Nature Nuts

A region-wide program to reconnect children with the outdoors

Nature Nuts is a regional initiative that seeks to provide a meaningful outdoor experience to children throughout Northern Virginia. Nature Nuts is made possible through funding from the NOVA Parks Foundation. The mission of Nature Nuts is to expand and improve programs and facilities that help children recreate in a natural environment. But for kids, the idea is simple - tell me about all the fun ways we can get outside at our favorite NOVA Parks venues and enjoy nature!

Find your next adventure!

This website is a great way to tour all the terrific spaces that NOVA Parks has to offer! You can use the things to do menu or you can choose your favorite park and figure out where you're headed next. Here's a look at some kid favorites!
 

Boating & Fishing!

Enjoy a day along the water at your favorite park - whether your fishing or just skipping stones, our local waterways are a great source of enjoyment for kids of every age. Want to explore a little further? Bring mom or dad and rent a kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard!

Explore

 

Camps & Special Programs!

Camp NOVA offers some of the region’s most unique and innovative summer camps in the area. Offering four distinct experiences with the NOVA Parks system, NOVA Camps can turn any summer into a summer to remember. Programs at great parks like Potomac Overlook, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Temple Hall Farm, Carlyle House and more!

Explore

 

Camping & Cabins

There's not better way to get the full nature experience than by spending the night. NOVA Parks has camp sites and cabins at Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton as well as Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville. Sit around the campfire and roast marshmallows, or come in the summer and visit one of our great waterparks while you're there. A great time awaits! 

Explore

 

Reggie says!

... a few handy tips for kids when exploring outside

  • Bring a friend!  Inviting along one or more of your friends is a great way to enjoy nature. Plan out your exploration route or activity, sing songs and enjoy your time outdoors! Plus, you might be opening a whole new world to a friend. It's a great way to make memories that will last a lifetime!
  • Always bring along extra food and water! A picnic lunch can be a great reason for an outing. Keep it simple by serving pre-made food like granola bars and sandwiches! Most importantly, don’t run out of water! Take as many water bottles as you can. And always remember to clean up any litter after your meal!
  • Don't be afraid to explore! Trails, kayaks, nature tours - don't be afraid to try something new! Stay overnight - talk to your parents about arranging a camping trip and enjoy nature from a new perspective - in a tent or a cabin, under the stars and around the camp fire!

 

Online Donations

Nature Nuts is funded by NOVA Parks, which accepts charitable donations to generate new sources of revenue that will enable us to expand, improve and conserve Northern Virginia’s special natural and historic places and parklands. These donations are used exclusively by NOVA Parks to charitably further the cause of environmentalism and land preservation. Our government support is minimal and we rely on the generosity of our neighbors who share our commitment to ensuring that future generations can enjoy the true beauty and natural resources of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Your tax-deductible donation will go a long way toward providing a place for our children and grandchildren to learn to swim, golf, canoe, kayak, hike and enjoy nature. Our programs also instill a sense of the rich history of our great state.

To make an online donation to Nature Nuts, visit our donation page.

Learn More

Feb 21

Homeschool at the Park

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join us at Potomac Overlook for a class offered just for Homeschoolers! Accompany our naturalist as we explore the park, learn about animals, do hands on activities and more! 

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 23

Night Hike and Campfire - Nocturnal Animals

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join our Naturalist after the sun goes down and the full moon goes up as we explore our park and learn about nocturnal wildlife.  Learn what makes these creatures so adapted to night-life and meet a few of them up close! Reservations required.  

6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Feb 28

Potomac Rangers

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join us for a new program that shows you what it is like to be a naturalist at our park; learn about the animals we have at the center and how to interpret them, feed them, and more in this program that is great for prospective volunteers or future naturalists! 

4:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Community & Volunteers
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Mar 3

Nature Hike - Changing Seasons

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Learn about our native animals and how they adapt to the changing of the season! Join our naturalist as they lead you round the park.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Mar 8

Prehistoric Park Rangers

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Love dinos? Fascinated by the creatures of the past? We have the program for you! Join us as we dive into the world of yesterday!

