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Hidden Pond Nature Center

[ 8511 Greeley Blvd. ] [ Springfield, VA 22152 ] [ 703-451-9588 ]

Hidden Pond Fieldtrip Programs

Pond Netting

SCHOOL YEAR 2017-18 field trips requests are now OPEN.

SUMMER SCHOOL field trip requests are now CLOSED.

To sign up, check the Availability Calendar, make your date selection, and submit a reservation request. Click the subject titles below for details and link to the calendar.

Located in West Springfield, Hidden Pond Nature Center and Park feature a pond, streams, and vernal pools surrounded by a mixed hardwood forest. The nature center has an exhibit area featuring native aquatic reptile, amphibian, and invertebrate species that can be found in Fairfax County. The center also features a classroom for the indoor parts of our interpretive programs.

Hidden Pond has ample picnic area for groups wishing to have lunch or snack on site. Listed below are our programs for grades K-7. Any program can be tailored to meet the Science Standards of Learning categories listed. Some of our programs may be brought to your school, subject to staff availability. If you have any questions please call 703-451-9588.


Hidden Pond's new school programs have a stronger focus on SOLs while still giving students a hands-on experience in nature. We offer field trips and outreach programs for all grade levels.

Registering for School Programs: To sign up for / request a school program, please click on the calendar link or the specific program listed below that you are interested in. This will take you to our online calendar, where you can view what time slots we have for specific days, and whether they are available or reserved. Click on the desired day and click 'submit reservation request', where you will be taken to a page where you can fill out all supplemental information that we use to create your program.

Availability CalendarClick for Availability

Field Trip Cost

  • 1 hour program: $6/student
  • 1.5 hour program: $7/student
  • 2 hour program: $8 student
  • Teachers and teacher aides are FREE!
  • There is a required 1:10 adult/student ratio. Adults meeting this ratio are FREE.
  • We charge for a minimum of 10 students for each school group. For example, an hour program would be $60 minimum ($6 x 10 students), a 1.5 hour program would be $70 minimum, and a 2 hour program would be $80 minimum.
  • Additional adults are welcome at the full student rate.

Expand(P, K, 1) A Hike for the Senses

Availability Calendar 1hr: Exploring nature is even better when you use your senses! Learn how animals use the same senses as humans to survive in the wild, then put your senses to use on the trail! SOLs: SCI.K.1, SCI.K.2, SCI.K.6, 1.1

Expand(P, K) Insect ANT-ics

Availability Calendar 1hr: Ants are everywhere! Come learn about their antics and ways of life in this fun and hands-on fieldtrip. Students meet ants up close, explore their homes, and more. SOLs: SCI.K.7

Expand(P, K, 1, 2, 3, 4 5) Virginia Native Wildlife

Availability Calendar 1hr or 1.5hr: The nature of Virginia is abundant! Reptiles, mammals, amphibians, insects, fish, and more live in the park and all over the state. Meet some of these special animals up close, and explore a forest and aquatic habitat. SOLs: SCI.K.7, SCI.K.9, 1.5, 2.5, 2.8, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 4.5, 4.9, 5.5

Expand(1, 2, 3, 4, 6) Virginia's Natural Resources

Availability Calendar 1.5hr: Virginia is rich in natural resources, which was why it was first settled so long ago. Activities allow students to learn what Virginia's natural resources are, where to find them, and what they're used for. SOLs: 1.4, 1.8, 2.8, 3.6, 3.7, 3.9, 3.10, 4.9, 6.7

Expand(1, 2, 4) What Season is It?:

Availability Calendar 1hr. or 1.5hr: Learn how nature changes for the seasons as you hike through the woods, find animals, and participate in activities along the trail. Students will be able to recognize how both plants and animals prepare themselves for the changing seasons. SOLs: 1.1, 1.4, 1.7, 2.7, 2.8, 4.4

Expand(2, 3, 4) Life Cycles of the Smooth and Scaly

Availability Calendar 1.5hr: Plants and animals lead very different lives! Learn the life cycles of some of the park's more famous critters and exciting plants, explore the energy transfers of a food web, and more. SOLs: 2.4, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 3.10, 4.5

