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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Dec 9
Critter Corner

Critter Corner at Festival of Lights

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA

After your magical ride through the Festival of Lights be sure and stop by our Critter Corner at

5:00pm to 9:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Festival
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Dec 14

Pokémonature Connections

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

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

1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
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
Event Details
Dec 15

Christmas Bird Count

Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, 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!

1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Dec 19

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!

3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Dec 19
Nifty Nature

Nifty Nature Night

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens , Vienna, VA

Visit with our Naturalist and discover the wonders of nature!

5:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Festival
  • Free
  • Kids & Family
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Dec 20

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!

3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Dec 28

Christmas Bird Count

Rust Sanctuary, Leesburg, VA

Join our roving naturalist on a citizen science quest to count and record as many species and individual birds as you can!

8:00am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Dec 29

Christmas Bird Count

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Join our roving naturalist on a citizen science quest to count and record as many species and individual birds as you can!

8:00am to 11:00am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Jan 2 to Jan 3
Critter Ice and Lights

Critter Corner at Ice and Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run

Cameron Run Regional Park, Alexandria, VA

Be sure and stop by our Critter Corner at Ice and Lights: The Winter Village at Cameron Run.

5:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details