• Great Falls of the Potomac in summer

    Great Falls

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  • Trash Free Park

    Great Falls Park is now a trash free park. Trash cans have been removed. Please come prepared to carry your trash out with you. More »

  • River Safety

    Learn more about how to stay safe around the Potomac. The Potomac has dangerous currents and going into the river is not permitted. Swimming and wading could cost you your life. Stay safe. Stay out of the river. More »

  • No Water in Visitor Center Courtyard

    Due to plumbing problems, there are no bathrooms available in the Visitor Center (VC) courtyard. There are portajohns behind the Snackbar for public use. *Please note: Restrooms near the lower parking lot are fully operational.

  • Weekend and Holiday Delays for Entry

    Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays when there is a good weather forecast, expect delays of up to an hour from Noon to 4pm when entering the park.

American Indian PAC

Welcome to the American Indian PAC program. This is a program designed to introduce students to the first people who lived in this area. All PAC programs include pre and post visit activites that are conducted in the classroom. Students will also come to Great Falls Park to learn in a park environment with a park ranger. The park visit takes approximately three and a half hours, including a lunch break for the students.

The pre and post visit activites can be downloaded by selecting the links below. The program requires one pre-visit and one post-visit activity in addition to the park visit. An introduction to this PAC program is included. If you are interested in scheduling a PAC program, visit the main PAC page or contact the park directly at 703-285-2965.

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Background Information and the Park Visit

American Indian PAC Introduction

Background Information on the American Indians of the area

Curriculum Standards and Parks as Classrooms- Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia standards that are met by this program.

Park Visit Walkthrough- details on activities the students will do with the park rangers during their park visit.




Pre Visit Activities

Primary Sources

Survival in the Environment




Post Visit Activites

Reflection and Connection

American Indian Legends

Meet Naiche

Did You Know?

Ice in the Potomac and Falls

Water temperatures in the Potomac can drop to freezing and ice will form along the banks. However, the water is moving too quickly through the Great Falls to completely freeze over.