Events schedueled for NVRPA



Springfest Fairfax

04/25/2015 09:00 AM to 04/25/2015 04:00 PM
Cost: Free
Join us for a celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day at Workhouse Arts Center and Occoquan Regional Park. For more information please visit www.springfestfairfax.com or call 703-690-2121.

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Bird Walk with the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

04/25/2015 09:00 AM to 04/25/2015 10:30 AM
Cost: Free. Donations are kindly accepted and will help to fund the construction of Algonkian Nature Preserve accessible nature trail.
The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has joined NOVA Parks and Algonkian Regional Park’s new series of interpretive nature walks introducing people to the delights of the Algonkian Nature Preserve. Bill Brown will be leading a bird walk especially suited to new birders and folks who have never explored this riverside park. Anyone interested in birds is welcome, including families with children over 10. Spring migration will be in full swing, so this should be a good opportunity to see and learn about a wide variety of colorful birds, including migrants, local breeders, and year-round residents. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the gravel parking lot next boat ramp at Algonkian Park.

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Civil War Encampment at Bull Run

04/25/2015 10:00 AM to 04/25/2015 04:00 PM
On Saturday, April 25th, there will be camp life and drilling of the troops starting at 10 am. There also will be a firing demonstration at 11:30, 1:30 and 3 p.m.

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Animal Feeding 101 – Lizards

04/25/2015 01:00 PM to 04/25/2015 02:00 PM
Cost: $5 per person
Reservation Required: Yes
Come visit the nature center and learn about native lizards in the area, how they hunt, and what they eat. Also meet a few exotic species and learn their feeding habits. Reservations required at 703-528-5406. Cost is $5 per person. Potomac Overlook Regional Park 2845 N Marcey Road Arlington, VA 22207 703-528-5406 potomac@nvrpa.org

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Forestry Merit Badge

04/25/2015 01:00 PM to 04/25/2015 05:00 PM
Cost: $25 per person
Explore Forestry at Potomac Overlook Regional Park! This program will cover all requirements needed to obtain the Forestry Merit Badge. The requirements covered in class will be 1, 2c, 3a, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e, 5a, 6a, 6b, and 6c. Requirement 7 will need to be completed prior to the program date and brought in for approval but the merit badge counselor. Call 703-528-5406 to reserve your spot. The cost $25 per scout.

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Potomac Overlook Regional Park 2845 N Marcey Road Arlington, VA 22207 703-528-5406 potomac@nvrpa.org


Creepy Crawly Walk

04/26/2015 11:00 AM to 04/26/2015 12:00 PM
Cost: Free. Donations are kindly accepted and will help to fund the construction of Algonkian Nature Preserve accessible nature trail.
Come out to the Algonkian Nature Preserve to discover what creeps around in the woods. Be prepared to get dirty as we search the forest floor and kick over fallen logs to find some of the many fascinating reptile, amphibian, and invertebrate species of Northern Virginia. Boots and long pants recommended!

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Civil War Encampment at Bull Run

04/26/2015 11:00 AM to 04/26/2015 12:00 PM
On Sunday, April 26th, there will be camp life, drilling and a firing demo at 11 a.m. Camp will end at 12n.

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“Eyewitness to War” tours

04/26/2015 01:00 PM to 04/26/2015 05:00 PM
Cost: Free. Donations are kindly accepted
The historic 1851 Mt. Zion Baptist Church, sitting alongside Rt. 50 east of Gilbert’s Corner, will open its doors to the public on the 4th Sundays of the month beginning on April 26th, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. It will be open each fourth Sunday of the month through October.

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Tracy J. Gillespie, Site Manager, Mt. Zion Historic Park, 703-327-9777, tgillespie@nvrpa.org Mt. Zion Historic Park is located at 40309 John Mosby Highway, Aldie VA 20105.


Woodlands Tree Walk

05/02/2015 09:00 AM to 05/02/2015 10:30 AM
Cost: Free. Donations are kindly accepted and will help to fund the construction of Algonkian Nature Preserve accessible nature trail.
Come walk the complex ever changing woods of the Algonkian Nature Preserve (ANP), and discover the native trees of Northern Virginia. The walk will point out the many different tree species that make up the ANP woods and how they have changed due to the impact of man and animals. Every season is different so you will want to take these walks often.

