Nature Center


Sunday: Closed

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 9 - 1

Thursday: 2-5

Friday: 9 -1 

Saturday: 9 - 1 

If you want to visit with a group larger than 10 people, please email at least one week in advance

For information on field trips, click here

For information about birthday Parties,
click here

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.


Our Exhibits

We feature a wide range of exhibits, including: live reptiles and fish, taxidermy specimens, a nature – themed library, a seasonal observation honeybee hive, chocolate and our global connections,  as well as our AR sandbox and a host of age – appropriate games and puzzles.

Community Reviews

“Truly a hidden treasure in DT Blacksburg. Kids of all ages can enjoy nature year round and learn more about it as they play, from Dr. Mike and from student volunteers. What a wonderful point of cooperation between the SEEDS organization, Blacksburg Parks and Recreation, and VT Biological Sciences and Outreach. The children of the RRV are lucky beneficiaries from this team’s work.” -Elisabeth Grunert

“Went to visit the center with my family last weekend – and we are still talking about it! It is such a nice place for both children and parents. Thank you.” – Line Have Musaeus

“My wife and toddler had an enjoyable time today. there are lots of activities for all ages: toddler sand table, taxidermy animals, fish, books, toys, games. One of the volunteers was very engaging and made a point to help our toddler feel at home…” – Frank Polly

“What a great way to spend a snow day!! Thanks so much. My four children visited today ages 2 to 11 and had a great time. they got up close and personal with a couple snakes, checked out some animal tracks outside, studied up on some geology, dug into puzzles, spent time at the sand table, and so much more. Thank you Mike and Hailey for a great morning!” – Marsha Coggins

“fun and educational. Best combination you can ask for with 4 kids. Thank you to Dr. Mike and staff!” – Amanda Brooke Abate

“Great job by mike and others to bring this to the community in such a classic way…” – Jack A Cranford