Featured Environmental Studies/Nature Centers

Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park

Located just outside of Washington, D.C., in the 425-acre Hemlock Overlook Regional Park, Adventure Links offers groups a chance to explore the outdoors and learn more about the environment. 13220 Yates Ford Rd., Clifton, VA 20124. Tel: 800-877-0954 ext. 2. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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False Cape State Park

4001 Sandpiper Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23456. 757-426-7128. False Cape State Park is a 3,844-acre park between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The park offers recreational activities, trails, guided kayak trips, primitive camping, and other programs. Fee/Free.

First Landing State Park

2500 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. 757-412-2300. The park's two centers give groups a glimpse of what life was like for the English colonists that first disembarked here in 1607, and also highlight the park's ecosystems. Recreational activities, cabin rentals, and ranger-led programs available. Fee.

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

3100 Desert Road, Suffolk, VA 23434. 757-986-3705. Explore 112,000 acres of protected wetlands with views of wildlife habitats and other activities including environmental studies, fishing, camping, and biking. Suggested Donation.

Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center

5750 Sanger Ave., Alexandria, VA 22311. Visit Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center for a day of scientific exploration. Groups will have the chance to see live animals such as birds of prey, black bear, red fox, owls, turtles, salamanders, and more. 703-746-5559. Fee.

Long Branch Nature Center

625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington, VA 22204. 703-228-6535. Discover nature at Long Branch Nature Center at Glencarlyn Park! Groups will enjoy exhibits, live animal displays, interpretive gardens, a viewing pond, and more. Programs aim to teach groups about animal and plant science. Free/Fee.

Rust Nature Sanctuary

802 Children’s Center Rd., Leesburg, VA 20175. 703-669-0000. This unique nature preserve is criss-crossed by trails, woodlands, and a vernal pool. Students can learn about adaptations, botany, plant structures, and weather. Some hands-on opportunities for learning include catching tadpoles, and digging through soil. Fee.

Three Lakes Park & Nature Center

400 Sausiluta Dr. Henrico, VA 23227. 804-652-1470. A nature science center with a 50,000 gallon aquarium and exhibits on plant and animal life. Features tours and educational programs. Fee.