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Wonder Wagon

Connecting communities to nature where they live

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Join the Wonder Wagon in a free exploration of nature at a park near you! To see where we are rolling to next, check out our calendar of events on this page below. For additional information, please contact our team at FCPAWonderWagon@fairfaxcounty.gov.

What is the Wonder Wagon?

Welcome to the Wonder Wagon, the Fairfax County Park Authority’s mobile nature center designed to promote environmental and nature-based educational programs to underserved areas of Fairfax County.  Fairfax County Park Authority is committed to raising the profile of nature exploration as an activity with all residents, with the outcome of creating more resilient communities and landscapes.

What does the Wonder Wagon Do?

What does the Wonder Wagon Do

The Wonder Wagon brings nature, stewardship and education directly to residents though engagement and guided activities. These activities include catching bugs and observing birds and exploring the world of plants and animals. Activities are designed to help people find nature even in urban environments. Additionally, activities like the watershed model will help residents understand their connection to nature by showing how simple actions affect the water they drink and the Chesapeake watershed. 

The Wonder Wagon will create memorable experiences with nature in resident communities and will lead members of the county to seek out these experiences in the future and advocate for parks and programs where they live. 

Look for our bright, friendly branded van cruising around Fairfax in the near future. The Wonder Wagon is made possible by The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia support, the National Park Service and donations from organizations and individuals to the Fairfax County Park Foundation.

The Wonder Wagon Goals

  • Offer 150 programs per year with the Wonder Wagon.
  • Serve over 3,500 community members a year.
  • Offer environmental education that leads to positive civic outcomes.
  • Supplement Virginia science Standards of Learning content.
  • Promote county-wide messaging and initiatives.

Wonder Wagon Event Request Form

Thank you for your interest in the Wonder Wagon Mobile Nature Center. Please fill out this form to request a Wonder Wagon visit at your next event or gathering. The Wonder Wagon is available for public events, outreach and public schools at this time.  Currently, we are not accepting private school applications.

Request A Wonder Wagon

Where is the Wonder Wagon Now?

where is wonder wagon now

The Wonder Wagon is coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Stay tuned and check this page for updates. 

Upcoming Wonder Wagon

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