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April 2018, Vol. 18 No. 4 

 SPRINGfest Returns to Sully

Fairfax County's official celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day comes to Sully Historic Site this month.

SPRINGfest is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. More than 75 vendors, exhibitors and food trucks will be there. So will thousands of county residents.

Be part of one of the county's biggest celebrations of the year. Details are on our web site.

Farmers Markets Opening

All 11 Fairfax County Park Authority Farmers Markets return this summer. The season opener is Saturday, April 14, in Burke. The markets at Wakefield, Herdon and Reston also open in April. The other seven markets open the first week in May.

Help Take Back the Forest

It's time to Take Back the Forest. This annual assault upon invasive plants in our parks begins April 1 and runs through May. Volunteer to help improve parks by removing invasive species and replacing them with native plants. Our website's the spot for more information.

Bend an Eye Toward Bluebells

We're due for some real spring and some blue skies. How about blue skies for Bluebells at the Bend!
Breathtaking beauties in blue carpet the trails of Riverbend Park each spring.
Enjoy the flowers along with guided walks, face painting, live animals, a moon bounce, music and more at Riverbend Park on April 14. 

It’s Mill Season

The wheels are turning again at Colvin Run Mill. Drop by to see the historic mill grinding grain on April 8 and 22. There’s also a blacksmith demonstration on April 1. Be sure to leave time to stroll through the park if the azaleas are blooming.

New Cultural Resource Management Plan Approved

The Fairfax County Park Authority has taken a major step in the protection, conservation, preservation and interpretation of the county's cultural resources. The Park Board has approved a new Cultural Resource Management Plan. This plan will guide the agency's work in handling thousands of museum objects and archival items and the more than three million artifacts in the Park Authority's collections. Details are on the web.

Green Spring Has a History Mystery

At Green Spring Gardens, there is a 13-foot square, four-chambered structure comprised of mortared cobblestone and brick with a thin coat of concrete. We're not sure why it originally was there. It may have been used as a fermentation tank, but there are some unanswered questions about it. Green Spring's Historic House Coordinator Debbie Waugh explores Green Spring's history mystery.

Festival of Flight Lands at Lake Accotink

Look to the skies at the end of this month. Naturalists and ecologists will join you to celebrate the Festival of Flight on April 28 at Lake Accotink Park. Live animals, guest speakers, wagon rides, yoga and crafts will all be part of this family opportunity to explore the lives of native bats and birds.

Learn More About Parks at Culmore Day

We'll be there! Culmore Multicultural Day is one of Fairfax County's best spring festivals. This year the date is Saturday, April 7, at the Woodrow Wilson Library in Falls Church. Park personnel will have amphibians, reptiles and insects on hand to meet you, and they'll be happy to talk with you about which ones to avoid.

The Rise and Fall of Trees

Trees were on our minds - and on the ground - when the windstorm of March blew through our area. Park Authority Urban Forester Scott Diffenderfer wrote about Forestry Operations in his blog "Trees, Trees Everywhere." Virginia Urban Forest Conservationist Jim McGlone talked about why some trees fall and others withstand strong breezes in his blog, "The Wind in the Willows...and Oaks, and Pines."

Elly Doyle Nominations Open

Nominate a volunteer for an Elly Doyle Award. The Park Authority annually honors its volunteers with the Elly Doyle Park Service Awards. Anyone can nominate an outstanding park volunteer or support organization. The how-to-do-it information is online.



Your mobile phone will buzz loudly on Thursday, April 5, between 10 and 11 a.m. This will be a test of the National Capital Region's Wireless Emergency Alerts system. It is only a test. There is no cause for alarm. Details at

April Activities in Parks

Have Your Say on the Future of Lake Accotink

Campfire Programs in Parks

Programs for Scouts


April 6: Give a Hoot Campfire at ECLP

April 7: Kite Fun Day at Frying Pan

April 7: Garden Gate Plant Shop Opens at Green Spring

April 9: Pohick Rangers Begins at Hidden Pond

April 12: Homeschool Day at Sully

April 13: Adapted Teen Tour/Ride/Dance at Frying Pan

April 14: Discovery Day at Historic Huntley

April 20: Symphony of Frogs at Huntley Meadows

April 21: Plants & Design at Green Spring Gardens

April 21: Build Your Own Bee House at Riverbend

April 28: Please Touch This Fox at Hidden Oaks

artiFACTS, The Tin Man, and Ceramics

Vegetable Plant Clinics

April Public Hearings on the County Budget

Construction on Burke Lake's Marina Road

Temporary Closure of Long Branch Falls Park

Summer Jobs with Rec-PAC


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