Camp registration will open on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST AT 10:00 am.  See below for registration links, camp sessions and rates. Because our registration date falls on a Saturday this year, NOVA Parks Headquarters will not be reachable for camp inquiries and registration assistance on February 1st. Please make sure to call Potomac Overlook at 703-528-5406 for any assistance.

Camp Overlook explores the close-to-home natural world with children entering grades K through 11 at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Our camp staff works hard to create a curriculum that weaves unique activities and investigations with familiar annual traditions. Activities at Camp Overlook are designed to be engaging, challenging, educational, and fun! We highly value and encourage inclusion of all campers in all activities. Engaging activities include stream hikes, aquatic studies, live animal care, swimming, campfires and s’mores, habitat restoration projects, canoeing, scavenger hunts, nature crafts, and much more!

Junior Naturalist, Explorers, Adventure, and Rangers camps all include field trips to other parks. Junior Naturalist Camps have one field trip day during the camp week, while Explorers Camps take two field trips. Adventure Camps and Rangers Camp will take a field trip every day!  Puddle Jumpers Camp, Animal Caretakers Camp, Junior Naturalist ½ day Camp, Park Protectors Camp, Survival Specialist Camp and Nocturnal Naturalist Camp do not include offsite field trips. If you have questions or concerns about any of our field trips, please do not hesitate to contact our camp director at campoverlook@nvrpa.org.

View our camp forms for parents here.

Each of our Junior Naturalists, Explorers, and Puddle Jumpers Camps have also been given edition names to better help staff and parents differentiate between sessions.

CAMP OVERLOOK 2020


Registration will open on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST AT 10:00 am.  See below for registration links, camp sessions and rates.

*NEW* Survival Specialist Camp (10-13 year olds)
Camp Schedule: 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Camp Fee: $270 per camper in / $320 per camper out

 Are you a survivalist? Learn how to track, make campfires and shelters, ID harmful vs beneficial plants and animals, and more in this brand new camp!

Session I: June 22nd – June 26th (15 campers)
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*NEW* Park Protectors Camp (12-16 year olds)
Camp Schedule: 9:00am-1:00pm
Cost: $185 per camper in / $235 per camper out

Calling all stewards! Help us preserve our parkland by removing invasive species, working on the trails, doing surveys and more! Great for a resume! 

Session I: June 29th – July 2nd *MONDAY – THURSDAY* (15 campers)
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Rangers Camp (13-15 year olds)
Camp Schedule: 9:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $495 per camper in / $545 per camper out

Rangers Camp is a high paced recreation and nature focused camp week. Every day we will embark on a new adventure to a different park and explore the outdoors! Activities may include swimming, hiking, kayaking/paddle boarding, stream hikes, and more!

Session I: August 17th – August 21st (15 campers)
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Adventure Camp (10-13 year olds)
Camp Schedule: 9:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $495 per camper in / $545 per camper out

Adventure camp is a high paced recreation focused camp week. Every day we will embark on a new adventure to a different park. Activities may include swimming, hiking, kayaking/paddle boarding, stream hikes, a high ropes course and more!

Session I: July 6th-  July 10th (15 campers)
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​Session II: August 3rd – August 7th (15 campers)
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Junior Naturalist Camp (7-9 year olds)
Camp Schedule: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: $345 per camper in / $395 per camper out

Junior Naturalists will participate in a variety of activities including outdoor games, arts and crafts, nature hikes, live animal presentations, bug hunts, and a field trip to another park.

Oak Edition June 22nd – June 26th (20 campers)
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Pine Edition July 6th – July 10th (20 campers)
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Beech Edition July 13th – July 17th (20 campers)
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Poplar Edition July 20th – July 24th (20 campers)
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Hickory Edition July 27th – July 31st (20 campers)
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Boxelder Edition August 10th – August 14th (20 campers)
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Junior Naturalist ½ Day Camp (7-9 year olds)
Camp Schedule: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: $225 per camper in / $275 per camper out

Junior Naturalist's will participate in a variety of activities including outdoor games, arts and crafts, stream exploration, nature hikes, live animal presentations, bug hunts, and more!

Session I: August 24th – August 28th (20 campers)
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Puddle Jumpers Camp (5-6 year olds)
Camp Schedule: 9:00am-1:00pm
Cost: $225 per camper in / $275 per camper out

Puddle Jumpers will participate in a variety of activities including outdoor games, arts and crafts, stream exploration, nature hikes, live animal presentations, bug hunts, and more!

Barred Owl Edition June 22nd – June 26th (20 campers)
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Great Horned Owl Edition July 20th – July 24th (20 campers)
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Screech Owl Edition July 27th – July 31st (20 campers)
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American Kestrel August 3rd – August 7th (20 campers)
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Red Shouldered Hawk Edition June 29th – July 2nd *MONDAY – THURSDAY* (20 campers)
Cost: $180 per camper in / $230 per camper out
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Nocturnal Naturalist Camp (8-10 year olds)
Camp Schedule: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $255 per camper in / $305 per camper out

Nocturnal Naturalists will participate in a variety of activities including nocturnal animal study, camera trapping, astronomy, live animal presentations, stream surveys, campfire snacks, and more!

Session I: July 13th – July 17th (20 campers)
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Explorers Camp (10-13 year olds)
Camp Schedule: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: $375 per camper in / $425 per camper out

Explorers will participate in a variety of activities including outdoor games, arts and crafts, swimming, nature hikes, live animal presentations, bug hunts, and two field trips to other sites.

Lewis Edition July 13th – July 17th (20 campers)
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Clark Edition August 10th – August 14th (20 campers)
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Animal Caretakers Camp (12-15 year olds)
Camp Schedule: 1:30pm – 5:30pm
Cost: $230 per camper in / $280 per camper out

Animal Caretakers is a new camp that offers campers a unique glimpse into what it is like to be a naturalist! This is a great learning / training opportunity for hopeful volunteers! Campers will participate in a variety of activities including animal feeding, handling, surveying, and more.

Session I: July 20th – July 24th (15 campers)
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Leader-in-Training (LIT) Volunteer Program
Looking to be a future camp counselor? Our LIT program is a great place to start! LIT's must be at least 15 years old. Applications and inquiries to staff must be made by the LIT Applicant, not the parent. Once your application is received, camp staff will schedule an interview with the applicant accordingly. All accepted applicants are required to attend a LIT training session in June (date TBA). 
To apply, please email us at campoverlook@nvrpa.org with your full name, contact information, age, and answers to these 3 questions:

  • What makes you want to be a LIT at Camp Overlook? 
  • What prior experience do you have working with children and with what ages(s)?
  • What is your availability for this summer?