Park Alerts

Events

Oct 20

Prehistoric Park Rangers

Love dinos? Fascinated by the creatures of the past? We have the program for you!  Join us as we dive into the world of yesterday and learn about what life was like millions of years ago.

2:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Oct 21

Nature Hike – Changing Seasons

Learn about our native animals and how they adapt to the changing of the season! Join our naturalist as they lead you round the park examining changes in plants, animals and the environment as winter begins to arrive.  

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Oct 27

Halloween Party and Haunted Nature Center

Join us at the park for a grand Halloween party, snacks, games, arts and crafts, storytelling, and guided hikes through the woods.  People of all ages are welcome! 

6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
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Oct 31

Snake Feeding

Looking to get spooked? Not a fan of our slithery serpents? Come scare yourself silly and get an up close look at our amazing snakes as we feed them mice! You’re bound to go hiss-terical at this program!

4:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Nov 8

Homeschool at the Park

Join us for our first ever class offered just for Homeschoolers at Potomac Overlook! Accompany our naturalist as we explore the park, learn about animals, do hands on activities and more! 

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • History & Educational
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Nov 10
box turtle in his water bowl

Animal Feeding – Box Turtles

Come on out of your shell and join us for a program about our most common turtles! Learn where to find box turtles, how to ID them, and more as you’ll meet them up close and get to feed them! 

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Nov 11

Grandparents Day Hike – the Wisdom of the Elders in the Woods

Just like how grandparents can offer wisdom from years of experience, so too can the elders of the woods offer us much in the form of nature mentoring. 

2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
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Nov 17

Animal Feeding – Owls

Soar on down to this program about our local nocturnal predators! Learn about our native owls and the amazing adaptations they use to hunt.  Watch our naturalist feed our live owls in an experience you won’t forget! 

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Nov 23

Night Hike and Campfire – Nocturnal Animals and the Full Moon

Join our Naturalist after the sun goes down and the full moon goes up as we explore our park and learn about nocturnal wildlife.  Learn what makes these creatures so adapted to night-life and meet a few of them up close! 

7:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Nov 24

Agents of Discovery

Join us as we play Agents of Discovery, a fun and educational mobile based app that takes you across our park as you complete challenges and learn about animals, nature and more!

12:00pm to 1:30pm
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Dec 1

Winter Clean Up

Winter is here, but maintaining our park is still a top priority!  Assist with several trail clean-up projects, invasive plant removal, and other projects as needed. 

10:00am to 1:00pm
  • Community & Volunteers
  • Free
  • Nature
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Dec 2

Holiday Crafts Workshop

It's not winter at Potomac Overlook without our Holiday Crafts day! Come make your own wreath or centerpiece from local greens, pinecones, and other natural materials. 

1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kids & Family
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Dec 8
Tree Hike

Tree ID Hike

Leaf your cares behind and come on down to this Poplar program! Learn how to identify our native trees in the winter, how they grow, what external threats they face, and more.  This class will have you pining for more dendro knowledge!  Don’t stay rooted to the spot, come branch out and explore with us!  

9:00am to 10:00am
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Dec 9

Christmas Bird Count

Join us at Potomac Overlook as we sample our park for our local avian species! Bring your binoculars, field guides and dress warm! FREE to participants.

8:00am to 11:00am
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Dec 9

Pancakes with Santa

Come visit Santa during his only visit to Potomac Overlook this year! Take photos and make family memories, and join our Pancake Extravaganza in the auditorium after you snap a pic with Santa! Reservations required

10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Kids & Family
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Dec 13

The Gift of Nature Fundraising Event

You’re invited to our annual fundraising event! Come support the NOVA Parks Outdoor Kids Fund and Potomac Overlook Regional Park in this formal gathering. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 

7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Community & Volunteers
  • Free
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Dec 15

Nature Hike - Changing Seasons

Learn about our native animals and how they adapt to the changing of the season! Join our naturalist as they lead you round the park examining changes in plants, animals and the environment as winter begins to arrive.  $5 per participant. 

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Dec 16

Open House at the Nature Center

Our center is up and running again and we want to celebrate with all of our friends! Come on by and see live animals, enjoy some light refreshments and more as we welcome back our visitors and show off our renovated nature center! 

