Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Hidden Oaks Nature Center will open Saturday, June 25, 2022. Hours are weekends and holidays, noon to 5 p.m., weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The nature center is closed to walk-in visits on Tuesdays and is closed Monday, July 4, 2022.

7701 Royce Street
Annandale, Virginia

Michael McDonnell,

Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Play outdoors every day

Hidden Oaks Nature Center is nestled inside the 52-acre Annandale District Park. You'll find live animal displays, exhibits, a pond, creeks, woodland trails, gardens, play areas, a resource library and a rain garden. You'll also find nature.

Department Resources


Through June 24, 2022, Hidden Oaks Nature Center will be closed and no restrooms will be available in the building for the public. Restrooms are available at the picnic shelter by the playground. Additional parking for Annandale Community Park, including Hidden Oaks, is located at the Packard Center, 4020 Hummer Rd., Annandale.

Nature Playce will be closed Tuesday, June 28, 2022, from 9 a.m. to noon for camp. Nature Playce fencing will be replaced Saturday, June 25, 2022, therefore access will be limited. The entry to Nature Playce will be replaced Tuesday, July 5-8, 2022, limiting access to the front of Nature Playce.

Upcoming Featured Events



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1:00PM, (4-Adult) Join a naturalist along the 1/3-mile Old Oak Trail and learn what…


FIELD TRIPS FOR ALL: One-hour outdoor classes for elementary school age children and parents. Connected to the Virginia Standards of Learning. Includes activities and trail walks. Topics include Natural Patterns and Cycles, Ecosystems in Virginia, Tree Life Cycles and Metamorphosis. Weekdays and weekends. $6 per person. For information, call 703-941-1065 or click to See Dates and Register Online.

Register Online for Field Trips for All

NATURE YOUR WAY: (All Ages) Join a naturalist for a personal walking tour along the Old Oak Trail for up to nine members of any age in a family group. Roll logs, investigate critters and plants, ask questions, and chat about nature. For more information about Nature Your Way, call 703-941-1065.

The following videos are virtual mini-field trips.

They align with Virginia Standards of Learning. Teachers and parents can use them to create a-ha moments for children. Click the playlist icon to see topics.

Field Trips

Butterfly on coneflower


Boy Scout building a bench out of tree stumps

Birthday Parties

Chairs and decorations arranged for a birthday party

Hidden Oaks Nature Center is an information source for local flora and fauna. Students are welcome to use the center’s resource library for research projects.

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Hidden Oaks Nature Center Location

7701 Royce Street
Annandale, VA, 22003

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. Path is paved.

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