American Indian Games & Crafts

(4-Adult) Play traditional Eastern Woodland Indian games of skill and luck which were common during the period of first European contact. Enjoy oral storytelling. Make a game to take home. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Animal Feeding

(3-Adult) It's 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 Pajama Party

(3-7 yrs.) 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. One adult only per registered child.


Autumn Leaves Hike & Craft

(5-Adult) Hike through the fall foliage, identify trees. Find that perfect autumn leaf and make a craft keepsake. Registration is for a Family of up to four people.


Bat Night

(6-Adult) Join a naturalist to discover the facts, fiction and folklore about nature’s only true flying mammal, bats! We will set the record straight about these incredible but often-misunderstood group of animals. The program will start with a presentation followed by a night walk where we will use a special acoustic device to listen for and identify bat calls not heard with the human ear.


Bats Class

(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.


Beginning Birdwatching & More

(4-Adult) Borrow sanitized child or adult binoculars for a view of outdoor bird feeding stations. Learn identification tips by sight and sound. Learn how to make your yard more attractive to preferred species. Registration required for children and adults.


Campfire Fridays

(3-Adult) Join us for an evening campfire the whole family can enjoy. During the program we will explore the wonders of our natural world. Our programs may include nature walks, interactive activities, animal presentations, or other opportunities to learn about nature and our place in it. Includes S’mores. Topics vary by date. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Campfire Fridays (Class)

(3-Adult) Join us for an evening campfire the whole family can enjoy. During the program we will explore the wonders of our natural world. Our programs may include nature walks, interactive activities, animal presentations, or other opportunities to learn about nature and our place in it. Includes S’mores. Topics vary by date. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Campfire Saturdays (4-Adult)

(4-Adult) Join us for an evening campfire the whole family can enjoy. During the program we will explore the wonders of our natural world. Our programs may include nature walks, interactive activities, animal presentations, or other opportunities to learn about nature and our place in it. Includes S’mores. Topics vary by date. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


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.


Catch a Critter!

(4-Adult) Grab a net and join us for a special day with a park scientist to see, touch, and study wetland creatures up close and personal. Use magnifying lenses to study their unique characteristics. What critters live in the wetland? What can these little animals tell us about their home? This rare opportunity to dip-net in the wetland is possible through the guidance of our park naturalists.


Colors of the Forest

(7-Adult) Fall foliage is a sight to behold, but why do leaves turn colors? Get into the science of it. Hike through the park with a naturalist to find out what else is falling from the trees.


Corn Grinding & Clay Pottery

(4-Adult) How did the Powhatan Native Americans use the plants and animals you see every day for their medicine, grocery store, clothing and fun? Immerse yourself in a way of life 400 years ago. Grind corn, make a clay pot, master corn darts and go on a guided tour to see the park from the perspective of a Virginia Indian.


Coyote Campfire

(4-Adult) Satisfy your curiosity and your sweet tooth with one howling campfire. Listen to coyote calls, take a short hike, and make s'mores as you learn about this wily canine. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Critter Crawl

(2-6 yrs.) Walk with a naturalist and your child as we investigate the critters who make this park their home. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Dark Sky Celebration

Come learn about and celebrate the importance of dark skies in your community. The Fairfax County Park Authority and its partners will provide hands on activities and learning opportunities about how to protect the night sky. Learn about night time wildlife and constellations. Come learn with us and enjoy a small campfire and cocoa. Rain date Nov. 13th. Registrants will be emailed with weather change information for the event.


Drawing Nature in Ink Pens and Markers

(16-Adult) Learn how to use gel pens, as well as colored and black art markers, to enhance your nature drawings, art projects, and lettering. Combine these markers with colored pencil or watercolor artwork. Types and brands will be discussed as well as drawing and design techniques. Inexpensive markers can be purchased so you can experiment in this media. Some supplies available to borrow in class. A list of recommended supplies will be emailed prior to the start of the class.


Drawing Nuts, Seeds, Pods and Berries

(16-Adult) Fall is a great time to look for nature’s bounty! Learn some tips to identify and draw these beautiful botanical items. Take a walk to search for these items on the trail. Watercolor, colored pencil and ink marker techniques will be discussed. Then try it yourself using our dried plant/seed collection. A suggested list of recommended supplies will be emailed prior to the start of class.


Fall Full Moon Hike

(4-Adult) Join us for a rare opportunity to explore the boardwalk under a bright full moon on this fall evening. We will look and listen for wildlife as we explore the forest and marsh trails. Don't miss this Falltastic program!


Fall Nature Appreciation & Celebration

(3-Adult) November is National Gratitude Month. Learn why we appreciate trees, forests, streams, and the wildlife they contain. Join us for a hike to enjoy the fall foliage and observe our waterways. Make a craft to take home to remember to be thankful for nature!


Family Outdoor Exploration

Get your family into the great outdoors with a personalized naturalist or historian led program. This choose your own exploration can investigate topics like, Stream Life, Pond Life, Historic Ice Cream, and much more! Once you register, we will reach out to you to plan your family exploration.


Family Owl Outing

(6-Adult) Discover the secret world of owls. Learn what makes these raptors excellent night predators with a presentation followed by a trail hike to hopefully hear or spot one of Huntley's resident owls. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Fear-less Fest

(3-Adult) Greet costumed characters , including a black widow spider, raccoon, deer, and owl, along a woodland trail who each explain why they have undeserved scary reputations. Great for scout groups. Come in costume. Children must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered in the program. Guided trail walk and activities take approximately 75 min. to complete; start times staggered to maximize your experience with each character!


Flying Squirrel Campfire

(4-Adult) Enjoy an evening around the campfire, toasting marshmallows over the embers and learn about flying squirrels that live in our area. Cancelled in case of inclement weather. Children must attend with an adult and all attendees must register.


Foraging for Wild Edibles

(9-Adult) Are you curious about finding food in the forest? With every season there are different blooms, leaves, roots, seeds and mushrooms that you can identify and eat! Learn how to do this safely and ethically as you join a Naturalist on a walk by the Lake.


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