New River Land Trust Nature Play Space

Our Nature Play Space is nestled in an enchanting corner of the Town of Blacksburg’s Heritage Park. Look for the welcomiimage of boy playing at the Nature Play Spaceng arbor entrance leading to an inviting meeting space made of boulders and logs. Interpretive signs at the play space and throughout Heritage Park encourage families to play. A pollinator garden and birdhouses attract many animals and beneficial insects to investigate.

Other features:

  • handmade eastern cedar benches
  • A child-sized birdhouse decorated with art by George Wills
  • A nature play inspiration box
  • Multiple nest boxes for birds
  • An insect hotel for pollinators
  • Sand box
The new child-sized birdhouse with art by George Wills

Nature play includes digging in the dirt, cloud watching, tree climbing, catching bugs, wading—it’s unstructured free time outside.

Nature play stimulates all of the senses and promotes every aspect of healthy child development—physical, cognitive, creative, social/emotional and spiritual.

We host our seasonal, free Outdoor Family Classes in the Nature Play Space. We encourage families from the New River Valley to visit and play any time.

You can access the play space via the Glade Road entrance of Heritage Park, at 2300 Glade Road in Blacksburg, VA.