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. 

Aug 8

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace--SOLD OUT

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join us to work out the kinks and center yourself through yoga outside on the Magnolia Terrace at Carlyle House Historic Park.

$5/class or $20 for 5 class pass. 

10:30am to 11:30am
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  • Kids & Family
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
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Aug 8

POKÉMONATURE CONNECTIONS

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Come explore the world of Pokémon at Potomac Overlook Regional Park for August's community day! Learn about (and meet!) some real animals and plants that inspired some of Pokémon's little pocket monsters. Then, we will venture out as a group to hit the trails and seek the elusive shiny Magikarp! Ages 8+

11:00am to 2:00pm
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  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
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Aug 10

Critter Corner!

Upton Hill Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Be sure to drop by Upton Hill to meet the Roving Naturalist and a few of his animal friends he is bringing along! Have you ever touched a snake or a turtle? Here is your chance! Learn more about some of these fascinating critters and where you might be able to see them in the wild right here in Northern Virginia. All ages, FREE!

5:30pm to 7:00pm
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  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Aug 10

Critter Corner!

Upton Hill Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Be sure to drop by Upton Hill to meet the Roving Naturalist and a few of his animal friends he is bringing along! Have you ever touched a snake or a turtle? Here is your chance! Learn more about some of these fascinating critters and where you might be able to see them in the wild right here in Northern Virginia. All ages, FREE!

5:30pm to 7:00pm
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  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Aug 12

BIRDS THE WORD

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

NOTE: THIS PROGRAM HAS 3 SESSIONS STARTING AT 10AM, 12:30PM AND 3PM

Have you heard about the birds? Learn about our local avian species, and how we can help protect birds and their biodiversity. Check out our nature center’s bird feeder and learn how to make your own! We’ll hike out into the park and play a game of “bird bingo” while identifying the species we see. Participants will even get their own pair of small folding binoculars! 

10:00am to 4:30pm
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  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Aug 13

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
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  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
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Aug 14

POTOMAC POLLINATORS

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

NOTE: THIS PROGRAM HAS 3 SESSIONS STARTING AT 10AM, 12:30PM AND 3PM

Learn all about our local pollinators in a program that will have you buzzing with excitement! Observe some of our native pollinators and learn what makes them so important. Get to see our observation bee hive and explore our gardens, and even plant some native seeds to help our butterflies. We’ll end the day by making our very own pollinator houses! 

10:00am to 4:30pm
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  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Aug 16
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Sunrise Photo Safari and Workshop: Hummingbirds & Butterflies

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Enjoy premium golden hour light and exclusive access to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens before we are open to the public! This photography workshop series is led by a professional photographer and offers a different theme throughout the seasons. This month's theme is hummingbirds and butterflies. $30, Ages 12+

6:00am to 8:30am
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  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Aug 17

Critter Corner!

Upton Hill Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Be sure to drop by Upton Hill to meet the Roving Naturalist and a few of his animal friends he is bringing along! Have you ever touched a snake or a turtle? Here is your chance! Learn more about some of these fascinating critters and where you might be able to see them in the wild right here in Northern Virginia. All ages, FREE!

5:30pm to 7:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Aug 17

Critter Corner!

Upton Hill Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Be sure to drop by Upton Hill to meet the Roving Naturalist and a few of his animal friends he is bringing along! Have you ever touched a snake or a turtle? Here is your chance! Learn more about some of these fascinating critters and where you might be able to see them in the wild right here in Northern Virginia. All ages, FREE!

5:30pm to 7:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Aug 19

SURVIVAL SKILLS

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

NOTE: THIS PROGRAM HAS 3 SESSIONS STARTING AT 10AM, 12:30PM AND 3PM

Calling all young survivalists in the making! Join us for a class all about primitive skills needed to survive and thrive in the wild. Explore sensory awareness, search for hidden “critters” with a camouflage game, and learn how to track. Discover how to make a fire with a bow drill, and even create your very own plaster track cast to bring home with you! 

