See what’s happening in county parks after they close for the day by joining one of the special nighttime programs being offered on Saturday, November 30, 2019.
At Huntley Meadows Park, take a “Hot Cocoa Wetland Night Hike.” Visitors age six to adult are invited to sip hot cocoa and join a naturalist for a special winter wonder wetland tour after dark. Look for signs and listen for sounds of beavers, owls, deer and other nocturnal winter animals. The program runs from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m., and the cost is $9 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Huntley Meadows Park is located at 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703-768-2525 or visit Huntley Meadows Park.
At Hidden Oaks Nature Center, join a naturalist for the “Flying Squirrels-Gliding in Tonight” program for participants age four to adult. Watch as the naturalist calls these amazing night gliders and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near the nature center. Learn what it takes to encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. The program runs from 7 to 8 p.m., and the cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Hidden Oaks Nature Center is located at 7701 Royce Street, Annandale, VA. For more information, call 703-941-1065 or visit Hidden Oaks Nature Center.
Look to the skies at Burke Lake Park at the “Campfire Saturdays-Stargazing” program. At this event, designed for participants age three to adult, you can enjoy a stroll along the lakeshore while learning about the constellations, their stories and other night-sky features. An astronomical naturalist will identify the stars for you, and you can get an up-close look at them through a telescope. The evening winds down with a campfire and s’mores. Bring some hot dogs to roast, if you like. The program runs from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, and children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Burke Lake Park is located at 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA. For more information, call 703-323-6600 or visit Burke Lake Park.