2nd Saturday Program – Wetland Reptiles Alive! Sept 13, 10:00-10:45am

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Wetland Reptiles Alive

Dive into learning about wetland habitats during this fun live animal show! Marshes, swamps, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed will be explained with fun stories and living wetland creatures. Featured animals may include a snapping turtle, bull frog, water monitor lizard and other denizens of damp places. Afterwards, participants will have an opportunity to safely pet a live snake, ask questions, and touch natural artifacts such as a turtle shell and shed snake skin. As with July and August we will plan on feeding Sunny the Corn Snake after the show between 11 and 11:30.

To register click here 

Cost: $4/child *pre-paid –  $5/child day of the event

*Prepayment must be received by noon on the Friday before the event.

 

 

2nd Saturday Program – The Bug Man! August 9, 10:00-11:00 am

August 2014 - 2nd Saturday program flyer“The Bug Man” will showcase incredible jaw dropping displays of world-wide insects, many of which are the largest species in the world!  This exciting program will introduce you to ecology and basic entomology of insects.  And you will get a chance to pet a live bug! Pre-register and pay at broadlandsnaturally.org.

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Under the Sea! Saturday Program, July 12, 10:00 AM- 11:00AM, Nature Center

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July 2014 - 2nd Saturday program flyer“Under the Sea” brings a virtual visit to the beach with LIVE SEA ANIMALS! Get up close with a ghost crab, mole crab, horseshoe crab, clam and more! Learn about waves, sand, tides, and the sun. Join Andrew Wilson, a Marine Biologist who has been offering one of the best programs on aquatic life with a wide variety of live sea animals!Stick around after the program and watch Sunny the albino corn snake eat his lunch at 11:30am! Pre-register and pay at broadlandsnaturally.org to take advantage of the discount!

July 12, 2014 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Nature Center, 21907 Claiborne Parkway
$4.00/child prepaid ; $5.00/child on day of event

Amazing Animals! Second Saturday Program

June 2014 - 2nd Saturday program flyerWildlife Ambassadors will be giving an educating program on how animals survive, raise their young and live in their unique habitats. Animals will include birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Program Time: 10am to 11am. Doors open at 9:45 am. Cost $4 per child for Broadlands residents, $5 per child for non-residents. Pre-register (not required) at www.broadlandsnaturally.org. See flyer for details.

 

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 naturalist@broadlandshoa.com 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>> 


2018 NATURE PROGRAMS

UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, ALL NATURE PROGRAM ARE HELD AT THE NATURE CENTER AND ANY PURCHASES TO PARTICIPATE ARE FINAL (Emergency situations will be treated on a case-by-case basis where a credit may be applied to a future program.)

  • Family Camp Outs: September 28 details>>
  • 4-H Flower Delivery: Surprise your neighbor with the gift of flowers for free: details>>
  • Great Pumpkin Carving Challenge at Broadlands Craft Fair, Saturday, October 20, 10:00am-2:00pm: details>>
  • Potions Class…Come in Costume, Saturday, October 27,  11:00am and 2:00pm, details>>
  • Broadlands Lantern Walk, Saturday, November 10, 5:00pm, details>>
  • ONGOING: Untamed Reads – This year we’re going to have a wild books collective. We’ll gather every final Thursday of the month from 5:30-6:30pm at the fireplace (until it is warm enough to start having outdoor firepits and s’mores). details>>
  • ONGOING: Wander Society – Each week our Naturalist will offer secret symbols marking treasure spots on paths to be hunted and will post pictures as clues. She will then take you to other favorite spots: Great Falls, Sky Meadows State Park, Shenandoah, and Banshee Reeks. details>>

YOUTH NATURALIST PROGRAM

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 naturalist@broadlandshoa.com.





HOST SCOUTING, BIRTHDAYS AND OTHER EVENTS AT THE NATURE CENTER

Scouting and Birthday Reservation Form – PDF

Custom environmental education programming to meet your needs

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



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Where is Your Food Grown? CSA Opportunity Right Here in Broadlands!

If you want the answer to be “right down the road”, then we have the connection to farmers for you. Every week from May through October the Nature Center has food deliveries from three local farms. We stay open extra late Tuesdays and Wednesdays so you can just come and pick up your bags of local and fresh food. Deliveries include veggies, fruit, poultry, meat, eggs, milk, herbs, flowers, and fresh baked goods. We call it a whole diet community sponsored agriculture (or CSA). All you have to do is choose which farm(s) you want to use. It’s a unique service to our many residents looking for farm fresh, local, organic, and non-GMO food. So take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and select from the following farms to choose your weekly share deliveries:

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 littlefreelibrary.org/. 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.  


FEEDBACK FROM ATTENDEES:

“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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Seasonal Craft Kits Available

Looking for fun craft activities for the kids? Come to the Nature Center and see the craft kits that we have available for only $1.00 each. They’re fun and easy for kids to complete! Everything you need to complete the craft is included, except the glue. They make great gifts and all proceeds from the sale of the Nature Center Craft Kits help us take care of our animal guests. Quantities are limited, so stop in soon!