Park Authority

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
703-324-8700 TTY 711
12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Jai Cole
Executive Director

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Preserving land, protecting resources

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is a 650-acre park in western Fairfax County with a history that spans 8,000 years. The park's habitats include forests, streams, meadows, and a pond. Inside the Walney Visitor Center you will learn about the natural and cultural history of the park, see live reptiles and amphibians, and enjoy children's hands-on activities. Outside the Visitor Center, explore pollinator gardens, a historic kitchen garden, and historic structures.

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10:00AM, (2-6 years) Walk with a naturalist and your child as we investigate the…



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10:00AM, (4-13 years) Join a naturalist as they demonstrate how we feed our site display…



9:00AM, (8 to 12 years) Two camps in one with Stemtree! Explore a wide range of…



1:00PM, (6-Adult) Our Continental Army, formed in 1775, was created from colonial…



4:00PM, (4-Adult) Get down and dirty with a naturalist and see how another kingdom…

Summer History Exhibit

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park partnered with the Archaeology and Museum Collections Branch to develop a small summer history exhibit.  Explore how sweet desserts were made by enslaved African Americans for the Machen family who lived on Walney Farm. See the tools that were used in making desserts that helped keep the Machen family cool in the summer.

The exhibit is free and will be open through September.

Parktober Fest

Saturday, Oct. 7
Noon - 5 p.m.,

(All Ages) The whole family is invited to a celebration at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park that is becoming a community tradition. Join friends to shop local from artists and artisans, makers and bakers. Enjoy delicious food and drink from Ono Brewing Co. and DC Steakholders.


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