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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. 

Jul 16

Read, See, DO

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Every Monday in July, starting on July 9th, Carlyle House and Alexandria Library are teaming up to have a reading program paired with an activity. The books chosen all have a historic theme and can be tied in with Carlyle House. The program will take place on the Magnolia Terrace behind the house, which will be tented.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Jul 17

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

After a long day of work, join yoga instructor Barbara Douglass for an hour long Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace.  A gentle flow yoga class that uses the breath to flow from one pose to the other. We will build heat with sun salutations then progress to balance, deep stretching and finally relaxing meditation.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
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Jul 20
Bluebird

Bluebird Walk on Eliza Davis Trail

Gilbert's Corner Regional Park, Leesburg, VA

Join us on a walking tour of the new Eliza Davis Bluebird Trai!  NOVA Parks, in partnership with Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and in support of the Virginia Bluebird Society, is hosting a study on Bluebirds and our regional native cavity nesting birds. This is a free program. 

6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Nature
Event Details
Jul 21

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace - Saturdays

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Our popular Tuesday Yoga now featured on select Saturday mornings! Join yoga instructor Barbara Douglass for an hour long Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace. A gentle flow yoga class that uses the breath to flow from one pose to the other. We will build heat with sun salutations then progress to balance, deep stretching and finally relaxing meditation.
10:00am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Jul 22
Mt. Zion Church & Cemetery near Aldie

Eyewitness to War: 4th Sundays at Mt. Zion

Mt. Zion Historic Park, Aldie, VA

Guided tours of the church and adjacent cemetery will be offered by a local historian.  Living history presentation with Union army doctor describing how the church was used as a hospital during the war. 

1:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Jul 22
sunset on a kayak

Sunset Kayak Tour

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

​Explore the wildlife found along the waterways of Occoquan Regional Park during a picturesque sunset.The aquatic wildlife along with the variety of birds and raptors that abound make for a most memorable nature experience. Tours offered to ages 14 and older with an accompanying adult.

6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Jul 23

Read, See, DO

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Every Monday in July, starting on July 9th, Carlyle House and Alexandria Library are teaming up to have a reading program paired with an activity. The books chosen all have a historic theme and can be tied in with Carlyle House. The program will take place on the Magnolia Terrace behind the house, which will be tented.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Jul 23 to Jul 27

Nocturnal Naturalist Camp JR

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Nocturnal Naturalist's will participate in a variety of activities including nocturnal animal study, camera trapping, astronomy, live animal presentations, stream surveys, campfire snacks, and more! We invite you to join us for an end of camp potluck/party that will take place on the last day of camp at 9:00pm.  This camp session is for campers ages 8-10.

6:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Camps
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jul 24

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

After a long day of work, join yoga instructor Barbara Douglass for an hour long Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace.  A gentle flow yoga class that uses the breath to flow from one pose to the other. We will build heat with sun salutations then progress to balance, deep stretching and finally relaxing meditation.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Jul 27

Trivia Nights at Historic Sites!

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and Lee-Fendall House Museum have combined their random nerd knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights in the beautiful gardens located at Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on all things from pop culture to history.

7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Community & Volunteers
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Jul 28

It’s Your Watershed!

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Learn about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, its importance, and how we impact it in this meaningful watershed educational experience.  Participate in activities such as stream netting for macro invertebrates, a live animal talk with aquatic wildlife, and get hands-on with our augmented reality watershed exhibit!

10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Community & Volunteers
  • History & Educational
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jul 28
hikers at night in the forest

Night Hike and Campfire - Astronomy

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join our Naturalist after the sun goes down as we explore our park, learn about nocturnal wildlife, see the stars and more in this night-time adventure.  Program concludes with a campfire and s’mores. 

7:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jul 30

Read, See, DO

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Every Monday in July, starting on July 9th, Carlyle House and Alexandria Library are teaming up to have a reading program paired with an activity. The books chosen all have a historic theme and can be tied in with Carlyle House. The program will take place on the Magnolia Terrace behind the house, which will be tented.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Jul 31

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

After a long day of work, join yoga instructor Barbara Douglass for an hour long Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace.  A gentle flow yoga class that uses the breath to flow from one pose to the other. We will build heat with sun salutations then progress to balance, deep stretching and finally relaxing meditation.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Aug 4

Hands on History Tent

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join us for this year’s annual Hands-on-History Tent! This year’s theme is Colonial Plants. Listen to a presentation on native Virginia plants and their use during the 18th-century.

