Gulf Branch Nature Center

Gulf Branch Nature Center Free and open to the public three days a week (currently). Check out our live animals and exhibits, attend a virtual or in-person program, explore the park, and more!

We are currently open Thursday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm. The park is open sunrise to sunset, 7 days/week. Set in a wooded stream valley, Gulf Branch Natural Area preserves and protects wildlife habitat while serving as an educational and recreational resource for the public. Staffed by friendly naturalists, the nature center houses exhibits about local natural and cultural history as well as live an

We are currently open Thursday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm. The park is open sunrise to sunset, 7 days/week. Set in a wooded stream valley, Gulf Branch Natural Area preserves and protects wildlife habitat while serving as an educational and recreational resource for the public. Staffed by friendly naturalists, the nature center houses exhibits about local natural and cultural history as well as live an

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Interested in learning about the people who lived here long before the Plymouth Colony was founded in 1620, as well as o...
11/26/2021
Want To Learn More About D.C.'s Indigenous History? There's An App For That.

Interested in learning about the people who lived here long before the Plymouth Colony was founded in 1620, as well as other important sites pertaining to Native American history in the region? There's an app for that! https://wamu.org/story/19/07/03/want-to-learn-more-about-d-c-s-indigenous-history-theres-an-app-for-that/

The 'Guide to Indigenous D.C.' app aims to teach people about the city's original inhabitants.

We're closed Thursday and Friday this week, but will be open again on Saturday! See you then!
11/24/2021

We're closed Thursday and Friday this week, but will be open again on Saturday! See you then!

We're closed Thursday and Friday this week, but will be open again on Saturday! See you then!

We really get in to putting up our exhibits! #nature #naturecenter #exhibitdesign #nest  #arlingtonva
11/22/2021

We really get in to putting up our exhibits! #nature #naturecenter #exhibitdesign #nest #arlingtonva

We really get in to putting up our exhibits! #nature #naturecenter #exhibitdesign #nest #arlingtonva

11/19/2021

We were excited to see a couple bats flying over the center this afternoon! #bats #nature #naturecenter #arlingtonva

If you want to see the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years, set your alarm..."For U.S. viewers the peak of the ec...
11/18/2021
How you can see the nearly total lunar eclipse Friday morning

If you want to see the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years, set your alarm...

"For U.S. viewers the peak of the eclipse — when the moon is the most covered by Earth's shadow — will be at 4:03 a.m. ET."

https://www.npr.org/2021/11/17/1056205732/lunar-eclipse-moon-friday-morning-how-to-see

It will be the second and final eclipse of the year. West Coast night owls and East Coast early risers could catch the peak of the cosmic event.

It's time to start looking for winter ducks in ponds, lakes and along the Potomac River!
11/18/2021

It's time to start looking for winter ducks in ponds, lakes and along the Potomac River!

*walks through a scientific conference, casually drops a piece of paper onto the floor, hurries away*
https://www.birdandmoon.com/comic/best-duck/

We finished #nationalhikingday with a hike from Fort C. F. Smith to Dawson Terrace, following the Arlington Line of Civi...
11/18/2021

We finished #nationalhikingday with a hike from Fort C. F. Smith to Dawson Terrace, following the Arlington Line of Civil War defenses erected to protect the approach to Washington DC from the Virginia side of the Potomac. It was a beautiful day, both for weather and fall color! #hiking #fallcolors #nature #history #arlingtonva

We finished #nationalhikingday with a hike from Fort C. F. Smith to Dawson Terrace, following the Arlington Line of Civil War defenses erected to protect the approach to Washington DC from the Virginia side of the Potomac. It was a beautiful day, both for weather and fall color! #hiking #fallcolors #nature #history #arlingtonva

Happy #nationalhikingday! We enjoyed an early morning hike along the #potomacheritagetrail between Gulf Branch and Chain...
11/17/2021

Happy #nationalhikingday! We enjoyed an early morning hike along the #potomacheritagetrail between Gulf Branch and Chain Bridge! #arlingtonva #naturecenters #parksandrec #potomacriver

Happy #nationalhikingday! We enjoyed an early morning hike along the #potomacheritagetrail between Gulf Branch and Chain Bridge! #arlingtonva #naturecenters #parksandrec #potomacriver

