Outdoor Exploration Backpack Demos

This summer and early fall, our youth outreach coordinator will be at local libraries providing demos of our Outdoor Exploration Backpacks with story time and nature play – including birding and stream exploration. You can check out an Early Birders or Stream Exploration Backpack from libraries across the New River region. Check below for dates and … Read more

Grant Aims to Achieve ‘A Restored and Functioning River System’ in North Fork

The North Fork of the Roanoke River originates between two mountain ridges just inside Roanoke County before flowing through Montgomery County just east of Blacksburg. The river is home to a variety of rare and native species, including the federally endangered Roanoke logperch. Thanks to a second Community Conservation Grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE), … Read more

Rescue Squad Trains on New Trails

No one wants to get injured while out on the trails having fun, but it’s comforting to know that, if needed, the rescuers are prepared. The Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad (BVRS) recently staged a training with a rescue simulation on the new McDonald Hollow Trails on Brush Mountain. In order to get hands-on knowledge of … Read more

Brush Mountain Trails Open to the Public

The McDonald Hollow Trail Network, part of the new Brush Mountain Park, is now open to the public! We are so grateful to the community, our partners, volunteers, and supporters for making this project possible. Construction of a the final trail planned on the property, the Crosscut trail, is underway. Crosscut is being hand-built, so … Read more

Stream Box Delivers Nature Education to Heritage Park

Youth Outreach Coordinator Melissa Henry worked with the Virginia Tech Stream Team to create an educational outreach Stream Box on Tom’s Creek near the Nature Play Space. Inside there are activities, scavenger hunts and tutorials about life in and around the creek. The stream box, a beautifully hand-painted mailbox located near the Nature Play Space at … Read more