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Broadlands Nature Center Come visit our animals Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and select Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.
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For all of you planning what you will plant in the spring (my favorite thing to do during the winter) use this incredibl...
12/11/2019
Home - Native Plants Finder

For all of you planning what you will plant in the spring (my favorite thing to do during the winter) use this incredible resource to discover which native plants thrive at your zip code. Native plants feed hundreds of pollinators and mammals that have co-existed with them for millions of years. And there's an abundance of choices. It's one of the easiest ways to be a hero for wildlife.

DATA UPDATES IN PROGRESSFind the best native plants to help wildlife  — based on the research of Dr. Doug Tallamy. Want to learn more?

Santa is in the house tonight! Don't miss the potions table that is stocked with Frankincense perfume, Myrrh salve, Mist...
12/06/2019

Santa is in the house tonight! Don't miss the potions table that is stocked with Frankincense perfume, Myrrh salve, Mistletoe Spray, homemade soaps, our own beeswax candles, and teas for a merry season (strengthening teas for Santa's elves and anti-anxiety teas as well).

Mending Clothes as an Act of Rebellion
12/04/2019
Mending Clothes as an Act of Rebellion

Mending Clothes as an Act of Rebellion

I have often wondered when it was that Western society collectively decided that visibly mended clothes were a mark of reduced status. Of a life worth less. Where a patch or a darn was certainly no…

12 Photos That Prove We Have No Idea How Food Grows
12/03/2019
12 Photos That Prove We Have No Idea How Food Grows

12 Photos That Prove We Have No Idea How Food Grows

Talk about being disconnected from Mother Nature! Most people are completely surprised when they realize they can't recognize these weird foods.

Reminder! Nature Photography Contest starting soon! Submissions will be received from January 1-March 15, 2020. Submissi...
12/02/2019

Reminder! Nature Photography Contest starting soon! Submissions will be received from January 1-March 15, 2020. Submissions must be submitted as hard copy (the bigger the better) to the desk of the Naturalist within that time frame. Four monetary prizes will be awarded and winners will be showcased in Broadlands publications as well as in-house. Categories will include: best of child submissions (3-12 years old), best of youth submissions (13-18 years old), and best of adult amateur submissions. Professional photographers are also welcome to submit for the Best of Show prize.

12/02/2019
Blossom

Blossom

We're rooting for these 12 clever plant hacks!

Because one of the main things you might bring home from your family gathering is new germs...
11/27/2019

Because one of the main things you might bring home from your family gathering is new germs...

AELLA
11/23/2019
AELLA

AELLA

Thanks to humans of course.

Save Earth Alliance
11/19/2019

Save Earth Alliance

Gotta say this seems a bit like reinventing the wheel...
11/16/2019
Living Off The Grid

Gotta say this seems a bit like reinventing the wheel...

This could change everything.

Healthy Yards
11/10/2019

Healthy Yards

The easiest step you can take to protect our climate is giving up the gasoline leaf blower. Many professional landscapers are switching to mulch-mow practices. If you don't believe in climate change, then do it for all these beautiful creatures that need the leaves for survival. Here is a lovely article from Nancy Lawson, the author of The Humane Gardener: https://www.humanegardener.com/animals-made-possible-fallen-leaves/

Playing outside must take only twice!
11/07/2019

Playing outside must take only twice!

Let them play! 🙂

11/05/2019
Donating to the Homeless

For all of you early bird planners! The year of 2020 is going to be a celebratory one here at the Nature Center. Every single full moon, equinox, and solstice is going to be a giant community bonfire. We look forward to gathering with you and learning the rhythm of nature that invites you to sit under a star-filled sky and connect with our community. But that means we will be gathering throughout the winter! So come and gather and purchase one of these Sky and Arrow blankets that we will have available to all. With each purchase a like blanket is given to the homeless. They are extraordinary textiles made by craftspeople by hand, and they go to warm the hands of others. As I promised you planners, here are the dates:
Full wolf moon January 10th
Full snow moon February 9th
Full worm moon March 9th
Spring Equinox March 21st
Full pink moon April 7th
Beltane/May Day Bonfire and Campout May 1st
Full flower moon May 7th
Full strawberry moon Bonfire and Campout June 5th
Summer Solstice June 22nd
Full buck moon July 5th
Bonfire and Campout July 17th
Autumn eve/Lammas Bonfire and Campout August 1st
Full corn moon September 2nd
Autumn Equinox/Feast of Ingathering September 21st
Full Hunter’s Moon October 1st
Samhain/Halloween and Full Blue Moon! October 31st
November 30th Full Beaver Moon
Winter Solstice/Yule December 22nd

We're Sky and Arrow. A registered 501(C)3 non-profit blanket company. We're more than just a blanket company, For every blanket that is purchased at www.skya...

