Friday, March 11, 3-5pm, Build Dinosaur Fossil Models at the Nature Center

NATURE CENTER

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>> 

AMAZING OPPORTUNITY! Traditional Archery Weekend @ Nature Center, Feb 20–Feb 21 @ 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Bushcraft school headerHURRY & SIGN UP WHILE SPOTS ARE STILL AVAILABLE! Building a functional self-bow from carefully selected trees is arguably one the most exciting primitive skills to learn and practice. Participants will start with a “stave” of Carpus Caroliniana or American Hornbeam and slowly remove to ultimately turn it into a functional shooting bow. You will learn about the growth rings or early and late wood and their significance to making different types of traditional long and short bows. Each student will learn to use a shaving horse and different bowyer’s tools such as hatchets, draw knives, rasps, and cabinet scrapers. During the class we’ll discuss different woods that make good bows, different types of bows used by Native Americans and Europeans, bow making tools Bushcraft Archery – jason with arrow picand even how to make your own shaving Bushcraft Archery - jason with arrow pichorse from inexpensive materials found at any hardware store. Each student will complete and take home their own bow by the end of Saturday. Sunday will include creating the cordage for and stringing the bow and then fletching arrows.Only 8 spots are available for this class as seasoned staves for the bows are limited and costly as well as the traditional tools needed to craft them. This program is geared towards adults over the age of 18, however, kids 8-18 can attend under the direct supervision of a registered adult also attending.
Class runs 9:00 a.m. – 400 p.m. each day with breakfast provided. Please bring a bag lunch.
  • $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.
To register and pay, please click HERE>> and select the Buy Now button at the bottom of the page. Questions? Contact Naturalist@BroadlandsHOA.com. 

SPOTS STILL OPEN. Primitive Arts/Survival Skills, Saturday, January 16 at the Nature Center

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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 naturalist@broadlandshoa.com with questions.

The Elven Garden Program, Saturday, December 12

Creating a Secret Garden…Saturday, December 12 from 10am – Noon at the Nature Center

We will gather to create pine cone elves and build fairy houses out of natural materials. You can take home your creations and stay to fill the Nature Center with a secret Winter garden—glowing all season long. Wassail Cider for all and the fireplace will be roasting our toes if not chestnuts…

PRE-REGISTRATION: $7 per participant, TO PAY, click the Buy Now button and follow the instructions. You do not need a Paypal account to use your credit card.

Saturday Nature Program – Naturalteer – November 14, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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SATURDAY NATURE PROGRAM

November 14, 2015 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Become a Naturalteer and feed the birds (and iguanas/bunnies/turtles)

Come join our team of Youth Naturalists and learn how to do all of the animal care for our many critters. This could be your first step in becoming a member of our Animal Care Team, if you like.  As a special treat for the month of thanks, we are offering this class for all ages and free of charge. Just bring canned goods, food listed at left, and lightly used coats/gloves/boots along. Please register by noon on Friday, November 13 by emailing Naturalist@broadlandshoa.com so we will have enough animal handlers for our crowd!

SNAPE’S POTIONS CLASS 101 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2015

Snape's Potions Class 101SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2015 – SNAPE’S POTIONS CLASS 101 – Poultice tin, syrup bottle or candy pouch created.   Please click on this flyer for more details: Snape’s Potions Class 101 

Program Time: 10:00am -11:30am Doors open at 9:45am

Cost: $7.00 for first vile if prepaid online. You must pre-register for this event by 3:00 pm today, August 7, 2015.  To reserve your spot: click HERE>> and then select the ‘Pay Now’ button to pay.

TONIGHT!! Animal Rehabilitation Certification through Blue Ridge Wildlife Center – Thursday, July 30 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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Animal Rehabilitation Certification through Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, tonight, Thursday, July 30, at the Nature Center 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Please click on flyer: July 2015- Animal Rehabilitation Flyer

AGES: 8-88 years old

FEE: $7:00 per person. ***The certification is FREE if you are enrolled in the Youth Naturalist Adventurer Program!*** 

REGISTER: Please register by paying online HERE>>