Friends of 
Mason Neck State Park


Upcoming events

    • 08 Dec 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Jammes House, Mason Neck State Park
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    Don’t Miss our Fifth Annual Holiday Event: Swanfall 2019

    Please join us at 2:00pm on December 8, 2019 for the Friends of Mason Neck State Park’s special holiday program at the Jammes House.   

    The Jammes House is a former hunting lodge in Mason Neck State Park, located on the banks of Occoquan Bay.  It will be decorated for the holidays and has stunning views of the Bay and the Potomac River. This unique home is not normally open to visitors, so take advantage of this rare opportunity to see the house and experience its magnificent setting and enjoy a light buffet with lots of tasty treats.    


    Then sit back and listen to a fascinating program presented by naturalist and author Bob Blakney. Bob is author of the field guide “Northern Virginia Dragonflies and Damselflies.” He has participated in regular surveys of the Mason Neck area for the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia for more than 12 years. Bob will present photographs he has taken of dragonflies and damselflies in the region and talk about these fascinating creatures that inhabit our local ponds and streams. 


    Photos by Bob Blakney

    Did you know that:

    •          Dragonflies have been around for about 300 million years.
    •          Fossil dragonflies have been found with two-foot wingspans.
    •          Dragonflies can fly straight up and down, backwards and       hover like a helicopter.
    •         Dragonflies are among the most efficient predators on Earth.

    The Holiday Party is open to members of the Friends of Mason Neck State Park.  Each member may register one guest.  The program fee is $15 per person, which includes admission to the park. 

    Not a member?  Has your membership expired?  You can join or renew your membership for as little as $20 per year for up to two people at Join the Friends of Mason Neck State Park.  

    Be sure to register soon.  Space is limited and this event always sells out!  

    • 01 Jan 2020
    • 12:15 PM
    • Woodmarsh Trail, Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge

    Have you ever seen Tundra Swans, those amazing birds that migrate thousands of miles from the Arctic to spend the winter in our region?  Their haunting calls are nearly impossible to forget!

    You've got a great opportunity to see the Tundra Swans at 12:15 pm on January 1, when the Friends of Mason Neck State Park will lead a guided walk to see them.  We'll start from the Woodmarsh Trail parking lot, on the left side of High Point Road a short distance BEFORE you get to the Park's Contact Station.  We'll walk about a mile over fairly level ground to the viewing area.  You'll likely hear the birds before you see them.  We'll have binoculars and telescopes so you can view the swans and other water birds and we'll also help you identify them.  

    There's no charge for this event, which is open to everyone.  Come out and enjoy the first day of 2020 with the Friends!  The trails can be a little muddy, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes or boots.  

    Mason Neck State Park is also offering guided First Day Hikes in the park on January 1.  You can see their schedule of hikes at Mason Neck State Park First Day Hikes.

Past events

09 Nov 2019 Friends of Mason Neck State Park Annual Meeting
19 Oct 2019 Raptor Education and Photo Encounter
28 Sep 2019 Shoreline Cleanup for National Public Lands Day
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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