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Operating as usual

The Fairfax County Park Authority is replacing a playground at Newington Heights Park off Monacan Road in the Mount Vern...
05/06/2021

The Fairfax County Park Authority is replacing a playground at Newington Heights Park off Monacan Road in the Mount Vernon District. Here’s what’s happening: https://bit.ly/2PzV6Ob

The Fairfax County Park Authority is replacing a playground at Newington Heights Park off Monacan Road in the Mount Vernon District. Here’s what’s happening: https://bit.ly/2PzV6Ob

Why we do it. This patch of native trout lily is flourishing in a spot that was cleared of invasive lesser celandine. It...
05/06/2021

Why we do it. This patch of native trout lily is flourishing in a spot that was cleared of invasive lesser celandine. It's evidence of the important work and success of our Invasive Management Area program. There are examples like this all over the county. https://bit.ly/3dGyIIL
#fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty #ffxparks #invasiveplants #nativeplants
📷: Mary Boyer

Why we do it. This patch of native trout lily is flourishing in a spot that was cleared of invasive lesser celandine. It's evidence of the important work and success of our Invasive Management Area program. There are examples like this all over the county. https://bit.ly/3dGyIIL
#fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty #ffxparks #invasiveplants #nativeplants
📷: Mary Boyer

Discover how geology, human land use and wildlife worked together to create the central wetland at Huntley Meadows. Then...
05/06/2021

Discover how geology, human land use and wildlife worked together to create the central wetland at Huntley Meadows. Then go on a naturalist-led walk to the wetlands to witness the results. The May 12 program is for adults. Cost $9. https://bit.ly/3xAUUPS

Discover how geology, human land use and wildlife worked together to create the central wetland at Huntley Meadows. Then go on a naturalist-led walk to the wetlands to witness the results. The May 12 program is for adults. Cost $9. https://bit.ly/3xAUUPS

It's good stewardship. Protect our resources.
05/06/2021

It's good stewardship. Protect our resources.

It's good stewardship. Protect our resources.

Know how to identify bugs and plants? Want to learn more about identifying them? Join the City Nature Challenge Virtual ...
05/05/2021

Know how to identify bugs and plants? Want to learn more about identifying them? Join the City Nature Challenge Virtual ID Party this evening. Info: https://bit.ly/3ePlwUE.

Know how to identify bugs and plants? Want to learn more about identifying them? Join the City Nature Challenge Virtual ID Party this evening. Info: https://bit.ly/3ePlwUE.

Come to a field trip at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on May 10 to learn about monarch butterflies. Supplement what you learn...
05/05/2021

Come to a field trip at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on May 10 to learn about monarch butterflies. Supplement what you learned in school with outdoor experiences and applications. For second-graders. Cost $6. https://bit.ly/3aKd1ZR

Come to a field trip at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on May 10 to learn about monarch butterflies. Supplement what you learned in school with outdoor experiences and applications. For second-graders. Cost $6. https://bit.ly/3aKd1ZR

Thanks to all who joined us for the Braddock Park Master Plan Revision Public Meeting in April.  Additional comment will...
05/04/2021

Thanks to all who joined us for the Braddock Park Master Plan Revision Public Meeting in April. Additional comment will be accepted through May 21 at [email protected]. To learn more or view a recording of the April 21 meeting, please visit https://bit.ly/3um0rYi

Thanks to all who joined us for the Braddock Park Master Plan Revision Public Meeting in April. Additional comment will be accepted through May 21 at [email protected]. To learn more or view a recording of the April 21 meeting, please visit https://bit.ly/3um0rYi

Help Take Back the Forest. The Invasive Management Area program is asking for your help this month. Keep the spirit of E...
05/04/2021

Help Take Back the Forest. The Invasive Management Area program is asking for your help this month. Keep the spirit of Earth Day alive by lending a hand to replace non-native plants with native plants. Plenty of chances to lend a few hours to your parks on the IMA calendar. Details at https://bit.ly/3dGyIIL

