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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Aug 8

POKÉMONATURE CONNECTIONS

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Come explore the world of Pokémon at Potomac Overlook Regional Park for August's community day! Learn about (and meet!) some real animals and plants that inspired some of Pokémon's little pocket monsters. Then, we will venture out as a group to hit the trails and seek the elusive shiny Magikarp! Ages 8+

11:00am to 2:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Aug 10

Critter Corner!

Upton Hill Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Be sure to drop by Upton Hill to meet the Roving Naturalist and a few of his animal friends he is bringing along! Have you ever touched a snake or a turtle? Here is your chance! Learn more about some of these fascinating critters and where you might be able to see them in the wild right here in Northern Virginia. All ages, FREE!

5:30pm to 7:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Aug 10

Critter Corner!

Upton Hill Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Be sure to drop by Upton Hill to meet the Roving Naturalist and a few of his animal friends he is bringing along! Have you ever touched a snake or a turtle? Here is your chance! Learn more about some of these fascinating critters and where you might be able to see them in the wild right here in Northern Virginia. All ages, FREE!

5:30pm to 7:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Aug 16
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Sunrise Photo Safari and Workshop: Hummingbirds & Butterflies

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Enjoy premium golden hour light and exclusive access to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens before we are open to the public! This photography workshop series is led by a professional photographer and offers a different theme throughout the seasons. This month's theme is hummingbirds and butterflies. $30, Ages 12+

6:00am to 8:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Aug 17

Critter Corner!

Upton Hill Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Be sure to drop by Upton Hill to meet the Roving Naturalist and a few of his animal friends he is bringing along! Have you ever touched a snake or a turtle? Here is your chance! Learn more about some of these fascinating critters and where you might be able to see them in the wild right here in Northern Virginia. All ages, FREE!

5:30pm to 7:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Aug 17

Critter Corner!

Upton Hill Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Be sure to drop by Upton Hill to meet the Roving Naturalist and a few of his animal friends he is bringing along! Have you ever touched a snake or a turtle? Here is your chance! Learn more about some of these fascinating critters and where you might be able to see them in the wild right here in Northern Virginia. All ages, FREE!

5:30pm to 7:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Aug 23
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SUNRISE PHOTO SAFARI AND WORKSHOP: HUMMINGBIRDS & BUTTERFLIES

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Enjoy premium golden hour light and exclusive access to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens before we are open to the public! This photography workshop series is led by a professional photographer and offers a different theme throughout the seasons. This month's theme is hummingbirds and butterflies. $30, Ages 12+

6:00am to 8:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Sep 12
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Wandering Warblers

Upton Hill Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join the Roving Naturalist and look for migrating warblers, a family of small insect-eating birds that often display striking plumage! Learn the stories of these lightning fast little beauties, and where they explore when they're not passing through. $8, ages 10+

7:00am to 9:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details