Are you ready to party? Because this year Tidewater Search and Rescue. Need a rope and didn’t bring one, then you should learn how to make rope out of natural materials. Learn other skills such as using a compass, starting a fire, and many more.
April 16th – The Second Annual First Landing’s Tree Army – Last year the First Annual First Landing Tree Army was a huge success, over 200 volunteers planted over 3,000 trees and close down 10,000ft of unauthorized paths that were in areas which was not suitable for hiking. While it was a terrific effort there are still sensitive habitat areas in danger from use of other unauthorized trails. This year we will be planting in these areas with small trees, so again we are calling on the caring citizens of Virginia to sponsor trees and to come out to plant trees on April 16th. $3 will sponsor one tree, $5 will sponsor two trees, and $10 will sponsor five trees, but individuals or groups are welcome to sponsor as many trees as they are interested in. To sponsor a tree or to volunteer in planting trees contact First Landing’s Event/Volunteer Coordinator Kim Miller.
May 7th – Smokey Bear Day – Come join Smokey Bear for a day filled of fun activities centering on wildfire prevention and wildlife conservation. Many state and local organization will be visiting the park to meet and greet with the public. There will also be games and activities for the young and old.
May 27th – 30th Memorial Day Weekend Interpretive Events – Celebrate the beginning of summer with a weekend full of special interpretive events. Many of the weekend’s special programs include fun games and activities that highlight the history of First Landing State Park. These events will kick off our summer long celebration of 75 years of Virginia State Parks!
June 4th – Clean the Bay Day – This annual event will be entering its 23rd year of removing trash and debris from the history, history from even before it was a state park. You can journey through history, from pre- colonial times to present day, by attending programs creating a timeline of remarkable events that have occurred at the park. Adults and children will find these programs fascinating and fun. Plus what birthday party would be complete without cake!
July 2nd – 4th – 4th of July Weekend Special Events – Fireworks! Need I say more, well I will anyway. As American as apple pie, coming to the beach for the 4th of July weekend is fun for the whole family. Special interpretive programs will be occurring all weekend long with sandcastle building contests and scavenger hunts. And to end the weekend with a bang there will be fireworks on the 4th!
July 16th – Dog Days of Summer – Virginia State Parks are a place for man’s best friend too. This festival embraces visitors and their four legged companions. There will be exhibitors with dog related items and service as well as games, activities, and crafts for festival participants. But the highlight of the event is the doggy fashion show; it’s a sight you don’t want to miss.
Sept 3rd – 5th – Labor Day Weekend Interpretive Events – Sadly the summer does have to come to an end and children must return to school, but before you let go of that last fleeting summer ray of sun come out to First Landing State Park. Throughout the weekend there will be special interpretive programs to end to summer right!
Sept 24th – International Coastal Clean Up – This event is very similar to the Clean the Bay Day event held in June. However, after a summer of heavy use our waterways and trails at First Landing can use for tender love and care. This event is coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy
Oct 15th – Fall Fest – It just can’t be Fall at First Landing without the family favorite Fall Fest! Join us for this great autumn tradition at the park. There will be hayrides, pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, smore’s, and more!
DecemberChristmas Bird Count – Gone is the blue bird; here to stay is a new bird. Come spend some time in a winter wonderland tracking the areas winter birds. Learn new birding skills or test the skills you already have by observing the species and number of birds still in the area as the temperatures drop. More information on this event will be released as we approach the end of the year.