Young Naturalist Program
Alternate Saturdays
Jan. 9, Jan. 23*, Feb. 6,
Feb. 20, and March 5
Grades 1-3: 9-11:30 a.m.
Grades 4-6: 12:30-3 p.m.
*Note: Both groups meet 
4-6:30 p.m. on Jan. 23.

 The Young Naturalist program is a nature-based program for kids in grades 1-6. We spend time outside during each program exploring nature in winter. Join our Environmental Educators and Master Naturalist volunteers as we explore the natural world through hands-on activities, close observation, games, and crafts.

Blandy Bird Count & Family Festival
Saturday, Dec. 19, 1-3 p.m.
Come to Blandy for an afternoon of free, bird-centered activities and crafts. Learn to identify common birds, help with our count, make a bird feeder, and more. Recommended age range is 5 to 14 years, but all are welcome. Part of the time will be spent outside, so dress for the weather, and bring binoculars if you have them. No dogs please. Reservations: 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 M-F 1-5 or register online anytime.

 Dec 5, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM

 Dec 6, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM

Jan 9, 9:00 AM

Jan 23, 4:00 PM

Grounds Open Dawn to Dusk, 365 Days a Year

The 172 acre Orland E. White Arboretum was designated the State Arboretum of Virginia in 1986. With over 5000 living trees, the diverse collection is highlighted by over 200 kinds of conifers, 162 types of boxwood, a 300 tree ginkgo grove, a cedar of Lebanon allee, an herb garden, and the Virginia Native Plant Trail.

Public ProgramsKohls Garden Day

Public programs at the State Arboretum provide opportunities for life-long learning in a variety of settings. Workshops, lectures, tours, and children’s camps offer opportunities to learn about environmental issues, natural history, gardening, and more.


Inquiry-based education is at the heart of our preK-12 programs, where students are actively engaged in hands-on explorations and research-driven field investigations. Our programs align with Virginia & National Science Standards as well as with other subjects.


Field-based ecological research is at the heart of Blandy Experimental Farm’s mission. Current University-level research involves plant pollination studies, plant-animal interactions, defoliation caused by the destructive gypsy moth, and the effects of in-breeding on plants.

Contact Us Email:
Mailing Address: 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce VA 22620 | Phone: 540-837-1758 Ext. 0