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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
Fall Colors Fountainhead

Fall Colors Kayak Tour

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.

12:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Oct 20
Fall colors

Fall Color Kayak Tour

Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, VA

Experience the changing of the seasons on the Potomac River. 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. Tours offered to ages 14 and older with accompanying adult. 

12:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
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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
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Oct 20
Fall colors

Fall Colors Kayak 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. Tours offered to ages 14 and older with an accompanying adult. 

2:00pm to 4:30pm
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Oct 21
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Fall Colors Kayak Tour

Pohick Bay 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.
10:00am to 12:30pm
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
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
Fall Colors Fountainhead

Fall Colors Kayak 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. Tours offered to ages 14 and older with an accompanying adult.

2:00pm to 4:30pm
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Oct 28
Fall Colors Fountainhead

Fall Colors Kayak TOur

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, David Garcia.

12:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details
Nov 11

Grandparents Day Hike – the Wisdom of the Elders in the Woods

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Just like how grandparents can offer wisdom from years of experience, so too can the elders of the woods offer us much in the form of nature mentoring. 

2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
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Jan 5

Exploring the Night Sky

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join roving naturalist David Garcia for a night time adventure!  Take an interactive tour of the night sky from moons and planets of our local solar system to far away galaxies and star-forming regions. Participants will see through a 14 inch Orion Dobsonian to observe all the “Wow !” celestial objects found in the night sky

7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Feb 2

Animal Behaviors and Habitat Exploration

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join roving naturalist David Garcia for a program about animals and their surroundings! Take part on on a winter’s hike to reveal the various winter adaptions and animal habitats found in our wooded areas.

2:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details