Category: 365 Things To Do In Burke

#2 Become One With Nature – Visit Hidden Pond Nature Center

The Great Tadpole Hunt of 2013

Situated on 25 acres of land, Hidden Pond Nature Center and Park is an oasis of woodlands and wildlife. Undisturbed woodland, quiet trails, splashing streams and a tranquil pond are just a few of the reasons to visit. While not exactly in Burke, it is a mere tenths of a mile to this Springfield neighborhood haven. Take a look at the live animal exhibits in the nature center before heading out to the one-acre pond that is home to turtles, fish, frogs and many birds, among other animals.

I remember taking my own children to Hidden Pond Nature Center. We would hike the trails and check out nets and buckets to take down to the pond. It was fun to scoop stuff out and sift through to see what we had “caught”.

Check out their programs HERE.

#1 Visit the Library!

View from inside Burke Centre LibraryOr, should I say, visit one of the three libraries nearby when you Live In Burke™.  Between the three locations and their hours of operation, you can literally visit the library 365 days a year! It’s the perfect start for a blog about something to do every day in Burke.

Fairfax County maintains three locations in Burke; Kings Park Library, the Pohick Regional Library and  the newest edition – Burke Centre Library which  is celebrating it’s 5th birthday with a Birthday Bash!

If you’re new to Burke, here’s a handy LINK to apply for your library card. You don’t need a library card to enjoy the activities and events at the library, only if you want to check out books and start on your summer reading list. 

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And, speaking of summer, how about the Summer Reading Program? The theme this year is Dig Into Reading! Beginning June 18, 2013  preschoolers through high schoolers earn a coupon book with great prizes  including free and discounted items by completing their reading and going  to one of the Burke branches by August 31.