Kids' Korner- Winter
(3-6 yrs.) Preschool children explore nature or history once a month accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Winter topics are Snow in Jan., Birds in Feb., and Apples in Mar.
LakeLanders-Winter (4-7 yrs)
(4-7 yrs) Explore the natural world in this fun, hands on program series for the young nature enthusiast. Each week features a different subject and activities. 01/17-New Winter Friends; 02/14-Snow; 03/14-Let's Draw.
Little Acorns- Fall
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature's wonders in this interactive class. Experiences include finger plays, stories activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather! Topics:9/11 Lots of Legs, 9 /18- Life in a Pond, 9/25- Spinning Spiders, 10/2- Rainbows, 10/16- T errific Turtles, 10/23- Nature Shapes and Patterns, 10/30- Spooky A nimals, 11/6- All about Autumn, 11/13- Desert Discovery, 11/20- T urkey Tales, 11/27- Tricky Animals, 12/4 Animals getting ready for W inter, 12/11- Twirly Squirrels, 12/18- Wily Woodpeckers.
(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature's wonders in this interactive class. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Quiet younger siblings welcome. Topics: 1/8 Owls; 1/22 Evergreens; 1/29 Snow; 2/5 Animal Valentines; 2/12 Chinese New Year; 2/26 Animals in Winter; 3/5 Mammals; 3/12 Wild Cats; 3/19 Green is Great! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Live Owl Prowl
(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.
Magic of Dragonflies
(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.
Meet Live Snakes, Turtles and Toads
(2-Adult) Meet native reptiles and amphibians and learn how to identify these species. See at least one animal being fed. Learn how these animals' wild cousins are adapting to seasonal stresses. Find out the challenges of caring for live snakes, turtles, toads and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
Mr. Weather Bear
(2-5 yrs.) With the help of Mr. Bear, learn about the weather with a felt-board story, bubble play, an ice cube race and songs. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Nature by Touch
(3-8 yrs) Many people learn best by direct experiences. Touch furs, plants and creatures that have amazing body parts and features. Naturalists stress nature safety.
(3-5 yrs.) Naturalist-led class where child and parent explore nature through hikes, stories, songs, hands-on activities and crafts. Topics vary seasonally.
(3-6 yrs) Be a part of the long-running naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer. From field to stream and everything in between, children learn about many of our local animal species, hands-on and in the field. Program meets 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 2/26, 3/5, 3/19
Nature Tots at Walney
(1-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch. Programs include both indoor and outdoor activities. Adult must be able to participate with children. Topics vary with the seasons: Snow and Ice in Jan., Wind and Mud in Feb., Signs of Spring in Mar.
On Mason's Land
(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.
Once in a Blue Moon
(3-Adult) Meet at the Visitor Center to observe the second and last supermoon of the year, a Blue Moon. Also get information on seeing tonight's total lunar eclipse.
(4-6 yrs) Outdoor play every day reaps many benefits for both children and their adult. Start by exploring different habitats, trails, wild animals and wild places with a naturalist. Rediscover your inner explorer with your junior naturalist!
ParkTykes (1-3 yrs)
(1-3 yrs) You and your toddler join our naturalist in the classroom and outdoors to discover the wonders of the natural world. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Penguins and Polar Bears (2-5 yrs)
(2-5 yrs) Why do penguins and polar bears never meet? How does a penguin keep its eggs warm? Through activities, learn more about these creatures of the ice and their chilly environment. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Pohick Puddle Jumpers- Winter
(3-6 yrs) Learn about nature by meeting live animals and exploring the wilds of Hidden Pond Park and participating in fun activities. Program meets 1/17, 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14.
Pohick Rangers Winter Workshop
(8-12 yrs) Based on the long running popular Pohick Ranger Series. An extended single program that will cover forest ecology in winter, animal homes, animal calling, wildlife observations, hiking through the stream valley and ends with a toasty campfire.
Preschool Fun: Animal Valentines
(2-5 yrs.) Celebrate this day of love with an adult/child program on animal sweethearts. Enjoy a story. Meet live animals and make an animal valentine craft. Child must be accompanied by an adult.