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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Sep 28
warbler, bird, birding, nature, wildlife

Wandering Warblers

Potomac Overlook 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+

8:00am to 10:30am
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  • History & Educational
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  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
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Oct 3
kayaker under the moonlight

Sunset & Full Moon Kayak Paddle

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Paddle tour two-for-one! Enjoy a relaxing sunset before night falls, then watch as the skies darken and the full moon illuminates the water. $35, Ages 13+

6:30pm to 9:00pm
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  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
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Oct 12

Sunset Kayak Paddle Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Looking for a great sunset photo opportunity? Join us for a relaxing guided sunset kayak paddle led by  ACA certified paddling instructor and NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin. Calm evening waters should make this an easy paddle, and we hope to see lots of wildlife along the way! Expect to see Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles. $35, Ages 13+

5:00pm to 7:30pm
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  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
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Oct 16

Sunset Kayak Paddle Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Looking for a great sunset photo opportunity? Join us for a relaxing guided sunset kayak paddle led by  ACA certified paddling instructor and NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin. Calm evening waters should make this an easy paddle, and we hope to see lots of wildlife along the way! Expect to see Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles. $35, Ages 13+

5:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
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Oct 30

Sunset Kayak Paddle Tour

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA

Looking for a great sunset photo opportunity? Join us for a relaxing guided sunset kayak paddle led by  ACA certified paddling instructor and NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin. Calm evening waters should make this an easy paddle, and we hope to see lots of wildlife along the way! Expect to see Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles. $35, Ages 13+

5:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Roving Naturalists
  • Sport, Fitness & Health
Event Details