Long Branch Nature Center is located in Glencarlyn Park, a 95.5-acre green, forested area with many nature trails, a popular dog park, an amphitheater, kids’ playground, and well-maintained picnic spaces.
The center is a great bird habitat and a popular destination for bird watching. The most commonly seen birds are woodpeckers, warblers, and wood ducks. Picturesque Long Branch stream slowly flows through the woods before it passes by two ponds with thriving frog and turtle population. The valley around the stream provides home to foxes, raccoons, flying squirrels, and salamanders.
The center organizes various exhibits, has a classroom, a kids’ Discovery Room, interpretive gardens, live animal displays, and a viewing pond. There are many fun activities and programs at the center such as campfires, story times, invasive plants cleaning, and much more.
Address: 625 S Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington, Virginia, Phone: 703-228-6535
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