Our owl did a wonderful job at her very first program today!!  She met a group of cub scouts outside of her enclosure. W...
11/13/2021

Our owl did a wonderful job at her very first program today!! She met a group of cub scouts outside of her enclosure. We are so pleased with how well it went, and are looking forward to more programs in the future! 🦉❤️ #naturecenter #environmentaleducation #cubscouts #owllove #owleducation #arlingtonvaparks

Our owl did a wonderful job at her very first program today!! She met a group of cub scouts outside of her enclosure. We are so pleased with how well it went, and are looking forward to more programs in the future! 🦉❤️ #naturecenter #environmentaleducation #cubscouts #owllove #owleducation #arlingtonvaparks

Don’t forget, you can come out and take a holiday-themed picture in front of our decorated log cabin until 4 PM today!
11/13/2021

Don’t forget, you can come out and take a holiday-themed picture in front of our decorated log cabin until 4 PM today!

Don’t forget, you can come out and take a holiday-themed picture in front of our decorated log cabin until 4 PM today!

Squirrels and chipmunks like to eat on an elevated point, where they can watch for predators. Keep an eye out on fallen ...
11/12/2021

Squirrels and chipmunks like to eat on an elevated point, where they can watch for predators. Keep an eye out on fallen logs, large rocks and, obviously, park benches for chewed up bits of nuts and acorns left behind by our rodent friends. And there should be a lot with this year being a mast year - a year in which trees produce a larger number of seeds compared to other years. #oaktree #acorn #squirrel #chipmunk #nature #naturephotography #naturecenter #arlingtonva

Squirrels and chipmunks like to eat on an elevated point, where they can watch for predators. Keep an eye out on fallen logs, large rocks and, obviously, park benches for chewed up bits of nuts and acorns left behind by our rodent friends. And there should be a lot with this year being a mast year - a year in which trees produce a larger number of seeds compared to other years. #oaktree #acorn #squirrel #chipmunk #nature #naturephotography #naturecenter #arlingtonva

Join us for our Warm Lights, Winter Nights Festival on Saturday, December 11th!  Let's make a little light during the da...
11/10/2021

Join us for our Warm Lights, Winter Nights Festival on Saturday, December 11th! Let's make a little light during the darkest time of year! Family fun includes a luminary-lit hike, candle dipping, lantern making, games, stargazing, hot cocoa, campfires, and more! Register (beginning 11/15) for a time slot between 5:30 - 8:30pm by visiting: https://registration.arlingtonva.us

Join us for our Warm Lights, Winter Nights Festival on Saturday, December 11th! Let's make a little light during the darkest time of year! Family fun includes a luminary-lit hike, candle dipping, lantern making, games, stargazing, hot cocoa, campfires, and more! Register (beginning 11/15) for a time slot between 5:30 - 8:30pm by visiting: https://registration.arlingtonva.us

Just a heads up in case you were thinking of visiting tomorrow! We will be closed.
11/10/2021

Just a heads up in case you were thinking of visiting tomorrow! We will be closed.

Just a heads up in case you were thinking of visiting tomorrow! We will be closed.

Today our Tiny Tots (18-35 months) learned about the diet of wild turkeys by searching for and collecting acorns! Then w...
11/09/2021

Today our Tiny Tots (18-35 months) learned about the diet of wild turkeys by searching for and collecting acorns! Then we explored colors, shapes, and numbers by using five of our acorns to make artwork! #earlylearning #earlychildhoodeducation #naturecenters #environmentaleducation #turkeys #acorns #artandnature

Need a spot for that perfect shot? The log cabin at Gulf Branch will be decked out for the holidays on Saturday, Novembe...
11/05/2021

Need a spot for that perfect shot? The log cabin at Gulf Branch will be decked out for the holidays on Saturday, November 13th from 10am- 4pm. Feel free to come over with your sweaters, scarves, smiles, and cameras to snap some magic! ***A friendly reminder that Santa is busy at the North Pole and will not be at the cabin.***

Need a spot for that perfect shot? The log cabin at Gulf Branch will be decked out for the holidays on Saturday, November 13th from 10am- 4pm. Feel free to come over with your sweaters, scarves, smiles, and cameras to snap some magic! ***A friendly reminder that Santa is busy at the North Pole and will not be at the cabin.***

Our fort building programs over the last few days have reminded us of this great article: https://orionmagazine.org/arti...
11/05/2021
Orion Magazine - Look, Don’t Touch

Our fort building programs over the last few days have reminded us of this great article: https://orionmagazine.org/article/look-dont-touch1/

We definitely had fun in the woods, but it's about so much more that just that! "When you make a fort, or den, or hideout, it creates a connection to the land, nurturing an affinity for that place."

