Come to the Nature Center and pitch your tent. Tent set-up begins as early as 4:00pm, or come whenever you can. Meet and greet the animals of the Nature Center at 7:00pm and gather round our fire pits for S’mores. Bring your own dinner– one that does not need to be cooked on our fire pit as we will have the embers occupied with marshmallow roasting.PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: $10 per tent includes S’mores treats and access to the facilities. Please select the Buy Now button to pre-register and pay for this event.
Fire pits will be ignited at 7:30pm and the Firefly 5K Meander will begin. Fireflies won’t be visible until around 8:45pm. $4.00 per participant Come walk our forest paths to see the last fireflies of the season. The start and finish of the walk is at the Nature Center where we will be roasting marshmallows by the fire pit all evening and into the night so you can enjoy them when the path adventure is complete. Pick up your glowing arm band at the Nature Center front desk early; OR pay online and retrieve a band on the night of the event by clicking: HERE>>
Sherri will teach you the basics of birding and include identification
of the many we have right here. This will be a recurring class
beginning with basics and moving to advanced bird-keeping in
coming weeks. Ages 12+. To learn more about Sherri’s store, Wild Birds Unlimited, please visit: http://ashburn.wbu.com/
ARE YOUR KIDS AGED 9-14? DO YOU HAVE PLANS FOR THEM THIS SUMMER? TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY, A ONE-OF A KIND, EXTRAORDINARY SUMMER CAMP ONLY OFFERED IN BROADLANDS! SIGN UP WHILE REGISTRATION LASTS, SPOTS ARE LIMITED.
Join Jason Drevenak, primitive skills expert and founder of North American Bushcraft and Erin Fairlight, head naturalist of Broadlands, for a week of living in the wilds right here at the Nature Center and surrounding forests.
REGISTRATION: Opens Monday morning at 9:00 am on March 1 and closes on April 1. There are only 12 spots available. Camp runs 8am-5pm, M-F with additional BBQ/Sleepover on Thursday. Click to Register HERE>>
- Camp runs June 27-July 1, 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday-Friday for ages 9-14.
- Campers will build shelters, satchels, tools, cordage, bows & arrows, and create water filtration all from the materials in our neighboring forests.
- Other activities campers will learn: Build fires without matches, create emergency wilderness medicine with our local plants, forage for food, learn tracking, tree, animal, and insect identification.
- Campers will learn about the skills and tools Native Americans and early frontier people utilized daily to produce food, shelter, water, music and thrive off of the land. All activities are designed for the group to begin and end together, no one is first or last; we do every thing as a team. By the end of the week all campers can expect to have created several crafts such as their own wooden spoon, buckskin leather bag and a basket made from native materials.
- $400 per camper (with special discounts for siblings. please contact naturalist@BroadlandsHOA.com for modification in pricing for families)
- $40 for additional sleepover/BBQ night on Thursday, June 30th
Fridays: March 11 & 18, Construction/Craft Days Begin 3pm-5pm at the Nature Center…
- Friday, March 11th, 3-5pm, Build Dinosaur Fossil Models ($8, all ages welcomed) Please pre-register by click HERE>>
Next Friday Craft Date: March 18th, 3-5pm, Construct Monarch Rearing Cages ($10, all ages welcomed )Please pre-register by click HERE>>
- $180 per adult for Saturday and Sunday
- $100 per adult for Saturday only – this session was added for folks who could not attend both days. IMPORTANT FOR SATURDAY ONLY ATTENDEES: Please note that you will complete your bow on Saturday, however, cordage and arrow production will occur on Sunday. You will be given cordage at the end of class on Saturday, but will have to learn the process to string a bow on your own.
This Saturday at the Nature Center from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, join Christian of Stream Valley Veterinary to learn some of his buggy wisdom.
$3 per participant (cash only at the door) All ages welcomed
Non-buggy treats will be provided (but if you
want to bring chocolate covered crickets, tote
enough to share)
Flyer version: Bushcraft in January – PDF
This Saturday, January 16, 2016
Full Day Pass $50/person or Per Track Price $30/person
Spaces are limited to 12 participants.
Jason and Sera Drevenak, homesteaders and special forces trainers for wilderness survival, are coming to Broadlands Nature Center in January, February, and March.
This is a rare opportunity to learn from two experts in the field. They typically only share their wisdom at large earthskills gatherings or at their own location as there is so many traditional tools that they must bring. But in a unique merger with Broadlands they have consented to come to our community to teach ancient crafts in re-wilding. January 16th they will teach natural cordage and basketry, soap making (by creating your own lye) with bear fat and goat milk, and buckskin working along with knife care and spoon making. (only 12 slots available)
Classes are meant for mature older children and adults since real tools will be used to make certain products. These are NOT demonstration classes. You will learn 100% of the process and make with your own two hands. Parent and child may come together with only one entrance fee, but will leave with only one single bundle of product that they work on together.
Full Day Pass (combine classes as you like) – 8:30 am – 6:00 pm – $50
Track 1 – Basketry & Cordage – 8:30 am – 1:00 pm – $30
Track 2 – Saponification – Make your own soap of bear fat, fresh goat milk, etc.) 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – $30
Track 3 – Buckskin Bags & Carving Wooden Spoons – 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – $30
PRE-REGISTER. Please note the times of Track 1 and 2 as they overlap. In order to reserve your spot, scroll down to the bottom of the page at the following link and click on “Class Option” and then select “Add to Cart” HERE>>>
Please contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.