NATURE, HISTORY AND HORTICULTURE IN FAIRFAX COUNTY
January 2019, Vol. 19, No. 1
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.
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.
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 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.
To find a camp on our program search page, just select CAMPS in the Category box and then click Search Activities.
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.
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.
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.
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