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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.


Beautiful Handmade Arts

(6-Adult) Gather friends and family together to create art inspired by history. Art reflects the season or month.


Build Your Own Time Capsule

(7-12 yrs.) In 1875 the Machen family placed a time capsule into the walls of Walney. It gives us a glimpse into life in the 1880s. Learn about time capsules and create objects for your own time capsule.


Enslaved Lives and the Legacy of Slavery

(Adults) Join an historian for a tour of Huntley that examines the relationship of the Mason family to slavery and recovers insights into the lives of the Humphrey family and other enslaved people whose labor maintained Mason wealth and social status.


Epidemics of the Past

(14-Adult) Disease has always shaped our history. Enjoy a health stroll up to a lovely view while we uncover why the Masons built a summer home upon a hill and how epidemics of the past shaped the society we live in today.


Family Hilltop Outing

(5-Adult) Join us for a family friendly tour of Historic Huntley high upon a hill. What significance does this villa have to one of our founding fathers? Can you hold a block of ice with just one finger? Challenge yourself using historical tools like ice tongs and see if you can master old timey children's games. Hop back in time with us to discover life of days past. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Have a Heart

(All Ages) Tis the season for love, so make a heart to share with that special someone. Using wet felt technique and no needles, create a heart and decorate it how you like. Program is for a family of up to 4 people. Social distancing and face coverings required.


Heroes of History

(8-Adult) Delve into the lives of heroes and see how their deeds and actions influenced and improved our lives. Through hands-on experiences learn how these heroes contributed to society by advancing technology, science, education and public service.


Holidays at Walney Farm

(4-Adult) Celebrate the winter holidays with the families that lived at Walney Farm. Take a holiday food walk, learning about preservation for the new year and meals for the holiday. Create a historic holiday ornament, play historic games and enjoy treats and cider around the campfire.


House Detective

(Adults) What clues reveal the story of a house? What can architectural details and styles tell us? Examine photographs, artifacts and the buildings of Historic Huntley and see if you can resolve some of the enduring mysteries of this place.


Interior Illustrations

(16-Adult) Using graphite or pencil medium, relax and draw a historic interior at Sully. Focus on specific artifacts or capture the essence of life during the early 1800’s. Some supplies are available. Social distancing and face coverings required. Limited space for participants in this unique program.


Making Rope

(All Ages) Ever wonder how rope was made in the 1800”s? Experience the challenges people faced in making a rope that was sturdy enough for their needs. Make a piece of rope from plants found on the property and take it home to compare with today’s rope. Program is for a family of up to 4 people. Social distancing and face coverings required.


Maple Syrup Boil Down

(3-Adult) The sap is rising and the maple trees are tapped. Now it’s sugaring time! Bundle up, brave the weather, watch and learn as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over cornbread, made from Colvin Run Mill cornmeal. While supplies last! This is an outdoor program, please dress appropriately.


Powhatan of the Eastern Woodlands

(Grade 1-6) 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.


Residents of Walney Walk

(5-Adult) Take a walk through over 200 years of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park's history. This tour will touch on many families and people who lived and worked at Walney farm, by choice or not. Finally hear how the farm became part of the Park Authority.


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!


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.


Unmeltable Snowman

(All Ages) Our winter season is not always reliable for providing snow so why not make a snowman that never melts? Using a felting process, make a snowperson and decorate it with style. Program is for a family of up to 4 people. Social distancing and face coverings required.


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