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    The Nature Zone

    825 Kemper St. • Lynchburg, VA 24501
    Tel: (434) 455-5858 • Fax (434) 528-2794

    Touch a turtle…feed a toad…see a snake…or just take in the “wild” sights of The Nature Zone. There’s a world of fun and excitement for all ages! Spark your imagination by building a tower made from natural wood blocks, challenge your brain with an animal puzzle, or sit down with a good interactive nature story book at our Discovery Zone corner! Delve into the mysteries of nature using all of your senses at the Exploration Station, home of the famous “Mystery Boxes”. Or leisurely browse our extensive collection of animal mounts, featuring local birds, snakes, insects and a few exotic visitors.
    Have questions about local wildlife? Our friendly and knowledgeable naturalist staff is happy to help you, and you’re also invited to make use of our extensive library of nature publications and artifacts. Of course, no visit to The Nature Zone would be complete without meeting some of the fascinating live education animals that make their home here, including a variety of local and exotic snakes, turtles, frogs and mammals. Looking for a unique gift for that certain someone? Check out the t-shirts, books, and “critters” in our gift shop. And make sure to visit the Kemper Street extension of the Blackwater Creek bikeway, located right next to The Nature Zone…it’s your connection to the most beautiful trail system in Central Virginia. Read Nature Notes to get information on a new topic each month!

    We also offer some fantastic Naturalist classes and camps - check them out!

    Children (ages 2-17) - $1
    Adults (ages 18-49) - $2
    Seniors (ages 50 and up) - $1
    Annual Family Pass - $30
    Day Hours Open
    Wednesday 3pm - dusk
    Friday 12pm - 6pm
    Saturday 10am - 4pm

    RecQuest/Naturalist Programs for Groups

    Trained naturalists offer a number of programs for groups. We offer SOL and grade specific programs for schools, or we can design a special program just for your group. Topics for groups range from the celestial (Star Celebration), to the small (Tiny Wonders: The Story of Insects), with a special focus on local resources. Check out our RecQuest offerings as well! Call (434) 455-5828 or email for more information.

    Get Involved

    Volunteers are a special group of people who make a positive difference, and The Nature Zone offers volunteer opportunities year round. Whether you like clearing trails or greeting visitors, we can find a job for you.

    • Partners in Education Program
    • Adopt-A-Trail
    • Parent & Child Animal Feeding
    • Teen Naturalist Club
    • Nature Center Tour Guide
    To get started as a Nature Zone volunteer, call (434) 455-5858.

    Birthday Parties

    Looking for a great place to hold your child's birthday party? We offer dinosaur safaris, animal safaris, and canoe adventure parties for children from pre-school on up, so check out our birthday party page for the most fun in town!

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