Boxerwood Newsleaf February 2019

News & Updates: 

  • Boxerwood’s in-school programs are in full swing
  • Boxerwood Warriors
  • Stewardship Stroll Update

Events & Programs: 

  • Birding at Boxerwood
  • Acornucopia: Four Course Nut Taste & Tell
  • Disaster/Travel/Wilderness First Aid
  • Boxerwood Summer Camp

Spotlight(A new section devoted to member benefits and interests)Reciprocity with the American Horticultural Society – Boxerwood membership entitles you to benefits such as free admission and special discounts at hundreds of gardens, arboreta, and other cultural sites across North America

—— News & Updates —–

Wake-up Chuck !

This fun, innovative program introduces children to animal behavior in the winter – hibernation, migration, and adaption. Boxerwood’s educators, Jess and Hannah, bring their friends, Chatter the squirrel and Chuck the groundhog, to schools as part of a multisensory program which includes puppets, books, and hands-on games and activities.

Trout in the Classroom Continues

Geared to 4th grade and middle school, this program began in Oct. with the delivery of trout eggs (from Trout Unlimited) to be raised in the classroom, and will conclude in the spring with the release of the trout.(Photo: trout eggs to be delivered to classrooms)

FLOW Program

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The FLOW program continues its seasonal rhythm programs with “Winter” activities.

Rockbridge YMCA’s Fairfield after school program

Jess, one of Boxerwood’s amazing educators, conducted an afternoon program of fun-filled learning about our natural environment, including discussion, exploration, and making bird feeders.

Stewardship Stroll: First Two Interpretive Signs Installed!

The Stewardship Stroll in development at Boxerwood, designed as an integrated system of educational “hotspots,” will consist of ten outdoor learning stations when complete. We thank Devils Backbone and Natural Bridge Soil and Water Conservation District for their sponsorship of this project, and also Susan and John Meister for facilitating construction and installation of the signs.

Boxerwood Warriors:
The Warriors were at it again!

The Warrior Crew installed much-needed storage shelving in our barn. Thank you to Mike, Fritz, Jim, and Lowe’s for their generous donation! We are grateful for this project and the the many other projects completed by our Warriors!

—-Events & Programs—-

Acornucopia: Four Course Nut Taste and Tell
Sat., Feb 16 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Registration: $25 (includes $10 voucher for Acorncopia oils, flour, and other products available at the event).

Bill Whipple, West Virginia farmer, author of the Acornucopia Project blog, and perennial agriculture activist, will be at Boxerwood to provide an exclusive look…and taste!… into the amazing world of nut trees. Learn More – Register

MEDIC SOLODisaster – Travel – Wilderness First Aid Course: Casual Hikers, Rural Living, Urban Disaster& more
Sat./Sun. – March 2 & 38:30am – 6:30pm each day

MEDIC SOLO Disaster+Wilderness Medical School and Walkabout Outfitter return to Boxerwood, bringing one of our planet’s most in-depth, intellectually stimulating, hands-on 2-day first aid courses. The class empowers graduates with care-giving competence and confidence to save life and limb during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance or hospital arrival.

MEDIC SOLO and Walkabout Outfitter will donate 10% of course proceeds to Boxerwood.
NO previous first aid training required. Learn from scratch or recertify your WFA, AWFA, WFR or W-EMT
Info & On-Line Registration at:

Birding at Boxerwood
Sat., March 16 8:00am – 10:00am

Observe birds and bird behavior as you walk through Boxerwood led by knowledgeable Rockbridge Bird Clubmembers. Beginning in Boxerwood’s parking lot, the group will stroll natural paths on easy-to-moderate terrain, and receive a pocket list of over 90 species that live or migrate through our varied bird-friendly habitats throughout the seasons. For more information, contact Wendy Richards (
Learn More – Register

Boxerwood Summer Camps

Summer camp inquiries are coming in! We are firming up our schedule.Watch for a separate email with camp information, dates, and links to registration.


The American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP) has added new gardens for 2019

–AND Your Boxerwood Membership Entitles You to Benefits!!

For those who travel, and/or visit family and friends in other areas, be sure to visit the RAP site before you go! A great example is the Dallas Arboretum (photo)

“Now, when we vacation or travel to see family and friends, we also may benefit from discounts when we visit gardens with our Boxerwood Membership card” 
-Helen Laitinen

The American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP) comprises more than 320 gardens, arboreta, and other cultural sites.RAP began in 1990 to encourage visitation to the wealth of gardens, arboreta, and other cultural sites across North America, located in 48 states, Canada, and the Caribbean. A current membership card from the AHS or any of the participating sites, entitles you to benefits such as free admission and special discounts.

Click here for a complete list of participating sites for 2019, and the specific benefits that each of these sites offers to AHS members and members or see a state-by-state directory here.

P.S. If you haven’t made a contribution to our annual appeal yet, there is still time! Follow the link below…

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