The Tattooed Gardener
10/22/2019

The Tattooed Gardener

10/17/2019
Ancient Forests & Champion Trees

Spooky magical trees for your October

With its gnarled trees and misty ambience, Wistman's Wood—an ancient forest near Devon, England—has captured the imaginations of visitors for thousands of years, inspiring legends about druids and supernatural hellhounds: https://wired.trib.al/WG4w9zK
📸: Neil Burnell

Hopefully you've heard about our comfort cases drive to support foster children going on at the local schools and in par...
10/16/2019
Broadlands Community Outreach & Willowsford Cares

Hopefully you've heard about our comfort cases drive to support foster children going on at the local schools and in partnership with Willowsford community. If you want an easy way to donate without hauling stuff to the Nature Center or to one of the schools just order online with Amazon with out wish list!

Broadlands Community Outreach & Willowsford Cares

A Park Ranger Comforts A Sad Gorilla That Just Lost Its Mother
10/11/2019
A Park Ranger Comforts A Sad Gorilla That Just Lost Its Mother

A Park Ranger Comforts A Sad Gorilla That Just Lost Its Mother

Losing a parent is a tragic experience, and the sorrow it causes is not exclusive to humans. Photographer Phil Moore took a heartbreaking photo showing a park ranger comforting a gorilla that lost its mother to poachers. Patrick Karabaranga is a ranger at the Virunga National Park in the eastern Dem...

50+ Edible Wild Berries & Fruits ~ A Foragers Guide
10/03/2019
50+ Edible Wild Berries & Fruits ~ A Foragers Guide

50+ Edible Wild Berries & Fruits ~ A Foragers Guide

Edible wild berries and fruit are some of the most rewarding things to find when you’re out foraging wild edible plants.  Unlike roots and greens, wild berries and fruits often don’…

Living Off The Grid
10/02/2019
Living Off The Grid

Living Off The Grid

Freddy was badly burned, and his shell was actually destroyed from the fire. A group of veterinarians, a dental surgeon and a designer had actually just formed a group called the “Animal Avengers” that help animals who have been struck by tragedy. Check out what they did for Freddy, their first patient!

This Saturday at 11am for potions we will make 1. Magic Moon tea to support werewolf-ing, 2. Elderberry syrup for a boos...
09/30/2019

This Saturday at 11am for potions we will make 1. Magic Moon tea to support werewolf-ing, 2. Elderberry syrup for a boost to the immunity when returning to Hogwarts, 3. Moaning Myrtle's favorite handmade soap, 4. Cardemom granola for longterm camping trips hunting horacrux, 5. Anti--aging sesame oil to protect the skin from longterm cauldron exposure, AND BUTTERBEER FOR ALL. Register online muggles and wizards alike.

One week from today...It is our 5th Annual Harry Potter Potions Class. Come in costume if you dare! All potions will be ...
09/28/2019
2019 Potions Class Series (2019-10-05)

One week from today...It is our 5th Annual Harry Potter Potions Class. Come in costume if you dare! All potions will be Hogwarts concoctions that you take home with you (made of legitimate herbal ingredients). And butterbeer for all! https://www.broadlandshoa.org/event/potions2019/?instance_id=20840

Thanks to the crowds that have come to our potion’s events for the last 4 years, we are beginning a monthly potion (herbal preparations) series for the entire year of 2019. This will allow us to focus on specific herbs for specific needs: digestion support, sleep aids, stress reducers, emotional b

Announcing the Broadlands Nature Center's 2020 nature photography contest. We're announcing this now as autumn is the ri...
09/28/2019

Announcing the Broadlands Nature Center's 2020 nature photography contest. We're announcing this now as autumn is the right time to take pictures of the outdoors. So get lost in the falling leaves right now with your lens. Submissions will be received from January 1-March 15, 2020. Submissions must be submitted as hard copy to the desk of the Naturalist within that time frame. Four monetary prizes will be awarded and winners will be showcased in Broadlands publications as well as in-house. Categories will include: best of child submissions (3-12 years old), best of youth submissions (13-18 years old), and best of adult amateur submissions. Professional photographers are also welcome to submit for the Best of Show prize.

Through the lens of a fallen leaf! 🍁
Photo by William Smith

09/26/2019

See you the community bonfire Friday night. Storytellers take the stage at 7!

The nature center was just gifted over 200 lbs of cool rocks! Geology classes and rockhounding expeditions in the works.
09/26/2019

The nature center was just gifted over 200 lbs of cool rocks! Geology classes and rockhounding expeditions in the works.

Chesapeake Natives Inc.
09/25/2019
Chesapeake Natives Inc.

Chesapeake Natives Inc.

