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VIRGINIA NATURALLY

K-12 Education

Lesson plans

Elementary teachers will find the 2011 Love-A-Tree poster on schoolyard habitats.

If you want to introduce students to the environment, a good place to begin is with several of the national programs, sponsored in Virginia. Bring the world of water into your classroom with Project WET. Teach about wildlife with Project WILD. Climb into the world of forestry with Project Learning Tree. Explore karst geology and caves with Project Underground.

Many programs now are focusing on meaningful education. Read the Chesapeake Bay Program's definition of a Meaningful Watershed Education Experience and view a Power Point presentation.

Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) Resources
The Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) initiative has grown into a statewide environmental education movement. Its implementation has resulted in exciting new partnerships within school systems and the community at large. These resources include curricula, partners, project ideas, field study locations and more.

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.