THE KIDS HAVE BEEN UP since seven-thirty playing computer games and watching cartoons. What a travesty for them to be inside on such a beautiful day, you

As the chlorophyll fades, the other pigments - carotenoids, anthocyanins - really shine! #fallishere #nofilter #arlparks...
10/28/2021

As the chlorophyll fades, the other pigments - carotenoids, anthocyanins - really shine! #fallishere #nofilter #arlparksrec #naturecenters #leavetheleaves

As the chlorophyll fades, the other pigments - carotenoids, anthocyanins - really shine! #fallishere #nofilter #arlparksrec #naturecenters #leavetheleaves

Lepidoptera means “scale wing.” If you look closely at the wings of moths and butterflies, like this Burdock Borer Moth ...
10/25/2021

Lepidoptera means “scale wing.” If you look closely at the wings of moths and butterflies, like this Burdock Borer Moth (Papaipema cataphracta), you will see that the colors and patterns we find so beautiful and intricate are a result of these little scales covering their wings. #moth #lepidoptera #nature #naturephotography #naturecenter #arlingtonva

Sometimes the crickets aren’t eaten right away… #frog #greenfrog #nature #naturecenter #arlingtonva
10/23/2021

Sometimes the crickets aren’t eaten right away… #frog #greenfrog #nature #naturecenter #arlingtonva

Sometimes the crickets aren’t eaten right away… #frog #greenfrog #nature #naturecenter #arlingtonva

Our Red Fox was back today, this time peering at us from the roof of the nature center! #redfox #nature #naturephotograp...
10/21/2021

Our Red Fox was back today, this time peering at us from the roof of the nature center! #redfox #nature #naturephotography #naturecenter #arlingtonva

The ART bus is running along Military Rd. again (M-F only)! ART 53A/B will get you here from both the East Falls Church ...
10/21/2021

The ART bus is running along Military Rd. again (M-F only)! ART 53A/B will get you here from both the East Falls Church Metro stop AND the Ballston Metro stop! #publictransit #naturecenter #urbannature Arlington County Parks and Recreation ART - Arlington Transithttps://www.arlingtontransit.com/sites/art/assets/File/ART%2053%20Online%206-19-prf2.pdf

The ART bus is running along Military Rd. again (M-F only)! ART 53A/B will get you here from both the East Falls Church Metro stop AND the Ballston Metro stop! #publictransit #naturecenter #urbannature Arlington County Parks and Recreation ART - Arlington Transithttps://www.arlingtontransit.com/sites/art/assets/File/ART%2053%20Online%206-19-prf2.pdf

Fall is here! Our box turtle shows off how well he camouflages with fallen tulip tree leaves! #herpsofinstagram #boxturt...
10/20/2021

Fall is here! Our box turtle shows off how well he camouflages with fallen tulip tree leaves! #herpsofinstagram #boxturtles #fallishere #camouflage #arlingtonvaparks

Fall is here! Our box turtle shows off how well he camouflages with fallen tulip tree leaves! #herpsofinstagram #boxturtles #fallishere #camouflage #arlingtonvaparks

We had a very curious Red Fox visit the center this morning. #redfox #nature #naturephotography #naturecenter #arlington...
10/14/2021

We had a very curious Red Fox visit the center this morning. #redfox #nature #naturephotography #naturecenter #arlingtonva

We had a very curious Red Fox visit the center this morning. #redfox #nature #naturephotography #naturecenter #arlingtonva

Today we learned where paper comes from and made our own! #naturecenter #arlingtonvaparks #parksandrec #artandnature
10/11/2021

Today we learned where paper comes from and made our own! #naturecenter #arlingtonvaparks #parksandrec #artandnature

