Potomac Overlook Regional Park

Potomac Overlook Regional Park A property of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, Potomac Overlook Regional Park is located in Arlington, Virginia. Park staff present educational programs on a wide range of natural and human history topics.
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Operating as usual

12/26/2020
Squeaker Calling

Animal of the Week: Squeaker the Red-shouldered Hawk

People using headphones beware!!

Red-shouldered hawks are birds of prey that are often heard before they are seen. While blue jays can almost perfectly imitate their call, it is hard to miss when Squeaker is communicating with other nearby hawks in the park.

To learn more and watch Squeaker eat a mouse, check out our raptor video on youtube (skip to 7:37)!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtHBWRiNK6M&t=458s

Merry Xmas says this cute little Winter Wren!
12/25/2020

Merry Xmas says this cute little Winter Wren!

From all of your friends at Potomac Overlook - feathered, scaled, and human alike - we want to wish you a wonderful Holi...
12/24/2020

From all of your friends at Potomac Overlook - feathered, scaled, and human alike - we want to wish you a wonderful Holiday Season!

Stay safe and be well 🦉❤️

Holiday Painted Rocks are out and ready to be found. Check out these photos and see if you recognize where each are plan...
12/23/2020

Holiday Painted Rocks are out and ready to be found. Check out these photos and see if you recognize where each are planted. Please only take one so that others can have some fun! #paintedrocks #kindnessrocks #happinesshere #happyholidays #holidaycrafts

12/22/2020

Our very own NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin, was recently featured on the Virginia Outdoors Adventures Podcast!

This episode is available on:
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Please subscribe/follow and rate & review the VAOA podcast, wherever you listen to podcasts.

#AdventureOn #LetsGo #Virginia #birds #birding #CBC #christmasbirdcount #christmasbirdcount2020 #cbc2020 #vaoutdoors #virginiaoutdoors #nature #naturephotography #naturephoto #naturephotographer #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotographer #wildlifephotos #birdphotography #birdphotos #birdnerd #ilikebirds #communityscience #communityscientist #auduboncbc #novaparks #naturalist #rovingnaturalist

Swipe ➡️ @the.roving.naturalist covered Potomac Overlook on Saturday for the DC/Arlington count circle of the 2020 Chris...
12/22/2020

Swipe ➡️ @the.roving.naturalist covered Potomac Overlook on Saturday for the DC/Arlington count circle of the 2020 Christmas/winter Bird Count. One of the highlights was this cute Winter Wren! Smaller and darker than Carolina Wrens, these birds overwinter in Northern Virginia and can be found around brush piles and fallen logs.

31 species were observed, and you can check out the full list by copying the address below!

https://ebird.org/checklist/S77677126

12/21/2020
Potomac Overlook Regional Park

Santa still needs his Helpers to be found! The Search for Santa's Helpers scavenger hunt will now be available 11am-4pm on Tuesday the 22nd and Wednesday the 23rd as well! Only $5 per family, stop in the Nature Center to pick up your scavenger hunt sheet before 4 pm and join us for some holiday fun! NOVA Parks

THIS JUST IN: Santa’s sleigh crashed and now he needs your help! From December 15th to 20th, go on a scavenger hunt and find Santa’s missing Helpers! Explore our park and locate the Helpers so they can get back to the North Pole in time! Appropriate for families and children of all ages. $5 per family. Check in at the nature center anytime between 11am and 3pm to pick up your scavenger hunt. NOVA Parks

Search for Santa's Helpers has been extended to be available 11am-4pm Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday the 23rd. Only $5 per f...
12/20/2020

Search for Santa's Helpers has been extended to be available 11am-4pm Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday the 23rd. Only $5 per family, stop in the Nature Center to pick up your scavenger hunt sheet first.

12/20/2020

Animal of the Week: Shelby the Snapping Turtle

In order to help the eat their prey (in this case, mice), snapping turtles will create a suction with water in their mouths to help swallow their prey whole. In the wild you can find snapping turtles hunting for prey like fish, small mammals, birds and even other small turtles.