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Volunteer Work Party

05/02/2015 10:00 AM to 05/02/2015
Cost: Free
Spend a morning with park staff and volunteers helping with indoor and outdoor projects in your favorite park! Reservations NOT required — meet at the Nature Center at 10 AM. Please call 703-528-5406 for more details. Potomac Overlook Regional Park 2845 N Marcey Road Arlington, VA 22207 703-528-5406 potomac@nvrpa.org

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Great NOVA'S Trail Fest:Take a Hike

05/02/2015 08:30 AM to 05/02/2015 01:00 PM
Cost: $10
Reservation Required: Yes
Trail Fest Itinerary Riverbend Park (Great Falls) to Algonkian Regional Park Hike Follow the Potomac Heritage Trail as it winds along the scenic Upper Potomac River on this 8 mile hike. Meet in Shelter #3 parking lot at Algonkian Regional Park at 8:30am. Vans will shuttle participants to Riverbend Park. Seneca Regional Park (Great Falls) to Algonkian Regional Park Hike Enjoy the beautiful wetlands scenery in this 3.5 mile hike. Meet at Shelter #3 parking lot at Algonkian Regional Park at 11:00am. Vans will shuttle participants to Riverbend Park. Making Connections Picnic A great opportunity to share stories about your day on the trails. Algonkian Regional Park, 1:00 pm. Barbecue lunch. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and space is limited! Please call 703-352-5900 to register. Your $10 fee includes lunch and a Great NOVA Trails Fest t-shirt. Registration closes on April 30, 2015.This event is a cooperative effort between NOVA Parks and the Potomac Heritage Trail Association. Algonkian Regional Park is located at 47001 Fairway Dr, Sterling, VA 20165

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30th ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE & HERITAGE FESTIVAL!

05/03/2015 01:00 PM to 05/03/2015 04:00 PM
Cost: Free
Get outside and join us for this wonderful springtime tradition! Our Open House is full of fun activities and exhibits for all ages! This year marks the 30th year of this event and will include music, entertainment, food, community exhibits, games, a maypole dance, and much more! Potomac Overlook Regional Park 2845 N Marcey Road Arlington, VA 22207 703-528-5406

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Howlin Hemlock

05/03/2015 11:00 AM to 05/03/2015 01:00 PM
Cost: Free
Get outside and join us with your four legged friends for a day of hiking and playing with other local dogs at Hemlock Overlook. No fees, plenty of parking, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the park. All dogs must have current vaccinations All dogs must remain on leash. 571-281-3556 Hemlock Overlook 13220 Yates Ford Road Clifton, VA 20124

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All About Spring - Insects

05/06/2015 10:00 AM to 05/06/2015 11:00 AM
Cost: $5 per person
Reservation Required: Yes
Spiders, Hummingbirds and Tulips… Oh My! Spring is in bloom at Potomac Overlook. Come for a Naturalist led program to celebrate the season. Tailored for preschoolers, this program will explore how nature takes shape during this time of year. Potomac Overlook Regional Park 2845 N Marcey Road Arlington, VA 22207 703-528-5406 potomac@nvrpa.org

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Sanctuary Tree Walk

05/09/2015 01:00 PM to 05/09/2015 03:00 PM
Cost: Free. Donations are kindly accepted and will help to fund the construction of Algonkian Nature Preserve accessible nature trail.
Come walk the complex ever changing woods of the Algonkian Nature Preserve (ANP), and discover the native trees of Northern Virginia. The walk will point out the many different tree species that make up the ANP woods and how they have changed due to the impact of man and animals. Every season is different so you will want to take these walks often.

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Pollinator Walk

05/09/2015 10:00 AM to 05/09/2015 11:00 AM
Cost: Free. Donations are kindly accepted and will help to fund the construction of Algonkian Nature Preserve accessible nature trail.
Life,does it require pollinators? What are they, anyway? For there to be fruit, there MUST be pollinators. Pollinating all the food plants we grow could never be accomplished by man. No, another source of help has been provided – POLLINATORS! Unfortunately, pollinators seem to be disappearing. The monarch butterfly population is perhaps 50% of what it used to be. Bees seem to be dying off. What is happening? Find out the answer to this mystery on our part lecture and part nature walk.

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A Springtime Tea at Aldie Mill

05/09/2015 01:00 PM to 05/09/2015
Cost: $35 per person
Reservation Required: Yes
A Spring Time Tea at Aldie Mill will be offered at the historic 200-year-old mill in the center of the village of Aldie. The full afternoon tea will be catered by Calling Card Events, and will include scones with cream and jam, finger sandwiches, tea breads and assorted desserts, all accompanied by endless pots of tea, including the exclusive “Aldie Mill Blend.” Following the tea, guests are invited to join members of the Aldie Horticultural Society to create a unique country flower arrangement in mason jars to take home with them as a special memento of the day.

