Blandy Summer Nature Camp

Blandy Summer Nature Camp Blandy's Nature Camps are a great way for kids to explore nature and enjoy time outdoors. Camps include investigation of animals, plants, habitat, hands-on
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Blandy's Nature Camps are a great way for kids to explore nature and enjoy time outdoors. Camps include investigation of animals, plants, habitat, hands-on outdoor activities, crafts, and more! We spend as much time as we can exploring the outdoors and learning about our ecosystem.

Look closely and you'll see it!  Campers, young naturalists, don't forget about Blandy just because it's cold out.  We h...
11/22/2019

Look closely and you'll see it! Campers, young naturalists, don't forget about Blandy just because it's cold out. We have a couple awesome family programs coming up this winter so stay tuned for more information!

Blandy Summer Nature Camp's cover photo
07/25/2019

Blandy Summer Nature Camp's cover photo

Last week's EcoExplorer campers spend some time counting Japanese beetles on different flowers to hypothesize which flow...
07/22/2019

Last week's EcoExplorer campers spend some time counting Japanese beetles on different flowers to hypothesize which flowers the beetles like the most. Here, campers are comparing marigolds and rose mallows.
Did you know that although marigolds have a great reputation for repelling insects, not all marigolds do? We found out these yellow marigolds actually seemed to attract the Japanese beetles, and discovered the best repellent marigolds are French and Mexican marigolds.

Learning about bees at Blandy's new bee wall!  Here our intern reads a book about giving bees a chance.  It was amazing ...
07/17/2019

Learning about bees at Blandy's new bee wall! Here our intern reads a book about giving bees a chance. It was amazing to see our campers grow throughout the day, going from wanting to smash all bees in the morning to wanting to protect them by the afternoon!

Last week during our Green Adventures camp, Blandy's  visiting college students stopped by to share a little about their...
07/15/2019

Last week during our Green Adventures camp, Blandy's visiting college students stopped by to share a little about their research on the eastern painted turtle. We learned that some of the turtles at Blandy are over 40 years old!!

At last week's art camp, we made tussie-mussies, small bouquets of wonderfully smelling herbs from the herb garden here ...
07/01/2019

At last week's art camp, we made tussie-mussies, small bouquets of wonderfully smelling herbs from the herb garden here at Blandy.

Blandy Education
06/29/2019

Blandy Education

This zebra swallowtail butterfly is resting on wineberry bushes, very close to a grove of the host plant, the pawpaw tree. The zebra swallowtail will lay it's eggs on pawpaw leaves so as it emerges into the larva stage it can feed on the pawpaw leaves to its heart's content.

06/17/2019

Summer camp registration closes today!

Face painting, fireflies, and glow-in-the-dark slime, oh my!!Microscopes, bug nets, and science, oh yeah!!Everyone loves...
06/13/2019

Face painting, fireflies, and glow-in-the-dark slime, oh my!!
Microscopes, bug nets, and science, oh yeah!!

Everyone loves fireflies, but how do they make their light—and why? At our 6th annual Firefly Festival, we'll share the science behind fireflies, outdoor activities, crafts, and games. Following a brief introduction for all ages, we will catch, release and watch fireflies, one of nature’s grand spectacles.
This year's fesival will be held on the summer solstice, Friday June 21, from 8-9:30. Rain date will be Saturday, June 22.

Pay at the door or register ahead of time here: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/m3fBd5HR09VYSz68

Check out this giant leopard moth!   When these moths open their wings, their wing span (the distance from one wing tip ...
05/30/2019

Check out this giant leopard moth! When these moths open their wings, their wing span (the distance from one wing tip to the other wing tip) is 3 inches.

Calling all summer nature campers!  Using creativity to save the world, we'll design and paint all purpose canvas bags t...
05/22/2019

Calling all summer nature campers!
Using creativity to save the world, we'll design and paint all purpose canvas bags that will be stuffed with many other eco-friendly crafts, from the soft melodies of bamboo wind chimes and rainsticks to native pollinator seed balls and herbal teas fresh from the herb garden.

