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Huntley Meadows Park Fieldtrips


Huntley Meadows Park Fieldtrips

Huntley Meadows is a 1554 acre park of meadow, woodland and wetland. Operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority, the park is managed as a wildlife sanctuary for enjoyment, education, and discovery. During your walk through the park you may not always see wildlife, but look for their signs along the trail and boardwalk.

Registration Requests will be booked beginning August 22, 2017 for the 2017-2018 School Year.

Our program options are:
Naturalist Led
Outreach
Self-Guided

Financial Assistance may be available for Title I schools. >> Learn More

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NATURALIST/HISTORIAN LED PROGRAMS

Huntley Meadows Park Fieldtrips

Our maximum daily capacity is 5 classes/120 students. Groups that are larger than this may be accommodated by scheduling visits over multiple days.

Programs run Monday, Wednesday – Friday, for 1 ½ hours between 9:30 am and Noon.
$7 per Fairfax County student
$8 per out-of-county student
15 student minimum ($105/$120 In/Out-of-county) per field trip

Advance reservations are required and the schedule fills up quickly. Please register at least a week in advance. To make a reservation request, use the Field Trip Calendar (look for the calendar icon under each program listing), click on a date with availability and complete the reservation request form.

Please be aware that you are not guaranteed to receive the specific dates requested. All requests will be reviewed in the order that they are received and you will be contacted to confirm your field trip dates. No requests will be taken over the phone, however, if you have any trouble please contact the site and staff will assist you in making your field trip reservation request.

Fee applies to students, however, if the ratio of chaperone to children exceeds 1:5 additional chaperone's will be charged the same fee as their students.

Please bring payment on the day of your visit, in the form of cash, Visa or Master Card, or check made out to FCPA-HMP.

If your school or student has financial difficulties in meeting program costs, please call 703-768-2525 to discuss options for financial assistance.

There are no picnic facilities in the park. If you do bring a snack or lunch, please make sure you bring your own trash bags and clean up after yourself. There is a dumpster on the service road behind the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center.

Preschool/Kindergarten Programs

ExpandBeavers: September to June


Availability Calendar Program begins with a short lesson about beaver life cycle and adaptations, then take a guided walk through the wetland in search of beaver activity.
Science SOLs: K.2, K.4a-c, K.5, K.6, K.7, K.9c

ExpandBirds: September to June


Availability Calendar Learn what a bird is and why they are different from other animals. Program includes a short lesson before taking a guided walk through the woods and wetland in search of birds.
Science SOLs: K.1A, K.4a-c, K.6, K.7a, c, d

ExpandInsects: September, October, April, May, June


Availability Calendar Learn what makes an insect, an insect. Program includes a short lesson before taking a guided walk through the woods and wetland in search of insects.
Science SOLs: K.1a, K.4a-c, K.6, K.7a, c, d, K.9c

ExpandSnakes, Turtles, and Frogs: September, October, April, May, June


Availability Calendar Program begins with a short lesson to learn about reptile and amphibian life cycles, habitats, and adaptations. Then take a guided walk through the woods and wetlands in search of snakes, turtles, and frogs.
Science SOLs: K.1a, K.2, K.4a, b, c, K6, K.7a, c, d, K.9c

ExpandTrees, Leaves, and Squirrels: September, October


Availability Calendar Learn about trees and their life cycle and how a squirrel uses a tree for food, shelter, and safety. Program includes a short lesson and a guided walk through the woods and wetlands in search of trees, acorns, squirrels, and dreys.
Science SOLs: K.1a, d, K.2, K.4a, b, c, K.6, K.7, K.8a, K.9b, c

ExpandWhat's in the Water: September, October, mid-March, April, May, June


Availability Calendar Learn what animals live in the water or call water home and what adaptations they and plants have to allow them to live there. Program includes a short lesson and a guided walk through the wetlands.
Science SOLs: K.5, K.6, K.7, K.11c

ExpandPages through Time/Folktales: September, October, November, March, April, May, June


Availability Calendar Program begins with a historical story or folktale read to the children in a historic house. Followed by a related craft and/or activity as well as a walk around the historic site.
This program is given at Historic Huntley
6918 Harrison Ln., Alexandria, VA 22306
Social Studies SOLs: K.1, K.4, K.5

Elementary Programs

ExpandBeavers: Environmental Engineers


Availability Calendar Grades 1-6
September to June

Program begins with a short lesson to learn about beaver life cycle, adaptations, and their importance in an environment. Then take a guided walk to the wetland in search of beaver activity.
Science SOLs covered: 1.1 a, b, c, 1.5, 1.7a, 2.4a, 2.5a, b, c, 2.7a, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8b, 3.10, 4.5, 4.9a, b, 5.5 b, c, 6.7 a, d

