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The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of activities such as classes, camps and tours in a wide variety of categories including aquatics, fitness, nature, dance, outdoor recreation, performing arts, history and many more. Special events, trips/tours and specialty workshops are listed in Parktakes, the Park Authority’s quarterly guide, available through free subscription to county citizens. .

ABC's of Tea

(14-Adult) Learn about the history of teas from around the globe. Taste a variety of teas including – white, green, oolong, black, and dark styles and how to best brew each style for optimum flavor. Tea infused treats and a take home tea sampler included. With certified Tea Specialist Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden.


All-American Girl: Living Dolls Camp (5-9 yrs.)

Pack up your favorite doll and experience the life of an American girl growing up in different eras in history. Bring these times to life with your doll through fun activities, costumes, crafts and themed games in a beautiful historic setting. Each week offers different time periods. Bring snack and drink. No camp July 4-5. Download camp forms from website.


BGS - Home Scientist

Satisfies most of the requirements to earn the badge. See site’s website for details. This title allows online group registration.


BGS-Hiker and Bug Naturalist

Go on a hike and discover bugs along the way. Completes all requirements for both badges. This title allows online group registration.


Camp SheEO:Business Girl (13-16 yrs.)

Explore these unique camps that empower young ladies by building leadership and business skills. All SheEO camps include interactive activities, role play, brainstorming, a workbook and more. Bring a lunch, snack, drink and ideas. BUSINESS GIRLS - BE a SheEO and learn to own, lead and manage a business. Go from the classroom to the stockroom to the board room with a purpose and a plan. Explore entrepreneurship and business career options and pathways. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


CGS-Woodworker

Satisfies most of the requirements to earn the Girl Scout badge. See site’s website for details.


DGS-Using Resources Wisely

Satisfies most of the requirements to earn the badge. See site’s website for details.


Exploring Teas-Advanced Workshop

(14-Adult) For those who have attended past basic tea seminars. An exploration into unique teas – by process, terroir, and/or scarcity. Tea infused treats and a take home tea sampler included. With certified Tea Specialist Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden.


Fall Harvest Grind

(5-Adult) The crops have been harvested, and it's that time of year when the mill is running 24 hours. After a successful harvest, farmers and their families might come to the mill as they wait for the crops to be turned into flour and cornmeal. Come visit living historians portraying life of the miller's and farmers' families. This evening program includes games and activities of the period, as well as a chance to see the mill running after dark. This is a family-friendly event.


Four Floor Tour Class

(10-Adult) Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as we will climb steep stairs. Second and third floor areas are not ADA accessible, but alternative arrangements will be made for those who cannot climb stairs but wish to participate. This extended tour may last up to two hours.


Miller Adventure Camp (8-14 yrs.)

Take a journey back in time and learn to operate antique and modern milling equipment. Explore the plants, animals and natural resources of Colvin Run Mill. Other activities may include hikes, historic chores and crafts. Bring lunch, drink and snack daily. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Santa in the Mill

(3-Adult) Enjoy old-fashioned family holiday fun at Colvin Run Mill. Visit Santa in the mill and see the Christmas tree trimmed with Victorian decorations. Join the costumed 49th Virginia Volunteer Infantry caroling around a bonfire. Roast marshmallows and make a family craft.


What is Chai? (14-Adult)

(14-Adult) Although chai is the Indian word for tea, Americans have adopted that word to mean a tea blended with spices. Learn about the many styles of masala chai, the base teas and spices used in them, and various preparation methods. Enjoy some tea infused treats and take home your own custom blend. With certified Tea Specialist Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden.