Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center

5750 Sanger Avenue

At the Nature Center, you can see live animals up close and learn about the cultural and natural history of Dora Kelley Nature Park. The Naturalists on staff are here to help you and your family explore and enjoy Alexandria’s wild side! The Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center provides year-round programs and exhibits on Alexandria’s human and natural history.


JonElle Lemon

Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

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.

Renae Monson

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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 we've been to in Fairfax county. I didn't 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.

S Royster

Saturday, July 15, 2017

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.

Nicky Coogan

Saturday, Sep. 9, 2017

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

Kamolphan Jue

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

I would like to give compliments to all staffs. We had a blast on my daughter's 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.