For the past three years, the New River Land Trust has invited Blacksburg youth to explore streams, learn local history, and evaluate water quality right here in our community. Through a partnership with the Town of Blacksburg, the NRLT annually arranges for fourth graders from all Blacksburg Elementary schools to visit local conservation easements and participate in field experiences highlighting watershed education, water quality, and local history.
Students spend a morning outdoors, where they have valuable hands-on opportunities to practice as scientists, adventurers, and historians in the field. Activities include: a discussion with a local historian, a discussion with a stormwater engineer that includes a water filter building activity, and sampling benthic macroinvertebrates in a local stream to learn about water quality. By partnering with the Town of Blacksburg to offer these field trips, we can work together to ensure that all of Blacksburg’s fourth graders have a hands on opportunity to learn about our watersheds and stream health.
We are always looking for volunteers to assist with our Stream Field Trips. If you are interested in volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can get involved.