May 24, 2016
We haven't yet visited Gulf Branch Nature Center but we plan to do so on June 12th, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the nature center. The center will host a birthday party on that day during the afternoon. The Central Library's current exhibit is of the nature center. When we visited the library last weekend I took several photos of the exhibit which I share below. Coincidentally, while keeping a recent appointment I read an article about the origins of Gulf Branch in the May/June 2016 issue of Arlington Magazine.
The wildlife preserve was a country house known as "White Pines" between 1937 and 1944. In 1966, its second owner sold the property to Arlington County and in 1963 the county matched federal funds to purchase additional land to expand the conservation area to 40 acres. I am looking forward to our visit this nature center next month.
Interested in nature centers? Read about our walk in Potomac Overlook Regional Park.