Farm Harvest Day, Wildlife Habitats and Madison’s Escape

The weatherman is promising a glorious weekend and that’s a good thing because there are lots of outside activities planned at your Fairfax County parks.


  • Reap What You Sow: Fall is a busy time on a farm. Learn all about it and try your hand at farm living during Farm Harvest Day. Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples and meet the farm animals. Paint a small pumpkin, play farm games and see traditional farm demonstrations. The event also features music, food, crafts and antique farm equipment. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park. $5/person.  For information call 703-437-9101.
  • Watershed Clean-Up Day: Be part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Join individuals, students, families, scouts and other community groups cleaning up tires, bedsprings, bottles, cans and other debris from the watershed. Wear boots, old clothes and bring gloves. Trash bags and appreciation are provided. Call to reserve a section of the watershed. 9-11:30 a.m. Various county park locations. More information is available here .
  • Fall Photographers’ Field Day: Join the fun for group photo opportunities or take pictures on your own. Meadowlark’s gardens will be open before sunrise and will close after sunset. 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. $5/person; some activities have additional fees associated. For information call 703-255-3631.
  • Schoolhouse Rock Live!: Tom, a school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Featuring songs such as “Just A Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction.” 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (More times and dates available.) Workhouse Arts Center.  $12/adults, $8/children 12 and under. For information and reservations call 703-584-2900.
  • Ornamental Grasses: Learn about lovely ornamental grasses that provide structure, beauty and movement through multiple seasons. Curatorial horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol shares her tips and techniques. 10-11:30 a.m. Green Spring Gardens. $15/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.


A Bird in the Hand: Learn how to create an appealing environment for birds in your backyard with Audubon at Home. Cliff Fairweather, a naturalist for the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, will give a presentation and lead a short walk to see brush piles, wildlife pools, pocket meadows and other ways local homeowners can create wildlife habitat on their properties and how the Audubon at Home program can help. 2 p.m. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. Suggested donation to support the Audubon at Home program is $5/person. Reservations (requested) can be made by calling 703-255-3631, ext 0.

Historic Hike – Madison’s Escape: Get an inside look at Madison’s escape from Washington, DC, during the War of 1812. Visit the historic spot where he spent the night and follow the path to the ferry crossing. For ages 13 and above. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Riverbend Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.

Decorative Molding: Discover the aesthetic and practical value of decorative molding while enjoying a traditional English tea.  1-3 p.m. Green Spring Gardens.  $27/person (includes tea service). For information and reservations call 703-642-5173.