About Selu Conservancy

Photograph of the Selu Barn and Observatory

Radford University’s Selu Conservancy is located just minutes from campus on 380 acres along the Little River. Beautiful views, abundant trails, an impressive retreat center and a river-front boathouse provide an ideal environment for corporate meetings, family reunions, school outings or for other groups seeking an off-the-beaten-path retreat.

The Selu facility offers community groups a place for a comfortable dinner or larger meeting or reception with full catering services.  Funded by a $500,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation and other private donors, this heated and air-conditioned 5,100-square-foot facility offers year round accommodations for various programs and activities.

Selu is used as an outdoor classroom for Radford University students. The “Barn” houses a science lab for field work on the lower level, a multi-purpose room on the main floor, and the attached silo is home of an observatory for astronomy classes and research.

The Farm at Selu Conservancy features a farmhouse typical of the 1930's time period. It also features original and restored outbuildings used by a farm family of that era. The Appalachian Studies Program interprets farm and home life for students, public and private schools in the region, and community residents.  Traditional folkways, folk architecture, and oral history of the region are all part of the offerings at The Farm at Selu.