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Nature and History Programs

Find parks matching your amenity choices.From Cumberland Gap to the Chesapeake Bay, state parks’ natural and cultural resources tell the story of Virginia and the broader American experience. Discover natural wonders including unique geologic formations, rare plants, fascinating animals, diverse forest and aquatic communities. Parks also host historic and cultural treasures including archeological sites, Colonial homes, Civil War battlefields, pioneer homesteads and more. Altogether, they make up the rich tapestry that is Virginia.

Virginia State Parks offer a wide variety of year-round programming. From guided nature walks and canoe trips to fossil hunts and living history demonstrations, there are exciting and informative programs to suit everyone. Programs and exhibits strive to afford a broader sense of how our world works and those who shaped our culture.

Interpretive programs about nature, history and culture typically run an hour or two. Most are offered between Memorial Day and Labor Day and are free with park admission. The programs:

  • Reveal the deeper meaning of our resources.
  • Teach new skills.
  • Take visitors where they'd never thought to go.
  • Provide an chance to see Virginia through the eyes of those who shaped our land, our cultures and our nation.
  • Put people in touch nature and up-close, hands-on history.

Parks also offer plenty for those wanting to explore on their own – park packs, visitor center exhibits, interpretive trails and GPS hikes, to name a few.

Learn more about all Virginia State Park festivals, events and programs. Also, read about the history of the Virginia State Parks system.