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Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Hidden Oaks Nature Center
[ 7701 Royce Street Annandale, VA 22003 ]   [ 703-941-1065 ]

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Monarch Butterfly Monarch butterflies are in peril. The only food the caterpillars eat, milkweed, is fast disappearing. Hidden Oaks Nature Center is distributing free native milkweed seeds plus providing gardening and butterfly conservation tips through June. Learn more about how you can help the monarch.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center, minutes inside the Beltway, features a pond and an interactive exhibit ideal for children 2 yrs. and older. Located in the 52-acre Annandale District Park, the center is nestled among woodland trails and creeks with gardens and a nearby playground.

Inside the nature center, facilities include live animal displays, a climbing "tree" loft/puppet stage, a resource library and the Urban Woodlands interactive exhibit. View the nature center rain garden.

Group programs by reservation. Closed Tuesdays. Grounds open dawn to dusk.

Normal Hours
Normal Hours
Winter Hours*
Winter Hours*
9-5, closed Tuesdays 12-5 11-4, closed Tuesdays 11-4
*Winter Hours = December, January, February          >>> HOLIDAY HOURS

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No reservations required. Dawn to dusk. Free (Families) . Discover nature's wonders while your family plays in our 1/3-acre unstructured woodland play area. Make mud pies, dig into woodchip and leaf piles, make ground forts or just rest next to a tree and watch the clouds float by. At the nature center, become an Official Nature Snooper and receive a complimentary gift from the Friends of Hidden Oaks. Free.

Hidden Oaks Nature Center also serves as an information source for the public on local flora and fauna. Students are welcome to use the resource library for research projects.

Outdoor Play Every Day

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Additional parking is in Annandale Community Park. Upon entering the park from Hummer Road, take the right fork of the driveway and park in the lot adjacent to the Packard Center. Follow signs for a short walk through the woods to the nature center. The path to the rear of the parking lot does not have steps. The path leading in front of the Packard Center has steps with railings. Alternatively, you can bear left at the fork of the driveway into the park to the parking lot next to the shelter, playground and ball fields. Follow the marked paths behind the ball field or from the playground behind the shelter. Both paths are unpaved.

Facility Address and Phone Number:
Annandale Park/Hidden Oaks Nature Center
7701 Royce Street
Annandale, VA 22003

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