1/27/2018

Sketch Hike: Winter Trees and Landscapes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sat
(12-Adult) Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills.
 

1/27/2018

Wild Origami Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  11am Sat
(6-Adult) Did you know that origami comes from the Japanese words ori meaning folding and kami meaning paper? In this workshop, you can learn how to transform paper into native animals, flowers and other fun shapes.
 

1/27/2018

Evening Stroll Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  5pm Sat
(6-Adult) A naturalist takes you on a relaxing stroll through the park at dusk to tour the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
 

2/3/2018

Hot Cocoa Wetland Night Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  5pm Sat
(6-Adult) Sip hot cocoa and join a naturalist for a special wetland tour after dark to celebrate World Wetlands Day. We look for signs and listen for sounds of beavers, owls, deer and other nocturnal winter animals. Children must be accompanied by registered adult. Canceled in case of inclement weather.
 

2/10/2018

Snowflakes & Cocoa Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  12pm Sat
(3-12 yrs.) Float into our magical world of snowflakes. We learn why snowflakes are special through activities and stories. Make your own paper and borax snowflakes to bring home while you enjoy a cup of hot cocoa!
 

2/10/2018

Magic of Dragonflies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  2:30pm Sat
(Adults) Brighten up your winter and get a jump start on your dragonfly and damselfly identification skills. Eearn about the rich diversity and dynamic life cycle of these fascinating fliers that visit Huntley during the warmer months.
 

2/10/2018

Family Owl Outing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  5:15pm Sat
(6-Adult) Discover the secret world of owls. Learn what makes these raptors excellent night predators with a presentation followed by a trail hike to hopefully hear or spot one of Huntley's resident owls. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
 

2/17/2018

Furry Foxes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sat
These wild members of the dog family are a common sight in our neighborhoods. Learn about their lives through activities, and practice yipping like a fox. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
 

2/18/2018

Winter Birding Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  8am Sun
(Adults) Learn about winter birds in the park plus some basic identification skills. Program ends with an indoor discussion.
 

2/23/2018

Animal Pajama Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  7pm Fri
(3-7yrs.) Put on your pajamas and come to the nature center to hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the center's live animals. Bring your favorite stuffed animal with you. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
 

2/24/2018

Live Owl Prowl Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  12pm Sat
(Adults) Meet live owls up close as we soar into their fascinating lives. What are great horned owls, barred owls, barn owls and eastern screech owls doing year-round? Follow them through courtship, nesting, raising young, fledging and finally dispersal of the young to their own territories. Speakers from Secret Garden Birds and Bees Wildlife Education and Preservation will bring live birds to the program.
 

2/24/2018

Evening Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  5:30pm Sat
(Adults) Take an evening stroll through the forest to one of the park's largest meadows. We'll listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. Bring a flashlight. Approximately 1.5 mile walk on uneven terrain. Canceled if rain.
 

2/25/2018

Teen Wildlife Rangers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sun
(13-17yrs.) Thinking of getting into the environmental field as a career? Join park naturalists on outdoor adventures and field studies in nature. Study the natural sciences like the interconnectedness of plants, animals and humans. Learn what it is like to work at a nature preserve and the important responsibilities we take on to protect, research and enjoy this thriving park!
 

3/2/2018

Speak for the Trees Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  7pm Fri
(2-12 yrs.) Bring your adult and celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with a reading of The Lorax. Make a Lorax craft and learn how trees help people. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
 

3/3/2018

Sketch Hike: Winter Trees and Landscapes Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sat
(12-Adult) Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills.
 

3/3/2018

Family Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  5:30pm Sat
(8-Adult) Come for an evening walk through the woods to one of the park's large meadows. Listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. Bring a flashlight. Approximately 1.5 mile walk on uneven terrain. Canceled if rain. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

3/3/2018

On Mason's Land Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  1pm Sat
(4-Adult) Did you know that Huntley Meadows Park was once part of George Mason IV's land holdings? Discover this forgotten founding father for yourself by designing your own stencil to mark crops, writing with a quill feather and taking a hike through the land he left us.
 

3/3/2018

Nature Detectives Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sat
(3-5 yrs.) Naturalist-led class where child and parent explore nature through hikes, stories, songs, hands-on activities and crafts. Topics vary seasonally.
 

