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Register for Swanfall 2018

Before It’s Too Late! 

There are only a few spaces left for Swanfall 2018, the Friends of Mason Neck State Park’s annual holiday party.  The Friends will gather at the Jammes House, a former lodge that is normally closed to visitors, at 2 PM on Sunday December 2. 

You can enjoy a delicious light buffet in the Jammes House, which will be decorated for the holidays, followed by a presentation by Ashley Kennedy on “What Birds Eat.”  Ashley is a PhD candidate at Delaware State University who studies the insects birds eat in order to gain a better understanding of what insects and habitats are most beneficial to birds. You can enjoy her fascinating videos of birds bringing food to their young as you learn how you can make your property more bird-friendly. 

Swanfall is open only to current members of the Friends.  If you’re not a member you can join for as little as $20 per year by clicking on the "Join Us" tab at the top of the page. Once you're a member, you can register for Swanfall for yourself and one guest, for $10 per person, at Swanfall 2018.  Your registration entitles you to free admission to the Park on that day. 

Register now! There are only a few spaces left, and this event always sells out.

The Friends of Mason Neck State Park

The Friends of Mason Neck State Park is a Section 501(c)(3) organization that works to conserve, enhance, and interpret the Park's natural, educational, recreational, cultural and historic resources. We assist the Park Staff in implementing its programs and activities such as the annual Eagle Festival, shoreline cleanups, and outreach events.  We also sponsor special events such as our annual Owl Moon and Holiday Party, help guide canoe and kayaking trips and lead hikes.



To learn about our upcoming and recent activities, go to our News Page.


Friends of Mason Neck State Park

Join the Fight Against Disposable Plastic

The Friends of Mason Neck State Park are doing their part to slow the production and disposal of plastics.  Plastic bottles take as long as 450 years to decompose in the environment.  Before they do, they break down into "micro-plastic" bits that are eaten by animals and can end up in our own bodies.  On land, plastic adversely affects soil fertility, and can choke our streams and rivers.

The Friends of Mason Neck State Park have stopped offering disposable water bottles to Park volunteers and at Friends events.  Instead, they are offering free multi-use bottles that recipients can take home with them.  Hopefully, people will use these bottles instead of buying more disposable ones.  

Mason Neck State Park also is committed to reducing the use of disposable plastic bottles and has installed water bottle filling stations at the Visitor Center and the picnic area.  


Do your part too:  find ways to limit your use of disposable plastics, including those grocery store bags that have a typical useful life of 15 minutes -- the time to get from store to home -- and take 1000 years to decompose in a landfill.  

Mason Neck State Park 

Mason Neck State Park is located on the Mason Neck peninsula in southeastern Fairfax County, Virginia. The Park's wetlands, forest, water, ponds, and fields are home to a variety of wildlife, including bald eagles, osprey, geese, ducks, swans, and other birds living on or near the Potomac River, Kane's Creek, and Belmont Bay. 

The Park has hiking trails, three miles of paved multi-use trails, a large picnic area, a playground, a car-top canoe and kayak launch, and a visitor center. Canoe, kayak, and bicycle rentals are available.

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