Hands-on, out-of-classroom learning adds educational options and greatly enhances comprehension. Virginia's widespread and numerous state parks are ideal settings for such learning, and the system’s SOL-referenced Your Backyard Classrooms program offers an easy, fun and exciting ways for teachers to help students learn about the natural world.
The Virginia’s State Parks… Your Backyard Classrooms guide is a set of K-12 science and social studies activities tailored to the parks. There are three editions: Chesapeake, Mountain and Piedmont. Each contains activities directly related to the natural environment in the region.
DCR, which manages Virginia’s state parks, distributes Your Backyard Classrooms during on-site workshops conducted by park staff. At workshops, instructors learn to use the guide to cover lessons suitable for students’ interests and abilities. Teachers also get to know friendly, professional park staffers, the park and its resources.
Teachers interested in Virginia State Parks… Your Backyard Classrooms should contact the state park nearest their school to set up a workshop. Click here for a map of Virginia’s state parks.