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For more information or to make a reservation, contact Aldie Mill Site Manager Tracy Gillespie at 703-327-9777 or by email at tgillespie@nvrpa.org. Aldie Mill is located at 39401 John Mosby Highway, Aldie 20105.


Mother's Day Tea

05/10/2015 11:00 AM to 05/10/2015 01:00 PM
Cost: $30/person.
Reservation Required: Yes
Treat that special woman in your life to an elegant afternoon tea and a tour of the most historic house in Alexandria. Relax in the beautiful setting of our Magnolia Terrace and learn the Language of the Fan, a popular mode of subtle communication in the eighteenth century. Experience personalized tableside service and scrumptious food catered by Calling Card Events for an unforgettable day. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 703-549-2997 or e-mailing carlylerentals@nvrpa.org. Please give your preference for the 11am or 2pm seating times. The event is $30/person.

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Mother's Day Tea

05/10/2015 02:00 PM to 05/10/2015 04:00 PM
Cost: $30/person.
Reservation Required: Yes
Treat that special woman in your life to an elegant afternoon tea and a tour of the most historic house in Alexandria. Relax in the beautiful setting of our Magnolia Terrace and learn the Language of the Fan, a popular mode of subtle communication in the eighteenth century. Experience personalized tableside service and scrumptious food catered by Calling Card Events for an unforgettable day. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 703-549-2997 or e-mailing carlylerentals@nvrpa.org. Please give your preference for the 11am or 2pm seating times. The event is $30/person.

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Native Lands

05/11/2015 09:30 AM to 05/14/2015 01:30 PM
Cost: $12 general admission tickets $10 advance online tickets
An educational cultural experience provided to area elementary schools. Features Native American and African cultures. Two other shows are offered with the price of admission. 1-800-799-1166

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All About Spring - Clouds

05/13/2015 10:00 AM to 05/13/2015 11:00 AM
Cost: $5 per person
Reservation Required: Yes
Spiders, Hummingbirds and Tulips… Oh My! Spring is in bloom at Potomac Overlook. Come for a Naturalist led program to celebrate the season. Tailored for preschoolers, this program will explore how nature takes shape during this time of year. Potomac Overlook Regional Park 2845 N Marcey Road Arlington, VA 22207 703-528-5406 potomac@nvrpa.org

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Occoquan Riverfest

05/16/2015 10:00 AM to 05/16/2015 04:00 PM
Cost: Free
Celebrate life along the Occoquan River. Over 30 conservation and recreation organizations will be on display. Free river boat rides! For more information please visit WWW.OWLVA.ORG or call 703-690-2121.

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Woodlands Tree Walk

05/16/2015 09:00 AM to 05/16/2015 10:30 AM
Cost: Free.Donations are kindly accepted and will help to fund the construction of Algonkian Nature Preserve accessible nature trail.
Come walk the complex ever changing woods of the Algonkian Nature Preserve (ANP), and discover the native trees of Northern Virginia. The walk will point out the many different tree species that make up the ANP woods and how they have changed due to the impact of man and animals. Every season is different so you will want to take these walks often.

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Animal Feeding 101 – Turtles

05/16/2015 01:00 PM to 05/16/2015 02:00 PM
Cost: $5 per person
Reservation Required: Yes
Snapping, box, and painted turtles! OH MY! Stop by the park to help our naturalist staff feed our resident hard tops. Reservations required. Cost is $5 per participant. Call 703-528-5406 to sign up! Potomac Overlook Regional Park 2845 N Marcey Road Arlington, VA 22207 703-528-5406 potomac@nvrpa.org

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Sanctuary Tree Walk

05/23/2015 01:00 PM to 05/23/2015 03:00 PM
Cost: Free. Donations are kindly accepted and will help to fund the construction of Algonkian Nature Preserve accessible nature trail.
Come walk the complex ever changing woods of the Algonkian Nature Preserve (ANP), and discover the native trees of Northern Virginia. The walk will point out the many different tree species that make up the ANP woods and how they have changed due to the impact of man and animals. Every season is different so you will want to take these walks often.