Help Take Back the Forest. The Invasive Management Area program is asking for your help this month. Keep the spirit of Earth Day alive by lending a hand to replace non-native plants with native plants. Plenty of chances to lend a few hours to your parks on the IMA calendar. Details at https://bit.ly/3dGyIIL

Happy Star Wars Day! #maythefourth
05/04/2021

Happy Star Wars Day! #maythefourth

Happy Star Wars Day! #maythefourth

They're heeeeerrrreeeee! Look what was at Riverbend Park today! https://bit.ly/2PTAOeb#fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty #ffxp...
05/04/2021

They're heeeeerrrreeeee! Look what was at Riverbend Park today!
https://bit.ly/2PTAOeb
#fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty #ffxparks #riverbend #riverbendpark #cidadas #periodicalcicadas

They're heeeeerrrreeeee! Look what was at Riverbend Park today!
https://bit.ly/2PTAOeb
#fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty #ffxparks #riverbend #riverbendpark #cidadas #periodicalcicadas

See ABC7's video of the newly refurbished wheel at Colvin Run Mill: https://bit.ly/2PLkOPE#fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty #...
05/04/2021
Working mill in Fairfax County completes renovations

See ABC7's video of the newly refurbished wheel at Colvin Run Mill: https://bit.ly/2PLkOPE
#fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty #parks #ffxparks #oldmills #history #fairfaxhistory #spoom @7NewsDC

Colvin Run Mill is an early 19th century wooden water wheel and operating gristmill. The wheel and flume have recently been renovated and opened on May 2. The renovation project included removal of the mill’s old wood wheel and the wood flume that carried water to the wheel. Colvin Run Mill ha...

Put your creative juices to work and design some "Fancy Paper for Mom” that will amaze her when you give her that Mother...
05/03/2021

Put your creative juices to work and design some "Fancy Paper for Mom” that will amaze her when you give her that Mother’s Day card. Save your slot May 7 & 8 for the program at Sully Historic Site. For groups age 5 and up. Cost $20. https://bit.ly/3awuzbU

Put your creative juices to work and design some "Fancy Paper for Mom” that will amaze her when you give her that Mother’s Day card. Save your slot May 7 & 8 for the program at Sully Historic Site. For groups age 5 and up. Cost $20. https://bit.ly/3awuzbU

Did you know that volunteers help monitor the quality of streams in Fairfax County? There's a video that explains all. H...
05/03/2021

Did you know that volunteers help monitor the quality of streams in Fairfax County? There's a video that explains all. Here's the url: https://bit.ly/3tJjv2D
#fairfaxcounty #fairfaxparks #ffxparks

Did you know that volunteers help monitor the quality of streams in Fairfax County? There's a video that explains all. Here's the url: https://bit.ly/3tJjv2D
#fairfaxcounty #fairfaxparks #ffxparks

Join a naturalist at Burke Lake Park on May 11 to meet live snakes and learn what makes them super. For ages 5 and up. C...
05/03/2021

Join a naturalist at Burke Lake Park on May 11 to meet live snakes and learn what makes them super. For ages 5 and up. Cost $10. Dress for the weather, and wear comfortable shoes for the hike to look for snakes and see their habitat. https://bit.ly/3epUT8p

Join a naturalist at Burke Lake Park on May 11 to meet live snakes and learn what makes them super. For ages 5 and up. Cost $10. Dress for the weather, and wear comfortable shoes for the hike to look for snakes and see their habitat. https://bit.ly/3epUT8p

Bring the family, or a stuffed animal, for a guided hike in our "Fifty Acre Wood" with "Pooh and Friends" at Hidden Oaks...
05/03/2021

Bring the family, or a stuffed animal, for a guided hike in our "Fifty Acre Wood" with "Pooh and Friends" at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Saturday. End your adventure with a smackerel of honey crackers in Nature Playce. For those 3 and up. Cost $7. https://bit.ly/3vq4vXR

Bring the family, or a stuffed animal, for a guided hike in our "Fifty Acre Wood" with "Pooh and Friends" at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Saturday. End your adventure with a smackerel of honey crackers in Nature Playce. For those 3 and up. Cost $7. https://bit.ly/3vq4vXR

