Visitor Center partial closure
Prince William Forest Park Visitor Center will close three days a week begining December 17th, 2013. The closure will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week between December 17th, 2013 to March 1st, 2014.
Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry Closure
Oak Ridge Campground and Chopawamsic Backcountry area will be closed December 1st, 2013 to February 28th, 2014.
Outside firewood is prohibited in Prince William Forest Park, unless it is certified USDA 'bug free' firewood. Dead and downed wood may be collected from designated areas for use while in the park. Help us protect the forest from invasive species!
If you're looking for lessons in history or the natural world, educational opportunities abound in Prince William Forest Park. For detailed information on bringing school children to the park, download our Educator's Guide.
Scheduling a Ranger Program
Requesting a Fee Waiver
List of Programs
Bridging the Watershed - Prince William Forest Park is one of 13 units of the National Park Service that provides high school students with real life scientific field studies. Teacher training provided. Visit the Bridging the Watershed website for more information. Ask about Mine Over Matter, our park specific curriculum that explores the history of the pyrite mine and scientific efforts to reclaim the damaged site.
Ranger in a Rucksack - Identify trees and leaves all on your own with our innovative 'ranger in a rucksack' program. Self-guided activities and informational tools help you be your own ranger. Check the 'rucksack' out daily at the visitor center from 9 am to 5 pm. Ages: middle school and up. Location - Pine Grove Picnic Area.
Head Bangers of the Forest: Woodpeckers - Learn about the woodpeckers most common to our area and how to identify them by sight and by calls. Understand why woodpeckers are important to the ecosystem and the quest for North America's extinct woodpecker: the ivory-billed woodpecker. All ages. Location - on or off site.
Early Birders Hike- 7 AM start time for best bird viewing. Bring binoculars. Please, no dogs. Learn what birds live in the park by trying to find them by sight and sound as we walk around quietly searching. We will try to learn 2 birds by song by the end of the hike. Ages 5 and up. Location - on site.
Spies in the Park- Learn all about the spy training that actually took place here at the park during WWII! Authentic games and activities will keep you guessing. Grades 5-8. Location - on site only.
Busy Beavers-The park has a healthy population of these unique mammals. Learn all about their special adaptations and how they can change their environment in this kid friendly program,. Grades K-8. Location - on and off site.
Home Sweet Home - Meet at Pine Grove Pavilion. Where do animals live and why? How are their needs similar to what people need? Are humans and animals so different after all? What habitats does the park offer and who lives in them? A short hike will follow where we will look for some park "residents". Grades K-5. Location - on site only.
Introduction to Basic Orienteering - 30 minute lesson. Learn the basics of map and compass use. Maps and compasses are always available at the Visitor Center from 9-5 daily. The course starts at Turkey Run Education Center's main doors. For more information contact park staff. Ages 10 and up. Location - on site only.
Going Green- Discover the impact humans have on the environment and ways to minimize our influence over the natural world. Slides and fun activities will help you make leaving a smaller footprint on the earth an easy and inspiring task. Grades 1-8. Location - on and off site.
Park History Overview - Learn all of the interesting facts and figures about the history of Prince William Forest Park. The information covered represents various time periods from Native American history to the Great Depression and World War Two. Grades 6 and up. Location - on and off site.
Cabin Camp History - Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the cabin camps at Prince William Forest Park are a window into the history of the Great Depression and World War II eras. Grades 6 and up. Location - on site only.
Did You Know?
Prince William Forest Park was used by the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner to the CIA) as a training camp for spies during World War II. Today, you can rent a cabin where spies once learned their trade.