From Naturalist Erin…
So what follows are some ideas. I would teach or hire out to teach all of these classes if I saw a wee bit of interest. And by showing interest I mean sending me an email to Naturalist@BroadlandsHOA.com–my telepathic powers are running low! The grand ideas (mostly stolen from other–less fantastic, yet more established and class offering–nature centers)
For Littles and Middles
- Wee Beasties- This is a weekly class for ages 5-10. Each week you bring home a new wee beastie (a hissing cockroach, crickets, snails…) we gather to learn how to care for each of the pets, and to share the stories of their care.
- Family events. Kid events. Hidden treasures abound.
- Babes in the Woods–hikes with a naturalist for parents who wear babies and are ready to explore some paths. Ages are obviously a tiny and a tall person.
- Mythical creatures at the Nature Center–Basilisks, dragons, cyclops, Loch Ness Monster, Saskwatch, centaurs, chimeras, griffins, golems, unicorns, etc. are all descended from other animals we know. Learn the best guess we have of their biological family trees and the legends that surround them.
Two classes. One for littles (5+) and one for middles (10+)
- Homeschooling at the nature center. We have a few groups that have said they are interested in doing a consistent science curriculum at our center. If you would like to hear the dates and times being considered please contact me.
- Fiery science–an afterschool club where we explode things. And learn why they explode.
Two classes. One fore littles (5+) and one for middles (10+)
- Youth Naturalists. This already exists. But just to let you know, you can still join. It is for kids 8-18 (roughly we have a few 6-year olds and two 18+) we take you if you want to serve our animals and go on a nature adventure once a month.
- Campfire Storytelling. With help from our local speech and debate teams from the high schools. All ages
- Nature Storytime. Ha! We already have this. It’s the Fort Festival Mondays 9:30-10:15am and Tuesdays 1:30-2:15pm.
For Mature-ittles (not sure an age, more of just who is interested)
- Primitive skills: Tracking, food foraging, bow and arrow creating, rescue shelter constructing- All ages. But offered in evenings or weekends so adults could take part (for safety and for knowledge)
- Learning the skills of beekeepers (and taking part in the care of a hive and production of honey and wax when we get to that time)
- What is required to become a falconer? How to become an apprentice and meet our master falconer who rehabilitates injured eagles, hawks, and falcons.–All ages, but 12 is the minimum age of becoming a falconer as per Virginia wildlife law.
And then a few clubs that we could generate a local chapter for:
- Northern Virginia Astronomical Society
- Birding groups
- Monthly hiking pack of nature nuts who like sore feet
- Reading group (but of course our meetings will be by a campfire and our books will have at least some loose theme to nature. Like Vampires in the Lemon Groveand then we’ll buy a lemon tree for the nature center).
I’m easy to contact. Naturalist@BroadlandsHOA.com. Looking forward to hearing which of these you want at your nature center.
…and see you at the Fall Farm Festival on October 3rd in the Nature Center’s Backyard 10am-12.
WHEN: August 14 2015 @ 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
WHERE: Hill Side Park – next to Old Stone House, 43051 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, VA 20148
WHAT: Celebrating a Dozen Summers of Rockin’ in the Broadlands! 2nd FRIDAYS MAY THRU AUG
THIS MONTH’S BANDS: The Project – 6:00pm , Just South of 7 – 7:30pm
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY: The Great Zucchini from 5-5:45pm
Free concert, BYOB, ID’s required for alcohol consumption. No glass please! Purchase Broadlands Gear to take with you…blankets, reusable solo cups, lanyards, etc. For more details on the calendar of entertainment, parking and vendors, please visit http://www.broadlandslive.com/calendar.html
Broadlands proudly offers a free fitness center for residential use. We are able to keep the recurring use of this facility free by not having staff present. This requires self policing and we continue to receive complaints from residents that some users are abusing the privilege and breaking the posted rules. As a reminder, the following rules have been adopted FOR YOUR SAFETY!
- NO CHILDREN under the age of 13 are permitted in the building. This is due to manufacturer recommendations and insurance regulations. Children ages 13 through 17 may utilize the fitness center only when accompanied by an adult over the age of 21.
- Talking on cell phones is prohibited inside the fitness center. Distractions on the equipment may lead to injury and are disruptive to other gym users.
- A key fob must be used to enter the facility. Do not open the door for anyone knocking on the doors or windows. All users must sign a release and purchase a key fob for entry.
- Please be considerate and remember to wipe down equipment after use.
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Cost: $4/child pre-paid – closes noon on Friday ($5/child day of the event)
Who lives in the pond in front of the Broadlands Nature Center? Is the water healthy for living things? Bring your family outside to study the Nature Center pond with ANS naturalists! Together we will see what we can catch in our nets, complete a habitat survey and even take a look at the chemical composition of the water. A program introduction will run at 10:30, 11:15, and noon. Start at one of these times and stay as long as you like (until the program ends at noon). Rain boots are recommended, and remember to dress for the weather and for the possibility of getting muddy. This outdoor event will run rain or shine. Only freezing temperatures or thunder & lightning will send us inside. Registration link and fliers will be posted soon.
Calling all volunteers! If you are looking for a fun committee to volunteer on, THIS IS IT. Broadlands Live! is gearing up for yet another fantastic season and we need help from other music loving Broadlanders.
Please join us at 7:30pm on Monday, February 2nd to discuss the upcoming season and let us know how you’d like to be a part of the fantastic team of volunteers that puts this amazing event.
The meeting will be held at the Clubhouse, located at 43360 Rickenbacker Square.
Thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedoms!
Happy Veterans Day!
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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Due to the amounts and types of precipitation in the Northern Virginia area, Patriot Disposal will be suspending collection services on Thursday, February 13th and their office will be closed. Their primary concern is the safety of crews and customers. Both trash and recycling will be collected on our next regularly scheduled pick up day of Monday, February 17th.