African Americans at Walney Walking Tour

(8-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.


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!


BGS-Celebrating Community

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


BGS-Outdoor Adventurer

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


BGS-Outdoor Art Creator

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


Bird Study Merit Badge

This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the Bird Study Merit Badge. Visit the site's website for pre-work and information.


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.


CGS-Finding Common Ground

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


CGS-Night Owl

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


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.


Design a Family Flag

(4-Adult) Learn the importance and historic art of flags. Use your family history, local nature and family hobbies to create a flag to display at home.


DGS-Eco Learner

Daisy outdoor badge. Completes all requirements.


DGS-Outdoor Art Maker

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


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.


Drill like a Solider

(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.


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.


Fur, Feathers and Ferns-Bear Adventure

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


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. 


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


Into the Wild-Webelos Elective

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


Invasive Plant Identification Walk

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


JGS-Animal Habitats

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


JGS-Detective

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


JGS-Inside Government

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


JGS-Outdoor Art Explorer

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


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.


Mammal Study Merit Badge

This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the Mammal Study Merit Badge. Visit the site's website for pre-work and information.


Mill Race Tour

(8-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.


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