Friends of 
Mason Neck State Park


Upcoming events

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

     Shoreline Cleanup on National Public Lands Day


    Give back to Mason Neck State Park by helping clean up the Park's shoreline on National Public Lands Day, September 28.  Park visitors are very good about not leaving trash, but large amounts of trash float down the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers and end up on the Park's shoreline.  This is the last cleanup of the year so we want to get as much trash cleaned up as possible.  You can walk along the shoreline or take out a canoe and clean the areas that are not accessible from the shore. 

    Make sure you dress for the weather and wear clothes you can get dirty and shoes or boots that can get wet.  We'll start the cleanup and assign cleanup crews at 9 AM sharp.  We'll provide work tools for getting the job done, including large trash bags.  Bring your own gloves if you have them.  The park will have a few for those who don't have their own.

    And after the work is done, stick around and join one of our afternoon programs for some fun while learning about the park and its resources or take a walk on one of the Park's trails.

    The Friends of Mason Neck State Park will provide light snacks and reusable water bottles for those who don't bring them.  

    There is free parking/admission for this day.

    For questions, please call the Park at 703-339-2385.  

    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Mason Neck State Park Picnic Area
    • 17



    We’re Bringing the Wildlife to You!

    Get your Cameras Ready!

    Don’t miss this unique opportunity to photograph magnificent raptors, out in the Park, from just 10 feet away!  You’ll never get this close to an owl or a hawk in the wild.  Just imagine snapping shots of at least four of them!    


    Join the Friends of Mason Neck State Park and

    wildlife rehabilitators Secret Garden Birds and Bees

    for this special Photo Encounter Fundraiser.

    Standing just a few feet away from your subject puts you in the ideal spot to take what might well be some of your best photographs.  During each session, at least four raptors including a Red-shouldered Hawk, a Red-Tailed Hawk, an Eastern Screech Owl and a Barred Owl, will pose for you on a natural looking perch.

    Learn about your subjects!

    Hear from Secret Garden Birds and Bees staff about each one of them, making this a learning experience too!

    Space is limited to 20 participants per session.

    This event has sold out in the past so don’t wait to register!

    Date: Saturday October 19

    Location: Mason Neck State Park, Lorton VA

    Morning Session: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Afternoon Session:  1:00 PM -  2:30 PM

    Each session is $65.00 per participant, which includes the park entry fee.  $40 of each    registration fee is tax deductible to the extent permissible by law.  

    This is a fundraising event that will help the Friends of Mason Neck State Park continue to present programs and work on projects in support of the Park. 

    • 09 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Mason Neck State Park



    We’re all getting together for the

    Friends of Mason Neck State Park, Inc. Annual Meeting

                                                                                 Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay

    November 9, 2019    10:00am

    Mason Neck State Park Visitor Center

    7301 High Point Road, Lorton, VA 22079

    All members are invited (and encouraged) to join us for our 2019 annual meeting.  It’s a great opportunity to meet your board members and hear about everything the Friends have accomplished during the year, thanks to your support.  Did you know that you helped bring more than 4,000 people a little closer to nature and inspired many of them to take action to protect the environment this year?

    Remember, this is your organization!  The meeting is a time to let us know what types of activities and programs you would enjoy going forward.  We’d like to know what we can do for you.

    What’s in store for our Park?   Assistant Park Manager, Ariel Hartman will talk about the challenges and triumphs the Park has had. She will answer all your questions and looks forward to your suggestions. 

    The annual meeting is also the time to vote for your board members!  If you can’t join us, keep an eye out for an email that will allow you to vote by proxy.

    Immediately following the meeting, enjoy a guided hike along the Bayview Trail.  Hope to see you there!

    There is no charge for this event, which is open to the public.  However, but only members can vote on the candidates for the Board of Directors. You can view the candidates for election to the Board of Directors at 2019 Board of Directors Candidates

    Entrance to the park is free to those who arrive between 9:30 and 10 AM and state that they are attending the Annual Meeting.  

