Naturalists

A nature interpretation program

NOVA Parks is pleased to offer a nature interpretation program. The mission of the NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist Program is to connect the citizens of northern Virginia with the natural world in our parks.  Through guided nature walks, hikes, canoe and kayak tours, night explorations, stream and pond studies, and live animal programs, participants gain the opportunity to discover our native flora and fauna in a safe and fun environment. Programs are catered to kids, adults, and anyone interested in the natural world. 

Programs are offered in many NOVA Parks including Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Pohick Bay Regional Park, Bull Run Regional Park, Fountainhead Regional Park, Occoquan Regional Park, Algonkian Regional Park, Temple Hall Farm Regional Park, Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, and all five NOVA Parks waterpark facilities (in-season only). Join us for a chance to explore the natural world of northern Virginia. 

Group programs for scouts, homeschoolers, or other special interests can be arranged by contacting NOVA Parks at 703-268-6064.

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Jun 24 to Jun 28

Nocturnal Naturalist Sr. Camp: June 24th - June 28th

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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! 

6:30pm to 10:00pm
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Jun 29
PB Sup Sunset

Evening Sunset Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour--SOLD OUT

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

The NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, David Garcia, will be in the park leading an Evening Sunset SUP Tour on the bay.

6:30pm to 9:00pm
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  • Kids & Family
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Jul 13
morning kayak

Morning Kayak Tour

Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, VA

Paddle among the islands that are stretched out on this beautiful section of the river. Learn about the natural world around you and general ecology of the area. Tours offered to ages 14 and older with an accompanying adult. 

10:00am to 12:30pm
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  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
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Jul 20
Birds of Prey Kayak Tour

Birds of Prey Morning Kayak Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

The NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, David Garcia, will be in the park leading a Birds of Prey Kayak Tour on the bay.

9:00am to 11:30am
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  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
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  • Roving Naturalists
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Aug 10
Moonlight Paddle

Moonlight Paddle Tour

Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, VA

Paddle into the moonlight on this unforgettable tour. Enjoy the peaceful nightlife of the Potomac River as we explore the natural ecology of this wildlife habitat. Tours offered to ages 14 and older with accompanying adult.

7:30pm to 10:00pm
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  • Roving Naturalists
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Aug 16 to Aug 18
Barred Owl at Bull Run

Park Critters

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA

It’s the best time of year for a fun-filled weekend at Bull Run! Learn about local wildlife through fun games and activities during our Park Critters weekend. 

(All day)
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Aug 17
PB Moon Kayak Tour

Full Moon Kayak Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

The NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, David Garcia, will be in the park leading a Full Moon Kayak Tour on the bay.

8:30pm to 11:00pm
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  • Community & Volunteers
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
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Aug 31
Pollinator SUP PB

Morning Pollinator Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

The NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, David Garcia, will be in the park leading a Morning Pollinator SUP Tour on the bay.

8:00am to 10:30am
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  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
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  • Roving Naturalists
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Sep 14
kayaking in the early morning

Morning Paddle Tour

Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, VA

Paddle among the islands that are stretched out on this beautiful section of the river. Learn about the natural world around you and general ecology of the area.
10:00am to 12:30pm
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  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
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Sep 14
PB Full Moon SUP

Full Moon Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

The NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, David Garcia, will be in the park leading a Full Moon SUP Tour on the bay.

8:00pm to 10:30pm
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  • Community & Volunteers
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
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Sep 28
PB Sunrise Kayak Tour

Morning Sunrise Kayak Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

The NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, David Garcia, will be in the park leading a Morning Sunrise Kayak Tour on the bay.

8:00am to 10:30am
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  • Community & Volunteers
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
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Sep 28
Sunset Kayak Tour

Sunset Kayak Tour

Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, VA

Paddle among the islands that are stretched out on this beautiful section of the river. Learn about the natural world around you and general ecology of the area. Tours offered to ages 14 and older with accompanying adult.

5:00pm to 7:30pm
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  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
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Oct 5
Fall Colors Kayak Tour PB

Fall Colors Kayak Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

The NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, David Garcia, will be in the park leading a Fall Colors Kayak Tour on the bay.

2:30pm to 5:00pm
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  • Community & Volunteers
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
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  • Roving Naturalists
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Oct 12
PB Fall Kayak

Fall Colors Kayak Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

The NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, David Garcia, will be in the park leading a Fall Colors Kayak Tour on the bay.

8:30am to 11:00am
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  • Community & Volunteers
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
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Nov 16

Animal Feeding - Turtles

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Don’t be shy, come on out of your shell and join us! Our turtles are ready to chow down. Learn what the differences are between our land and water turtles and how to identify them in the wild. Care for our resident Box Turtles and Painted Turtles (and see our Snapping Turtle!) with our Naturalist and learn what these reptiles like to eat. 

1:00pm to 2:00pm
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  • Kids & Family
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
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