Hidden Pond Nature Center
[ 8511 Greeley Blvd. ] [ Springfield, VA 22152 ] [ 703-451-9588 ]
Acres of undisturbed woodland, quiet trails, splashing streams and a tranquil pond are just a few of the reasons to visit Hidden Pond Nature Center. Tucked away in Springfield, Hidden Pond is a neighborhood haven filled with wondrous things. Hidden Pond, at 25 acres, lies adjacent to the much larger Pohick Stream Valley Park which boasts over 700 acres. A new 2000-foot trail and bridge has connected the two parks, so that many more neighbors and guests can visit the Hidden Pond Nature Center as well as the pond, streams, wetlands, woods and other quiet places that these preserves have to offer.
The nature center, which is accessible to everyone, features exhibits and live displays which orient you to the park and the natural world of Fairfax County. Read More >>
In addition, the center has a small sales area featuring books and other items for the nature enthusiast and nature study areas for group visitors. Complementing the nature center are stream side and woodland walking trails, a self-guided nature trail and a one-acre pond. The park also features lighted tennis courts and a children's play area.
The nature center staff offers programs for school, youth and scout groups, community organizations and the general public. Activities include guided walks, field trips, workshops, demonstrations and special request programs by reservation on a variety of topics.
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|*Winter Hours = December, January, February >>> HOLIDAY HOURS|
animals would like to take the opportunity to introduce themselves to
you. They love to have visitors, so please come by and see them in
My name is Fluffy and I am a common snapping turtle - you can find more turtles like me here at the pond. I am a relative of the alligator snapping turtles that live south of Virginia. I got my name because when I shed my skin it hangs off of me in little pieces and makes me look fluffy. I am 8 years old and had been someone’s pet when I was little, but they didn’t realize I would get so big! Now my home is at Hidden Pond where I make appearances at programs about turtles. Read More >>
My shell is about a foot across, but I’m not as big as the females in my species which get twice my size! I am also lighter colored than other snapping turtles because my shell and skin have not been stained by the dark mud of the pond. I love to eat EVERYTHING! There is little that I won’t eat but I prefer worms, slugs, bugs and fish.
When I’m not doing programs or swimming in my aquarium, I like to sit by the windows and soak up the sun. In the spring and summer I like to go for walks outside. Unlike other snapping turtles, I don’t snap (except for food) and love to meet people during programs where they get a chance to touch and see what I feel like. Remember, we’re called snapping turtles for a reason and the rest of my species is usually very grumpy and snap to defend themselves if bothered. Petting me is likely one of the only times you will be able to safely touch a snapping turtle, so come and visit me - I am a one unusual creature!