into any Fairfax County Park Authority campground. The potential for spreading pests and/or disease that would damage our natural resources is too great.

FCPA can provide firewood.

See the campground guidelines.  


Share Your Thoughts on Fairfax County’s Future

Help shape the future of Fairfax County. Give us feedback on the proposed Countywide Strategic Plan. This is the county vision for the next 10 to 20 years. Take a survey to provide your input into the future of our community. Find it online in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Vietnamese.  


Record-Setting Social Posts: Cicada and Cardinal

We had a pair of record-setting social media posts recently. A Facebook post about cicadas went viral, and a holiday card photo of a cardinal became our most-liked Instagram post. You can see a story about the cardinal pic in the latest issue of our newsletter about photography in parks, Snapshots.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and Youtube. 


More in the Parks

Summer Camps

Parks With Trails

Healthy Strides 5K

Video: Spring Frog Calls

Green Spring Geocaching

Rec-PAC/Water Mine Jobs

Pohick Valley Trail Construction

Lake Accotink Dredging/Update

artiFACTS: Historic Nursing Photo

Wakefield Park Bike Trail Restoration

City Nature Challenge, April 30-May 3

Nominate Volunteers for Park Awards

Arthur Peacock’s Escape and Escapade

Random Hills Park Trail Improvements

April 12: Green Spring Plant Sales Begin

Follow Spring on Hidden Pond’s Almanac


A Little Bit More 

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Summer Jobs in Parks

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Colvin Run Mill Hidden Oaks Nature Center Sully Historic Site
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Frying Pan Farm Park Huntley Meadows Lake Accotink
Green Spring Gardens Riverbend Park Lake Fairfax
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