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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

Originially scheduled for Friday, August 20th. Rescheduled for Friday, August 27th due to weather.

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

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 - SOLD OUT

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 - SOLD OUT

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 - SOLD OUT

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. Masks are required indoors and while observing at telescopes. 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. Masks are required during the indoor portion of the program. 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 - SOLD OUT

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 $25

Native Plant Walk with Blandy’s Assistant Curator - SOLD OUT

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 $25

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. Masks are required during the indoor portion of the program. 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 $25

Warbler Walk - SOLD OUT

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

World at Night with the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center - SOLD OUT

7:00 - 8:00 PM | Friday, October 8th 

An entire world comes to life after you go to sleep! Meet the Animal Ambassadors and find out what special adaptations many of our area’s nocturnal animals possess to successfully navigate life in the dark.

What to expect: A nature talk featuring live animals!

Who can come: Adults and children of all ages 

COVID-19 Information: Portions of 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. 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 $25

Take a Walk with your Local Forester

2:00-4:00 | Wednesday, October 20th

Led by Matt Wolanski, Senior Area Forester from the Virginia Department of Forestry! Join us for a day in the woods to learn about your local forest ecosystems while the leaves begin to change. Trees have and always will be one of the many solutions to creating a better world. Come along to learn about the native and invasive tree species that grow near you and how they interact over time.

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

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

What to bring: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. 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 held entirely outdoors. Group size is limited to facilitate physical distancing. 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 $25

Hunter’s Moon Walk - SOLD OUT

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 $25

Winter Migrants Bird Walk - SOLD OUT

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

Winter Tree ID Walk & Holiday Potluck

1:00-4:00 PM | Sat, December 11, 2021

They all look the same without their leaves, don't they? Join Sustainability Matters and the State Arboretum of Virginia (Blandy) for an approximately 90 minute guided walk and ID primer by Virginia State Forester Matt Wolanski and Blandy curator Carrie Whitacre. You'll never mistake an oak for a walnut again, or a spruce for a fir. Holiday themed potluck and social hour with fellow nature nerds will follow the walk.

Space for this is strictly limited and previous years' walks filled up far in advance. Get your tickets soon if you want to come!

COVID-19 Information: Portions of of this program will 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, except when eating/drinking. 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

$15 per person for Sustainability Matters or Friends of the State Arboretum members/$20 non-members

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-tree-id-walk-holiday-potluck-tickets...