Virginia Naturally provides citizens and educators with a virtual library, where learning about Virginia’s environment is just a click away. This is your gateway to statewide environmental education resources including information about volunteer opportunities, educational classes, places to visit, community events, watershed maps, lesson plans, and recreational activities, to name a few.
Public and private organizations and agencies dedicated to linking people to Virginia’s natural and historic resources are the heart of this initiative. Using cutting-edge technology, this partnership provides a vast range of factual information and educational resources -- programs, publications, events, classes, and other services for adults and young people.
Public and private organizations that provide educational services to youth and adults can support the initiative by becoming Virginia Naturally partners. Partners are part of a statewide network working to build knowledge and skills in all Virginians and an appreciation for life-long learning and personal responsibility to conservation. There is a Virginia Naturally Calendar of Events that is available to advertise programs, activities, and events.
Register a new organization to be a Virginia Naturally Partner, update your organization’s contact information, or as a citizen to receive correspondence from Virginia Naturally. It's quick, easy and FREE!
Virginia Naturally established a partnership program for businesses and organizations that have environmental components or missions as part of their programs. At the end of 2010 the Virginia Office of Environmental Education reported that there are over 900 Virginia Naturally Partners.
In 2000, Virginia Naturally was designated as the official environmental education program of the Commonwealth. During his State of the Commonwealth address on January 12, 2000, former Governor Jim Gilmore launched a statewide initiative to promote lifelong learning about Virginia’s environment and stewardship of the Commonwealth's natural and historic resources. House Joint Resolution 301 and Senate Joint Resolution 175 in the 2000 Virginia General Assembly designate the program as the Commonwealth’s official environmental education initiative. Secretary of Natural Resources John Paul Woodley, Jr., announced Virginia Naturally 2000 in January. Virginia Resource Use Education Council (VRUEC) is the advisory board for the program.