All About Owls Campfire

(4-Adult) Barred owls inhabit our stream valley parks. Learn to identify these owls from other native owls while enjoying the campfire. Toast marshmallows over the embers. Canceled in case of inclement weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Don't miss this Falltastic program!


Campfire Night Hike - Predators at Night

(4-Adult) Enjoy a night hike to learn about nocturnal hunters. Listen to taped calls of owls and coyotes and catch a glimpse of them in the forest. End the evening with s'mores round the campfire. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.


Colors of the Forest

(7-Adult) Fall foliage is a sight to behold, but why do leaves turn colors? Get into the science of it. Hike through the park with a naturalist to find out what else is falling from the trees. Don't miss this Falltastic program!


Coyote Campfire

(4-Adult) Satisfy your curiosity and your sweet tooth with one howling campfire. Listen to coyote calls, take a short hike, and make s'mores as you learn about this wily canine. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Critter Crawl

(2-6 yrs.) Walk with a naturalist and your child as we investigate the critters who make this park their home. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Discovery Days

(3-Adult) Discover Ellanor C. Lawrence Park with our historians or naturalists. During this hands-on interpretive hour, you may search for animals, make biscuits and butter or explore a stream and much more. Contact the park for program topics.


Family Outdoor Exploration

Get your family into the great outdoors with a personalized naturalist or historian led program. This choose your own exploration can investigate topics like, Stream Life, Pond Life, Historic Ice Cream, and much more! Once you register, we will reach out to you to plan your family exploration.


Feeding Day

(4-13 yrs.) Join a naturalist and youth volunteers as we demonstrate how we feed our site display animals. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. Search for worms and insects and assist in serving dinner. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Flying Squirrel Campfire

(4-Adult) Enjoy an evening around the campfire, toasting marshmallows over the embers and learn about flying squirrels that live in our area. Cancelled in case of inclement weather. Children must attend with an adult and all attendees must register.


Fungus Among Us

(4-Adult) Get down and dirty with a naturalist and see how another kingdom lives! Investigate how one of our most common decomposers survives and thrives in our own woods.


Growing and Protecting a Park Forest

(4-Adult) Walk with the Resource Manager, as you are given insights on how this 650 acre county park of forests, meadows and streams is kept healthy and thriving. Learn about native plants and invasive species that makeup the park's wildlife habitat. Walk is seasonally based. 


Homeschool Animal Vets (8-15 yrs.)

(8-15 yrs.) Students get hands on experience caring for animals in the visitor center and park. We will explore the lives of birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Learn the best care standards for animals, feed and refresh tanks for exhibit animals and explore the park learn what park staff to help wildlife. All lessons are structured around the Virginia standards of Learning.


Homeschool Naturalist (6-12 yrs.)

(6-12 yrs.) Explore Fairfax County natural world with hands-on activities in this four-week course. Week 1: Help our land heal through how we live our lives. Week 2: Hike to the pond, and discover an underwater world. Week 3: Explore the world of reptiles and amphibians. Week 4: Creepy crawlies in the park. All sessions have a take home craft.


Hot Dog, Smores! Wagon Ride & Campfire

(4-Adult) Meets at Cabell's Mill. Enjoy a turkey hot dog supper roasted over the campfire and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run stream valley. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about the areas local and natural history. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments, and s'mores. Feel free to bring your own drinks and sides. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


House of Reptiles and Night Ride

(4-Adult) Amazing reptiles call our park home. Play games, test your courage with a touch table and see these wonderful creatures up close. Calm your nerves by roasting s'mores at a campfire while listening to stories and then join us for a refreshing wagon ride through the autumn woods. Don't miss this Falltastic program!


Insect Symphony Campfire

(4-Adult) Enjoy time around the campfire eating s'mores and listening to the night sounds. Learn how and why katydids, crickets and grasshoppers make their songs. Minimum age to attend is 4 yrs.


Invasive Plant Identification Walk

(8-Adult) Identify some Fairfax County's common invasive plant species. Explore ways to lessen these plants around your home.


Legends & Lore Night Hike & Campfire

(5-Adult) Spark your interest in Walney history through legends, lore and stories of the supernatural on a night hike. Then gather around the campfire for s'mores.


Nature Storytelling

(3-6 yrs.) Explore the parks through books. Hear a story, enjoy nature activities, take a short hike, and finish with a craft. Topics will change seasonally. A parent must accompany each registered child in the program.


Nature Tots-Fall

(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch. Programs include indoor and outdoor activities. Adult must be able to participate with children. Topics vary with the seasons. Fall topics: September: Amazing Insects, October: Migration, November: Fall Colors, and December: Time To Sleep


Night Flyers Campfire

(4-Adult) Come mothing with a naturalist. Then gather around the campfire, make s'mores and learn why moths are drawn to light and learn how to conserve them. Supporting Earth Day's theme "Protect Our Species".


Nocturnal Hunters

(4-Adult) Join a naturalist for a night hike to learn about the parks nocturnal animals. Catch and release fireflies, locate bats with a bat detector and search for other live animals. At the campfire roast marshmallows. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Owl Prowl and Campfire

(8-Adult) Join a naturalist for a night hike to learn about the different owls that can be found in the park. Listen for calls and learn about how owls can navigate the night. Then enjoy s'mores at a campfire. Don't miss this Falltastic program!


Painting at the Pond

(9-Adult) Take a short walk around the pond with a naturalist. Then enjoy a peaceful time in nature painting with watercolors.


Squirreling Around

(8-Adult) Why do we have a love/hate relationship with squirrels? Take a walk to observe what our furry friends are up to. Share your stories and learn behavior. Discuss ways to deter or attract squirrels. Make a squirrel feeder.


Stream Life

(4-Adult) Freshwater ecosystems are full of fascinating creatures. Search for stoneflies, hellgrammites, water pennies and crayfish. Explore Big Rocky Run with a naturalist, use dip nets and kick nets to catch and release these creatures and learn about their role in the environment. Learn stream monitoring techniques and the impacts humans have on these fragile ecosystems. Wear shoes that can get wet, meets at the pond.


Turkey Walk

(4-Adult) Discover the wild turkey's habits and secret ways during a walk in the cedar forest. Look for wild turkeys and their signs. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Don't miss this Falltastic program!


Walney Creek Walk

(8-Adult) Take a one mile walk along Walney Creek from its source at the Spring House to its end at Big Rocky Run. Learn about plants and animals that call this watershed home and observe evidence of how humans have interacted with Walney Creek throughout history.


Wild Women

(12-Adult) They heard the call! Hear how women preserved and protected parks, open spaces and natural world. Hike with a naturalist to see how past women shaped the field of ecology, land management and preservation. 


Wilderness Walk

(Adults) Get off the beaten path with a naturalist to explore less popular trails. Identify plants and tracks of animals that live with in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.


Winter Bird Walk

(4-Adult) Take a hike through the woods with a naturalist to listen and look for the Park’s winter avian residents and migrants. Find out what birds do to survive the winter weather.


Winter Stream Life

(8-Adult) Explore Walney Creek with a naturalist to meet some of the small creek critters (macroinvertebrates) that call it home. Learn why so many different types of macroinvertebrates are active in winter streams. The naturalist will demonstrate winter collecting and participants can help pick, sort and learn to identify these magnificent critters.


Winter Tree Detectives

(8-Adult) No leaves? No problem! Learn to use clues like buds, bark and fruit to identify and enjoy the winter beauty of some of our park's native trees.


Wonderful Wildflowers

(7-Adult) Wander with a naturalist to discover wonderful wildflowers that grow at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.


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