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Riverbend Family Adventure Offers Nearby Overnight Camping

Riverbend Family Adventure Offers Nearby Overnight Camping

From Fairfax County:

If you’ve been postponing that overnight trip to the woods because gas is so expensive or your schedule is full, consider an adventure closer to home. Families can enjoy a blazing campfire and night hike at Riverbend Park located in Great Falls, VA. Get away from it all right here with the Fairfax County Park Authority!

NoVA Preschoolers Take Part in Earth Day by Releasing Thousands of Ladybugs

NoVA Preschoolers Take Part in Earth Day by Releasing Thousands of Ladybugs

Today 153 preschoolers at Chesterbrook Academy in Fairfax released 3,000 ladybugs into the environment for an Earth Day activity.

Why release ladybugs? "Lady bugs basically kill the bad insects that harm our trees, and our plants and our flowers. They eat those and the children have learned that for the week," said Maria Murphy, the Principal of the school. Murphy has been Principal of Chesterbrook Academy since 2007 and this is the school's second time doing the ladybug release. 

"It has been a week filled with Earth Day events, so they have been excited for this all week," said Murphy. Watch the reaction of the children as the ladybugs tickled their palms and crawled around their arms. Priceless! 

Chesterbrook Academy in Chantilly and Sterling also participated in today's ladybug release. 

 

Local Preschoolers to Release Thousands of Ladybugs on Earth Day

Local Preschoolers to Release Thousands of Ladybugs on Earth Day

From Kathleen Shaffer:

 Chesterbrook Academy locations throughout Northern Virginia will host ladybug releases in celebration of Earth Day on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Pre-kindergarten students at each school will release approximately 3,000 ladybugs into the environment. During the ladybug releases, students will wear ladybug antennas created as part of their Earth Day studies.

Throughout the week, students learned that ladybugs feed on aphids (plant lice) and other insects that are harmful to gardens, trees and shrubs. Chesterbrook Academy teaches the importance of community and exploring nature at a young age.

 

WHERE:                   Chesterbrook Academy in Fairfax

Volunteers Needs for Geese Management Program

Volunteers Needs for Geese Management Program

From Fairfax County:

        Help control our growing resident Canada geese population in Fairfax County!  Do you have nesting geese on your private or public property?  Would you like to manage these geese due to public safety, human health, or environmental impact concerns?

            Volunteers are needed for the Geese Management Program in April and May. Come join the Fairfax County Wildlife Biologist and participating stakeholders. Volunteers will learn to use a safe and humane technique (addling) to manage resident geese populations. Addling is a simple process applying corn oil on eggs to prevent embryo development.

Park Authority Programs Explore The Night Skies

Park Authority Programs Explore The Night Skies

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

Put your eyes to the skies in the dark this spring.

 

Join local astronomers and search for planets, moons, star nurseries and clusters during Fairfax County Park Authority astronomy programs.

Be Alert For Deer

From the Fairfax County Police Department:

Police caution motorists to stay alert for deer in the roadways.

Virginia was ranked among the top10 states in the nation for deer/vehicle collisions in 2009. The vast majority of these collisions occur during the deer breeding season between now and early January. Motorists should pay close attention and remain alert at all times, especially at dawn and dusk when deer are active and are likely to be seen quickly entering roadways in herds. Police are posting a mobile sign board on roads where deer/vehicle collisions have been reported in recent weeks, such as Braddock Road and Pleasant Valley Road.

Safety tips for motorists include:

Gather Round a Campfire and Search for Bats on the Wing

This was sent to us by Fairfax County Park Authority:

Come to a batty campfire program at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on Wednesday, October 13, 2010. From 7 to 8 p.m. families will learn all about bat species native to Fairfax County and where they live. Take a short night hike to look for the winged mammals and hear about their habitats. Halloween is the perfect time to become familiar with local backyard bat

Try using a bat detector to find feeding bats in the sky above. This sensitive instrument helps you to hear the high-pitch calls bats use to communicate and locate food. Settle by a glowing campfire to sip hot chocolate and roast marshmallows. The cost is $5 per person.

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is located at 5040 Road in Chantilly. For more information, call 703-631-0013 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl.