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Upcoming Events

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.

Birding for Beginners

8:00-10:00 AM | Friday, August 20th

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 in variable light conditions. 

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. We encourage participants to wear masks while in a close group setting. 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 $20.00

Two FOSA Members/UVA Alumni $35.00

Full Moon Walk 

8:00-9:00 PM | Saturday, August 21st

Explore the arboretum at night on a guided nature walk. Who knows what we’ll discover? 

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

Who can come: Adults and children aged 5 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: This program will be entirely outdoors, and group size is limited to facilitate physical distancing. We encourage participants to wear masks while in a close group setting. 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 $10

One Non Member $15

FOSA Family/UVA Alumni $20

Non-Member Family $35

Early Migrants Bird Walk

8:00-10:00 AM | Friday, September 3rd

Early September marks the beginning of fall songbird migration. Join Blandy Director and birding enthusiast Dr. Dave Carr in search of southbound warblers, migrating shorebirds, scarlet tanagers, bobolinks, and more!

What to expect: We will walk about 1.5 miles over gently rolling terrain, with frequent stops to observe birds.

Who can come: Adults and children aged 14 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. We encourage participants to wear masks while in a close group setting. 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 $20.00

Two FOSA Members/UVA Alumni $35.00

Stargazing with the Shenandoah Astronomical Society 

7:30-9:00 PM | Saturday, September 11th

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. We may walk up to 1 mile over gently rolling terrain in variable light conditions.

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: Portions of this program may be held indoors and outdoors. Group size is limited to facilitate physical distancing. We encourage participants to wear masks while in a close group setting. 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 $10

One Non Member $15

FOSA Family/UVA Alumni $20

Non-Member Family $35

Grassland Bird Conservation on Virginia Working Lands

5:00-7:00 PM | Thursday, September 16th

Learn about efforts to conserve grassland birds in this talk and guided nature walk led by Justin Proctor, Coordinator of the Piedmont Grassland Bird Initiative at Smithsonian's Virginia Working Landscapes. Native grasslands have suffered the most intense impact by humans of any of North America’s terrestrial ecosystems, resulting in grassland-associated birds experiencing a steeper, more consistent decline than any other guild of birds. In Virginia, grassland birds have adapted to using hayfields and pasturelands as surrogate habitat, an ecological trap under the wrong conditions, or a unique opportunity for conservation under the right conditions. Recognizing this, the Piedmont Grassland Bird Initiative works alongside landowners and producers to implement a specific suite of management practices that can simultaneously benefit grassland birds, restore ecosystem functionality on these working landscapes, and positively impact the livelihoods that depend on those lands. 

What to expect: An indoor talk followed by an outdoor nature walk. We may walk up to 1 mile over gently rolling terrain.

Who can come: Adults and children aged 14 and up. 

What to bring: Materials to take notes, if you wish. 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: Portions of this program may be held indoors and outdoors. Group size is limited to facilitate physical distancing. We encourage participants to wear masks while in a close group setting. 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 $10

One Non Member $15

FOSA Family/UVA Alumni $20

Non-Member Family $35

Harvest Moon Walk 

7:30-8:30 PM | Monday, September 20th

Explore the arboretum at night on a guided nature walk. Who knows what we’ll discover?

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

Who can come: Adults and children aged 5 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: This program will be entirely outdoors, and group size is limited to facilitate physical distancing. We encourage participants to wear masks while in a close group setting. 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 $10

One Non Member $15

FOSA Family/UVA Alumni $20

Non-Member Family $35

Native Plant Walk with Blandy’s Assistant Curator

10:00-11:00 AM | Thursday, September 30th

Join Blandy’s assistant curator and native plant expert Jack Monsted for a guided walk around the native plant trail! Ask your native plant questions, learn to identify various native and invasive plants, and discover how we manage the various habitats along the Trail.

What to expect: We will walk about a half mile over gently rolling terrain, with frequent stops to observe plants.

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

What to bring: Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a full water bottle, 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, and group size is limited to facilitate physical distancing. We encourage participants to wear masks while in a close group setting. Please distance when possible. 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 $10

One Non Member $15

FOSA Family/UVA Alumni $20

Non-Member Family $35

Things You Should (and Shouldn’t) Be Doing with Your Trees this Fall

1:00-3:00 PM | Thursday, September 30th

Led by Scott Johnston of Johnston Tree Care! Workshop begins with an introduction to proper pruning and tree care. We then move outside for demonstrations and hands-on practice, with plenty of time of Q&A.

What to expect: An indoor talk followed by an outdoor demonstration. We will walk short distances over lawn and gravel paths. 

Who can come: Adults

What to bring: Materials to take notes. 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: Portions of this program may be held indoors and outdoors. Group size is limited to facilitate physical distancing. We encourage participants to wear masks while in a close group setting. 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 $10

One Non Member $15

FOSA Family/UVA Alumni $20

Non-Member Family $35

Warbler Walk

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

Early October is close to the peak of fall songbird migration. Join Blandy Director and birding enthusiast Dr. Dave Carr in search of southbound warblers, vireos, hawks, and more!

What to expect: We will walk about 1.5 miles over gently rolling terrain, with frequent stops to observe birds.

Who can come: Adults and children aged 14 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. We encourage participants to wear masks while in a close group setting. 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 $20.00

Two FOSA Members/UVA Alumni $35.00

Hunter’s Moon Walk 

6:30-7:30 PM | Wednesday, October 20th

Explore the arboretum at night on a guided nature walk. Who knows what we’ll discover? 

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

Who can come: Adults and children aged 5 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: This program will be entirely outdoors, and group size is limited to facilitate physical distancing. We encourage participants to wear masks while in a close group setting. 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 $10

One Non Member $15

FOSA Family/UVA Alumni $20

Non-Member Family $35

Winter Migrants Bird Walk

8:00-10:00 AM | Friday, November 5th

Around this time of year, birds from northern forests fly south in search of overwintering grounds. Join Blandy Director and birding enthusiast Dr. Dave Carr in search of juncos, sparrows, finches, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, and more!

What to expect: We will walk about 1.5 miles over gently rolling terrain, with frequent stops to observe birds.

Who can come: Adults and children aged 14 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. We encourage participants to wear masks while in a close group setting. 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 $20.00

Two FOSA Members/UVA Alumni $35.00