Firefly 5K Family Fun Night Meander – Saturday, July 23

fireflyFire 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>> 

This event is a walk not a run and will not be timed. marsh


Backyard Birding Class This Saturday, 8:00 am – 9:30 am at the Nature Center

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Backyard Birding
This Saturday at the Nature Center 8am-9:30am
Just $3 per person
Join Sherri Barlett, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, and learn the basics of birding including identification of the many we have right here in our neighborhood.  Pre-registration is required before arriving to the classDetails>>>

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:

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY! Camp Wilder – Primitive Skills Summer Camp – 06/27/2016 – 07/01/2016


Camp WilderSkills.blast_Page_1Join 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 for modification in pricing for families)
  • $40 for additional sleepover/BBQ night on Thursday, June 30th


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

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 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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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 so we will have enough animal handlers for our crowd!