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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Nov 16

PokémoNature Connections

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Come explore the world of Pokémon at Potomac Overlook Regional Park for November's community day! Learn about (and meet!) real animals and plants that inspired some of Pokémon's little pocket monsters. FREE

10:30am to 2:00pm
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
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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
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
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Nov 22

Sunsets at the Light Show

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Get exclusive access to the Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights while closed to the public and enjoy a beautiful sunset backdrop! Package deal; Includes night admission and one hot chocolate. All ages.

4:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
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Nov 23

Sunsets at the Light Show

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Get exclusive access to the Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights while closed to the public and enjoy a beautiful sunset backdrop! Package deal; includes night admission and one hot chocolate. All ages.

4:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
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Dec 15

Christmas Bird Count

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA

Join our roving naturalist, in partnership with the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, on a citizen science quest to count and record as many species and individual birds as you can!

7:00am to 10:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
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