To learn more about Shelby the snapping turtle, you can watch our virtual lesson, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUJXSyQdpLg

#novaparks #snappingturtle

2020 has been a tough year. We are honored that NOVA Parks was able to give so many people in Northern Virginia a place ...
12/17/2020

2020 has been a tough year. We are honored that NOVA Parks was able to give so many people in Northern Virginia a place to find solace and safe activities during the Pandemic.

Please help support the parks you've experienced during 2020 with a donation to our NOVA Parks Fund!

http://ow.ly/CqpH50COhgR

#happinesshere #getoutside #novaparks

Hello friends! Due to inclement weather, we have unfortunately had to cancel today’s Search for Santa’s Helpers scavenge...
12/16/2020

Hello friends! Due to inclement weather, we have unfortunately had to cancel today’s Search for Santa’s Helpers scavenger hunt. But good news! The scavenger hunt will be offered again on the 16th-20th, and now will be offered on the 22nd and 23rd as well! You can pick up your scavenger hunt sheet at the nature center starting at 11am each day. The end time has been extended by an hour as well, with 4pm now being the final call for starting your scavenger hunt. Thank you everyone and we hope to see you all soon! NOVA Parks

Our reindeer is looking forward to the snow! Gather some supplies and make one of your own, and be sure to share a pictu...
12/15/2020

Our reindeer is looking forward to the snow! Gather some supplies and make one of your own, and be sure to share a picture of your completed reindeer with us on Facebook or Instagram!

#WinterCraft #reindeer #novaparks

Fun gift ideas for your little historians!
12/15/2020

Fun gift ideas for your little historians!

Looking for some educational and FUN activities to give as gifts? We have two education kits now available for ordering!

In addition to our popular Women's Suffrage Kit we are happy to introduce our new Historical Spies kit! Kits are $20 each. We offer pick up or we can ship for an extra $8 per order.

Fill out the Google form below, email us at [email protected], or call us at 703-549-2997 to order your kits!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfIBzwpG32rBLV_R8r3lBFJQPpZkNxRtoJX-rSjaDaYznuhBQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Tomorrow is the start to Search for Santa's Helpers! Stop out any time between 11am-3pm to pick up your scavenger hunt s...
12/14/2020

Tomorrow is the start to Search for Santa's Helpers! Stop out any time between 11am-3pm to pick up your scavenger hunt sheet, only $5.00 per family! There are prizes for those who finish.

12/12/2020
Dude the Chameleon

Animal of the Week: Dude the Veiled Chameleon

Veiled chameleons have extremely elastic and powerful tongues that make them excellent predators. This combined with their prehensile tails (able to grasp and assist with climbing) and zygodactylous feet (two groupings of toes pointing in different directions) make them perfectly suited for their environment.

Learn about why chameleons actually change color by reading this article from National Geographic:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2018/08/chameleon-camouflage-color-change-myth-news/

#VeiledChameleon #novaparks

Here's a sneak peak of our Animal of the Week!Can you guess to which of our critters this prehensile tail and zygodactyl...
12/12/2020

Here's a sneak peak of our Animal of the Week!

Can you guess to which of our critters this prehensile tail and zygodactylous foot belong to?

Stay tuned for the full reveal of this animal later today!

#AnimalOfTheWeek #PotomacOverlook #novaparks #prehensile

Even though it's cold outside, there are plenty of fun and safe activities to do at NOVA Parks this winter. If you have ...
12/11/2020
Things To Do At NOVA Parks This Winter

Even though it's cold outside, there are plenty of fun and safe activities to do at NOVA Parks this winter.

If you have been enjoying your time at our parks please consider donating to NOVA Parks at:

https://www.cfnova.org/donate/nova-parks-fund

We appreciate your continued support of NOVA Parks! ♥️

http://ow.ly/1StJ50CJ6KS

Even though it's cold outside, there are plenty of fun and safe activities to do at NOVA Parks this winter.If you enjoy our parks please consider donating to...