ExpandBirds


Availability Calendar Grades 1-5     
September to June

Learn about bird adaptations, identification, behavior and migration. Program includes a short lesson and a guided walk through the woods and wetland in search of birds.
Science SOLs covered:1.5, 1.7a, 2.4a, 2.5a, b, c, 2.7a, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8b, 3.10, 4.5, 4.9b, 5.5b, c 

ExpandFarming Fairfax: Agriculture and the History of Huntley


Availability Calendar Grades 1-4  
September, October, November, March, April, May, June

The agricultural and rural past of Fairfax County has become obscured by the modern subdivisions and strip malls. Students will learn to peel-back the present and investigate Huntley Meadows Park to discover its farming past.
SOLs covered: Social Studies: 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.9, VS.1a-g, VS.1i, VS.3b, VS.3e, VS.3f, VS.3g, VS.4a, VS.4d, VS.6c, USI.1a-d, USI.1f, USI.1i, USI.5c, USI.8c, USII.1a-d, USII.1f, USII.1i, USII.2b, USII.2c, USII.4b, USII.8e, Science: 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.9

ExpandInsects


Availability Calendar Grades 1-5     
September, October, April, May, June

Learn what makes an insect an insect and why they are so important to the environment. Then take a guided walk in search of insects.
Science SOLs covered: 1.5, 2.4a, 2.5a, b & c, 3.4, 3.5a, c, 3.8b, 4.5, 4.9b, 5.5b, c

ExpandTaux Trek: The Powhatan at Huntley Meadows


Availability Calendar Grades 1-4     
September, October, November, March, April, May, June

The Taux (Dogue) made the Hybla Valley home and the land that is Huntley Meadows offered a wealth of resources. While hiking through the park students see how the Dogue and other Powhatans used the land, plants, and animals to survive.
SOLs covered: VS.2d,e&f, Science: 2.4a, 2.5a, b, c, 2.6, 2.7a, Social Studies: 2.2, 2.4c & d
SOLs covered: Social Studies: 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, VS.1a-g, VS.1i, VS.2b-d, VS.2e, VS.2f, USI.1a-d, USI.1f, USI.1i, USI.3a, USI.3c, Science: 2.4 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.9

ExpandVertebrate Classification: Fur, Feathers, and Scales


Availability Calendar Grades 1-5     
September, April, May, June

Investigate vertebrate classification and adaptations. Program includes a short lesson and a guided walk through the woods and wetland in search of vertebrates.
Science SOLs covered: 1.5b, c, 2.4a, 3.4, 3.8b, 4.5a, e, f, 4.9b, 5.5b, c

ExpandWetlands: A Natural Treasure


Availability Calendar Grades 1-6
September to June

Explore the importance wetlands to wildlife and you. Program includes a short lesson and a guided wetland walk.
Science SOLs covered:1.1a, b, c, f, g, h, 1.8, 2.4, 2.5a, b, c, 2.7, 2.8, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 4.4d, 4.5, 4.9a, b, 5.5c, 5.7f, g, 6.5c, e, f, 6.7a, b, c, d, e, f, 6.9

ExpandA Mason Family Picnic: A day in the life of T.F. Mason


Availability Calendar Grades 4-6

September, October, April, May, June

This program isgiven at Historic Huntley
6918 Harrison Ln., Alexandria, VA 22306
Perched high on a hill, Historic Huntley made the ideal summer retreat for Thomson Francis Mason and his family. Students tour the main house and surrounding buildings to learn about the life of an elite Northern Virginia family. Explore the house and outbuildings to see what mid-nineteenth century life was like.
SOLs - VS.2a-c, VS.4e, VS.6b&c, USI.2d, Math 4.12a,b 

ExpandYoung Thomas' Story: The African American Experience Huntley


Availability Calendar Grades 4-6
September, October, April, May, June


This program is given at Historic Huntley
6918 Harrison Ln., Alexandria, VA 22306
Not only was Huntley a summer villas, but it was also a working farm worked by twenty enslaved black Virginians including a young man named Thomas. Students explore the life of Thomas and his fellow slaves by touring the historic property while investigating replica artifacts, historic documents, and images.
SOLs - VS.4a, VS.4e

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Too cold to come to the park?
Can't get a bus?
Just want more nature or history educational opportunities?

