Gulf Branch Nature Center

Observe nature at Gulf Branch Nature Center! Groups will enjoy a fun learning experience while viewing the nature center’s exhibits, Discovery Room, pollinator garden, animal exhibit room, and more. Favorites at Gulf Branch Nature Center include the dugout canoe, Mr. Owl, and the viewing pond. Naturalists lead the educational programs at the nature center, which focus on topics such as gemology, amphibians, and fish. Be sure to check out the plants native to Arlington featured in the pollinator garden.
 
Contact Info 
Address: 3608 Military Rd., Arlington, VA 22207. Arlington County. Tel: 703-228-3403. Email: friendsofgbnc@gmail.com. Website: parks.arlingtonva.us/locations/gulf-branch-nature-center. Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 1PM-5PM.  
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 30 minutes-1.5 hours. Cost: Fee/Free.

Nature Centers Fun Facts

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. In the United States, we use enough office paper each year to build a 10-foot-high wall that’s 6,815 miles long. That’s more than the distance from New York to Tokyo!

Trees can also clean the soil and air by absorbing harmful pollutants. So what have you done for a tree lately? Nature centers provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and trees, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.

Follow up your trip by planting a tree or proposing a conservation program for your group.