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We encourage you to submit your questions, comments, and concerns, but please note these are moderated online discussion sites. We recognize social media is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage our staff resources (your tax dollars), we generally only monitor comments and postings during regular business hours. Social Media Comments Policy: ht

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A few bluebells have started to blossom at Riverbend Park! We're optimistic that today's weather will go easy on these e...
03/12/2022

A few bluebells have started to blossom at Riverbend Park! We're optimistic that today's weather will go easy on these early blooms. The park's popular Bluebells at the Bend festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 9. http://ow.ly/v0Pl50IhFwr

More baby news from Frying Pan Farm Park! 🐖 🐑 Nike, a year and a half old Hampshire Cross sow, delivered her first litte...
03/12/2022

More baby news from Frying Pan Farm Park! 🐖 🐑

Nike, a year and a half old Hampshire Cross sow, delivered her first litter of piglets on February 24. For her first time, she acted like a pro and delivered in less than two hours.

Bristol, a Suffolk ewe, delivered twins on March 6 at 6 and 6:30 p.m. - a ram and an ewe. The girl needed a little extra support for the first 48 hours with staff giving her a bottle, but we are happy to say she is now nursing from the mother along with her brother!

Staff are at the farm today tending to the animals in this weather. Stay tuned… we’re expecting two more litters of piglets very soon! 👀

Today’s partnership signing at the Great Falls Grange has been canceled due to inclement weather. A rescheduled date wil...
03/12/2022

Today’s partnership signing at the Great Falls Grange has been canceled due to inclement weather. A rescheduled date will be announced on our website and social media channels.

Update: This event has been postponed due to inclement weather.  Join us tomorrow (Saturday, March 12) to celebrate a ne...
03/11/2022

Update: This event has been postponed due to inclement weather.

Join us tomorrow (Saturday, March 12) to celebrate a new partnership agreement between the Park Authority and the Great Falls Grange Foundation. The agreement will allow the foundation to operate and maintain this historic property. The event will begin at 1 p.m. https://bit.ly/373ezz8

Laurel Hill Golf Club has been selected as host of the United States Disabled Open Golf Championship, which will be held...
03/11/2022

Laurel Hill Golf Club has been selected as host of the United States Disabled Open Golf Championship, which will be held June 7 through June 9. https://bit.ly/3HCgYNK

This guy is about as stoked as we are about losing an hour of sleep this weekend... but at least this means we are close...
03/10/2022

This guy is about as stoked as we are about losing an hour of sleep this weekend... but at least this means we are closer to warmer weather and sunnier days! 🐢🌞 #daylightsavings

How does a summer on the lake sound? Our lake front parks are hiring! 🌞 Marina Supervisor🛶 Marina Attendant 😎 Seasonal M...
03/10/2022

How does a summer on the lake sound? Our lake front parks are hiring!

🌞 Marina Supervisor
🛶 Marina Attendant
😎 Seasonal Manager on Duty
🌳 Maintenance
⚽️ Camp Counselors

Check out these positions and apply online. www.bit.ly/joinfcpa
#joinfcpa #summerjob #lakelife #parks

Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with a free program at Frying Pan Farm Park on April 2. Build a fairy hou...
03/10/2022

Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with a free program at Frying Pan Farm Park on April 2. Build a fairy house, make nature-based art and discover soil and water creatures. When your self-guided tour ends, wind down at the Meeting House and enjoy some Japanese teas. https://bit.ly/3KbLks2

On March 14, celebrate Pi Day at Sully Historic Site. Pies have a long history as a classic food. Visit the Sully kitche...
03/09/2022

On March 14, celebrate Pi Day at Sully Historic Site. Pies have a long history as a classic food. Visit the Sully kitchen and see an interpreter bake a traditional recipe over an open-hearth fire. You may even get to sample a piece. Cost $3.14 (of course). https://bit.ly/3pDPv8i

Frying Pan Farm Park volunteer Pat Zalubski has one of the neatest jobs: she creates fake historic food to show how farm...
03/09/2022

Frying Pan Farm Park volunteer Pat Zalubski has one of the neatest jobs: she creates fake historic food to show how farm families lived in the 1920s-1950s. Learn more in our latest blog post: http://ow.ly/GES850IeWIH

Apparently, in addition to International Women's Day, today is also Unique Names Day. There is one park in the county th...
03/08/2022

Apparently, in addition to International Women's Day, today is also Unique Names Day. There is one park in the county that works for both special days: Clemyjontri.

