Boxerwood Nature Center
& Woodland Garden

A Virginia Center For Environmental Education Excellence

Open daily for self tours from Dawn to Dusk 963 Ross Road, Lexington VA
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Mission of Boxerwood

 

To educate and inspire people of all ages to become successful stewards of the Earth.

 

Goals

 

.  To develop and administer year-round activities, presentations, exhibits and special events designed to encourage a closer relationship with one's self and nature; create an awareness of the beauty, diversity, complexity, fragility, and interdependance of nature's systems; and teach skills and behaviors needed to be effective stewards of the Earth.

.  To demonstrate environmental stewardship in the care and use of our land in order to preserve and maintain the various natural communities, habitats and the woodland garden.

 

We are both a Nature Center & a Woodland Garden

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The woodlands, wetlands, meadow, and pioneer forest form a nature center focused on environmental education. Our staff has developed a full range of experience-based programs for students, teachers, and the community, both on site and off.  We currently serve Pre-K through 7th grade in Buena Vista, Lexington, and Rockridge County. Being in the delicate  Chesapeake Bay watershed, many of our programs concern watershed protection. Boxerwood also conducts summer programs and special events that highlight our unique site.   

 

You may wish to explore on your own.  Examine our rain gardens, take a look at NEWTS (our on-site waste treatment facility), take a walk down our Birding trail, wash your hands in water heated in our new solar hot water heating structure, or use our self guided maps to explore the entire garden and all its facets. 

Boxerwood has a mature collection of rare and native trees and shrubs located throughout the Gardens . We have over 2,000 cultivars and 4,000 native trees and shrubs with significant collections of Dwarf Conifers, Magnolias, Dogwoods, Rhododendrons & Azaleas, and Japanese Maples.  love rocksOur garden continues to evolve. Beauty, whimsy, decay and renewal, whimsy, food for wildlife, -- all have their place here. Before you come, take a "virtual walk."

 

The Boxerwood Education Association

The Boxerwood Education Association (BEA) is the non-profit organization founded in 2000 which oversees the operation and activities of the Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Gardens.  The BEA includes an active Board of Trustees, paid staff members, Friends of Boxerwood, and dedicated volunteers.   Read our current financial report.

 

Praise for our Programs

Washington & Lee's ODK - James Leyburn Award for community service, Spring 2013.

Rockbridge Area Conservation Council Annual Sustainability Award  “in recognition and honor of leadership in environmental sustainability for creating educational programs, woodland gardens and a nature center inspiring people of all ages toward becoming responsible stewards of the Earth.

Letter from State Legislators, EarthArt Festival: BEA’s “continuum of rigorous and relevant learning through place-based environmental education ...”

Virginia Environmental Stewardship Award - "winner in the Educational Category - for outstanding contributions in the protection and enhancement of Virginia's natural resources..."

Rockbridge Area Conservation Council Land Use Award "in recognition and appreciation of [Boxerwood's] vision and tireless efforts in the research, design, funding, and construction of N.E.W.T.S, [a] wastewater treatment system based on natural biological processes and for the inspirational incorporation of that design into Boxerwood's teaching mission creating a community model of innovative and affordable techniques for enhancing water quality and practicing responsible environmental stewardship"

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Valley Regional Office: “an amazing job planning educational field days consistent with the Virginia Standards of Learning, that are incredibly well organized and coordinated.”

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) BWET competetive grant recipient


 

Our Partners
American Horticultural Society - Members of Boxerwood are eligible for free entrance to hundreds of AHS gardens through the Reciprocal Admissions Program, with a Boxerwood Membership Card. 
American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta - Members of Boxerwood are eligible for free entrance to hundreds of gardens through the Reciprocal Admissions Program, with a Boxerwood Membership Card. 
Buena Vista Schools - Lexington Schools - Rockbridge County Schools - Area preschools -- Students participate in our education programs either at their schools, at Boxerwood, or at local streams - Preschool through grade six.
Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program
Chesapeake Bay Foundation - enables our annual trip to the Bay with area 7th graders.
Dan River Plant Propagation Lab - Japanese maple propagation project
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline -- has held summer camp at Boxerwood
Lexington Mom's Club
Lexington Visitors' Center
Natural Bridge Soil & Water Conservation District - volunteers in water quaility activities of our education program
Powering People - contributed our solar hot water heating stucture
Project Horizon -- has held summer camp day at Boxerwood
Rockbridge County 4-H - provided our education program with an instructor.
Rockbridge Bird Club
Rockbridge Area Conservation Council
Rockbridge County School Foundation - has provided funds to county schools to defray the cost of Boxerwood visits.
Rockbridge Master Naturalists - Boxerwood is the site for Naturalist meeting and projects; our staff have taken Master Naturalist certification courses; and some of our staff serve on the MN board.
Rockbridge Master Gardeners - volunteer regularly in the garden
Rockbridge SPCA & Rockbridge County Recycling ----- participate annually in our Fall Family Festival
Virginia Native Plant Society
Virginia Military Institute - Cadets volunteer in the garden
VA Save Our Streams
Valley of Virginia Herb Guild
Washington & Lee University - Students teach in our education programs as volunteers or as part of their coursework in the Education and Environmental Education Programs.  Also, through the various organizations, students volunteer in the garden.
Yellow Brick Road --has held summer camp at Boxerwood

Our Partners and Friends

American Horticultural Society - Members of Boxerwood are eligible for free entrance to hundreds of AHS gardens through the Reciprocal Admissions Program, with a Boxerwood Membership Card. 

American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta - Members of Boxerwood are eligible for free entrance to hundreds of gardens through the Reciprocal Admissions Program, with a Boxerwood Membership Card. 

Buena Vista Schools - Lexington Schools - Rockbridge County Schools - Area preschools -- Students participate in our education programs either at their schools, at Boxerwood, or at local streams - Preschool through grade six.

Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program

Chesapeake Bay Foundation - enables our annual trip to the Bay with area 7th graders.

Dan River Plant Propagation Lab - Japanese maple propagation project

Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline -- has held summer camp at Boxerwood

Lexington Mom's Club

Lexington Visitors' Center

Natural Bridge Soil & Water Conservation District - volunteers in water quaility activities of our education program

Powering People - contributed our solar hot water heating stucture

Project Horizon -- has held summer camp day at Boxerwood

Rockbridge County 4-H - provided our education program with an instructor.

Rockbridge Bird Club

Rockbridge Area Conservation Council

Rockbridge County School Foundation - has provided funds to county schools to defray the cost of Boxerwood visits.

Rockbridge Master Naturalists - Boxerwood is the site for Naturalist meeting and projects; our staff have taken Master Naturalist certification courses; and some of our staff serve on the MN board.

Rockbridge Master Gardeners - volunteer regularly in the garden

Rockbridge SPCA & Rockbridge County Recycling ----- participate annually in our Fall Family Festival

Virginia Native Plant Society

Virginia Military Institute - Cadets volunteer in the garden

VA Save Our Streams

Valley of Virginia Herb Guild

Washington & Lee University - Students teach in our education programs as volunteers or as part of their coursework in the Education and Environmental Education Programs.  Also, through the various organizations, students volunteer in the garden.

Yellow Brick Road --has held summer camp at Boxerwood