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04 Dec 2022 2:00 PM • Gunston Hall's Ann Mason Room, 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton VA

  

 


Join the Friends of Mason Neck State Park

at their Annual Holiday Celebration,

Swanfall --2 PM December 4



Tundra Swans return to the Great Marsh on Mason Neck each fall, migrating from eastern Alaska and the Canadian Arctic. You can learn all about them at the Friends of Mason Neck State Park’s annual Swanfall holiday celebration in the Ann Mason Room of Gunston Hall on December 4. 


We’ll start at 2 PM with a great buffet of hors d’oeuvres and desserts.


  


At 3 PM Dr. Tom Wood, ornithologist and Associate Professor of Integrative and Interdisciplinary Studies at George Mason University, and Tom Blackburn, Past President of the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, will present a program on Tundra Swans. You’ll learn about their lives, their long migration from Alaska and northern Canada to the coastal mid-Atlantic, as well as their close relationship to other swans. 



    


Swanfall is open to everyone. Members and one guest can register for $15 apiece. Nonmembers can register for $20.  You can register here.


Gunston Hall is located at 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton VA.



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Join the Fight Against Disposable Plastic


The Friends of Mason Neck State Park are doing their part to slow the production and disposal of plastics.  Plastic bottles take as long as 450 years to decompose in the environment.  Before they do, they break down into "micro-plastic" bits that are eaten by animals and can end up in our own bodies.  On land, plastic adversely affects soil fertility, and can choke our streams and rivers.




The Friends of Mason Neck State Park have stopped offering disposable water bottles to Park volunteers and at Friends events.  Instead, they are offering free multi-use bottles that recipients can take home with them.  Hopefully, people will use these bottles instead of buying more disposable ones.  


Mason Neck State Park also is committed to reducing the use of disposable plastic bottles and has installed water bottle filling stations at the Visitor Center and the picnic area.           


Do your part too:  find ways to limit your use of disposable plastics, including those grocery store bags that have a typical useful life of 15 minutes -- the time to get from store to home -- and take 1000 years to decompose in a landfill.  


The Friends of Mason Neck State Park



The Friends of Mason Neck State Park is a Section 501(c)(3) organization that works to conserve, enhance, and interpret the Park's natural, educational, recreational, cultural and historic resources. We assist the Park Staff in implementing its programs and activities such as the annual Eagle Festival, shoreline cleanups, and outreach events.  We also sponsor special events such as our annual Owl Moon and Swanfall, our Holiday Party, help guide canoe and kayaking trips and lead hikes.               

           


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Mason Neck State Park 

Mason Neck State Park is located on the Mason Neck peninsula in southeastern Fairfax County, Virginia. The Park's wetlands, forest, water, ponds, and fields are home to a variety of wildlife, including bald eagles, osprey, geese, ducks, swans, and other birds living on or near the Potomac River, Kane's Creek, and Belmont Bay. 


The Park has hiking trails, three miles of paved multi-use trails, a large picnic area, a playground, a car-top canoe and kayak launch, and a visitor center. Canoe, kayak, and bicycle rentals are available.

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