10:00am to 4:30pm
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  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Aug 20

THE HISSTORY OF SNAKES

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

NOTE: THIS PROGRAM HAS 3 SESSIONS STARTING AT 10AM, 12:30PM AND 3PM

Slither on down to a program all about our local serpents! Learn about the natural history of our snakes, why they’re so important (and often misunderstood) and what makes them such incredible animals. Watch our naturalist feed our snakes mice and then finish the program by making a snake craft! You’ll be saying fangs for the memories after this one.

10:00am to 4:30pm
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  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Aug 23
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SUNRISE PHOTO SAFARI AND WORKSHOP: HUMMINGBIRDS & BUTTERFLIES

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Enjoy premium golden hour light and exclusive access to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens before we are open to the public! This photography workshop series is led by a professional photographer and offers a different theme throughout the seasons. This month's theme is hummingbirds and butterflies. $30, Ages 12+

6:00am to 8:30am
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  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Aug 23

LEARN TO LETTERBOX

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Letterboxing is a family friendly scavenger hunt style adventure that takes you to interesting locations all over the world solving clues and searching for hidden treasures. Participants will learn where to find the clues, how to decipher them and receive hints on what to look for. Then off on an adventure around the park to find the boxes hidden here. Participants will also get a chance to carve their own personal stamp and receive an introductory logbook.

10:00am to 11:30am
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  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Aug 25

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
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  • History & Educational
Event Details
Aug 26

ROCK THE PARK

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

NOTE: THIS PROGRAM HAS 3 SESSIONS STARTING AT 10AM, 12:30PM AND 3PM

See just why our park rocks in a class that combines crafts and geology! Hike on down to the stream with our naturalist and learn about geologic processes and our local rocks and minerals. Find your own rock, and paint it whatever fabulous design you would like! Then head back out into the park to look for the painted rocks that our staff have hidden! You’ll be going stone cold crazy for this program.

10:00am to 4:30pm
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  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Aug 27

Beyond Paper & Stone

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

We will be explaining collections care and maintenance, preservation that has taken place on objects, and how the care of these objects impacts the story told.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
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  • History & Educational
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Aug 28

TALKIN BOUT TURTLES

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

NOTE: THIS PROGRAM HAS 3 SESSIONS STARTING AT 10AM, 12:30PM AND 3PM

Come out of your shell and join us for a turtley awesome program! Meet some of our resident turtles and learn about their adaptations, habitat, and what sets them apart from each other. Make your very own turtle craft, and then help us “race” our turtles with some live food to see who is the fastest (or rather the least slow!)

10:00am to 4:30pm
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  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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Sep 5

Pillars to Pavers

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

This walking tour will explore the streets of Alexandria with stops to look at how buildings have been preserved and reused for future generations to enjoy.

10:00am to 12:00pm
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  • History & Educational
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Sep 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
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  • History & Educational
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Sep 12
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Wandering Warblers

Upton Hill 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+

7:00am to 9:30am
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  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Sep 13
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Super Hero 5K

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

Put on your cape, mask and channel your superpowers for the first race in the 2020 Occoquan Regional Park Brickyard 5k race series….THE SUPERHERO 5k. Our beautiful paved 5k course winds its way along the Occoquan River throughout the park’s natural terrain. Our course is family, stroller, and pet friendly. Put on your favorite costume and accept the superhero challenge!

12:45am to 10:30am
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  • Kids & Family
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
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Sep 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
Sep 19

Pillars to Pavers

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

This walking tour will explore the streets of Alexandria with stops to look at how buildings have been preserved and reused for future generations to enjoy.

10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Sep 24

Beyond Paper & Stone

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

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

6:00pm to 8:00pm
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  • History & Educational
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 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 22

Beyond Paper & Stone

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

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

6:00pm to 8:00pm
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  • History & Educational
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 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

Beyond Paper & Stone

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
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

Beyond Paper & Stone

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