Thursday, November 3, 2022


* NOV. 1, 2022 to APRIL 30, 2023


Eyeball a trio of colorful box turtles, a duo of lanky ratsnakes, and other beautiful beasts at Brookside Nature Center while enjoying some amazing print images of other beasts and birds by award-winning photographer and certified Virginia Master Naturalist Barbara Saffir. Eleven of her photos are on display from Nov. 1 to April 30 as part of Brookside's new program to exhibit work by local artists and photographers. Brookside Nature Center is adjacent to acclaimed Brookside Gardens in Wheaton Regional Park. 

Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, MD, 301-962-1480.
Open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and weekends, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

Wildlife Photographer Barbara Saffir

Monday, September 12, 2022

Monday, June 27, 2022


Summer's Bounty: Birds, Blooms, Beasts, & Babies -- When and where to spot them in the Mid-Atlantic

Discover when and where to find some of the Mid-Atlantic's summer nature bounty, including electric-blue birds atop crayon-yellow sunflowers; itsy-bitsy green treefrogs with racing stripes and sticky toes; bedazzling bugs; backyard squirrels that “fly;” and a sea of native lotus blossoms, worthy of Monet.

7/14, 7 p.m. : AUDUBON NATURALIST SOCIETY (Zoom. Registration required. $10 benefits ANS.)


Nature and Wildlife Photography: How to Hunt with Your Camera

Wildlife photographer and Virginia Master Naturalist Barbara Saffir will show her stunning wildlife photographs and talk about how you can learn to capture amazing shots with your camera in the DMV.

8/2, 6:30-7:30: CHANTILLY REGIONAL LIBRARY (In person. No pre-registration required. Free.)

Monday, March 21, 2022


Please join wildlife photography safari leader and Virginia Master Naturalist, Barbara Saffir, to learn how to stalk your best wildlife photos at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.  After a brief talk inside the visitor center, we’ll hike around Jug Bay to photograph birds, blooms, & beasts. Along the way, we’ll discuss some technical camera tips as well as tips for planning and executing your most productive — and fun — wildlife photography safaris. Learn what to wear, what to bring, what to do in advance, and methods to get the best photos along with some “dos and don’ts.”  All cameras are welcome, including cell phones, but long lenses are best for bird photography. Be prepared to walk 2-3 miles. Ages 16 and up, under 18 with a parent. $10 per person, includes park entrance fee. Current health guidelines and registration required. To register go to Event Calendar and click on the event.
Jun 25, 2022 9:30AM—12:30PM

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Visitor Center 1361 Wrighton Road Lothian, MD 20711

Cost $10 per person (Payable to and benefits Jug Bay.)

Monday, February 28, 2022

Spring Spectacles: When & Where to Find Jaw-Dropping Birds, Blooms & Beasts in the Mid-Atlantic

Tuesday, March 15, 2022: 7 - 8 PM
Speaker: Barbara Saffir; nature photographer, author and Virginia Master Naturalist
Learn when and where to find some of the Mid-Atlantic's most jaw-dropping plant and animal life, with nature photographer and Virginia Master Naturalist Barbara Saffir. In this joyful spring jaunt, she'll reveal wildflowers worthy of Monet; a bounty of beasts; and close-up encounters with cobalt-blue, sunflower-yellow and ruby-red breeding birds that visit the DMV each spring. More than half of this "virtual safari" will focus on birds, with award-winning photographs of migratory and resident birds that capture their cool behaviors. Other animals and wildflowers will also make an appearance. You'll learn about curious critters—such as backyard squirrels that "fly" and dazzling bugs typically overlooked by their human neighbors—and wildflower spectacles, including acres of blush-pink blossoms; pink, yellow, and purple native orchids; and miles of perky bluebells meandering along curving creeks.