Nature Programs

ANS_Tree_LogoBroadlands HOA offers nature programs for the community. Visit us often for programs added throughout the year! You can now like the Broadlands Nature Center on Facebook. Programs will be held at the Nature Center located at 21907 Claiborne Parkway, Broadlands, VA 20148 unless otherwise noted. Sign up for the Naturalist Newsletter by sending an email to so you don’t miss out on up-coming Nature Center Events and Programs. Please contact our Naturalist, Erin Fairlight, with questions at  703-729-9726. Before your visit, please read the NATURE CENTER RULES.  Other community events: HERE>> 


Emergency situations will be treated on a case-by-case basis where a

credit may be applied to a future program.

Forest Kindergarten – Thursdays

Thursdays (3/16,3/23,3/30,4/6) 9am-10:30am…CLICK TO REGISTER>>

Come with a picnic in hand (the end of the class will include a communal feast, but no food sharing please) and dressed for the weather (We will be outside unless we are pounded with hail!) We will explore, build, spy on animals, gather mysterious natural objects, sing, and create. All 3-6-year-old curious seekers must be accompanied by a care giver (babies in arms are welcomed). We are going to explore the outdoors together and make memories.

$12 per class/per seeker. 

Parents must remain with their children – this is not a drop off class, but an experience with your child event!

Meet Your Farmer Day 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

One of the largest social movements in our region of the world is the Buy Fresh Buy Local revolution.
Supporting neighboring farmers is something many of
us want to do, and just aren’t sure how. We’ve fixed that for you on Saturday March 25th, 3pm-5pm
• Come and meet the people who grow the food, ask them about their practices, set up a time to visit them on their farms, and find the right farm for your family’s needs
• Bring the kids to meet the many farm animals. We will have cheeps (tiny chicks), goats, lambs, and maybe even a calf!
•The Nature Center will be a drop-off site for all of these farms.
If you choose to become a weekly shareholder in a CSA it will be
delivered to your door. . . to the Nature Center.
•$4 suggested donation all going to the
farmers who are coming out at a busy time in their planting
season to meet our community and share their wisdom.


Select Camp(s) for Info and to Register by May 15, 2017

 Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be made through April 30, 2017. If cancellations are made after April 30th, refunds will be reduced by 50%.


Click to apply: Youth Naturalist Application and Info

For youth 8-18 (but we’ll make exceptions) who love the outdoors and are ready for more
adventures and a treasure hunt or two Becoming a Youth Naturalist Adventurer means learning animal care, rehabilitation of injured or lost animals, getting your hands dirty planting gardens for bees and butterflies, and creating classes that you can teach here at the Nature Center. Things you love like emergency shelter building, stars and planets, and anything else that is outside. For more information please contact the Naturalist at


Scouting and Birthday Reservation Form – PDF

Custom environmental education programming to meet your needs

The Audubon Naturalist Society facilitates Nature Birthday Parties, badge focused Scout Programs and Homeschool Programs at both the Broadlands Nature Center. Contact Erin Fairlight at or 703-729-9726 for more information on scheduling a program here at the nature center.


little library

Free Little Library Available Now at the Nature Center: What is a Free Little Library? It is a small model of a building that looks similar to a fancy mailbox or bird house that is used for people in a community to share books with one another. Anyone can take a book, and anyone can leave a book. You do not need to officially check out the book or even to return the same book or the same number of books that you take. Because we are a Nature Center, our library will feature nature themed books and will be a Free Little Nature Library. Broadlands residents and other Broadlands Nature Center visitors will be able to stop by to donate nature themed books to the library or borrow books and return them or to keep them or pass them on. They will also be able to sign the library guest book.  If you have any extra field guides or nature books you would like to donate to help us keep it stocked, you can leave them in the box outside the naturalist’s office (next to Sunny the corn snake) in the Nature Center. You can learn more about the Little Free Library movement at Please click on the following link for the Waiver and Registration forms to complete and return to the Nature Center with your payment:  Program Forms 2015 – Waiver & Reg Forms.  


“Erin, We wanted to thank you for hosting last night’s camp out at the Nature Center.  It was an amazing night and our daughter’s favorite night of summer.  My husband and I were just thrilled that our community provides this fun family night.  From the kids “night-time games” to the s’mores to the bedtime stories- it was such a  great experience!  And your children were wonderful ambassadors and just adorable. Thanks for the great experience!  We plan to be back!”

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