3/10/2018

Evening Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  5:45pm Sat
(Adults) Take an evening stroll through the forest to one of the park's largest meadows. We'll listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. Bring a flashlight. Approximately 1.5 mile walk on uneven terrain. Canceled if rain.
 

3/10/2018

Festival of Owls Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  12pm Sat
(4-Adult) Meet local live owls up close and personal! Learn how these raptors live, hunt, and survive. Touch real owl feathers and bones, dissect owl pellets and make an owl craft. Learn how you can help protect these elusive birds. Optional additional cost to purchase an owl pellet to dissect with the aid of a naturalist. Speakers from Secret Garden Birds and Bees Wildlife Education and Preservation will bring live birds to the program.
 

3/17/2018

Family Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  6:45pm Sat
(8-Adult) Come for an evening walk through the woods to one of the park's large meadows. Listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. Bring a flashlight. Approximately 1.5 mile walk on uneven terrain. Canceled if rain. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
 

3/24/2018

Corn Grinding & Clay Pottery Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  12pm Sat
(4-Adult) How did the Powhatan Native Americans use the plants and animals you see every day for their medicine, grocery store, clothing and fun? Immerse yourself in a way of life 400 years ago. Grind corn, make a clay pot, master corn darts and go on a guided tour to see the park from the perspective of a Viriginia Indian.
 

3/24/2018

Evening Woodcock Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  7pm Sat
(Adults) Take an evening stroll through the forest to one of the park's largest meadows. We'll listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. Bring a flashlight. Approximately 1.5 mile walk on uneven terrain. Canceled if rain.
 

3/31/2018

Sketch Hike: Spring Ephemerals Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sat
(12-Adult) Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on spring wildflowers and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills.
 

4/7/2018

Twilight Boardwalk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  7pm Sat
(6-Adult) Join a park naturalist as they guide you through the forested paths to the wetland and experience the park as it transitions from day into night. Watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents.
 

4/7/2018

Catch a Critter! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  12pm Sat
(4-Adult) Grab a net and join us for a special day with a park scientist to see, touch, and study wetland creatures up close and personal. Use magnifying lenses to study their unique characteristics. What critters live in the wetland? What can these little animals tell us about their home? This rare opportunity to dip-net in the wetland is possible through the guidance of our park naturalists.
 

4/8/2018

Teen Wildlife Rangers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sun
(13-17yrs.) Thinking of getting into the environmental field as a career? Join park naturalists on outdoor adventures and field studies in nature. Study the natural sciences like the interconnectedness of plants, animals and humans. Learn what it is like to work at a nature preserve and the important responsibilities we take on to protect, research and enjoy this thriving park!
 

4/15/2018

Use Your Senses - Sensory Nature Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  12pm Sun
(Adults) Join a park naturalist on a walk through the park using your senses. What can you hear if not distracted by sight? Can you smell a wetland? What can you see if you take time to look? Slow down and experience a nature walk from a different perspective, one of touch, smell, taste and sound.
 

4/20/2018

Symphony of Frogs: Families Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  7pm Fri
(6-Adult) Come discover Huntley's amphibian orchestra! Join a naturalist for an indoor discussion and a guided walk to listen for serenading frogs and toads! Learn the calls of a bull frog, southern leopard frog, green frog, tree frog, American toad and more.
 

4/21/2018

Wetlands Spring to Life: Sketch Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sat
(10-Adult) Join artist and naturalist Margaret Wohler to explore and sketch the wetland as it wakes up for spring! Learn to identify and draw the first plants and animals that spring to life! Enhance your observation and sketching skills in this fun and dynamic program.
 

4/21/2018

Wetland at Dusk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  7:30pm Sat
(Adults) Join park naturalists for a relaxing stroll through the park's forest and wetland paths. Look and listen for wildlife settling down or waking up during the transition of day to night.
 

4/22/2018

Get Ready for Warbler Migration! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  8am Sun
(Adults) Learn or refresh your warbler calls and identification skills with this engaging educational session. Common warbler migrants of Huntley Meadows will be covered.
 

5/4/2018

Family Owl Outing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  7pm Fri
(6-Adult) Discover the secret world of owls. Learn what makes these raptors excellent night predators with a presentation followed by a trail hike to hopefully hear or spot one of Huntley's resident owls. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
 

5/5/2018

Animal Skull & Spine Stories Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  12pm Sat
(5-Adult) What stories can skulls, spines and teeth tells us about the life of an animal? Can you identify an animal just by looking at its skull? Become a bone detective, use a magnifying glass and microscope to examine and touch real animal skulls and bones. Dissect an owl pellet and take home your own animal skeleton.
 

