Park Alerts

Events

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
Event Details
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
Event Details
Dec 29

Animal Feeding - Frogs

Join our naturalist as we feed our jumpy amphibian friends.  Learn the differences between frogs

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

Wednesday Wonders

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 Winter of 2018. We will explore a new topic every Wednesday morning.

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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 12

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
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 16

Wednesday Wonders

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 Winter of 2018. We will explore a new topic every Wednesday morning.

10:15am to 11:00am
  • 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
Event Details
Jan 23

Wednesday Wonders

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 Winter of 2018. We will explore a new topic every Wednesday morning.

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
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
Event Details
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
Event Details
Jan 30

Wednesday Wonders

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 Winter of 2018. We will explore a new topic every Wednesday morning.

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
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
Event Details
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
Event Details
Mar 3

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.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Mar 8

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!

5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Mar 9

Tree ID Hike

Leaf your cares behind and come on down to this Poplar program! Learn how to identify our native trees, how they grow, what external threats they face, and more

9:00am to 10:30am
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Mar 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, and do hands on activities.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Mar 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!

5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Mar 23

Animal Feeding - Tree Frogs

Stick around for our monthly animal feeding program!  Learn the amazing adaptations that our Green and Gray Treefrog use to catch food.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Mar 31

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 and nature!

2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 1

Junior Naturalist Day Camp

Join us for this special one day of camp and join the staff on an exploration of the park and nature center through the Spring!

9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 4

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, and do hands on activities.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 5

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!

5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 10

Wednesday Wonders

Are you ready to experience the natural world with your little one? Here’s your chance at Potomac Overlook!

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

Tree ID Hike

Leaf your cares behind and come on down to this Poplar program! Learn how to identify our native trees, how they grow, what external threats they face, and more.

9:00am to 10:30am
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 13

Animal Feeding - Raptors

Soar on down to this program about our local avian predators! Learn about our native birds of prey and the amazing adaptations they use to hunt.

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

Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny is coming to Potomac Overlook! Bring your basket and begin your intrepid search for eggs at the park

11:00am to 12:30pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Community & Volunteers
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 17

Wednesday Wonders

Are you ready to experience the natural world with your little one? Here’s your chance at Potomac Overlook!

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 18

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, and do hands on activities.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 20

Earth Day Clean Up

Celebrate earth day this year by helping park staff for our big spring clean-up event! Help us remove invasive plants, clean up trails and much more!

10:00am to 1:00pm
  • Community & Volunteers
  • Free
  • Nature
Event Details
Apr 24

Wednesday Wonders

Are you ready to experience the natural world with your little one? Here’s your chance at Potomac Overlook!

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 28

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 and nature!

2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
May 1

Wednesday Wonders

Are you ready to experience the natural world with your little one? Here’s your chance at Potomac Overlook!

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
May 2

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, and do hands on activities.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
May 4

May Day

Get outside and join us for this wonderful springtime tradition!  Our May Day is full of fun activities and exhibits for all ages!  

10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Festival
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
  • Nature
Event Details
May 11

Tree ID Hike

Leaf your cares behind and come on down to this Poplar program! Learn how to identify our native trees, how they grow, what external threats they face, and more!

9:00am to 10:30am
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
May 18

Animal Feeding - 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!

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
May 25

Night Hike and Campfire - Nocturnal Animals

Join our Naturalist after the sun goes down as we explore our park and learn about nocturnal wildlife!

7:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
May 26

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 and nature!

2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details