Blandy Experimental Farm
05/07/2019

Blandy Experimental Farm

Blandy's Nature Camps begin in June--register soon! In "Green Adventures" (July 8-12) we'll watch pollinators at work, see how water changes the landscape, learn about composting, and have fun while exploring ways to protect our environment. Watch for more hints about this camp! Register at blandy.virginia.edu or 540-837-1758 Ext. 224. (Photo: blog.pachamama.org)

Blandy Experimental Farm
05/07/2019

Blandy Experimental Farm

Blandy's Nature Camps begin in June--register soon! In "Green Adventures" (July 8-12) we'll watch pollinators at work, see how water changes the landscape, learn about composting, and have fun while exploring ways to protect our environment. Watch for more hints about this camp! Register at blandy.virginia.edu or 540-837-1758 Ext. 224. (Photo: blog.pachamama.org)

Blandy educators conduct a quick informal survey of tadpoles in our vernal pool.  Join our educators this summer with ou...
05/06/2019

Blandy educators conduct a quick informal survey of tadpoles in our vernal pool. Join our educators this summer with our summer camps programs to learn more about the frogs these tadpoles turn into and the calls they make!

Don't miss out! Sign up today!
04/25/2019

Don't miss out! Sign up today!

Registration is now open for Blandy Summer Nature Camp. Two camps include activities for kids from 2nd-4th grade, and a third camp is for kids 5th-8th grade. Register your child today to avoid disappointment, these camps are popular and may sell out.
https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/7zbFaqaWkaxf4VtRl

Dreaming of spending time outside on a warm, sunny, summer day?  Save the dates and get a start on planning your summer ...
01/28/2019

Dreaming of spending time outside on a warm, sunny, summer day? Save the dates and get a start on planning your summer outdoors with Blandy! We have our summer camps on schedule:

Art in Nature, June 24-26, 9am-3pm
Rising 2nd-4th grade students
Green Adventures, July 8-12, 9am-noon
Rising 2nd-4th grade students
EcoExplorers, July 15-19, 9am-noon
Rising 5th-8th grade students

Stay tuned for registration coming soon.

Blandy Summer Nature Camp is just around the corner. Have you registered yet? Check out “Wildlife Detectives” (June 25-2...
05/10/2018

Blandy Summer Nature Camp is just around the corner. Have you registered yet? Check out “Wildlife Detectives” (June 25-27) and “Phenomenal Plants & Their Animals” (July 9-13) for rising 2nd-4th graders. These feature theme-based activities, observations, crafts, and more, under the guidance of our camp leaders and college research students. In EcoExplorers (July 16-20), rising 5th-8th graders complete a research project and present their results on the last morning. For details, descriptions, and registration visit “Programs & Events” at blandy.virginia.edu.

Life Down Under begins in just one week! We are excited to see our summer nature campers! Space is still available but r...
06/19/2017

Life Down Under begins in just one week! We are excited to see our summer nature campers! Space is still available but registration closes Friday afternoon. Come join us for some fun exploring our natural world!

June 26-28th Full Day 9am-3:00pm
Rising 2nd-4th Grade Students
Register Today!
Register and pay online anytime at
http://blandy.virginia.edu/our-foundation/online_payments

Scroll down to FOSA Public Programs (All Ages) and click on Step 1 Program Registration
Scroll down to Summer Camp Registrations
Or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 M-F, 1-5 p.m.

Blandy Experimental Farm
06/13/2017

Blandy Experimental Farm

Blandy Summer Nature Camp begins MONDAY...registration for the first session ends today, Friday at 5 pm!

The first camp, for rising 2nd-4th graders, runs June 26-28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out the Summer Camp web page at http://blandy.virginia.edu/public-programs/summer-nature-camp and register your budding scientist today!

Blandy Summer Nature Camps are right around the corner. Have you registered yet? We offer camps for rising 2nd-8th grade...
05/22/2017

Blandy Summer Nature Camps are right around the corner. Have you registered yet? We offer camps for rising 2nd-8th graders. See details at blandy.virginia.edu under "Programs & Events." Don't delay!

Blandy Summer Nature CampRegistration is underway for Blandy's three summer nature camps. Don't miss out! We offer camps...
05/02/2017

Blandy Summer Nature Camp
Registration is underway for Blandy's three summer nature camps. Don't miss out! We offer camps for rising 2nd-8th graders. Check out details at blandy.virginia.edu under "Programs & Events."

