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Hidden Oaks Nature Center

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Nurture your child's sense of wonder and spark your own interest in the natural world with classes, programs or a visit to the Hidden Oaks Nature Center.

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July 1, Tuesday 10 a.m.
Outdoor Play Every Day

(6-10 yrs.) Outside is the best side! Brush up on (or learn) traditional outdoor games including hopscotch, escargot, SPUD and other active games that encourage outdoor play. Naturalists lead children and provide activity tips to keep the play going at home. Entire program is outdoors. Program will be canceled in the case of inclement weather. For more information call the park at 703-941-1065. 60 minutes. No preregistration required. Free.

July 11, Friday 10 a.m.
Park Walk

(9-adult) Walk over two miles of easy trails around Hidden Oaks Nature Center with park manager Michael McDonnell. Learn about the natural history of the park as well as the cultural history including evidence of land use by American Indians and pre-Civil War railroad builders. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program will be canceled in the case of heavy rain. For more information call the park at 703-941-1065. 90 minutes. No preregistration required. Free

July 12, Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Frog Chorus at Eakin Pond
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(4-Adult) Celebrate National Frog Month! Meet at Eakin Park on Prosperity Rd. Fairfax to join a naturalist-led walk to the pond to identify frogs by sound and features. Bring one flashlight/family. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Program will be canceled in the case of rain. For more information call the park at 703-941-1065. $5/person.

July 13, Sunday 1 p.m.
Park Walk

(9-adult) Walk over two miles of easy trails around Hidden Oaks Nature Center with park manager Michael McDonnell. Learn about the natural history of the park as well as the cultural history including evidence of land use by American Indians and pre-Civil War railroad builders. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program will be canceled in the case of heavy rain. For more information call the park at 703-941-1065. 90 minutes. No preregistration required. Free

July 27, Sunday 2 p.m.
Outdoor Play Every Day

(6-10 yrs.) Outside is the best side! Brush up on (or learn) traditional outdoor games including hopscotch, escargot, SPUD and other active games that encourage outdoor play. Naturalists lead children and provide activity tips to keep the play going at home. Entire program is outdoors. Program will be canceled in the case of inclement weather. For more information call the park at 703-941-1065. 60 minutes. No preregistration required. Free.

Active Ways to Explore the Outdoors with Your Family

Nature Playce
(Families) dawn-dusk. Take time to get outdoors and play in our 1/3-acre unstructured play area in the woods. Make mud pies, dig into woodchip piles, make stick “forts” or just rest on a bench and watch the clouds float by.

Come to the nature center during regular hours (see above) and ask for a naturalist to give your family a brief orientation resulting in the bestowing of the title, “Official Nature Snooper” along with a free gift from the Friends of Hidden Oaks. Get unplugged and prepare to discover the wonders of nature. FREE 

Hidden Oaks Bingo: Everyone Wins!
(All ages) Ask a naturalist for your Hidden Oaks Bingo card and join us for outdoor fun. From exhibit exploration to trail walks to program participation, achieve stamps for four-in-a row to win a family field guide. Free.

Discovery Bag
No reservations required. Available during nature center hours. (Families) Enhance your enjoyment of the 1/3-mile Old Oak Trail, which loops behind the nature center. Each bag contains activities and learning enhancements ideal for young child and parent adventures along the woodchip path.

Magnified glassScavenger Hunt
No reservations required. Available during nature center hours. $1 (All ages) Use nature's clues to find its treasures with our self-guided scavenger hunts. Challenge yourself to find all the highlights along the 1/3-mile Old Oak Trail which loops behind the nature center.

Mondays

Monday Bird Walk
(All ages), 7:00-9:00 am, Eakin Community Park. Call 703-941-1065 for information. Discover the resident birds of the Accotink Stream Valley. Bring binoculars. Meet at Prosperity Ave. parking lot. Walk canceled if rain or severe weather. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE


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