Camps & Programs Guide

The best fun & educational programs in Northern Virginia!

Check out our latest Camps and Programs Guide FULL of fun and educational things to do throughout Northern Virginia! Fall is the perfect time to visit a new park or sign up for a new program. Explore all that NOVA Parks has to offer!

Find the events that interest you, then click the registration link to go directly to the program for registration through our new ONLINE registration process. Once you are registered, you can use your login information for all of your programs and also for camp registration next year! If you have any questions, please contact the park where the program is being offered. 

Sep 26
Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey Kayak Tour

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

Join our NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist on a paddle adventure in search of bald eagles, migrating h

8:00am to 10:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Sep 26

Alexandria Architecture Walking Tour

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join us for a tour of Alexandria as we explore looking at the various Architecture styles that adorn the city streets and make it one of the best places to live and work. 

10:00am to 11:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Sep 26

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join our yoga instructor for an hour long Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace

10:30am to 11:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Sep 26
Mt. Defiance battlefield

GUIDED TOURS OF MT. DEFIANCE BATTLEFIELD

Battle of Middleburg | Mt. Defiance Historic Park, Middleburg, VA

Join us for guided tours of the Mt. Defiance battlefield, part of the June 19, 1863 Battle of Middleburg.

11:00am to 2:15pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Sep 26

Sunset Kayak Paddle Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Looking for a great sunset photo opportunity? Join us for a relaxing guided sunset kayak paddle led by  ACA certified paddling instructor and NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin. Calm evening waters should make this an easy paddle, and we hope to see lots of wildlife along the way! Expect to see Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles. $35, Ages 13+

5:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Sep 27

Discovery Through Trash School Program

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

During this one hour experience, students view and discuss 18th century artifacts uncovered in the excavation of the Carlyle House.

11:00am to 12:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Sep 28
warbler, bird, birding, nature, wildlife

Wandering Warblers

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join the Roving Naturalist and look for migrating warblers, a family of small insect-eating birds that often display striking plumage! Learn the stories of these lightning fast little beauties, and where they explore when they're not passing through. $8, ages 10+

8:00am to 10:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Sep 28

Discovery Through Trash School Program

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

During this one hour experience, students view and discuss 18th century artifacts uncovered in the excavation of the Carlyle House.

11:00am to 12:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Sep 28

Discovery Through Trash School Program

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

During this one hour experience, students view and discuss 18th century artifacts uncovered in the excavation of the Carlyle House.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Sep 29

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join our yoga instructor for an hour long Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace. 

5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Oct 2

Death Comes to Carlyle House

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

In September 1780, John Carlyle passed away and the family would have gone into mourning.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Oct 3

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join our yoga instructor for an hour long Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace

10:30am to 11:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Oct 3
Mt. Defiance battlefield

GUIDED TOURS OF MT. DEFIANCE BATTLEFIELD

Battle of Middleburg | Mt. Defiance Historic Park, Middleburg, VA

Join us for guided tours of the Mt. Defiance battlefield, part of the June 19, 1863 Battle of Middleburg.

11:00am to 2:15pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Oct 3
kayaker under the moonlight

Sunset & Full Moon Kayak Paddle

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Paddle tour two-for-one! Enjoy a relaxing sunset before night falls, then watch as the skies darken and the full moon illuminates the water. $35, Ages 13+

6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Oct 6

SCHOOLYARD EXPLORERS SERIES - WEATHER PART 2

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

NOTE: INFORMATION AND ACTIVITIES IN PROGRAM ARE BASED ON 1st GRADE SOL’S

Take part in a brand new series that merges Virginia Standards of Learning with interactive outdoor fun! Join us for part 2 of a 2-part class where we’ll learn all about weather, and its relation to seasonal changes. Join our naturalist on a hike through the park to see how the forest is changing this season and meet live animals to learn how they’re adapting!

3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Oct 6

SCHOOLYARD EXPLORERS SERIES - WATER PART 2

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

NOTE: INFORMATION AND ACTIVITIES IN PROGRAM ARE BASED ON 4th AND 5th GRADE SOL’S

Take part in a brand new series that merges Virginia Standards of Learning with interactive outdoor fun! Join us for part 2 of a 2-part class where we’ll learn all about water. Discover what exactly a watershed is, identify different watersheds in our area, and learn how to protect them!”