Happy Autumnal Equinox! As the season begins to change its important to remember to “Leave the leaves” this Fall.

Alt National Park Service
09/22/2019

Alt National Park Service

Broadlands Naturally
09/20/2019

Broadlands Naturally

09/20/2019
Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot make short film on the climate crisis

Today the Nature Center stands with the hundreds of thousands of students marching so that adults will hear their petitions. Great video.

Environmental activists Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot have helped produce a short film highlighting the need to protect, restore and use nature to tackle...

What would the Broadlands neighborhood think about a chalk art fest?
09/18/2019

What would the Broadlands neighborhood think about a chalk art fest?

Congratulations to all of this year's prize winners! And Many thanks to our Judges!#ChalkfestatRestonTownCenter #Publicartreston #ChalkFest #Chalk #Streetart #Chalkart #RestonTownCenter

I know so many intelligent people who are still not convinced that climate change is a thing. My response has never been...
09/16/2019
How Does Climate Change Affect Agriculture In Our Region? - The Kojo Nnamdi Show

I know so many intelligent people who are still not convinced that climate change is a thing. My response has never been, "I'm a professional naturalist--believe me!" my response has been "ask your farmers!" So grateful to listen to this on Kojo Nnamdi show today. So many of us do not live in a connected way to the land and the weather--we're all insulated in our cars and homes. Listen to the perspective of those with their livelihoods riding on the systemic weather changes: https://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2019-09-16/how-does-climate-change-affect-agriculture-in-our-region

We can live off the land — until we can't. Climate change is fundamentally changing the way farmers produce food, right down to the soil itself.

Sure, we care about bees around here--we also care about humans. Collapse of bees and other insects=collapse of our food...
09/13/2019
Beekeepers Confront the E.P.A. Over Pesticides

Sure, we care about bees around here--we also care about humans. Collapse of bees and other insects=collapse of our food system and collapse of the food chain that we are a part of. Let's stop brewing the poisons.

Leaders in the beekeeping industry have sued the environmental agency over its approval of the use of a pesticide that has harmed colonies.

National Geographic Travel
09/12/2019
National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

Bhutan is one of the world’s happiest countries, and it’s also one of the greenest. Here's how they do it.

09/11/2019

Full moon Friday the 13th! Sounds like a perfect night for a bonfire and campout! Come and join us.

Public Service Announcement! We had a visitor today concerned about the bunnies health here at the Nature Center. I just...
09/06/2019

Public Service Announcement! We had a visitor today concerned about the bunnies health here at the Nature Center. I just wanted to take the time to share some facts (particularly for any of you who think having a bunny at home is a good idea!). Bunnies have to eat constantly. Without constant inputs they experience gastric stasis and die. Because of this we have 65 trained volunteers that care for our bunnies! When I arrive in the 8 o'clock hour I feed them. Then throughout the day volunteers do the same. They are formally fed 4 times. They also have a constant supply of timothy grass to nibble. If you offer them food they will always eat it. If you set up their water they will always drink it. This does not suggest that they are starving or dehydrated. It's just how a bunny does life. We have a building full of staff who love the bunnies (take them home on weekends so they get extra attention) would never allow their care to diminish even if our 65+ volunteers did. When we take them to the vet twice a year the clinic laughs at the lush life of these flop-ear'd creatures. Interestingly enough the reason we have these particular bunnies is because their former homes found the caretaking overwhelming. I definitely agree that bunnies are not the pet for the faint of heart. It is constant vigilance and care to protect their digestive system and joints (and then there's the 500 pellets of feces a day!) Happy bunny love day!

Daniel Arenson
08/23/2019

Daniel Arenson

Humans are blind to ultraviolet light. But bugs can see it! Ever wondered what a flower looks like to a butterfly or bee? Well, now we know. Photographer Craig Burrows snapped photos of flowers in ultraviolet light. No wonder bees and butterflies love them so much!

Credit: Craig Burrows https://www.facebook.com/cpburrowsphotography/

If you liked this post, give my page a like for more cool content every day. I'm a fantasy and science fiction author who posts a lot of memes. :) You can learn more about my work (and download free books) here: DanielArenson.com

There's more to it than just getting your shopping done. It's not a chore but a life.
08/23/2019
Why they call it Smalltimore

There's more to it than just getting your shopping done. It's not a chore but a life.

It took me most of an hour to buy two bunches of flowers at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market on Sunday, and not because the line was long but because I kept bumping into people I know and like. Before…

Michael McCreary - AspieComic
08/23/2019

Michael McCreary - AspieComic

Permaculture aka restoration agriculture. How can you put more nutrition in than you take out
08/21/2019

Permaculture aka restoration agriculture. How can you put more nutrition in than you take out

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