Celebrate your mother and Mother Earth with two programs courtesy of Green Spring Gardens. “Family Fun: Mother Earth” on...
05/02/2021

Celebrate your mother and Mother Earth with two programs courtesy of Green Spring Gardens. “Family Fun: Mother Earth” on May 8 is for those 4 and up. Adult kids and their moms can share a cup of tea and learn about parenting throughout history on May 9. https://bit.ly/3nfxZVA

Celebrate your mother and Mother Earth with two programs courtesy of Green Spring Gardens. “Family Fun: Mother Earth” on May 8 is for those 4 and up. Adult kids and their moms can share a cup of tea and learn about parenting throughout history on May 9. https://bit.ly/3nfxZVA

The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole is hiring more than 150 lifeguards for the summer. Come out to The Water Mine for dr...
05/02/2021

The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole is hiring more than 150 lifeguards for the summer. Come out to The Water Mine for drive-thru and socially distanced open hire events in May. Find out more. https://bit.ly/3eBxEbI

The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole is hiring more than 150 lifeguards for the summer. Come out to The Water Mine for drive-thru and socially distanced open hire events in May. Find out more. https://bit.ly/3eBxEbI

Join Catherine, the Park Authority’s Registered Dietitian, for a lunch and learn nutrition series about the new Dietary ...
05/02/2021

Join Catherine, the Park Authority’s Registered Dietitian, for a lunch and learn nutrition series about the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Mondays at noon. Bring your lunch, some good questions, and join us on Zoom ready to learn. This week's topic is geared toward middle and high school students, ages 12 to 18. See the Special Events box at https://bit.ly/31Sm8mN.

Join Catherine, the Park Authority’s Registered Dietitian, for a lunch and learn nutrition series about the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Mondays at noon. Bring your lunch, some good questions, and join us on Zoom ready to learn. This week's topic is geared toward middle and high school students, ages 12 to 18. See the Special Events box at https://bit.ly/31Sm8mN.

05/02/2021

The Fairfax County Park Authority and the Friends of Colvin Run Mill are proud to celebrate the re-opening of the wheel at Colvin Run Mill!

We’re getting ready to celebrate the reopening of the wheel at Colvin Run Mill!  Join us right here at 10:45am to watch ...
05/02/2021

We’re getting ready to celebrate the reopening of the wheel at Colvin Run Mill! Join us right here at 10:45am to watch the livestream of the event. Friends of Colvin Run Mill

We’re getting ready to celebrate the reopening of the wheel at Colvin Run Mill! Join us right here at 10:45am to watch the livestream of the event. Friends of Colvin Run Mill

Members of the community and local leaders gathered at Lake Accotink Park on April 17 to celebrate the official opening ...
05/02/2021

Members of the community and local leaders gathered at Lake Accotink Park on April 17 to celebrate the official opening and ribbon-cutting of the Margaret Kinder Education and Pollinator Garden. https://bit.ly/32GCONX

Members of the community and local leaders gathered at Lake Accotink Park on April 17 to celebrate the official opening and ribbon-cutting of the Margaret Kinder Education and Pollinator Garden. https://bit.ly/32GCONX

Making it happen. A photo from the planting of native plants at Royal Lake. Our IMA leaders have been ridding the park o...
05/01/2021

Making it happen. A photo from the planting of native plants at Royal Lake. Our IMA leaders have been ridding the park of invasive plants and making room for native plants. Thanks to Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District for supplying the plants. #nvswcd @nvswcd #fairfaxcounty #fairfaxparks #ffxparks #royallake https://bit.ly/2RVq2sX

Making it happen. A photo from the planting of native plants at Royal Lake. Our IMA leaders have been ridding the park of invasive plants and making room for native plants. Thanks to Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District for supplying the plants. #nvswcd @nvswcd #fairfaxcounty #fairfaxparks #ffxparks #royallake https://bit.ly/2RVq2sX

May is #PreservationMonth! Join us on our YouTube channel at 11 a.m. for a virtual open house tour of one of our Residen...
05/01/2021
Resident Curator Program Virtual Open House - Stempson House, Lorton VA

May is #PreservationMonth! Join us on our YouTube channel at 11 a.m. for a virtual open house tour of one of our Resident Curator Program sites - the Stempson House in Lorton. https://bit.ly/32QyYSK
#fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty #preservation #historic #restoration

Join us for a virtual open house tour of one of our Resident Curator Program sites - the Stempson House in Lorton, VA.The Stempson House is a circa 1932 vern...

