Schedule a Tour Today!
Receive a Free Backpack on Arrival.

New Grō Classes/Workshops
Register Today

We Offer Preschool
& Summer Camps

Grō - A Natural Education Space

ABOUT Grō

Children today spend increasing amounts of their time engaged in indoor (and often screen-focused) activities. This results in a “nature deficit” for many of our kids who enjoy less time interacting with nature and miss opportunities to benefit from the positive developmental impacts of time spent outdoors in a natural setting.

Offering natural education classes, spring and summer camp offerings, and a nature-based preschool, the new Grō Natural Education Space at Long Park is a truly unique indoor/outdoor learning environment. The greatest education asset of this facility lies in the 230 acres of parkland and 4.5+ miles of trails surrounding the repurposed building, including outdoor classroom and activity areas.

Our Grō programs give children the opportunity to connect with, explore and learn through interaction with the natural world, harnessing the physical, emotional, social and academic benefits associated with outdoor play.

NATURE PRESCHOOL

Nature is a foundational element in child's learning. Not only does nature aid in a child’s fitness and overall physical health, academic learning, as well as parent, child, and community interactions.

View Curriculum Parent Handbook

Age 3 - $270/month

Both outdoor and indoor classroom settings.

Mon/Wed/Fri 9 am - Noon

Register

Pre K Age 4-5 - $270/month

Both outdoor and indoor classroom settings.

Mon/Wed/Fri 9 am - Noon

Register

NATURE BUDDIES

Snakes, bats and spiders have an important job in Virginia’s ecosystem. Come to Gro to learn what that job is! Play a bat echolocation game, investigate a snake skin and explore the engineering of a spider web.

Age 3-5 - $80/fee

SNAKES, BATS AND SPIDERS
October 3-26
Tues/Thur 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Register

Age 3-5 - $80/fee

THE CRITTERS IN YOUR BACKYARD
November 2-30
Tues/Thur 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Register

WINTER WORKSHOPS

Learn what happens outside during the winter months. Each workshop will focus on a different outdoor winter attribute. Bring warm clothes to go outside.

Age 3-5 - $15/fee

THEME: WEATHER
December 5
Tues 9:30 am - 11:30 am


THEME: BIRDS
December 7
Thur 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Register

Age 3-5 - $15/fee

THEME: ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS
December 12
Tues 9:30 am - 11:30 am


THEME: LIGHT
December 14
Thurs 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Register

NATURES WORKSHOPS

What is going on in the world all around us. Step outside and discover the natural world. Each workshop has games, experiments and activities to help you learn more about each topic.

Age 6-10 - $48/fee

THEME: TREES
Oct 7 - 28
Sat 10:00 am - Noon


THEME: Animals in the Cold
Nov 4-18 (Fee $36)
Sat 10:00 am - Noon

Register

Age 6-10 - $36/fee

THEME: WATER
Dec 2 - 16
Sat 10:00 am - Noon

Register

ADVENTURES IN LONG PARK

Get outside and have some fun! Come to Long Park each Tuesday evening for an outdoor adventure. Geocache, build shelters, play games and much more in the forest and fields of James S. Long Park.

Age 8-11 - $108/fee

Oct 3 - Dec 19
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Register

Get In Touch

Grō at James S. Long Park

  • 703-792-5180
  • hhanson@pwcgov.org
  • 4603 James Madison Hwy
    Haymarket, VA 20169

Schedule a Tour

Prince William County Parks & Recreation