The staff at Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley can come to you for a program at your location from November to mid-March. Reservation requests may be submitted online at least three weeks prior to program date requested.  If you have less than three weeks before desired date, please call the park directly at 703-768-2525. You will receive a confirmation email if we have are able to scheduled your visit.  

We are able to do Outreach Programs Monday, Wednesday – Friday, for 45 minutes to 1 hour beginning at 9:30 am through after school program hours.
Fairfax County:
$175 for the 1st class
$100 for each additional class
Other Areas:
$200 for the 1st class
$150 for each additional class

Please have your payment ready on the day of the program, in the form of cash, Visa or Master Card, or check made out to FCPA-HMP.

Huntley Meadows and Historic Huntley can cover most SOL learning objectives. Listed below are the programs typically asked for, however, if you do not see an SOL listed, but would like a program with, us please contact us.

If your school or student has financial difficulties in meeting program costs, please call us to discuss options for financial assistance.

Advance reservations are required and the schedule fills up quickly. To make a reservation request, use the Field Trip Calendar(look for the calendar icon under each program listing), click on a date with availability and complete the reservation request form.

Please be aware that you are not guaranteed to receive the specific dates requested. All requests will be reviewed in the order that they are received and you will be contacted to confirm your field trip dates. No requests will be taken over the phone, however, if you have any trouble please contact the site and staff will assist you in making your field trip reservation request.

Preschool/Kindergarten Programs

ExpandAnimals of the Night


Availability Calendar What animals come out at night? Learn what animals are active in nature while we are sleeping. Program includes a lesson using specimens, and activity, and a craft or game.
Science SOLs: K.1a, K.2, K.4b, c, K.6, K.7a, c, d,

ExpandBeavers


Availability Calendar Program begins with an introduction to learn about beaver life cycle and adaptations, followed by an activity and craft or game.
Science SOLs: K.2, K.4a-c, K.5, K.6, K.7, K.9c

ExpandBirds


Availability Calendar Learn about what a bird is and why they are different from other animals. Program includes a lesson using specimens, an activity, and a craft or game.
Science SOLs: K.1A, K.4a-c, K.6, K.7a, c, d,

ExpandInsects


Availability Calendar Learn what makes an insect, an insect. Program includes a lesson using specimens, an activity, and a craft or game.
Science SOLs: K.1a, K.4a-c, K.6, K.7a, c, d, K.9c

ExpandOwls


Availability Calendar Learn about owl adaptations, identification, behaviors, and environmental importance. Program includes a lesson using specimens, an activity, and a craft or game.
Science SOLs: K.1A, K.4a, b, c, K.6, K.7a, c, d,

ExpandSnakes, Turtles, and Frogs


Availability Calendar Program begins with an introduction to learn about reptile and amphibian life cycles, habitats, and adaptations using specimens, followed by an activity and craft or game.
Science SOLs: K.1a, K.2, K.4a, b, c, K6, K.7a, c, d, K.9c

ExpandTrees and Leaves and Squirrels


Availability Calendar Learn about trees and how a squirrel's interaction is important to their life cycle. Program includes a lesson using specimens, and activity, and a craft or game.
Science SOLs: K.1a, d, K.2, K.4a, b, c, K.6, K.7, K.8a, K.9b, c

ExpandWhat's in the Water


Availability Calendar Learn what animals live in the water or call water home and what adaptations they and plants have to allow them to live there. Program includes a lesson using specimens, an activity, and a craft or game.
Science SOLs: K.5, K.6, K.7, K.11c

Elementary Programs

ExpandBeavers: Environmental Engineers


Availability Calendar Grades 1-6
Program includes a lesson, using specimens, about beaver life cycle, adaptations, and their importance in an environment, followed with an activity.
Science SOLs covered: 1.1a, b, c, 1.5, 1.7a, 2.4a, 2.5a, b, c, 2.7a, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8b, 3.10, 4.5, 4.9a, b, 5.5b, c, 6.7a, d

ExpandBirds


Availability Calendar Grades 1-5
Learn about bird adaptations, identification, behavior and migration. Program includes a lesson using specimens and an activity.
Science SOLs covered:1.5, 1.7a, 2.4a, 2.5a, b, c, 2.7a, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8b, 3.10, 4.5, 4.9b, 5.5b, c

ExpandEvidence: Who Was Here?


