Every Contribution, regardless of the amount, is important and greatly appreciated!
 Service Members Receive FREE FCPA RECenter Admissions on Veterans Day!

Please bring your military identification to enjoy this complimentary RECenter access.
This program is supported through contributions from individual donors and John Marshall Bank through the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

Veterans and active duty military personnel and their families are invited to use the county's RECenters at no cost on Veterans Day 2017.

#Giving Tuesday
On November 28, please consider giving generously to the Park Foundation for  #GivingTuesday!  This is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and communities in all 50 states and in countries across the world. Millions of people have come together to support and
champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.

Join the movement by supporting the parks in YOUR community and donate to the Fairfax County Park Foundation this #GivingTuesday. More to come!
It's Time to Talk Turkey
November is turkey time, and the Park Authority is offering a variety of programs to help you learn all about this native bird. Youngsters will discover the difference between a jake and jenny in the Tricky Turkeys program at Hidden Oaks Nature Center on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Through a story, song and craft, children age three to five will learn about surprisingly curious baby turkeys and their grown-ups. The program runs from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. Hidden Oaks Nature Center is located at 7701 Royce Street, Annandale, VA. For more information, call 703-941-1065 or visit Hidden Oaks Nature Center.
Wild turkeys still roam the meadows and riverbanks at Riverbend Park. On Saturday, November 18, learn about these elusive and seasonal birds through games and activities at the Terrific Turkeys campfire. Bring a toasting stick. S'mores will be provided. The program from 6 to 7 p.m. costs $8 per person and is designed for participants age two to adult. Come early if you want to bring a picnic meal or hot dogs to toast. This event will be canceled if it rains. Riverbend Park is located at 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA. For more information, call 703-759-9018 or visit Riverbend Park.
Take a Turkey Walk on Saturday, November 25 at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Discover the wild turkey's habits and secret ways during a walk through the cedar forest. Look for turkeys and their signs. This program for participants age three to adult runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered for the program. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is located at 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA. For more information, call 703-631-0013 or visit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake Park
All aboard for a train ride on the Holiday Express, take a spin on the Carolers Carousel, experience the Snowman's Wagon Ride, play Gingerbread Man Golf or warm yourself by the fire and cook s'mores as you usher in your holidays.
Bring your own camera, visit with Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate and candy canes at Burke Lake Park's  Winter Wonderland on December 2, 3, 9 & 10 from 10.a.m.-4.p.m. 
Park Foundation volunteers will be providing giveaways and accepting voluntary donations near Santa and his Helpers to build a new Birthday Party Picnic Shelter in this much-loved park.
It's United Way and CFC Campaign time!

Once again the Park Foundation is a participating organization with the United Way (UW Code #9400) and the Combined Federal Campaign(CFC Code #38066) of the National Capital Area. When you make your fall campaign contributions consider designating the Fairfax County Park Foundation as your recipient. 

As in 2016, your generous CFC and United Way campaign donations were used by the park foundation to fund open space land preservation, environmental education, adapted recreation, community outreach, cultural, historical, and many other park programs.

Employers Matching Volunteer Activities

Last month many readers explored their employer's matching donation and volunteer activities. 
Since some matching programs expire at the end of each calendar year, you are encouraged to check with your employer to see if the Fairfax County Park Foundation can benefit from their matching programs: 
Please submit the necessary documentation to your employer so they can match your gift and volunteer hour contributions.  The Park Foundation especially appreciates the generosity of donations that include matching funds.  
If you have questions, please call the Park Foundation at 703-324-8581 for more information. 
Welcome, FCPF Finance Administrator
Brooke Nielsen began serving as the Finance Administrator of the Fairfax County Park Foundation on October 2, 2017. Her responsibilities include office management, accounts receivable, reconciliation, database management, budget and financial reporting and audit preparation in support of fundraising.
Brooke is a Notary Public whose writing capability and keen editorial skills were honed during six years in private industry where she performed workflow management, processing state and federal filings, data entry and mail merges.
Brooke received her Bachelor of Administration degree in Marketing and a minor Interior Design from Radford University. Brooke has studied American Sign Language, is a certified swim instructor, and has received numerous PRAISE and Bright Idea Awards for going above and beyond in her career. A lifelong resident of Fairfax County, Brooke and her husband live in Centreville, Virginia where they are raising their two children.
Upcoming Events
Fall 2017
United Way and Combined Federal Campaigns
November 11
Veterans Day - Honoring America's Veterans
November 5, 18 & 25
Thanksgiving Programs
December 2, 3, 9, &10
Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake Park
MORE Fall FUN at YOUR Parks
 See what FCPA has to offer online!

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