March 2017, Vol. 17 No. 3

Find the Right Spring or Summer Camp


Which camp is right for your family? Here's the easy answer. Visit Camp Fair on Saturday, March 11, from noon to 4 p.m. at Audrey Moore RECenter. It's one-stop shopping for spring and summer camps. Your second opportunity to sample summer camps is Saturday, March 25 when Frying Pan Farm Park hosts Summer Campler from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the farm animals and get a sneak peek of summer activities on the farm.


His Name is R2Deer2

Deer can cause havoc in your yard. Inspired by a visit to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, some local students took on that suburban challenge and created a robotic solution. Meet R2Deer2 in our blog.


Learn To I-D Spring Frog Calls

It's not hard to identify the frogs and toads that herald spring awakenings in the parks. There's a short video that will help you learn the calls as they start getting active in warming temperatures.

Lend us an ear and follow the progress of spring through frog calls, then stay in touch with nature's annual journeys by following the nature almanac on the Hidden Pond Nature Center website.


Five Beautiful Spring Hikes

The trails we recommended for First Hike Fairfax are still there. If you're a hiker or want to explore new turf, here are five can't-miss trails in Fairfax County Park Authority parks. See photos of them on our Flickr page. If you're a first-time visitor to any of the trails, the Fairfax County Park Foundation asks you to please drop them a note about your experience.


One More Boil Down

Have you stuck to your New Year's resolutions? Need some support to stick to your goals?

Well, we can provide the sticky part. Come to the last Maple Syrup Boil Down of the spring. It's Sunday, March 5, at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site in Great Falls.


Big People, Too

Frying Pan Farm Park is not just for kids. If you've never been there, watch Park Manager Yvonne Johnson take you on a two-minute video tour of one of the most popular parks in Fairfax County. Then, visit the park.


The History of a Building at Frying Pan

It's been a barn. It's been a church. It's been a visitor center.

Frying Pan Farm Park is home to substantial Fairfax County history as well as its popular farm animals, and it's easy to look past some of the history because of the livestock. This is how Fairfax County used to look, and this is how people lived. Catch up on a little of that history through our blog about the park's visitor center.


Got Awe?

Do you feel connected to the natural joys of outdoor Fairfax County? More than 10 percent of the county is federal, state or local agency parkland. Maria Parisi writes in our blog about finding a connection to it as a Fairfax Master Naturalist.


It's Garden Prep Time

There are two chances in March to hear experts in the Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series at Green Spring Gardens. Topics include garden styles and greenhouses.

In addition, Master Gardeners offer talks on kitchen gardening, garden maintenance, bee habitat, ground covers, and gardening for birds. Explore more in our blog about getting ready for spring.


Meet Owls Close Up

See-and-touch is a great way to learn. So see and touch at a Family Owl Outing on March 10 and at the Festival of Owls at Huntley Meadows Park on March 11.

See live owls up close. Touch feathers and bones. Register online.


Pajama Party at Hidden Oaks

Bring your stuffed animals to meet real critters. Hidden Oaks Nature Center hosts a pajama party for youngsters who would like to hear a bedtime story and say good night to the center's exhibit animals. Details are on our website.


Something New Coming to Hidden Pond

You may see some construction at Hidden Pond Nature Center during March and April. A new playground is being built. Look for it to open in early summer.


Get Your Hands Dirty

Remember the fun of digging in the dirt? It's still fun. Volunteer with the Fairfax County Archaeological Research team.

There's an orientation session on Thursday, March 23 at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Va.


Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a Park

Go Green. Spend time in a park on the weekend of St. Patrick's Day. There's a program for 3-to-9 year-olds about green things in parks at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, and Ellanor C. Lawrence Park hosts a Wear Green Campfire. Details are on our website.


Have a Say in Lake Accotink's Master Plan

The Park Authority is renewing the Master Plan for Lake Accotink Park, a process that will affect how the park is managed for the next couple of decades. Get information about the process and have your say in the park's future by taking part in the online surveys on our website.

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Only 62 people in the U.S.A. are certified green. Four of them are in Fairfax County.

Find out why that's a good thing.



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