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Gateway to Sully Woodlands Park - Nature


Stewardship Program - Natural & Cultural Resources

Educational Offerings

Sully Woodlands offers a great opportunity for natural and cultural resources education and although the park has not yet been developed this new partnership between nature center and RECenter allows the citizens of Fairfax County to learn about and be involved in the protection of the vast resources the Sully Woodlands represent. Programs will be offered by the Cub Run naturalist and other qualified instructors, a mix of traditional RECenter type classes and traditional nature center programs will be offered to accommodate all possible interest levels and audiences.

Programs are offered for local schools as well as special programs designed to help scouts earn wilderness and wildlife related badges. Service projects are also available.

School Field Trip Programs

Discovery Hunt
Discovery Hunt

Dear Educator:

As part of our nature science education efforts, we offer hands-on naturalist led programs for children in grades Pre-K to 8th that are geared to SOL's. The outdoor programs at the Cub Run RECenter, 4630 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly and the Sully Woodlands nearby, give students an opportunity to explore the natural world in the Park Authority's newest and biggest property assemblage of over 2,000 acres in western Fairfax County.

Cost:

All programs have a $4/student fee. NON-FAIRFAX county schools have a $5/student fee. Chaperones now pay the student fee but there is still No Charge for teachers. Payment is due on the scheduled program date.

For Details or to Register:

Call Cub Run RECenter, 703-817-9407, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

School Programs:

 Pre K and Kindergarten
Science and Nature

Discovery Hunt:
Preschool (4 yrs. & older) - 1st Grade The main objective of "Discovery Hunt" is to use our senses to discover more about nature and the season. Our "hunts" use games, categorizing, and sensory activities to focus on colors, shapes, textures, sounds, and smells in nature. (1 hr) (VA SOL's K.1, K.2, & K.8)

Bugs and Slugs for Little Thugs:
Explore the many different small creatures that we find all around us. Very few of them are really "bugs", but rather beetles, millipedes, isopods, spiders, and worms. Examine these invertebrates close up and study the special adaptations of these animals. (1hr) (VA SOL's K.1, K.8 and K.9 or 1.5 and 1.7)

 1st Grade
Science and Nature

Discovery Hunt:
The main objective of "Discovery Hunt" is to use our senses to discover more about nature and the season. Our "hunts" use games, categorizing, and sensory activities to focus on colors, shapes, textures, sounds, and smells in nature. We focus on describing our world with words. (1 hr) (VA SOL's 1.4 & 1.5)

Bugs and Slugs:
Explore the many different small creatures that we find all around us. Very few of them are really "bugs", but rather beetles, millipedes, isopods, spiders, and worms. Examine these invertebrates close up and study the special adaptations of these animals. (1 hr) (VA SOL's 1.5 and 1.7)

Investigating Plant Life:
Discover the plants of the Cub Run trails through role-playing, hunts, and games. Depending on the season and the teacher's objective, the program can emphasize leaves, seeds, twigs, buds or flowers. (1 or 1-1/2 hrs) (VA SOL's 1.4)

Adaptation
From thorns and tendrils to teeth and talons, plants and animals are equipped with an amazing array of structures and behaviors to help them stay alive. We'll identify some survival adaptations during the introduction then search for more in various habitats of sully woodlands. (1 hr) (VA SOL's 1.5 and 1.7 )

 2nd Grade
Science and Nature

Bugs and Slugs:
Explore the many different small creatures that we find all around us. Very few of them are really "bugs", but rather beetles, millipedes, isopods, spiders, and worms. Examine these invertebrates close up and study the special adaptations of these animals. (1 - 1/2 hrs) (VA SOL's 2.4, 2.7)

Animal Habitats:
Study the meaning of "habitat", as defined by the need for food, water, shelter, and space, illustrated through a variety of activities. Cub Run and Sully Woodlands contain a variety of habitats. We will Search for habitat essentials of animals on the property and discuss their needs. (1-1/2 hours) (VA SOL's 2.5)

Life Cycles:
Explore up close the life cycles of insect, plants, birds, mammals, and/or amphibians. Emphasis is placed on the different types of development that take place in these living things. (1-1/2 hours) (VA SOL's 2.4, and 2.7)

Social Studies and Cross Curriculum Historical Programs

Stream Side Settlers
Program will highlight the importance of waterways for transportation, food supply and commerce through the centuries. We will talk about American Indians, Jamestown and other early Virginia settlements and their dependence on water. We will walk to Cub Run stream valley for an up close look at the stream and a ruined mill. (possible VA SOL's Social studies 2.9, 2.7 Virginia studies VS1 and VS2.)

