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The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of activities such as classes, camps and tours in a wide variety of categories including aquatics, fitness, nature, dance, outdoor recreation, performing arts, history and many more. Special events, trips/tours and specialty workshops are listed in Parktakes, the Park Authority’s quarterly guide, available through free subscription to county citizens. .

Birding for Beginners

(12-Adult) Interested in birding? We can get you started. Learn about the park's birds and some basic identification skills. Program begins with an indoor discussion. Children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Burke Lake Sunset Cruise (2-Adult)

Join us for an early evening tour of the lake. Enjoy the sounds and sights of sunset at the park while taking in the views from aboard the parks tour boat. The tour includes interpretation of the lake and any animals and flora that are seen. The cruise begins half an hour before sunset and returns half an hour past sunset.


Canoeing Tour (16-Adult)

Experience the upper Potomac's beautiful scenery and wildlife from the water. Start with an introduction to canoeing basics then head out onto the river with an instructor. This is not a whitewater tour and no previous experience is required. Three people per canoe, one of whom must be age 16 or older. Paddling and safety gear provided. Canceled if inclement weather or hazardous river conditions.


Fishing for Parent and Child (6-17 yrs)

Learn how to fish together! This introductory course starts you with the basics including how to rig and use a fishing rod, safety, environmental awareness and fishing. Rod and bait are provided.


Fishing Fun (7-11 yrs)

(7-11 yrs) Learn fishing basics while having fun. This class helps improve fishing skills with spinning- and closed-faced reels while teaching safety, catch-and-release fishing and protecting the environment. All equipment is provided. Supply fee of $20 payable at first class.


Fishing Workshop-Reading Water (10-Adult)

Hone your fishing skills in this workshop. Learn how to identify bodies of water and develop techniques to increase your chances of catching fish.


Full Moon Boat Tour (6-Adult)

Enjoy a picturesque night under the full moon aboard the Burke Lake Park tour boat. Test your listening and observation skills to spot local wildlife with one of our naturalists.


Geocaching Workshop (8-Adult)

Students learn to use hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) units to locate hidden treasure caches within Burke Lake Park. After learning how to enter latitude and longitude coordinates into a GPS, students follow the coordinates to find a hidden object, container or unique geological feature. Bring your own GPS; a limited number are available to borrow from instructor at class.


Intro to Kayaking (12-Adult)

This introductory-level class is perfect for beginners or for those who want to learn how to paddle more efficiently. Learn about different kayaks, paddles, personal flotation devices and safety gear. On the water, learn to move the boat in every direction using forward and reverse strokes, a turning stroke, a slice stroke and stopping maneuvers.


Intro to Kayaking (6-12 yrs)

This introductory-level class is perfect for beginners or for those who want to learn how to paddle more efficiently. Learn about different kayaks, paddles, personal flotation devices and safety gear. On the water, learn to move the boat in every direction using forward and reverse strokes, a turning stroke, a slice stroke and stopping maneuvers.


Intro to River Kayaking (14-Adult)

Get prepped for paddling on the Potomac. This introductory level course covers river hazards, water safety and paddling basics. Fee includes equipment and half-day kayak rental (same day only). Canceled if inclement weather or hazardous river conditions.


Kayak Tour-Seneca to Riverbend (14-Adult

This eight-mile river journey begins in the lazy waters above the old Seneca Dam. Then this lake-like stretch the pace quickens through riffles and small rapids as we weave through Seneca Breaks, glide past Watkins Island and finally turn the bend to Riverbend. Previous kayaking experience is required for this tour. Kayaks provided, one person per kayak. Download waiver and bring completed forms to tour. https://go.usa.gov/xnJUB. Canceled if inclement weather or hazardous river conditions.


Kayak Tour-Sunset over Riverbend (14+)

Experience day's end with an upper Potomac River tour. Start with the basics and in a short time maneuver through the water. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. Kayaks provided, one and two person kayaks available. Download waiver from https://go.usa.gov/xnJUB and bring to tour. Tour canceled in case of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions.


Kayak Tour-Wildlife of the Potomac 14+

Watch for deer foraging on the islands, osprey and bald eagles searching for fish and more as we paddle through this wildlife-rich section of the Potomac River. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. Kayaks provided, one person per kayak. Download waiver and bring completed to tour: https://go.usa.gov/xnJUB. Canceled in case of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions.


Kayaking for Fitness (14-Adult)

Get fit, relieve stress and have fun soaking up the water's natural beauty. This beginning kayak class teaches flat and moving-water kayaking basics while increasing fitness. Students progress from flat water to navigating riffles and small rapids. Kayaks are recreational/touring types. Helmets, PFDs, paddles, and kayaks are provided.


River Fishing by Boat (5-Adult)

Fish for smallmouth bass and sunfish from a canoe or jon boat. Get started with an introduction to boating and fishing basics. Previous experience rowing or paddling not required. Boats and PFDs provided. Fishing rods and bait provided. Canceled if inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Maximum three participants per boat, one of whom must be 16 or older. Each participant must register.


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