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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 22
Spring flowers in the landscape

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
kayaking under the moonlight

Moonlit Kayak Tour

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

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

7:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
May 5
sunset on a kayak

Sunset Kayak Tour

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

Explore the wildlife found along the waterways of Occoquan Regional Park during a picturesque sunset.

6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
May 13
Spring flowers in the landscape

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 13
Spring flowers in the landscape

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 19
biking on W&OD

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 20
sunset on a kayak

Sunset Kayak Tour

Fountainhead Regional Park, Fairfax Station, VA

Explore the wildlife found along our local waterways during a picturesque sunset.

6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
May 27
kayaking in the early morning

Morning Kayak Tour

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

Enjoy a kayaking adventure to observe the natural beauty and local wildlife found along our gentle waterways of Occoquan Regional Park.

9:00am to 11:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
May 27
sunset on a kayak

Sunset Kayak Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Explore the wildlife found along our local waterways during a picturesque sunset.

6:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Jun 1
kayaking under the moonlight

Moonlit Kayak Tour

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

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

7:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Jun 2
sunset on a kayak

Sunset Kayak Tour

Fountainhead Regional Park, Fairfax Station, VA

Explore the wildlife found along our local waterways during a picturesque sunset.

6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Jun 9
Pohick Kayak

Saturday Morning Kayak Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Enjoy a kayaking adventure to observe the natural beauty and local wildlife found along our gentle waterways. Tour offered to ages 14 and older. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. $30.00 per person; includes rental boat, equipment and guided tour.

8:00am to 10:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Jun 9
sunset on a kayak

Sunset Kayak Tour

Occoquan Regional Park , Lorton, VA

Explore the wildlife found along the waterways of Occoquan Regional Park during a picturesque sunset.

6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Jun 17
person sitting peacefully in nature

The Healing Dimensions of Nature

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, 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
Jun 24
person sitting peacefully in nature

The Healing Dimensions of Nature

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, 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
Jun 28
kayaking under the moonlight

Fullmoon 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 our gentle waterways.

7:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details
Jun 30
stand up paddleboarders on the bay

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Nature Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Join us on the most scenic nature tour in our region. Discover all the abundant wildlife found in our area as we journey into the marsh on SUP boards.

8:00am to 10:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
Event Details