Birding by Kayak-Single (13-Adult)

(13-Adult) Enjoy a naturalist-led birding trip by kayak. Park Authority lakes are home to more than 100 species of birds and holds many unique habitats. See how these small vessels can provide a closer look into the world of birds. Travel in a one-person kayak.

Birding for Beginners (12-Adult)

(12-Adult) Learn about the park's birds and some basic identification skills. This program for beginners starts with a bird identification discussion. Children age 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Campfire Cooking

(5-Adult) Learn about the different methods that can be used to cook over a campfire, as well as what types of food are best prepared using each cooking style. Then, practice building your own cooking fire. Stay for a demonstration and a snack around the campfire.

Campfire Skills

(5-adult) Learn all about building a campfire. Practice starting a fire without matches, and stay for a demonstration.

Family Campout (5-Adult)

(5-Adult) Join Burke Lake Park for a fun and exciting family camping experience and let the park’s naturalists help alleviate some of the stress of camping, whether it’s your first time camping or you’re a camping expert. Participate in a range of planned activities lead by naturalists, such as a campground orientation, a guided nature hike, a demonstration on how to set up a campfire and end the evening with s’mores and games in the field. The next morning, join the naturalists to fish at the park’s marina. One registration is required per family, and includes a campsite, all of the programs listed above and a bundle of firewood. Check-in starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday and check-out is at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Family Fishing (5-Adult)

(5-Adult) Join a naturalist to learn the basics of fishing while enjoying the beauty of the lakefront. Gain a better understanding of not only how to fish, but also how we can better connect with the natural world while participating in recreational activities, such as fishing. Rod and bait will be provided. Participants 16 and older must have a valid Virginia fishing license.

Family Fishing at Sunset

(5-Adult) Enjoy the beauty of the lakefront at sunset while learning the basics of fishing with a naturalist. Many fish like to come up to eat when the water cools after a hot day, making it a great time to fish with family members and enjoy each other’s company. Rod and bait will be provided. Participants 16 and older must have a valid Virginia fishing license.

Geocaching Adventures (8-Adult)

(8-Adult) Join us for a tour of caches throughout Fairfax County. Hunt for hidden treasures throughout our park system using a GPS. Join one class or sign up for them all. Equipment provided.

Intro to Kayaking (12-Adult)

(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. All kayaks, paddles and necessary safety equipment is included.

Nature Kayaking (12-Adult)

(12-Adult) Paddle with a naturalist to learn about the flora and fauna that call the lake its home. Find out what’s growing along the lake’s edge, who likes to wade in the water and what might be swimming underneath you. Single kayaks and all equipment provided.

Twilight by Kayak (12-Adult)

(12-Adult) Watch the sunset on the lake as the wildlife settles in for the night, then return to the dock by the light of the moon. Single kayaks and all equipment provided.

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