ginkgo trees turning yellow
ginkgo trees turning yellow

Landscape Improvement Project Underway for Peetwood Pavilion

March 25, 2022 -- stephanie.swaim

With a breathtakingly beautiful view of the Native Plant Trail meadow and the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Peetwood Pavilion for Environmental Education has become one of the most popular locations at Blandy since it first opened in 2005. Located about 50 yards east of the visitor parking lot, Peetwood Pavilion is primarily used for Blandy’s K-12 school programs. Over the winter it’s received a major facelift, funded with the support of the University of Virginia’s Arboretum and Landscape Committee as well as the Foundation of the State Arboretum.

New Winter StoryWalk(R)!

Update: This StoryWalk® was removed at the end of February. Stay tuned for more seasonal StoryWalks® in the future!

For the next few weeks, you can enjoy a good book and learn about wintertime wildlife while you walk along the Native Plant Trail!

Blandy's new winter StoryWalk® consists of a series of signs spaced at regular intervals. Each sign bears one page of Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner. You and the young naturalist in your life can read the book a page at a time as you walk along the trail.


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It’s back-to-school time, and Blandy’s environmental education team has some book recommendations that encourage scientific exploration, discovery, and stewardship of our natural world.

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Friday, September 30th

  1. Warbler Walk
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End time: 10:00am
    • Late September/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! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER: HTTPS://BLANDY.VIRGINIA.EDU/CONTENT/UPCOMING-EVENTS

Saturday, October 1st

  1. Nature Safari - Native Plant Meadow!
    • Start time: 02:00pm
    • End time: 03:00pm
    • Who lives in the meadow? In this family-friendly program, you’ll learn all about this unique ecosystem and the amazing adaptations of the plants and animals who live there. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER: HTTPS://BLANDY.VIRGINIA.EDU/CONTENT/UPCOMING-EVENTS

Tuesday, October 4th

  1. Blandy Photo Club Meeting

Thursday, October 6th

  1. Blandy Sketch Group
    • Start time: 12:30pm
    • End time: 03:30pm
    • The Blandy Sketch Group is a dynamic group of artists who work in the visual arts and who all share a love of the natural world as inspiration for their artwork. The Blandy Sketch Group is open to any artist, beginner or professional.  This month, we will be meeting in the Library.Visit our website for more info-

Tuesday, October 11th

  1. Full Moon Walk