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VIRGINIA NATURALLY

Resources for Students

  • Discover Water
    This is a new interactive site from Project WET that lets kids explore the role of water in their lives.
  • Natural Leaders Network
    This tool kit is a guide for all youth around the world who want to start Natural Leaders action groups or networks. It's like a road map to figure out how to get started and where to go with your work. It offers some cool ideas and gives examples of how you might build your own Network.
  • Kid's Science Challenge
    This is a nationwide competition funded by the National Science Foundation, for 3rd to 6th graders. Kids learn about four fun scientific fields and then submit a question, problem, or experiment to be solved.

    The scientific fields are: flavor science, water quality, skateboard engineering, and the search for life in outer space. Winners will visit and collaborate with the scientists and turn their ideas into a reality - and they'll be featured on Pulse of the Planet radio programs, Kids' Science Challenge video podcasts or Dragonfly TV.
  • Your Environment, Your Choice
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce a new website designed especially for High School students. It provides teens with the information they need to make environmentally sound choices about the products they use, the waste they create, and the environment in which they live. The website encourages teens to reduce, reuse and recycle and become "environmental stewards" by conserving natural resources and saving energy. Useful and teen-friendly tips (e.g., carpool to school, athletic events and shopping to reduce energy consumption and save money) and a host of other resources--environmentally based games and quizzes and information on environmental careers--are included on the website to help teens think and act to reduce their environmental footprints.
  • The Secret Lives of Wild Animals
    Modern technologies like global tracking systems and ultraminiaturized sensors now provide researchers with intimate glimpses of rarely seen behaviors of wild animals.
  • Virginia State Parks Youth Corps
    Recruitment for the Virginia State Parks Youth Corps (VSPYC) will begin the first of the year. In 2006, projects are being planned for three weeks duration. Youth crews will consist of approximately 10 young people, ages 14-17 from diverse backgrounds, and three crew supervisors, college age or older. This team of young people will live in the park in a structured program of work and learning closely supervised by professional park staff and committed adult volunteers. By day, the crews carry out priority park development and maintenance projects, and after hours they take part in planned environmental education, team building, work life or job readiness training and recreational activities.

    The primary purpose of the Virginia State Parks Youth Corps is twofold:
    • It is aimed at youth development, including disadvantaged youth, and
    • It is a cost effective way to raise environmental awareness and strengthen stewardship of Virginia's valuable natural resources, particularly as state budget levels are curtailed. In essence, the program combines work experience, education and life skills development within the framework of environmental and community service.
  • Science Fair topics & ideas focusing on water
    Elementary, Middle and High School projects
  • The Groundwater Foundation
    Educating and motivating people to care for and about groundwater. The site includes activities for teachers and students.
  • Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts
  • Virginia Career VIEW
    This site provides computer software, career exploration materials, posters and a variety of online career exploration and information activities related to Virginia's Standards of Learning.
  • Climate Change for Kids
    Learn about climate change with the help of kid friendly graphics and explanations. There is also a list of things that kids can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • WaterSense Kids