Frank the Foodie Fox Squirrel back again and, brrrrr, winter is here and I have found that one of the best ways to celeb...
12/10/2020

Frank the Foodie Fox Squirrel back again and, brrrrr, winter is here and I have found that one of the best ways to celebrate the season is with hot mug of hazelnut java while surrounded by thousands of beautiful twinkling lights at the 3 NOVA Parks light shows:

Ice and Lights at Cameron Run: https://www.novaparks.com/events/ice-lights

Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Gardens: https://www.novaparks.com/events/winter-walk-of-lights

Festival of Lights at Bull Run: https://www.novaparks.com/events/bull-run-festival-of-lights

Check out all three!

A big THANKS goes out to Potomac Overlook Naturalist Sarah for designing and painting the new garden sign. It looks awes...
12/10/2020

A big THANKS goes out to Potomac Overlook Naturalist Sarah for designing and painting the new garden sign. It looks awesome! #arlingtonmastergardens #organicgardening #eggplant

It may be cold outside but there is still plenty of safe, outdoor fun to be had at NOVA Parks this winter!http://ow.ly/V...
12/09/2020
How to enjoy NoVa's local parks this winter

It may be cold outside but there is still plenty of safe, outdoor fun to be had at NOVA Parks this winter!

http://ow.ly/VVN050CGMDg

#happinesshere #winterintheparks #novaparks

Don’t let the cold weather stop you from taking a hike, playing a round of golf or even camping in one of the region’s gorgeous public parks.

12/08/2020

THIS JUST IN: Santa’s sleigh crashed and now he needs your help! From December 15th to 20th, go on a scavenger hunt and find Santa’s missing Helpers! Explore our park and locate the Helpers so they can get back to the North Pole in time! Appropriate for families and children of all ages. $5 per family. Check in at the nature center anytime between 11am and 3pm to pick up your scavenger hunt. NOVA Parks

Happy holidays from your friends at Potomac Overlook! Don’t miss out on all of the fun offerings we have for the whole f...
12/08/2020

Happy holidays from your friends at Potomac Overlook! Don’t miss out on all of the fun offerings we have for the whole family in December and find the perfect gifts for your loved ones! NOVA Parks

VIRTUAL NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SERIES: BIRDSDEC 12 2:00pm to 4:00pmvia ZoomLooking to capture that perfect shot, bu...
12/07/2020

VIRTUAL NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SERIES: BIRDS
DEC 12 2:00pm to 4:00pm
via Zoom

Looking to capture that perfect shot, but coming up short? Join nature photographer and roving naturalist Matt Felperin for a virtual nature photography workshop series intended to improve your own photography skills! The workshop will take place from the comfort of your home on Zoom.

For more information: http://ow.ly/iKoG50CEK4t

#naturephotography #novaparksrovingnaturalist #novaparks

Santa’s sleigh broke down and now his Helpers are lost and need rescuing! From December 15th to December 20th, go on a s...
12/04/2020

Santa’s sleigh broke down and now his Helpers are lost and need rescuing! From December 15th to December 20th, go on a scavenger hunt at Potomac Overlook Regional Park to locate and record where all of his Helpers are so they can get back to the North Pole in time for the holidays! Appropriate for families and children of all ages. $5 per family. Check in at the nature center anytime between 11am-3pm to pick up your scavenger hunt sheet. No reservations required. NOVA Parks

Meet “Dude” the Veiled Chameleon and “Sweetie” the Bearded Dragon! These cool lizards are on loan from our friends at @m...
12/03/2020

Meet “Dude” the Veiled Chameleon and “Sweetie” the Bearded Dragon! These cool lizards are on loan from our friends at @meadowlarkbotanicalgardens for the next month so be sure you come see them while they’re here! Also, don’t forget to check for @winterwalkoflights ticket availability!

