List of nature centers in Virginia

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This is a list of nature centers and environmental education centers in the state of Virginia.

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Name Location County/City Region Summary
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve Leesburg Loudoun Northern website, 725 acres of successional fields, hardwood forests, wetlands, and riverine habitat; nature center; and over 20 miles of trails; operated by the County, with support from Friends of Banshee Reeks and from Banshee Reeks Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists
Blacksburg Price House Nature Center Blacksburg Montgomery website
Blue Ridge Center Purcellville Loudoun Northern website, 900 acres, trails, education center
Boxerwood Gardens Lexington Lexington Southwest Virginia 15-acre arboretum, nature center and woodland garden
Broadlands Nature Center Broadlands Loudoun Northern website, information, operated by the Audubon Naturalist Society and the Broadlands Homeowners Association, local animals, nature programs and events
Claytor Nature Study Center of Lynchburg College Bedford Bedford Central Virginia website, 470 acre nature center owned and operated by Lynchburg College, includes education and research facility, Cloverlea Farm and Memorial Gardens, environmental programs, nature trails, campground, Belk Astronomical Observatory, and horticultural research area
Claytor Lake State Park Discovery Center Dublin Pulaski Southwest Virginia 472 acres, visitor center exhibits about lake ecology, fish life
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park Chantilly Fairfax Northern 650 acres, operated by the County, Walney Visitors Center features educational exhibits, programs and information, live animals
False Cape State Park Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Hampton Roads 4,321 acres, Wash Woods Environmental Center for ecological studies, park also offers nature programs
First Landing State Park Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Hampton Roads 2,888 acres, Chesapeake Bay Center, environmental programs
Frogshackle Nature Center Sterling Loudoun Northern website, operated by the County at Claude Moore Park for special events
Gulf Branch Nature Center Arlington Arlington Northern website, 37 acres, operated by the City in Gulf Branch Park and Natural Area
Hidden Oaks Nature Center Annandale Fairfax Northern website, operated by the County in the 52-acre Annandale District Park
Hidden Pond Nature Center Springfield Fairfax Northern website, 25 acres, operated by the County, adjacent to 700-acre Pohick Stream Valley Park
Norma Hoffman Visitors Center at Huntley Meadows Hybla Valley Fairfax Northern Over 1,500 acres, operated by the County, visitor center includes an auditorium and museum space with exhibits, nature and history programs
James River State Park Gladstone Buckingham Central 1,500 acres, visitor center features an aquarium, replica bateau, history exhibits, seasonal nature programs
Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center Alexandria Alexandria Northern website, operated by the City in 50-acre Dora Kelley Nature Park
Joseph S. J. Tanner Environmental Education Center Boydton Mecklenburg Central Virginia website, natural history of John H. Kerr Reservoir
Long Branch Park and Nature Center Arlington Arlington Northern website, 17 acres, operated by the City at Glencarlyn Park
Maymont Park Richmond Richmond Greater Richmond Region 100 acre Victorian estate, park features a nature center dedicated to native Virginia wildlife, a historic house museum, arboretum, formal gardens, carriage collection and petting zoo
Mill Mountain Discovery Center Roanoke Roanoke Southwest Virginia] website, operated by the City in the 611-acre Mill Mountain Park
Motts Run Nature Center Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Northern website, owned by the City and operated seasonally by volunteers in the 860-acre Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area
Potomac Overlook Regional Park and Nature Center Arlington Arlington Northern website, 70 acres, operated by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, energy and natural history exhibits, live animals
Riverbend Park Great Falls Fairfax Northern website, over 400 acres, operated by the County, visitor center self-guided activities for children, live animal displays and natural and cultural exhibits
Rockwood Nature Center Richmond Chesterfield Greater Richmond Region website, 160 acres, operated by the County in Rockwood Park
Rust Sanctuary Leesburg Loudoun Northern website, 68 acres, operated by the Audubon Naturalist Society
Sandy Bottom Nature Park Hampton Hampton Hampton Roads website, 456-acre environmental education and wildlife management facility, operated by the City
Three Lakes Park & Nature Center Richmond Henrico Greater Richmond Region website, operated by the County
Virginia Living Museum Newport News Newport News Hampton Roads Natural history museum of indigenous animals, aviary, outdoor animal displays, botanical preserve and planetarium
Walker Nature Center Reston Fairfax Northern website, 72 acres, operated by the community, 2 miles of trails
Woodpecker Ridge Nature Center Fincastle Botetourt Southwest Virginia information, 70 acres, privately owned preserve and bird-watching site

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Defunct centers[edit]

  • Smithsonian Institution Naturalist Center, Leesburg