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: Read all instructions before beginning your booking process

  1. Go to: or click the “Request a Reservation”  link on any Field Trip page.
  2. Log in with a ParkTakes account, or create a new one.  You can create an account with a work or personal email.
  3. After logging in, choose your desired location. Enter the park name into the search box and select it from the drop-down menu or click the site’s icon on the interactive map. 
    • Hint: You may need to maximize your screen.
  4. Select the Green or Red “Reserve” button to see the site’s rentable options.
  5. Select the “Reserve” or “Check Availability” button associated with the School Field Trip option. A calendar with available dates will appear.
  6. Available days are represented with a green box.  Use the date selector or arrows to see future dates. When you have found your desired date, click on the green box.
    • Hint: Although there is a drop-down menu for the number of nights, the reservations are for day use. You can continue with your reservation.
    • Hint: Confused about which unit to reserve?  Visit the site’s webpage for definitions. 
  7. Click 'Reserve Unit' in the pop-up window.
  8. On the Booking Details screen, complete all applicable boxes in the “Extra Information” section.  All fields with an asterisk (*) are required.
    • Hint: If you receive an error before the Booking Details screen, you have likely chosen a reservation date that is within two weeks of the current date.  Please select a new date, or call the site directly to book a field trip that is within two weeks of the current date.
    • Hint: There is a 20-character limit in the email field. Your email address may not fit.  This information was captured when you logged in. 
    • Hint: When selecting the number of students, you will notice a drop-down menu.  Please enter the maximum number of students for your trip.  If you have more students than available in the drop-down, you may need to book an additional date. Sites limit the total number of students per day. Larger groups may be accommodated over multiple days.
  9. After completing all information, check the box indicating that you agree with the terms and conditions, then select “Book Site”.  You will then be taken to your shopping cart. 
    • Hint: To make another reservation, select “Reservations” at the top of the Shopping Cart page.
  10. When you have completed making your reservations, review your cart and select “Go to Checkout”.
  11. After you select “Go to Checkout”, a window will open verifying receipt of your request. You will also receive an email. There are no fees charged for a reservation request. Payment is due on the day of the program. Staff will be in touch to finalize your reservation.

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.

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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.


Children try to turn a grinding stone


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