Jun 11

Happening this Weekend in Broadlands….

First family camp out of the season this Friday, June 15: Camp WhompingWillow 

$10 per tent register here: details>>

More camp out dates: 22, July 6, 13, August 17, 24, September 14, 28


Snapes Masters Potions Class, June 16

Join the Naturalist this Saturday to conjure up the following summertime potions:

Bath bombs (you choose the flavor) for long soaks after your giant hikes and bike rides, coconut lime sunscreen with raspberry seed oil for SPF 45+, tick-away spray, post bug bite blitz balm (just add dandelions), the secret to preventing a poison ivy outbreak, dream-dust, and yarrow flower in three preparations (our Broadlands fields are covered in yarrow this time of year), and BUTTERBEER FOR ALL!!!

$20.00 per person, register at Broadlandshoa.org/PotionsJune2018

  • First class: 11:00am-12:30pm
  • Second class: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Both classes offer same potions. Ages 8+ are welcomed but are recommended to attend and all can dress for the occasion!

Join us on the Nature Center Lawn on June 16 to watch Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – 8:45 pm  Details on this event>>   

The Jungle Book


Jul 28

The Beekeepers Buzzz! August 11 REGISTER NOW!!!

Come to the Nature from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM and learn about bees! 

Have you ever wanted to learn how to care for the bees? Especially as we hear daily how importantthey are to our own food production and how their colonies are in collapse. We will have a basic bee learning session and continue our local colony of beekeepers: that’s you! We will construct beehives to be used in nature preserves in our surrounding area. No experience is required. All materials are included. We just need a few willing to learn the art of beekeeping.Cost is $7.00 REGISTER HERE>>

Mar 24

Meet Your Farmer Day, Saturday, March 25th, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

One of the largest social movements in our region of the world is the Buy Fresh Buy Local revolution. Supporting neighboring farmers is something many of us want to do, and just aren’t sure how.

• Come and meet the people who grow the food, ask them about their practices, set up a time to visit them on their farms, and find the right farm for your family’s needs
• Bring the kids to meet the many farm animals. We will have cheeps (tiny chicks), goats, lambs, and maybe even a calf!
•The Nature Center will be a drop-off site for all of these farms.
If you choose to become a weekly shareholder in a CSA it will be
delivered to your door. . . to the Nature Center.
•$4 suggested donation all going to the
farmers who are coming out at a busy time in their planting
season to meet our community and share their wisdom.

Jan 13

Potion’s Class 301…Hurry and Sign Up Now!

Potion’s Class 301, Saturday February 11th 10:30am-12:00pm 8+ are welcomed, but adults are recommended to attend.
Held at the Nature Center, SIGN UP NOW!
Potions that shall be concocted include: Love Potion #9, Fly to the Sky Tincture, Rescue Salve for dry skin cuts and burns, Bubble Bath Brilliance minus Bubbles (in 30 flavors for you to choose from), anti-Valentine’s Day Tea and Butterbeer for all (as Snape, Harry Potter, and Hermione are our primary influences). $12 per participant, all take home their own concoctions & recipes  These are legit healing recipes based on the teachings and publications of Rosemary Gladstar–all ingredients are organic, 100% pure, and have a heritage of hundreds of years in the pharmacopeia of North American traditional healing. Recognize that we will actually be making all of these potions. Hot pots, tiny glass vials, and other devices of lovely witchcraftery will be present–you know your kids’ limits–don’t send muggles who will leave the Nature Center looking like it went through the Battle of Hogwarts.*****YOU MUST PREPAY FOR THIS EVENT BY FEBRUARY 6, 2017*****
Apr 22

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: http://ashburn.wbu.com/

Mar 29



Saturday, April 2 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at Hillside Park, 43051 Waxpool Road

March 2016 - Spring EggstravaganzaSpring Eggstravaganza – FLYER

Led by Peter Cottontail, the parade will begin promptly at 10:00am on the path next to the Community Center. Follow Peter as he makes his way through the tunnel to Hillside Park where there will be eggs to hunt. Stick around after the egg to enjoy balloon twisters, a hay ride, moon bounce, and a Ferris ride. Please limit eggs to 10 per child so everyone gets some.Bunny photo opps will be available after all of the eggs have been collected…don’t forget to bring your camera!You don’t want to miss this fun event ! Please walk or park at the Community Center and KinderCare parking lots. In the event of inclement weather, visit our furry friend at the Community Center to take photos and collect eggs.


Saturday, April 2 from 2:00am – 4:00pm at the Nature Center

the Beekeepers Buzz

Beekeepers Buzz – FLYER

Have you ever wanted to learn how to care for the bees? Especially as we hear daily how important they are to our own food production and how their colonies are in collapse. On April 2nd we will have a basic bee learning session from 2pm-4pm and begin our local colony of beekeepers: that’s you!  Then April 23rd we will construct beehives 10am-12pm to be used in nature preserves in our surrounding area. No experience is required. All materials are included. We just need a few willing to learn the art of beekeeping.


Mar 29

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 naturalist@BroadlandsHOA.com for modification in pricing for families)
  • $40 for additional sleepover/BBQ night on Thursday, June 30th


Mar 09

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>>