The Blue Ridge Center offers regular programs as well as several seasonal programs geared toward specific interest or topics. Check our calendar for the up-to-date schedule.
The Blue Ridge Center would like to thank its supporters whose donations have enabled our programs. In particular, we are grateful for corporate support from The North Face, Dominion Virginia Power, and Visit Loudoun! tourism.
Birding at the Blue Ridge Center
Come explore the meadows and forests of the Blue Ridge Center while taking part in this bird walk lead by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy! You’ll learn all about the birds of our region and their behaviors during each season. The hike is led by Joe Coleman, an avid birder and amateur naturalist. He serves on the Blue Ridge Center's Board of Directors and is also one of the founders of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, whose mission is the preservation and proliferation of wildlife habitat in Loudoun County.
This free program takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month (except December). Meet at the Education Center at 8:00 a.m. the morning of the walk. All levels of birders are welcome, including beginners. Come out and see why the Blue Ridge Center is a stop along the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail!
Please bring binoculars. Recommended ages: 17+. For questions, please contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fall 2012 Children's Programs
This fall the Blue Ridge Center is offering a series of children's programs designed to get kids outdoors and enjoying nature. Programs are hosted by Blue Shepherd Learning Cooperative and Mountain View Farm. All programs cost $15 including supplies and are targeted for ages 4-7. Please pre-register with Annie Young at email@example.com or call 304-279-1149.
Mini Nature Spies
August 19th, 10-12:00
Investigate nature in miniature. take a mini hike, find some teeny critters and create a tiny garden
August 25th, 10-12:00 - identify wild flowers, learn about our friends, the bees and create a flower power craft
ABC in the Garden
September 8, 10-12:00 - what better way to learn about the alphabet than in the garden. songs, games, crafts and making a snack all in the garden!
5 Senses in the Field
September 16, 10-12:00 - come learn about your 5 senses and connect with nature. we'll play games and create a 5 sense pack for you to take home and continue exploring
We Recycle! Worm Poop to Paper Making
September 23rd, 10-12:00 - children will get a chance to learn about life cycles of worms and taking care of the soil as a hands-on recycling of old paper into new paper
At Mountain View Farm, we know that healthy soil means healthy food for healthy people. We work closely with our Extension Agents and soil scientists from local universities to understand the nature of our soil and make it as healthy and vibrant as possible. All of our produce and flowers are grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Our livestock graze in our pastures, drink spring water, and never receive antibiotics or hormones.
Farm Tours are available by appointment in spring, summer and fall. Please contact us to schedule a tour.
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Survival skills birthday parties -- coming soon! Email us for more information.
Below is a sample of past programs offered at the Blue Ridge Center. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in either participating in or facilitating one of these programs.
Get Kids Exploring Series
Sustainable Living and Gardening with Nature Series
- Building and Using an Espalier Fence for Backyard Fruit: Learn how to maximize and manage fruit production in a backyard with hands on building of an espalier fence that could be used for growing fruit such as grapes, currant, or kiwifruit
- Wild Edible Plant Walk: Enter the delicious world of foraging your own food right off the landscape, just like our ancestors once did; you'll obtain the knowledge to safely identify a wide variety of wild edible plants, trees and shrubs of the season
- Wild About Mushrooms: Grow delicious and nutritious mushrooms in your own garden or home and learn how to inoculate stumps, logs, wood chips and burlap sacks while improving your garden ecology
- Traditional Basketry: Learn how to make several styles of traditional wicker basketry from material selection to harvesting techniques
- Raising Chickens 101: Farm your own fresh, organic eggs with this workshop on raising chickens; learn the basics of brooding, coop construction, electric fencing, feed rations and supplements, and veterinary care
- Creating a Permaculture Garden Using Raised Beds and Swales
- Rain Barrel Workshop
- Ancestral Cooking Class: A Feast the Old-Fashioned Way: Become a stone-age chef! Learn how to build a stone fireplace with reflector, and use it to slow roast venison on a spit, and a stone oven and steam pit to cook root crops
- Lost Ladybug Safari: Join a family-friendly safari for some rare species of ladybugs, which we capture and photograph for researchers at Cornell -- and then release
- Nature Scavenger Hunt: Split into teams and roam around the Blue Ridge Center, searching for items on the scavenger hunt list
- Firefly Fling: Fireflies (aka lightning bugs) are lighting up the night sky at the Blue Ridge Center; find out what fireflies really are, how and why they light up, why some fireflies are cannibals, and other cool things about firefly lives
- Reading the Land - Historical Ecology of the Blue Ridge: Explore the Blue Ridge Center property to discover the history of human impact on the land
- Sharing Your Enthusiasm for Nature: Discuss the ‘how to’s’ on leading small groups exploring the outdoors, whether it's children, families, or adults