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Animal Feeding (3-Adult)

(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. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Animal Sweethearts Dance

(3-5 yrs.) It's back, the social event of Hidden Ponds winter season! There will be dancing, refreshments, crafts and live animals to entertain.


Animal Valentines

(4-8 yrs.) Play musical valentines and critter sweetheart games as you learn how animals find a mate. Meet live animals, make an animal valentine craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Astronomy for Family Fun-Stars

(4-Adult) Why are the stars seen differently around the world? Learn about the natural and cultural science of stars including fun facts about our own star and the most easily viewed stars. Learn how you can further explore stars as a family. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.


Birds Around Us

(4-Adult) Beaks, feathers, nests and talons are examined to explore the avian world that surrounds us. Find out about bird life cycles, migration patterns and adaptations that make these creatures fascinating. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Campfire Fridays

(3-Adult) Join us for a campfire, s'mores, animals, and so much more! We cover a different topic and different area of the park each night.


Campfire Night Hike - Predators at Night

(4-Adult) Enjoy a night hike to learn about nocturnal hunters. Listen to taped calls of owls and coyotes and catch a glimpse of them in the forest. End the evening with s'mores round the campfire. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.


Caribbean Reef Puppet Show

(3-7 yrs.) Join an octopus, ray, shark, lobster and all their friends in this undersea adventure. After the show, play a game, sing songs and make a craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Caroling Wagon Ride & Campfire

(4-Adult) Join us in song and exploration on a wagon ride. Warm up with s'mores at the campfire. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Chinese New Year-Year of the Rat

(4-Adult) Celebrate Chinese New Year with games, stories and crafts. Participate in a Ribbon Dance and a Dragon Parade. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Colorful Cardinals

(2-6 yrs.) Join a naturalist to learn about Virginia’s state bird, the red cardinal! Why are their feathers red? What do their eggs look like? How do they survive the winter months? Practice using binoculars to look for these beautiful birds and make your own bird feeder to take home to attract cardinals to your own backyard.


Courtship in the Animal World Campfire

(4-Adult) What does it take to attract a mate in the animal world. Turtles, frogs, insects, birds and even fish all have unique techniques for finding that special someone. Learn about these unique specialties and enjoy a short hike before sitting around a campfire to roast marshmallows. Canceled in case of inclement weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Dashing Deer on Valentine’s Day

(2-6 yrs.) Join a naturalist to learn about the white tailed deer, our largest mammal neighbors. What do they eat and how do they live? Touch real deer fur, antlers and bones. Make a deer Valentine’s day craft for your “deer.”


Dino Puppet Show & Activities

(4-8 yrs.)Dinosaurs once roamed all the Earth, places far and near. How do we know that they were here? Enjoy a puppet show and crafts along with fun fossil facts. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Dr. Seuss' Birthday Extravaganza

(4-8 yrs.) Naturalists share the tales of “Yertle the Turtle”, “Gertrude McFuzz” and more and demonstrate that real woodland creatures share some of the same talents. Meet a live animal and make a craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Evening Woodcock Walk

(Adults) Take an evening stroll through the forest to one of the park's largest meadows. Listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship dance and flight. Bring a flashlight. Approximately 1.5 mile walk on uneven terrain. Canceled if rain. Meets at the South Kings Highway entrance to the park.


Exploring Nature Series-Winter (6-Adult)

Students explore Virginia's ecosystem in this nature series which takes place both outdoors and indoors so dress accordingly. Series dates and topics: 1/12 Mammals, 1/19 Birds, 1/26 Trees, 2/2 Fish; 2/9 Mammals, 2/16 Birds, 2/23, Trees, 3/2 Fish.


Family Woodcock Walk

(6-Adult) Come for an evening walk through the woods to one of the park's large meadows. Listen for the call of the male woodcock and hopefully see his amazing courtship display and flight. Bring a flashlight. Approximately 1.5 mile walk on uneven terrain. Canceled if rain. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Meets at the South Kings Highway entrance to the park.


