Field Trips at Potomac Overlook

Field Trips Potomac Overlook

Our interpretive naturalist staff is eager to work with you to plan and tailor programs according to individual needs, interests, and age groups. Programs must be reserved at least one month in advance. All programs can be tailored to meet various Standards of Learning. Contact park staff for questions by phone: 703-528-5406, or email:

Click the button below to fill out a school reservation form. Staff will contact you shortly after submitting your field trip request. 



Guided Nature Center Visits: Preschool-3rd these programs offer students the opportunity to interact with the wide variety of live animals on exhibit in the nature center.  Below are several themes you may choose from. 

  • Animals in Winter - talk, study items and live animals.  (Topics include hibernation, migration, adaptations, dormancy, and more!)
  • Birds of Prey – Live owl presentation and visit to the birds of prey house. 
  • Animal Adaptations & Decomposers – Live animal presentation, guided nature walk, birds of prey visit, frog pond and vernal pool visit, with a log rolling bug hunt!
  • Seasonal Programs (winter, spring, summer or fall) – outlines the seasonal changes that occur throughout the year with an emphasis on animals and plants preparing for the seasons.  This program includes a live animal presentation, nature center exploration, and a guided nature hike.  
  • Native Americans of Arlington-  Grades 1-4 This program includes discussion about how changes in climate of the area and then European contact changed Native American culture. Classes rotate through 2-4 different learning stations (depending on field trip group size).  Stations include Native American Tools and Food, Plant Uses ID Hike, and if you’re interested, we also offer Archery!

SOL’S MET:   K.1; K.2, 2.2, 2.3; K.4; K.5; K.7, 1.4, 1.6, 2.4, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6; (Skills) VS.1; VS.2; US1.3; WH1.2; WG.2; VUS.2

  • Energy Program – Grades 5-7 This program features a hands-on demonstration of energy, conservation, and efficiency principles. Students try out our energy bike - a fun way to learn about electricity and efficiency. A tour of the park grounds and Energerium follows, with students exploring our many interactive exhibits. 

SOL’S MET:    K.10, 1.6, 1.8, 3.2, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11, 4.2, 4.3, 6.2, 6.6, 6.9, PS.6, PS.10, PS.11, ES.7, PH.8

Home School Programs: Families who homeschool their children will find a variety of enriching experiences at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. We offer homeschool program series every season which you can find on our events page, as well as work with individual groups as desired. Please either fill out the school reservation form above and specify that you have a homeschool request or email the Park Naturalist, AJ Barnard, at to discuss programming options.


Self-Guided Programs: Self-guided programs at Potomac Overlook Regional Park are free of charge for any group and consist of the visiting teachers and/or chaperones leading their class(es) nature exploration.  Potomac Overlook’s self-guided programs consist of a Native American discovery hike, Amphibians vs. Reptiles exploration or a Native Plant/Tree ID walk.

You may also request “Nature Bingo” for your group with any of these program offerings.

Programs must be reserved at least one month in advance.


Field trips to the park are free with groups no bigger than 50 students (or 2 classes) for public schools that are within the NOVA PARKS Jurisdictions (Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun Counties and the Cities of Falls Church, Fairfax, and Alexandria).  Field trips for private or charter schools, or any other non-public school group are $75 per program. 

Outreach programs are $150 per program. Outreach programs are conducted at your site or school as the naturalist staff will travel to your facility to offer the program.