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VIRGINIA NATURALLY

Resources for Schools

Recognition programs

  • Virginia Naturally Schools
     Virginia Naturally schools are recognized for their efforts in environmental education and sustainability.  
  • Green Ribbon Schools
    Virginia participates in the U.S. Department of Education (USED) Green Ribbon Schools program that recognizes schools where staff, students, officials and communities have worked together to produce energy efficient, sustainable and healthy school environments and to ensure the sustainability and environmental literacy of graduates.
  • PLT's GreenSchools
    PLT’s GreenSchools! program, in partnership with the US Forest Service, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, provides a blueprint for educators, students, environmental and health advocates, school board members, parents and interested community members to teach, learn, and engage together in creating a more green and healthy learning environment at their school. It combines environmental education, service learning, and leadership opportunities for students to help turn their school into a model green school.
  • Schoolyard Habitat Program
    The Schoolyard Habitat Program is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Certify your site as a Virginia habitat partner.
  • Eco-Schools USA
    Eco-Schools provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainable principles throughout their schools and curriculum. There are over 120 registered Eco-Schools in Virginia.
    Backyard Conservation and Outdoor Classrooms http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/virginia_naturally/outdoor-classrooms.shtml
  • The information on the Virginia Naturally Backyard Conservation and Outdoor Classrooms page has resources for those wishing to plant native plants and attract wildlife. Outdoor classrooms help to pique the interest of students in the world around them and the importance of wildlife and natural resource conservation.

Resources for improving school grounds or environmental management

  • Outdoor Classrooms
    Resources from Virginia Naturally partners and state agencies. Outdoor classrooms help to peak the interest of students in the world around them and the importance of wildlife and natural resource conservation.
  • PLT's Green Schools
    PLT’s GreenSchools! program, in partnership with the US Forest Service, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, provides a blueprint for educators, students, environmental and health advocates, school board members, parents and interested community members to teach, learn, and engage together in creating a more green and healthy learning environment at their school. It combines environmental education, service learning, and leadership opportunities for students to help turn their school into a model green school.
  • Eco-Schools USA
    Eco-Schools provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainable principles throughout their schools and curriculum. There are over 60 registered Eco-Schools in Virginia.