April 2018, Vol. 18 No. 4
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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 http://bit.ly/NCRWEAtest.
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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