2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Jan 1

New Year's Resolution Hike

What are your resolutions for the New Year? Do they involve exercise? Being outside more? Visiting your local parks more often? We got you covered. Come on over and usher in 2019 as we hike the trails and enjoy all the New Year has to offer!

9:00am to 10:00am
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
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Jan 5

Exploring the Night Sky

Join roving naturalist David Garcia for a night time adventure!  Take an interactive tour of the night sky from moons and planets of our local solar system to far away galaxies and star-forming regions. Participants will see through a 14 inch Orion Dobsonian to observe all the “Wow !” celestial objects found in the night sky

7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Jan 10

Homeschool at the Park

Join us at Potomac Overlook for a class offered just for Homeschoolers! Accompany our naturalist as we explore the park, learn about animals, do hands on activities and more! 

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 12

Tree ID Hike

Leaf your cares behind and come on down to this Poplar program! Learn how to identify our native trees in the winter, how they grow, what external threats they face, and more in this class that will have you pining for more dendro knowledge.  Don’t stay rooted to the spot, come branch out and explore with us! 

9:00am to 10:00am
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 13

Agents of Discovery

Come and play Agents of Discovery, a fun and educational mobile based app that takes you across our park as you complete challenges and learn about animals, nature and more!

2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 19

Night Hike and Campfire - Winter Survival

Do you have what it takes to survive the cold winter months? Learn how to track for animals, build a fire, identify helpful plants and more in this class for our future wilderness survivalists! Program concludes with a campfire.

6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Jan 24

Homeschool at the Park

Join us at Potomac Overlook for a class offered just for Homeschoolers! Accompany our naturalist as we explore the park, learn about animals, do hands on activities and more! 

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 26

Animal Feedings - Snakes

Come and get an up close look at our amazing snakes as we feed them mice! You’re bound to go hiss-terical at this program! Learn about what makes snakes such amazing creatures and why they are so important to the ecosystem.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Jan 28

Junior Naturalist Day Camp

Are you a junior naturalist camper who has always asked “what do Naturalists do in the winter?” NOW you can find out! Sign up for this special one day of camp and join the staff on an exploration of the park and nature center through the winter.

9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Camps
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Feb 2

Animal Behaviors and Habitat Exploration

Join roving naturalist David Garcia for a program about animals and their surroundings! Take part on on a winter’s hike to reveal the various winter adaptions and animal habitats found in our wooded areas.

2:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Feb 3

Agents of Discovery

Come and play Agents of Discovery, a fun and educational mobile based app that takes you across our park as you complete challenges and learn about animals, nature and more!

2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 7

Homeschool at the Park

Join us at Potomac Overlook for a class offered just for Homeschoolers! Accompany our naturalist as we explore the park, learn about animals, do hands on activities and more! 

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 9

Tree ID Hike

Leaf your cares behind and come on down to this Poplar program! Learn how to identify our native trees in the winter, how they grow, what external threats they face, and more in this class that will have you pining for more dendro knowledge.  Don’t stay rooted to the spot, come branch out and explore with us! 

9:00am to 10:00am
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 13

Wednesday Wonders Valentine’s Day Special

Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day for people…our animals need love too! Join us for a special Wednesday Wonders offering as we celebrate our animals at the nature center, write them Valentine’s Day cards, make crafts, and more! 

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Feb 16

Owl Love Feeding

Love is in the air…and literally, for these beautiful birds of prey! Join us as we discuss the mating habits of these animals during their breeding season and get a picture with our resident barred owl! $5 per participant.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 17

Agents of Discovery

Come and play Agents of Discovery, a fun and educational mobile based app that takes you across our park as you complete challenges and learn about animals, nature and more!

2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 21

Homeschool at the Park

Join us at Potomac Overlook for a class offered just for Homeschoolers! Accompany our naturalist as we explore the park, learn about animals, do hands on activities and more! 

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 23

Night Hike and Campfire - Nocturnal Animals

Join our Naturalist after the sun goes down and the full moon goes up as we explore our park and learn about nocturnal wildlife.  Learn what makes these creatures so adapted to night-life and meet a few of them up close! Reservations required.  

6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 28

Potomac Rangers

Join us for a new program that shows you what it is like to be a naturalist at our park; learn about the animals we have at the center and how to interpret them, feed them, and more in this program that is great for prospective volunteers or future naturalists! 

4:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Community & Volunteers
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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