Young Naturalist Program
Alternate Saturdays
Feb. 6,
Feb. 20, and March 5
Grades 1-3: 9-11:30 a.m.
Grades 4-6: 12:30-3 p.m.

The Young Naturalist program gets kids outdoors to explore nature in winter--a time of year when they may not have many such opportunities. Programs focus on the area's natural history, geography, weather, and related topics. Programs include observation, hands-on activities, crafts, snack, and time outside.

Snowy Landscape
Snow blankets the landscape after nearly three feet of snow fell during winter storm Jonas. The Arboretum grounds are open but sections of the loop drive have not been plowed and are closed.

Programs and Events

Grounds Open Dawn to Dusk, 365 Days a Year

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.

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