Long Branch Nature Center

Long Branch Nature Center Long Branch Nature Center provides a foundation for enhancing the public's interest in natural resou Our nature center provides environmental education programs to ages.

We have a variety of snakes, turtles, amphibians, and mammals that are for viewing in our nature center. We provide a variety of interpretive programs on cultural and natural resources. Come see and learn about the great things Long Branch has to offer. Interested in participating in our programs? All our programs are listed in our publication; The Snag. http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/Parks

We have a variety of snakes, turtles, amphibians, and mammals that are for viewing in our nature center. We provide a variety of interpretive programs on cultural and natural resources. Come see and learn about the great things Long Branch has to offer. Interested in participating in our programs? All our programs are listed in our publication; The Snag. http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/Parks

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Winter Wonderland at the Long Branch Nature Center! If it's safe for you to come on down to Glencarlyn Park everything i...
01/04/2022

Winter Wonderland at the Long Branch Nature Center! If it's safe for you to come on down to Glencarlyn Park everything is very picturesque right now with the snow on the trees and all around. Yes it's cold, but if you bundle up with some boots, a warm coat, hats and mittens, then a walk through the park is a fun way to spend a Snow Day. Just be aware of the roads still needing plowing, and the trails could be slick and icy. Otherwise, come enjoy nature's wintery art and maybe see some animal footprints in the snow!

Winter Wonderland at the Long Branch Nature Center! If it's safe for you to come on down to Glencarlyn Park everything is very picturesque right now with the snow on the trees and all around. Yes it's cold, but if you bundle up with some boots, a warm coat, hats and mittens, then a walk through the park is a fun way to spend a Snow Day. Just be aware of the roads still needing plowing, and the trails could be slick and icy. Otherwise, come enjoy nature's wintery art and maybe see some animal footprints in the snow!

What's one of your favorite bird puns?
12/21/2021

What's one of your favorite bird puns?

What's one of your favorite bird puns?

12/05/2021

Crows yelling at ravens
#naturesawesome
😌

Come visit our new painted turtle! Last month the brave and kind Animal Control Officers of Arlington brought in this ab...
11/23/2021

Come visit our new painted turtle! Last month the brave and kind Animal Control Officers of Arlington brought in this abandoned pet turtle to us. Now she has moved into our pond and is getting along with the yellow belly slider turtles just fine. In the wild painted turtles are very common across the eastern half of the US, they live in ponds, lakes and creeks, and eat aquatic creepy crawlies, frogs, fish and plants.
Painted turtles are often taken from the wild and made into pets, then rereleased later, which is unhealthy for both the individual animal and possibly the ecosystem. It is best to leave wild animals where they are, and if you think you found an animal that is in need of help, please call the Arlington County Nature Centers or the Animal Welfare League of Arlington first for advice.

We're hiring! Both the Long Branch and Gulf Branch Nature Centers are hiring part time naturalists. We are looking for p...
11/20/2021

We're hiring! Both the Long Branch and Gulf Branch Nature Centers are hiring part time naturalists. We are looking for people who want to share their love and knowledge of nature. This position is flexible in the hours, but at least 25 hours a month. This will mostly include working weekends to help staff the nature center. Work on weekdays, evenings and holidays is also available.

Apply at careers.arlingtonva.us

We're hiring! Both the Long Branch and Gulf Branch Nature Centers are hiring part time naturalists. We are looking for people who want to share their love and knowledge of nature. This position is flexible in the hours, but at least 25 hours a month. This will mostly include working weekends to help staff the nature center. Work on weekdays, evenings and holidays is also available.

