Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Walney Visitor Center Winter hours: Mon & Wed-Sun 11-4pm. Closed Tuesdays. The park's trails, picnic tables and grounds are open dawn to dusk.

TTY 711

5040 Walney Road
Chantilly, Virginia

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Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Outreach


Sully Woodlands Stewardship Education Center Construction Begins

Active construction is anticipated to be completed by early 2023. Residents should expect occasional construction traffic entering and exiting the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park/Cabell’s Mill entrance. The park is located at 5235 Walney Road in Centerville, VA.

Unable to get to the park for a field trip? Hosting a community event and you’d like some reptile visitors at a booth? We can pack the park and bring it to your school, church, scout meeting or community organization. Outreach programs are available for adults and for school/youth groups.

Lara with a snake


School/Youth Outreach Programs

School and youth outreach programs are hands-on, object-based, experiences. They can be adapted for ages 3 to 12. These topics are available:

Ants and Insects

Students explore the lives and life cycles of ants in this entertaining, interactive program.  While a naturalist leads discussion, students act out stages in an ant’s life cycle and perform a skit demonstrating how ants work together in a colony to provide for their basic needs.  Afterwards, students take a short walk around your school to look for ants in their natural environment, watch them forage for food, and identify the physical characteristics that make ants insects. 

  • SOLs addressed include Science K.6, 1.5, 1.6.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Students learn about adaptations, habitats, and life cycles by observing reptiles and amphibians.  Students see live native reptiles and amphibians up close with a naturalist. They learn differences and similarities between reptiles and amphibians and the life cycle of these critters.

  • SOLs addressed include Science K.6, 1.5, 2.4, 3.4, 3.5, 4.5, 5.5.

American Indian Life

Students explore what life at the time of European colonization may have been like for Eastern Woodland Indians and the relationship they would have had with the land that is now Fairfax County . Students explore the material culture of Native Americans, learn about food ways,  grind corn, and play games in your classroom.

  • SOLs addressed include HSS 2.2 and VS.2.


  • School outreach programs can be scheduled Monday to Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Programs last about an hour unless otherwise noted.
  • ECLP can be flexible to the time of your meeting or class period.
  • Outreach programs must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance
  • The schedule fills quickly, so please call as early as possible.
  • Outreach programs are available year-round.

To schedule a visit, call or email Karen Monroe at Karen.Monroe@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-631-0013.

In Fairfax County:

  • $175 for the first class of 30 students
  • $100 for each additional class
  • $200 per class with live animals

Other Areas:

  • $200 for the first class of 30 students
  • $150 for each additional class
  • $225 per class with live animals

Adult Outreach Offerings

Naturalists are available to speak at senior centers, social clubs, libraries and other gatherings. Some topics for adult outreach educational lectures include:

  • Beekeeping
  • Native Americans in Fairfax County
  • Native species and wildlife management
  • Historic gardens
  • Reptiles and amphibians
  • African-American history at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
  • Civil War in Centreville
  • The Lawrence Family in Fairfax County
  • Women’s history at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

Adult outreach costs $175 per lecture. To schedule a program, email or call Karen Monroe at Karen.Monroe@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-631-0013.

Community Festivals

Depending on staff availability, ECLP may be able to attend your local community event with park wildlife ambassadors or fun historical activities. If you are interested in inviting Ellanor C. Lawrence Park staff to liven up your festival, please call Karen Monroe at 703-631-0013 or email Karen.Monroe@fairfaxcounty.gov. Festival prices begin at $175 for the first hour and $100 for each additional hour.

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