Blandy Experimental Farm
04/21/2017

Blandy Experimental Farm

Blandy Summer Nature Camp
Registration is underway for Blandy's three summer nature camps. Don't miss out! We offer camps for rising 2nd-8th graders. Check out details at blandy.virginia.edu under "Programs & Events."

Can you top this?How do you match up against our fastest, tallest and strongest?Saturday February 25, 20171st-3rd from 9...
02/22/2017

Can you top this?
How do you match up against our fastest, tallest and strongest?

Saturday February 25, 2017
1st-3rd from 9:00-11:30am
4th-6th from 12:30-3:00pm

Register today!
Register and pay online anytime at
http://blandy.virginia.edu/our-foundation/online_payments

Scroll down to FOSA Public Programs (All Ages) and click on Step 1 Program Registration. Or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 M-F, 1-5 p.m.

Photos: National Geographic and BBC

Night flights and winter nights exploration this Saturday!Take a look at how creatures navigate by the stars and explore...
02/06/2017

Night flights and winter nights exploration this Saturday!
Take a look at how creatures navigate by the stars and explore the night sky through a telescope. Please bring a flashlight!

Saturday February 11th
All grades 1st-6th will meet from 6:00pm-8:30pm.

Register today!
Register and pay online anytime at
http://blandy.virginia.edu/our-foundation/online_payments

Scroll down to FOSA Public Programs (All Ages) and click on Step 1 Program Registration. Or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 M-F, 1-5 p.m.

Photo Credit: Birdnote
http://birdnote.org/show/nocturnal-migration-songbirds

Saturday is calling for sunshine! Come out and enjoy winter at its finest! Create your own masterpiece in a program all ...
01/23/2017

Saturday is calling for sunshine! Come out and enjoy winter at its finest! Create your own masterpiece in a program all about nature's art!

Saturday January 28th
1st-3rd from 9:00-11:30am
4th-6th from 12:30-3:00pm

Register today!
Register and pay online anytime at
http://blandy.virginia.edu/our-foundation/online_payments

Scroll down to FOSA Public Programs (All Ages) and click on Step 1 Program Registration. Or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 M-F, 1-5 p.m.

Nature is art! Explore our ecosystem and put your artistic mark in nature’s world! Our Young Naturalist series features:...
01/20/2017

Nature is art! Explore our ecosystem and put your artistic mark in nature’s world! Our Young Naturalist series features:

Arctic Art
Saturday January 28th
1st-3rd from 9:00-11:30am
4th-6th from 12:30-3:00pm

Register today!
Register and pay online anytime at
http://blandy.virginia.edu/our-foundation/online_payments

Scroll down to FOSA Public Programs (All Ages) and click on Step 1 Program Registration. Or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 M-F, 1-5 p.m.

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Happy New Year! Our first Young Naturalist of 2017 fast approaches!Micro Mayhem explores tiny, even microscopic, organis...
01/03/2017

Happy New Year! Our first Young Naturalist of 2017 fast approaches!

Micro Mayhem explores tiny, even microscopic, organisms living in our cold winter habitat! Come and join us as we search the micro mysteries of nature.

Saturday January 14th
1st-3rd from 9:00-11:30am
4th-6th from 12:30-3:00pm

Register today!
Register and pay online anytime at
http://blandy.virginia.edu/our-foundation/online_payments

Scroll down to FOSA Public Programs (All Ages) and click on Step 1 Program Registration. Or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 M-F, 1-5 p.m.

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Do you know a Young Naturalist?Registration is now open for our winter nature camps for kids held on alternate Saturdays...
12/05/2016

Do you know a Young Naturalist?

Registration is now open for our winter nature camps for kids held on alternate Saturdays Jan. 14-March 11, 2017. 1st-3rd graders meet 9-11:30 a.m., 4th-6th graders meet 12:30-3 p.m. It's a great way for kids to explore nature in winter!

Register and pay online anytime at http://blandy.virginia.edu/our-foundation/online_payments

Scroll down to FOSA Public Programs (All Ages) and click on Step 1 Program Registration. Or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 M-F, 1-5 p.m.

