Date: Saturday, December 13th
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Children of all ages and their caregivers can come visit our craft stations to make a gift for the birds in your yard, a gift for a loved one, an anonymous gift for someone in need, and a fun holiday decoration for the nature center. We’ll have a fire in the fire place, hot chocolate on the patio, and some festive music in the background to set the mood. Please register in person.
Drop off Nature Play & Movie for ages 4 and up. 12-3pm
Date: Saturday, December 13th
Time: 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Cost: $10/first child pre-paid $5/ sibling pre-paid only, written registration required
Grown ups tend to need a little extra time to catch up and get things done (or simply rest!) during this busy time of year. Drop your kids off at the nature center where they can enjoy the animals, games, crafts and a movie (Nim’s Island, rated PG) under the watchful eye of the Broadlands Naturalist and her helpers. WRITTEN REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND SPACE IS LIMITED. Please register in person.
This fun educational program will dispel
myths about the mysterious bat and
provide the audience with a natural history
and knowledge of these misunderstood
creatures. The presentation is followed by
live bats! Best for older children.
Come watch Sunny the albino corn snake eat his
lunch after the show between 11:00 and 11:30 am.
Cost: $4/child advance registration by Friday, November 7. $5/child at door on day of event. To register and pre-pay online, please visit: http://broadlandsnaturally.org/2014/04/19/bat-world/
Find out what all the furry, feathered and scaly friends do as the temperatures dip and the snow moves in. Learn about migration, adaptation and hibernation. Animals in this program might include opossum, rabbits, snakes, turtles and chickens. Cost is $4.00/child for advanced payment and registration made by noon on Friday, October 10, 2014. Please register here: www.Broadlandsnaturally.org. Cost is $5.00/child if paid at the door on the day of the event.
Ziggy is a red corn snake that was adopted by the Audubon Naturalist Society from a family who could no longer care from him. Ziggy is an environmental education animal who meets hundreds of children each year when they visit the Rust Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg for Reptile birthday parties or for school or scout field trips. For the last two summers, we have been able to host Ziggy here at the Broadlands Nature Center while the Rust staff is off for the summer. This summer, Ziggy shed his skin two times while he was visiting the nature center. You can stop by to see the skin he shed when this video was taken on August 6th, 2014 and to see his neighbor, Sunny, our albino corn snake, who also meets many children each year. Corn snakes shed about once a month, more frequently when they are younger, and less frequently as they age. Snakes prefer not to be handled much around the time they are shedding. During the days before shedding corn snakes may have trouble digesting food, may be irritable, and you may notice that their eyes look bluer and their colors duller 3-4 days before shedding. You may also see them soak in their water bowls or rub their faces on the sides of their habitats in an effort to kick start the shedding process. As of today our resident snake, Sunny, is in the bluish stage. This explains why he refused food last Saturday and means we should see a shed in the coming days.
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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.
“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.
“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!
Wildlife 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.
Broadlands 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
2019 NATURE PROGRAMS & EVENTS
UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, ALL NATURE PROGRAM & EVENTS 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.)
For other HOA events, click HERE>>
YOUTH NATURALIST PROGRAM
Click to apply: Youth Naturalist Packet
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 email@example.com.
HOST SCOUTING, BIRTHDAYS AND OTHER EVENTS AT THE NATURE CENTER
Custom environmental education programming to meet your needs.
- Nature Birthday Parties: Party By Naturalist – Application Form>>
- Badge focused Scout Programs
- Home-school Programs
Pricing varies for Scouting and Home-school programs. Please contact the Naturalist, Erin Fairlight, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-729-9726 for more information on scheduling and pricing for your specific program here at the nature center.
CSA FARM SHARE DELIVERIES…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 we have food deliveries from three local farms. 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 and pick up at a private residence in the community. 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:
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 in the Nature Center. You can learn more about the Little Free Library movement at littlefreelibrary.org/.
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!”