Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

CONTACT INFORMATION: Walney Visitor Center Open hours: Mon & Wed-Fri 9-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12-5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. The park's trails, picnic tables and grounds are open dawn to dusk.
703-631-0013 TTY 711
5040 Walney Road
Chantilly, Virginia
John Shafer

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Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Outreach

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:


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, K.7, and 1.5.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Students participate in hands on activities to learn about differences and similarities between reptiles and amphibians including adaptations, habitats, and life cycles.  Students meet and observe live native reptiles and amphibians up close with a naturalist.

  • SOLs addressed include Science K.7, 1.5, 2.4, 2.5, 3.4, 3.5, 4.2, and 4.3.

Native American Life in Fairfax County

Students explore what life may have been like for Eastern Woodland Indians and the relationship they had with the land that is now Fairfax County. Students learn about Native American culture, skills and jobs practiced in this area, and the use and stewardship of natural resources. Students explore replica artifacts, listen to a story from Native American lore, try out corn grinding, and play a corn dart game at your school.

  • SOLs addressed include HSS 2.3 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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