Expand(2, 3, 4, 6) Wetland Ecosystems

Availability Calendar 1.5hr: Ponds and swamps and streams, oh my! Come explore the numerous wetland habitats of Hidden Pond in this exciting field trip adventure. Students will learn about what makes a wetland, the plants and animals living in different wetlands, and why they're so important. SOLs: 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.4, 3.6, 3.8, 3.9, 4.9, 6.7

Expand(2, 3, 5) Rocks, Minerals, and Soils

Availability Calendar 1.5 hr: What's that rock? Students will learn how to identify different kinds of rocks and minerals, the rock cycle, run an erosion simulation, and more in this activity-based geology program. SOLs: 2.7, 2.8, 3.7, 5.7

Field Trip Add-ons

Put a little more fun in your field trip with Additional Activities! All activities run for 30 minutes and can be added to any program listed above. Maximum of 2 hour field trip.

  • Pond Netting: Students use nets to explore the pond habitat, often catching animals such as fish, shrimp, tadpoles, and turtles!
  • Animal Talk: Hidden Pond's animal exhibits are everyone's favorite! Learn about some of our most popular animals and meet them up close.
  • Bugs and Decomposers Activity: Go exploring for bugs or other decomposers while learning about the organisms that help recycle nutrients back into the environment.
  • Stream Study: Visit the stream and use nets to catch fish and macroinvertebrates. Students learn how to identify clean and polluted water ways based on the animals collected.

Where are the Old Programs?

We understand that teachers loved our old programs! We did, too. In the process of reorganizing our offerings, some of your favorite programs got renamed or merged with another program. The chart below should help you identify what you're looking for. If you have any questions, give us a call and we can help find the right program for you.

Looking For Try This
Insects and Other Invertebrates Virginia Native Wildlife
Seasonal Changes What Season is It?
A Hike for the Senses (PreK-1)
Field, Forest and Edges Plant Study Virginia's Natural Resources
4th Grade Ecosystems Wetland Ecosystems
Reptiles and Amphibians Virginia Native Wildlife
Life Cycles of the Smooth and Scaly
Wildlife Evidence Virginia Native Wildlife
Animal Adaptations Outreach Virginia Native Wildlife Outreach
The Adventurous Seed Outreach Schoolyard Hike Outreach
Seeds of Success Outreach Schoolyard Hike Outreach

Let us bring the joy of nature to your classroom! Hidden Pond Naturalists bring activities to you, so you can save money on busses and still give your students a great experience learning about nature.

Outreach Programs

Hidden Pond Nature Center offers outreach programs to bring curriculum-based science lessons into your classroom. Presentations and interactive learning activities support units of study for all grade levels. Programs offered at Hidden Pond may be adapted to your classroom or outdoor space. Presentations are 30-60 minutes long and designed for individual classes of up to 25 students.

Outreach Program Fees:

First hour: $175
Each additional hour: $100

For outreach programs requiring more than 2 instructors, a $50 fee is added for each additional instructor.

Availability CalendarClick for Availability

(P, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Schoolyard Hike Outreach
30 minutes or 1 hour. What's creeping through the playground? Naturalists take students on a "hike" through the schoolyard looking for signs of animals, insects, interesting plants, and more. SOLs: SCI.K.1, SCI.K.6, 1.1, 2.5, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.4, 4.5, 5.5

(P, K, 1, 2, 3, 4 5) Virginia Native Wildlife
30 minute program. The nature of Virginia is abundant! Reptiles, mammals, amphibians, insects, fish, and more live in the park and all over the state. Meet some of these special animals up close, and explore a forest and aquatic habitat. SOLs: 1.5, 2.5, 2.8, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 4.5, 4.9, 5.5

(1, 2, 3, 4, 6) Virginia Natural Resources Outreach:
30 minutes or 1 hour. Explore Virginia's natural resources from the comfort of your classroom! Naturalists bring examples of resources found in Fairfax County, along with activities allowing students to better understand their uses. SOLs: 1.4, 1.8, 2.8, 3.6, 3.7, 3.9, 3.10, 4.9, 6.7


NOTE: There are TWO Greeley Boulevards in the area. Turn onto Greeley Blvd. where it intersects with Old Keene Mill Road approximately 1/4 mile west of Rolling Road.

Facility Address and Phone Number:
8511 Greeley Blvd.
Springfield, VA 22152

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