Jean Edelman, author of The Squirrel Manifesto, at a book signing at Frying Pan Farm Park on Feb. 17, 2019
(Left Picture) Roberta Longworth, Bill Bouie, Yvonne Johnson, Jean Edelman and Dick Hoffman
(Right Picture) Jean Edelman and Gavin
 
The Lazar Family Fund for Natural Resource Stewardship
             
In December 2018, the Fairfax County Park Foundation signed an agreement to establish The
Tibor and Heidi with their sons
Corvin and Keaton
Lazar Family Fund for Natural Resource Stewardship. Heidi Allen and Tibor Lazar, a husband-and-wife veterinary team, agreed to donate a minimum of $3,000 per month for the next 10 years to the Park Foundation. The Lazar Family Fund has a goal to create an endowment to support natural resource stewardship efforts on Fairfax County parkland.
  
The fund will further their long standing passions for hiking, canoeing, plants, and animals. "I'm so happy we've been able to put this together...my hope is that down the line, our sons, who both love nature, will continue supporting charitable funds, follow through and choose well," Heidi said.

"Some of the donated parkland is in poor condition, and we want this fund to be a starting base and encourage other people to give to this fund so we can have good-quality parkland that people can enjoy...we need to take better care of the land and control invasive plants," said Heidi, a dedicated volunteer who often helps with local invasive management clean-up efforts.
  
If you are also interested in improving the quality of the natural resources in Fairfax parks, you are encouraged to make an on-line donation to the The Lazar Family Fund for Natural Resource Stewardship.   Click here and in the special instructions add a note 'for The Lazar Family Fund for Natural Resources Stewardship'.

End of Year Reflection

This is the time of year when many people reflect on financial matters, vow to follow a budget, start saving for college, shelter more income, or think about their financial future.  Hopefully you have not had to break too many stubby pencils in the process!

You can create a legacy of parks and green space for future generations by including the  Fairfax County Park Foundation in your planned and estate giving. Donations can be made in many forms:

  • Bequests
  • Stocks, bonds and mutual funds
  • Retirement accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Real estate
  • Cash  
  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Charitable trust

As Sir Winston Churchill once said,  "We make a living by what we get, but make a life by what we give."  Your contributions will be used to preserve and protect our county parks in perpetuity.  

Twenty-three people have already included the Park Foundation in their estate plans and are recognized in the Park Foundation Legacy Circle. All donations, regardless of their size, are valued and encouraged.  

This year, take action to create YOUR LEGACY by giving a major donation to the Park Foundation.  For additional information, please call Roberta Longworth, Executive Director of the Park Foundation, at (703) 324-8581.  

Thank you for supporting Burke Lake Park improvements!
 
The lake, trails, carousel, train and mini golf activities make Burke Lake Park the perfect place for birthday parties for all ages! 

The Park Foundation has received a number of generous contributions to fund the construction of the two new picnic shelters at Burke Lake Park - which are critically needed to accommodate the number of requested reservations. 
As of February 28, the Park Foundation identified $278,261.  The Park Authority revised cost estimates for site work, permits, structures, inspections, furniture fixtures and equipment, accessible trails, contingencies and permits for the two shelters that now total $352,603.

$74,342 needed before building the
2 shelters can begin! 
With your help and that of all of our supporters, we can raise the final $74,342 that is needed to being construction!  Every donation regardless of the amount will bring us closer to having 2 new shelters.





   A New Crevice Garden
 

The Fairfax County Park Foundation and Green Spring Gardens are grateful to the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) for their grant to help renovate a portion an existing rock garden at Green Spring that had degraded over the years. NARGS funding covered the cost of stone, materials used for creating the soil mix, and stone mulch for a new crevice garden.
 
The expansive crevice garden includes a new plant habitat. The crevice garden will be used for educational purposes for adults and school groups that visit the gardens daily. More than 200,000 people visit Green Spring Gardens each year and our Children's Ed team reaches more than 7,000 school children annually. Green Spring Gardens' mission to connect the community to natural and cultural resources through horticulture, education, and stewardship.
   

Join us for an EGG-cellent Hunt
  
Hop over to an EGG-cellent Egg Hunt in Fairfax County! 

Easter Eggstravaganza a Frying Pan Farm Park April 7
Easter Egg Hunt at Clemyjontri
April 20
Easter Egg Hunt at Colvin Run Mill
April 13
Easter Egg Hunt at Sully
April 13 and 14
Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Fairfax Park
April 14
Dinosaur Egg Hunt at Hidden Oaks
April 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21
The Egg Challenge at River Bend
April 20
Baskets & Bunnies at Burke Lake (Family)
April 20
Basket & Bunnies Egg Hunt at Burke Lake
April 20
Egg Hunt at Nottoway Park
April 20
  
Celebrating a milestone


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Share Your Park Love Story!
   So the story goes...
   
With 427 parks and over 23,000 acres, Fairfax County has something for everyone....what is your favorite something?
  • A walk in your favorite park?
  • Celebrate a birthday or special event?
  • Learn to ride your bike?
  • A great day fishing when you caught the big one?
  • A romantic day at a lakefront park?
  • Enjoyed a great bike ride on one of our trails?
The Park Foundation wants to hear your special story.  Please send your story and a picture if you have one, to parkfoundation@fairfaxcounty.gov.  We will share your story (first names only; anonymous upon request) with readers in our e-newsletter in a new segment.
 
**Winning submissions will receive
FREE portable power supply for electronic devices**

Thank you for sharing your experience, we can't wait to hear your stories!  Questions?  Please call 703-324-8582.    
 
2019 Summer Entertainment Sponsors 
 
To make the fun and enjoyment of the 2019 Summer Entertainment Season possible, the Park Foundation is in need of corporate sponsors to make the program a success.
 
Interested in becoming a sponsor?  Contact Margaret Thaxton at 703 324-8532.

Save the Date  

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Spring Aqua classes begin
Saturday, March 9, 2019 11 am to 2 pm

Camp Fair more than 1,800 camps for ages 3-17
Audrey Moore RECenter
 
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 20, 2019 Noon to 2 pm

Healthy Strides Health Fair Providence RECenter
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Springfest with Topper Shutt 

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