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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Oct 20

Orionid Meteor Shower Watch Party!

Gilbert's Corner Regional Park, Leesburg, VA

Join the Roving Naturalist for a late night meteor shower watch party! Every October, the earth passes through a debris field produced by Halley's Comet; causing the Orionid Meteor Shower. As crazy as it seems, 1:00am is the best time to get outside and see the highest volume of meteors. Any earlier in the night, and there is not a whole lot of activity. So, get a good night's rest the night before, bring warm clothes and blankets, and learn more about this incredible galactic phenomenon that is a whole lot closer to earth than you may think! $6, ages 5+

1:00am to 2:30am
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Oct 24
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Fall Colors Kayak Paddle

Fountainhead Regional Park, Fairfax Station, VA

Experience the changing of the seasons and enjoy the natural beauty of the Occoquan Reservoir. A fun and memorable outdoor experience while highlighting natural and historical features unique to the area. This program will be led by NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin. $30, ages 12+

9:00am to 11:30am
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Oct 24

Seeking Super Slithery Serpents

Fountainhead Regional Park, Fairfax Station, VA

Tag along with Roving Naturalist Matt Felperin and Park Specialist/reptile expert David Deem on a quest to seek some slithery friends! The wooded ridges and valleys at Fountainhead are an excellent habitat for a variety of snakes. David, the park's own Steve Irwin reincarnated, spends much of his free time seeking serpents all over the country and has claimed multiple state records. Proper safety precautions will be taken as Copperheads are known to inhabit these woods. $8, ages 8+

12:00pm to 1:30pm
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Oct 24
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Fall Colors Sunset Kayak Paddle--SOLD OUT

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Looking for a great sunset photo opportunity? How about the added bonus of some beautiful fall foliage? Join us for a relaxing guided sunset kayak paddle led by ACA certified paddling instructor and NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin. Calm evening waters should make this an easy paddle, and we hope to see lots of wildlife along the way! Expect to see Great Blue Herons, Cormorants, and Bald Eagles.

4:00pm to 6:30pm
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Oct 25

Seneca Woods Sunrise Fall Colors Hike

Seneca Regional Park, Great Falls, VA

Join naturalists Keith Tomlinson and Matt Felperin for a sunrise hike at Seneca Regional Park dur

7:00am to 9:00am
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Oct 25
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Fall Colors Sunset Kayak Paddle

Fountainhead Regional Park, Fairfax Station, VA

Experience the changing of the seasons and enjoy the natural beauty of the Occoquan Reservoir during golden hour and sunset! A fun and memorable outdoor experience while highlighting natural and historical features unique to the area. $30, ages 12+

4:00pm to 6:30pm
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Oct 26
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Fall Colors Kayak Tour

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

Enjoy the beauty of fall as we paddle down the Occoquan River to discover banks full of colorful foliage!

12:00pm to 2:30pm
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Oct 30

Sunset Kayak Paddle Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Looking for a great sunset photo opportunity? Join us for a relaxing guided sunset kayak paddle led by  ACA certified paddling instructor and NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin. Calm evening waters should make this an easy paddle, and we hope to see lots of wildlife along the way! Expect to see Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles. $35, Ages 13+

5:00pm to 7:30pm
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