5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Mar 9

Tree ID Hike

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Leaf your cares behind and come on down to this Poplar program! Learn how to identify our native trees, how they grow, what external threats they face, and more

9:00am to 10:30am
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Mar 21

Homeschool at the Park

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join us at Potomac Overlook for a class offered just for Homeschoolers! Accompany our naturalist as we explore the park, learn about animals, and do hands on activities.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Mar 22

Prehistoric Park Rangers

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Love dinos? Fascinated by the creatures of the past? We have the program for you! Join us as we dive into the world of yesterday!

5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Mar 23

Animal Feeding - Tree Frogs

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Stick around for our monthly animal feeding program!  Learn the amazing adaptations that our Green and Gray Treefrog use to catch food.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Mar 31

Agents of Discovery

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Come and play Agents of Discovery, a fun and educational mobile based app that takes you across our park as you complete challenges and learn about animals and nature!

2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 1

Junior Naturalist Day Camp

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join us for this special one day of camp and join the staff on an exploration of the park and nature center through the Spring!

9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 4

Homeschool at the Park

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join us at Potomac Overlook for a class offered just for Homeschoolers! Accompany our naturalist as we explore the park, learn about animals, and do hands on activities.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 5

Prehistoric Park Rangers

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Love dinos? Fascinated by the creatures of the past? We have the program for you! Join us as we dive into the world of yesterday!

5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 10

Wednesday Wonders

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Are you ready to experience the natural world with your little one? Here’s your chance at Potomac Overlook!

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 13

Tree ID Hike

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Leaf your cares behind and come on down to this Poplar program! Learn how to identify our native trees, how they grow, what external threats they face, and more.

9:00am to 10:30am
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 13

Animal Feeding - Raptors

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Soar on down to this program about our local avian predators! Learn about our native birds of prey and the amazing adaptations they use to hunt.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 16

Easter Egg Hunt

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

The Easter Bunny is coming to Potomac Overlook! Bring your basket and begin your intrepid search for eggs at the park.

11:00am to 12:30pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Community & Volunteers
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 17

Wednesday Wonders

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Are you ready to experience the natural world with your little one? Here’s your chance at Potomac Overlook!

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 18

Homeschool at the Park

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join us at Potomac Overlook for a class offered just for Homeschoolers! Accompany our naturalist as we explore the park, learn about animals, and do hands on activities.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 24

Wednesday Wonders

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Are you ready to experience the natural world with your little one? Here’s your chance at Potomac Overlook!

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Apr 28

Agents of Discovery

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Come and play Agents of Discovery, a fun and educational mobile based app that takes you across our park as you complete challenges and learn about animals and nature!

2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
May 1

Wednesday Wonders

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Are you ready to experience the natural world with your little one? Here’s your chance at Potomac Overlook!

10:15am to 11:00am
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
May 2

Homeschool at the Park

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join us at Potomac Overlook for a class offered just for Homeschoolers! Accompany our naturalist as we explore the park, learn about animals, and do hands on activities.

1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
May 11

Tree ID Hike

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Leaf your cares behind and come on down to this Poplar program! Learn how to identify our native trees, how they grow, what external threats they face, and more!

9:00am to 10:30am
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
May 18

Animal Feeding - Snakes

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Come and get an up close look at our amazing snakes as we feed them mice! You’re bound to go hiss-terical at this program!

1:00pm to 2:00pm
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
May 25

Night Hike and Campfire - Nocturnal Animals

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Join our Naturalist after the sun goes down as we explore our park and learn about nocturnal wildlife!

7:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
May 26

Agents of Discovery

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Come and play Agents of Discovery, a fun and educational mobile based app that takes you across our park as you complete challenges and learn about animals and nature!

2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Free
  • History & Educational
  • Kids & Family
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
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
Jul 8 to Jul 12

Junior Naturalist Half Day Camp 1: July 8 - July 12

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Junior Naturalists will participate in a variety of activities including outdoor games, arts and crafts, stream exploration, nature hikes, live animal presentations, bug hunts, and more! 

9:00am to 1:00pm
  • Camps
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Jul 15 to Jul 19

Nocturnal Naturalist Jr. Camp: July 15 - July 19

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
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details
Aug 12 to Aug 16

Explorers Half Day Camp: August 12- August 16

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA

Explorers will participate in a variety of activities including outdoor games, arts and crafts, nature hikes, live animal presentations, bug hunts, and two field trips to other nearby sites!

9:00am to 1:00pm
  • Camps
  • Camps & Programs Guide
  • Nature
  • Nature Nuts
Event Details