NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist

NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist Through guided nature walks, hikes, canoe and kayak tours, night explorations, stream and pond studies, and live animal programs, participants gain the opportunity to discover our native flora and fauna in a safe and fun environment.
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Programs are catered to kids, adults, and anyone interested in the natural world! Programs are offered in many of the Northern Virginia Regional Parks including Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Pohick Bay Regional Park, Bull Run Regional Park, Fountainhead Regional Park, Occoquan Regional Park, Algonkian Regional Park, Temple Hall Farm Regional Park, Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, and all five NVRPA waterpark facilities (in-season only). Join us for a chance to explore the natural world of northern Virginia!

Mission: The mission of the NVRPA Roving Naturalist Program is to connect the citizens of northern Virginia with the natural world in our Northern Virginia Regional Parks.

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Immature Osprey hanging around @pohick_bay before making their way south! The orange eyes and Buffy plumage indicates an...
11/01/2020

Immature Osprey hanging around @pohick_bay before making their way south! The orange eyes and Buffy plumage indicates an immature Osprey. 9.20

➡️ Halloween Blue moon spooky scary... 🌝 ☁️ 👻🎃 first Halloween full moon for over a half century!......#halloween #fullm...
11/01/2020

➡️ Halloween Blue moon spooky scary... 🌝 ☁️ 👻🎃 first Halloween full moon for over a half century!
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#halloween #fullmoon #bluemoon #luna #moon #canonusa #canon #virginia #virginiaisforlovers #virginiaphotographer #virginianature #novarover #novaparks #nova #northernvirginia #arlingtonva @ Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington

Are you looking for some new adventures tomorrow? Want to take in the beauty of the Fall colors?We have two amazing Fall...
10/30/2020

Are you looking for some new adventures tomorrow? Want to take in the beauty of the Fall colors?

We have two amazing Fall Colors Kayak tours tomorrow. Register soon as each tour only has a few spots remaining.

Occoquan Regional Park 12 PM-2:30 PM Register here: http://ow.ly/VqSk50C745g

Fountainhead Regional Park 4 PM-6:30 PM Register here: http://ow.ly/IgHo50C74od

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #fallcolors #kayak #novaparksnaturalist #novaparks

Had the perfect light on this Pied-billed Grebe at Pohick Bay Regional Park! Is it a duck? Is it a goose? Actually, neit...
10/29/2020

Had the perfect light on this Pied-billed Grebe at Pohick Bay Regional Park! Is it a duck? Is it a goose? Actually, neither! Grebes are diving birds actually cannot walk on land, as their legs are set at the very back of their bodies to help them swim powerfully.

FALL COLORS KAYAK TOURSATURDAY, OCT. 31 NOON-2:30 PMThis Saturday's weather looks perfect for our Fall Colors Kayak Tour...
10/29/2020

FALL COLORS KAYAK TOUR
SATURDAY, OCT. 31 NOON-2:30 PM

This Saturday's weather looks perfect for our Fall Colors Kayak Tour at Occoquan Regional Park!

Enjoy the beauty of fall as we paddle down the Occoquan River to discover banks full of colorful foliage!

Register today: http://ow.ly/6Y3y50C5ZKv

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #fallfoliage #kayak #occoquanregionalpark #novaparksnaturalist #novaparks

During the Sora Expedition at Pohick Bay Regional Park, was happy to find Bobolinks in the marsh! These beautiful migrat...
10/28/2020

During the Sora Expedition at Pohick Bay Regional Park, was happy to find Bobolinks in the marsh! These beautiful migratory blackbirds look an awful lot like sparrows when they are in their non-breeding plumage. 9.30.20

We had tons o’ fun during tonight’s haunted trail and campfire program! My favorite part was setting up the trail 😆 just...
10/28/2020

We had tons o’ fun during tonight’s haunted trail and campfire program! My favorite part was setting up the trail 😆 just wish I had a photo of Keith in costume at the campfire! We were also lucky to observe a Barred Owl. I even heard a Great Horned Owl while I was cleaning up after! Perfect sounds of Halloween.🦉 Sonic & tails at the end ➡️

FALL COLORS SUNSET KAYAK TOURSATURDAY, OCT. 31 4 PM-6:30 PMFOUNTAINHEAD REGIONAL PARKWe only have a few more spots left ...
10/27/2020

FALL COLORS SUNSET KAYAK TOUR
SATURDAY, OCT. 31 4 PM-6:30 PM
FOUNTAINHEAD REGIONAL PARK

We only have a few more spots left for Saturday's Fall Colors Sunset Kayak Tour!

Experience the changing of the seasons and enjoy the natural beauty of the Occoquan Reservoir! A fun and memorable outdoor experience while highlighting natural and historical features unique to the area. This program will be led by NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin.

