Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Visitor Center: December through February, open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.

7701 Royce Street
Annandale, Virginia

Michael McDonnell,
Manager

Hidden Oaks Nature Center Scouting Adventures

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

Base Price for Scout Programs

(Does not apply to merit badges)

The base price for scout programs is $3 per person for each half-hour of a program.
There may be additional fees for supplies or tours.

0.5 hours = $3 / person
1  hour  =  $6 / person
1.5 hours = $9 / person
2  hours  =  $12 / person

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

  • 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.

GIRL SCOUTS

Daisy

  • 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

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.

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

Brownies

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered: All

  • 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

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

  • Energize Award: Make an Energy Pledge to reduce your energy use in one or more ways. Try at least two other Energize suggestions. Learn how others are tackling energy issues.
  • Investigate Award: Learn about energy use in the buildings you visit. Work with your family to make energy improvements at home. Investigate energy use in a community building, and suggest ways to make it more energy efficient.
  • Innovate Award: Identify a community energy issue. Research it, create an improvement plan, and carry it out while inviting others to join you. Share the results, reflect on what you accomplished, and celebrate it.

Length: 2 hours

Requirements Covered:  All except the Innovate Award. Scouts brainstorm ideas to suggest to their families at home. Scouts take with them the tools to complete an energy audit at home.

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

Cadettes

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All except Take Action project

  • Aware Award: Fill out the Air Log in the Journey book. Identify two expert who can guide you to greater air awareness, and talk to them. Check out air issues. Select a personal reason you care about Earth's air. Write a statement that explains why this matters to you and why it should matter to others.
  • Alert Award: An opportunity for you to educate and inspire others to join you in taking action for air.

Length: 2 hours

Requirements Covered:  All except the long-term air log. There are discussions on what the air log is and how to think about filling it out. The Alert Award is not completed. Examples are provided of what other scouts have done for their Take Action projects. Staff can be a resource for project information.

Length: 2 hours

Requirements Covered:  All

Length: 1.5 hours

Requirements Covered:  All

Seniors

  • Harvest Award: Identify and dig into a food or land issue, tapping into community experts along the way. Capture your own vision for change in a Harvest Plan that includes your own "Sow What?" Create change and execute your plan by advocating to influence a food policy of land-use or by educating or inspiring others to act on a solution you identify.

Length: 2 hours

Requirements Covered:  Scouts identify and discuss a range of food and land use issues and tour historic Clark House while discussing how farming has shaped and influenced their community. Scouts interview a food policy expert with years of experience creating policies and laws that affect what we eat and how it is presented to us. Scouts create a Harvest Plan on their own and carry it out. Staff is happy to act as a community resource or schedule follow-up meetings to provide more information. Scouts will have time to brainstorm ideas during the Journey session. 

Programs for All Levels

Length: 1 hour

Length: 1 hour

Length: Varies by project

CUB SCOUTS

Tigers

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

Wolf

Length: 1.5 hours

Requirements Covered:  All

Bears

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

Webelos

Length: 4 hours

Requirements Covered:  Most

Length: 1.5 hours

Requirements Covered:  All

Length: 1 hour

Requirements Covered:  All

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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