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

Animal Feeding- Water Turtles

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Learn what makes some turtles better adapted for life in water than land and how to identify them in the wild.  Care for our resident Musk and Painted turtles with our Naturalist and learn what these reptiles like to eat. 

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Aug 5
morning kayak

Morning Kayak Tour

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

Enjoy a kayaking adventure observe the natural beauty and local wildlife found along our gentle waterways of Occoquan Regional Park. Tours offered to ages 14 and older with an accompanying adult. 

9:00am to 11:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Aug 5

Hands on History Tent

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join us for this year’s annual Hands-on-History Tent! This year’s theme is Colonial Plants. Listen to a presentation on native Virginia plants and their use during the 18th-century.

12:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Aug 7

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

After a long day of work, join yoga instructor Barbara Douglass for an hour long Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace.  A gentle flow yoga class that uses the breath to flow from one pose to the other. We will build heat with sun salutations then progress to balance, deep stretching and finally relaxing meditation.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Aug 10

Trivia Nights at Historic Sites!

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and Lee-Fendall House Museum have combined their random nerd knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights in the beautiful gardens located at Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on all things from pop culture to history.

7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Community & Volunteers
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Aug 11
Tree Hike

Summer Tree ID Hike – Insects and Disease

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Leaf your cares behind and come on down to this Poplar summer program! Learn how to identify our native trees, how they grow, what external threats they face, and more in this class that will have you pining for more dendro knowledge. 

9:00am to 10:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Aug 11
garden demonstration

Gardener’s In!

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join a Master Gardener for a summer tour of our Demonstration Organic Garden while learning about pollinators, composting, gardening tips and more. 

10:00am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Community & Volunteers
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Aug 13 to Aug 17

Temple Hall Farm Fun Camp

Temple Hall Farm Regional Park, Leesburg, VA

Join us at Temple Hall Farm for a fun filled week of learning, arts and science!

8:30am to 4:00am
  • Camps
  • Camps & Programs Guide
Event Details
Aug 14

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

After a long day of work, join yoga instructor Barbara Douglass for an hour long Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace.  A gentle flow yoga class that uses the breath to flow from one pose to the other. We will build heat with sun salutations then progress to balance, deep stretching and finally relaxing meditation.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Aug 18

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace - Saturdays

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Our popular Tuesday Yoga now featured on select Saturday mornings! Join yoga instructor Barbara Douglass for an hour long Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace. A gentle flow yoga class that uses the breath to flow from one pose to the other. We will build heat with sun salutations then progress to balance, deep stretching and finally relaxing meditation.
10:00am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Aug 18
sunset on a kayak

Sunset Kayak Tour

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

​Explore the wildlife found along the waterways of Occoquan Regional Park during a picturesque sunset.The aquatic wildlife along with the variety of birds and raptors that abound make for a most memorable nature experience. Tours offered to ages 14 and older with an accompanying adult.

6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Aug 19
trellis bench in the Herb Garden

Gardens open at 5:00 AM

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Photographers, birders, strollers, and anyone who enjoys a peaceful morning walk are welcome to visit Meadowlark Botanical Gardens starting at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2018. (The Gardens regularly open at 10 a.m.)

5:00am to 10:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
Event Details
Aug 19

Summer Sundays Series

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Take a break from the doldrums of summer and come explore with us! Learn about our animals, make crafts, play games and more!

2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Aug 21

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

After a long day of work, join yoga instructor Barbara Douglass for an hour long Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace.  A gentle flow yoga class that uses the breath to flow from one pose to the other. We will build heat with sun salutations then progress to balance, deep stretching and finally relaxing meditation.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Aug 24

Trivia Nights at Historic Sites!

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and Lee-Fendall House Museum have combined their random nerd knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights in the beautiful gardens located at Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on all things from pop culture to history.

7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Community & Volunteers
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Aug 24
kayaking under the moonlight

Moonlit Tour

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

Enjoy a kayaking adventure under a moonlit and starry night to explore the natural beauty and diverse wildlife found along the Occoquan River. Tours offered to ages 14 and older with an accompanying adult.

7:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Aug 25
hikers at night in the forest

Night Hike and Campfire - Native Americans

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join our Naturalist after the sun goes down as we explore our park, learn about nocturnal wildlife, see the stars and more in this night-time adventure.

7:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Aug 28

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

After a long day of work, join yoga instructor Barbara Douglass for an hour long Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace.  A gentle flow yoga class that uses the breath to flow from one pose to the other. We will build heat with sun salutations then progress to balance, deep stretching and finally relaxing meditation.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Sep 2
sunset on a kayak

Sunset Kayak Tour

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

Explore the wildlife found along the waterways of Occoquan Regional Park during a picturesque sunset.The aquatic wildlife along with the variety of birds and raptors that abound make for a most memorable nature experience.

6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Sep 9

Outlandish Fashion Show & Tea

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Do you love the Outlander books and/or the television show? Then come join us for tea and a special fashion show on the Magnolia Terrace! Members of the Appin Regiment, an 18th century Scottish Living History group, will model the fashions from the time period when Jamie, Claire AND John Carlyle lived!

2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Sep 15
morning kayak

Morning Kayak Tour

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

Enjoy a kayaking adventure observe the natural beauty and local wildlife found along our gentle waterways of Occoquan Regional Park. Tours offered to ages 14 and older with an accompanying adult.

9:00am to 11:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Sep 15

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace - Saturdays

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Our popular Tuesday Yoga now featured on select Saturday mornings! Join yoga instructor Barbara Douglass for an hour long Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace. A gentle flow yoga class that uses the breath to flow from one pose to the other. We will build heat with sun salutations then progress to balance, deep stretching and finally relaxing meditation.
10:00am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Sep 15

Crafts at Carlyle

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

To coincide with the King Street Art Festival, children will be able to create their own piece of art at Carlyle House to take home. Children will get the chance to paint their own version of a floorcloth, a popular 18th Century floor covering. 

12:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Sep 16

Crafts at Carlyle

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

To coincide with the King Street Art Festival, children will be able to create their own piece of art at Carlyle House to take home. Children will get the chance to paint their own version of a floorcloth, a popular 18th Century floor covering. 

12:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
Event Details
Sep 29

Mansion House Whiskey Tasting

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join us for a unique and intimate evening with old friends and new as we taste extraordinary whiskeys paired with delectable food, harkening back to the days when the Mansion House Hotel stood on the property. This event includes an evening tour of the Carlyle House, 4 whiskeys, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Local historian, Rich Gillespie, will share stories of historic Virginia and guide you on your whiskey tasting journey.

6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Oct 20

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace - Saturdays

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Our popular Tuesday Yoga now featured on select Saturday mornings! Join yoga instructor Barbara Douglass for an hour long Vinyasa Flow Yoga on Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace. A gentle flow yoga class that uses the breath to flow from one pose to the other. We will build heat with sun salutations then progress to balance, deep stretching and finally relaxing meditation.
10:00am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Oct 20
`fall color kayak

Fall Color Tour

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

Experience the changing of the seasons and enjoy the open waters as we view the beautiful fall colors and the changing of the leaves. This is a very specific timeframe for ideal fall colors, so don't miss out on the opportunity. 

2:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Oct 26
Zombies

Zombie Escape

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

The Zombie Apocalypse. DC was one of the first cities to fall when the apocalypse began. As such, Alexandria was a close second due to proximity. Now, you must navigate your way through zombie infested territory to claim what supplies are on your list and make it back to your base safely.

6:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
Event Details
Oct 26

Ghostly Tales

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

Join storytellers from Alexandria's Footsteps to the Past on the front lawn of Carlyle House for ghostly tales of Alexandria's past. $5 per person. 

7:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
Event Details
Oct 27
`fall color kayak

Fall Color Tour

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

Experience the changing of the seasons and enjoy the open waters as we view the beautiful fall colors and the changing of the leaves. This is a very specific timeframe for ideal fall colors, so don't miss out on the opportunity. 

2:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Oct 27

Escape the Sanderson Witches

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

25 years to the day, the Sanderson Sisters have returned; this time to a new city with new hopes of having clueless children at their beck and call. While they hunt for a new lease on life, your group must pass several obstacles to ensure the children in the city are safe. 

6:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
Event Details
Oct 31
Trick-or-Treat Silhouette

Trick or Treat

Carlyle House Historic Park, Alexandria, VA

On October 31st from 5-7pm join us on All Hallow’s Eve for good old fashioned trickery and treats! Bring your little ghosts, goblins, princesses and action heroes to one of Alexandria’s most haunted dwellings for a fun evening of FREE trick-or-treating, games, and crafts.

5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Music, Culture & Festivals
Event Details