CELEBRATE 50 YEARS of The Gulf Branch Nature Center

with two great events this June:

Thursday, June 2, 7:00 p.m.,

a one-hour symposium will be held at the Arlington County Central Library on

“Gulf Branch Nature Center: The Birth and Future of Arlington Parks.”

Three speakers will be featured:

Local author Charlie Clark, on how the creation of Gulf Branch in 1966 in response to the construction of Metro and I-66 sparked the move to protect parkland in Arlington;

Jane Rudolph, director of Arlington County Parks and Recreation Department, who will review the status of park and green space in Arlington, and what they have on the drawing board;

and Peter Harnik, Trust for Public Lands, on creating new parks in heavily urbanized areas.

• Sunday, June 12, from 1:00‒4:00 p.m., a birthday party open to the public will be held at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 North Military Rd., Arlington, VA 22207.

The party will include live music, food and beverages, a special visit (in an antique car) by silent-movie icon Pola Negri (who once lived at the Gulf Branch house), live demonstrations of ironsmithing by the Blacksmith Guild of the Potomac, tours of the nature center’s Native American Room and log cabin, live raptors, and (of course) a birthday cake. This family-friendly event is sure to be a hit with kids!

These events are being sponsored with the assistance of the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Arlington County Central Library.


Birthday Parties

We’d love to help you host your child’s birthday party at Gulf Branch Nature Center!

More information on our birthday party page

Visit the

Nature Center

Hours of Operation

Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Check their web site for more details.


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.

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