3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Oct 8

SCHOOLYARD EXPLORERS SERIES - ECOSYSTEMS PART 2

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

NOTE: INFORMATION AND ACTIVITIES IN PROGRAM ARE BASED ON 3rd GRADE SOL’S

Take part in a brand new series that merges Virginia Standards of Learning with interactive outdoor fun! Join us for part 2 of a 2-part class where we’ll learn all about ecosystems, and the relationships of the living and non-living things that are part of them. Meet live animals with our naturalist, learn how they interact with other members of their ecosystem and “compete” for the resources that organisms need to survive!

3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Oct 8

SCHOOLYARD EXPLORERS SERIES - FORCES AND MOTION PART 2

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

NOTE: INFORMATION AND ACTIVITIES IN PROGRAM ARE BASED ON 2nd GRADE SOL’S

Take part in a brand new series that merges Virginia Standards of Learning with interactive outdoor fun! Join us for part 2 of a 2-part class where we’ll learn all about forces and motion. Discover what forces humans use and interact with each day, experiment with different forces and objects, and understand magnetism!

3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Oct 8

Carlyle House Architecture Tour

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join us for an one hour tour of Carlyle House  solely focused on the architecture and restoration of Carlyle House

5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Oct 9

Death Comes to Carlyle House

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

In September 1780, John Carlyle passed away and the family would have gone into mourning.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Oct 10
Mt. Defiance battlefield

GUIDED TOURS OF MT. DEFIANCE BATTLEFIELD

Battle of Middleburg | Mt. Defiance Historic Park, Middleburg, VA

Join us for guided tours of the Mt. Defiance battlefield, part of the June 19, 1863 Battle of Middleburg.

11:00am to 2:15pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Oct 12

Sunset Kayak Paddle Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Looking for a great sunset photo opportunity? Join us for a relaxing guided sunset kayak paddle led by  ACA certified paddling instructor and NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin. Calm evening waters should make this an easy paddle, and we hope to see lots of wildlife along the way! Expect to see Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles. $35, Ages 13+

5:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Oct 13

SCHOOLYARD EXPLORERS SERIES - ECOSYSTEMS PART 2

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

NOTE: INFORMATION AND ACTIVITIES IN PROGRAM ARE BASED ON 3rd GRADE SOL’S

Take part in a brand new series that merges Virginia Standards of Learning with interactive outdoor fun! Join us for part 2 of a 2-part class where we’ll learn all about ecosystems, and the relationships of the living and non-living things that are part of them. Meet live animals with our naturalist, learn how they interact with other members of their ecosystem and “compete” for the resources that organisms need to survive!

3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Oct 13

SCHOOLYARD EXPLORERS SERIES - FORCES AND MOTION PART 2

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

NOTE: INFORMATION AND ACTIVITIES IN PROGRAM ARE BASED ON 2nd GRADE SOL’S

Take part in a brand new series that merges Virginia Standards of Learning with interactive outdoor fun! Join us for part 2 of a 2-part class where we’ll learn all about forces and motion. Discover what forces humans use and interact with each day, experiment with different forces and objects, and understand magnetism! 

3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Oct 13

Tell Me Your Name

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

The guided tour will explore the historical context of slavery in 18th century Alexandria and the importance of ongoing research efforts to connect with descendants

4:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Oct 15

SCHOOLYARD EXPLORERS SERIES - WEATHER PART 2

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

NOTE: INFORMATION AND ACTIVITIES IN PROGRAM ARE BASED ON 1st GRADE SOL’S

Take part in a brand new series that merges Virginia Standards of Learning with interactive outdoor fun! Join us for part 2 of a 2-part class where we’ll learn all about weather, and its relation to seasonal changes. Join our naturalist on a hike through the park to see how the forest is changing this season and meet live animals to learn how they’re adapting!

3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Oct 15

SCHOOLYARD EXPLORERS SERIES - WATER PART 2

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

NOTE: INFORMATION AND ACTIVITIES IN PROGRAM ARE BASED ON 4th AND 5th GRADE SOL’S

Take part in a brand new series that merges Virginia Standards of Learning with interactive outdoor fun! Join us for part 2 of a 2-part class where we’ll learn all about water. Discover what exactly a watershed is, identify different watersheds in our area, and learn how to protect them! 

3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Oct 16

Sunset Kayak Paddle Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Looking for a great sunset photo opportunity? Join us for a relaxing guided sunset kayak paddle led by  ACA certified paddling instructor and NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin. Calm evening waters should make this an easy paddle, and we hope to see lots of wildlife along the way! Expect to see Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles. $35, Ages 13+

5:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Oct 16

Death Comes to Carlyle House

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

In September 1780, John Carlyle passed away and the family would have gone into mourning.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Oct 18
Hotel in front of Carlyle House

Green Family Walking Tour:

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join us on a tour to learn about James Green and his family’s life here in Alexandria. 

