Friends of 
Mason Neck State Park


Upcoming events

    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Mason Neck State Park Visitor Center

    Do you have a couple of hours to help keep Mason Neck State Park beautiful?  You can "give back" to the Park from 9 AM to 12 noon on Saturday, September 22, by cleaning up the trash that washes ashore from the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers.  You can walk the shoreline or take out a Park canoe or kayak to clean areas that are difficult to get to on foot.  The Park will supply trash bags, gloves and some "grabbers" to make the job easier.  And the Friends of Mason Neck State Park will supply coffee and light refreshments to help get you started.  There is no need to register, but if you are bringing a group, please call the Park at 703-339-2385 to let them know.  

    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Gunston Hall Visitor Center, 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck VA 22079

    Come to the Friends of Mason Neck State Park's annual Owl Moon event on September 22!  This year, Secret Garden Birds and Bees will present a program on Winter Owls.  We'll learn about the short-eared owls, long-eared owls, saw-whet owls and snowy owls that make the Virginia, Maryland and DC area their homes for the winter.  Secret Garden will bring several species of live owls for you to see and photograph up close!  We'll have a short Annual Meeting before the presentation.  And we'll have light refreshments for you to enjoy as well. Please note that Owl Moon will be held at the Gunston Hall Visitor Center, 10709 Gunston Road, instead of at the Park, so that we can accommodate everyone who wants to come.   

    Owl Moon is open only to members of the Friends of Mason Neck State Park and their immediate families who register for the event; it's one of the benefits of being a member.  If you are already a member, you can register by clicking on the link to the left.  If you are not a current member, you can join the Friends for as little as $20 per year at Join the Friends of Mason Neck State Park, and you and your entire family can enjoy the Owl Moon event and our other events as well.  

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Mason Neck State Park Visitor Center
    Enjoy a unique opportunity to enjoy Mason Neck State Park after dark! 

    6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Campfire/Storytelling - Bring a cozy blanket or chair and listen to stories around the campfire.  The Friends will have the ingredients to make S'mores and toast marshmallows at the campfire.

    7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Enchanted Forest Hikes - For kids to meet some larger-than-life animals of the forest and learn about their lives.

    7 p.m. & 8 p.m. Park After Dark Hikes - For teens/adults to experience new nighttime sights and sounds.

    No need to pre-register!  Just show up and have a good time.  

    All activities will begin at the campfire in front of the Visitor Center.

Past events

12 May 2018 Eagle Festival 2018
14 Apr 2018 Potomac Watershed Cleanup at Mason Neck State Park
31 Mar 2018 1:30 PM Guided Walk: Lexington Plantation Rediscovered
31 Mar 2018 10:00 AM Guided walk: Lexington Plantation Rediscovered
17 Feb 2018 Tundra Swan Walk
10 Feb 2018 Tundra Swan Hike
01 Jan 2018 First Day Hikes
10 Dec 2017 Dedication of "Spirit of America" Sculpture
03 Dec 2017 Swanfall 2017: The Intriguing Winter Waterfowl of Mason Neck
21 Oct 2017 Park After Dark
07 Oct 2017 Birds and Butterflies at Meadowood Recreation Area
30 Sep 2017 National Public Lands Day
23 Sep 2017 Owl Moon
09 Sep 2017 Friends of Mason Neck State Park Photography Hike
17 Jun 2017 30,000 years of history at Mason Neck State Park in 90 Minutes!
20 May 2017 2017 EAGLE FESTIVAL
10 May 2017 Forest Communities & Associated Geology in No. Virginia & Vicinity
06 May 2017 Wake-up Walk on the Eagle Spur Trail
25 Mar 2017 CANCELLATION Raptor Photo Encounter AFTERNOON SESSION
25 Mar 2017 CANCELLATION - Raptor Photo Encounter MORNING SESSION
04 Feb 2017 Rescheduled Tundra Swan Hike
07 Jan 2017 Tundra Swan Hike
01 Jan 2017 First Day Walks and Bike Hike
04 Dec 2016 SWANFALL 2016: Raptors Among Us!
10 Nov 2016 Park 10-year Master Plan Public Meeting
30 Oct 2016 Bird Walk
15 Oct 2016 Park After Dark & The Enchanted Forest
11 Sep 2016 Friends and Audubon Society of Northern Virginia Meeting on Important Bird Areas
23 Apr 2016 2016 EAGLE FESTIVAL
02 Apr 2016 WALK: Lexington Plantation Rediscovered
02 Apr 2016 TALK: Lexington Plantation Rediscovered
01 Jan 2016 First Day Hikes 2016
06 Dec 2015 Swanfall 2015: Journey of a Lifetime
24 Oct 2015 The Enchanted Forest (Oct. 24)
23 Oct 2015 The Enchanted Forest (Oct. 23)
26 Sep 2015 Friends "Owl Moon" Annual Meeting
16 Aug 2015 Mystery Snails - Various Dates
10 Aug 2015 Friends Board Meeting
08 Aug 2015 Quantico Orienteering Club - Intro to Orienteering
25 Jul 2015 2015 Eagles n' Ospreys Cruise
19 Jul 2015 YCC Volunteers Dinner and Presentation
13 Jul 2015 Friends Board Meeting
13 Jun 2015 Friends @ Gunston Hall for George Mason Day
08 Jun 2015 Friends Board Meeting
06 Jun 2015 Chesapeake Bay Foundation Cleanup
18 May 2015 Friends Board Meeting
25 Apr 2015 2015 EAGLE FESTIVAL
13 Apr 2015 Friends Board Meeting
09 Mar 2015 Friends Board Meeting
16 Feb 2015 Friends Board Meeting
02 Feb 2015 Friends Board Meeting
01 Jan 2015 First Day Hikes (See Tundra Swans and Other Wildlife)
22 Dec 2014 Friends Board Meeting
07 Dec 2014 Swanfall: Celebration of the Swans of Mason Neck
17 Nov 2014 Friends Board Meeting
27 Oct 2014 Friends Board Meeting
17 Oct 2014 Enchanted Forest Event
28 Sep 2014 Board Strategic Planning Meeting
27 Sep 2014 Shoreline Cleanup - Nat'l Public Lands Day
20 Sep 2014 Volunteers Training Session
15 Sep 2014 Friends Board Meeting
13 Sep 2014 National Day of Service
06 Sep 2014 Friends Annual Meeting, Picnic, & Twilight Photo Hike
19 Apr 2014 2014 EAGLE FESTIVAL
01 Feb 2014 Supervisor's 27th Annual Town Hall Meeting
20 Jan 2014 Join Cadette Girl Scout Troop 340 & Service Unit 53-2 for National Day of Service
10 Jan 2014 Washington RV Show
01 Jan 2014 2014 First Day Hikes
12 Oct 2013 Fall Picnic
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