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Summer 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. Advance registration is required for all programs. Space is limited.

Sold out! Breeding Season Bird Walk

8:00-10:00 AM | Friday, May 27th

By this time, migrant breeding birds should be singing and nesting. Join Blandy Director and birding enthusiast Dr. Dave Carr to scout for orioles, Willow Flycatchers, Eastern Kingbirds, Red-eyed Vireos, Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Buntings, and more!

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

Who can come: Adults and children aged 12 and up.

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

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

COVID-19 information: This program will be entirely outdoors, and group size is limited to facilitate physical distancing. Masks are optional. If you experience symptoms related to COVID-19 within a few days of the program, please stay home! We will gladly refund registration fees. 

Registration required

One FOSA Member/UVA Alumni $20

Two FOSA Members/UVA Alumni $35

Register for the Breeding Season Bird Walk here.

Sold out! Stargazing with the Shenandoah Astronomical Society

7:45-9:30 PM | Saturday, June 4th

After a short introduction in the library, Society members will set up telescopes and guide us as we search the night sky for stars, planets, constellations, galaxies, and more!

What to expect: An indoor talk followed by outdoor astronomical observations.

Who can come: Adults and children aged 8 and up.

What to bring: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring a flashlight if you wish.

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

COVID-19 Information: A short presentation will take place indoors. Astronomical observing will take place outdoors. Masks are optional.  

Registration required

One FOSA Member/UVA Alumni $10

One Non Member $15

FOSA Family/UVA Alumni $20

Non-Member Family $35

 

Attracting Pollinators to your Garden

10:00-11:30 AM | Wednesday, June 22nd

How can you entice butterflies and bees to your backyard? Join Assistant Curator for Herbaceous Gardens Carrie Whitacre to get the buzz on pollinator-friendly gardening practices.

What to expect: An indoor talk followed by a stroll through the gardens near the Quarters.

Who can come: This program is intended for an adult audience.

What to bring: Materials to take notes, if you wish. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Where to meet: Meet in the courtyard of the Quarters building.

COVID-19 Information: Portions of this program will take place indoors and outdoors. Masks are optional.  

Registration required

One FOSA Member/UVA Alumni $10

One Non Member $15

FOSA Family/UVA Alumni $20

Non-Member Family $35

 

Sold Out! Firefly Festival

8:00-9:30 PM | Friday, June 24th (rain date- Saturday, June 25th)

Everyone loves fireflies, but how do they make their light—and why? Explore the fascinating world of fireflies with outdoor crafts, activities, games, and a short nature talk. As dusk falls, we’ll catch and release fireflies and watch them in action.

Who can come: This program is suitable for all ages. 

What to bring: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring a flashlight if you wish.

Where to meet: Meet in the courtyard of the Quarters building.

COVID-19 Information: Portions of this program will take place indoors and outdoors. Masks are optional.  

Registration required

One FOSA Member/UVA Alumni $10; One Non Member $15

FOSA Family/UVA Alumni $20; Non-Member Family $25

Developing climate solutions through creative writing

1:00-2:30 PM | Wednesday, July 20th

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the genre of climate fiction (cli-fi), encouraged to develop personal connections to climate change, and be guided through writing activities. Led by Dr. David Bowne, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Elizabethtown College. Dr. Bowne is both an active scientist and an author, publishing a variety of short stories, creative nonfiction, and scientific articles.

What to expect: A writing workshop..

Who can come: This program is intended for an adult audience.

What to bring: Bring a laptop, a notebook, or another favorite writing tool.

Where to meet: Meet in the courtyard of the Quarters building.

COVID-19 Information: This program will take place indoors. Masks are optional.  

Registration required

One FOSA Member/UVA Alumni $10

One Non Member $15

FOSA Family/UVA Alumni $20

Non-Member Family $35

Sold out! Arboretum Walking Tour

10:00-11:30 | Saturday, July 23rd

Explore the Arboretum’s history and collections! Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. We will walk approximately 1.5 miles over gently rolling terrain.

What to expect: We will walk about a 1.5 miles over gently rolling terrain.

Who can come: This program is intended for an adult audience.

What to bring: Wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a full water bottle. 

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

COVID-19 information: This program will be entirely outdoors. Masks are optional.

Free, but registration required.

Storytelling Under the Stars: A Night Hike for all Ages

8:00-9:00 PM | Tuesday, August 9th 

8:00-9:00 PM | Wednesday, August 10th (same program offered twice)

Discover the exciting and mysterious world of nature at night. In this family-friendly program, we’ll explore the arboretum at dusk. Along the way, we’ll share stories describing the amazing adaptations of nocturnal animals.

What to expect: We will walk about a 0.5 miles over gently rolling terrain in variable light conditions.

Who can come: This program is suitable for all ages.

What to bring: Bring a flashlight, wear comfortable walking shoes, and dress for the weather.  

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

COVID-19 information: This program will be entirely outdoors. Masks are optional.

Registration required

One FOSA Member/UVA Alumni $10; One Non Member $15

FOSA Family/UVA Alumni $20; Non-Member Family $25

Outdoor movie night with Shenandoah Film Collaborative

Evening of Friday, August 19th

Save the date! Film TBD.

 

 

 

 

Sold out! Birding for Beginners

8:00-10:00 AM | Friday, August 26th

Always wanted to give birding a try, but not sure where to start? Join Blandy Director and birding enthusiast Dave Carr to practice birding basics. We expect to see hummingbirds, swallows, indigo buntings, and more!

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

Who can come: Adults and children aged 12 and up.

What to bring: Dress for the weather, and wear comfortable walking shoes that can withstand a bit of early morning dew on the grass. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from Blandy.

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

COVID-19 Information: This program will be entirely outdoors. Masks are optional.

Registration required

One FOSA Member/UVA Alumni $20.00

Two FOSA Members/UVA Alumni $35.00