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, on the following Fridays: June 22, July 6, 13, August 17, 24, September 14, 28 details>>
  • Snape’s Potions Class, Rescheduled for Friday, June 22 at 6:00pm details>>
  • The Beez Buzz–Honey Harvest, Saturday, July 7, Noon-2:00pm, details>>
  • Beekeepers Buzz, Friday, August 11, 11:00am-12:30pm, details coming soon>>
  • 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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