Adapted Park Explorers (6-11 yrs)

(6-11 yrs.) See the best that our park has to offer with topics that fit your interests. Explore different features of the park with hands-on science and nature activities tailored to young people with disabilities. A different topic each month. Parents must be accessible during the program but are not required to register.


Adapted Walking for Individuals w/Physical Disab

(Adults) Join us for a walk through the park. These accessible walks are designed for individuals with physical disabilities. Students must be able to walk for the duration of class with minimal breaks.


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.


Birds of Prey

(5-Adult) Join a naturalist to learn about what makes birds of prey, also known as raptors, different from other birds. Participate in activities and discussions about how these fierce hunters have adapted to their environment and why they are essential creatures in our ecosystem. The class will end with a walk to search for signs of raptors all around us.


Campfire Fridays

(5-Adult) Join us for an evening campfire the whole family can enjoy. Explore the wonders of our natural world through nature walks, interactive activities and animal presentations. Includes s’mores. Topics vary by date. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Cell Phone Photography (13-Adult)

(13-Adult) Smartphones have tremendous power to take great photos if you know what you are doing. In this class, we will explore the wonders and push the limits of cell phone photography. We will cover how to create photos with depth, stop and capture motion, editing and how to take good photos in low light.


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.


Haunted Pond (6-12 yrs)

(6-12 yrs.) This nocturnal wildlife and local lore program features a craft, a twilight walk into the forest, a campfire with spell-binding stories and s'mores. Scary stories told in the last 30 minutes.


Haunted Pond Jr. (3-6 yrs.)

(3-6 yrs.) This nocturnal wildlife and local lore program features a craft, a twilight walk into the forest, a campfire with spell-binding stories that are not so scary and s’mores.


Hidden Pond Nature Explorers (7-10yrs)

(7-10 yrs.) Hidden Pond and the adjacent Pohick Stream Valley Park offer a natural classroom that is an action-packed learning experience. Young naturalists will learn about nature through stream and pond studies, bug hunts, reptile surveys and amphibian habitat exploration. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Home Scientists (7-11 yrs.)

(7-11 yrs.) Students will become scientists, learning how to conduct experiment in a laboratory or using materials at home. Join us for a new topic each class to create interactive homegrown experiments.


Homeschool at the Pond

(7-11 yrs.) This program is based on the popular Pohick Rangers series geared to meet some homeschool science requirements. Topics vary. Meets every other week.


Nature Quest (3-6 yrs.)

(3-6 yrs.) Be a part of the long-running naturalist program designed for preschool-age explorer. From field to stream and everything in between, children learn about many of our local animal species hands-on and in the field. Program topics vary each week.


Nature Quest Jr (3-6yrs)

(3-6 yrs.) From field to stream and everything in between, children will learn about many of our local animal species up close and in the field. Learn what animals do to survive and thrive, what they eat, where they live and about animal populations big and small. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Nature's Scientists (8-12yrs)

(8-12 yrs.) Calling all future scientists! Come explore the world of lab experiments, hands-on fieldwork, wildlife observations, and outdoor adventures. Investigate the waterways and landscapes of Hidden Pond by testing out your hypotheses and following the scientific method. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Pohick Explorers

(8-12 yrs.) Inspired by Pohick Rangers, this series takes you on an adventure to the lesser-known areas of the park. Learn how we care for our natural resources and explore a wide range of topics such as wetland diversity, forest habitats, or pond wildlife. Hypothesize, investigate, survey, observe and discover all things flora and fauna.


Science and Nature Explorers (5-7 yrs.)

(5-7 yrs.) Supplement your child’s science education. Students will participate in science experiments and activities exploring the Virginia science standard of learning, as they relate to nature and the outdoors. This program focuses on grades K to 1.


Wildlife Rangers (8-11 yrs)

Join our naturalist on outdoor adventures and field studies in nature. Learn about the amazing animal world and the natural sciences. This is for serious nature lovers who don't mind getting dirty. Campers learn outdoor survival skills such as using maps, making fires and building shelter. Experiments, games, activities and observation skills help us explore the many habitats in our parks. Bring snack, lunch and drink. No camp June 19. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


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