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Apr 17
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Sunset Kayak Paddle

Looking for a great sunset photo opportunity? Join us for a relaxing guided sunset kayak paddle led by ACA certified paddling instructor and NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin. Calm evening waters should make this an easy paddle, and we hope to see lots of wildlife along the way! We will begin with a brief paddling instruction overview before heading out. Previous kayak experience suggested, but not required. $35, Ages 12+

6:00pm to 8:30pm
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Apr 17
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Owl Prowl--Sold Out

"Whooooo cooks for youuuu? Whoooo cooks for youuuu allllll?" No, this is not a chef looking for a job! This is the call of a Barred Owl, perhaps Northern Virginia's most frequently observed owl. Join the roving naturalist on a quest to find these feathered friends. Learn more about owl adaptations, behavior, and role in the ecosystem before we hit the trails to find them! Even if we aren't able to find owls in the wild, you'll be able to meet Smoke, our resident Eastern Screech-owl and learn about the smallest breeding owls in Northern Virginia! $8, ages 5+

9:00pm to 10:30pm
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May 13
sunset on a kayak

Sunset Kayak Paddle

Looking for a great sunset photo opportunity? Join us for a relaxing guided sunset kayak paddle led by ACA certified paddling instructor and NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin. Calm evening waters should make this an easy paddle, and we hope to see lots of wildlife along the way! We will begin with a brief paddling instruction overview before heading out. Previous kayak experience suggested, but not required. $35, Ages 12+

6:00pm to 8:30pm
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May 13
owl, barred owl, raptor, bird, profile, portrait

Owl Prowl

"Whooooo cooks for youuuu? Whoooo cooks for youuuu allllll?" No, this is not a chef looking for a job! This is the call of a Barred Owl, perhaps Northern Virginia's most frequently observed owl. Join the roving naturalist on a quest to find these feathered friends. Learn more about owl adaptations, behavior, and role in the ecosystem before we hit the trails to find them! Even if we aren't able to find owls in the wild, you'll be able to meet Smoke, our resident Eastern Screech-owl and learn about the smallest breeding owls in Northern Virginia! $8, ages 5+

9:00pm to 10:30pm
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May 15
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Wandering Warblers

Join the Roving Naturalist and look for migrating warblers, a family of small insect-eating birds that often display striking plumage! While some warblers stay here for the warm season to breed, most of these birds only use our forests as a pit stop between their breeding grounds further north and their wintering grounds in Central and South America. Learn the stories of these lightning fast little beauties, and where they explore when they're not passing through. $5, ages 8+

8:00am to 10:00am
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May 22

Cicadamania!

What's all the buzz about? Brood X Cicadas are emerging, so prepare for an insect party like you've never seen before! Not to worry, these bugs cannot bite or sting. Some Cicadas are annual every summer, so what makes this year special? Tag along with the Roving Naturalist and learn more about these incredibly loud insects and why they take over in such large numbers.

Social distancing will be observed, please bring a mask and good hiking shoes. Meet at Volcano Island Waterpark. $5, ages 5+

Contact Matt Felperin at mfelperin@nvrpa.org or 703.268.6064 for more information.

5:30pm to 7:00pm
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