Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Hidden Oaks Nature Center is open for walk-in visitation weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m. We are closed Tuesdays.

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.

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Upcoming Featured Events



9:15AM, (3-8 years) Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed…



10:30AM, (3-8 years) Stomp over to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to enjoy a dinosaur-themed…



1:00PM, (11 to 17 years) This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the…



10:00AM, (5-12 years) Make an Easter basket and at least two other springtime crafts…



1:00PM, (All Ages) Families are invited to join a naturalist to stroll and explore…



1:00PM, (11 to 17 years) This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn both…


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.

View Photos from Hidden Oaks Nature Center’s Grand Reopening

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

The main parking lot is in Annandale Community Park at the Packard Center, 4022 Hummer Rd. Upon entering the park from Hummer Road, take the right fork of the driveway and park in the back of the lot adjacent to the Packard Center. Look for the arch into the woods and follow the Storybook Trail to Hidden Oaks. This walk is on an ADA- certified paved trail and is about 75 yards. Follow the adventures of woodland creatures as you weave through the woodland. 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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