Frying Pan Farm Park

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

703-437-9101
TTY 711

Farm: 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.

Download Detailed Instructions

 

Wagon Ride Scheduling 

To reserve a wagon ride for a field trip, select a wagon ride time on the Field Trip reservation calendar. 
Each time slot can accommodate up to 60 passengers (students, teachers, and chaperones). Please reserve the appropriate number of wagon ride times required for your group.

Only 30 passengers can be accommodated for groups arriving more than 15 minutes late for their scheduled time slot. 
 

Pre-school Farm Mystery: Who Laid the Eggs?

The Farm Mystery program illustrates how the farmer provides farm birds with food, water and shelter and in return they produce eggs for the family. Participants get a guided tour of the farm birds and guess who laid each of the different eggs in an egg carton.

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

Kindergarten: The Milky Way: A Day in the Life of a Dairy Animal

Milk a model cow and meet a farm animal. From babyhood to milking, learn what life is like for dairy animals.

Fees:
In-county: $4 per student
Out-of-county: $5 per student
Length: 30 Minutes
SOL Tie Ins: Science: K.1, K.6, K.7
 

1st Grade: The Farm Family

Through discussion and hands-on activities, learn about traditional farm family roles and how they compare to modern family roles.

Fees:
In-county: $5 per student
Out-of-county: $6 per student
Length: One hour
SOL Tie Ins: History and Social Science: 1.1, 1.7, 1.9
 

2nd Grade: MOOving the Milk to Town Walk

Walk in the boots of a dairy farmer. Getting the milk from a dairy farm to the consumer’s table is discussed. Students learn the process, then get to act it out during a hands-on game while exchanging money along the way.

Fees:
In-county: $5 per student
Out-of-county: $6 per student
Length: One hour
SOL Tie Ins: History and Social Science 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.7
 

3rd Grade: Simple Machines on the Farm

Explore the farm and discover how six simple machines make farm work easier. Students will get hands-on experience using simple machines.

Fees:
In-county: $6 per student
Out-of-county: $7 per student
Length: One hour
SOL Requirements: Science 3.2, Force/Motion/Energy
 

Wagon Rides

Tour the whole park in style with a reserved wagon ride. The ride will take you through the farm, into the woods, past crop fields, and back into the farm yard.

  • Length: 20-25 minutes
  • Group reservations are required
  • Fees: $3.50 per person without a program, $3.00 when reserving a program
  • Maximum 25 riders (children and adults) per wagon load
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