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.

COVID-19 Information
Masks and social distancing are required during all in-person programs. Please do not attend if you or anyone in your household has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 within the past two weeks. To facilitate social distancing, we are choosing keep group sizes small. Register early to reserve your space!

Birding for Beginners 

8-10 a.m. Friday, February 26

Always wanted to give birding a try, but not sure where to start? Join Blandy Director and birding enthusiast Dr. Dave Carr to practice birding basics. We expect to see winter birds including hawks, woodpeckers, sparrows, and finches.  Bring your own binoculars, or borrow a pair from Blandy. Remember, you’ll need to wear a mask and practice social distancing during the program.
What to expect
We will walk about a mile and a half over gently rolling terrain. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. This program is perfect for the entire family. 
Where to meet
Meet at the flagpole at the front parking lot close to the “Arboretum Information” kiosk.

SOLD OUT!

We are creating a wait list.

FOSA members/UVa Alumni, $10, nonmembers $15
Member/UVa family $20, nonmember family $25

March Bird Walk

8-10 a.m. Friday, March 19

Join Blandy director and birding enthusiast Dr. Dave Carr to hunt for tree swallows, eastern phoebes, migrating waterfowl, and more! Bring your own binoculars, or borrow a pair from Blandy. Remember, you’ll need to wear a mask and practice social distancing during the program. 
What to expect
We will walk about a mile and a half over gently rolling terrain. This program is for birders 16 and older.
Where to meet
Meet at the flagpole at the front parking lot close to the “Arboretum Information” kiosk.

SOLD OUT!

We are creating a wait list.

FOSA members/UVA alumni $20, non-members $25
Member/UVa family $30, nonmember family $35

Meadow in Summer

ARBORETUM WALKING TOUR 

2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27

Stroll through grounds and learn about the Arboretum’s history and collections!  Remember, you’ll need to wear a mask and practice social distancing during the program. 
What to expect
We will walk about a mile and a half over gently rolling terrain through wooded areas, meadows, and wetlands. This program is perfect for the entire family.
Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
Where to meet
Meet at the flagpole at the front parking lot close to the “Arboretum Information” kiosk.

SOLD OUT!

We are creating a wait list.

Free

Wildflower Identification Webinar 

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8

Learn how to identify wildflowers in this interactive Zoom webinar hosted by Marion Lobstein, Sally Anderson, and Blandy Experimental Farm. Participants will practice using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide and the Flora of Virginia mobile App to identify wildflowers. Please email Marion if you have questions: mblobstein@earthlink.net 
What to expect
This is an online program through Zoom. The web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting, and is also available for manual download at https://zoom.us/download Participants should purchase the Flora of Virginia mobile app ($19.99) prior to the program.

SOLD OUT!

We are creating a wait list.

Spring Migrants Bird Walk

8-10 a.m. Friday, April 16

Spring (migration) has sprung! We’ll scout for early breeding warblers (e.g., Pine, Yellow, Palm, and Yellow-rumped) and other neotropical migrants. Bring your own binoculars, or borrow a pair from Blandy. Remember, you’ll need to wear a mask and practice social distancing during the program. 
What to expect
We will walk about a mile and a half over gently rolling terrain. This program is for birders 16 and older.
Where to meet
Meet at the flagpole at the front parking lot close to the “Arboretum Information” kiosk.

SOLD OUT!

We are creating a wait list.

FOSA members/UVA alumni $20, non-members $25

Member/UVa family $30, nonmember family $35

Wildflower ID Walk at Blandy

2-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 16  

Discover Virginia’s spring wildflowers! Tour the woodland section of the Native Plant Trail, then practice identifying wildflowers with interactive instruction on how to use the citizen science app iNaturalist. Prefer a low-tech option? Bring or borrow a favorite field guide. Please download iNaturalist before the program. Remember, you’ll need to wear a mask and practice social distancing during the program. 
What to expect
We will walk about a mile over gently rolling terrain, stopping frequently to identify wildflowers. This program is for people 16 and older.
Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
Where to meet
Meet at the flagpole at the front parking lot close to the “Arboretum Information” kiosk.

SOLD OUT!

We are creating a wait list.

FOSA members/UVa Alumni, $10, nonmembers $15
Member/UVa family $20, nonmember family $25.

Wildflower ID Walk at Blandy

JUST ADDED!

2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20

Discover Virginia’s spring wildflowers! Tour the woodland section of the Native Plant Trail, then practice identifying wildflowers with interactive instruction on how to use the citizen science app iNaturalist. Prefer a low-tech option? Bring or borrow a favorite field guide. Please download iNaturalist before the program. Remember, you’ll need to wear a mask and practice social distancing during the program. 
What to expect
We will walk about a mile over gently rolling terrain, stopping frequently to identify wildflowers. This program is for people 16 and older.
Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
Where to meet
Meet at the flagpole at the front parking lot close to the “Arboretum Information” kiosk.