Our Eco-Explorers did a great job developing their own experiments, collecting and analyzing data and giving a presentat...
07/22/2016

Our Eco-Explorers did a great job developing their own experiments, collecting and analyzing data and giving a presentation on their findings! It is a joy to have young scientist so excited about nature!

This week was a hot one but everyone did amazing! We investigated predators and prey with mammals, insects, birds and hu...
07/15/2016

This week was a hot one but everyone did amazing! We investigated predators and prey with mammals, insects, birds and humans!

06/30/2016

We had a blast this week with our Wetland Wonders campers! Searching for Aquatic Invertebrates, mammal footprints and catching insects were just the start!

Come check out the last two camps that are fast approaching!

Eat or be Eaten
July 11-15th 9am-Noon
Rising 2nd-4th

Eco Explorers
July 18-22nd 9am to Noon
Rising 5th-8th
To Register:blandy.virginia.edu/our-foundation/online_payments or Call 540-837-1758 ext 224 M-F 1pm-5pm

Last week to register for Wetland Wonders! Come and be a scientist exploring and learning about our aquatic friends here...
06/20/2016

Last week to register for Wetland Wonders! Come and be a scientist exploring and learning about our aquatic friends here at Blandy Experimental Farm.

Rising 2nd-4th graders
June 27-29th
To Register:blandy.virginia.edu/our-foundation/online_payments or
call 540-837-1758
Ext. 224 M-F 1-5 p.m

19 days and counting till Blandy Summer Camp kicks off with Wetland Wonders! Join in on the all day fun June 27th-29th f...
06/08/2016

19 days and counting till Blandy Summer Camp kicks off with Wetland Wonders! Join in on the all day fun June 27th-29th from 9am-3pm.
To Register:blandy.virginia.edu/our-foundation/online_payments or
call 540-837-1758
Ext. 224 M-F 1-5 p.m

Other Camps include :
Eat or be Eaten (2nd-4th grade) - July 11-15 from 9am-12pm
Eco Explorers (5th-8th grade) - July 18-22 from 9am-12pm

Summer Camp registration is humming along. Don't miss your chance to register for our three camps. Visit "Programs and E...
04/13/2016

Summer Camp registration is humming along. Don't miss your chance to register for our three camps. Visit "Programs and Events" at blandy.virginia.edu for details. Ready to register? Go to blandy.virginia.edu/our-foundation/online_payments or call 540-837-1758 M-F 1-5 p.m. For rising 2nd-8th grade. Scholarships available.

Blandy Experimental Farm
04/01/2016

Blandy Experimental Farm

Kids Become Scientists at Blandy Summer Nature Camp

Blandy Summer Nature Camp features full-day and half-day camps with three fun-filled weeks of science activities, games, and nature exploration beginning June 27.

Topics include Wetland Wonders, Eat or Be Eaten, and EcoExplorers.

Check out the complete schedule at
http://blandy.virginia.edu/public-programs/summer-nature-camp

Ready to register? Register online anytime at
http://blandy.virginia.edu/our-foundation/online_payments
or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 M-F 1-5 p.m.

Creatures of the Night - Saturday Jan 30th 4-6:30 Come and join our nocturnal creatures!
01/27/2016

Creatures of the Night - Saturday Jan 30th
4-6:30 Come and join our nocturnal creatures!

Our rescheduled "Creatures of the Night" program for grades 1-6 is this Saturday, Jan 30, 4-6:30 p.m. in the Learning Center. We'll investigate night creatures, scan the night sky, and more! Register online or by calling 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 M-F 1-5 p.m.

01/20/2016

Due to the Winter Storm Watch, Creatures of the Night is rescheduled to Saturday January 30th from 4:00-6:30pm.

We hope everyone will be able to come and feel free to invite others! We have slots open in both age groups - 1st-6th grade.

Stay Safe!

Creatures of the Night!  This Saturday! 4:00-6:30pm 1st-6th grade-Weather permitting (please check back for more informa...
01/19/2016

Creatures of the Night! This Saturday!
4:00-6:30pm 1st-6th grade

-Weather permitting (please check back for more information)

Join us as the next session of our winter Young Naturalist program explores the world of bats, owls, and other night creatures, and test your senses after dark. We will also explore the night sky in search of stars, constellations, and more.

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