5/11/2018

Symphony of Frogs: Adults Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  7:45pm Fri
(Adults) Discover Huntley's amphibian orchestra! Join a naturalist for an indoor discussion and a guided walk to listen for serenading frogs and toads! Learn the calls of a bull frog, southern leopard frog, green frog, tree frog, American toad and more.
 

5/12/2018

Twilight Boardwalk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  7:45pm Sat
(6-Adult) Join a park naturalist as they guide you through the forested paths to the wetland and experience the park as it transitions from day into night. Watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents.
 

5/12/2018

Pollinator Power!Bats,Bees,Birds,& More Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  12pm Sat
(6-Adult) Pollinators are vital to a healthy environment. What is pollination and why is it important? Identify native pollinators in the park and in your own backyard with an indoor discussion and a guided walk. Come explore the wonderful world of pollinators and find out how we can help. Make and take your own bee hotel. Seeds for two native plants important to pollinators will be provided for you to take home.
 

5/19/2018

Sketch Hike: Birds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sat
(12-Adult) Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on birds and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills.
 

5/26/2018

Wetland at Dusk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  8pm Sat
(Adults) Join park naturalists for a relaxing stroll through the park's forest and wetland paths. Look and listen for wildlife settling down or waking up during the transition of day to night.
 

5/27/2018

Get Ready for Dragonfly Season! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  11am Sun
(Adults) Dragonfly season is here! Brush up on your observational skills and learn to identify some common and rare dragonflies and damselflies that live in Huntley Meadows Park.
 

5/31/2018

Nature Detectives Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  2pm Thu
(3-5 yrs.) Naturalist-led class where child and parent explore nature through hikes, stories, songs, hands-on activities and crafts. Topics vary seasonally.
 

6/1/2018

Nature for Tiny Tots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Fri
(24-42 months) Children and their parent learn about plants, animals, and their habitat through songs, crafts, and activities. Topics vary each class.
 

6/2/2018

Catch a Critter! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  12pm Sat
(4-Adult) Grab a net and join us for a special day with a park scientist to see, touch, and study wetland creatures up close and personal. Use magnifying lenses to study their unique characteristics. What critters live in the wetland? What can these little animals tell us about their home? This rare opportunity to dip-net in the wetland is possible through the guidance of our park naturalists.
 

6/6/2018

Birth of a Wetland Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Wed
(Adults) Learn how geology, human land use and wildlife created the park's central wetland. A naturalist-led walk to the wetlands follows the talk. Binoculars recommended.
 

6/8/2018

Nature Detectives Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Fri
(3-5 yrs.) Naturalist-led class where child and parent explore nature through hikes, stories, songs, hands-on activities and crafts. Topics vary seasonally.
 

6/9/2018

Walk Like an Animal Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  12pm Sat
(6-Adult) Join a naturalist for a mindful walk through Huntley Meadows. Get a full sensory experience of a place you thought you knew. See from the perspective of a small rodent, smell with the determination of a hungry mole, hear what the fox observes, taste a raccoon seasonal favorite and feel what it's like to be a snake.
 

6/9/2018

Vernal Pools Sketch Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Sat
(12-Adult) What is that awakening noise we hear in the park this time of year? It's our lively vernal pools filled with frog and salamander larva and adults! Learn all about Huntley Meadows' vernal pool habitats and visit a vernal pool to draw its inhabitants. Meets at the South Kings Hwy entrance.
 

6/11/2018

Nature for Tiny Tots Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  10am Mon
(24-42 months) Children and their parent learn about plants, animals, and their habitat through songs, crafts, and activities. Topics vary each class.
 

6/16/2018

Wetland at Dusk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  8pm Sat
(Adults) Join park naturalists for a relaxing stroll through the park's forest and wetland paths. Look and listen for wildlife settling down or waking up during the transition of day to night.
 

6/17/2018

Ancient Plants Sketch Hike Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Location:  Huntley Meadows Park
Start Time/Day:  1pm Sun
(13-Adult) Huntley's forests are home to certain plants whose ancestors have been with us since dinosaur times! Learn about the ferns, moss and their allies on a 1.5 mile hike (flat terrain) while keeping a complimentary field sketch book provided by Running Brooke Fund.