Frying Pan Farm Park

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Park open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Kidwell Farm open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Facility Hours vary.

703-437-9101
TTY 711

Farm and Equestrian: 2709 West Ox Road; Visitor Center: 2739 West Ox Road
Herndon, Virginia

Yvonne Johnson,
Manager

Frying Pan Farm Park Field Trips

Step by Step Instructions to Request a Field Trip Date: Read all instructions before beginning your booking process

  1. Go to: https://fairfax.usedirect.com/FairfaxFCPAWeb/ 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 trips at Frying Pan Farm Park for Fall and Winter of 2020/21

  • Program titles are new to better describe what each program entails
  • Several field trip options are appropriate for more than one grade level
  • Check back quarterly for new, updated programs that coincide with the teaching calendars
  • FAQs help you determine which standards are met by each program
     

 

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Egg-cellent Farm Birds

Egg-cellent Farm Birds
  • Students will discover how we take care of the birds that live at our farm and how they help to take care of us.
  • Students will meet, pet, and feed the chickens.
  • SOL Tie Ins: SCI.GK.7, SCI.G1.5, SCI.G2.4

Fees:
In-county: $4 per student
Out-of-county: $5 per student
Length: 30 Minutes

Program Frequently Asked Questions

A Day in the Life of a Dairy Cow

A Day in the Life of a Dairy Cow

Students discover how farmers take care of our dairy cows by following “Sadie”, our cow puppet, through her daily activities.

  • Learn how much food we feed our cows and how much milk they give us every day.
  • The program culminates by meeting one of our dairy goats.

Fees:
In-county: $4 per student
Out-of-county: $5 per student
Length: 30 Minutes
SOL Tie-ins: SCI.GK.7, SCI.G1.5, SCI.G2.4

Program Frequently Asked Questions

Life in Historic Virginia

Life in Historic Virginia

The Farm Family

  • “Travel through Time” with your program leader, learning stories of the Historic Floris community.
  • “Stop” along the way as you travel back from 1896, when the Kidwell Farmhouse was built, to present day.
  • Compare and contrast similarities and differences to various time periods.
  • Learn how farmers grew their own food, the methods they used to move around Fairfax County, and what they did for recreation.

Fees:
In-county: $6 per student
Out-of-county: $8 per student
Length: One hour
SOL Tie Ins: SCI.GK.10, SS.GK.3, SS.G1.2.c

Program Frequently Asked Questions

Plants and Life Needs

Dairy Animals and Veggie Gardens

A Day in the Life of a Dairy Cow

  • Students discover how farmers take care of our dairy cows.
  • Learn how much food we feed our cows and how much milk they give us every day.
  • Meet a dairy animal.

Visit the Kidwell Vegetable Garden

  • Learn about the different types of plants we grow in the garden.
  • Discover the parts of plants that we can eat.
  • Explore the veggie garden to find the different parts of plants.

Fees:
In-county: $6 per student
Out-of-county: $8 per student
Length: One hour
SOL Tie-ins: SCI.GK.7, SCI.G1.4, SCI.G1.5, SCI.G2.4

Program Frequently Asked Questions

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