Homeschool at the Lake-Spring (6-12 yrs)
(6-12 yrs.) This program for school children focuses on the natural and historical world. A different topic and hands-on activities are covered each day. 4/11-Local History; 4/25-Geology; 5/2-Frogs and Polliwogs; 5/23-Watersheds; 5/30-Food Web; 6/6-Nature's Adaptations.
Homeschool at the Pond
(6-12 yrs) This program is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series geared to meet some of the homeschool science requirements. Topics vary. Meets every other week.
Hot Dog, S'mores! Wagon Ride & Campfire
(2-Adult) Meets at Cabell's Mill. Enjoy a turkey hot dog supper roasted over the campfire and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run stream valley. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about the areas local and natural history. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments, and s'mores. Feel free to bring your own drinks and sides. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
Insect Safari Series
(3-Adult) Learn about insects and investigate the ecosystems they live in. Find out about their behavior, life cycle, diet and habitat.
Junior Astronomers Club
(5-8 yrs.)Discover the wonders of the night sky with a series of adventures that introduce you to the planets, stars and other features in our galaxy. Learn how to use a telescope and explore the heavens through hands-on learning, games, stories and crafts. Parent/guardians must stay and participate with their child(ren). Program includes use of telescopes and a field trip to a planetarium in Falls Church. The parents/guardians will need to provide transportation for themselves and their child(ren) to the planetarium.
(5-9 yrs.) Join us at Hidden Pond for an exploration into the past. Learn about our favorite prehistoric creatures while making dino crafts, digging for fossils, and more! Based on our popular Dino Days camp series.
(3-6 yrs.) Preschool children with their adult learn about spring: Wriggling Worms in April, Sliding Snakes in May, and Hopping Frogs in June (June meets at the Pond).
(4-12 yrs.) Spread kindness by creating rock art in a variety of forms and place one in the park. Bring your own pet rock or adopt some of ours!
Leave No Trace Campfire
(8-Adult) Learn about Leave No Trace as you take a hike through the park. Afterward, learn about campfire safety while enjoying s'mores! All registrants receive a Leave No Trace Card.
Little Acorns- Spring
(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 welcomed. Topics: 4/2-Mice are Nice, 4/9-Amphibians, 4/16-April Showers, 4/23-Animal Homes, 4/30-Walk, Waddle, Wiggle, 5/7-Ladybugs, 5/14-Otterly Wonderful, 5/21-Butterflies.
Meet a Lizard
(3-Adult) How can you tell a lizard from a salamander? Learn the techniques by comparing live animals in this fun, hands-on program. Look for them in their native habitats and feed a friendly lizard. Children younger than 10 years must be accompanied by a registered adult.
My Sky Tonight Campfire
(4-Adult) Learn about the constellations and other night sky features while you enjoy a campfire. Toast s'mores. Each family receives a guide to the season's night sky. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Not appropriate for children younger than 4 years old.
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.
(2-5 yrs.) Join a naturalist to explore the woodland. Learn how to safely reveal and investigate your furry, feathered, scaly or hard shelled wildlife neighbors. Discover why it is healthy for you to get your hands dirty! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Nature for Tiny Tots
(24-42 months) Children and their parent learn about plants, animals, and their habitat through songs, crafts, and activities. Topics vary each class.
(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 our local animal species, hands-on and in the field. Topics vary each week.
Nature Tots: Spring
(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 season: Flowers in April; Birds and Nests in May; Baby Animals in June.
Night Hike & S'mores Campfire
(4-Adult) Enjoy a naturalist-led walk through the forest to listen for nocturnal animals and to look for evidence of wildlife. End your hike at our campfire and make s'mores. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
(2-5 yrs.) Preschoolers and their grown-ups explore the fun-filled world of sea and river otters. Through stories, crafts and activities, learn about natures curious creatures. Children must be accompanied by an adult.