Cub Run RECenter

Fairfax County, Virginia


TTY 711

4630 Stonecroft Blvd.
Chantilly, VA

Christina Terpak-Malm,

Cub Run RECenter Nature, Science and History Programs

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

  1. Go to: 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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Cub Run RECenter is the only RECenter with a resident naturalist, offering a wide array of science and nature programs. We are adjacent to hundreds of acres of parkland, providing a great opportunity for natural and cultural resources education. Programs range from family programs, kids, summer camp and scout programs.

School Field Trip Programs:

School Field trips are offered in a variety of nature/science/historic themes. All offer hands-on learning for children in grades Pre-K to 7th, all geared to the SOL's. The outdoor programs at the Cub Run RECenter and Sully Woodlands nearby, give students an opportunity to explore the natural world in the Park Authority's newest and biggest property assemblage of over 2,000 acres in western Fairfax County. Our creek, the Cub Run, allows for some amazing water connections and explorations.

School Fieldtrip MenuPicture of a Pileated Woodpecker

Programs are $6 per student for the one hour program, and $8 per student for the 1  ½ hour program. There is no charge for teachers. There is no deposit required. Simply pay by check, cash or credit card on the day of the program. We are prepared to host your field trip in a variety of weather, but you can cancel/reschedule at any time. Most Kindergarten and 1st grade programs are 1 hour. Older grades are 1 ½ hours.

Lunch: Stay for lunch after your field trip! Cub Run has a large patio with picnic tables, facing an awesome playground and the woods. Just let us know when you schedule your field trip.

The main objective of "Discovery Hunt" is to use our senses to discover more about nature and the season. Our "hunts" use games, categorizing, and sensory activities to focus on colors, shapes, textures, sounds, and smells in nature. We focus on describing our world with words. (1 hr) (VA SOL's 1.4 & 1.5)

Explore the many different small creatures that we find all around us. Very few of them are really "bugs", but rather beetles, millipedes, isopods, spiders, and worms. Examine these invertebrates close up and study the special adaptations of these animals. (1 hr) (VA SOL's K.6, 1.5 and 1.7)

Study the meaning of "habitat", as defined by the need for food, water, shelter, and space, illustrated through a variety of activities. Explore Cub Run’s stream valley for the variety of habitats/critters we have here. (1-1/2 hours) (VA SOL's 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 4.5, 4.8)

Explore up close the life cycles of insect, plants, birds, mammals, and/or amphibians. Emphasis is placed on the different types of development that take place in these living things. (1-1/2 hours) (VA SOL's 2.4, 2.7, 3.5, 3.6) - Most Popular class for 2nd graders.

Discover the plants of the Cub Run trails through role-playing, hunts, and games. Depending on the season and the teacher's objective, the program can emphasize leaves, seeds, twigs, buds or flowers. (1 or 1-1/2 hrs) (VA SOL's 1.4)

From thorns and tendrils to teeth and talons, plants and animals are equipped with an amazing array of structures and behaviors to help them stay alive. We'll identify some survival adaptations during the introduction then search for more in various habitats of sully woodlands. (1 hr) (VA SOL's K.1, K.2, K.4, K.6, K.8, K.9, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.4, 2.6, 2.5, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.10, 4.5, 4.8) - Most popular for 3rd graders

Learn about watersheds as we hike Cub Run’s trails. What happens when water hits the ground? What is a watershed? We will hike through the upland forest, down the slope to the floodplain, to the vernal pools and creek, exploring all along the way. We will investigate our stormwater management pond and raingarden and learn about their job cleaning the water before it reaches our creeks and rivers. (SOL: 2.3, 2.5, 3.7, 3.9, 4.1, 4.8, 5.7, 6.5

Native Americans, Colonists and other early Virginia settlements depended on water for all their needs. Program will highlight the importance of waterways for transportation, food supply and commerce through the centuries, comparing and contrasting the different people who lived here. We will walk to Cub Run stream valley for an up close look at the stream and a ruined 19th century mill. (Possible VA SOL's Social studies 2.9, 2.7 Virginia studies VS1 and VS2.)

Science & Nature Scout Programs:Picture of an owl in a tree near Cub Run RECenter

We offer both Girl Scout, Boy Scout and Cub Scout programs here at Cub Run. Scouts are invited to sign up for scheduled programs advertised in Partakes. If these scheduled classes don’t work, we also can set up a program for you that meets your schedule. Simply call to set up a program for your den or troop. offer most badges that have to do with science or nature.


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