Book Now: http://ow.ly/Agww50C48xI

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #fallcolors #kayak #sunset #novaparksnaturalist #fountainheadregionalpark #novaparks

A rare look at an elusive Sora during a paddle tour I led at Pohick Bay Regional Park. We were specifically looking for ...
10/27/2020

A rare look at an elusive Sora during a paddle tour I led at Pohick Bay Regional Park. We were specifically looking for these secretive marsh birds, and it took three hours to get this shot! We observed 23 individuals, 20 of which were heard only. Out of nearly 900 eBird checklists, the Sora I found in September were the first ever reported at that park. Pretty cool! Lorton, VA 9.30.20

FALL COLORS KAYAK TOUROCCOQUAN REGIONAL PARKSATURDAY, OCT. 31 NOON-2:30 PMEnjoy the beauty of fall as we paddle down the...
10/26/2020

FALL COLORS KAYAK TOUR
OCCOQUAN REGIONAL PARK
SATURDAY, OCT. 31 NOON-2:30 PM

Enjoy the beauty of fall as we paddle down the Occoquan River to discover banks full of colorful foliage!

A fun and memorable outdoor experience while highlighting natural and historical features unique to the area. This program will be led by NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin.

Register today: http://ow.ly/xyG050C2YFg

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #fallcolor #kayak #novaparksnaturalist #occoquanregionalpark #novaparks

➡️something I rarely do: an actual live Instagram post! Here we are for tonight’s sunset fall colors paddle at @pohick_b...
10/24/2020

➡️something I rarely do: an actual live Instagram post! Here we are for tonight’s sunset fall colors paddle at @pohick_bay . The wind was howling 🌬 as we worked our way at a 🐌 pace and finally made it to a beautiful destination! @ Pohick Bay Regional Park

Parents--are you looking for an outdoor adventure to do with your pre-teens and teens on Monday's asynchronous day? Join...
10/24/2020

Parents--are you looking for an outdoor adventure to do with your pre-teens and teens on Monday's asynchronous day?

Join us at Occoquan Regional Park for our Fall Colors Kayak Tour.

Enjoy the beauty of fall as we paddle down the Occoquan River to discover banks full of colorful foliage!

A fun and memorable outdoor experience while highlighting natural and historical features unique to the area. This program will be led by NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin.

Ages 12 and older.

Register today: http://ow.ly/sCG650C15Xb

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #fallcolors #kayak #novaparksnaturalist #occoquanregionalpark #novaparks

10/23/2020
Fountainhead Fall Colors Kayak Paddle- October 24, 2020

We’ve got a few spots left for tomorrow morning’s paddle at Fountainhead Regional Park! Sign up and join me, won’t you?

https://apm.activecommunities.com/novaparks/Activity_Search/4292

Experience the changing of the seasons and enjoy the natural beauty of the Occoquan Reservoir. A fun and memorable outdoor experience while highlighting natural and historical features unique to the area. This program will be led by NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin. We will begin with a b...

Sunrises this time of year are truly magical. 🌄🍂Join naturalists Keith Tomlinson and Matt Felperin THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER ...
10/23/2020

Sunrises this time of year are truly magical. 🌄🍂

Join naturalists Keith Tomlinson and Matt Felperin THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25TH for a sunrise hike at Seneca Regional Park during the peak of color for fall foliage!

Register today: http://ow.ly/hJr350C0OZb

#happinesshere #getoutside #sunrise #fallcolors #novaparksnaturalist #novaparks

FALL COLOR KAYAK TOURSATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 9 AM-11:30 AMThis time of year our parks are exploding with color. Experience ...
10/23/2020

FALL COLOR KAYAK TOUR
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 9 AM-11:30 AM

This time of year our parks are exploding with color.

Experience the changing of the seasons and enjoy the natural beauty of the Occoquan Reservoir. A fun and memorable outdoor experience while highlighting natural and historical features unique to the area. This program will be led by NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin.

Register Today: http://ow.ly/Peg850C0MCs

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #fallcolors #getoutside #fountainheadregionalpark #novaparksnaturalist #novaparks

A photo from the latest (or earliest) program start time I’ve ever done, a 1am Orionid Meteor Shower watch party! It was...
10/22/2020

A photo from the latest (or earliest) program start time I’ve ever done, a 1am Orionid Meteor Shower watch party!

It was absolutely incredible, as I saw the brightest meteor I can ever remember. We were also serenaded by several Great Horned and Barred Owls and even a pack of coyotes howling and yipping! An unforgettable experience. While I didn’t get any photos of meteors, here is the constellation Orion, which the meteor shower was named after! 💫 🌌

SEEKING SUPER SLITHERY SERPENTSSATURDAY, OCTOBER 24  12:00 PM-1:30 PM Are you looking for some outdoor adventure this we...
10/22/2020

SEEKING SUPER SLITHERY SERPENTS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 12:00 PM-1:30 PM

Are you looking for some outdoor adventure this weekend?