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Vintage Virginia Wine Festival

05/30/2015 11:00 PM to 05/30/2015 06:00 PM
Cost: $35 general admission tickets
Vintage Virginia, featuring the Commonwealth’s best wine, food and music each year during a fun-filled festival at Bull Run Park Special Events Center. This year’s Vintage promises to be the best in decades, with an emphasis on Virginian cuisine, showcased by daily cooking presentations by Top Chefs from across the country! Additionally, a line-up of nearly two dozen of the Washington, DC-area’s favorite Food Trucks will be on hand, making for a perfectly balanced weekend of wine, food, friends and music. Virginia is for Lovers… of Wine!

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Barn Dance

05/30/2015 06:00 PM to 05/30/2015 09:00 PM
Cost: $30 per person, $50 per couple
Reservation Required: Yes
Come out to Temple Hall Farm Regional Park and enjoy a night of dancing with Jake and the Burtones Bluegrass Band and dance callers Rock & Candy. Cost is $30 per person, or $50 per couple. Call 703-352-5900 or contact John Lewis: jlewis@nvrpa.org for registration. http://jakeandtheburtones.bandcamp.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPIiAMupwaQ

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Barn Dance

05/30/2015 06:00 AM to 05/30/2015 09:00 PM
Cost: $30 per person, $50 per couple
Come out to Temple Hall Farm Regional Park and enjoy a night of dancing with Jake and the Burtones Bluegrass Band (click the link to learn about the band), and dance callers Rock & Candy (click the link for a video of one of their performances). Cost is $30 per person, or $50 per couple. Call 703-352-5900 for registration.

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John Lewis, 703-779-9372, jlewis@nvrpa.org.


Vintage Virginia Wine Festival

05/31/2015 11:00 AM to 05/30/2015 06:00 PM
Cost: $35 general admission tickets
Vintage Virginia, featuring the Commonwealth’s best wine, food and music each year during a fun-filled festival at Bull Run Park Special Events Center. This year’s Vintage promises to be the best in decades, with an emphasis on Virginian cuisine, showcased by daily cooking presentations by Top Chefs from across the country! Additionally, a line-up of nearly two dozen of the Washington, DC-area’s favorite Food Trucks will be on hand, making for a perfectly balanced weekend of wine, food, friends and music. Virginia is for Lovers… of Wine!

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Creepy Crawly Walk

05/31/2015 11:00 AM to 05/31/2015 12:00 PM
Cost: Free. Donations are kindly accepted and will help to fund the construction of Algonkian Nature Preserve accessible nature trail.
Come out to the Algonkian Nature Preserve to discover what creeps around in the woods. Be prepared to get dirty as we search the forest floor and kick over fallen logs to find some of the many fascinating reptile, amphibian, and invertebrate species of Northern Virginia. Boots and long pants recommended!

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Volunteer Work Party

06/06/2015 10:00 AM to 06/06/2015 12:00 PM
Cost: Free
Spend a morning with park staff and volunteers helping with indoor and outdoor projects in your favorite park! Reservations NOT required — meet at the Nature Center at 10 AM. Please call 703-528-5406 for more details. Potomac Overlook Regional Park 2845 N Marcey Road Arlington, VA 22207 703-528-5406 potomac@nvrpa.org

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Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest

06/20/2015 11:00 AM to 06/20/2015 07:00 PM
$35 at the gate,$25 advance online,$15 designated driver, $10 designated driver advance online Ages 0-15 are free and must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older Ages 16-20 must purchase a designated driver ticket and must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or over Craft beer sampling festival featuring 50+ breweries. This family friendly event attracts a wide range of people from twenty-somethings to baby boomers. A variety of food is available to complement the brews, outstanding local/regional bands provide entertainment, local/regional businesses market and sell their products or services, and there is an area with activities for families with young children.

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Good Ol’ Days Car Show

06/21/2015 09:00 AM to 06/21/2015 03:00 PM
Cost: $3.00 a person
Over 200 cars will be on display with 50 awards, dash plaques to the first 125 registrants. Door prizes, games, raffle, t-shirts, live music, food and more! Vendors welcome! For more information please visit www.princewilliamcruisers.com or contact Steve Shifflet, 703-971-8455.

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Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest

06/21/2015 11:00 AM to 06/21/2015 07:00 PM
$35 at the gate,$25 advance online,$15 designated driver, $10 designated driver advance online Ages 0-15 are free and must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older Ages 16-20 must purchase a designated driver ticket and must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or over Craft beer sampling festival featuring 50+ breweries. This family friendly event attracts a wide range of people from twenty-somethings to baby boomers. A variety of food is available to complement the brews, outstanding local/regional bands provide entertainment, local/regional businesses market and sell their products or services, and there is an area with activities for families with young children.

