Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center
Welcome, Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center!

Welcome to the Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center (“FoGBNC”) web site.  FoGBNC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance, through public and private resources, support for the Gulf Branch Nature Center in Arlington, Virginia.  

For First-Time Visitors

Please take time to explore and familiarize yourself with our organization through our web site.  You will discover a variety of ways to help this special nature center.  You can become a Friend of Gulf Branch Nature Center through your tax-deductible donation, volunteer to remove invasive plants, or encourage friends and family to visit the animals and unique exhibits at the nature center or take part in fun, educational programs! 

         About Us -- Information regarding the goals and history of this organization.

         News and Events -- News about our ongoing fundraising projects and recent or upcoming events at the nature center.  

         Resources -- A variety of links to relevant web sites, including the informal Friends group on Facebook.

         Birthday Parties -- Information about having your child's birthday party at Gulf Branch Nature Center.  

How to Keep Up To Date with FoGBNC

  •   Click here and add yourself to the FoGBNC listserv, hosted by Yahoo Groups.
  •   Regularly check this web site. 
  •   Visit Gulf Branch Nature Center!  For those new to the area, here's a map so you can find us.
  •   Like our facebook page:


Make a Difference -- Join or Donate Today!

Help us preserve and improve Gulf Branch by becoming a member through your tax-deductible donation.  Just fill out ourmembership application and mail it -- along with your check -- to the following address.      

Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center
3608 N. Military Road
Arlington, VA  22207

Upgrade of Native American Room


Sponsored by: Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center (FoGBNC), a 501 (c) 3 organization.


Most of our members are familiar with the Native American exhibit at Gulf Branch, especially the dugout canoe which has hosted many young ‘paddlers’.  What they may not know is that Gulf Branch is one of only two facilities in Northern Virginia that are included in The Virginia Indian Heritage Trail, published by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.


The present exhibit features a nice collection of artifacts, some original along with replicas, designed and contributed by Scott Silsby and others.  However, the exhibit space is in need of an update, and the Friends of Gulf Branch has engaged an expert design firm, Howard & Revis, to develop a concept plan for the upgrade of the room.  We expect the concept plan to be presented this month (December 2013), and once it has been reviewed and approved by Arlington County staff and the FoGBNC Board, the design/build phase will begin.  We estimate that the upgrade will cost up to $100,000 plus/minus 10%.  FoGBNC is paying for the concept plan, and will make a substantial contribution for the design/build phase.  We will seek contributions from our members and other interested parties for the balance.


We are fortunate to have already received several generous donations for the upgrade this month.  While ‘formal’ fundraising will not begin until the New Year, if you are inclined and able, you may wish to make a tax-deductible contribution for 2013.  FoGBNC is a 501 (c) 3 organization. 


Contributions may be sent to: Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center

                                                        3608 Military Road

                                                        Arlington, VA 22207


An acknowledgement and a receipt will be provided for tax purposes.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the FoGBNC Treasurer, Burt Bostwick at

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