Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is proud to present our Non-Profit Member of the Month for February 2016-SEEDS Nature Center.
SEEDS – Blacksburg Nature Center
Located at Blacksburg’s historic Price House, 107 Wharton St. SE
It’s 9 in the morning when the volunteers get into the Nature center. Julian and Hailey rush to put up the “OPEN” sign on the front of the building and to take the covers off of our exhibits. The cloth covers prevent the light from degrading the insects. Julian is the intern and is responsible for animal care during the week and for making sure everything goes smoothly. He got involved with SEEDS after having Dr. Mike as a professor freshman year. Hailey is an avid wildlife researcher who got involved with SEEDS to learn more about environmental education and teaching kids.
When the first visitors start showing up, the volunteers are eager to engage with the kids, showing them a variety of live snakes, turtles, fish, and lizards, most being native to Virginia. Playful exploration and curiosity are encouraged at the nature center. Throughout the rest of the day other volunteers start showing up. Kelly, a Blacksburg native, got involved with the Nature center because her siblings attended camp when they were younger. JoHannah, a high school senior, originally got involved with SEEDS to fulfill volunteering requirement for a school project and after seeing the importance of teaching children about the natural worlds has been with the Saturday crew ever since.
Discovery Learning for Everyone
Founded in 1995, SEEDS has a mission to inspire a natural curiosity and love for the environment in children and the young at heart through discovery learning, nature education, teacher support, and civic awareness.
SEEDS – Blacksburg Nature Center located at Blacksburg’s historic Price House and gardens. Rain or shine…nature discovery right in town. It’s a museum and more for children and the young at heart!
…and by appointment for special visits & field trips.