Creatures of the Night
Saturday, January 20, 4-6 p.m.
Parkfield Learning Center
Explore the fascinating world of nighttime animals, from bats and owls to the evening chorus of frogs and insects. Through games, crafts, and activities we will gain a better understanding of the creatures of the night. We will end with a night walk, so dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. 
Recommended for those 6 and above with an adult. Follow signs from the parking lot to the learning center.

A Promise
Tucked inside these tightly closed dogwood buds is the promise that, in a few months, spring will appear. This photo was taken Friday, Jan. 19, near the Quarters. 

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