With 22 themed gardens stretching across 31 acres, you can always find a burst of color to enjoy at Green Spring Gardens...
05/01/2021

With 22 themed gardens stretching across 31 acres, you can always find a burst of color to enjoy at Green Spring Gardens. Learn what’s blooming each month of the year by visiting the new “What’s In Bloom” webpage. https://bit.ly/3sF7GZP

With 22 themed gardens stretching across 31 acres, you can always find a burst of color to enjoy at Green Spring Gardens. Learn what’s blooming each month of the year by visiting the new “What’s In Bloom” webpage. https://bit.ly/3sF7GZP

Don't forget! Today is the last day to  complete the Fairfax County Department of Transportation trail and sidewalk surv...
04/30/2021

Don't forget! Today is the last day to complete the Fairfax County Department of Transportation trail and sidewalk survey. Plan for the future and be sure your voice is heard!
✔️ Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ActiveFairfax
✔️ More Info: https://activefairfax.weebly.com/

Don't forget! Today is the last day to complete the Fairfax County Department of Transportation trail and sidewalk survey. Plan for the future and be sure your voice is heard!
✔️ Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ActiveFairfax
✔️ More Info: https://activefairfax.weebly.com/

Ready, set, EXPLORE! The 2021 City Nature Challenge is officially open! Grab your phone, download the iNaturalist app an...
04/30/2021

Ready, set, EXPLORE! The 2021 City Nature Challenge is officially open! Grab your phone, download the iNaturalist app and head outdoors to snap pics of wildlife! Help the DC area earn top honors for the number of IDs made during this 3-day event. https://bit.ly/32wRYFK

Ready, set, EXPLORE! The 2021 City Nature Challenge is officially open! Grab your phone, download the iNaturalist app and head outdoors to snap pics of wildlife! Help the DC area earn top honors for the number of IDs made during this 3-day event. https://bit.ly/32wRYFK

📱 🏃‍♀️ See you all tomorrow, May 1, for the Virtual Healthy Strides live Zoom event starting at 8 am! Show off your race...
04/30/2021

📱 🏃‍♀️ See you all tomorrow, May 1, for the Virtual Healthy Strides live Zoom event starting at 8 am! Show off your race swag and enjoy the fun.
Psstt...registrations are still open: https://bit.ly/32r0dTo

📱 🏃‍♀️ See you all tomorrow, May 1, for the Virtual Healthy Strides live Zoom event starting at 8 am! Show off your race swag and enjoy the fun.
Psstt...registrations are still open: https://bit.ly/32r0dTo

This  May, go to infinity and beyond with two webinars on star maps and a virtual tour of the night sky brought to you b...
04/30/2021

This May, go to infinity and beyond with two webinars on star maps and a virtual tour of the night sky brought to you by the Analemma Society. For those 8 and up. Cost $8. https://bit.ly/31Zzm0w

This May, go to infinity and beyond with two webinars on star maps and a virtual tour of the night sky brought to you by the Analemma Society. For those 8 and up. Cost $8. https://bit.ly/31Zzm0w

Turn your next walk in the woods into an exciting scavenger hunt. Visit the parkland behind Cub Run RECenter. The new “C...
04/30/2021

Turn your next walk in the woods into an exciting scavenger hunt. Visit the parkland behind Cub Run RECenter. The new “Critter Trivia Trail” is a free, nature-themed scavenger hunt with video clues. Download the map at https://bit.ly/3gv2iWW

Turn your next walk in the woods into an exciting scavenger hunt. Visit the parkland behind Cub Run RECenter. The new “Critter Trivia Trail” is a free, nature-themed scavenger hunt with video clues. Download the map at https://bit.ly/3gv2iWW

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