Tag along with Roving Naturalist Matt Felperin and Park Specialist/reptile expert David Deem on a quest to seek some slithery friends!

For more information: http://ow.ly/kgLp50BZFPZ

#happinesshere #getouside #snakes #novaparksnaturalist #fountainheadregionalpark #novaparks

SENECA WOODS SUNRISE FALL COLORS HIKESunday, October 25 7AM-9AM Join naturalists Keith Tomlinson and Matt Felperin for a...
10/21/2020

SENECA WOODS SUNRISE FALL COLORS HIKE
Sunday, October 25 7AM-9AM

Join naturalists Keith Tomlinson and Matt Felperin for a sunrise hike at Seneca Regional Park during the peak of color for fall foliage! Discover one of the region’s most beautiful and least known woodlands along the Potomac River. Steep ravines, meandering stream beds and towing beech trees are found along a series of shaded trails.

Register today: http://ow.ly/WVOy50BYVH3

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #fallfoliage #hiking #getoutside #novaparksnaturalist #novaparks

Crunchy had a rare opportunity today to explore @templehallfarm while there was some down time! He really is an adventur...
10/21/2020

Crunchy had a rare opportunity today to explore @templehallfarm while there was some down time! He really is an adventurous little guy. Really have to watch him closely! #turtlepower 🏁 🐢 @ Temple Hall Farm Park

Sadly our kayak tour season is coming to an end in a few weeks. BUT---we have 2 amazing Fall Colors Kayak tours coming u...
10/20/2020

Sadly our kayak tour season is coming to an end in a few weeks. BUT---we have 2 amazing Fall Colors Kayak tours coming up at Fountainhead Regional Park. 🍂🍂🍂

Fall Colors Kayak Paddle--Saturday, October 24 at 9 AM-11 AM Register: http://ow.ly/hsow50BXJPL

Fall Colors Sunset Kayak Paddle--Sunday, October 25 4PM-6:30 PM Register: http://ow.ly/qzVx50BXJSY

#happinesshere #fallcolors #kayak #getoutside #novaparksnaturalist #fountainheadregionalpark #novaparks

Our NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist have an AMAZING event for the viewing of Orionid Meteor Shower!Join the Roving Naturali...
10/19/2020

Our NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist have an AMAZING event for the viewing of Orionid Meteor Shower!

Join the Roving Naturalist for a late night (early morning) meteor shower watch party! Every October, the earth passes through a debris field produced by Halley's Comet; causing the Orionid Meteor Shower. As crazy as it seems, 1:00am is the best time to get outside and see the highest volume of meteors.

For more information:
http://ow.ly/sxZo50BWB5p

#happinesshere #orionidmeteor #novaparksnaturalist #novaparks

A beautiful photo of last night’s sunset paddle at @pohick_bay taken by paddler Camilla Ng! ❤️ 🌅 🛶
10/19/2020

A beautiful photo of last night’s sunset paddle at @pohick_bay taken by paddler Camilla Ng! ❤️ 🌅 🛶

**Update: not enough registrants, so we are rescheduling for Monday, Nov 2 at 10am!Parents--are you looking for somethin...
10/18/2020

**Update: not enough registrants, so we are rescheduling for Monday, Nov 2 at 10am!

Parents--are you looking for something to do with the kids on Monday's asynchronous day?

Join naturalists Matt Felperin and David Deem on a lovely walk through Webb Nature Sanctuary and take in the beautiful fall colors!

For more information: http://ow.ly/gBv350BUQyh

#happinesshere #fallcolors #naturehike #outdoorclassroom #novaparksnaturalist #novaparks

Tuesday (technically Wednesday morning) I'm running an Orionid Meteor Shower watch party! It's shockingly at 1am, as thi...
10/18/2020
Gilbert's Corner: Orionid Meteor Shower Watch Party!

Tuesday (technically Wednesday morning) I'm running an Orionid Meteor Shower watch party! It's shockingly at 1am, as this is the best time to observe the meteors. Click on the link below for details and registration!
http://apm.activecommunities.com/novaparks/Activity_Search/4294

Join the Roving Naturalist for a late night meteor shower watch party! Every October, the earth passes through a debris field produced by Halley's Comet; causing the Orionid Meteor Shower. As crazy as it seems, 1:00am is the best time to get outside and see the highest volume of meteors. Any earlier...

Are you looking for a fun, safe, FREE family activity TODAY?Come explore the world of Pokémon at Potomac Overlook Region...
10/17/2020

Are you looking for a fun, safe, FREE family activity TODAY?

