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Virginia State Parks open for day-use activities

Virginia State Parks are open for day-use activities; however, overnight accommodations and all indoor facilities will be closed through April 30 in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

PWC parks closed except for trails; no parking available

Prince William County has restricted the use of county parks to trails only. All park parking lots and non-trail amenities were closed to the public today, March 25.

NPS sets deer population management efforts Feb. 3-March 31 at Manassas Battlefield

Manassas National Battlefield Park will implement its second year of deer management to protect and restore native plants, promote healthy and diverse forests and protect historic landscapes Feb. 3 through March 31, 2020.

Historians to lead New Year’s Day hikes at two local parks

Local historians will guide Jan. 1 hikes at Neabsco Regional Park in Woodbridge (morning) and Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park in Bristow (afternoon).

Celebrate the season with Hylton Planetarium’s “Holiday Lights”

Looking for something different to do this holiday season? Check out the Irene V. Hylton Planetarium’s presentation of “Holiday Lights" on Saturdays, Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 at Hylton High School at 14051 Spriggs Rd. off VA 234.

December: Va. Christmas Tree Month; 500 Christmas tree farms in Va.

Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association Dec. 2 presented Governor and First Lady Northam with a Christmas tree and wreath for Virginia’s Executive Mansion. Search for Virginia Christmas tree growers online at VirginiaGrown.com and on the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association’s website at VirginiaChristmasTrees.org.

What to know to avoid being burned when buying firewood

As home heating season begins, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) advises consumers to measure deliveries of firewood to ensure they receive the full value of their purchase. In Virginia, bulk deliveries of firewood for home heating are sold by the cord which is 128 cubic feet of firewood.

Keep your green - Sept. 30 community conversation on rural area incentives

Prince William Conservation Alliance will host a community discussion of some development alternatives: conservation easements, transfer of development rights and purchase of development rights with three speakers Sept. 30 at Guiseppe's Restaurant, 5120 Washington Street, in Haymarket beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Biting into a just-picked Virginia peach can be addictive

This year’s crop is excellent: sweet, juicy and luscious with plenty to go around. Virginia peach season began officially on July 1 and the next several weeks will offer prime picking.

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