3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Oct 22

Raiding Carlyle's Closet

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Various objects will be pulled from our collections to be displayed and discussed.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Oct 23

PORP THROUGH THE AGES

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Curious about the history of Potomac Overlook Regional Park? From Native Americans to farmers, our park land has been used by people for centuries! Join us for a new program where you will roam the park and learn the fascinating history of our land, see real artifacts found on the property, and make your own miniature Native American longhouse!

3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Oct 23

Death Comes to Carlyle House

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

In September 1780, John Carlyle passed away and the family would have gone into mourning.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Oct 24

Alexandria Architecture Walking Tour

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join us for a tour of Alexandria as we explore looking at the various Architecture styles that adorn the city streets and make it one of the best places to live and work. 

10:00am to 11:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Oct 24
Balls Bluff Anniversary

Ball's Bluff Battle Anniversary

Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, Leesburg, VA

Join the Friends of Ball’s Bluff at the Ball’s Bluff Regional Park ju

11:00am to 3:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
Event Details
Oct 25
Jack O Lantern Jog

Jack O Lantern Jog

Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, VA

Join us on October 25th for our 1st Annual Jack O Lantern Jog.

Put on your best costume and channel your Halloween spirit for our first race at  Algonkian Regional Park….THE JACK O'LANTERN JOG  5k !

7:00am to 11:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Oct 28

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Get in the Halloween spirit by carving or painting a pumpkin with your friends at Potomac Overlook! We’ll provide tools, paint and of course a pumpkin for some spooky holiday fun!

3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Oct 29

Spooky Serpents

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Looking to get spooked? Do you get the heebie jeebies upon seeing our slithery serpents? Come scare yourself silly and get an up close look at our amazing snakes! Meet our resident serpents, watch them eat some tasty mice, and make your very own Halloween snake craft! You’re bound to go hiss-terical at this program.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Oct 30

Sunset Kayak Paddle Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Looking for a great sunset photo opportunity? Join us for a relaxing guided sunset kayak paddle led by  ACA certified paddling instructor and NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin. Calm evening waters should make this an easy paddle, and we hope to see lots of wildlife along the way! Expect to see Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles. $35, Ages 13+

5:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Oct 30

Death Comes to Carlyle House

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

In September 1780, John Carlyle passed away and the family would have gone into mourning.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Oct 31

T-Rex Meet Up

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join us in your best T-Rex costume on the front lawn of Carlyle House for some fun activities!

3:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
Event Details
Oct 31

Trick or Treat

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

On October 31st from 4:00-6:00 pm, join us on All Hallow’s Eve for good old fashioned trickery and treats!

4:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Nov 7
Mt. Defiance battlefield

GUIDED TOURS OF MT. DEFIANCE BATTLEFIELD

Battle of Middleburg | Mt. Defiance Historic Park, Middleburg, VA

Join us for guided tours of the Mt. Defiance battlefield, part of the June 19, 1863 Battle of Middleburg.

4:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Nov 12

Carlyle House Architecture Tour

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join us for an one hour tour of Carlyle House  solely focused on the architecture and restoration of Carlyle House

5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Nov 14

Alexandria Architecture Walking Tour

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join us for a tour of Alexandria as we explore looking at the various Architecture styles that adorn the city streets and make it one of the best places to live and work. 

10:00am to 11:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Nov 17

Tell Me Your Name

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

The guided tour will explore the historical context of slavery in 18th century Alexandria and the importance of ongoing research efforts to connect with descendants

4:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Nov 19

Raiding Carlyle's Closet

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Various objects will be pulled from our collections to be displayed and discussed.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Nov 22
Hotel in front of Carlyle House

Green Family Walking Tour:

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join us on a tour to learn about James Green and his family’s life here in Alexandria. 

3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Dec 10

Carlyle House Architecture Tour

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join us for an one hour tour of Carlyle House  solely focused on the architecture and restoration of Carlyle House

5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Dec 15

Tell Me Your Name

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

The guided tour will explore the historical context of slavery in 18th century Alexandria and the importance of ongoing research efforts to connect with descendants

4:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Dec 17

Raiding Carlyle's Closet

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Various objects will be pulled from our collections to be displayed and discussed.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details