Nature Nurtures at Blandy

Join us for our second annual Nature Nurtures event Fall 2019, Saturday, September 14, from 9:30 am to 4 pm. We’ll have vendors, demonstrations, workshops, nature crafts and more! Come spend time at the State Arboretum of Virginia, at the University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm, in Boyce, Virginia.

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Trails Tour

See the progress being made on The Trails at the MSV on this guided tour! Participants will walk to several sites along the future trails to get the lay of the land and see a few beautiful vistas. Includes walking on farm fields and through woods; wear shoes suitable for hiking and dress for the weather. Meet in the Museum Lobby.

Free. Registration required by June 27. Register online or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240.

Twilight Hike

While Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park was specifically established in 2002 to preserve and interpret the area’s cultural history, the Shenandoah Valley is rich in natural features, wildlife, and vegetation, including wildflowers.These twilight hikes, offered on May 25th (6:30 p.m.) and September 28th (5:00 p.m.) will not only explore the natural side of the park, but also discuss and practice the basics of hiking and backpacking, along with the equipment usage techniques of these hobbies.

Both programs will be led by Ranger Rick Ashbacker and begin at the Claven Lane parking area (2262 Claven Lane, Middletown, Virginia), the back entrance to the park’s “Morning Attack Trails” trails system, which includes the 8th Vermont monument. Each walk will last approximately 90 minutes, over moderate terrain. Proper walking shoes and water are recommended.

Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve Nature Walk

Join seasoned naturalist and current Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society President Jim Smith for his nature walks in the Abrams Creek area in the heart of Winchester. Meet at the Children of America’s parking lot off of West Jubal Early Drive, approx. 1/2 mile west of Valley Avenue. Park at the west/right side of the lot by the woods.

If you arrive late, simply walk the path until you catch up with the group. Allow approx. 2 hours for the walk. Dress for the weather and you may want to bring water, binoculars, and a camera. Walks will be cancelled in inclement weather.

No fee, no registration required. Great family activity.

Call Jim (540) 303-3983 for more information.