Come explore the world of Pokémon at Potomac Overlook Regional Park for October's Pokémon GO community day! TODAY 11 AM-2 PM

More Information: http://ow.ly/aZ1950BUL76

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #pokemon #novaparksnaturalist #potomacoverlook #novaparks

FALL COLORS NATURE WALKWEBB SANCTUARY OCTOBER 19 9 AM-11 AMJoin naturalists Matt Felperin and David Deem on a lovely wal...
10/16/2020

FALL COLORS NATURE WALK
WEBB SANCTUARY
OCTOBER 19 9 AM-11 AM

Join naturalists Matt Felperin and David Deem on a lovely walk through Webb Nature Sanctuary and take in the beautiful fall colors! Webb flaunts meadow, woodland, and stream habitats all within a short hike.

For more information: http://ow.ly/cUGL50BUsTj

#happinesshere #fallcolors #nature #hiking #novaparksnaturalist #novaparks

We still have a few spots left for our Sunday evening Sunset Kayak Paddle Tour at Occoquan Regional Park!Looking for a g...
10/16/2020

We still have a few spots left for our Sunday evening Sunset Kayak Paddle Tour at Occoquan Regional Park!

Looking for a great sunset photo opportunity? Join us for a relaxing guided sunset kayak paddle led by ACA certified paddling instructor and NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist, Matt Felperin. Calm evening waters should make this an easy paddle, and we hope to see lots of wildlife along the way!

Register today: http://ow.ly/EE5W50BUqgX

#happinesshere #sunsets #fallcolors #occoquanregionalpark #novaparksnaturalist #novaparks

Are you looking for a fun, safe, FREE family activity for tomorrow?Come explore the world of Pokémon at Potomac Overlook...
10/16/2020

Are you looking for a fun, safe, FREE family activity for tomorrow?

Come explore the world of Pokémon at Potomac Overlook Regional Park for August's Pokémon GO community day! Start at the nature center and learn about (and meet!) some real animals and plants that inspired some of Pokémon's little pocket monsters.

More Information: http://ow.ly/7I7E50BUqPe

#happinesshere #discoverwhatsnext #pokemon #novaparksnaturalist #potomacoverlook #novaparks

10/13/2020

Was treated to quite the surprise on Saturday’s paddle tour at @algonkian_regional_park with a full blown camping chair concert at Riley’s lock! It’s been so long since I’ve heard live music 🎶 ❤️

Are  you looking for some adventure this weekend? Our NOVA Parks  Roving Naturalist has 3 unique kayak paddle tours this...
10/09/2020

Are you looking for some adventure this weekend? Our NOVA Parks Roving Naturalist has 3 unique kayak paddle tours this weekend:
✔️Birds of Prey at Occoquan Regional Park (Reserve: http://ow.ly/YZLX50BOo1x)
✔️History of the Potomac at Algonkian Regional Park (Reserve: http://ow.ly/8Pj650BOo8d)
✔️Sunset Paddle at Pohick Bay Regional Park (Reserve: http://ow.ly/uNRy50BOoc2)

We only have a few spots remaining in each of these tours to book early before we sellout!

#happinesshere #kayak #weekend #novaparksnaturalist #novaparks

Someone just loves owls! Here is Smoke, the Eastern Screech-owl with a fan at the @templehallfarm pumpkin patch last wee...
10/07/2020

Someone just loves owls! Here is Smoke, the Eastern Screech-owl with a fan at the @templehallfarm pumpkin patch last weekend.

Stop on by to say hello every Sunday morning in October at the @templehallfarm Pumpkin Patch and meet some awesome critt...
10/07/2020

Stop on by to say hello every Sunday morning in October at the @templehallfarm Pumpkin Patch and meet some awesome critters!

Are you looking for some safe adventure this weekend?Join us on Saturday, October 10th at Occoquan Regional Park for our...
10/06/2020

Are you looking for some safe adventure this weekend?

Join us on Saturday, October 10th at Occoquan Regional Park for our Birds of Prey Kayak Tour.

For more information: http://ow.ly/J7Ic50BKR1q

#happinessnere #discoverwhatsnext #birdsofprey #novaparksnaturalist #occoquanregionalpark #novaparks

🚨 RARE BIRD ALERT! 🚨 Saturday was truly an incredible birthday (birdday!) as I got to see a rare bird at our own Upton H...
09/28/2020

🚨 RARE BIRD ALERT! 🚨 Saturday was truly an incredible birthday (birdday!) as I got to see a rare bird at our own Upton Hill Regional Park! The Connecticut Warbler migrates through the east coast in fall and is rarely seen as it spends most of its time in dense vegetation. A big bday gift for me! While we are in its migration path here in Northern Virginia, this bird still flags as rare or highly uncommon.

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Nature Hike today with David Garcia. Thank you for a great hike!
We went on a Night Hike with Roving Naturalist David Garcia at Bull Run Regional Park. Thank you David for sharing some interesting facts with us.