Accotink Creek Wagon Ride
(3-Adult) Explore Accotink Creek with one of our naturalists. Catch and release critters that live in the creek. Bring shoes that can get wet and an adventurous spirit.
All About Bats Campfire
(4-Adult) Several bat species flit in the Virginia sky. Look for them as we head to our campfire where you learn fun bat facts and lore plus enjoy an American Indian story of how bats got their wings. Toast marshmallows over the embers. Canceled in case of inclement weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Minimum age to attend program is 4 years.
Amphibians After Dark
(7-Adult) Assist park naturalists with a calling amphibian survey. Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their calls as we explore pools and ponds. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Ancient Plants Sketch Hike
(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.
(2-6 yrs.) Pretend to be a penguin, wolf and beaver dad as you learn about these doting fathers. Meet live animals and make a craft for your favorite father/grandfather. Child must be accompanied by an adult.
Animal Feeding at the Nature Center
(3-Adult) Its dinner time at the nature center and worms and insects are on the menu. Help our naturalist care for and feed the nature center's animals.
Animal Moms and Babies
(2-5 yrs.) Wild animals care for their young in fascinating ways. Through a naturalist-led walk and talk, craft, game and song, learn about nature's wild ways of child rearing! Meet live animals. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Animal Pajama Party
(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.
Animal Skull & Spine Stories
(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.
Are You Going to Eat That?
(12-Adult) Enjoy a naturalist-led hike near the pond to learn about and identify certain plants that are safe to eat and which ones to avoid. Other helpful plants will be identified for uses such as rope making and folk remedies. Native plants and their connection to woodland Indians will also be discussed. Wear sturdy shoes for walking, meets at the pond.
Astronomy for Family Fun
(6-Adult) Enjoy hands-on activities and looking through our telescopes to explore the universe and learn about the solar system and the night sky. A different topic each night: 04/12-Stars; 05/31-Jupiter. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
(7-Adult) Walk the meadows and forest edges to see bats feeding on insects. Use a bat detector to hear echolocation. Learn about our native bats and their habits. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Bears in our Backyard Campfire
(4-Adult) Have you seen a bear in Fairfax County? Identify bear habitat, life cycles, sights and sounds and learn to be a good bear neighbor. This program concludes with a s'mores campfire.
Birth of a Wetland
(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.
Bluebells and Bloodroots
(Adults) Meet at Visitor Center. Learn to identify Riverbend's beautiful spring ephemerals, and discover the folklore that has grown up around them, as we walk along the banks of the Potomac River. Canceled if rain.
Build your own Bat House
(3-Adult) Bats help eat mosquitoes, and pollinate plants, but they are having a hard time. Help these important animals thrive by building a bat house to hang in your yard. Everyone must register, $15 fee per bathouse paid to instructor on the day of the program.
Build Your Own Bee House (3-Adult)
(3-Adult) Have fun learning about local pollinators and using some invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators. The bees this house attracts are mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees that rarely sting.
Build Your Own Butterfly Garden
(5-Adult) Do you want to attract beautiful butterflies to your lawn? Tour the park's butterfly garden and learn how the plants selected nourish and feed butterflies. Then plant seeds that you can take home and transplant into your own butterfly garden.
Campfire Fridays Spring
(3-Adult) Come along for a night of campfire, s'mores, animals, and so much more. Each night we explore a different topic and different areas of the park.
Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing (3-Adult)
(3-Adult) Enjoy a stroll along the lake shores and learn about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars for you and will have some telescopes for you to use. The program concludes with a campfire. S'mores ingredients provided; hot dogs welcome. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.