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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Mar 2
spring flowers blooming

Here Comes Spring! Nature Hike

Bull Run Festival of Lights, Centreville, VA

Come enjoy a hike to see how our natural world undergoes the amazing seasonal transformation from Winter to Spring.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Mar 23
park visitors on a night hike

Moonlit Night Hike

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Explore the sights and sounds of the forest at night under a moonlit sky.

7:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Mar 24
spring flowers blooming

Spring is Here! Nature Hike

Gilbert's Corner Regional Park, Leesburg, 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
Mar 30
person sitting in forest

Forest Therapy

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

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

10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Mar 31
flowers blooming on forest floor

The Wonders of Wildflowers

Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, Leesburg, VA

Come on a nature hike to explore all the fascinating secrets of spring wildflowers.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Apr 5 to Apr 7
Bluebells at Bull Run Regional Park

Sun's Out, Fun's Out!

Bull Run Festival of Lights, Centreville, VA

Spring is finally here and it’s time to get outdoors! Join us for s’mores, crafts, and more! Kick off the camping season with a scavenger hunt hayride, and explore wildflowers with our roving naturalist.

(All day)
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Apr 6
flowers blooming on forest floor

The Wonders of Wildflowers

Bull Run Festival of Lights, Centreville, VA

Come on a nature hike to explore all the fascinating secrets of spring wildflowers.

10:00am to 11:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Apr 7
flowers blooming on forest floor

The Wonders of Wildflowers

Bull Run Festival of Lights, Centreville, VA

Come on a nature hike to explore all the fascinating secrets of spring wildflowers.

10:00am to 11:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Apr 13
flowers blooming on forest floor

The Wonders of Wildflowers

Bull Run Festival of Lights, Centreville, VA

Come on a nature hike to explore all the fascinating secrets of spring wildflowers.

10:00am to 11:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Apr 14
flowers blooming on forest floor

The Wonders of Wildflowers

Bull Run Festival of Lights, Centreville, VA

Come on a nature hike to explore all the fascinating secrets of spring wildflowers.

10:00am to 11:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Apr 20
park visitors on a night hike

Moonlit Night Hike

Gilbert's Corner Regional Park, Leesburg, VA

Explore the sights and sounds of the forest at night under a moonlit sky.

8:00pm to 9:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Apr 21
person walking in the forest

Forest Therapy

Fountainhead Regional Park, Fairfax Station, 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 27
person walking in the forest

Forest Therapy

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

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 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 Festival of Lights, 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