June  2019, Vol. 19, No. 6

Discovery Trail 2019 Transports You to Parks

This year’s Discovery Trail celebrates transportation and the 50th anniversary of mankind’s giant leap to the moon. Once again, it's a chance for you to see parks and win prizes. Travel down Discovery Trail 2019 by visiting eight of 12 select Fairfax County Park Authority parks and receive a prize package valued at $93. You’ll also be entered in a drawing to win one of four bikes courtesy of Spokes Inc. and the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

The program is for both kids and adults. It runs through Labor Day. Details are online.


More Transportation: Sully's Car Show

The 46th Annual Antique Auto Show at Sully Historic Site is on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16. Hundreds of antique cars will be on hand, and this year’s show features a parade of cars at least 100 years old. See the details on Sully’s website.


It's Signup Time for 4-H Fair Craft Contests  

Are you crafty? Enter this year’s open contests at the Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival. Information about entering will soon be online. There are categories for science and tech, woodworking, floriculture, photography and other visual arts, food, horticulture, sewing, scrapbooks, interior design and more.

The fair is August 1-4 at Frying Pan Farm Park. Craft contest information will be posted on the 4-H website. 


Teaching About Farm Life

How do you teach someone who has grown up in a city about farm life in the early 1900s?

Interpreters at Frying Pan Farm Park face that problem every day. They’ve got a few tricks and a lot of knowledge about how to connect your life today with a farmer’s life of decades past. For a behind-the-scenes peek at how resource interpreters put you in touch with history, read our blog.  


Riverbend Partners with UNC-Chapel Hill

Riverbend Park has become a host site in a research program at the University of North Carolina. The study looks at arthropods and the impact that climate change has on their world. The citizen science project, called Caterpillars Count, draws on volunteers to support the research. More details are online.


Hidden Oaks Turns Loss of a Tree into Opportunity

Hidden Oaks Nature Center recently lost a 100-foot tulip poplar tree near the nature center to lightning strikes. A ten-foot stump will be all that remains. The park is turning that stump over to Chainsaw Artist Andrew Mallon, who has created a design that he’ll carve into the stump later this year. The Friends of Hidden Oaks host an open house fundraiser for the project from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at the nature center.


Summer and Snakes

Summer brings annual questions about snakes in parks. The guidelines are pretty simple. Don’t bother any snakes, including the pictured Northern watersnake. Just leave them alone. There is only one venomous snake in Fairfax County, and that’s the copperhead. For more information, Your Guide to Snakes in Fairfax County is online.

And oh, yeah…..There's information about ticks, too.


artiFACTS: A Coulter

Do you know what a coulter is? It’s a tool that, used in conjunction with a plow to open the earth, made plowing a field a bit easier and more efficient in the late 18th century. Learn about this Fairfax County archaeological discovery in this month’s artiFACTS.


Laurels Preferred, Not Kudzu

Invasive kudzu is causing problems at Laurel Hill Park. The Park Board has approved a five-year, $175,000 project to restore the native forest community in the park. The Park Authority’s Natural Resource Branch expects to begin the work later this year. Details are online.


FCPA is a Gold Medal Finalist

For the seventh time, the Fairfax County Park Authority is a Gold Medal Finalist. The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association present the Gold Medal annually to agencies that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation. Next to serving our visitors, it’s the highest honor we can receive.

We’re hoping to earn the top honor for the fourth time in our history when the Grand Plaque Award winner is announced in September.


Other Good Stuff

Father's Day Weekend in Parks

Summer Jobs and Internships
Riverbend Park Has a New Shelter
artiFACTS: A Jeffersonian-era Discovery
Burke Lake Park is Getting a New Shelter
Longtime Colvin Run Mill Volunteer Passes
Reston Farmers Market Voted Best in NOVA
RECenter Memberships on Sale Through June 15
Park Authority’s 2018 Strategic Plan and Annual Report
Question about Parks? See Our New Information/Education Portal

June 1: Dead Run Stream Valley Restoration Ribbon Cutting
June 2: The Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Accotink
June 6: The Annual Antique Car Show at Sully
June 7: The Summer Entertainment Series Begins
June 13: Women and Golf Reception
June 14: Elly Doyle Award Nominations for Park Volunteers Due
June 29: Holiday Fireworks at Lake Fairfax Park 

Event Calendar: June Activities in Parks
Follow the Beadin’ Path in Mason District
Programs for Scouts
Campfire Programs in Parks
Park Authority Newsletters and Publications


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