This week we sent acorns to the University of Kentucky's Forestry Dept! They are studying white oak genetics and are see...
10/08/2021

This week we sent acorns to the University of Kentucky's Forestry Dept! They are studying white oak genetics and are seeking samples from near and far. Ours was the first sample they've received from this region! #oaks #universityofkentucky #acorns #naturecenter #forestry

This week we sent acorns to the University of Kentucky's Forestry Dept! They are studying white oak genetics and are seeking samples from near and far. Ours was the first sample they've received from this region! #oaks #universityofkentucky #acorns #naturecenter #forestry

So-so news for birders this winter, as it doesn't look like much of an irruption year for winter finches...https://finch...
10/05/2021
WINTER FINCH FORECAST 2021-2022 By Tyler Hoar – FINCH RESEARCH NETWORK

So-so news for birders this winter, as it doesn't look like much of an irruption year for winter finches...

https://finchnetwork.org/winter-finch-forecast-2021-2022-by-tyler-hoar

Categories Uncategorized Post author By Matt Post date September 26, 2021 No Comments on WINTER FINCH FORECAST 2021-2022 By Forecaster Tyler Hoar: Photo Credit Mark Peck GENERAL FORECAST 2021-22: Forecasts apply mainly to Ontario and adjacent provinces and states. Three irruptive non‐finch passeri...

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3608 Military Rd
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Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

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(703) 228-3403

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Gulf Branch Nature Center has been a part of the Arlington community for more than 50 years! From the time it first opened, Gulf Branch naturalists have fostered an appreciation and love for the local environment within the community. Back then, youth hiked, played, created artwork, built birdhouses, and learned about the natural world – much the same way youth participating in programs today do! Over the years, Gulf Branch has expanded its range of programs to include something for all ages! Come hike in the park, play in the stream, visit with the animals, chat with the naturalists, or attend a nature program! Contact us to learn more!

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Our first-ever Hike with your Hound event at Gulf Branch Nature Center is this Saturday, August 28th! Learn more and get your ticket at: https://buff.ly/3CPOBdU
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Do you brush your teeth in the morning? Wash your face and do your hair? Check out how this Carolina Mantis at Gulf Branch Nature Center grooms itself in this wild video! https://fb.watch/4-eKcNHVuQ/
Thank you to Girl Scout Troop 5618 for including AFAC in their "Tiny Cottages" exhibit at Gulf Branch Nature Center! See the pictures in this post to view all the tiny cottages representing local nonprofit organizations.
Nature Centers opened on April 15th! Take a virtual field trip with Ms. Molly to see all the cool things at Gulf Branch Nature Center 🌏Earth Day Animal Special Week!🌎 Animal: Red Cornsnake Fun Fact: They have a "spear point" mark on the top of their head. How to Help: Protecting their habitat (grasslands, fields and forests) and being an advocate for parks in your community.
Is that laughter you're hearing? No, it's the wood frogs at Gulf Branch Nature Center! Watch this video with your kids to find out more about these cool frogs (and then go check out the Nature Center in person) 🐸 More Rec @ Home home: https://parks.arlingtonva.us/rec-at-home/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4kJ7qfJHkU
Brood X is coming!! Here's three fun facts about cicadas: 1. The loud buzzing sound you hear is from male cicadas (females make a much quieter sound). 2. There are three species of 17-year cicadas. Brood X includes all three! 3. Cicadas love the sound of motors, so get ready for them to land on you if you use power tools or lawn mowers! Now that you're an expert, fold your own origami cicada with Mr. Ken from Gulf Branch Nature Center.
Get up close & personal with some creepy crawlers! Learn how to build a bug trap to safely catch, observe and release bugs at home 🐞🐜🪲 Look around your neighborhood, or head to Gulf Branch Nature Center or Long Branch Nature Center! What type of bug do you hope to catch?
Ms. Maddie from Gulf Branch Nature Center is teaching us how to create cool bird feeders! Show some love to our feathered friends 🦜around Arlington in this fun nature craft https://parks.arlingtonva.us/rec-at-home/
Looking for a fun and socially-distanced way to get out and about with your dog? Join our friends over at Gulf Branch Nature Center for Doggy Date Night! Get more info and register at https://buff.ly/3q36LSa