Friends of 
Mason Neck State Park

June 2019 Newsletter

12 Jun 2019 9:51 AM | Thomas Blackburn (Administrator)

June 2019 Newsletter

Native American Life on Mason Neck:

the Archaeological Evidence

Sunday, June 15, 10 AM

Mason Neck State Park invites you to 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.  

This event is FREE, but please register so we know how many people to expect.  You can register at Native Americans at Mason Neck.

Enthusiastic Crowds Enjoyed the 

Eagle Festival 

A near-record crowd enjoyed perfect weather as they participated in Mason Neck State Park's 22nd annual Eagle Festival.  


Photo by Susan Laume


Photo by Susan Laume

Photo by Ana Ka'ahanui


Photo by Andrew Sporrer                                        Photo by Ana Ka'ahanui                    

Photo by Kim Thompson

Photo by Andrew Sporrer



Photos by Ana Ka'ahanui

Photo by Andrew Sporrer

Photo by Ana Ka'ahanui

Funding for the Eagle Festival was provided by generous donations to the Friends of Mason Neck State Park by our donors:  



Did you miss this year's Eagle Festival?  Next year's Festival will be on May 10.  Put it on your calendar now!


Mason Neck State Park Programs

Mason Neck State Park is offering more than 50 family-friendly activities in June.  You can learn about snakes or survival skills, participate in a campfire or go on a night hike, and many more activities.   

Have you and your children ever geocached?  the Park has several geocaches hidden in the park, and you can learn how to find them with a ranger at 3 PM on June 9 or 11 AM on June 22 -- or just go out and find a geocache yourself!


Photo by Ariel Hartman

Are you interested in paddling a canoe or kayak? The Park has 5 guided tours in June, and you can also rent a canoe or kayak and go out on your own.  The evening tours during the full moon are simply spectacular!

Photo by Ariel Hartman


You can find a complete list of the Park's programs at Mason Neck State Park June Programs.  





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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