FOSA members/UVa Alumni, $10, nonmembers $15
Member/UVa family $20, nonmember family $25.

Wildflower Walk at the Thompson Wildlife Management Area  

SOLD OUT: 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 23

1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 24

Learn to recognize our spring wildflowers in their native habitat. Scout for trilliums, orchids, and other spring wildflowers alongside Blandy’s Assistant Curator for the Native Plant Trail Jack Monsted. Remember, you’ll need to wear a mask and practice social distancing during the program.
What to expect
We will walk less than a mile over easy to moderate terrain. Bring a hand lens to examine wildflowers we observe, or borrow a lens from us during the walk.
Where to meet
Meet at the Thompson Wildlife Management Area Trillium Parking Lot (directions provided following registration).

FOSA members/UVa Alumni, $10, nonmembers $15
Member/UVa family $20, nonmember family $25

Full Moon Walk 

8-9 p.m. Monday, April 26

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, listening for creatures of the night. This program is for people 16 and older. Bring a flashlight, wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. 
Where to meet
Meet at the flagpole at the front parking lot close to the “Arboretum Information” kiosk. This program will be canceled in case of inclement weather.

SOLD OUT!

We are creating a waiting list.

FOSA members/UVa Alumni, $10, nonmembers $15
Member/UVa family $20, nonmember family $25

City Nature Challenge Bioblitz

April 30 – May 3

Join nature lovers throughout the D.C. area (including Clarke, Warren, and Loudoun Counties!) in a race to find and record as many organisms as possible. The City Nature Challenge is an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. It’s a bioblitz-style competition where cities are in a contest against each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most people. Hundreds of cities and thousands of people around the world take part each year. To participate, post photos of plants and wildlife to the free citizen science app iNaturalist. Because iNaturalist “crowdsources” expertise to identify organisms in photos, no species identification skills are needed to participate in the City Nature Challenge. Watch for details on Facebook, on the web, and at https://citynaturechallengedc.org/
What you need
Download the free citizen science app iNaturalist from Google Play or the Apple app store.

Free

Searching for neotropical birds

8-10 a.m. Friday, May 7

We’re close to the peak of spring migration! Join Blandy director and birding enthusiast Dr. Dave Carr to spy on neotropical migrants. We hope to see vireos, wrens, gnatcatchers, orioles, buntings, grosbeaks, and more! Bring your own binoculars, or borrow a pair from Blandy. Remember, you’ll need to wear a mask and practice social distancing during the program.
What to expect
We will walk about a mile and a half over gently rolling terrain. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. This program is for birders 16 and older.
Where to meet
Meet at the flagpole at the front parking lot close to the “Arboretum Information” kiosk.

SOLD OUT!

We are creating a waiting list.

FOSA members/UVA alumni $20, non-members $25
Member/UVa family $30, nonmember family $35

NASA Photo

Stargazing with the Shenandoah Astronomical Society

Saturday, May 8, stay tuned for final times! 

Society members will set up telescopes and guide us as we search the night sky for stars, planets, constellations, galaxies, and more. Remember, you’ll need to wear a mask and practice social distancing during the program. This program will be canceled in case of inclement weather.
What to expect
We will walk a short distance to get away from lights at the Quarters. Dress for the weather. 
Where to meet
Meet at the flagpole at the front parking lot close to the “Arboretum Information” kiosk.

SOLD OUT!

We are creating a wait list.

FOSA members/UVa Alumni, $10, nonmembers $15
Member/UVa family $20, nonmember family $25

Make a Succulent Planter

Make your own succulent planter! Kit comes with succulent plants, soil media, a pot, and assembly/care instructions.  Pick up kits at the Blandy library May 22-23 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

What to expect
This is a do-it-yourself project with instructions included.

FOSA members/UVa Alumni, $30 per kit
Nonmembers $35

Moonlit Poetry Walk 

8:-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25

Experience the arboretum as the full moon rises and listen to poems of nature at night, interpreted by Kristin Zimet. Remember, you’ll need to wear a mask and practice social distancing during the program.  This program will be canceled in case of inclement weather. For those 16 and older.
What to expect
We will walk up to a mile enjoying poetry by moonlight. Bring a flashlight, wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. 
Where to meet
Meet at the flagpole at the front parking lot close to the “Arboretum Information” kiosk.

FOSA members/UVa Alumni, $10, nonmembers $15
Member/UVa family $20, nonmember family $25