Getting Oriented: Making Maps for 330 Million National Park Visitors
Tuesday, August 22
7-8:30 p.m.
Tom Patterson
NPS Cartographer
Our National Park System is more popular than ever. Learn how park maps have changed over the years. Today’s maps reflect the unique natural, cultural, and historical stories of each park, resulting in a map that connects visitors with the landscape they are in.

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Back off, Jack!
Recent rains have created the perfect climate for mushrooms to thrive, including this clump of Jack-'O Lantern mushrooms (Omphalotus illudens). These unusual mushrooms display faint bioluminescence, that is, they glow in the dark. But they are toxic to human so don't touch!

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.

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