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Imagine a 10 square mile area of protected land right here in the Mount Vernon District – a place where bald eagles soar and tundra swans winter, having
Imagine a 10 square mile area of protected land right here in the Mount Vernon District – a place where bald eagles soar and tundra swans winter, having left the icy Arctic. A place that is home to plant life and wildlife, large and small.
Just over 50 years ago, Elizabeth Hartwell led a successful grassroots effort to preserve this environment on Mason Neck. She succeeded by showing Congress how crucial it is to protect America’s natural resources.
Her legacy lives on – especially through the annual Eagle Festival at Mason Neck State Park. The Festival combines fun, inspiration and encouragement. We offer a wide variety of free activities, demonstrations, and educational programs, in the hope that our guests will gain a renewed appreciation of, and concern for the environment.
Where else can a child see a live hawk or owl just a few feet away and learn about its habitat? Where can old and young alike view active bald eagle nests and learn about the importance of protecting our rivers – their primary food source? Our activities also serve as ‘teaching moments’ of actions families can take towards conservancy.
Throughout the day, there will be non-stop shows in the Wildlife Tent with reptiles, hawks, owls, and hopefully, an eagle! Kids can try a pony ride and the whole family can hop aboard a hayride to a special part of the park to see an eagle nest. And don’t forget your camera. There will be a photo contest for kids with great prizes including the opportunity to attend the park’s Junior Ranger program for free.
Best of all, you’ll be surrounded by nature in a beautiful park that’s home to eagles, ospreys, and great blue herons. Don’t forget to look up once in a while.
Mason Neck State Park
7301 High Point Road
LORTON, VA 22079
(Saturday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mason Neck State Park
7301 High Point Rd, Lorton, VA 22079
Walker Nature Center Spring Festival. Produced and presented by Reston Association, the Spring Festival is fun for all ages with live animals, fishing activities, boat rentals, craft-making for kids, booths
Walker Nature Center Spring Festival. Produced and presented by Reston Association, the Spring Festival is fun for all ages with live animals, fishing activities, boat rentals, craft-making for kids, booths by environmental groups and family-friendly entertainment. Entertainment is sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free • All Ages • Rain or Shine
Saturday, May 7 2022, 1pm – 5pm.
11450 Glade Drive, Reston
(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Walker Nature Center
11450 Glade Drive, Reston VA