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Jun 25 to Jun 29

Nocturnal Naturalist Camp

Nocturnal Naturalist's will participate in a variety of activities including nocturnal animal study, camera trapping, astronomy, live animal presentations, stream surveys, campfire snacks, and an evening field trip to another park. We invite you to join us for an end of camp potluck/party that will take place on the last day of camp at 9:00 pm.

6:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Camps
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jul 7

Animal Feeding- Raptors

Take flight with this program about our local birds of prey, including our Red tailed Hawk, Barred Owl, and Great Horned Owl.  Learn how our Naturalist safely feeds our birds and how these amazing animals hunt and survive in the wild.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jul 14
Tree Hike

Summer Tree ID Hike – Site Characteristics and Growth Habits

Leaf your cares behind and come on down to this Poplar summer program! Learn how to identify our native trees, how they grow, what external threats they face, and more in this class that will have you pining for more dendro knowledge.  

9:00am to 10:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jul 14
garden demonstration

Gardener’s In!

Join a Master Gardener for a summer tour of our Demonstration Organic Garden while learning about pollinators, composting, gardening tips and more. 

10:00am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Community & Volunteers
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jul 14
Concert

Second Saturday Concert: Two Blue

Join us on the second Saturday of every month of summer for an evening of family fun!  Listen to the Chicago-style blues of Two Blue as they serenade you with guitar, sax, harmonica and more! 

7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Community & Volunteers
  • Festival
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
Event Details
Jul 15

Summer Sundays Series

Take a break from the doldrums of summer and come explore with us! Learn about our animals, make crafts, play games and more!

2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jul 23 to Jul 27

Nocturnal Naturalist Camp JR

Nocturnal Naturalist's will participate in a variety of activities including nocturnal animal study, camera trapping, astronomy, live animal presentations, stream surveys, campfire snacks, and more! We invite you to join us for an end of camp potluck/party that will take place on the last day of camp at 9:00pm.  This camp session is for campers ages 8-10.

6:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Camps
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jul 28

It’s Your Watershed!

Learn about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, its importance, and how we impact it in this meaningful watershed educational experience.  Participate in activities such as stream netting for macro invertebrates, a live animal talk with aquatic wildlife, and get hands-on with our augmented reality watershed exhibit!

10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Community & Volunteers
  • History & Educational
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jul 28
hikers at night in the forest

Night Hike and Campfire - Astronomy

Join our Naturalist after the sun goes down as we explore our park, learn about nocturnal wildlife, see the stars and more in this night-time adventure.  Program concludes with a campfire and s’mores. 

7:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Aug 4

Animal Feeding- Water Turtles

Learn what makes some turtles better adapted for life in water than land and how to identify them in the wild.  Care for our resident Musk and Painted turtles with our Naturalist and learn what these reptiles like to eat. 

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Aug 11
Tree Hike

Summer Tree ID Hike – Insects and Disease

Leaf your cares behind and come on down to this Poplar summer program! Learn how to identify our native trees, how they grow, what external threats they face, and more in this class that will have you pining for more dendro knowledge. 

9:00am to 10:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Aug 11
garden demonstration

Gardener’s In!

Join a Master Gardener for a summer tour of our Demonstration Organic Garden while learning about pollinators, composting, gardening tips and more. 

10:00am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Community & Volunteers
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Aug 11
Concert

Second Saturday Concert: Houk Robinson Duo

Join us on the second Saturday of every month of summer for an evening of family fun! Bring a picnic to the park lawn and enjoy the vintage acoustic rock of Houk Robinson Duo as they play some of your favorite classics.

7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Community & Volunteers
  • Festival
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
Event Details
Aug 19

Summer Sundays Series

Take a break from the doldrums of summer and come explore with us! Learn about our animals, make crafts, play games and more!

2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Aug 25
hikers at night in the forest

Night Hike and Campfire - Native Americans

Join our Naturalist after the sun goes down as we explore our park, learn about nocturnal wildlife, see the stars and more in this night-time adventure.

7:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Sep 8
Collective

Second Saturday Concert: Collective a'Chord

Join us on the second Saturday of every month of summer for an evening of family fun! Enjoy cover band Collective a'Chord with music ranging from rock, pop, and soul to smooth blues and even jazz!

6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Community & Volunteers
  • Festival
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
Event Details
Sep 9

Gifts from the Forest

What does nature really do for us? Discover the recycling miracles in the soil, the benefits we receive from birds to insects and much more. 

2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Sep 12

Wednesday Wonders Series

Are you ready to experience the natural world with your little one?  Here’s your chance at Potomac Overlook!  Join us as our early childhood journeys continue into the Fall of 2018. We will explore a new topic every Wednesday morning.

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Sep 13

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
Sep 15

Fall Clean Up Day

Take some time after the busy Labor Day to help out with your favorite park staff, the staff at Potomac Overlook!  Assist with several trail clean-up projects, invasive plant removal, and other projects as needed. 

10:00am to 1:00pm
  • Community & Volunteers
  • Free
  • Nature
Event Details
Sep 19

Wednesday Wonders Series

Are you ready to experience the natural world with your little one?  Here’s your chance at Potomac Overlook!  Join us as our early childhood journeys continue into the Fall of 2018. We will explore a new topic every Wednesday morning.

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Sep 22

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
Event Details
Sep 23
hikers at night in the forest

Night Hike

Join our Naturalist after the sun goes down as we explore our park and learn about a variety of topics.  Appropriate for families with children ages 6 and up.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Sep 26

Wednesday Wonders Series

Are you ready to experience the natural world with your little one?  Here’s your chance at Potomac Overlook!  Join us as our early childhood journeys continue into the Fall of 2018. We will explore a new topic every Wednesday morning.

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Sep 29

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
Event Details
Oct 3

Wednesday Wonders Series

Are you ready to experience the natural world with your little one?  Here’s your chance at Potomac Overlook!  Join us as our early childhood journeys continue into the Fall of 2018. We will explore a new topic every Wednesday morning.

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Oct 6

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
Event Details
Oct 7

Animal Feeding – Woodland Critters

Join us at the nature center as we feed our animals that call the woods their home! Learn how these animals find food, adapt to their environment and thrive in our park habitat. You wood be silly to miss this program!

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Oct 11

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
Oct 13

Pumpkin Carving

Get in the Halloween spirit by carving or painting a pumpkin! We will provide tools, paint and pumpkins.  The cost is $12 per person for a pumpkin and all accompanying materials.

12:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
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
Event Details
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
Event Details
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
Event Details
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
Event Details
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
Event Details
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
Event Details
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
Event Details
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
Event Details
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
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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