(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.
Symphony of Frogs: Families
(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.
Teen Ranger Series
(13-18 yrs) This series provides hands-on experience and knowledge of the daily activities required to maintain a nature center. You find out what it takes to care for the animals and natural areas. You learn how to teach others about the animals as well as environmental issues and concerns. We also touch on some of the administrative aspects to operating a nature center.
Teen Wildlife Rangers
(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!
The Very, Very Fun Storybook Party
(3-8 yrs.) Enjoy popular stories by author Eric Carle as we act out being hungry caterpillars as the children munch through some of the storybook treats and meet and release not-so-grouchy ladybugs and make a craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call one week in advance with any dietary restrictions.
(6-Adult) Join a park naturalist for a guided walk along 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.
Use Your Senses - Sensory Nature Walk
(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.
Vernal Pool Ventures Campfire
(8-Adult) Vernal pools are one of our parks most fascinating and elusive ecosystem. Join us after hours as we hike the trails and search for signs of new amphibian life. Learn about the life cycle and early development of local amphibians, hike the trails at night and end with roasting s'mores over a campfire.
Vernal Pools Sketch Hike
(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.
Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms
(2-Adult) Take a scavenger hunt wagon ride through the meadow. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River
(2-Adult) Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River, while finding out about the park's wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Walk Like an Animal
(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.
We 'Heart' Our Park Campfire
(3-Adult) Come and enjoy your neighborhood park with games and a s'mores campfire.
Wetland at Dusk
(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.
Wetlands Spring to Life: Sketch Hike
(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.
What on Earth are we doing for Earth Day
(4-Adult) Come and celebrate Earth Day. Learn how plastics affect our environment and park. Explore what we can do to reduce, reuse, restore and recycle through walks, talks and games.