Apply at careers.arlingtonva.us

Happy #nationalhikingday be sure to get out and take a hike in one of the many beautiful parks in #arlingtonva
11/17/2021

Happy #nationalhikingday be sure to get out and take a hike in one of the many beautiful parks in #arlingtonva

Happy #nationalhikingday be sure to get out and take a hike in one of the many beautiful parks in #arlingtonva

Leaf bags at the Long Branch Nature Center! Arlington residents are welcome to take 15 leaf bags per person. The Long Br...
11/16/2021

Leaf bags at the Long Branch Nature Center! Arlington residents are welcome to take 15 leaf bags per person. The Long Branch Nature Center building is at 625 South Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, VA 22204, and we are open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.

Leaf bags at the Long Branch Nature Center! Arlington residents are welcome to take 15 leaf bags per person. The Long Branch Nature Center building is at 625 South Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, VA 22204, and we are open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.

Leaf bags now at Long Branch.Arlington residents can come to the Long Branch Nature Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and S...
10/26/2021

Leaf bags now at Long Branch.

Arlington residents can come to the Long Branch Nature Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and can take 3 leaf bags per person. There are also leaf bags at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center and the Lee Community Center, but please do call those locations first to confirm they have leaf bags available.

Leaf bags now at Long Branch.

Arlington residents can come to the Long Branch Nature Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and can take 3 leaf bags per person. There are also leaf bags at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center and the Lee Community Center, but please do call those locations first to confirm they have leaf bags available.

10/14/2021

Here's video of the #redfox foraging and you can hear some angry squirrels yelling at him and a red-shouldered hawk which is just out of view. #nature #virginianature #wildlife #fox

The first photo was moments before it ruined the hunt of a red-shouldered hawk! #redfox #nature #virginianature #wildlif...
10/14/2021

The first photo was moments before it ruined the hunt of a red-shouldered hawk! #redfox #nature #virginianature #wildlifephotography

This is an Eaterern Hercules Beetle larvae, and they can get to the size of a baseball before they go into their pupa st...
10/13/2021

This is an Eaterern Hercules Beetle larvae, and they can get to the size of a baseball before they go into their pupa stage. Hercules Beetles are one of the largest species of beetles as well as largest flying insects in the world. The parent insects lay their eggs in the summer, but the larvae don't pupate until the following summer, then molt to their adult stage the summer after that. As creepy as it looks both the larvae and adult Hercules Beetles are totally harmless to humans and are a source of food to many animals such as insect eating mammals, birds, reptiles and other invertebrates. So if you come across a giant grub, just leave it be and know it's either grub for something else or it will come a big, beautiful beetle someday.

Fall leaves 😊
10/10/2021

Fall leaves 😊

Fall leaves 😊

This little one, Dekay's Brownsnake (Storeria dekayi), was hiding under the door as I walked in this morning trying to s...
10/03/2021

This little one, Dekay's Brownsnake (Storeria dekayi), was hiding under the door as I walked in this morning trying to seek shelter from the chill outside. #nature #wildlife #virginianature #arlingtonva

We are hiring! Come work for Arlington County Parks.
10/01/2021
NATURAL RESOURCE SPECIALIST

We are hiring! Come work for Arlington County Parks.

Did you know Arlington County is highly diverse, with over 100 languages spoken in the county?  Do you want to work within Arlington’s diverse communities?  Are you passionate about the environment, conservation, and teaching?  Do you have experience in creating community partnerships?The Depar...

09/29/2021

This daddy long legs aka cellar spider, which actually isn't a spider, was enjoying a nice pillbug this afternoon. #nature #wildlife #arachnid #virginianature

Had a raven this morning taking care of a wasp nest above our center! #nature #wildlife #arlingtonva #arlingtonvaparks #...
09/28/2021

Had a raven this morning taking care of a wasp nest above our center! #nature #wildlife #arlingtonva #arlingtonvaparks #birdsofinstagram

Had a raven this morning taking care of a wasp nest above our center! #nature #wildlife #arlingtonva #arlingtonvaparks #birdsofinstagram

This Yellow-bellied slider turtle is enjoying the extra water in the creek near the Long Branch Nature Center in Glencar...
09/25/2021

