Park Authority

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
703-324-8700 TTY 711
12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Jai Cole
Executive Director

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



1:30PM, (5-8 years) Discover all the gourd-y details about pumpkins. Let's take a look…



7:00PM, (4-Adult) Barred owls inhabit our stream valley parks. Learn to identify these…



9:30AM, (16-Adult) Learn how to take your field sketches and turn them into a journal…



1:00PM, (16-Adult) Learn how to take your field sketches and turn them into a journal…



1:00PM, (3-5 years) Preschoolers hunt for their favorite miniature pumpkin to decorate…



11:00AM, (9 to 10 years) Satisfies most of the requirements to earn the badge. See site’…

Fear-less Fest

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023

Sessions available: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.

Greet costumed characters, including a black widow spider, raccoon, deer, and owl, along a woodland trail who each explain why they have undeserved scary reputations. Wear your favorite Halloween costume! Have fun on the trails and fear not!

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.

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
Link to Google Maps

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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