Field Trips to the SEEDS - Blacksburg Nature Center

Location & Hours:

The SEEDS - Blacksburg Nature Center is located at Blacksburg's historic Price House, 107 Wharton St. SE, Blacksburg VA 24060

If you are arriving in a school bus, the driver can drop off your class right in front of the nature center on Wharton St. If the driver approaches from Lee St., then the bus will be in the right direction to drop the kids off at the sidewalk by our gate.

Our regular open hours for field trips are:
Tue 9-12
Wed 9-1
Thu 2-5
Fri 9-1
Sat 9-1

We most likely cannot provide any special programs or interpretation activities outside of our normal operating hours.

Cost

We ask groups to consider a $1 per child contribution that can be paid by cash or check in our donation cube. The nature center is run by Seek Education, Explore, DiScover - SEEDS®, a local non-profit organization. SEEDS funds the entire operation and internships through donations and grants. The town of Blacksburg owns the Price House and grounds. Virginia Tech's Dept. of Biological Sciences funds some of the director's time and provides some of our exhibits.

What to Expect

When you arrive, your class will get an age-appropriate introduction and orientation to the nature center’s exhibits and grounds.
We have two important rules:

  1. Have fun and learn.
  2. Respect the exhibits by not touching fur, feathers, scales, and not tapping on glass.

 

We have a variety of living and taxidermy exhibits that interpret and teach about our wonderful regional wildlife.  We focus on native species, but also have a few examples of common introduced species (like our red-eared slider turtles).

If your group has fewer than 15 kids, then they can all stay together inside at once.  For larger groups, we recommend splitting the group. The groups can then trade off doing inside and outside activities in roughly 30-minute increments.

We have a restroom upstairs.

Typically, class groups stay for about an hour, but you are also welcome to picnic on the grounds.

Summer camp and program season

During our summer season (May 20 - August 15) we are operating with reduced volunteer staff and our teachers are running field camps, so we are not normally available to host field trips during.

Also, during our SEEDlings program we do not have public open hours and the grounds are closed to the public 8:30am - 1pm.