FCPA E-News January 2019


January  2019, Vol. 19, No. 1

Start the New Year Outside 

Make 2019 a walk in the park. First Hike Fairfax returns on Jan. 1 with new suggestions for hikes and a photo contest. Hike on one of five suggested family-friendly trails, and don’t forget a camera. Join the Park Authority, Virginia’s state parks, and America’s state parks and get outside for First Hike on New Year’s Day. Details are online

Time to Start Gardening

The Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series begins in January at Green Spring Gardens. The talks take place on select Sundays and bring the joys of gardening into your winter. Catch up on ideas from Europe, tropical plants, roses, tree planting and more. A lecture schedule is on our website

Experience a Total Lunar Eclipse at Turner Farm Observatory

There are only eight total lunar eclipses in North America between now and 2030, and one of them is in January. Join us for marshmallows, a campfire, viewings of constellations and Mars and the stars and, of course, the moon. It’s a Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Night on Jan. 20 at the Turner Farm Observatory. That’s late for the kids on a Sunday night, but remember – public schools are closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21. The program begins at 9:30 p.m., and the park will stay open until the end of the eclipse. 

Bluegrass Barn Keeps Kicking

Bluegrass Barn returns to Frying Pan Farm Park following a holiday break. A classic bluegrass quintet, Only Lonesome, will rattle the park's Visitor Center rafters on January 27. Still to come: Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Nothin’ Fancy, Highland Travelers and the Becky Buller Band. 

A Place for the Kids

Need a place for the kids to burn off some energy while they're out of school the first week in January? We have some mini-camps that week that will do the job.

To find a camp on our program search page, just select CAMPS in the Category box and then click Search Activities.

Lee HS Students Team With Hidden Oaks

Students at Lee High School have been conducting research at Hidden Oaks Nature Center similar to that conducted by professional scientists. They're studying soil, water and plants in Northern Virginia as part of their International Baccalaureate Environmental Systems and Societies studies. Learn more about their inspirational work in a Fairfax County Public Schools blog.

Holiday Gifts in Parks 

Can I use my new drone in a park? I got a puppy for Christmas. Can he go to a park with me? Where can I use my skates? Learn which of your new toys can be used legally in parks. Details online.

It’s a Busy Time in Parks

The cold of January may bring silence to the wetlands of Huntley Meadows, but it is not a quiet time at the park. There’s plenty going on. Consider dropping by for a guided twilight boardwalk stroll or learn pastel painting. If you have a homeschooler, there are Science for Homeschoolers programs. Other parks are rocking as well. There’s Bluegrass Barn at Frying Pan, a Klondike Campfire Cookout and a Hot Cocoa Party at Riverbend, a Pohick Rangers Winter Workshop at Hidden Pond, an Astronomy Festival at Turner Farm, Winter Fun Days for the kids at Sully, and get-ready-for-summer swim classes at the RECenters. See the Park Events Calendar for more.



January Activities in Parks

This Month in artiFACTS: A Wedding Gift

The Harry Allen Winter Lecture Series at Green Spring Gardens

Jan. and Feb.: Witch Hazels Bloom at Green Spring

Jan. 7: Yoga for Gardeners Begins at Green Spring

Jan. 9: Environmental Quality Advisory Committee Annual Public Meeting

Jan. 12: Astronomy Festival at Turner Farm

Jan. 20: Total Eclipse of the Moon

Difficult Run Trail Closures for Stream Restoration

Supervisors Honor FCPA for Re-accreditation

Park Board Reappointment

Campfire Programs in Parks

Programs for Scouts



Program Listings by Park:   

Colvin Run Mill

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Frying Pan Farm Park

Green Spring Gardens

Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Hidden Pond Nature Center

Huntley Meadows

Riverbend Park

Sully Historic Site

RECenters, Golf

Lake Accotink

Lake Fairfax

Burke Lake

Register for Classes

Volunteer in a Park

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