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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. .

ARC Wilderness & Remote First Aid 15+

(15-Adult) This American Red Cross course will provide individuals a foundation of first aid principles and skills to be able to respond to emergencies and give care in areas that do not have immediate emergency medical services (EMS) response. This includes wilderness and remote environments, including urban disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.


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.


Birding on the Boat (8-Adult)

Enjoy a naturalist led bird program aboard a tour boat. This voyage gives you a closer look at some of the birds and animals that call the Burke Lake home. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Children age 12 and younger 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.


Fall Foliage Kayak Expedition (13+)

(13-Adult) Enjoy a new perspective of fall colors at Lake Accotink this season aboard one of our kayaks. Our expedition takes us to the northern part of the lake to see glorious natural tunnels of orange, yellow and red leaves. Previous kayak experience is necessary.


Fall Foliage Tour Boat Ride (5-Adult)

Late October and early November is the perfect time to enjoy the beautiful fall colors in Fairfax County. Join us for a special tour that captures the beauty of fall from our pontoon boat's unique perspective. The tour includes a one-hour ride and a hot beverage. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by a registered adult.


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.


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