Friends of 
Mason Neck State Park

June 2018 Newsletter

17 Jun 2018 2:54 PM | Thomas Blackburn (Administrator)


June 2018 Newsletter

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HUGE CROWDS ENJOYED 

THE 2018 EAGLE FESTIVAL

More than 4300 people enjoyed a perfect day and interesting activities at Mason Neck State Park's annual Eagle Festival. 


 

Crowds filled the Wildlife tent for a full day of live animal shows, including Buddy the Eagle, reptiles and raptors.  

 
 
     




More than 20 environmental organizations presented information and activities.






The Friends of Mason Neck State Park raised the funds for the Festival, recruited the 27 volunteers that helped the Festival run smoothly and provided drinks and snacks for the volunteers and exhibitors.


FESTIVAL SPONSORS

A heartfelt THANK YOU to our generous sponsors who made the Festival possible:


Third-Year Sponsors

George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution 

Hallowing Point Association

I-95 Business Parks Management 

Mason Neck Citizens Association

Wegmans Food Markets


Second-year Sponsors

The Carly and Frank Fiorina Family Fund

Chaney Enterprises

REI

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CHARLOTTE AND GARY KNIPLING 

HONORED AT THE EAGLE FESTIVAL

During the Eagle Festival, Park Manager Reinhardt Gray unveiled the Visitor Center’s renovated Exhibit Hall.  In a ceremony, Reinhardt announced that the exhibit hall has been named The Charlotte and Gary Knipling Hall, in recognition of the Kniplings' long-term commitment to Mason Neck State Park and their willingness to help the park in any way they can.

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JUNIOR PHOTOGRAPHERS WIN PRIZES 

AT THE EAGLE FESTIVAL

More than 25 photographers aged 4 to 15 entered the Eagle Festival Junior Ranger Photo Contest.  Each of the five winners  received a backpack filled with prizes and a free place in Mason Neck State Park's Junior Ranger program. 

Here are the contest winners:



                                      Shayan Ahmed - Age 8


  Stephanie Arroyave - Age 11

             

             

 Alejandro Arroyave - Age 5





Kierlyn Sherman - Age 11




                                      Jasmine Sklarew - Age 10

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SUPERVISOR DAN STORCK RECEIVES 

MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

At a ceremony at the Eagle Festival, Dan Storck, Fairfax County Supervisor for the Mount Vernon District, received the Mason Neck Citizens Association Man of the Year award.  Dan received the award for his efforts to protect the environmental resources and maintain the bucolic nature of Mason Neck.  

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JOIN US ON JUNE 2 FOR 

CLEAN THE BAY DAY!


Can you help us keep the Chesapeake Bay clean?  Volunteers will participate in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's annual Clean the Bay Day by removing trash from the shoreline at Mason Neck State Park on Saturday, June 2 from 9 AM until noon.  Trash floats down the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers and some of it washes up on the Park's shoreline.  

You can help make the Park more beautiful and also ensure that the trash doesn't end up in the Chesapeake Bay!   Friends of Mason Neck State Park will be there to provide drinks and snacks to help you along.   Most of the volunteers will walk along the shoreline, but some of us will be paddling canoes up to Sandy Point to clean trash there too.  If you would like to participate in that part of the cleanup, please wear shoes that you don't mind getting wet.


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FRIENDS OF MASON NECK STATE PARK

AND HELP US SUPPORT THE PARK!

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