Walker Nature Center

Walker Nature Center

Welcome to the heart of Reston’s 1,300 acres of open space and the home of environmental education opportunities for all ages. Enjoy year-round access to trails, free parking and restroom facilities from dawn to dusk.

Address: Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston, VA 20191
Phone: 703-476-9689
Email: naturecenter@reston.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/walkernaturecenter

Newsletter: Read Branching Out.  Contact naturecenter@reston.org to join our quarterly mailing list.

Nature House Hours:
Mondays and Wednesdays-Fridays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sundays 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Closed to public on Tuesdays and on RA holidays.

Outdoor Manners
Please follow these rules while at the nature center.
• Stay on the trail.
• Keep pets on a leash.
• Clean up after your pet.
• Leave all plants and animals where you find them.
• Put waste into trash cans or recycling containers or carry it out with you.
• Do not smoke within 50 yards of the building, pavilion and campfire ring.

If you would like to bring a group to the nature center, please call ahead to arrange your visit. Groups may request special programs at least three weeks in advance of their desired dates.


The Walker Nature Center provides a variety of educational and recreational resources, programs and facilities. Through the use of direct experiences and interpretive media, the mission of the center is to foster good environmental stewardship in the community. The center was named after Reston’s first Open Space and Nature Center Director, Vernon J. Walker who was hired in 1967. Mr. Walker believed in a healthy coexistence of nature and people.

• A LEED Gold education building known as Nature House.
• 72 acres of woodlands
• One mile of loop trails
• Picnic tables & pavilion
• Pond
• Campfire ring
• Trailside benches
• Interpretive signs
• Memorial sundial
• Demonstration meadow
• Demonstration naturescaping gardens
• The Glade Stream Valley
• Snakeden Branch stream’s entrance to 44-acre Lake Audubon




The nature center conducts a variety of on-site and outreach programs for people of all ages, including:

All Ages
Babes in the Woods (ages 18 – 35 months)
Preschool Happenings (ages 3-5 years)
Children’s Programs (ages 5-12 years)
Adult Programs
Bird Walks
Wildlife Counts & Classes
School Programs
Scout and Youth Group Programs
Special Events
Children’s Birthday Parties
Nature Tots Camp (ages 3-5 years)
Walker’s Rangers Camp (ages 6-9 years)
• Service Projects

Activity packs and nature trunks are also available on loan to school teachers and youth group leaders.


Looking for the perfect spot for a community meeting, family gathering or business retreat? Affordable and attractive rentals of the Nature House multi-purpose room, pavilion and campfire ring are available. For reservations, call 703-435-6518 or e-mail naturecenter@reston.org. Click here for details.


Volunteers make the difference. Would you like to share your time, energy and skills with the nature center? We’re looking for:
• Welcome Desk Attendants
• Trail and Garden Assistants
• Special Event Assistants
• Guest Speakers and Instructors

Contact Ha Brock at habrock@reston.org or 703-476-7986. Learn more about environmental Volunteer Opportunities.


Donations to the nature center are gratefully received by Friends of Reston, our 501c3 supporting organization, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston VA 20191.

Nature Center Resources