Outdoor Kids (4-6 yrs)
(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!
Pink Lady's Slipper Walk
(6-Adult) Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll to a natural wild orchid display at Roundtree Park on Annandale Road, Falls Church. Your naturalist guide will also identify other native wildflowers. Canceled if rain.
Please Touch This Fox-and more!
(3-Adult) Every wanted to pet a skunk? Touch, handle and poke a variety of taxidermy specimens, gently pet live reptiles and amphibians and more. Dissect an owl pellet at this hands-on event. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.
Pollinator Power!Bats,Bees,Birds,& More
(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.
(3-Adult) Explore the Pohick Stream Valley with a twilight pond and stream study, a swamp walk, fishing and campfire! Celebrate with the whole family the variety of life our watershed has to offer!
(2-Adult) Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond. Bring old shoes that can get wet and muddy. We search for, catch and release tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs, water scorpions and other creatures. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
(2-Adult) Discover Powhatan and Tauxenent Indian cultural elements such as crafting stone tools, hunting and farming. End the day playing games. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
R.I.P Party (Remove Invasive Plants)
(8-Adult) Invasive plant species are threatening our parks diversity and it is up to you to help us remove them! Come destroy invasive plants to earn service hours, VIP stamps, or give back to your community. Bring gloves, clippers and your determination to make it a party.
Riverbend Park Bluebell Festival
(Ages 3-Adult) A great event for the whole family! See the first signs of spring's arrival - the carpet of Virginia Bluebells throughout the forest. Enjoy wildflower walks, face painting, live animals, moonbounce, music and more.
Sense and Nonsense
(6-12 yrs.) Use your five senses to explore the Pohick Stream Valley! Look for animal tracks and signs, listen for critters lurking in the woods, and smell unknown objects!
Sketch Hike: Birds
(12-Adult) Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on birds and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills.
Sketch Hike: Spring Ephemerals
(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.
Snake and Turtle Feeding
(4-Adult) Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by our animal caretaker staff. At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Snake Feeding Program
(7-Adult) Join us at the nature center for a behind-the-scenes look at the Hidden Pond snakes. Visitors observe the unique methods snakes use to feed. Get a glimpse at something few people get to see in the wild while learning about our local serpents and their importance to our ecosystem. Please consider that this program is not for everyone and may be graphic.
Spring Wildflowers of Scott's Run
(13-Adult) Meet at Scott's Run Nature Preserve and walk the trails in search of spring beauty, Dutchman's breeches and other spring ephemerals in these rich woods. Meet in west parking lot. Wear sturdy hiking shoes. Canceled if rain.
(4-Adult) Freshwater ecosystems are full of fascinating creatures. Search for stoneflies, hellgrammites, water pennies and crayfish. Explore Big Rocky Run with a naturalist, use dip nets and kick nets to catch and release these creatures and learn about their role in the environment. Learn stream monitoring techniques and the impacts humans have on these fragile ecosystems. Wear shoes that can get wet, meets at the pond.
Summer Astronomy Campfire
(4-Adult) Enjoy a campfire and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Look at the moon through a telescope and learn to identify the visible constellations. Make s'mores. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Canceled in case of rain. Minimum age to attend program is 4 years.
Super Sleuth Bird Club
(9-13 yrs.) Get to know the park's birds. Investigate their seasonal habits. Learn birding basics such as using binoculars, identifying birds by sight, sound and habitat, what bird eat and more. We start each week with a walk followed by a talk/hands-on exploration of subjects such as bird topography, migration, citizen science, birds of the month and more.
(6-12 yrs.) Survive the wilds of the forest. Learn through shelter building, distinguishing edible vs poisonous plants and other dangers of the wild.
Symphony of Frogs: Adults
(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.