Get Your Kids Outside This Winter!
Register Now for the
Young Naturalist Program
FOSA's Young Naturalist Program runs from January to March and features five Saturdays with hands-on activities, crafts, and time outside. Children in grades 1-3 attend from 9-11:30 a.m., while those in grades 4-6 attend from 12:30 to 3 p.m. 

View the full brochure here or

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Signs of Spring
Young Naturalist Program, Saturday, March 7
It may not seem like it right now, but Spring is almost here. The Young Naturalist Program will search for signs of Spring Saturday, March 7. Grades 1-3 attend from 9-11:30 a.m., grades 4-6 attend from 12:30-3 p.m. 

Register online here or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224.

Spring Programs registration is now open.
You can view the complete brochure here.
Register for Spring Programs here.

Grounds Open Dawn to Dusk, 365 Days a Year
Programs & Events

March 5
Starting Your Own Garden
At the Shenandoah Valley
Discovery Museum
4:00pm - 6:00pm  details

March 7
Young Naturalist Program
Signs of Spring
Grades 1-3  details
Grades 4-6  details

March 8
Growing Great Tomatoes: Tips from Seed to Harvest
2:00pm - 4:00pm details

March 10
Starting Plants Indoors: Tips, Tricks & Tools
2:00pm - 4:00pm  details


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.

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