About Us

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.

Iris Garden

In mid to late Spring the famous Price Iris garden comes to full bloom! Come check us out!

Community Outreach

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.

Travel Camps

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.

Board Members

Honorary Board Member
Donna Douglas – Founder, Hawks Ridge Retreat, Floyd, VA

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.