Friends of 
Mason Neck State Park

March 2019 Newsletter

16 Mar 2019 7:43 PM | Thomas Blackburn (Administrator)

March 2019 Newsletter

Join Us on March 3 to Learn About 

Vernal Pools 

Vernal pools, which are pools that dry up in the summer, are vital habitat for salamanders, fairy shrimp and several species of frogs. 


Cope's Gray Tree Frog tadpole and snail                                    Spotted Salamander photo by Randy Streufert

photo by Randy Streufert

Karen Sheffield, the Manager of Huntley Meadows Park, will present a program on vernal pools on Sunday, March 3 at the Mount Vernon Government Center, 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria.  We'll have an informal social gathering at 1:30 and the program will start at 2 PM.  The program is presented by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and cosponsored by the Friends of Mason Neck State Park, the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park and the Friends of Accotink Creek.  

Wood Frog photo by Randy Streufert

Volunteers Needed to Help with the

May 11 Eagle Festival!

The Mason Neck State Park Eagle Festival on Saturday, May 11 is the Park's biggest event of the year. More than 20 environmentally-oriented organizations will showcase interactive exhibits.  We'll have a full day of programs, including shows on reptiles and raptors, live music, pony rides, a tent for children's activities and more.  Last year more than 4000 people attended this great event.  The Friends of Mason Neck State Park covers all the expenses for the Festival, as well as providing the volunteers that help to make the event go smoothly.  Would you like to help us out?  Send an email to Volunteer for Eagle Festival and we'll find you a job that you'll enjoy. 

Save the Date:

Dr. Mike Johnson Talks about Native Americans at Mason Neck State Park on June 15

Join us for a two-part program to explore the park through an archaeologist’s interpretation of the Native Americans who lived here many years ago.  Learn about the Taft Archaeological Site where Native Americans lived for 3,000 years, and view some of the artifacts found during excavations. This program will be led by Dr. Mike Johnson, the former Chief Archaeologist for Fairfax County Park Authority, who directed the excavation of the site in the 1980's.  We'll meet at the Visitor Center, where Dr. Johnson will discuss this site, and then walk closer to the site.  

Mason Neck State Park Programs

Are you keeping up with all the activities the Park has to offer?  Mason Neck State Park is presenting more than 30 family-friendly activities in March, including programs on turtles, skunks, eagles, coyotes and beavers.  You can find a complete list of the Park's programs at Mason Neck State Park March Activities.  





We would love to have you join the Friends of Mason Neck State Park!  Memberships fund the many Park activities we support each year.  And for as little as $20 per year, you will enjoy monthly newsletters, emails about special events and priority registration for special events such as our members-only Owl Moon in September, and Swanfall in December, and other activities during the year. You can sign up right here:  Join the Friends of Mason Neck State Park  

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