Past events

14 Sep 2019 Owl Moon 2019
15 Jun 2019 Native American Life on Mason Neck State Park: the Archaeological Evidence
11 May 2019 Mason Neck State Park Eagle Festival
11 May 2019 Bird Walk on the Mason Neck State Park Bayview Trail
20 Apr 2019 Help Us Clean the Shoreline of Mason Neck State Park
03 Mar 2019 Vernal Pools
20 Jan 2019 Lunar Eclipse Watch
01 Jan 2019 Tundra Swan Hike
02 Dec 2018 Friends of Mason Neck State Park 2018 Holiday Party: What Birds Eat
20 Oct 2018 Park After Dark
22 Sep 2018 Owl Moon and Annual Meeting
22 Sep 2018 National Public Lands Day
12 May 2018 Eagle Festival 2018
14 Apr 2018 Potomac Watershed Cleanup at Mason Neck State Park
31 Mar 2018 1:30 PM Guided Walk: Lexington Plantation Rediscovered
31 Mar 2018 10:00 AM Guided walk: Lexington Plantation Rediscovered
17 Feb 2018 Tundra Swan Walk
10 Feb 2018 Tundra Swan Hike
01 Jan 2018 First Day Hikes
10 Dec 2017 Dedication of "Spirit of America" Sculpture
03 Dec 2017 Swanfall 2017: The Intriguing Winter Waterfowl of Mason Neck
21 Oct 2017 Park After Dark
07 Oct 2017 Birds and Butterflies at Meadowood Recreation Area
30 Sep 2017 National Public Lands Day
23 Sep 2017 Owl Moon
09 Sep 2017 Friends of Mason Neck State Park Photography Hike
17 Jun 2017 30,000 years of history at Mason Neck State Park in 90 Minutes!
20 May 2017 2017 EAGLE FESTIVAL
10 May 2017 Forest Communities & Associated Geology in No. Virginia & Vicinity
06 May 2017 Wake-up Walk on the Eagle Spur Trail
25 Mar 2017 CANCELLATION Raptor Photo Encounter AFTERNOON SESSION
25 Mar 2017 CANCELLATION - Raptor Photo Encounter MORNING SESSION
04 Feb 2017 Rescheduled Tundra Swan Hike
07 Jan 2017 Tundra Swan Hike
01 Jan 2017 First Day Walks and Bike Hike
04 Dec 2016 SWANFALL 2016: Raptors Among Us!
10 Nov 2016 Park 10-year Master Plan Public Meeting
30 Oct 2016 Bird Walk
15 Oct 2016 Park After Dark & The Enchanted Forest
11 Sep 2016 Friends and Audubon Society of Northern Virginia Meeting on Important Bird Areas
23 Apr 2016 2016 EAGLE FESTIVAL
02 Apr 2016 WALK: Lexington Plantation Rediscovered
02 Apr 2016 TALK: Lexington Plantation Rediscovered
01 Jan 2016 First Day Hikes 2016
06 Dec 2015 Swanfall 2015: Journey of a Lifetime
24 Oct 2015 The Enchanted Forest (Oct. 24)
23 Oct 2015 The Enchanted Forest (Oct. 23)
26 Sep 2015 Friends "Owl Moon" Annual Meeting
16 Aug 2015 Mystery Snails - Various Dates
10 Aug 2015 Friends Board Meeting
08 Aug 2015 Quantico Orienteering Club - Intro to Orienteering
25 Jul 2015 2015 Eagles n' Ospreys Cruise
19 Jul 2015 YCC Volunteers Dinner and Presentation
13 Jul 2015 Friends Board Meeting
13 Jun 2015 Friends @ Gunston Hall for George Mason Day
08 Jun 2015 Friends Board Meeting
06 Jun 2015 Chesapeake Bay Foundation Cleanup
18 May 2015 Friends Board Meeting
25 Apr 2015 2015 EAGLE FESTIVAL
13 Apr 2015 Friends Board Meeting
09 Mar 2015 Friends Board Meeting
16 Feb 2015 Friends Board Meeting
02 Feb 2015 Friends Board Meeting
01 Jan 2015 First Day Hikes (See Tundra Swans and Other Wildlife)
22 Dec 2014 Friends Board Meeting
07 Dec 2014 Swanfall: Celebration of the Swans of Mason Neck
17 Nov 2014 Friends Board Meeting
27 Oct 2014 Friends Board Meeting
17 Oct 2014 Enchanted Forest Event
28 Sep 2014 Board Strategic Planning Meeting
27 Sep 2014 Shoreline Cleanup - Nat'l Public Lands Day
20 Sep 2014 Volunteers Training Session
15 Sep 2014 Friends Board Meeting
13 Sep 2014 National Day of Service
06 Sep 2014 Friends Annual Meeting, Picnic, & Twilight Photo Hike
19 Apr 2014 2014 EAGLE FESTIVAL
01 Feb 2014 Supervisor's 27th Annual Town Hall Meeting
20 Jan 2014 Join Cadette Girl Scout Troop 340 & Service Unit 53-2 for National Day of Service
10 Jan 2014 Washington RV Show
01 Jan 2014 2014 First Day Hikes
12 Oct 2013 Fall Picnic
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