Now that spring is back and the trees and flowers are blooming, it’s time to visit your favorite local parks. Whether you want to take in the lovely bluebells or kayak on the lake, these six local park events will make you want to opt outside.
Wednesday, noon-1 p.m.
Take a step back in time to see the Carlyle House in control by the British. Join the virtual lecture to learn how this historic house played a role in the British plans that became the French and Indian War. // Carlyle House Historic Park: 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria; free
Friday, 3:30-5 p.m.
You never know when you need some survival skills out in the real world, so teach your kids young. Your little ones will spend the afternoon exploring sensory awareness, searching for hidden “critters,” and learning how to build a fire with a bow. // Potomac Overlook Regional Park: 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington; $9
Saturday, 9-11:30 a.m.
The bluebells are in peak bloom, so learn how to take the perfect pictures of them. Join a professional wildlife photographer as you learn to look at the Virginia Bluebells through a different lens. By the end of the class, you’ll be taking stunning landscapes and closeups of the majestic flowers. // Bull Run Regional Park: 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville; $15
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Explore the lake by getting out on the water. From the plants on the edge to what’s swimming underneath you, paddle the lake to learn about the different flora and fauna in and around the water. // Lake Fairfax Park: 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston; $42
Saturday, 2-4 p.m.
Ever wonder what the animals and critters do at the local parks? Well, get a sneak peak of the beavers, bats, and red-winged blackbirds that call the boardwalk home. Just bring your binoculars and dress for the weather for a fun weekend in nature. // Neabsco Creek Boardwalk: 15125 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge; $10
Sunday, 1-2 p.m.
Get out and hike the trails of Mason Neck State Park. As you walk the park, learn about the Great Blue Heron, the most prominent bird species along the water. // Mason Neck State Park: 7301 High Point Rd., Lorton; free
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