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,
Manager

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Hidden Oaks Nature Center Scouting Adventures

NOTICE:

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.

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Base Price for Scout Programs

(Does not apply to merit badges)

The base price for scout programs is $3.50 per person for each half-hour of a program.
There may be additional fees for supplies or tours.

0.5 hours = $3.50 / person
1 hour = $7 / person
1.5 hours = $11 / person
2 hours = $14 / person

Merit badge fees are listed on each badge's registration page.

 

  Troops are invited to call and schedule a time to work on badges.

  • The minimum charge for by-request Cub Scout and Girl Scout programs is for 12 scouts.
  • The minimum charge for by-request Scout BSA programs is for eight scouts.
  • Registration and advanced payment are required for all scout programs.
  • To register, call 703-941-1065.
  • Programs meet all requirements for badges.
  • Hidden Oaks is happy to tailor a program to meet your needs and can schedule a program for groups of 12 or more scouts on a range of topics. Hidden Oaks naturalists lead many nature, science and art badge, loop and pin–related programs.
  • Schedule a badge-related or live reptile and amphibian program at Hidden Oaks or at your regular meeting site.

Scout Program Request Form

  
  
  
  

Program Type:


We will do our best to get back to you within five business days of your request. Note that reservations are not confirmed until we receive payment for the minimum number scouts for a program. Please call Hidden Oaks, 703-941-1065, with questions.

GIRL SCOUTS

Daisy

5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals Journey

  • Birdbath Award: Name one way to care for animals and one way to care for yourself.
  • Red Robin Award: Choose care tips to share with others, and then tell your "story of animal care" in a creative way.
  • Tula Award: Share with one another good feelings you experience as you teach others in your community about animal care.

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered: All

Between Earth and Sky

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered: This program includes activities from the Journey books and introduces the topics, issues, and science behind the Journey. We do not complete a Take Action project, but instead provide the girls with the foundation they need to plan their own.

Eco Learner

Length: 1 hour

Make the World a Better Place

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered: All

Numbers in Nature & Design With Nature

Length: 2 hours

Outdoor Art Maker

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered: All

Space Science Explorer

Length: 1 hour

Using Resources Wisely

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered: All

Brownies

Bugs Naturalist

Length: 1 hour

Eco Friend

(Contact site for program details)

Home Scientist

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered: All

Outdoor Art Creator

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered: All

Space Science Adventurer

Length: 1 hour

Wonders of Water Journey

  • Love Water: Show two things you know and love about water. Make and carry out one personal promise that protects water.
  • Save Water: Speak up as an advocate to protect water or to keep it clean in your community.
  • Share Water: Share your efforts for water with others, educating and inspiring them to join. Ask them to commit to a water promise.

Length: 2 hours

Requirements Covered: All except Take Action project. Scouts complete the project on their own. Water promises are created during the program.

Juniors

Animal Habitats

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered: All

Drawing Artist

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered: All

Outdoor Art Explorer

Length: 2 hours

Cadettes

Trees Naturalist

Length: 2 hours

Requirements Covered: All

Seniors

Programs For All Levels

Campfire Safety

Length: 1 hour

Animal Pajama Parties

Length: 1 hour

Service Projects

Length: Varies by project

CUB SCOUTS

Tigers

Tigers in the Wild

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered: All

Wolf

Digging the Past

Length: 1.5 hours

Requirements Covered: All

Bears

Fur, Feathers and Fern

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered: All

Webelos

Into the Wild

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered: All

Scout Volunteers

  • Do what you enjoy. Hidden Oaks Nature Center has opportunities for teen and adult volunteers.
  • Work with animals, kids, trails, or help at the front desk.
  • Support the park mission of natural and cultural resource education and protection, and improve county residents' quality of life through recreation.
  • Put your passion for natural resource protection, gardening, animal care or education into action.
  • Keep in mind, it's safer and more fun to work outdoors with a friend.

Ask at the front desk for a Volunteer Application or apply online.

Several scouts stand with a bench they built for Nature Playce at Hidden Oaks
  Scouts played a major role in the construction of Nature Playce at Hidden Oaks.

 

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