Make Room for Turkeys!

(7-Adult) Turkeys are native to the Americas and have been everything from decorative to Thanksgiving centerpiece. They’ve been here for 10 million years but how can you make sure they have a place here for a million more? Find out more about the role of turkeys in different cultures and how important habitat restoration will make room for turkeys!

A Visit With Santa

(2-Adult) Come kick off the Christmas season. Bring your camera to take a picture with Santa in front of a real, open-hearth fire. When you mingle with Kringle, you will have a chance to tell Santa Claus your Christmas wishes, then make a festive ornament to deck your own halls and enjoy some refreshments. All attendees must register, including accompanying adults. For more information, call 703-437-1794

Beginning Woodcarvers Class

(14-Adult) Expand your artistic horizons with this creative woodworking class by the Northern Virginia Carvers. In this beginner’s class on hand carving, we will start with “carving in the round”, then progress to chip carving and relief carving. This fun and relaxing class is a way to learn new skills, meet new people and enjoy a meditative art adventure. $60 supply fee to be paid on first day of class.

Cider Making (Class)

(All Ages) Bring up to 10 people and learn how to use an old-fashioned cider press by making your own cider. Your group needs to bring approximately 100 apples of their choosing and tightly sealable containers for transporting approximately 2 gallons of cider. Participants will carry and press their own apples and cider. Dress accordingly. All participants will be contacted prior to their program with full details. For program times and to register, visit Parktakes online. Weekday time slots upon request. Call the Colvin Run Site to check availability.

Colonial Life for Homeschool

(6-12 yrs.) Did you know that Huntley Meadows Park was once part of George Mason's holdings? Discover this forgotten Founding Father as you make your own candle, design your own stencil to mark crops, write with a quill pen and decide the future of the Virginia colony.

Colorful Pumpkins

(2-Adults) Learn about the history of how pumpkins became associated with Halloween. Pick your pumpkin and paint a face or design on it. Play some games, make a pumpkin craft to take home. Small pumpkins will be available for you to pick from. This program takes place outside. All participates, including adults must be registered for this program.

Drill like a Soldier

(6-Adult) Our Continental Army, formed in 1775, was created from colonial volunteers. Farmers and tradespeople learned to follow directions, march and fight as one unit. Join us as we practice drilling and talk about the Army's struggles and successes around the campfire.

Dutch Oven Brunch

(6-Adult) Join us around the campfire for some corn pancakes and freshly made butter as we learn about the history of Thanksgiving foodways and how Thanksgiving might not have been celebrated by the Masons!

Fall Tea Party

(3-Adult) Bring your child to the Mill and celebrate Fall. We’ll have tea, savory and sweet treats and play 19th century games. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Grind Day

(All Ages) We’re running the mill like it’s 1811 when the mill was first operating. Fresh products that are stone-ground on-site. Come learn how an Oliver Evan's mill operates and don't forget to buy your grain at the historic General Store before you leave. Program is open house style and registered participants are welcome to arrive anytime between noon and 3 p.m.

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-Native Americans, and Dec-Warmth.

Making a Scarecrow

(2-Adult) 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. Play some games, make a craft to take home. Great Fall photo opportunities. This program takes place outdoors . All participates, including adults must be registered for this program. Don't miss this Falltastic program!

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