Things to do

Group Programs

Our Roving Naturalist Program offers programs for scout groups including scout hikes, live animal presentations, and badge programs.  Programs can be tailored to meet any of the following badge requirements.  Cost is $4 per scout.  Please note that programs are easier to arrange several months in advance.


Brownie Try-its
Earth and Sky
Watching Wildlife
Water Everywhere

Older Girl Scouts
All About Birds

Birds (elective)


Junior Girl Scouts
Earth Connections
Plants and Animals
Outdoor Fun
Your Outdoor Surroundings


Sharing your world with Wildlife
Water and Soil Conservation

Boy Scout Merit Badges
Reptile & Amphibian Study, Bird Study, Mammal Study, Insect Study, Nature Study, Tracking, and Soil and Water Conservation.  

Scout Programs Contact:
Potomac Overlook


Our Roving Naturalist Program offers outreach and field trips to public and privates schools for all grades. Whether it be a guest speaker at your schools career day, or an in depth lesson on any natural history topic, our experienced naturalist can offer many opportunities for students and teachers to learn. Through hands on exploration, an interpretative slideshow, live animal presentations, stream studies, field nature walks, or guided canoe trips students will gain first hand knowledge on many topics.

All programs can be tailored to meet Virginia Science Standards of Learning. The following are examples of the program topics that can be done at your school or on a field trip to one of our parks.

There are various rates for outreach programs ranging from No-charge to $200.
Rates can vary due to some factors but are primarily based upon if the school is from a
participating jurisdiction (counties of Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington, and cities of Falls Church,
Fairfax, and Alexandria) or if it is out of jurisdiction.

The following are examples of the program topics that can be done at your school.

Decomposers in a Rotting Log
Habitats and Niches
Ecosystems in Northern Virginia
Our Web of Life
Animal Classification

Energy in Living Systems
Reptiles and Amphibians
Animal Evidence
Watershed Wonders
Bird Life


School Programs Contact:
Matt Felperin


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