Digging up Virginia
Discover the techniques used by archeologists to learn about Virginia's history from archaeological excavations and primary historical sources, using Jamestown's findings as an example and local ruins as hands on look. Sign up early! Class sizes may be limited. (possible VA SOL's Social studies 2.2, 2.3 Virginia studies VS3.)

 3rd Grade
Science and Nature

Bugs and Slugs:
Explore the many different small creatures that we find all around us. Very few of them are really "bugs", but rather beetles, millipedes, isopods, spiders, and worms. Examine these invertebrates close up and study the special adaptations of these animals. (1 - 1/2 hrs) (VA SOL's 3.4, 3.5, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, and 3.10)

Animal Habitats:
Study the meaning of "habitat", as defined by the need for food, water, shelter, and space, illustrated through a variety of activities. Cub Run and Sully Woodlands contain a variety of habitats. We will Search for habitat essentials of animals on the property and discuss their needs. (1-1/2 hours) (VA SOL's 2.5 or 3.4, 3.5, and 3.6)

Investiagting Plant Life:
Discover the plants of the Cub Run trails through role-playing, hunts, and games. Depending on the season and the teacher's objective, the program can emphasize leaves, seeds, twigs, buds or flowers. (1 or 1-1/2 hrs) (VA SOL's 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, and 3.10)

Life Cycles:
Explore up close the life cycles of insect, plants, birds, mammals, and/or amphibians. Emphasis is placed on the different types of development that take place in these living things. (1-1/2 hours) (VA SOL's 3.4 and 3.8)

Water Exploration:
Ponds and streams are habitats teeming with life all times of the year. Through collection and observation, students will do a hands-on study of its aquatic creatures, particularly macro-invertebrates. Unique survival adaptations will be emphasized. (1- 1/2 hrs) Limited availability! (Possible VA SOL's 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.9, and 3.10.) Limited availability! GETTING WET AND/OR MUDDY IS POSSIBLE DURING THIS PROGRAM. PLEASE DRESS APPROPRIATELY!!!!

Adaptation:
From thorns and tendrils to teeth and talons, plants and animals are equipped with an amazing array of structures and behaviors to help them stay alive. We'll identify some survival adaptations during the introduction then search for more in various habitats of sully woodlands. (1-1/2 hrs) (VA SOL's or 3.4, 3.5, and 3.6)

 4th Grade
Science and Nature

Life Cycles:
Explore up close the life cycles of insect, plants, birds, mammals, and/or amphibians. Emphasis is placed on the different types of development that take place in these living things. (1-1/2 hours) (VA SOL's 4.5)

Adaptation:
From thorns and tendrils to teeth and talons, plants and animals are equipped with an amazing array of structures and behaviors to help them stay alive. We'll identify some survival adaptations during the introduction then search for more in various habitats of sully woodlands. (1-1/2 hrs) (VA SOL's 4.4 and 4.5)

Animal Habitats Virginias Resources:
Study the meaning of "habitat", as defined by the need for food, water, shelter, and space, illustrated through a variety of activities. Cub Run and Sully Woodlands contain a variety of habitats. We will Search for habitat essentials of animals on the property and discuss their needs. We will also discuss habitats as natural resources and how mans needs interact with the needs of animals. (1-1/2 hours) (VA SOL's 4.5, and 4.8)

Investigating Plant Life:
Discover the plants of the Cub Run trails through role-playing, hunts, and games. Depending on the season and the teacher's objective, the program can emphasize leaves, seeds, twigs, buds or flowers. (1 or 1-1/2 hrs) (VA SOL's 4.4 and 4.5)

 At-School Programs for Winter and Early Spring
Science and Nature

Cost: A flat rate of $100 is charged for up to 30 students. A second program on the same day is only $75.

