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Colvin Run Mill

10017 Colvin Run Road
Great Falls, Virginia 22066
703-759-2771

Attention!IMPORTANT NOTICE

Our spring field trips are FULL. We will start taking 2014-2015 school reservations August 1.

Call the site for more information: 703-759-2771.

Pre-School Field Trips

Planning Your Visit

Pre-school field trips for children aged three to five are usually offered on Monday mornings at 10am and take about one hour to complete. Other days and times may be available as the schedule permits. Everyone should wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather, since they will walk outdoors between buildings and the mill is unheated.

puppets                        The pre-school program has two par

  • A docent-led tour of the mill where the children meet five puppets: Marvin the Miller, Alvin his apprentice, farmers Fred and Matilda and their horse Charlie. The children learn how the miller and farmers worked together to produce flour and cornmeal.
  • In the barn, a docent will read the children a story of the teacher's choosing (either Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle or The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney) and explore items in the Hands-On History Trunk.

Reservations, Tickets and Payment

Advance reservations are required. A ticket must be purchased for each child (teachers and other adults are FREE). Tickets are $6 per child for schools located in Fairfax County and $7 for out-of-county schools. Payment is due upon arrival. We accept cash, checks (payable to FCPA/Colvin Run Mill), Visa or Mastercard.

To make reservations, or if you have any questions or comments about the school program, payments or any other aspect of a field trip, please call the site office any day between 8:30am and 5pm at 703-759-2771.

Lunch Facilities

If your schedule permits and you want to bring either a snack or lunch, there are both indoor and outdoor spaces for you to use. In nice weather, you can eat in the picnic area adjacent to the parking lot. In bad weather the group can sit on the floor and eat in the barn.

Directions and Parking

Seven miles west of the Capital Beltway (I-495) exit 47A, just off Leesburg Pike (VA State Route 7). There is ample free parking for school buses in the parking lot.



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Elementary Field Trips

Planning Your Visit

Learning Kit
Download Learning Kit
Elementary field trips are offered weekdays at 10am and take about two hours to complete. Up to three classes of students can be accommodated each day. Each class will stay together and rotate among three learning centers. Everyone should wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather, since they will walk outdoors between buildings and the mill is unheated.

During the visit, classes tour three buildings — the mill, barn and general store — to learn about the site’s rich engineering, commercial and social history. The program has been designed to closely follow the Virginia Standards of Learning for Force, Motion and Energy and provides a unique opportunity for students to see and use simple machines.

New Elementary Field Trip for 2nd Grade

Students tour three learning centers where they learn how local 19th century producers and consumers — the farmer, miller and storekeeper — around Colvin Run Mill used natural, human and capital resources to their advantage. Download Flyer

souvenir bag $1.50 souvenir field trip bag includes:

  • Colvin Run Mill postcard
  • Souvenir pencil
  • 2 candy sticks
  • Simple machines bookmark

Call at least one week prior to your scheduled visit to ensure bags will be ready for pickup at the end of your field trip.

Reservations, Tickets and Payment

Advance reservations are required and the schedule fills up quickly. A ticket must be purchased for each child and adult chaperone (teachers are FREE). Tickets are $6 per person for schools located in Fairfax County and $7 for out-of-county schools. Payment is due upon arrival. We accept cash, checks (payable to FCPA/Colvin Run Mill), Visa or Mastercard.

To make reservations, or if you have any questions or comments about the school program, payments, the Learning Kit materials or any other aspect of a field trip, please call the site office any day between 8:30am and 5pm at 703-759-2771.

Lunch Facilities

If your group's schedule permits and you want to bring lunch, there are both indoor and outdoor spaces for you to use. In nice weather, you can eat in the picnic area adjacent to the parking lot. In bad weather the group can sit on the floor and eat in the barn.

Students should not bring snacks as there is no time to eat during the presentation.



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