Family Firefly Festival
Friday, June 21, 8-9:30 p.m.
(Rain Date: Saturday,
June 22, 8-9:30 p.m.)
Everyone loves fireflies, but how do they make their light—and why? We’ll begin with 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.
Registration is open for Blandy Summer Nature Camp! The first camp begins on June 24, but spaces may fill quickly.
Reserve a place today!
Summer Camp Registration Deadline
Monday, June 17

Prickly Situation
A brown-belted bumblebee visits a prickly pear cactus flower in search of nectar. Prickly pear is native to Virginia and can be found on rock outcrops; it is the only cactus widespread in the eastern U.S.
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