Mrs. Adele Lebowitz, who envisioned this playground and park and generously donated this 18-acre property, was a remarkable woman. The name CLEMYJONTRI is derived from her four children: Carolyn (CL), Emily (EMY), John (Jon), and Petrina (Tri).

Read more about this special park: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/clemyjontri/

⭐Women's History Month Spotlight: Dr. Belinda Straight ⭐On this day in 1965, Dr. Belinda Crompton Straight - who lived o...
03/08/2022

⭐Women's History Month Spotlight: Dr. Belinda Straight ⭐
On this day in 1965, Dr. Belinda Crompton Straight - who lived on the Green Spring Gardens property at the time - joined a small team of doctors who traveled to Selma, Alabama to provide emergency aid and triage to civil rights marchers walking from Selma to Montgomery in support of voting rights for Blacks. One of the injured marchers treated by Belinda was John Lewis, who had a fractured skull. In 2007, as a congressman from Georgia, he met with her for the first time since Selma.

Green Spring Gardens owes its existence to Dr. Straight. In 1970, she and her husband Michael Straight gifted their small family estate to the Park Authority. The mother of five was a distinguished psychiatrist, a prominent expert in sex abuse cases, and a civil rights activist.

On International Women’s Day today, we celebrate the contributions of women like Dr. Straight who contributed to our nationally recognized park system. #fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty #ffxparks #greenspring #greenspringgardens #womenshistorymonth #internationalwomensday http://bit.ly/2vLe8Dw

It's a sure sign of spring... baby animals have begun to arrive at Frying Pan Farm Park! 🐑 Fluffette, a crossbred ewe, d...
03/07/2022

It's a sure sign of spring... baby animals have begun to arrive at Frying Pan Farm Park!

🐑 Fluffette, a crossbred ewe, delivered triplet rams (boys) on February 28th from 6 to 7am. Two of them weighed 8 pounds and one was 10 pounds!

🐑 Lane, a Suffolk ewe purchased from Virginia Tech, delivered twins on March 1 at 6am. One ram weighed 14 pounds and one ewe (girl) weighed 12 pounds!

The sheep are all in Kidwell Barn and will go outside near the barn on nice days.

Go on a geocaching adventure for buried treasure in Fairfax County parks. Join a naturalist and discover how to operate ...
03/07/2022

Go on a geocaching adventure for buried treasure in Fairfax County parks. Join a naturalist and discover how to operate a GPS unit, the different rules of geocaching, and the types of caches. Then go on a short walk to find some caches on park property. For 8 and up. Cost $23. https://bit.ly/35JQexz

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Great Falls Grange Foundation will ratify an agreement on Saturday, which perm...
03/07/2022

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Great Falls Grange Foundation will ratify an agreement on Saturday, which permits the foundation to operate and maintain this historic property. Members of the community are welcome to attend. Find out more about this partnership and what it means for the community. https://bit.ly/373ezz8

They swim. They eat. They fly. They make little ducks. They get to hang out in some of the most beautiful places on eart...
03/05/2022

They swim. They eat. They fly. They make little ducks. They get to hang out in some of the most beautiful places on earth. They don't have cell phones. Ducks must really be happy.
📷: Jane Gamble
#huntleymeadows #hoodedmerganser #fairfaxcounty #fairfaxparks #parks #ducks #lakes

Mark your calendar! We’re hosting a one-stop shop for summer jobs. Come out to an open hire this week where job seekers ...
03/05/2022

Mark your calendar! We’re hosting a one-stop shop for summer jobs. Come out to an open hire this week where job seekers will have a chance to interview, and if offered a position, complete hire paperwork on-the-spot!

