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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | October 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks
Save the Date! Winter Wildlife Festival 
January 28-30, 2011 | Princess Anne Recreation Center

Mother and Daughter with BinocularsPlan to attend the Winter Wildlife Festival from January 28-30, 2011 for the chance to observe seals at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, see whales in the ocean, discover owls at First Landing State Park and view other winter wildlife at various locations throughout Virginia Beach.  Learn how to identify a variety of animal species, while getting energized to go green!
 
The festival will focus on environmental education and wildlife and will feature local excursions, educational sessions and outdoor vendors. Stop by the exhibit hall at Princess Anne Recreation Center and speak with our Winter Wildlife Festival partners, including the Virginia Aquarium, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, False Cape State Park, First Landing State Park, Lynnhaven River NOW, and the Virginia Audubon Society. You'll also learn ways to get involved with local efforts and see what conservation groups and businesses are doing.

The exhibit hall will be open on Saturday, January 29 from 10 am to 4 pm, with the educational sessions and excursions running at various times througout the weekend. Membership cards are not required for this event.

There is no cost to attend the festival, but some sessions and excursions do have a fee. Registration information coming soon!
 

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10/23 | Fall Festival | Mount Trashmore Park | FREE

10/26 | Explore Our Parks | Red Wing Park | $5*

10/30 | Outdoor Haunted Walk | West Neck Creek | $2*
 
11/6 | Orienteering 4 Kids | West Neck Creek | $12*

11/13 | Owl Prowl | Lake Lawson/Lake Smith | FREE*

*program requires advanced registration

Register for the 3rd Annual Haunted Walk! 
 
Haunted WalkJoin us for the 3rd Annual Haunted Walk at West Neck Creek. Just in time for Halloween, take a casual evening stroll down our paved trail stopping to meet some traditional spooky animals that call Virginia Beach home*. Then continue on to the Buffington House, where we'll have children's activities and gravesite tours. The evening will conclude with fireside stories told by local historians. Grab your family and flashlights and come early so you don't miss out on any of the fun! *Self-paced walk through trail. Trail closes at 6:45 pm and stories begin at 7:30 pm. Cost is only $2.

Outdoor Haunted Walk (age 5 & up)
Saturday, October 30 from 6 to 8 pm; $2/person | Register now! 
Kids Learn Map & Compass Skills in Orienteering Course
 
OrienteeringKids who like explore and treasure hunt will enjoy our Orienteering 4 Kids course that takes places on Saturday, November 6 from 10 am to noon. Your child (age 6-12) can join us for an introductory program that provides a quick glance at the sport of orienteering. It's a great opportunity to get outside and explore West Neck Natural Area using a compass and map. We'll show participants how to use both tools to find hidden treasures while developing teambuilding skills! The program costs just $12 and advanced registration is required.

Register your child online today!
Welcome the Season at Fall Festival 
Saturday, October 23 from 11 am to 2 pm | Mount Trashmore Park
 
Fall FestivalJoin us at Mount Trashmore Park to welcome the fall season and enjoy the fun at Fall Festival! The weather forecast looks great for Saturday, mid 60's - perfect for a day at the park!

Bouncy inflatables, entertaining games, costumed characters, giveaways, food and more - we've got something for the entire family. Be sure to check out the antique tractors, fire education exhibits, interactive crafts and the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Outdoor Wildlife Exhibit. Pose for a free character sketch by Denise Holden and get your face painted by "Buttar Cups." Enjoy musical entertainment from the stage and a juggling performance by Tim Nolan at 1 pm.

Free admission and free onsite parking!

Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child requires additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
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