Adapted Kayaking (13-Adult)

This beginning kayaking class teaches flat and moving-water kayaking basics while increasing fitness. Students progress from on-land demonstrations and practice to flat-water navigation. Kayaks are recreational/touring types. Helmets and PFDs are provided and required. This adapted class offers additional staff supervision and support with one staff member for every three students.


Anglers & Archers (8-12 yrs.)

(8-12 yrs.) Enjoy this combo camp of two popular outdoor activities- fishing and archery. Learn to use a classic bow and arrow, atlatl and other primitive tools. Gain knowledge and experience in fishing using a variety of tackle, both on shore and by boat. No camp June 20 and July 4. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Animal Ambassadors (6-9 yrs)

(6-9 yrs.) Go hiking to explore our native mammals, birds, fish, insects and reptiles in their habitats. Learn why animals are important to our ecosystem through resident animal interactions, crafts and games. As campers explore in the forest, pond, river and meadow they will learn how animal habitats are being threatened and what they can do to protect them. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Art in Nature (4-6 yrs)

Discover the wonders of nature through an immersive experience by using a multitude of artistic expression including exploratory art mediums, song, dance, dramatic play and scientific study. Activities include nature hiking, Shinrinyoku, yoga, arts & crafts, science experiments, nature-based games and animal study. No camp June 20 and July 4. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Art in Nature (6-9 yrs)

(6-9 yrs.) Discover the wonders of nature through an immersive experience by using a multitude of artistic expression including exploratory art mediums, song, dance, dramatic play and scientific study. Activities include nature hiking, Shinrinyoku, yoga, arts & crafts, science experiments, nature-based games and animal study. No camp June 20 and July 4. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Birding on the Potomac by Kayak (14-Adult)

(14-Adult) Seek birds on the water or land from a kayak. Join a naturalist and as we paddle and look for great blue herons, cormorants and an eagles nest. Slower paddling speed allow for better viewing opportunities. Bring your own binoculars or borrow ours. PFDs and single kayaks are provided. Canceled if river levels are unsafe or bad weather.


Build Your Own Bee House

(3-Adult) Have fun learning about local pollinators and using some invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators. The bees this house attracts are mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees that rarely sting.


CGS-Night Owl

Satisfies most of the requirements to earn the badge. See site’s website for details.


Eco-Warriors (8-12 yrs)

(8-12 yrs.) Become an eco-warrior and tackle our changing climate. Investigate how human activity is changing the world and make a difference with eco-friendly projects like making your own compost bin, upcycling your trash into art, planting a tree and much more. Crafts and experiments daily. Riverbend Park camps will experience a kayak trip, hiking and other outdoor activities. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Fathers Day Family Fishing (5-Adult)

(5-Adult) Celebrate Father's day with fishing in the parks. Supplies and equipment provided, or bring your own rod and reel. All fish caught will be released, and we'll give you some tips. Participants 16 and older must have valid VA fishing license.


Fishing Adventures (12-15 yrs.)

(12-15 yrs.) Fish from shore and on kayaks as you work on fishing skills with our experienced instructors. Enjoy an eight-mile float trip by kayak for smallmouth bass along the Potomac River. Bring snack, lunch and water bottle. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Fishing Merit Badge

This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the Fishing Merit Badge. All equipment and supplies provided. Visit the site's website for pre-work and information.


Forces of Nature (6-9 yrs.)

(6-9 yrs.) Lightening, tornadoes and migrating animals. Learn how animals detect weather and enjoy cool experiments like creating your own tornado, making a thunderstorm, discovering the magic of rainbows and forming clouds. Hands-on activities, fun experiments, guided nature hikes and live animal encounters turn campers into meteorologists and wildlife biologists. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Freshwater Fishing Fun Camp (8-12 yrs)

(8-12 yrs.) Gain knowledge and experience in freshwater fishing using a variety of tackle. Fish the Potomac River for sunfish, catfish and bass on land and by boat. Learn how to rig and use a fishing rod as well as the safety and importance of catch-and-release fishing all while having fun. Bring a rod or borrow one from the park. No camp June 20 and July 4. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Games After Dark

(5-Adult) Playing games outside is a blast but it's double the fun when the sun goes down! Bring the whole family to celebrate national backyard games week as we run around with flashlights, test our memories, compete in a scavenger hunt, decrypt a secret code, and challenge our 5 senses. Prizes will be won and the evening will conclude with a campfire and smores!


Geology Rocks (6-9 yrs.)

(6-9 yrs.) Discover natural wonders while excavating rocks, minerals and fossils. Hike the park, pan for gold, make fossils, play games and enjoy hands-on activities in this everyday adventure. Riverbend campers enjoy a canoeing expedition. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Intro to River Kayaking (14-Adult)

(14-Adult) Get prepped for paddling on our stretch of the Potomac. This introductory level course covers river features and hazards, water safety and paddling basics. Canceled if inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Single kayaks and PFDs are provided.


Jr. Potomac Adventures

(8-12 yrs.) Explore the Potomac by land, air and water. During this weeklong adventure, campers sample a variety of thrills. Junior Adventurers enjoy rock climbing, kayaking, ropes course, SUP and hiking. Bring lunch and drink. No camp July 4. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Kayak Tour-Moonrise (14-Adult)

(14-Adult) Experience the Potomac River in a new light as we paddle under a full moon. Discover the peace and wildlife of the evening river as a guide leads you on a tour through the calmest section of the river during each full moon this summer. No paddling experience necessary. Canceled if inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Single kayaks and PFDs are provided.


Kayak Tour-Wildlife of the Potomac 14+

(14-Adult) Watch for deer foraging on the islands, osprey and bald eagles searching for fish and more as we paddle through this wildlife-rich section of the Potomac River. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. Kayaks provided, one person per kayak. Download waiver and bring completed to tour: https://go.usa.gov/xnJUB. Canceled in case of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions.


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