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02 Dec 2018 2:00 PM • Jammes House, Mason Neck State Park

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.


Save the Date for 

the Friends of Mason Neck State Park's
 Holiday Program: 
"What Birds Eat"

The Friends of Mason Neck State Park will hold their annual holiday  event on Sunday afternoon, December 2.  We'll meet at the Jammes House in the Park, which is normally closed to visitors, but will be decorated for the event.

We'll have a wonderful array of good things to eat and a special presentation from Ashley Kennedy, a PhD candidate in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. This fascinating program, "What Birds Eat", can help us establish ideal bird habitats not only in our own backyards but on a much larger scale to promote avian conservation. Learn  which insects are the most important in birds’ diets and which plants you can include in your garden to support various bird species.  Stay tuned; we'll send out emails in a couple of days notifying you that registration for this event is open.  Be sure to register quickly when registration opens; the event about always fills up quickly. 

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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