Winkler Botanical Preserve

Welcome to the Winkler Botanical Preserve.  A private 44-acre green oasis in the middle of the Mark Center.   Created by the Winkler family's Catherine Winkler Herman and her daughter Tori Thomas and the Winkler Foundation in 1981 as a way to protect this unique and special area during the development of the Mark Center.  This private preserve is open to the public and is used as a teaching resource for the city of Alexandria schools.  A wonderful amenity situated right in the heart of the Mark Center.

Multiple trails, streams, lake, and waterfall along with a private lodge (The Catherine Lodge) surrounded by woods and native plants make this a great green escape from the surrounding urban community.


The Park can be accessed through the parking lot at the end of Roanoake Aven.  Limited spots are available.

Winkler Botanical Preserve

Address:  5400 Roanoke Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22304

Telephone: 703-578-7888

Hours:  8:30am to 4:00pm. Closed on Major Holidays.

No Public Facilities available

Please note No pets, bikes, picnicking, or collecting of plants or animals.  Reservations required for weekend programs  Call ahead for times and prices.

The park is operated by the Winkler Botanical Preserve and is not managed or operated by the Mark Center.   This is a courtesy website on their behalf.

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