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Are you happiest outdoors?
   We have award winning nature programs! From hikes and camping, to fossil hunting and adventures, we have activities that are sure to excite the whole family.  Check out online catalog here for the newest activities.

Summer 2018 Programs now registering:

Jr. Naturalist: Herps
(Reptiles & Amphibians)

10yrs – 16yrs
Join other Junior Naturalists on the search for “herps”—reptiles andamphibians! Spring is a super time to find frogs, toads, snakes and more. We’ll learn to identify and care for a variety of critters and enjoy an evening “frog walk!” All participants receive a patch – attend three spring/fall courses and get your name on a plaque in the nature center. Pre-registration required. Instructor: Linda Bailey. Location: Motts Run Nature Center.
Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:00pm
April 17, 24, May 1*, 8 (*May 1 meets 8-9pm)
$55/$65 (residents/non-residents)

Frog Walk
6yrs & up
Bullfrogs bellowing, Cricket Frogs clicking, Fowler’s Toads wailing, and more, on this memorable night hike! We’ll enjoy a cacophony of sound along the lakeshore at Motts Run Reservoir as these spring frogs tune up...bound to be a perfect evening. Great for all amphibian enthusiasts--old and young alike. Just bring a flashlight and wear boots or shoes you can get muddy. (Family event--adults and kids both pay!) Location: Motts Run Nature Center.
Friday, May 25 , 8:30pm-9:45pm
$6/$6 (residents/non-residents)

Frog Walk for Tadpoles
3 ½ yrs – 5yrs
Leap on over to Motts Run Reservoir with your little tadpoles for a hoppin’ good time looking for frogs. Be prepared to get your feet muddy (no kidding). Snack and story included. Pre-registration required. (Kids must attend with non-paying adult). Instructor: Doris Bryant. Location: Motts Run Nature Center.
Monday, April 30, 10:00am-11:15am
$10/$10 (residents/non-residents)

Dipnetting for Dragonflies
5yrs – Adult
Search the greening lakeshore for aquatic insects, tadpoles, crayfish, cricket frogs, and more! There’s a world of wonder just beneath the water’s surface. Wear mud shoes. Pre-registration required (kids must attend with paying adult). Instructor: Doris Bryant. Location: Motts Run Nature Center.
Saturday, May 5, 10:00am-11:00am
$6/$6 (residents/non-residents)

Stargazing in the Park: Venus & Jupiter
8yrs – Adult
Join astronomer Myron Wasiuta for a spectacular evening of stargazing! We’ll use state-of-the-art equipment to observe Venus & Jupiter, then after dark we’ll check out the galaxies in Virgo and Leo. Bring a lawn chair (optional). Pre-registration required (every age pays). Location: Motts Run Reservoir.
Saturday, May 5, 8:00pm-10:00pm
$6/$6 (residents/non-residents)

Full Moon Canoe Float
6yrs – Adult
Enjoy a peaceful flatwater float at sunset, then a rising full moon! We’ll peek into coves, listen for the call of frogs and night insects, savor the serenity of a summer evening, and enjoy a delicious treat served afloat. No experience necessary. For adults and families (every age pays). Life jacket provided. Pre-registration required. Location: Motts Run Reservoir.
Saturday, July 28, 8:00pm-9:45pm
$10/$10 (residents/non-residents)

Stars, Stories & S’mores
All Ages
Roast up a marshmallow and sandwich a s’more, then sit back and enjoy the after-sunset glow as we sing, tell stories, and
enjoy the first evening stars overhead! Something for the entire family (everyone must register). Location: Motts Run Reservoir Amphitheatre.
Friday, August 10 , 7:45pm-8:45pm
$6/$6 (residents/non-residents)

Pirate Hike
4yrs - 7yrs
Ahoy thar mateys, join us at Alum Spring Park for a jolly good time. We’ll make a treasure map, read about pirates, and carry the old Jolly Roger as we hike to splash around in the creek. We might even find some hidden treasure to divvy up. Wear your swim suit and water shoes. Pre-register or walk the plank! Alum Spring Park Pavilion.
Saturday, August 25, 10:00am-11:00am
$8/$10 (residents/non-residents)

Night Catfishing at Motts Reservoir
Friday, May 18
Friday, June 8
Friday, June 22
Friday, July 13
Friday, July 27
Friday, August 10
Friday, August 24
Friday, September 14
7:00pm – 1:00am each night
at Motts Run Reservoir, 6600 River Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Advanced prices: $3 child, $5 adults
Day of prices: $5 child, $8 adults
Come hook your bait and cast your line to catch catfish in the Reservoir. Private boats will be allowed on the water only if they
meet proper VDGIF standards for night fishing but all boats must be off the water by 12:30am.
Grills and picnic tables available all over the park no need to bring your own.
Please clean up after yourself and remember to NOT place flammable products in the trash.
Questions? Call Motts Reservoir (540) 786-8989

Registration for our nature programs
Registration can be done either online, via fax or by mail, or in person at the Dorothy Hart Community Center. We do recommend to register no later than 1 week prior to the program starting. 

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