Wonderful Worms!: Pre school- 3rd Grade
This program brings worms out from underfoot and into the children's hands! The distinct adaptations of earthworms and night crawlers will be highlighted, along with their value as decomposers. And, we'll construct a classroom worm habitat for the children to observe throughout the following weeks. (1 hr) (VA SOL's K.1, & K.10 or 1.1, and 1.5, or 2.1 and 2.5 or 3.1, 3.4 3.5 and 3.7) Limit 30 students

Fossils and Ancient Epochs: 5th grade
(Can be adapted for other grades) This program introduces students the rock cycle and how different rock types relate to the formation of fossils. Students will work in cooperative groups with fossil specimens that need to be identified as coming from a specific geologic era and create fossil replicas for the class to keep. (1 hr.) (VA SOL's 5.1 and 5.7) Limit 30 students

Discovering Animal Habitats
Discovering Animal Habitats

Science & Nature Scout Programs

Troops are invited to sign up for prescheduled programs advertised in Parktakes or call and schedule a time for their troop to work on their badges. Not all badges can be completed in one session. Sessions may be scheduled for after school times, or Saturdays or Sundays.

Cost:

Fees are $4.00 per scout per hour of program. Programs noted with an asterisk (*) are $6.00 - $10.00, as they are 1.5 or more hour programs, and involve hands-on time with equipment. Most Brownie badges can be completed in 1 hour. Junior badges normally take 1.5 hours ($6) and IPs can take 2-4 hours. Because some of these badges are new, a 2-week lead time is needed to secure all the necessary materials. Ask about Special Council's own badges.

For Details or to Register:

Call Cub Run RECEnter, 703-817-9407, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Scout Programs:

 Girl Scout Programs
Brownies
Earn Try-Its In:
Junior Badges and Signs
Earn Badges In:
Cadets and Senior Girl Scouts
  • Nature
  • Animals
  • Earth and Sky
  • Eco Explorer
  • Outdoore Adventure
  • Plants
  • Senses
  • Space Explorers
  • Watching Wildlife
  • *Water Everywhere
  • Nature
  • Collecting hobbies "rocks, shells, insects"
  • Doing hobbies "bird watching, gardening, hiking"
  • *Rocks Rock AKA Geology
  • Plants and Animals
  • *Water Wonders
  • *Earth Connections AKA Ecology
  • Finding Your Way
  • Outdoor Creativity
  • Outdoor Fun
  • Science Discovery
  • Science in Every Day Life
  • Wildlife
  • Sky Search
  • Swimming
  • Water Fun
  • *All About Birds
  • *Digging Through the Past
  • *Eco-Action
  • *Wildlife
  • *Space Exploration

Programs noted with an asterisk (*) are $6.00 - $10.00, as they are 1.5 or more hour programs, and involve hands-on time with equipment.

 Boy Scout Programs
  • Outdoor Group Badges
  • Naturalist
  • Forester
  • Geologist
  • Wildlife Conservation
    (Pin and Belt Loop)
  • Sport Group Badges
  • Aquanaut
  • Fitness
  • Pin and Belt Loops
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Gymnastics
  • Physical Fitness
  • Swimming

Even More Educational Offerings

We can provide you or your school with:

  1. Guided nature field trips of any length:
    • Topics other than those mentioned above can be arranged with naturalist provided they some how relate to the natural sciences.
    • We can come to you at your site a local park or the natural site of your choice.
  2. A place to conduct your own natural investigations with your class.
  3. A place for students to conduct independent research projects.
  4. Safe well structured service projects for school clubs.
  5. Activities that may be scheduled for hours other than school meeting times (after-school and weekends).
  6. A guest speaker for class time or events.
  7. Teacher training opportunities in the natural sciences. (Provided you have 6 interested teachers a class can be scheduled at your convenience.)

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Access support provides opportunities for all

Fairfax County is committed to giving all citizens equal access to recreation and leisure opportunities. In keeping with that policy and the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations are provided to individuals with disabilities in all Park Authority programs, services, and facilities. ADA accommodations include sign interpreters, alternative information formats, program modifications and inclusion support. Contact the ADA Specialist at 703-324-8563 or 703-803-3354 (TTY) for additional information.

If participation accommodations and/or alternative information formats are needed in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, please call 703-324-8563 at least 10 working days in advance of the registration deadline or event (whichever is earlier). Individuals using teletype equipment (TTY), call 703-803-3354. The Park Authority will make every attempt to provide reasonable accommodations; however, failure to request an accommodation with the specified time frame may limit our ability to complete this request.

Visit the Park Authority Leisure Services for Individuals with Disabilities (L.S.I.D.) web page for more information on accessibility programs and classes.

 

Parktakes Online Register online for these exciting, fun-filled programs

To register online, click the program title below. All you need is your member number (or barcode number), a valid email address and a Visa or MasterCard. Not a member yet? Sign up today! or call 703-222-4664.

Nature (single day)
Nature/Science (series)
Nature/Scouts


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