Availability Calendar Grades 1-5
When we go for a walk, we don't always see animals, but we can learn a lot from the clues they leave behind! Program includes a lesson using specimens and an activity.
Science SOLs covered: 1.1, 1.5, 2.1a-d, j, k, 2.4a, 2.5a, b, c, 3.1a, b, j, k, 3.4, 3.5, 3.10a, 4.1a, b, e, 4.5, 4.9b, 5.1a&I, 5.5b, c

ExpandFarming Fairfax: Agriculture and the History of Huntley


Availability Calendar Grades 1-4
The agricultural and rural past of Fairfax County has become obscured by the modern subdivisions and strip malls. By using maps, images, documents, and artifacts students will learn to peel-back the present and investigate Huntley Meadows Park to discover its farming past.
SOLs covered: Social Studies: 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.9, VS.1a-g, VS.1i, VS.3b, VS.3e, VS.3f, VS.3g, VS.4a, VS.4d, VS.6c, USI.1a-d, USI.1f, USI.1i, USI.5c, USI.8c, USII.1a-d, USII.1f, USII.1i, USII.2b, USII.2c, USII.4b, USII.8e, Science: 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.9

ExpandInsects


Availability Calendar Grades 1-5
Learn what makes an insect an insect and why they are so important to the environment during a lesson using specimens followed by an activity.
Science SOLs covered: 1.5, 2.4a, 2.5a, b, c, 3.4, 3.5a, c, 3.8b, 4.5, 4.9b, 5.5b, c

ExpandNocturnal Nature


Availability Calendar Grades 1-5
Find out more about what happens outside after dark! While many creatures are getting ready to rest, the animals on the night shift are just starting their day. Program includes a lesson using specimens and an activity.
Science SOLs covered: 1.5, 1.7a, b, 2.4a, 2.5a-c, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8a & b, 3.10a, 4.5, 4.9b, 5.5b,c

ExpandTaux Trek: The Powhatan at Huntley Meadows


Availability Calendar Grades 1-4
Fall, Winter, and Spring

The Taux (Dogue) made the Hybla Valley home and the land that is Huntley Meadows offered a wealth of resources. While hiking through the park students see how the Dogue and other Powhatans used the land, plants, and animals to survive.
SOLs covered: VS.2d,e&f, Science: 2.4a, 2.5a, b, c, 2.6, 2.7a, Social Studies: 2.2, 2.4c & d
SOLs covered: Social Studies: 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, VS.1a-g, VS.1i, VS.2b-d, VS.2e, VS.2f, USI.1a-d, USI.1f, USI.1i, USI.3a, USI.3c, Science: 2.4 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.9

ExpandVertebrate Classification: Fur, Feathers, and Scales


Availability Calendar Grades 1-5
Investigate vertebrate classification and adaptations. Program includes a lesson using specimens and an activity.
Science SOLs covered: 1.5b, c, 2.4a, 3.4, 3.8b, 4.5a, e, f, 4.9b, 5.5b, c

ExpandWetlands: A Natural Treasure


Availability Calendar Grades 1-6
Explore the importance wetlands to wildlife and you. Program includes a lesson using specimens and an activity.
Science SOLs covered:1.1a, b, c, f, g, h, 1.8, 2.4, 2.5a, b, c, 2.7, 2.8, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 4.4d, 4.5, 4.9a, b, 5.5c, 5.7f, g, 6.5c,e, f, 6.7a, b, c, d, e, f, 6.9

SELF-GUIDED

Please call in advance of your trip to register your group and ensure there is space on our trails, in our Visitor Center, and in our parking lot.

There is a $30 per bus fee for self-guided groups; please bring payment on the day of your visit, in the form of cash, Visa or Master Card, or check made out to FCPA-HMP.

If your school or student has financial difficulties in meeting program costs, please call us to discuss options for financial assistance.

If you bring your group into the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center, let the staff know you have arrived before you bring the children indoors. If your group is large you may need to break into smaller groups (no more than 30) to prevent crowding in the exhibit room. We highly recommend you do NOT plan to spend more than 1½ to 2 hours at the park.

On Tuesday the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center is closed to the public, therefore, there are no indoor bathroom facilities available.

There are no picnic facilities in the park. If you do bring a snack or lunch, please make sure you bring your own trash bags and clean up after yourself. There is a dumpster on the service road behind the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Due to the known unreliability in using a GPS to find Huntley Meadows Park we strongly suggest printing the map/directions from the widget provided below. Enter either your zipcode or full address in the widget, then select which park feature you wish to visit.

Using your own GPS: When entering the Park information into a GPS always enter the full address: 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22306, if a search is made for parks and Huntley Meadows and the park chosen by the GPS unit will almost always send the driver to a neighborhood at the southern edge of the park.

When entering the actual address always check the map for the final destination. If the end result does not show the corner of Harrison Lane and Lockheed Blvd. the GPS has again lead the driver astray. Try entering 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Groveton as this is the name of the community our driveway is located in.


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