Upcoming Events

August 19th, 2018 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Sky Meadows State Park, Edmonds Lane 11012, Delaplane, Virginia, United States

Habitat loss has caused Monarch butterfly populations to reach dangerously low numbers. Join the Sky Meadows State Park Naturalist as they set out to collect Monarch caterpillars and eggs to raise in the park's Visitor Center. Learn how to protect this species by raising Monarchs and improving habitat for this at-risk butterfly.

This event is free and open to the public. Meet at the Children's Discovery Area.

August 21st, 2018 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Blandy Experimental Farm, Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, Virginia, United States

Join our partners, Blandy Experimental Farm, as they welcome Virginia Master Naturalist Alex Newhart. Alex will give an illustrated talk on Virginia's butterflies, including life cycle, ecology, and identification. They'll then look for butterflies in Blandy’s gardens.

Dress for the weather. Reservations Required (register online here): Friends of the State Arboretum (FOSA) Members/UVa Alumni $10, Nonmembers $15, FOSA Member/UVA Alumni Family $20, Nonmember Family $25

August 23rd, 2018 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Manassas Battlefield Park, Sudley Road 6511, Manassas, Virginia, United States

Join Marion Lobstein who will lead a field trip to the Deep Cut Field [one of VWL's biodiversity survey sites!!] at Manassas Battlefield Park. The field trip is sponsored by the Prince William Wildflower Society. 

Please contact Marion Lobstein at or call or text her at 703-622-0676 to reserve a space and for additional details.

August 25th, 2018 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia, United States
Category: Nature Walk

Novice and experienced birders will enjoy this guided 1-2 mile hike to look for the many species of birds that can be found on the field station at the Clifton Institute. We will explore successional fields, meadows, lake edges, and forest. Bert Harris, the Executive Director of the Clifton Institute, will be your guide. Binoculars and cameras recommended. Outdoor clothing, including waterproof footwear and hats suggested.

August 30th, 2018 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Blandy Experimental Farm, Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, Virginia, United States

Do you have trouble telling ash from hickory? Black cherry from hackberry? After an introduction to ID basics, we’ll move outside for practice. Join our partners at Blandy Experimental Farm to improve your tree ID skills!

Registration is required and available online here. Foundation of the State Arboretum Members $10, nonmembers $15.

September 8th, 2018 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Shenandoah National Park - Big Meadows Lodge, Mile 51.2 Skyline Drive, Stanley, Virginia, United States

The Secret Life of Mushrooms is a seminar that will introduce participants how to identify mushrooms in Shenandoah National Park. Learn about the myths, medicine, and biology of mushrooms. Will also be taking an easy hike near Big Meadows to seek mushrooms for viewing and identifying in the field. This seminar will be presented by Ann and Rob Simpson, Biologists of Lord Fairfax Community College. The event will take place at Big Meadows Lodge in the Massanutten Room. 

$40.00 registration fee and advanced registration is required. This seminar is intended for the general public ages 18 and up and space is limited to 20 participants.

September 8th, 2018 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: White House Farm, 1917 Kauffmans Mill Road, Luray, Virginia, United States

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is partnering with the White House Farm Foundation in Page County to host the 2018 Virginia Outdoors Festival. Join us for a day of casual family-friendly activities, food and craft vendors, and presentations focusing on conservation, water quality, native species, and more. For more information, visit their website!

September 28th, 2018 12:00 AM – September 29th, 2018 11:59 PM
Location: Little Washington Theatre, Gay Street 291, Washington, Virginia, United States

The Rappahanock Association for Arts and Community presents a special Farm Tour Edition of their film-talkback series. This event is in partnership with Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the American Conservation Film Festival. Film screenings occur from 7:30-9:30PM on Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29.

Friday, September 28

  • The Untold Story (93 minutes)

Saturday, September 29

  • Soil Carbon Cowboys (12 minutes)
  • Pollinators Under Pressure (15 minutes)
  • Monarchs: The Milkweed Mission (9 minutes)
  • Fix and Release (15 minutes)

For more information click here.

October 5th, 2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Barns of Rose Hill, Chalmers Court 95, Berryville, Virginia, United States

Join the Piedmont Environmental Council for the launch of Clarke's Great Outdoors, a book that is a collection of photos, artwork, and writing from more than 80 artists inspired by nature in Clarke County. Many of the artists will be on hand to sign books, which will be for sale. The book launch coincides with the opening of the Clarke's Great Outdoors art show in the main gallery at the Barns of Rose Hill. Nature art from dozens of artists and photographers will be on display.

October 21st, 2018 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: James Madison's Montpelier, Constitution Highway 11350, Montpelier Station, Virginia, United States

Venture into the Montpelier Demonstration Forest on a two-hour hike with experts in forest conservation. Learn about conservation and cultivation strategies that generate mutual benefit to man and nature. Dogs on leashes are welcome! $5 per person, free for Montpelier Members. Begins at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.

November 3rd, 2018 9:00 AM – November 4th, 2018 4:00 PM
Location: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, 1500 Remount Road, Front Royal, Virginia, United States
Category: Workshops

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation is excited to announce the second offering of this popular workshop, specifically designed for local landowners looking to have all their camera trapping questions answered. This workshop is designed and taught by Dr. Joe Kolowski, a Faculty member at SMSC. The course fee is $250, not including lodging or food. Register online and submit payment before October 15

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