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Park After Dark

6:30 – 8:30 PM, October 16, 2021


Have you ever experienced Mason Neck State Park after dark?  You’re invited to join the Park Staff and the Friends of Mason Neck State Park for a unique after-hours event.  Children will enjoy an “Enchanted Forest” walk – an opportunity to meet the Park’s wildlife inhabitants and learn about their lives in the Park. Teens and adults can take a “Lights Out in the Park” hike – an opportunity to experience the woods, perhaps hear owls calling and find how well our eyes and other senses adapt to the darkness.  There will be hot cocoa, coffee, s’mores and maybe even a storyteller as people gather around the campfire.

There’s no charge and no registration for this event. Entrance to the Park will be free after 6 PM.     


Order a Mason Neck State Park Wall Calendar Now!

The Friends of Mason Neck State Park are offering threes unique wall calendar for 2022 showcasing the wildlife of Mason Neck State Park. You can choose a calendar with photos of bald eagles; a calendar of singing songbirds; or a calendar of butterflies.  All of the photos were taken in or near Mason Neck State Park and feature animals that live in the park.  


The calendar will feature the photographs of the Friends' own Randy Streufert. Randy has written and provided the photos for the "Critters of the Month" articles in the Friends' newsletters of the last several months. He recently won the Grand Prize in the National Wildlife Federation's "Garden for Wildlife" photo contest and his photos have been featured in "Virginia Wildlife" magazine and other publications. 

You can order your calendars here.


The Friends of Mason Neck State Park

Joined in Promoting Recreational Opportunities

on Mason Neck

The Friends joined with other local organizations in supporting the creation of a brochure promoting recreational opportunities on Mason Neck.  The brochure, part of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Virginia is for Lovers" campaign, will be distributed at hotels and other locations that are visited by tourists and visitors throughout northern Virginia.  You can view the brochure here: Escape to Mason Neck .pdf  

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 Holiday Party, help guide canoe and kayaking trips and lead hikes.




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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