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. 

Nov 8 to Jan 5

Winter Walk of Lights

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

5:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Festival
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
Event Details
Nov 22 to Jan 5
Festival of Lights

Bull Run Festival of Lights

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA

Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow.

5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Festival
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
Event Details
Dec 9
Critter Corner

Critter Corner at Festival of Lights

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA

After your magical ride through the Festival of Lights be sure and stop by our Critter Corner at

5:00pm to 9:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Festival
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Dec 9
holiday crafts

Winter Walk of Lights Ho! Ho! Ho! Holiday Crafts

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Children are welcome to create a free craft at our holiday arts table!

5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
Event Details
Dec 11
Nifty Nature

Winter Walk of Lights Nifty Nature Nights

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Visit with our Naturalist and discover the wonders of nature!

5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
  • Nature
Event Details
Dec 12
holiday crafts

Winter Walk of Lights Ho! Ho! Ho! Holiday Crafts

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Children are welcome to create a free craft at our holiday arts table!

5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
Event Details
Dec 14

Christmas Bird Count

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join us at Potomac Overlook as we sample our park for our local avian species! Bring your binoculars, field guides and dress warm! FREE to participants.

8:00am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Dec 14

Tree ID Hike

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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. This class 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
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Dec 14

Pokémonature Connections

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Come explore the world of Pokémon at Potomac Overlook Regional Park for December's community day! Learn about (and meet!) some real animals and plants that inspired some of Pokémon's little pocket monsters.

1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Dec 14

Yuletide by Candlelight

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Experience the holiday season with festive activities and fare at historic sites throughout Alexandria!

5:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Community & Volunteers
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Dec 15

Christmas Bird Count

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA

Join our roving naturalist, in partnership with the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, on a citizen science quest to count and record as many species and individual birds as you can!

7:00am to 10:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Dec 15

Pancakes with Santa

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Come visit Santa during his only visit to Potomac Overlook this year! Take photos and make family memories, and join our Pancake Extravaganza in the auditorium after you snap a pic with Santa! 

10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Dec 15

Christmas Bird Count

Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, VA

Join our roving naturalist, in partnership with the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, on a citizen science quest to count and record as many species and individual birds as you can!

1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Dec 19

Sunsets at the Light Show

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Get exclusive access to the Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights while closed to the public and enjoy a beautiful sunset backdrop!

3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Dec 20

Sunsets at the Light Show

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Get exclusive access to the Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights while closed to the public and enjoy a beautiful sunset backdrop!

3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Dec 20

Winter Survival Series

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Are you a survivalist? Got what it takes to survive in the cold, harsh winter months? Join our naturalist as we learn about edible and poisonous plants and animals, how to track, build shelters and more!

4:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Dec 28

Christmas Bird Count

Rust Sanctuary, Leesburg, VA

Join our roving naturalist on a citizen science quest to count and record as many species and individual birds as you can!

8:00am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Dec 29

Christmas Bird Count

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Join our roving naturalist on a citizen science quest to count and record as many species and individual birds as you can!

8:00am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Dec 29

Agents of Discovery

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Dec 31
First Responder

Winter Walk of Lights First Responder Appreciation Nights

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Fire, Rescue, and Law Enforcement Personnel showing valid ID will receive free admission with one

5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
Event Details
Jan 1

New Year’s Resolution Hike

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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 2020 as we hike the trails and enjoy all the New Year has to offer!

9:00am to 10:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 1 to Jan 5
Senior Special

Winter Walk of Lights Senior Specials

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Patrons 55 and older showing valid ID will receive 50% off onsite ticket sales.

5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
Event Details
Jan 1 to Jan 5
member volunteer

Winter Walk of Lights Member & Volunteer Appreciation Nights

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Members and volunteers showing a current annual garden pass will receive 50% off onsite ticket sa

5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
Event Details
Jan 1
Camp Grow Scout

Winter Walk of Lights Camp Grow, Scouts, 4H Nights

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Youth wearing their Camp Grow or service organization's t-shirts or badges will receive free admi

5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
Event Details
Jan 1
military appreciation

Winter Walk of Lights Military Appreciation Nights

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Active and former military will receive free admission with one paying guest.

5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
Event Details
Jan 1
Nifty Nature

Winter Walk of Lights Nifty Nature Nights

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Visit with our Naturalist and discover the wonders of nature!

5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
  • Nature
Event Details
Jan 2 to Jan 3
Critter Ice and Lights

Critter Corner at Ice and Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run

Cameron Run Regional Park, Alexandria, VA

Be sure and stop by our Critter Corner at Ice and Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run.

5:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Jan 2
teacher appreciation

Winter Walk of Lights Teacher Appreciation Nights

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

We love our teachers!

5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
Event Details
Jan 3
nurse appreciation

Winter Walk of Lights Nurse Appreciation Nights

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Nurses showing a valid ID receive FREE admission with one paying guest.

5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
Event Details
Jan 5

Nature Hike: Changing Seasons

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 8

Wednesday Wonders

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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 2019. 

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 9

Homeschool at the Park

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 11

Birds in Winter

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Come see what our avian friends are doing this season! Join our naturalists as they show you what birds are currently around and explore the park for native birds with our binoculars!

8:00am to 9:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 11

Tree ID Hike

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 12

Trivia Night at the Nature Center

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Have plenty of knowledge about animals, the environment, and more, but don’t know where to use it? Join us for a Potomac Overlook trivia night and enjoy light refreshments and snacks as we quiz you and your team / family about anything nature related! Who will win?

6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 15

Wednesday Wonders

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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 2019. 

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 18

Night Hike and Campfire - Nocturnal Animals

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join our Naturalist after the sun goes down and the 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! 

6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 22

Wednesday Wonders

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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 2019. 

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 23

Homeschool at the Park

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 25

Animal Feeding: Frogs and Toads

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join our naturalist as we feed our jumpy amphibian friends. Learn the differences between frogs and toads and help us care for and feed our resident croakers. Be sure to hop on down to this toad-ally cool program!

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 26

Agents of Discovery

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 29

Wednesday Wonders

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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 2019. 

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jan 31

Junior Naturalist Day Camp

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 2

Recycling Do’s and Don’ts!

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

We all know recycling is important, but do you know why? Are you curious about where your recycling goes and how its processed? Are you positive you know what is and isn’t recyclable depending on where you live? Come out to this brand new program that will leave you feeling like a recycling pro!

3:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 5

Wednesday Wonders

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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 2019. 

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 6

Homeschool at the Park

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 8

Happy Birthday John Carlyle!: A 1760s Celebration

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join us as we wish a very happy 300th birthday to Alexandria town founder, Col. John Carlyle.

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

Wednesday Wonders Valentine’s Day Special

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 15

Owl Love Feeding

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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!

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 20

Homeschool at the Park

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 22

Animal Feeding: Cutest Critters

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Come help our naturalist feed some of the most adorable animals our nature center houses! Box Turtles, Tree Frogs and our Eastern Screech Owl aren’t just lovable; they’re hungry and ready for dinner!

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 22

Night Hike and Campfire: Native Americans

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join our Naturalist after the sun goes down as we learn about the native people that called this park home long ago, how we know that they loved here, how they survived, and more.  Program concludes with a campfire and smores. 

6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
Event Details
Feb 23

Agents of Discovery

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 23

Tell Me Your Name

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join Carlyle House Historic Park staff for a tour focusing on the experiences of the enslaved community at Carlyle House and his plantations

3:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Feb 28

Potomac Rangers

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Community & Volunteers
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details