Gulf Branch, Long Branch and Potomac Overlook Nature Centers provide visitors with wonderful opportunities to understand and appreciate our historic and natural resources. Each site features unique interpretive exhibits housed within the nature center and woodland trails that lead through forested natural areas. Our professional staff is available to provide technical expertise and answer your questions. The buildings and grounds are free and open to the public year round.
Arlington's Nature Centers offer a full range of educational programs on natural and cultural history topics. We specialize in captivating, hands-on learning that leaves a lasting impression. Organized groups can request a naturalist-led program by contacting the desired location. Arlington County manages both Gulf Branch and Long Branch Nature Centers. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority manages Potomac Overlook Nature Center.
Programs for the general public are advertised through our quarterly publication, The Snag. These programs are offered by the Conservation & Interpretation Section: Gulf Branch Nature Center, Long Branch Nature Center, and the Park Ranger Unit.
Whether you are looking for quality family programs or active adult forays, we have a hands-on educational program that is just right for you. Let us open the door to lifelong learning about Arlington’s wonderful natural and historic resources.
It’s easy to register! Most of the programs listed in The Snag require advance registration through our Registration Office. However, some programs do not require registration and a few require registration directly with the program site. Please see the individual program descriptions for instructions.
There are THREE ways to sign up for programs that list a program number at the end of the program description:
Programs listed in The Snag are for individuals and families. To schedule a naturalist-led program for your group at one of the nature centers or a historian-led program at Fort C.F. Smith Park, or to schedule a group self-guided tour of the nature center exhibits or the historic site at Fort C.F. Smith Park, please contact the site directly for details.
Arlington County can provide upon request reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Questions about access and inclusion should be directed to the Therapeutic Recreation Office at 703-228-4740 or TTY 703-228-4743. Likewise, Arlington County does not want fees to be a barrier for those who participate in County classes, camps or programs. Call 703-228-4747 to learn how to qualify for reduced fees.
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To sign-up to receive The Snag publication, please visit The Snag page.