Jerome Buddie Ford Nature Center
5750 Sanger Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311, United States

Review №1

There is a reading area with a macroscope as well as microscope. The staff is friendly and let us pet some turtles while educating us!

Review №2

I was so surprised by this nature center! Lots of kid friendly things to touch and see and plenty of animals. On a pleasant day, enjoy a walk on the trail adjacent

Review №3

Amazing little gem! The kids had so much fun exploring and learning.

Review №4

Wow, this place is great to bring little ones! There are animals for the kids to see and a great play space. My kids could have played there for hours!

Review №5

Great spot for kids to learn about nature and to go for a family hike.

Review №6

Visited here with my granddaughter and it was amazing. Staff was extremely knowledgeable and patient. They have a really great setup with the bird atriums. Would definitely recommend going here to everyone.

Review №7

A neat little nature center on the back end of a school. They have an assortment of local critters, a small greenhouse, and multiple displays on local flora and fauna. They are immediately adjacent to a park that runs along a creek where we went on a 50 minute walk on a mixture of paved and non-paved trails. The park are was surprisingly quiet for as urban as it is.

Review №8

Great place to take kids to learn about nature and local wildlife.

Review №9

Cool experience, son enjoyed watching the turtles who were very active in their tank. I also liked that he got the opportunity to pet a snapping turtle. One of the staff members was very helpful.

Review №10

The park itself is kinda small, and the bridge across the stream was washed out. The nature center is the reason to go. There are lots of small animal exhibits and activities.

Review №11

Always a great time here. Wonderful park next door with a tranquil stream and walking trail. Kids always love the animal exhibits inside.

Review №12

This place is so great! Clean, friendly staff, interesting exhibits, a couple microscopes, beautiful outdoor area, quiet, even a little nature walk area. We love it!

Review №13

Great nature center.

Review №14

I would like to give compliments to all staffs.We had a blast on my daughters 5th birthday party . Everyone had a great time, both kids and parents are still talking about the party and they want to go back there again or even do the birthday party for their own kids themselves.The staffs are very nice and accommodating. The center is cute and fun. This is definitely our family best birthday experience.

Review №15

Attended for a birthday party. Great experience. Knowledgeable staff. The chatty bird in the rear was a HUGE hit. Very, short walking path, not as extensive as the Hidden Pond Nature Center...nice just the same.

Review №16

Truly wonderful, undervisited nature center in Alexandria. The staff are EXCELLENT and always go the extra mile to make a childs visit special. There are a variety of reptiles and insects to pet, feed, and just admire, pus a child play section and a microscope for scientific exploration. The Dora Kelley Nature Area is literally a stones throw away, so you can go on a lovely hike before or after your visit. Book your next birthday party here!

Review №17

Well-placed educational center in West End Alexandria.Hosted year-long after-care center through Alexandria City Recreation. Gave our daughter an educational outlet afterschool, with an emphasis on the wonders of the small park near the Nature Center. A lot of outside time, getting dirty and looking for bugs and snakes! Also, art and enrichment activity with dedicated, caring staff who are interested in the students.

Review №18

So awesome for the locals to have something like this. The staff is friendly and have some neat looking animals!

Review №19

Lovely programs, library on nature, critters and good staff next to Dora Kelley Park

Review №20

Really interactive and engaging for kids. What a fun place to learn!

Review №21

This nature center was awesome. They have great displays and activities for the kids. It is a bit more spacious and less crowded than some other nature centers weve been to in Fairfax county. I didnt expect them to, but when my son asked if he could pet one of the snakes, a member of the staff pulled out a snake and let him pet it. My kids have been begging to go back. The nature trail behind the building goes down the hill to the river. There is a walking trail there too.

Review №22

Good place for young kids to learn about nature.

Review №23

Great little hidden local gem. Displays of local wildlife, some of which they actually catch in the stream immediately next to the center. Stop in and chat with the friendly knowledgable staff, check out the fish, snakes, turtles, frogs etc. on display, then take a hike along the stream. Not a bad day out with the kids and it is FREE!

Review №24

Its a good place to bring the kids

Review №25

Very nice exhibits for 5- to 20-year-olds. Welcoming and well taken-care of.

Review №26

Great place for kids and adults to enjoy nature!

Review №27

Great Nature Center for younger kids. Good variety of local wildlife.Toads, frogs, snakes, turtles, taxidermy, artifacts and more!Staff has always been friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

Review №28

Great fun, educational site.

Review №29

What a hidden treasure in Alexandria! Great free place to take your kids and nature trails near by.

Review №30

Small, people working there are nice. Good for little kids and elementary schoolers.

Review №31

A nice suburban nature center with deer to be found on the nature hikes

Review №32

This is a great place to come with kids!

Review №33

Staff are very friendly and work really well with the kids.

Review №34

The kids loved the hands on exhibits

Review №35

This place is great for kids

Review №36

Take your time and look at everything.

Review №37

Its a really nice place

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4.8 Rating
  • Address:5750 Sanger Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311, United States
  • Site:
  • Phone:+1 703-746-5559
  • Recreation center
  • Bird watching area
  • Hiking area
  • Park
  • Nature preserve
Working hours
  • Monday:10am–4pm
  • Tuesday:Closed
  • Wednesday:Closed
  • Thursday:Closed
  • Friday:Closed
  • Saturday:Closed
  • Sunday:10am–4pm
  • Wheelchair-accessible car park:Yes
  • Wheelchair-accessible entrance:Yes
  • Good for kids:Yes
  • Public toilet:Yes
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