This Yellow-bellied slider turtle is enjoying the extra water in the creek near the Long Branch Nature Center in Glencarlyn Park. Yellow-bellied sliders can often be found in slow moving bodies of water throughout the Southeastern part of the U.S. They eat invertebrates, frogs, fish and aquatic plants, usually in the morning, then spend the rest of the day basking in the sun. If you come across a turtle in nature or even crossing the road, it's best to leave them, they have their instincts about where to go and what to do to survive. However, if they are in a dangerous situation, or end up in the area that has lots of infrastructure and not a lot of green space, if it's safe, then the turtle can be moved to a green space near as possible to where it was found.

Attention! There has been a change regarding the S Park Dr trail closure. Due to inclement weather, the dates have shift...
09/23/2021

Attention!
There has been a change regarding the S Park Dr trail closure. Due to inclement weather, the dates have shifted back. The S Park Dr entrance to the W&OD trail will be closed this Friday, September 24 and Monday, September 27.

The trail section will be open on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26.

On Friday and Monday, please use the 7th St S entrance to the W&OD trail. The preferred detour is shown on the map below, highlighted in yellow. The closed trail entrance is shown in red. This afternoon, signs were posted in the neighborhood and along the detour route with the new dates shown.

Attention!
There has been a change regarding the S Park Dr trail closure. Due to inclement weather, the dates have shifted back. The S Park Dr entrance to the W&OD trail will be closed this Friday, September 24 and Monday, September 27.

The trail section will be open on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26.

On Friday and Monday, please use the 7th St S entrance to the W&OD trail. The preferred detour is shown on the map below, highlighted in yellow. The closed trail entrance is shown in red. This afternoon, signs were posted in the neighborhood and along the detour route with the new dates shown.

The beaver is just munching away 😊 #nature #wildlife #virginianature #arlingtonvaparks
09/23/2021

The beaver is just munching away 😊 #nature #wildlife #virginianature #arlingtonvaparks

The beaver is just munching away 😊 #nature #wildlife #virginianature #arlingtonvaparks

Hanging out at sparrow pond today, the beaver is out as well! Come visit! #nature #wildlife #arlingtonvaparks
09/23/2021

Hanging out at sparrow pond today, the beaver is out as well! Come visit! #nature #wildlife #arlingtonvaparks

Hanging out at sparrow pond today, the beaver is out as well! Come visit! #nature #wildlife #arlingtonvaparks

09/21/2021

European hornet was taking down a cicada. If you notice she was trying to bite the wings off the cicada during the process. #nature #virginianature #arlingtonva #wildlife

09/16/2021
An immature great blue heron was having a morning fishing session earlier today 😊 #nature #naturephotography #wildlifeph...
09/15/2021

An immature great blue heron was having a morning fishing session earlier today 😊 #nature #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #wildlife #arlingtonvaparks #virginianature

Northern walkingsticks (Diapheromera femorata) can reproduce without males and there is even a species of walkingsticks ...
09/14/2021

Northern walkingsticks (Diapheromera femorata) can reproduce without males and there is even a species of walkingsticks that scientists have never found a male of. #nature #virginianature #arlingtonvaparks #insects #camoflauge

Northern walkingsticks (Diapheromera femorata) can reproduce without males and there is even a species of walkingsticks that scientists have never found a male of. #nature #virginianature #arlingtonvaparks #insects #camoflauge

Black-throated blue warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) is one of the many warbler species you will see during this time of...
09/12/2021

Black-throated blue warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) is one of the many warbler species you will see during this time of the year 🧡 #virginianature #migratingbirds #arlingtonva #birds

Black-throated blue warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) is one of the many warbler species you will see during this time of the year 🧡 #virginianature #migratingbirds #arlingtonva #birds

It's that time of the year again for Pawpaw, also known as poor man's Banana. This native fruit is edible and when it is...
09/08/2021

