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African -Americans at Walney Walking Tour

(12-Adult) Hear the names and stories of many African American families who lived and worked here at Walney. Learn about slave tenancy, stories of resistance and survival.


American Indians in Virginia History (1st Grade)

(Grade 1) Parks provide an experience not easily duplicated in the classroom. Our new “Field Trips for All” programs offer parents a unique opportunity to supplement their child’s science learning with real experiences and application of the concepts required in the Virginia standards of learning. Experiences vary by park resources. This program is geared by grade level to provide enrichment to all learners including homeschool. Registration is limited to allow for social distancing. Groups of more than 8 should consider booking a field trip directly with a park by visiting the park’s web site. All attendees, parents and students, must register to control group size.


American Indians in Virginia History (4th grade)

(Grade 4) Parks provide an experience not easily duplicated in the classroom. Our new “Field Trips for All” programs offer parents a unique opportunity to supplement their child’s science learning with real experiences and application of the concepts required in the Virginia standards of learning. Experiences vary by park resources. This program is geared by grade level to provide enrichment to all learners including homeschool. Registration is limited to allow for social distancing. Groups of more than 8 should consider booking a field trip directly with a park by visiting the park’s web site. All attendees, parents and students, must register to control group size.


American Indians in Virginia History (6th Grade)

(Grade 6) Parks provide an experience not easily duplicated in the classroom. Our new “Field Trips for All” programs offer parents a unique opportunity to supplement their child’s science learning with real experiences and application of the concepts required in the Virginia standards of learning. Experiences vary by park resources. This program is geared by grade level to provide enrichment to all learners including homeschool. Registration is limited to allow for social distancing. Groups of more than 8 should consider booking a field trip directly with a park by visiting the park’s web site. All attendees, parents and students, must register to control group size.


Colorful Pumpkins

(All Ages) Learn about the history of how pumpkins became associated with Halloween. Pick your pumpkin and paint a face or design on it. Small pumpkins will be available for you to pick from. Each family (up to 6 people) will have their own circle and supplies to create their masterpieces. This program takes place outside (rain date: 10/18/20).


Colors of the Fall

(16-Adult) Explore some of Sully’s hidden ruins located throughout the property and view the colorful spectacle of Fall. Bring your own medium/supplies and create your masterpiece. Chairs are provided upon request or you can bring your own blanket to sit upon. This program takes place outdoors (rain date: 10/21/2020). Social distancing is required.


Finding Art in Historic Buildings

(16-Adult) Explore the history of the buildings at Sully. Using your own medium and supplies, find the beauty in buildings that are over 200 years old. Tables/chairs will be provided. This program takes place outdoors (rain date: 10/7/2020). Social distancing is required.


Hidden in Your Backyard: History of Cain’s Branch

(5-Adult) Hike the trails and learn about the history of abandoned sites hidden from most visitor’s view. Follow trails of forested areas and Cain’s Branch waterway to learn about other families along with the Lee’s who made Sully their home. This outdoor guided event does involve some walking over uneven terrain and along trails. For more information, please call 703-437-1794.


History Tots-Fall

(2-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to explore history through sight, sound, smell and touch. Program includes indoor and outdoor activities. Adults must be able to participate with children. Topics vary with seasons: Sept-Apples, Oct-Pumpkins, Nov-Pilgrims, and Dec-Warmth.


Homeschool Historians

(6-12 yrs.) Explore Fairfax County history with hands on activities and games in this four week course. Week 1: Learn how light reflects life with candle making. Week 2: Explore food ways from garden to table. Week 3: Have some fun with historical games. Week 4: Try your hand at letter writing. All sessions have take home crafts.


Life in Historic Virginia

(Grade 1) Parks provide an experience not easily duplicated in the classroom. Our new “Field Trips for All” programs offer parents a unique opportunity to supplement their child’s science learning with real experiences and application of the concepts required in the Virginia standards of learning. Experiences vary by park resources. This program is geared by grade level to provide enrichment to all learners including homeschool. Registration is limited to allow for social distancing. Groups of more than 8 should consider booking a field trip directly with a park by visiting the park’s web site. All attendees, parents and students, must register to control group size.


Making a Scarecrow

(All Ages) Come out and enjoy the season by creating your own Fall friend. Bring old clothing to stuff with hay and afterwards pose with your new friend. Great Fall photo opportunities. Program is for a family of up to 6 people. This program takes place outdoors (rain date: 10/25/20).


