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March 2018, Vol. 18 No. 3 

 Summer Camp Registration Open

Registration has started for the largest summer camp provider in Northern Virginia. The Fairfax County Park Authority will have more than 1,900 weeks of summer camps this year.

There are three ways to get information. Head directly to the camp web page. Take a look at the 2018 Summer Camp Guide. Or come to the free Camp Fair, sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation,  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Audrey Moore RECenter.

Discover Your Place in the Universe

Turner Farm highlights astronomy in March. Attend an Astronomical Seminar and Telescope Viewing at one of the darkest spots in Fairfax County. The seminar, appropriate for nine years old and up, is at 7:30 p.m. on March 14 at the park in Great Falls.
There's also an Astronomy Festival at the park on March 17.

Learn About Lake Accotink's Future

If nothing is done, Lake Accotink could disappear because of silt within about seven years. The county is studying options and talking with the public about what can be done. Learn what's happening at the lake and have your say in the park's future.
Details are online.

Be Part of a Poetry Contest

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation invite students in kindergarten through eighth grade to enter a poetry contest in conjunction with National Poetry Month in April. Draw inspiration from a park, submit your entry by March 16, and compete for prizes. Details are on our website.


There are bunnies at Frying Pan Farm Park. They were born February 5.
Hurry to see them. They grow up quickly.
Follow the new arrivals at Frying Pan on our web page.
In addition, our farmers keep you up to date with pending births on our New Arrivals web page.

Who Farms? Virginia Farms!

Local farmers are using sustainable practices in order to protect the land they use to grow the food that you eat. VA Farms is a program at Frying Pan Farm Park that brings those farmers to you for a chance to talk about their work and how food gets to your table. You'll find that meeting the people who provide your food gives you a new perspective on the family dinner. There's more information on our blog.

Mix Art With Your Garden

Be part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival this spring at Green Spring Gardens. Two official events take place at Green Spring when East meets West to blend gardens, art and culture. Learn about Japanese Garden Design on Saturday, March 24.
Follow that by celebrating spring and learning about Asian Brush Painting on Saturday, April 7.
Don't forget to leave time to tour the park and its more than 20 thematic gardens.

Attend a Fairy Tale Tea

This is a magical photo op for your kids. Dress as a fairy tale character and bring the youngsters to Hidden Oaks Nature Center on March 17 for a tea, crafts and more during a Fairy Tale Tea. You'll learn about local animals that are featured in classic fairy tales. Don't forget the camera.

Celebrate Women's History Month on a Historic Walking Tour



March Activities in Parks

Egg Hunts in the Parks

March 4: Last Maple Syrup Boil-Down of the Spring

March 4: The Origin of Manners

March 10: Festival of Owls

March 18: The Ides of Bark at Grist Mill Park

March 30: Summer Campler at Colvin Run Mill

Winter Lecture Series at Green Spring Gardens

Campfire Programs in the Parks

Programs for Scouts

Camps, Camp Fairs and Camp Jobs

The Bluegrass Barn Schedule


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