Please check out the calendar of events for a current list of workshops and events.
Water Conservation & Drought Education
Solid Waste Management (Litter and Recycling)
NASA Kids Club – Explore the solar system and outer space with these interactive games. This website would be good for computer centers.
The Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP) has developed these understandable and explainable descriptions of "Environmental Literacy" and "Environmental Education" to make it easier for the field to explain and how these terms are directly connected with people’s lives. Included with the descriptions are examples of what environmental literacy looks like, how EE and educational achievement are linked, EE "done right," and links to additional resources.
This virtual earth-science island, offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), offers site visitors the opportunity to experience several earth-science phenomena while learning about the cutting-edge science that NOAA conducts regularly.
Tox Town helps high-school students and teachers learn about environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals pictured in an imaginary town.
An outdoor classroom, also sometimes referred to as a schoolyard habitat or community restoration project, is a space set aside for the development of natural habitats in which students and community members can learn about science and the outdoors through a hands on experience.
Virginia Waters Magazine
Produced by the Department of Environmental Quality and the Museum of Natural History, learn about Virginia's water resources.
Looking for environmental news, science-based information, and debate? Earth Portal is a new expert-driven Web site with three main components: Encyclopedia of Earth, EarthForum, and EarthNews.
Project Learning Tree (PLT)
In response to the growing interest in encouraging children to get outside, PLT has launched a national initiative Every Student Learns Outside™ and website www.learnoutside.org to help educators make outdoor experiences part of their everyday lesson plans.
To access PLT’s Branch EE Newsletter visit http://www.plt.org/the-branch-newsletter.
National Wildlife Federation® Educator E-Newsletter
This monthly e-newsletter is designed to provide educators with hands-on activities, new ideas, resources, and strategies for getting kids outside to learn about the wonders of the natural world. Each newsletter also includes a link to download the latest Ranger Rick® Educator Guide.
If Trees Could Talk FREE Online Curriculum
Forest History Society (FHS). FHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational institution that links the past to the future by identifying, collecting, preserving, interpreting, and disseminating information on the history of interactions between people, forests, and their related resources -- timber, water, soil, forage, fish and wildlife, recreation, and scenic or spiritual values. It is designed for middle school students; however, has been useful at the high school level.This curriculum is correlated to National History and Social Studies Standards, as well as several individual state standards including Virginia.
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
The books that appear in these lists were selected by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC).
What’s Your Earth Gauge™?
This is the first in a series of Earth Gauge™ weather-environment tips from the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation (NEETF). Learn more about the program and browse Earth Gauge information for cities across the U.S. at www.earthgauge.net
Environmental Literacy Council offers the following resources:
Science in the News: Climate Change
Weather is the condition of the atmosphere at a particular place and time such as on a single day, or for a single week. Climate, by contrast, refers to trends in weather over a longer period of time, such as 30 years. As one old saying puts it, "Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get." Learn more about the role of greenhouse gases in climate change, the Kyoto Protocol, and whether the rapid climate changes like those in The Day After Tomorrow could actually happen.
Animals of the Artic: Polar Bears & Arctic Fox
Use our Creature Features on Polar Bears and the Arctic Fox to introduce students to the human impacts on the Arctic ecosystem. Our essays examine how climate change is affecting polar bear habitat, link you to photo galleries of the animals, and list polar bear tracking resources you can use in the classroom.
One way of understanding differences in the ecological makeup of the earth's surface is to divide it into biomes. Biomes are regions of similar climate, soil, and vegetation that support the same types of organisms no matter where they are located on the planet. Climate is the most influential factor because it largely influences which organisms may live in a given area.
Case Study: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that there are significant reservoirs of economically recoverable oil and gas buried beneath Alaska's northern coastal plain. The locals want the economic benefits that come from developing such a lucrative resource. However, legislation prohibits oil and gas development in the 19 million acres of nearly pristine wilderness of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The intersection of economics and conservation makes an interesting case study for students to debate.
Teaching Resources: Climate Basic Concepts
Looking for a glossary of climate terms? We've created short descriptions of basic concepts such as albedo, the greenhouse effect, and the structure of the atmosphere.
Teaching Resources: Labs on Climate Change
Developed by an experienced team of environmental science educators, ourCoastal Resources Debate Activity can easily be modified to incorporate Arctic themes by changing the listed resources.
For a listing of great labs and activities related to climate see:http://www.enviroliteracy.org/article.php/248.html
Wild About Math (for TI-83 & TI 84)
Produced by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, this 72 page book uses data from several of its wildlife research projects.
Classroom Earth helps teachers of all subject areas integrate environmental education into their classrooms. A program of NEEF, the National Environmental Education Foundation.
Experiments & demos
Hands-On Water Projects make learning science fun.
Blue Zones Expedition is exploring the four parts of the world, called Blue Zones, where people live the longest, healthiest lives. Our mission is to unlock the secrets and help people put them to work in their own lives. Join us here to discover ways to reach your own personal Blue Zones of longevity.
Green Teacher is a magazine by and for educators to enhance environmental and global education across the curriculum at all grade levels.
4-H Virtual Forest
This is an interactive, web-based learning experience that introduces forest management concepts to Virginia's youth aged 9 through 13. Seven learning modules cover the following subjects: human impact on the ecosystem (sprawl), renewable resources, photosynthesis, tree identification, succession, tree measurements, and timber harvesting. The modules complement 4-H natural resource projects and events and are consistent with the Standards of Learning for Virginia public schools. 4-H Virtual Forest also includes user's guides, student activity sheets, teacher answer sheets, additional resources, and SOL links for each module. Virtual Forest is also available on CD. Contact your county Extension Agent for copies.
Calendar of Events
A listing of educational seminars, river and wetlands clean-ups, oyster gardening events, canoe trips and so much more. Maybe there's a field trip for your class!
Virginia Naturally School Recognition Program is a way to recognize schools for their efforts in promoting environmental awareness and stewardship. Schools can apply for the three-tiered program to receive Virginia Naturally flags, pennants and wonderful resources for environmental education like bird boxes, field trips, speakers or monitoring equipment.