Mill Race Tours

(5-Adult) Cabell’s Mill has changed over its 250 years. As we tour Cabell’s Mill we will discuss its function as a mill and in the community, how its function has changed over time and examine its history through photography.


Native American Campfire Cookout

(5-Adult) Do you harvest and cook your own food? Discover how native people used the resources where they lived to survive and learn some easy recipes. Discover some native recipes and cooking techniques as you help prepare some native dishes to taste. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Nuts about Felting

(All Ages) Decorate your home with colorful acorns created using the wet felt technique. No needles involved in the creating of these acorns and take home 3-4 felted acorns that will never spoil. This program is inside and meant for a family of up to 4 people.


Scotch Whisky and Cheese Tasting

(21-Adult) Few foods so perfectly complement Scotch whisky as cheese. Both have unique and wide-ranging flavor profiles so there’s a cheesy counterpart for each distinctive pour! Sample delicious pairings of cheese and single malts and learn how to savor the two separately, and together.


Scotch Whisky Tasting

(21-Adult) Come in from the cold to enjoy a sampling of fine Scottish single malts from different whisky-producing regions. Budding connoisseurs learn about the ancient history of Scotch whisky and the fine art of making and tasting it. Enjoy delicious Scottish accompaniments as you assess the unique characteristics of the water of life of the Highlands!


Secrets, Spies, Sputnik and Huntley

(Adults) Take a stroll with us on the less-visited side of the park to uncover the history of spies, espionage and how the Cold War struggle between the US and the USSR shaped Huntley and the Fairfax County we know today. Meets at South King Highway entrance includes a 2.4 mile walk over flat terrain.


Spy Craft

(7-Adult) Explore the lives of the men and women who passed along secrets and information and the technology they used in dangerous times. Try your hand at a little spy craft to take home!


Spy Walk

(12-Adult) Join us for a spell-binding tale of espionage, secret payments and the Russians as we walk and talk about a spy who used Ellanor C. Lawrence Park as a drop-off location during the end of the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Program meets at Walney Pond.


Stills and Cider

(3-Adult) Learn about the distilling process, how ciders are made, and why these activities are mill-related. Watch the cider press in action and see how a still operates. This will be a water-only operation. No alcohol is involved! While you’re here, listen live music sponsored by the Friends of Colvin Run Mill as you enjoy this family-friendly activity.


Twilight Hilltop Tour (Adults)

(Adults) Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. It's a dramatic setting made all the more stunning by the setting sun. Join us after hours for a special tour and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments served afterward. Dress appropriately for the weather.


Virtual Afternoon Tea: 50 Years For Women

(Adults) Consider how the past fifty years have transformed women’s lives. Discover what women could not do before 1970 and a fast-paced liberation that continues today. Hear about the remarkable woman whose donation fifty years ago made Green Spring Gardens possible. You may select the option to purchase an individual tea box to enjoy at home along with the lecture. Individual afternoon tea boxes include savory finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries, scone with cream and jam, and tea bag. Tea boxes and edible flowers will be available for same-day pick up at Green Spring Gardens between 10am and 1pm. All registrants will be sent a link by e-mail to attend the lecture on Zoom.


Virtual Afternoon Tea: Feast of Flowers

(Adult) Edible flowers add tasty, healthful, and decorative dimensions to any dish. Discover which flowers are edible and the surprising ways they jazz up recipes. Sample a variety of flavorful blooms (individually packaged to go.) You may select the option to purchase an individual tea box to enjoy at home along with the lecture. Individual afternoon tea boxes include savory finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries, scone with cream and jam, and tea bag. Tea boxes and edible flowers will be available for same-day pick up at Green Spring Gardens between 10am and 1pm. All registrants will be sent a link by e-mail to attend the lecture on Zoom.


Virtual Afternoon Tea: Scandalous!

(Adults) Greed, lust, and deception have brought down famous people of all stripes throughout human history. Hear stories of scandals through the ages that are shocking in their brazenness, immorality, and sheer absurdity! Discover the enduring power of scandal to shape the course of history. You may select the option to purchase an individual tea box to enjoy at home along with the lecture. Individual afternoon tea boxes include savory finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries, scone with cream and jam, and tea bag. Tea boxes and edible flowers will be available for same-day pick up at Green Spring Gardens between 10am and 1pm. All registrants will be sent a link by e-mail to attend the lecture on Zoom.


Women of Walney Walking Tour

(12-Adult) From the Brown family in the 1740s until Ellanor C. Lawrence in the 1970s, women have defined the Park's cultural history. Hike around Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, learning about the women whose lives and work helped shape our land. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


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