York County’s New Quarter Park, 545-acres in upper York County near the Queens Lake neighborhood, offers several free programs throughout the year. The public is invited to participate in the following upcoming events.
- The public is invited to join archaeologists from the Fairfield Foundation at New Quarter Park on Thursday and Friday, September 26 and 27, to help dig for and sort artifacts dating to the time the land was occupied by Native Americans. Participants can sign up for a morning (9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.) or afternoon (1 to 4 p.m.) session. Reserve your spot by emailing Fairfield@FairfieldFoundation.org. Only ten slots are available for volunteers at each of the four sessions. FREE
- Join us as we learn about Orienteering in a Walk and Talk program on Saturday, September 28 at 10 a.m. Orienteering is a sport that requires map and compass skills to arrive at various checkpoints across unfamiliar terrain. The program will be led by Ellen Stefaniak and Alec Richardson, founders of the Central Virginia Orienteering Club in Richmond. Between them, they have 25 years of orienteering experience.
- Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at Shelter #4 where the instructors will cover basic fundamentals of using maps and compasses. Then, the groups will work on finding a few locations in the park using their new orienteering skills! FREE
- Space is limited and registration is required at www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec.
- On Saturday, October 5, take a look at the night sky through the telescopes of the NASA Langley Skywatchers Astronomy Club! Arrive as early as 6:30 p.m. for this free event. Chat with the astronomers as they set up their telescopes and then start viewing stars, planets and the moon at 7:30. The session ends at 10:30 p.m. FREE
- Parents! Register your children ages 5-12 for the 2nd Annual Great Pumpkin Hunt. The fun begins at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 19. For only $5.00, children will search for hidden plastic pumpkins filled with Halloween- themed treats. Check-in begins at 4:45 and kids can enjoy a bounce house and games before the hunt. Following the hunt, stay and enjoy a showing of the Disney Halloween movie, “Hocus Pocus,” beginning at approximately 7 p.m.
- Also for an additional $5.00, your child can visit the pumpkin patch to choose their favorite to take home. Please register your child by October 11 at www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec. Volunteers are needed with set up and to monitor the trails as the children hunt for pumpkins.
New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive near the Queens Lake neighborhood. For more information, please call the park office at (757) 890-5840. For assistance with the registration process, please call (757) 890-3500.