Step by Step Instructions to Request a Field Trip Date: Read all instructions before beginning your booking process
If you are requesting a date less than two weeks in advance, please call the park for availability.
Please note that sites limit the total number of students per day. Larger groups may be accommodated over multiple days.
Hidden Pond offers virtual field trips through Blackboard classroom or via Zoom. Please contact us to design a program based on the topics described on this web page.
$30 per 30 minutes.
Request a program through the link on the Virtual Exploration Center or email FCPAHiddenPondPrograms@FairfaxCounty.gov
Create your own program. Select from options below to customize a program that fits your needs. Each station lasts for 30 minutes unless specified. Information about topics each station entails, the options for each station, and the SOLs to which they apply are included. Stations and options that are available for outreach are noted.
Note: Each station lasts 30 minutes
Description: Learn about wildlife ranging from reptiles and amphibians to bugs. Get a hands-on, up-close experience with live animals.
Seven options, all available for Outreach:
Description: Explore the pond habitat with dip nets. Catch and release native flora and fauna in this ecosystem.
Description: Examine a Hidden Pond habitat, and see which decomposers are at work. Learn where and when to find them. Learn what they do for the ecosystem.
Description: Explore the streams of Hidden Pond and learn about the life cycles of their inhabitants. Learn how to catch them and about the health of their habitat.
Description: Explore the trails in the park’s woods and around the pond. Learn about the plants and animals that live along those trails and the impact of nature and humans on them.
Six options; one available for Outreach
Description: Enjoy an interactive, visual experience of almost limitless topics ranging from frog and bird calls, food chains, to the water cycle.
16 options, all available for Outreach
Description: Engage in a hands on, small-scale demonstration of the erosion process while learning about how it’s caused and how to prevent it.
Description: Learn about rocks and minerals, the layers of the earth, plate tectonics and more in this station.
Hidden Pond offers public outreach programs that bring nature to you. Outreach topics are similar to field trip topics and can be adapted to your needs. Look through the list of field trip programs to see outreach options. Programs that can be conducted outside of the park are noted. Call the park for details at 703-451-9588.
12000 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035