Get Your Kids Outside This Winter!
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Young Naturalist Program
FOSA's Young Naturalist Program runs from January to March and features five Saturdays with hands-on activities, crafts, and time outside. Children in grades 1-3 attend from 9-11:30 a.m., while those in grades 4-6 attend from 12:30 to 3 p.m. 

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Learn About Virginia's Native Americans
Young Naturalist Program, Saturday, Feb. 7
Native Americans occupied what is now Virginia for thousands of years before European settlers arrived in the 1600s. Join us as we learn about Virginia's first settlers, learn outdoor skills, and make related crafts and snacks. Grades 1-3 attend from 9-11:30 a.m., grades 4-6 attend from 12:30-3 p.m. 

Register online here or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224.

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Programs & Events

January 30
Mindfulness Based
Stress Reduction
3:00pm - 5:30pm  details

February 7
Young Naturalist Program
Virginia's Native Americans
Grades 1-3
9:00am - 11:30am  details
Grades 4-6
12:30pm - 3:00pm  details

February 21
Young Naturalist Program
Nature's Recyclers
Grades 1-3  details
Grades 4-6  details

February 26
Blandy Book Club
1:00pm - 2pm  details


The 172 acre Orland E. White Arboretum was designated the State Arboretum of Virginia in 1986. With over 5000 living trees, the diverse collection is highlighted by over 200 kinds of conifers, 162 types of boxwood, a 300 tree ginkgo grove, a cedar of Lebanon allee, an herb garden, and the Virginia Native Plant Trail.

Public ProgramsKohls Garden Day

Public programs at the State Arboretum provide opportunities for life-long learning in a variety of settings. Workshops, lectures, tours, and children’s camps offer opportunities to learn about environmental issues, natural history, gardening, and more.


Inquiry-based education is at the heart of our preK-12 programs, where students are actively engaged in hands-on explorations and research-driven field investigations. Our programs align with Virginia & National Science Standards as well as with other subjects.


Field-based ecological research is at the heart of Blandy Experimental Farm’s mission. Current University-level research involves plant pollination studies, plant-animal interactions, defoliation caused by the destructive gypsy moth, and the effects of in-breeding on plants.

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Mailing Address: 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce VA 22620 | Phone: 540-837-1758 Ext. 0