Self-guided tours

 

BLANDY AUDIO TOUR

 

  

The audio trail features 11 stops highlighting Blandy's history, collections, gardens, wildlife, and more! To find spots along the trail, look for the headphones signs (pictured above) across grounds. Walk from stop to stop and listen to the clips in order, or choose to visit select stops. 

Two ways to listen:

  • Download the free UniGuide app. To pull up the Blandy tour, allow UniGuide to access your phone's location or search by typing "Blandy".
  • VIsit the UniGuide website to hear the audio without downloading the app.

 


DIAL-A-TREE

 

Some of our trees now have their own phone numbers, so you can call them (or scan their QR codes with a smart phone) and learn about the cultural history and ecology of these trees. Listen to their stories here.

 


Virginia Ecology Geocaching Adventure

Virginia Ecology Adventure Lab Logo

Our newest self-guided tour is a series of 10 geocaching locations that will take you to the far corners of the arboretum! At each location you'll have to find a nearby codeword which will unlock directions to the next location. You will discover fascinating, wild areas outside the core of the arboretum and learn about many ecological processes happening all around us. 

To go on this adventure, you'll need to download the free Adventure lab app on an Apple or Android device and have an active data connection. Once in the app, create a free account and search for "Virginia Ecology Adventure at the State Arboretum" or simply tap the icon located at Blandy.

Completing all 10 locations will take you on a loop tour of the arboretum that's about 3 miles in length. Bring good walking shoes - you'll be exploring grassy areas and dirt trails!


Note: Tour buses are not allowed to drive through Blandy's grounds due to sharp turns and low-hanging tree branches. Buses must park in the front field parking lot. Enter Blandy from the Route 50 entrance, then turn left into the parking lot at the "Bus & Visitor Parking" sign.