Family Wreath Making

Make your own seasonal wreath out of vines decorated with greens, cones, dried flowers and ribbons. Register one adult to reserve the supplies for yourself and/or your family. One wreath per registrant. Please register another adult per additional wreath. All ages welcome.


Feeding Day

(4-13 yrs.) Join a naturalist and youth volunteers as we demonstrate how we feed our site display animals. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. Search for worms and insects and assist in serving dinner. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Flying Squirrel Campfire

(4-Adult) Enjoy an evening around the campfire making s’mores and learning about the flying squirrels that live in our area. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Flying Squirrels -Gliding in Tonight

(4-Adult) Join a naturalist calling in these amazing night gliders and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Groundhog Day!

(4-12 yrs.) Learn the story behind Groundhog Day and some interesting facts about this animal. Visit the home of the Walney garden groundhog and play some groundhog games. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Home Made Bird Feeders

(2-Adult) Bring your empty milk jugs and/or two liter soda bottles to make bird feeders. We discuss tips for feeding birds and learn to identify common birds that visit home bird feeders. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Homeschool at the Lake Winter(7-12yrs.)

(7-12 yrs.) This program for school children focuses on nature and history. A different topic and hands-on activities are covered each month. January - Hibernation; February - Snow; March - Almost Spring!


Homeschool at the Lake-Fall (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. 9/12-Stream Life; 10/10-Mammals; 11/14-Geology; 12/12-Native Americans.


Homeschool at the Pond

(6-12 yrs) This program is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series geared to meet some homeschool science requirements. Topics vary. Meets every other week.


Homeschool Wilderness Skills-Winter (7-12 yrs)

(7-12 yrs) Join a Park Naturalist to learn how to survive in nature’s most challenging season. Learn skills humans use to stay safe and warm like preparing a winter survival kit, avoiding getting lost, building a fire in wet conditions and keeping a healthy mindset when faced with a challenge. Any supply fee payable to instructor at first class.


Hot Cocoa Party

(4-Adult) Take a walk through our winter wonderland with one of our naturalists and then join us back inside to warm up with a hot cocoa party. Jazz up your cup of cocoa up with goodies, listen to some heartwarming winter stories, and make a wintry craft to take home.


Hot Cocoa Wetland Night Hike

(6-Adult) Sip hot cocoa and join a naturalist for a special winter wonder wetland tour after dark. We look for signs and listen for sounds of beavers, owls, deer and other nocturnal winter animals. We encourage program participants to bring their own mug to help us reduce waste. Children must be accompanied by registered adult. Canceled in case of inclement weather.


Investigating Owls

(Adults) Barred Owls, Screech Owls, Great Horned Owls – owls whoooo all live in this area. Learn more about the different species found in Northern Virginia. A bonus: Dissect an owl pellet to investigate what has been dinner.


Kids Korner-Winter

(3-6 yrs.) Preschool children explore a different nature or history once a month accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Topics: January-Snow, February-Squirrels.


Klondike Campfire Cookout

(5-Adult) Prepare a winter meal with your family using colonial and indigenous cooking techniques around the centuries old campfire. Bring a flashlight and warm clothes. Food and drink provided. Space is limited.


Leap Day Wilderness Walk

(4-Adult) Celebrate the day that only comes around once every four years, leap day February 29, with a guided park tour of the forest and wetland habitats on this winter day. Learn about common wildlife and where to find them.


Little Acorns-Winter

(2-4 yrs.) Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature's wonders in this interactive class. Experiences include finger plays, stories, meeting animals and weather permitting, outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Topics: Dec 2-Polar Animals, Dec 9-Owls, Dec 16-Evergreens, Jan 6-Hibernation, Jan 13-Birds in Winter, Feb 3-Groundhogs, Feb 10-Animal Valentines, Feb 24-Walk, Waddle, Wiggle.


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