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The Ice Cream Race

06/27/2015 08:00 AM to 06/27/2015 02:00 PM
Cost: $25-49 entry fee
The Ice Cream Race is an all-ages event that encourages participants to fight their way through our unique course by climbing over Walls of Fun, zooming down the Chocolate Syrup Water Slide, and trudging through our Cherry Juice Pit! You will be chased by all of your favorite toppings throughout the course. Once you cross the finish line, you’ll be rewarded with a custom made T-shirt and—you guessed it—ice cream! You will have access to music, food trucks, ice cream eating competitions, and wild costume competitions.

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Community Garage Sale

07/11/2015 09:00 AM to 07/11/2015 05:00 PM
Cost: $25 per space
Reservation Required: Yes
Each individual will receive a ten by ten foot space to display their sale items. Please register at www.NOVAParks.com For more information on this event please contact park manager, John Houser, at 703-690-2121.

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Volunteer Work Party

08/01/2015 10:00 AM to 08/01/2015 12:00 PM
Cost: Free
Spend a morning with park staff and volunteers helping with indoor and outdoor projects in your favorite park! Reservations NOT required — meet at the Nature Center at 10 AM. Please call 703-528-5406 for more details. 2845 N Marcey Road Arlington, VA 22207 703-528-5406 potomac@nvrpa.org

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Community Yard Sale at Occoquan Regional Park

08/08/2015 09:00 AM to 08/08/2015 05:00 PM
Cost: $25 per space
Each individual will receive a ten by ten foot space to display their sale items. Register at www.NOVAParks.com For more information about this event please contact park manager, John Houser, 703-690-2121

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Free SUP Lesson

08/15/2015 11:30 AM to 08/15/2015 01:30 PM
Cost: FREE Instruction, Boat Rental Required
Come out to learn the basics of Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Free instruction from our park naturalist to get you comfortable on the water and prepared to go out on your own. For more information please call the park at 703.339.6104. Guests will check-in at the boat rental facility where they will meet the paddle instructor. Life jackets will be fitted and participants will be equipped with their boat and paddle.

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Pakistan Festival USA

08/30/2015 02:00 PM to 08/30/2015 10:00 PM
Cost: $5 per person
General showcase of Pakistani culture, food and music.

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Wounded Warriors Benefit Car Show

09/13/2015 09:00 AM to 09/13/2015 03:00 PM
Cost: $3.00 a person
Over 200 cars will be on display with 50 awards, dash plaques to the first 125 registrants. Door prizes, games, raffle, t-shirts, live music, food and more! Vendors welcome! Proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Program. For more information please visit www.princewilliamcruisers.com or contact Steve Shifflet, 703-971-8455.

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Fall Color Tour

10/17/2015 02:00 PM to 10/17/2015 04:30 PM
Cost: $30.00 with boat rental and equipment
Reservation Required: Yes
Join us for a tour on the marsh of Pohick Bay while we experience nature as the seasons are changing. No experience necessary! Guided tours range from 2.5-3 hours discussing the wonderful nature, aquatic vegetation, native animals and beautiful scenery found on the Bay. For more information please call the park at 703.339.6104. Registered guests will meet at the boat rental facility 10 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time. Life jackets will be fitted and participants will be equipped with their boat and paddle prior to the tour.

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Blood and Guts Run

10/24/2015 09:00 AM to 10/24/2015 02:00 PM
Cost: $25-49 entry fee
The Blood and Guts Run is an all ages 5k fun run. There are 15+ obstacles and hundreds of blood squirting zombies that will be attempting to infect you with blood filled water guns.

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Fall Color Tour

10/24/2015 02:00 PM to 10/24/2015 04:30 PM
Cost: $30.00 with boat rental and equipment
Reservation Required: Yes
Join us for a tour on the marsh of Pohick Bay while we experience nature as the seasons are changing. No experience necessary! Guided tours range from 2.5-3 hours discussing the wonderful nature, aquatic vegetation, native animals and beautiful scenery found on the Bay. For more information please call the park at 703.339.6104. Registered guests will meet at the boat rental facility 10 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time. Life jackets will be fitted and participants will be equipped with their boat and paddle prior to the tour.

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