It's that time of the year again for Pawpaw, also known as poor man's Banana. This native fruit is edible and when it is ripe it gives off a sweet smell! #nature #fruit #nativeplants

It's that time of the year again for Pawpaw, also known as poor man's Banana. This native fruit is edible and when it is ripe it gives off a sweet smell! #nature #fruit #nativeplants

Come check out the new habitat for our Ornate Box Turtle. This individual has been with us for many years, but we didn't...
09/07/2021

Come check out the new habitat for our Ornate Box Turtle. This individual has been with us for many years, but we didn't have her on display due to her being a non-native species. Ornate Box Turtles native territory is the midwest, so they wouldn't be found here on the east coast and in Virginia. Like the Eastern Box Turtle, Ornates live on the ground and not in a body of water like a lake or pond. However, their habitat is in grasslands as opposed to forests like the Eastern Box Turtles. But in the winter both species of turtles will bury down into the soil and close themselves up in their shells to sleep through the winter. Just a few months from now our wild turtles going to sleep for the winter, but our resident turtles stay awake year round, so come on by to visit them whenever you like!

When looking at snails and slugs it's easy to tell that they are related, but have you ever looked at a snail and octopu...
09/04/2021

When looking at snails and slugs it's easy to tell that they are related, but have you ever looked at a snail and octopus and think "those are related just look at them" well the thing is, they are related. Snails, slugs, clams and octopus are all related to each other and some of them can look drastically different from the other! #nature #virginianature #wildlife #snail

When looking at snails and slugs it's easy to tell that they are related, but have you ever looked at a snail and octopus and think "those are related just look at them" well the thing is, they are related. Snails, slugs, clams and octopus are all related to each other and some of them can look drastically different from the other! #nature #virginianature #wildlife #snail

Visiting our friends at Gulf Branch Nature Center today and got to release a ready to go Monarch Butterfly! ☺ #nature #w...
09/02/2021

Visiting our friends at Gulf Branch Nature Center today and got to release a ready to go Monarch Butterfly! ☺ #nature #wildlife #arlingtonvaparks #virginianature #butterfly

Visiting our friends at Gulf Branch Nature Center today and got to release a ready to go Monarch Butterfly! ☺ #nature #wildlife #arlingtonvaparks #virginianature #butterfly

09/02/2021

Attention!
The trail between the Long Branch Nature Center and where the path splits heading toward Tyrol Hill Park is currently closed due to a downed fiber optic line and pole.

09/02/2021

In this video we have a European Hornet attacking a Cicada. These hornets are opportunistic eaters, meaning they eat whatever they can find; dead and alive insects, fruits, as well as processed human food and even garbage. While they are similar to native hornets, other than being much larger, they are considered an invasive pest because they feed on native arthropods and damage plants for building their nests. If you come across a European Hornet or their nest, just leave it alone or call a professional, because they can sting, though it's not any worse than a native hornet.

09/01/2021

Attention!
The Long Branch Nature Center will be closed today, September 1st at 4:00 p.m. due to inclement weather.

Carolina Mantis (Stagmomantis carolina) #nature #naturephotography #arlingtonvaparks #virginianature #wildlife #wildlife...
09/01/2021

Carolina Mantis (Stagmomantis carolina) #nature #naturephotography #arlingtonvaparks #virginianature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #prayingmantis

Carolina Mantis (Stagmomantis carolina) #nature #naturephotography #arlingtonvaparks #virginianature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #prayingmantis

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Anyone know of the conditions of GlenCarlyn park near the picnic tables and grills (next to the stream across from the kiddie playground). Wondering if my group can still meet there this weekend. Thanks.
thanks for yet another great spring peeper prowl last night!
Please confirm the times for your native plant sale on May 5. It says 1am - 4am!
Does Long Branch have any Earth Day events planned? I wanna put together a list of volunteer activities to share with my high school Bio students over at Yorktown. Thanks!