Summer Nature Camp
Three Sessions
Kids need nature and nature needs kids! Explore the natural world through observation, experimentation, and hands-on activities. 

Wildlife Detectives
Wildlife Detectives is full!
June 25-27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
For rising 2nd-4th Graders

Phenomenal Plants
And Their Animals
July 9-13, 9 a.m. - Noon
For rising 2nd-4th Graders

July 16-20, 9 a.m.-Noon
For rising 5th-8th Graders

The Elusive Lake Arnold
Lake Arnold, named for retired Blandy arborist Bob Arnold, is an ephemeral pond that fills in wet conditions and disappears at other times. Recent rainstorms have filled the lake to its highest level in years. Click the image to view a multi-photo panorama.
Grounds Open Dawn to Dusk, 365 Days a Year

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.

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