First Annual Pumpkin Totem Pole Winner!

Congratulations to Chat Stroh and her daughter, Gabi Tallman, for creating the winning pumpkin totem! By Helen Laitinen, Volunteer Nine creative totems were entered in the contest, and visitors voted for their favorite. The winning mother-daughter team was awarded a trophy custom-designed by Boxerwood volunteer Liz Kuehner. Entries in the Pumpkin Pole contest were from local businesses, organizations, families, and …

Small Mighty Boxerwood

It’s not easy being small in a large world, but we can and do make a difference. Now in our 19th year, Boxerwood continues to serve the community with top-notch programs. By Catrien van Assendelft, Director When my son first went to kindergarten in Arizona, it was a big leap from the cozy intimate pre-school he had enjoyed at a …

Trailblazers Hiking Club: A New Afterschool Progam

Our culminating adventure is a hike on the Appalachian Trail the first week of November! By Hannah West, Program Educator Boxerwood expanded its after school programming by offering a girls’ hiking club for students at Parry McCluer Middle School in Buena Vista. Through this partnership with funder, Rockbridge Area Community Services, we met each Wednesday for six weeks to hike …

Re-introducing The American Chestnut Tree

Overcoming “Functionally Extinct” By Ben Eland, Garden & Facilities Manager If you, your children, or your grandchildren visit Boxerwood in 50 years, you will find two towering American chestnut trees in the field. We planted them there last week, thanks to a generous gift from the Virginia Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation (ACF). The ACF is committed to re-introducing …

Support Boxerwood with Community Rewards Programs From Amazon, Kroger and others

Help support Boxerwood’s education programs and events at no cost to you. By Craig Vinecombe, Office Manager Halloween is over and it is now time to start thinking about the holidays. If you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet, I’m sure you’re thinking about it. Did you know that your holiday shopping can benefit Boxerwood? With only a handful of …

Boxerwood Newsleaf

November / December 2018 Small, Mighty Boxerwood It’s not easy being small! Now in our 19th year, Boxerwood, continues to serve the community with: Dedicated staff and volunteers that deliver top-notch programs to children and adults. Programs that connect with nearly every child in Rockbridge County Accolades from state and federal agencies for the quality and depth of our programs. …

Support Education Programs at Boxerwood!

Help us reach our goal of $12,000 for education programs! Fall leaves, kids’ laughter, budding scientists and naturalists… the joy of Boxerwood educational programs only happen through your help. We are approaching the end of our education appeal. Thank you to all who have already sent in donations to support Boxerwood education programs. So far, donors have given us close to …

The Boxerwood Vision Tree

By Catrien van Assendelft, Executive Director We talk a lot about trees at Boxerwood, to our students, our guests, and among ourselves. There are many beautiful trees at Boxerwood, ones known to be frequently, literally, hugged. But we also have a new metaphorical tree on our minds lately – the Boxerwood vision tree which helps depict our thriving programs. Imagine …

Boxerwood Education Association Donates Preservation Easement on Nature Center and Woodland Gardens

—The historic preservation easement protects in perpetuity Boxwood’s 15.46 acres of woodland and gardens and two Modernist buildings constructed in the mid-20th century— RICHMOND – The Boxerwood Education Association has donated to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources a preservation and open-space easement on Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden, located about one mile west of Lexington in Rockbridge County. …

WDBJ 7 – Teen Green works to improve sustainability in Rockbridge County

Using a grant from the EPA, Boxerwood hired 13 teens from Buena Vista to see what they could do to help the environment. These teens formed the Green Team, who are conducting audits on local businesses, non-profits, and churches to help them save money or water, electric, and give recommendations to their clients to become more environmentally friendly. Learn more from …