grassy field with row of conifer trees behind

Winter 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.

Snow Bird Walk

8:00 – 10:00 AM | Friday, November 18th

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

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

Who can come: This program is designed for 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

One Non-Member: $30.00

Two FOSA Members/UVA Alumni $35.00

Two Non-Members: $45.00

Hot Chocolate Hike- Cool Conifers

Program offered twice:

2:00-3:00 PM | Thursday, December 15th

Inclement weather date- 2:00-3:00 PM Friday, December 16th

2:00-3:00 PM | Saturday, December 17th

Inclement weather date- 2:00-3:00 PM Sunday, December 18th

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: An outdoor nature walk (less than 1 mile) with a short indoor activity. 
Who can come: All ages!
What to bring: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Hot chocolate/tea provided!
Where to meet: Meet at the Blandy library at the Quarters building. Signs will direct you from the front parking lot to the library. 

Registration required
One FOSA Member/UVA Alumni $10
One Non Member $15; FOSA Family/UVA Alumni $20; Non-Member Family $35

Hot Chocolate Hike- Wild Winter Wonderland

2:00-3:00 PM | Saturday, January 21st

Inclement weather date- 2:00-3:00 PM Saturday, February 4th

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean nature goes away! Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate (or tea!) while exploring wild and wonderful winter habitats with a naturalist.

What to expect: An outdoor nature walk (around 1 mile). 
Who can come: All ages!
What to bring: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Hot chocolate/tea provided!
Where to meet: Meet at the Blandy library at the Quarters building. Signs will direct you from the front parking lot to the library. 

Registration required
One FOSA Member/UVA Alumni $10
One Non Member $15; FOSA Family/UVA Alumni $20; Non-Member Family $35

Beyond the A.T. Footpath: Designing an A.T. Corridor in Response to Climate Change 

2:00- 3:00 PM | Sunday, January 22nd

Inclement weather date- 2:00-3:00 PM Sunday, January 29th

Join us for an engaging talk from Katie Allen, Director of Landscape Conservation at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

For almost a century, the Appalachian Trail has existed as the backbone of conservation on the East Coast of the United States. The footpath, mountains, forests, rivers, and streams connect to form a natural network within a large landscape that is essential to adapting to a changing climate. Globally, the symptoms of a shifting climate like rising temperatures, the increase in frequency and severity of weather events and natural disasters, and the rapid loss of biodiversity have cascading effects that impact human health, safety, and livelihoods of communities. The Appalachian region must brace for these expected impacts. To adapt, managers of the Appalachian Trail and surrounding landscapes must consider these changing conditions to protect this natural and cultural resource for the next 100 years.

This presentation will share the efforts of a year-long process by The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, members of the Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership, and dozens of other climate and conservation experts to explore ways to enhance the climate resiliency of the A.T. landscape.  Their recommendations are included in the report “Conserving an Intact and Enduring Appalachian Landscape: Designing a Corridor in Response to Climate Change.” This Appalachian landscape provides not only world-class outdoor recreation opportunities, but is also globally significant for its abundant plant and animal biodiversity, healthy forests that draw in carbon, and valuable clean drinking water for more than 119 million people. Currently, just 26% of this unique corridor is protected and remains vulnerable to climate change and the growth of denser populations. An overview of the vision for an Appalachian Climate Corridor laid out in the report will be discussed as recommendations for national, regional, and local conservation action that can take place to support:

  • Healthier forests and wildlife habitats
  • More diverse plant and animal communities
  • Cleaner air and water
  • Thriving and resilient towns

Learn more at www.appalachiantrail.org/climate

What to expect: An indoor talk. Masks are optional.  
Who can come: The program is designed for an adult audience. 
Where to meet: Meet at the Blandy library at the Quarters building. Signs will direct you from the front parking lot to the library. 

Registration Required
One FOSA Member/UVA Alumni $10
One Non Member $15; FOSA Family/UVA Alumni $20; Non-Member Family $35

Houseplant Love

10:00-11:30 AM | Saturday, February 11th

Inclement weather date- 10:00-11:30 AM Saturday, Feburary 18th

Are you loving your houseplants to death? Learn tips and tricks to keep your houseplants happy and healthy from Blandy’s Assistant Curator for Herbaceous Gardens Carrie Whitacre. Pick out a new houseplant to take home… perhaps a gift for a special someone?   

What to expect: An indoor program featuring practical tips on the care and keeping of houseplants. Plenty of time for questions! Masks are optional.

Who can come: This program is designed for adults and children aged 13 and up.

Where to meet: Meet at the library at the Quarters building.

Registration Required 

One FOSA Member/UVA Alumni $20.00 

One Non-member $25.00 

Hot Chocolate Hike- Bodacious Birds

2:00-3:00 PM | Saturday, February 18th

Inclement weather date- 2:00-3:00 PM Saturday, February 25th

Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate (or tea!) and spy on our feathered friends. Find out how birds find food and shelter in the wintertime.

What to expect: An outdoor nature walk (less than 1 mile) with a short indoor activity. 
Who can come: All ages!
What to bring: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Hot chocolate/tea provided!
Where to meet: Meet at the Blandy library at the Quarters building. Signs will direct you from the front parking lot to the library. 

Registration required
One FOSA Member/UVA Alumni $10
One Non Member $15; FOSA Family/UVA Alumni $20; Non-Member Family $35

Birding For Beginners

8:00-10:00 AM | Friday, February 24th 

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.

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.

Registration required

One FOSA Member/UVA Alumni $20.00

Two FOSA Members/UVA Alumni $35.00

Early Migrants Bird Walk

8:00-10:00 AM | Friday, March 31st 

Join Blandy Director and birding enthusiast Dr. Dave Carr to hunt for tree swallows, eastern phoebes, migrating waterfowl, 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.

Registration required

One FOSA Member/UVA Alumni $20.00

Two FOSA Members/UVA Alumni $35.00