12/03/2020
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Grab your scarf and mittens, it's the perfect time for the Winter Walk of Light. Check out this awesome video for a sneak peak!
#lightshow #holidayseason #familytimetogether #datenight

Make your Tuesday twinkle at Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights!

Tickets must be purchased online, in advance.
Tickets: http://ow.ly/uBe550Cv0CV

#happinesshere #holidaylights #winterwalkoflights #meadowlarkbotanicalgardens #novaparks

12/02/2020
Garden Rocks

"Planted" two more painted rocks today! #PORPROCKS! #kindnessrocks #carrot #strawberry #arlingtonmastergardeners

12/01/2020
King Louis the Eastern Kingsnake

Animal of the Week: King Louis the Eastern Kingsnake

Eastern Kingsnakes are not only named for the yellow crown-shaped marking on the top of their heads - they are known for killing and eating other snakes, even venomous ones such as copperheads!

See if you can spot him in the video - or come meet him at the Nature Center!

#novaparks #PotomacOverlook #EasternKingsnake

11/29/2020
Blue Bird Rock out in the park

The next painted rock has been hidden. Check out the clip to see if you know where it is hiding and then come on out and try to find it. #PORPROCKS! #kindnessrocks #bluebirdnest #paintedrocks

Bull Run Regional Park
11/27/2020

Bull Run Regional Park

Want to celebrate the holidays safely? Bull Run Festival of Lights lets you enjoy 2.5 miles of holiday lights from the safety and comfort of your own car!

Buy tickets online and save $5!
Tickets: http://ow.ly/d8IV50CuO5m

#happinesshere #holidaylights #festivaloflights #bullrunregionalpark #novaparks

Frank the "Foodie" Fox Squirrel here to wish you and your family a very splendid Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for this nic...
11/25/2020

Frank the "Foodie" Fox Squirrel here to wish you and your family a very splendid Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for this nice big drumstick and of course the pecan pie! #thanksgivingtaxidermy #foodie #drumsticks🍗

11/24/2020
Stumpy on a Stump

Stumpy is counting the tree rings to see how old it is!

#novaparks #PotomacOverlook #BoxTurtle #Stumpy-on-a-Stump

Animal of the Week: Stumpy the box turtle!Stumpy is a very well behaved turtle, and an essential member of the nature ce...
11/24/2020

Animal of the Week: Stumpy the box turtle!
Stumpy is a very well behaved turtle, and an essential member of the nature center family. Similar to trees, the age of Eastern box turtles can be determined by counting the rings on the scales (also known as scutes) of their shells.

Can anyone guess how old Stumpy is?

#novaparks #PotomacOverlook #BoxTurtle

Parks are a great place for learning while our school buildings remain closed.Read this Connection Newspaper article wri...
11/24/2020

Parks are a great place for learning while our school buildings remain closed.

Read this Connection Newspaper article written by NOVA Parks Executive Director, Paul Gilbert, about all of NOVA Parks educational enrichment programs at Potomac Overlook, Carlyle House and Aldie Mill.

http://ow.ly/jNY550Ctv32

#happinesshere #outdoorclassroom #potomacoverlook #carlylehousehistoricpark #novaparks

11/22/2020
Frog Rock

Painted Rock #2 is out for finding, check out this video for a hint to his location! #PORPROCKS! #kindnessrocks

Address

2845 Marcey Rd
Arlington, VA
22207

Visit www.wmata.com for bus access to the park. The park is roughly 2 miles north of the Ballston metro station on the Orange Line.

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Park features include 2+ miles of hiking trails, a picnic area, covered shelter space (for rent), playground, a nature center, live animal exhibits, gardens, and more!

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Can you identify this snake from the park?
What type of park snake is this? Thanks.
FYI, blue blazed trail blocked by downed tree debris.
A cool place to explore just minutes from city stuff! #getoutside #naturing
It was a great day out there today on the Potomac Heritage Trail! Thanks to all who help maintain it and keep it runnable!
Thank you for a nice afternoon with wreath making ... and great results 👍
What is the schedule of the summertime free concerts?