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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Apr 27
person walking in the forest

Forest Therapy--SOLD OUT

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

This program is an introduction on how nature welcomes us into its healing and health-giving qualities.

1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Apr 28
spring flowers blooming

Spring is Here! Nature Hike--SOLD OUT

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

Spring season has arrived! Explore the visible changes that can be seen in animal behaviors and plant life.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
May 4
person walking in the forest

Forest Therapy

Seneca Regional Park, Great Falls, VA

This program is an introduction on how nature welcomes us into its healing and health-giving qualities.

1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
May 5
spring flowers blooming

Spring is Here! Nature Hike

Fountainhead Regional Park, Fairfax Station, VA

Spring season has arrived! Explore the visible changes that can be seen in animal behaviors and plant life.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
May 12
kayakers on gentle waters

Mother's Day Kayak Tour

Fountainhead Regional Park, Fairfax Station, VA

On Mother's Day we welcome you to explore the wildlife found along our local waterways during a picturesque Spring day.

10:00am to 12:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
May 18
kayaker under the moonlight

Blue Moon Kayak Tour

Fountainhead Regional Park, Fairfax Station, VA

Enjoy a kayaking adventure under a moonlit and starry night to explore the natural beauty and diverse wildlife found along the Occoquan Reservoir.

7:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
May 19
spring flowers blooming

Spring is Here! Nature Hike

Seneca Regional Park, Great Falls, VA

Spring season has arrived! Explore the visible changes that can be seen in animal behaviors and plant life.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
May 25
bikers on the W&OD trail

The W&OD Spring Bike Ride

Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park, Ashburn, VA

Bring your bike and join us as we explore history and nature along a six mile section of the W&OD trail by Vienna, VA.

9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
May 26
person sitting in forest

Forest Therapy

Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, Leesburg, VA

This program is an introduction on how nature welcomes us into its healing and health-giving qualities.

1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
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
  • Camps
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
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)
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
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
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details