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
Inspires kids’ love for learning. Operated by SEEDS at Blacksburg’s historic Price House and gardens. 107 Wharton St. SE. Rain or shine…nature discovery right in town. It’s a museum and more for children and the young at heart!
SEEDS runs and funds the nature center in cooperation with the Town of Blacksburg Parks and Recreation and the Virginia Tech Department of Biological Sciences Outreach Program.
In mid to late Spring the famous Price Iris garden comes to full bloom! Come check us out!
The SEEDS – Blacksburg Nature Center allows SEEDS teachers, interns, and college service learning students the opportunity to work on independent projects, class projects, and field studies with the organization. A goal is to do inspiring work that benefits the community.
Through the VT Department of Biological Sciences Outreach Program (VT SOuP), we offer nature-themed teaching kits, on loan to local teachers, and work with schools and home schooling groups on providing supplemental curriculum for your inquisitive students.
Summer Field Camps
Since 1995, SEEDS has taught week-long summer day camps and programs. We explore cool places and discover the region's ecological and cultural value and have lots of fun! Co-ed Sessions. Full day for 8-10yrs. & 10-14yrs. old.
SEEDS trips are designed to give older youth experience in new environments and cultures. Past trips have been to Florida, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Maine, and California.
- Mike Rosenzweig – CFO, Director, Blacksburg VA
- Seema Dalal – Blacksburg VA
- Victoria Corbin –Board Member, Blacksburg VA
- Jackie Brown, Christiansburg VA
- Phyllis Leary Newbill– Board Member, Newport VA
- Ryan Mowery – SEEDS Camp Alumnus Board Member, Blacksburg VA
- Robin Scully Boucher – Treasurer, Blacksburg VA
- Anna Spillen– Board Member, Denver CO
- Susan Whitehead, Board Member, Blacksburg VA
Honorary Board Member
Donna Douglas – Founder, Hawks Ridge Retreat, Floyd, VA
Affiliations & Links
- Appalachian Trail Conservancy
- Blacksburg New School
- Blacksburg Farmers Market
- Blacksburg Parks and Recreation
- Chesapeake Bay Program
- Children’s Nest School
- The Campus Emporium Thanks for the hats, sweatshirts, and all your support.
- The Community Foundation of the New River Valley
- Downtown Blacksburg
- Environmental Coalition at Virginia Tech
- Educational Foundation of America
- Glade Road Growing – Blacksburg VA
- Greenstar Farm
- Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory
- Hawks Ridge Retreat, Floyd
- Kids’ Tech University
- The Lyric – Blacksburg’s Community Theater
- Loco Arts , Newport VA
- The Mayapple School, Newport VA
- Marine Life Center – Juno Beach, FL
- Mike Jabbur Ceramics
- Mine, Me, and Us Montessori School
- Montgomery County Public Schools
- Natural History of Schoolyards, Backyards, and Parks (“MINTS” book pdf)
- Nature Net
- New River Animal Shelters Online
- New River Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists
- Natural History of Schoolyards, Backyards,
- New River Land Trust
- Phoenix Hardwoods, Floyd VA
- Roanoke Outside
- Satori School, Tucson Arizona
- Service Learning (VT Engage) at Virginia Tech
- Sustainable Blacksburg
- YMCA at Va Tech
- Virginia Herpetological Society
- VA Tech Biological Sciences Outreach Program – “Bio SOuP”
- VA Tech Geological Sciences Outreach Program – “Stone Soup”
- Virginia Maple Syrup Trail
- Virginia Water Resources Research Center at VA Tech
- Woods Hole Hostel and Mountain Retreat
- Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley
Partners Past and Present
- Dorothy Birch, Dowell MD
- Dean Crane, Blacksburg VA
- Courtney Grohs, Christiansburg VA
- Jake Grohs, Christiansburg VA
- Vicki Nichols Goldstein, Boulder CO
- Mark Harpin, Mt. View CA
- Bruce Parker, Blacksburg VA
- Christine Parker, Blacksburg VA
- Llyn Sharp, Blacksburg VA
- Marc Stern, Blacksburg VA
- Melissa West, Newport VA
SEEDS Annual Budget (pdf)
SEEDS Annual 990 Tax Return (pdf)
SEEDS is a 501(c)(3) charitable not-for-profit community youth education organization. Your donations are tax deductible. Our FIN # is 541782139.