Adventures in Geology & Hydrology (8-11yr)

(8-11 yrs.) See how the park’s geology is affected by the hydrology of the Pohick Creek which runs through it. Explore both the aquatic and terrestrial environs as campers learn what rocks/minerals, fish, and plants call this home. This camp has a very active field study approach with hands-on learning in the natural setting. Once registered, download camp forms from website.

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.

Archaeology Adventures (6-9yrs)

(6-9 yrs.) Dig in the soil to find treasures from the past. Campers will learn about the people of Fairfax County and their interaction with land over time from the found artifacts. Discover how scientists use techniques like ground excavation and artifact analysis to decode the mysteries of history. Once registered, download camp forms from website.

Dinosaur Days Camp (5-9 yrs)

(5-9yrs) Explore the dinosaur world as campers become junior paleontologists. Naturalists lead discovery of the latest in dinosaur knowledge through crafts, games and fossils. 4-hr and 7-hr camps bring lunch. No camp June 19 and July 3-4. Once registered, download camp forms from website.

Hidden Pond - A Closer look

(8-12 yrs.) Discover Hidden Pond’s natural wonders with a site naturalist. Take a deep dive into your favorite animal, plant, or natural history topic. Get the full run down of each subject from start to finish and then head out into the park to see what we can collect and identify. Long pants and sturdy walking shoes are encouraged.

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. No camp July 3-4. Once registered, download camp forms from website.

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, what animals live at the pond and about animal populations big and small. Once registered, download camp forms from website.

Nature's Scientists (7-11yrs)

(7-11 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.

Wetlanders Camp (6-9 yrs.)

(6-9 yrs.) Discover water dynamics and wetland habitats. Explore how the living and non-living interact in a wet ecosystem. Using science tools, experiments and games, find the answer to why water habitats are so important and what makes each kind of wetland unique. Once registered, download camp forms from website.

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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