Donate to Sully Woodlands Stewardship Education Center

The new Stewardship Education Center is coming late 2022 to the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park within the Sully Woodlands in Chantilly, VA! It will be a state-of-the-art interpretive center for the community to learn about animals, wildlife, and preservation.

Adults and children on wooden bridge in the woods.

The Sully Woodlands Stewardship Education Center will have many entertaining and educational elements, such as amphitheater risers, feeding stations for birds and other wildlife, solar powered water features, and much more. A focus on STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Math) education will help pique interest and inspire Fairfax County youth, while also intriguing visitors of all ages.

Two children walking across a log.

The Stewardship Education Center is designed to be a “Living Building,” one of a few in the region and approximately 30 in the world! It will be sustainably designed to rely solely on renewable forms of energy and will operate year-round in a pollution free manner. It will be created from environmentally friendly materials and designed to be accessible to all regardless of ability, age, or socioeconomic status.

The Campaign

The Fairfax County Park Foundation (FCPF) will support the Fairfax County Park Authority in its endeavor to build the much needed and long-awaited Sully Woodlands Stewardship Education Center with a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) educational Learning Observational Outdoor Pod (The LOOP). Dynamic educational spaces that support the interpretive services; Outdoor spaces for the community to play, gather and learn will be complemented by a structure designed to ‘blend’ into the landscape using color, materials and design.

Helping Our Land Heal logo.

As part of FCPA’s Helping Our Lands Heal natural capital stewardship model, the Sully Woodlands Stewardship Education Center will promote education for the restoration of natural areas on park land.

Amenities for teaching such as a kitchen, fireplace, deck amphitheater, outside wash station, learning kiosk, large map, and STEAM learning pods will provide unique educational opportunities. The Center will also offer interpretive services for the general public and partners that includes programs, camps, rentals, events, and school field trips. The general public and corporate rentals and events will be offered as well as walk-in use of outdoor experiential learning areas and trails.

Kids climbing a rope ladder.

Funding has been identified to build the Thermal Mass Fireplace to help reduce the use of solar panels in the colder months, thus using less energy and contributing to a more energy efficient building. The Amphitheater will be a key site for educational and recreational programming and open to the public for rental purposes.

Sully Woodlands Stewardship Education Center logo.

Make the Stewardship Education Center a reality!

Every gift helps and contributions in any amount are welcome and appreciated!

Generous donors of $500 or more are listed below. Those giving $1,000 or more will also be inscribed on a plaque inside the Stewardship Education Center. Feature sponsorships will be recognized on site in the STEAM LOOP.

Donate online by credit, debit or PayPal OR Print and mail a donation.

Please join these like-minded sponsors by making a tax-deductible gift to benefit the future of your natural world today.

Sponsored Features

  • 3 Musical Flowers (Play POD) SPONSORED by Apple Federal Credit Union
  • Box Turtle Structure (Play POD) SPONSORED by Smiles for Centreville
  • Sand Pendulum, Scale Buckets, Building & stepping Logs, Stone Table & Natural Fencing (THE LOOP) SPONSORED by Van Metre
  • Swimming Beaver Structure (Play POD) SPONSORED by Crossroads Family Counseling Center & Heart Leaf Center
  • Solar Charging Picnic Table (Parking) CO-SPONSORED by Elizabeth, Thomas & Chennikara Family and Steve & Adriane Thormahlen
  • Feeding Stations for Birds/Wildlife SPONSORED by ECLP Friends via FCPF Grant
  • Solar Cellular Trail Cameras (Kiosk) SPONSORED by Wegmans
  • Tenor Tree musical structure (Play POD) SPONSORED by Gail Ruf

Available for Sponsorship!

  • Antique Mill Stone (Educational POD)  $5,000
    Integrate into amphitheater riser wall or gabion wall of Educational Pod
  • Archimedes Screw (STEAM POD)  $11,000
    Stainless steel playground feature to move water or sand up slope from basin
  • Crazy Maze (Play POD)  $6,035
    Cooperative cognitive play to learn momentum, balance inertia, and vestibular sense. Accessible to all people including those in wheelchairs
  • 1 Musical Flower (Play POD)  $1,850
    A 4-petal structure to experiment and collaborate with sound
  • Waterfall Pump & Table (Play POD)  $8,800
    Playground pump system with table and 8-gallon stainless steel basins
  • Hollow Climbing Log (Educational POD)  $5,550
    Playground crawl through log between Pods
  • Boulder/Web Net Climber (Educational POD)  $15,845
    Rock tower with 5’ tall climbing mound and web net
  • Bike Repair Station (Bike Rack pad)  $1,390
    Surface mount station with pump for bicycle repair
  • Solar Charging Picnic Table (Parking)  $15,000 (Available for Co-Sponsorship)
    Self-contained unit installed near path to Walney Pond
  • E-Bike Charging Station  $6,700
    Free standing station for 2 bicycles

On behalf of the future generations, thank you for considering your important and time-sensitive donation that will help provide exciting educational opportunities in Fairfax County!

We appreciate these generous SEC Sponsors!

Apple Federal Credit Union logo.

Elizabeth, Thomas & Chennikara Family

Crossroads Family Counseling Center logo.
The Heart Leaf Center logo.

The Lazar Family

TD Bank logo.

Steve & Adriane Thormahlen

Van Metre logo.

Joseph Anderson, Jr.
Paul L. and Helen C. Baldino
Dave Barnard & Prapai Seangsuriyan
John J. and Linda L. Fagan
Harrison A. Glasgow
The Estate of Jim Hawthorne
Christie & John Johnson
Dr. Gary D. Knipling
Bruce D. and Jackie McLeod
Loretta Merrow
Lydia Patrick
Nancy Vehrs

Thanks to our partners for promoting this exciting project!

brand planet logo.
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Friends logo.
FCPA and FCPF logos.