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The Nature House

Located at:
Walker Nature Education Center
11450 Glade Drive, Reston, VA 20191

(703) 476-9689

Hours of Operation:
Mon. & Wed. - Fridays 9 am - 5 pm
Saturdays 10 am - 1 pm
Sundays 1 pm - 4pm
CLOSED to public on Tuesdays
CLOSED to public on RA Holidays


A natural sanctuary for spiritual regeneration, a living classroom for lifelong learning


Since the original Master Plan of Reston in 1964, part of the vision for our community has been to have a fully functioning nature center. In 1967, based on consultation with the National Audubon Society, the Reston Community Foundation wrote that three components were necessary to make a successful nature center: land, an education program and an interpretive building.

Nature House is that building. Nature House opened its doors in November of 2009. The building was gifted to Reston Association by its supporting 501(c)(3) organization, Friends of Reston.

About Nature House
Nestled in the woods of the 72-acre Walker Nature Education Center, Nature House is a place where people of all ages can learn about our precious natural resources. Visit Nature House to:  
  • Enjoy exhibits and displays.
  • Talk with on-site naturalists.
  • Use the nature resource library.
  • Watch a multimedia presentation.
  • Do a simple activity or read a story to your child.
  • Meet a box turtle and a snake.
  • Attend a variety of programs for all ages.
  • Learn about its many green building features.
Green Building
In keeping with its environmental mission, Nature House is a model of environmentally friendly, sustainable design. LEED Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, its green features include:
  • Ground Source Geothermal Heat Pump System for Heating/Cooling
  • SIPS Walls (Structural Insulated Paneling System) for an Energy Efficient Building Envelope
  • Galvalume Roof with Recycled Steel Content, Reduces Heat Gain
  • Regionally & Sustainably Harvested Cypress Siding
  • Porch Posts and Mantle from Wood Salvaged from Reston Condo Site
  • Maximum Tree Preservation on Site
  • Landscaping with Native Plants
  • Stormwater Bioretention Area and Rain Barrels on Downspouts
  • Low Flow and Dual Flow Plumbing Fixtures
  • Efficient, Fluorescent Lighting and Natural Daylighting
  • Non-toxic and Low-Emitting Materials for Indoor Air Quality
  • Reclaimed Wood, Natural Marmoleum and Recycled Carpet Flooring
  • And more!

Did you know...

Make a Donation
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the nature center, please make checks payable to Friends of Reston and write "nature center" in the memo section of your check. Thank you for your generosity.

Mail to:
Katie Shaw

Friends of Reston
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20191-3404

Phone: (703) 435-6510
Fax: (703) 935-5675

Federal Tax ID # 54-1963597

Learn more about the Friends of Reston or read their blog.