Get Your Kids Outside This Winter!
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Young Naturalist Program
FOSA's Young Naturalist Program runs from January to March and features five Saturdays with hands-on activities, crafts, and time outside. Children in grades 1-3 attend from 9-11:30 a.m., while those in grades 4-6 attend from 12:30 to 3 p.m. 

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Morning Young Naturalist Session Canceled
Due to the likelihood of sleet and snow Saturday morning, the morning session of the Young Naturalist program is canceled. The afternoon session is expected to go on as scheduled. 

If you have a 3rd grader registered in the morning session, we invite you to have him/her attend in the afternoon. Please let us know if you plan to do this by calling 837-1758 Ext. 224. Unfortunately, we can’t make the same offer for 1st and 2nd graders, but we invite you to sign them up for one of our later Young Naturalist programs.

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Programs & Events

January 24
Young Naturalist Program
Nature's Amazing Defenses
Grades 1-3
Morning program canceled
due to potential for bad weather  details
Grades 4-6
12:30pm - 3:00pm  details

January 24
4th Annual Seed Exchange
10am - 2pm  details

January 30
Mindfulness Based
Stress Reduction
3:00pm - 5:30pm  details


The 172 acre Orland E. White Arboretum was designated the State Arboretum of Virginia in 1986. With over 5000 living trees, the diverse collection is highlighted by over 200 kinds of conifers, 162 types of boxwood, a 300 tree ginkgo grove, a cedar of Lebanon allee, an herb garden, and the Virginia Native Plant Trail.

Public ProgramsKohls Garden Day

Public programs at the State Arboretum provide opportunities for life-long learning in a variety of settings. Workshops, lectures, tours, and children’s camps offer opportunities to learn about environmental issues, natural history, gardening, and more.


Inquiry-based education is at the heart of our preK-12 programs, where students are actively engaged in hands-on explorations and research-driven field investigations. Our programs align with Virginia & National Science Standards as well as with other subjects.


Field-based ecological research is at the heart of Blandy Experimental Farm’s mission. Current University-level research involves plant pollination studies, plant-animal interactions, defoliation caused by the destructive gypsy moth, and the effects of in-breeding on plants.

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Mailing Address: 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce VA 22620 | Phone: 540-837-1758 Ext. 0