Colvin Run Mill Historic Site

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Hours: Daily 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Facility hours and tour times may vary when school field trips are on-site

10017 Colvin Run Road
Great Falls, Virginia 22066

Mike Henry,

Colvin Run Mill Field Trips

Step by Step Instructions to Request a Field Trip Date:

  1. Click the “Request a Reservation” link.
  2. In the Facility Reservation Portal, choose your desired location using the search box or click the site’s icon on the interactive map.
  3. Select your chosen park’s “Reserve” button.
  4. On your chosen park’s page, click the “Reserve” or “Check Availability” button in the School Field Trips box to see the availability calendar.
  5. Use the calendar to identify which days are available. Available dates are green.
  6. Click on your desired day.
  7. Navigate through the calendar using the Calendar Date field.
  8. Click 'Reserve Unit' in the pop up window.
  9. Log in with an existing ParkTakes account, or create a new one.
  10. In the Booking Details screen, fill in all applicable boxes in the ‘Extra Information section.  All fields with an asterisk are required.
  11. Click ‘Book Site’.
  12. Review your cart and check out. There are no fees charged for a reservation request. Payment is due on the day of the program.
  13. After your reservation is complete, a window will open with confirmation of your request. 
  14. You will receive an email that confirms receipt of your request. Staff will be in touch to finalize your booking and any additional details.

If you are requesting a date less than two weeks in advance, please call the park for availability.

Please note that sites limit the total number of students per day. Larger groups may be accommodated over multiple days.

Download Detailed Instructions

School Field Trip Pricing

Elementary Students and Chaperones: $8 in Fairfax County / $9 Out-of-county schools
Elementary School - Teachers are FREE

Preschool Students: $8 in Fairfax County / $9 Out-of-county schools. Pre-payment of 10 students required.
Preschools - All adults are FREE

Homeschool Students and Adults: $8 in Fairfax County / $9 Out-of-county schools
Homeschool: Based on FCPA classroom guidelines, one teacher per 30 students is FREE

Payment is due upon arrival. Payment options are cash, check (payable to FCPA/Colvin Run Mill), Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

Maximum Daily Capacity
Elementary programs: 3 classes / 90 students
Preschool program: 2 classes / 40 students

Elementary School Field Trips

Elementary school field trips are offered Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and last about two hours. No more than three classes (classrooms) per day, comprised of a maximum of 90 students can be accommodated due to space and safety concerns. Please do not divide classes without first consulting site staff. (Intro to History and Engineering field trip lasts 1.5 hours and can accommodate no more than two classes and 60 students.)

Bring three-to-five adult chaperones per class to assist with hands-on learning centers. Additional drop-in parents may not be able to participate with their children and are discouraged. Please call 703-759-2771 with questions or concerns, especially regarding an inclusion or ESL class or regarding schools with more than three classes.

Comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather are necessary. There is walking outdoors among buildings, and the mill is not heated.


3rd Grade - Simple Machines Field Trip

Students tour three buildings — the mill, the barn and the general store. Students learn about the site’s rich engineering, commercial and social history. The program closely follows the Virginia Standards of Learning for Force, Motion and Energy. It provides opportunity for students to see and use simple machines. Download Simple Machines Learning Kit.

2nd Grade - Producers and Consumers Field Trip

Students tour three learning centers and learn how local 19th century producers and consumers — the farmer, miller and storekeeper — used natural, human and capital resources to their advantage. The program follows the Virginia Standards of Learning for History, Geography and Economics. Download Producers and Consumers Learning Kit. 

Kindergarten and 1st Grade - Intro to History and Engineering Field Trip

Students receive a special tour of the mill geared towards younger students and visit the general store where they take part in a Then & Now activity. The program emphasizes Virginia history, map skills, the engineering process, and making connections between the past and present.

Pre-School Puppet Show Field Trips

Pre-school field trips for ages 3-to-6 are offered Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and last about one hour. Comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather are necessary. There is walking outdoors among buildings, and the mill is not heated. 

Pre-schoolers visit two buildings, the mill and the general store. During a docent-led mill tour, the children meet five puppets: Marvin the Miller, Alvin the Apprentice, farmers Fred and Matilda and their horse Charlie. Children learn how the miller and farmers worked together to produce flour and cornmeal. In the general store, a docent reads "Pancakes, Pancakes" by Eric Carle. Children also will participate in an interactive Then and Now activity.

Homeschool Field Trips

Field trips are available for homeschool groups and organizations. Any program – Puppet Show, Intro to History & Engineering, Producers & Consumers, and Simple Machines – is available for homeschool groups as long as all students fit the following age groups:

  • Puppet Show: ages 3-6 
  • Intro to History & Engineering: ages 5-10
  • Producers & Consumers: ages 7-12 
  • Simple Machines: ages 7-12

For safety reasons, we are unable to accommodate larger ranges in ages. We are able to present only one program per day. 

For 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 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 703-759-2771 or email

Lunch Facilities

If your schedule permits and you want to bring lunch, there are indoor and outdoor spaces available. In nice weather, we recommend the picnic area adjacent to the parking lot. In poor weather, the group can sit on the floor and eat in the historic barn.

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

Souvenir Field Trip Bags

CRM Field Trip Bag.jpgSouvenir Field Trip Bags

Souvenir field trip bags are $1.50 each.
They include:

  •    A Colvin Run Mill postcard
  •    A souvenir pencil
  •    Two candy sticks
  •    A Simple Machines bookmark

Call at least one week prior to your scheduled visit to ensure bags will be ready for pickup.


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