Department of Parks and Recreation

Nature Discovery Area at Long Branch

 

 
Introduction | Area Map & Diagram | Photos of the Area | Construction Photos | Videos | Purpose

Welcome to the Nature Discovery Area at Long Branch Nature Center

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!
Keep checking back on the website for updates, or send us an email to join our email list.

Area Map

The area map shows where in the park the Nature Discovery Area will be located. (Click to enlarge.)

area map (click to enlarge)

Diagram

This diagram gives an overview of what we are looking at creating the space. (Click to enlarge.)

diagram (click to enlarge PDF)

 

Photos

More progress of the Nature Discovery Area.

Rock Mound Start
The first rock of many. (click to enlarge)

Dragonfly
The dragonfly is our first visitor to our new climbing rocks! (click to enlarge)

Our space is shaping up!
Our space is shaping up! These trees are from Long Branch that came down during summer storms, a great way to reuse! (click to enlarge)

Rock Mound
Billy Goats welcome. (click to enlarge)

Sandbox
This sandbox was installed as an Eagle Scout Project. (click to enlarge)

 
Here are some photos from last spring of the area.

entrance & trail meeting (click to enlarge)
Entrance & trail meeting (click to enlarge)

view from back onto trail (click to enlarge)
View from back onto trail (click to enlarge)

border (click to enlarge)
Border (click to enlarge)

view from paved trail (click to enlarge)
View from paved trail (click to enlarge)

 
Photos of the area after the dead trees were cut down.
cut trees
Cut trees (click to enlarge)
cut trees
Cut trees (click to enlarge)
 

Construction Photos

site clean-up (click to enlarge)
Site clean-up (click to enlarge)
site clean-up (click to enlarge)
Site clean-up (click to enlarge)
 

Videos

Purpose

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!

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
Ages 7 – 10. Take a long ramble through the woods in Glencarlyn Park with a naturalist just to see what we can find. Will it be a box turtle or a rat snake, caterpillars or beetles, birds from South ...
Adults and Teens. Glencarlyn Park serves as an urban stopover for a wide variety of migratory songbirds. Join us as we search for the woods for warblers, thrushes, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, ...
Ages 6 – 9. What makes a rock a rock and just what is a mineral anyway? We’ll cover the three main types of rocks, understand the difference between rocks and minerals, and examine samples of differe ...
Adults. Join us for our highly anticipated native plant sale! The vast majority of our plants are propagated on site. There will be a variety of spring and summer bloomers along with ferns, vines an ...
Families with children ages 5 and up. Hop on over and join the fun as we learn about and search for these tiny tree frogs and other amphibians. Register children and adults; children must be accompan ...
Families. Meet Tippy, Long Branch’s own resident Turkey Vulture and discover the vital role vultures play in our ecosystems. Disposing of dead animals, controlling disease, and recycling nutrients ar ...
Families. As the light fades and shadows darken into night, a whole new cast a creatures emerges from their daytime lairs. Find out who’s awake after dark and how they survive and thrive when the res ...
Kids 3-7. Learn about the mice that live in the area. We will do activities and read Laura Numeroff's famous story “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”, too! Information: 703-228-6535. Meet at LBNC. Regi ...
Adults. Join members of the Northern Virginia Bird Club for an informal walk through Long Branch and Glencarlyn Parks in search of resident and migratory birds. Experienced and beginning birders welc ...
Kids 8 to 12. These hands on classes teach traditional survival skills. From fruits to shoots, learn which plants are good to eat. Some hide tasty roots underground, too! Information: 703-228-6535. ...
Ages 2-10. Register child only. Come out of your shell and listen to stories all about our reptile friends the turtle. For information: 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin ...
Ages: 18 - 35 months with adult. Tiny Tot programs provide a wonderful opportunity to interact one-on-one with your child while discovering the wonders of nature. Each fun and educational program wil ...
Families. Beetles are nature's tanks of the insect world. Come get a closer look at few locals, and find out why they are the most numerous type of insect in the world. The whole family is invited to ...
Ages 9-Adult. Not all plants are good for the environment. Kids and adults will learn what these trouble-some beasts look like and can help rescue the park from these alien invaders! No registration ...
Families. The whole family is invited to join us at long Branch for a lesson in nature journaling. We'll begin by constructing our own nature journal and listen to stories about spring just below the ...
In this session we will explore the world of color. We'll look at light through a prism, mix and match colors, and go on a rainbow scavenger hunt. Ages: 3 - 5 years. Preschool programs are offered th ...
Ages: 18 - 35 months with adult. Tiny Tot programs provide a wonderful opportunity to interact one-on-one with your child while discovering the wonders of nature. Each fun and educational program wil ...
Kids ages 3.5 to 5. Explore shadows and light from opaque to translucent. Experiment with light and reflections. Parents are invited to stay and observe, or those with younger siblings may visit the ...
Ages: 18 - 35 months with adult. Tiny Tot programs provide a wonderful opportunity to interact one-on-one with your child while discovering the wonders of nature. Each fun and educational program wil ...
Kids ages 3.5 to 5. Explore shadows and light from opaque to translucent. Experiment with light and reflections. Parents are invited to stay and observe, or those with younger siblings may visit the ...

CONTACT US

Long Branch Nature Center
625 S. Carlin Springs Road
Arlington, VA 22204
703-228-6535
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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.)

GROWING NATIVE

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!


Last Modified: March 11, 2014
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