😎 Water Mine: Monday (3/7/22) from 4 – 5 p.m. @ Lake Fairfax Park. Details: www.bit.ly/3p0U2BH
😎 Rec-PAC: Tuesday (3/8/22) from 1 – 3:30 p.m. @ Providence Rec Center. Details: www.bit.ly/3KACXXW

#joinfcpa #summerjobs #fairfaxva #parks

Please pardon our dust. The Park Authority will soon begin work on a new playground at Laurel Hill Central Green. Constr...
03/05/2022

Please pardon our dust. The Park Authority will soon begin work on a new playground at Laurel Hill Central Green. Construction is scheduled to start the week of March 7 and is anticipated to be completed next month. Visitors may find some traffic by the park entrance on Lorton Road. You can find out more here: https://bit.ly/3KfqurH

Not all construction plans consider the mating habits of amphibians. But the current renovation at Hidden Oaks Nature Ce...
03/05/2022

Not all construction plans consider the mating habits of amphibians. But the current renovation at Hidden Oaks Nature Center definitely did. Learn how staff planned for the project’s impact on wood frogs and salamanders. https://bit.ly/3vK46mn

🐿️ Hello! Is it me you are looking for?📸: Jane Gamble#fairfaxparks #ffxparks #fairfaxcounty #nova
03/04/2022

🐿️ Hello! Is it me you are looking for?
📸: Jane Gamble
#fairfaxparks #ffxparks #fairfaxcounty #nova

☀️ Registration is open for spring and summer camps and classes. Choose from a variety of outdoor, indoor, and virtual a...
03/03/2022
Fairfax County Park Authority

☀️ Registration is open for spring and summer camps and classes. Choose from a variety of outdoor, indoor, and virtual activities.
☀️ Smaller camp sizes are in place. Sign up now to guarantee a spot in your child’s favorite spring break or summer camp.

We get a lot of questions about how to identify invasive plants. This one is bittersweet. We have a great resource onlin...
03/03/2022

We get a lot of questions about how to identify invasive plants. This one is bittersweet. We have a great resource online for identifying invasive plants and comparing them to similar plants that are healthy pieces of our county habitats. See our invasive plant control booklet:
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sites/parks/files/assets/documents/naturalcultural/non-native-invasive-id-control-booklet.pdf
📷: Sara Holtz
#fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty #ffxparks #nova #northernvirginia #virginia #visitfairfax #fairfaxva #invasiveplants #nature #virginiaoutdoors

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation have established the One Stride scholarship, de...
03/02/2022

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation have established the One Stride scholarship, dedicated to making Healthy Strides accessible to more individuals. Find out more about these new opportunities. https://bit.ly/3IoFXp4

The Washington Post named Turner Farm Park Observatory one of area’s best stargazing spots. If you haven't been, you're ...
03/02/2022

The Washington Post named Turner Farm Park Observatory one of area’s best stargazing spots. If you haven't been, you're missing an out-of-this-world experience. ✨ http://ow.ly/Cvsp50I823L

The Resident Curator Evaluation Team for the Margaret White Gardens property will hold a virtual public meeting March 29...
03/02/2022

The Resident Curator Evaluation Team for the Margaret White Gardens property will hold a virtual public meeting March 29. At this meeting, applicants will present their proposals. Find out how to watch and participate. https://bit.ly/3IlPfSt

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a revision to the Clemyjontri Park Master Plan. The plan envisions potential opportunities for the park while preserving its original goals. https://bit.ly/3fNtKgN
Check out the latest issue of Snapshots - our newsletter exploring photography in Fairfax County parks! https://bit.ly/3qIXqSM
Eeek! Last chance to register for tomorrow's Needle Felting class at Colvin Run Mill. Use wool from Frying Pan Farm to create an adorable posable mouse friend. 🐭 Two-session workshop begins Jan. 20. https://bit.ly/33CDB6f
The public is invited to attend an information meeting on the McLean Central Park Development Concept plan on Feb. 16. The meeting will be held online. Here’s how to participate: https://bit.ly/3GoEq1b
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Life is all about perspective. 📷: Madalina O'Hara, Long Branch Stream Valley Trail #firsthikefairfax
South Run Rec Center is looking for qualified volunteers to serve as Scout Program Coordinators to facilitate projects that make a tremendous difference in parks. If you’re 18 and older, enjoy working outdoors, and interested in youth development and stewardship, here’s how you can be part of the difference. https://bit.ly/3Fx00PI
The Fairfax County Park Authority announced the selection of Laura Grape as the new Director of the Resource Management Division. The appointment will be effective Feb. 12. https://bit.ly/3qoMMjP
"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." - Martin Luther King, Jr. 📷: Julia Painter, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park #firsthikefairfax #mlk
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" - Martin Luther King, Jr. 📷: Katie Fewkes, Lake Mercer Park #firsthikefairfax #mlk
"Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King Jr. 📷: Owen Drake, Cub Run Stream Valley Trail #firsthikefairfax #mlk