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 Blacksburg’s Heritage Park, is filled with activities and ID guides for people of all ages to learn about Tom’s Creek.
What’s in the box? One activity is designed to help kids observe how different sections of the stream move faster than others by “experimenting” with sticks in the water. Another activity, called “Hear, See, Smell, Touch” asks kids to slowly and carefully make observations about the world around them. Also included are scavenger hunts, a tutorial for how to use the iNaturalist app, basic ID guides for plants, reptiles and amphibians, and macro-invertebrates that are likely to be observed near the stream.