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Programs, Workshops & Walks

A note about our programs

We hold most programs rain, snow, or shine, unless we notify you otherwise. If you cancel your registration seven days or more prior to the program date, we’ll refund your fee in full. If you cancel within seven days of the program date, we are unable to refund your fee. If the Foundation of the State Arboretum cancels a program for any reason, we will refund your fee in full. Programs open to children/youth require an adult to attend with them and the adult is responsible for their supervision for the duration of the program. Advance registration is required for all programs. Space is limited.


8:00-10:00 AM | Friday, December 1st

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Our winter residents have come home to roost! Join Blandy director andbirding enthusiast Dr. Dave Carr in search of Purple Finches, PineSiskins, Northern Harriers, and others.

What to expect: We will walk about a mile over gently rolling terrain.

Who can come: Adults and children aged 12 and up. No pets, please!

What to bring: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your ownbinoculars or borrow a pair from Blandy.

Where to meet: Meet at the flagpole at the front parking lot close to the “Arboretum Information”kiosk.

Registration required. Register on Eventbrite.

Winter Tree ID and Holiday Potluck with Sustainability Matters

1:00-4:00 PM Sunday, December 10, 2023

Join us and our co-hosts, the Sustainability Matters, for an approximately 90-minute guided walk and tree ID primer by Virginia State Foresters Matt Wolanski and Connor Goolsby and Blandy curator Carrie Whitacre. You'll never again mistake an oak for a walnut, or a spruce for a fir!

A holiday-themed potluck and social hour with fellow nature nerds will follow the walk. Please bring a snack or dessert to share!

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Cool Conifers 

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2:00-3:00 PM Sunday, December 17th 

Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate (or tea!) and meander through Blandy’s conifer collection with a naturalist! Brush up on your conifer id skills and learn about these unique trees!

What to expect: A family-friendly nature program. We'll start out indoors, then move outside for a ~30-minute walk through the Conifer Collection. 

Who can come: All ages!

What to bring: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. If you wish, bring a reusable tumbler to fill with hot chocolate or tea. 

Where to meet: Meet in the Blandy library. 

Registration required. Register on Eventbrite.