Jerome Buddie Ford Nature Center Announces Spring Programs

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For Immediate Release: May 17, 2018

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities' Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center,  5750 Sanger Ave., is offering several new and exciting programs in May and June! The Center offers a variety of programs and events throughout the year for both children and adults. Admission is free and no pre-registration is required!

Expand your knowledge with the Nature Center and learn how you can make a difference in our environment by following just a few simple steps. Have you ever thought about where your food comes from? Representatives from MOM’s organic market will help you make informed decisions while grocery shopping that will help the environment! In our guided film series, attendees will be able engage with film makers and local professionals about successful environmental conservation stories and tips on how you can make a difference. Take advantage of these free opportunities:

  • Protecting the Environment by Shopping Sustainably
    Thursday, May 17 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center,  5750 Sanger Ave.
    Did you know that local, natural, and organic products along with informed decision making can contribute to the health of the environment? Team members from MOM’s Organic Market in Alexandria will discuss the reasons behind the company’s environmental stewardship and product selection and help participants understand the benefits of shopping sustainably.
  • Add One Back – Film Screening and Q&A
    Saturday, May 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St.
    Learn the story of why one vegetarian decides to add aquaculture oysters to his diet. The foundation of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, oyster populations total less than one percent of historic numbers. Aquaculture oysters play an important role in filtering the Bay’s nutrient, sediment, and pollution. Supporting this unique local industry and its commitment to Chesapeake conservation became a no-brainer! Q&A with film maker, Sam Sheline, will follow the screening.
  • Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home- Film Screening and Q&A
    Sunday, June 3 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
    Chinquapin Park Recreation Center and Aquatics Facility, 3210 King St.
    Learn about the benefits of native plants through the stories of several hometown habitat heroes. This film will answer questions about how to start native plant gardens, how to maintain their beauty, and why these spaces are important for our native wildlife. Q&A and Discussion with local professionals in the field will follow the screening.

Children are welcome to attend with accompanying parents/guardians. For additional information view the Program Flyer or contact MJ Jarrar at 703.746.5559, or visit

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, email or call 703.746.5559, Virginia Relay 711.