The Long Branch Nature Center Staff and Friends of Arlington Parks are pleased to announce that we have received a Park Enhancement Grant from Arlington County for a total of $11,539 to put in a Nature Discovery Area here at Long Branch.
The project will start in the New Year after the funding is approved by the County Board on January 12, 2012. Once we have the funds to start work, we will also need some helping hands to make this a successful project.
We'll need volunteers to remove unwanted plants, put play features in place, come up with a great name, spread the word, maybe start a blog, and maintain the Nature Discovery Area once completed.
As you can see, there is much yet to be done. If you'd like to help in any way or be updated on our progress, please let us know. We'd love for you to be a part in creating Arlington's first natural play area!
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The area map shows where in the park the Nature Discovery Area will be located. (Click to enlarge.)
This diagram gives an overview of what we are looking at creating the space. (Click to enlarge.)
More progress of the Nature Discovery Area.
The purpose of the space is to encourage kids to play and explore outside. This area will provide a designated space to allow kids to interact with natural features of the landscape, to use their imagination, test physical abilities, explore nature, and just be kids!
Long Branch Nature Center
625 S. Carlin Springs Road
Arlington, VA 22204
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BIRDS BIRDS BIRDS!
Nature abounds at Long Branch Nature Center and Park! Check out these beautiful photos of birds at Long Branch taken by photographer Paula Sullivan. View Photo Gallery! (Note: By clicking on the link, you will be taken outside the County website. Arlington County is not responsible for images and content contained therein.)
Did you know that Long Branch Nature Center is a collection site for the Growing Native program? Growing Native is a year-round volunteer project that collects hardwood seeds and plants trees to help restore and protect rivers and streams in the Potomac River watershed. Find out more!