While your summer schedule is probably filling up with beach trips and barbecues, you should still take time to sharpen up your skills. From a lesson on summer cocktails to Juneteenth celebrations, these are the educational activities to sign-up for this month.
June 4, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
If you or your little ones are curious about these Brood X cicadas, take a step into the science world. This program provides you with hands-on experience to learn about these winged insects with experiments, activities, and challenges. // Huntley Meadows Park: 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria; $10
June 4, noon
With D-Day coming up this weekend, learn about those forgotten soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy. Join author Linda Herieux as she discusses her book Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and War and the stories of those soldiers who have been left out of the history books. // free
June 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Class is in session and it’s moving to the brewery. After a hard day’s work, sip on a refreshing drink as you hear stories about Loudoun’s own partying past. // Dynasty Brewing Company: 21140 Ashburn Crossing Dr., Stes. 130-135, Ashburn; free
June 14, noon-3 p.m.
Conservation in America has been an ongoing movement since the 1800s. This virtual program will explore the almost 200-year history of the movement and where it looks like today. Plus, take part in activities and a virtual board game to get a better understanding of conservatism. // $15
June 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Take a historical drive around Prince William County. As you travel through the community, step back into the pre-Civil War 19th century as you visit the forgotten sites and learn about the lifestyles, challenges and education of the African-American community. // Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre: 12229 Bristow Rd., Bristow; $10 per vehicle
June 19, noon-5 p.m.
Celebrate Juneteenth at the inaugural Carlyle House event. Now, 156 years after the liberation of Black Americans, discover the history of the day through art, poetry readings, live music, and more. // Carlyle House Historic Park: free
June 24, 6:45-8:45 p.m.
Summer is here, so it’s time to find your signature cocktail for the season. Break out the cocktail shakers to learn how to make a classic mojito, southside, daiquiri and more to impress your guests at your next party. Plus, as you make your drinks, learn about the history and its significant pop culture appearances. // $30-$75
June 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Did you know there are 22 different species of turtle living in Virginia? So, chances are you have probably come across one, whether in your yard or out in nature. Before you see your next reptile, take a deep dive into those that live in the area and their ecology and conservation. // free
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