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Potomac Overlook Regional Park

Things To Do

Adopt An Animal

Love the animals at the nature center like we do?  You can sponsor them through our popular Adopt an Animal Campaign!  It’s a great way for you or a loved one to feel closer to an animal of your choosing while supporting their ongoing care. 

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Birthday Parties

Birthdays are a blast at Potomac Overlook Regional Park! Enjoy the wonders of nature in this beautiful park while creating a fun and unique birthday experience. Parties include a hands-on nature program, three hour use of the auditorium, all day admission to the park and more!

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Camp Overlook

Camp Overlook explores the close-to-home natural world with children ages 5 to 15 at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Our camp staff works hard to create a curriculum that weaves unique activities and investigations with familiar annual traditions. Activities at Camp Overlook are designed to be engaging, challenging, educational, and fun! We highly value and encourage inclusion of all campers in all activities. Engaging activities include live animal interactions, nature hikes, team games, survival skills, scavenger hunts, nature crafts, field trips to other parks, and much more!

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Girl Scout Programs

NOVA Parks offers a variety of programs designed to help your girl scout achieve a wide range of badges for daisies all the way up to cadets! Badge programs are currently available at three different locations, with more being added all the time! 

Currently taking reservations for programs on Sundays after March 5th 2023.

For more information and to book your program, contact us at potomac@nvrpa.org or 703-528-5406.

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Hiking Trails

Potomac Overlook Regional Park features just under 2 miles of scenic woodland hiking trails with connecting access to the Potomac River and Potomac National Heritage Scenic Trail via the adjacent Donaldson Run Park. The trails within the park are largely novice level in terms of difficulty and can typically be enjoyed by the whole family.

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Homeschool in the Park

Families who homeschool their children will find a variety of enriching experiences at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. We frequently offer homeschool programs which you can find on our events page, as well as work with individual groups as desired. Please email the Park Naturalist, AJ Barnard, at abarnard@nvrpa.org to discuss programming options.

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Interpretive Gardens

Potomac Overlook Regional Park enjoys successful collaborations with both the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia and the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists, to maintain interpretive gardens that patrons can visit.  The park’s many environmental and cultural activities draw people to the gardens, as do school field trips and summer nature camps. 

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Nature Center/The Energerium

The Nature Center at Potomac Overlook houses a suite of interactive exhibits that highlight the connection between the human world and the natural world. The James I. Mayer Center for Environmental Education houses live native animals, an interactive augmented reality watershed exhibit, and much more!

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Picnic Shelter

Potomac Overlook has covered shelter space for rent that can accommodate up to a maximum of 50 people. Features include picnic tables, a bench circle, and convenient restrooms adjacent to the space.

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Self-Guided Tree ID Hike

Have you ever wanted to know more about our local flora and learn how to ID them? Experience a self-guided hike through our park and see over 20 different species of native trees! Each featured tree on the hike will be labeled with its species name and a QR code that, once scanned with your mobile device, will provide the natural history of that tree and identifying characteristics. Click the link below to download the map of the hike and see what species are featured.

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Volunteer Service Days

Volunteers like YOU keep our park healthy and beautiful! Join your community in protecting this environment as we remove non-native invasive plants from our park and replace them with native plants. Anyone can help (families with children, youth groups, seniors, etc.) and no experience is needed.

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Play More. Save More. CHOOSE More.

Do you want to golf more this year? The more you play, the more you save with Heron's Choice Golf Subscription.

Now you can CHOOSE from a variety of ways to play and save, with a low monthly subscription fee and deeply discounted rounds. Choose any NOVA Parks Golf Course, play 9 or 18 holes, walk or ride, and cancel or rejoin anytime with no penalty. Plus, gain first access to tee times!

Ice Skating at Cameron Run

Enjoy gliding on the ice at Cameron Run Regional Park, just minutes from Old Town Alexandria! Ice Skating Birthday Party Packages and Group Reservations now available!