Once again the Eagle Festival is coming to Mason Neck. This event, the largest Earth Day related environmental event in Northern Virginia includes exhibits from nearly 30 non-profit, environmental, historic and civic organizations, and dozens of family friendly activities. It’s free to attend and while you are there you just might win one of our fantastic door prizes including a week-end cabin stay in A Virginia State Park!
This year’s festival will take place on Saturday April 24th beginning with a 5K Run Walk at 9 AM. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the shaded, level course that’s perfect for walkers or runners of all levels. There is a Elizabeth Hartwell Environmental Education Fund.
Festival activities begin at 10 AM. The theme for this year’s event is “Nature is the Key for Healthy Children.” As Virginia State Parks Director, Joe Elton always says Virginia State Parks are a tonic for the mind, body and spirit. This applies to children and their parents alike. So bring the whole family and enjoy a fun and active day outside at the park!
Schedule of Events
10:00 am – 4:00 pmDisplays from Local and National Environmental Organizations
10:00 amCanoe Tour #1 (Sign up at State Park) or Boating at Pohick Bay Regional Park
10:00 amNature Hike – Bird Walk for Beginners #1
10:00 to 11:00 amHay Rides and Trips to the Great Blue Heron Rookery
11am to 4 pm70’s Music by the Anthony James Band, Environmental Education Stations, Food and Drink Sales, Hay Rides, Pony Rides, Biking on the Bike Trail, and Periodic Trips to the Great Blue Heron Rookery, Bird Banding Demonstration
11:30 amshow #1Reptiles Alive!
12:00 amshow #1Under the Sea!
12:00 pmCanoe Tour #2 – Or Paddle and John Boats at Pohick Bay Regional Park
12:30 pmshow #1Raptor Conservancy of Virginia – Owls and Hawks
1:00 pmPublic Program
Jess Lowry, Mason Neck State Park – Welcome and Call for Gathering
Children’s Drumming Exhibition
Rob Hartwell – Remarks and Recognition of Public Officials
Marvin Miller – Mason Neck Civic Association Awards
Special Award – Liz Hartwell Conservation Award and Remarks
Keynote Speaker: David Goldberg, VP and Administrator
Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children
Announcement of Children’s Art Display and prize drawing at 2:30
1:30 pmshow #2Reptiles Alive!
2:00 pmNature Hike – Bird Walk for Beginners #2
2:00 pmshow #2Under the Sea!
2:30 pmDrawing for a free cabin weekend and others prizes
2:30 pmshow #2Raptor Conservancy of Virginia – Owls and Hawks
3:00 pmCanoe Tour #3
3:00 pmshow #3Reptiles Alive!
DuskNorthern Virginia Astronomy Club – Star Gazing Program
Hope to see you there!