February 2019, Vol. 19, No. 2
It's Spring and Summer Camp registration time. Registration begins Thursday, Feb. 7. Information is on our website. See the Camp Guide for summer camp details. If you'd like to talk with camp leaders and explore the possibilities, drop by Audrey Moore RECenter for Camp Fair on Saturday, March 9. The Fairfax County Park Authority is the largest provider of summer camps in Northern Virginia -- more than 1,900 weeks of camps. Camp scholarships are provided for some children through the Fairfax County Park Foundation.
Get ready for nature’s maple syrup.
Colvin Run Mill’s annual Maple Syrup Boil-Downs are scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. on three Sundays, Feb. 10, Feb. 24 and March 3. Watch the maple tree sap boiled down into syrup, and taste the results over cornbread made from the mill’s own cornmeal.
This is Diane Willen's winning photo of a sunset over Burke Lake.
This month’s artiFACTS post is a mystery. Archaeologists invite you to determine the story behind pieces of metal from an archaeological site in Fairfax County. Sometimes mystery is part of the fun. See the baffling bits and more of the county’s archaeological finds on our artiFACTS web page.
It’s time to pre-order native plants, ferns and shrubs that will be available at Riverbend Park later this year. A general public sale is Saturday, May 4. Pickup for pre-orders is Friday, May 3.
There are places around our homes, both indoors and out, where a plant would add a touch of color and comfort. But what if that place doesn’t want the plant? A Master Gardener takes on that question with a blog that looks at garden areas near roadways.
Wildlife can be easier to see in winter because nature’s greenery isn’t blocking the view, but you still have to go where the wildlife lives. The blog Spotting Wildlife in Winter offers tips from park employees and park friends on places to go for a chance to see wildlife in several county parks.
Our colleagues at Public Works and Environmental Services have been busy protecting parkland and private residential properties. Last year’s rains led to floods that changed the course of Backlick Run and spawned serious community threats that DPWES is meeting head on. Read the details online.
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