It's the Kids to Parks Day

May 15, 2012

Take the family to a Park~local, state or national

By: Kamlyn Jurgensen
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This Saturday, May 19, is Kids to Park Day.  Our local state parks are encouraging you to visit them.  Here are some of the activities. You can find out more about this program at

Lake Anna State Park--Event is FREE, Parking is $5 per car
Family Geocaching (9 a.m.-noon & 1 p.m.-4 p.m.)
Jack Corrigan demos the fundamentals of using the GPS units followed by 2 hours of putting your skills to use in the park. 
Enviroscape (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)
The EnviroScape helps people to better understand the sources and prevention of water pollution through visual, hands-on interaction. The effect of pollution from many small sources can have a real impact on the quality of our shared water resources. EnviroScape shows the connection between the watershed and the people who live in it. 
Walk with a Naturalist (11 a.m.- noon)
Virginia Master Naturalist takes you on a hike for wildlife and plant life of the season. Identify birdsongs, frog calls, find and ID spring bloomers, butterflies and more. 
Panning for Gold (noon-1 p.m. & 2-3 p.m.)
Join Shane for a fun filled program featuring the history and basics of "Panning for Gold".   
Going IN-SEINE (1-1:30 p.m. & 3-3:30 p.m.)
Follow Shane to the Beach for a chance to drag a seine net, sample and examine some of our Lake's inhabitants.
Telephone:(540) 854-5503


10:00 a.m. I Spy Hayride- a fun filled scavenger hunt on our hay wagon
11:00 a.m. Eagle Tour- Caledon is home to one of the highest concentrations of eagles on the east coast.
1:00 p.m. Fossil Find- discover the incredible and complex geological history and find out if there are sharks & dinosours in the Potomac River.
3:00 p.m. Geocaching 101- get involved with the new sport of geocaching, a global scavenger hunt.

Take a break from the day with a picnic dinner and then join infor a:
Star Party on the Lawn- finish up the day with some star gazing in the front field guided by the Rappahannock Astronomy Club. The program begins 1/2 hour after sunset.
All programs are free but space is limited so reservations are recomended. For more info and to make reservations contact the park.
Phone:      (540) 663-3861

Pocahontas State Park
Pocahontas State Park is offering a variety of programs as part of National Kids to Parks day.  Self Guided Park Backpacks and rental GPS units are available at the park office.
Try our new Geocaching game - VSP Pocahontas Blooming Adventure
10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join our Jr. Ranger Family Amazing Race (to register go to:; print and complete and mail with fee to address on form)
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join us on a Guided Hike (free)
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Discover our Nature Center (free)
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing canoe paddle along Swift Creek ($9/person or $6/person for a family of 4 or more)

Telephone:(804) 796-4255

Leesylvania State Park
Get ready to search for the hidden world around you. Take a hike along Powell's Creek Trail (approximately 1.3 miles) and use a GPS unit to hunt for the secret techniques that animals use to disguise themselves from predators. Please pay at the Visitor Center prior to the program. Don't forget to bring water and wear close-toed shoes. Program cost is $3 per person, $8 per family, or $25 for a large group. Pay the Visitor Center and meet at Powell's Creek Trailhead
2 Sessions: Noon and 3 p.m.

Telephone:(703) 730-8205


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