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VIRGINIA NATURALLY

Learn about Virginia's Environment

The following resources are for educators to teach and learn about Virginia's environment that are aligned to our Standards of Learning.

Curricula

Window into a Green Virginia
This curriculum addresses Virginia's Science SOLs with emphasis on 6.9 - Resources, and includes cross references to other Mathematics and Social Studies SOLs. Students are invited to peer through metaphorical "Windows on the World" to examine key dimensions of developing sustainable communities. Topics include Energy, Water, Air, Agriculture, Forestry and Wildlife, Land Use and Natural Hazards, and Green Building. The culminating activity will help students examine real problems, weigh facts and present views on current issues.

Virginia's Natural Resources Education Guide
Information, activities and resources for elementary teachers

Hanover-Caroline Soil & Water Conservation District MWEE Curriculum
Six learning stations for meaningful watershed environmental education experiences for middle school students at Meadow Event Park. Provided by the Hanover Caroling Soild & Water Conservation District and adaptable to other locations.

Shades of Green: Lessons for sustainability
Supplemental curricula for teachers and educators based on the Standards of Learning

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.

Resources

Aquatic Stewardship
By heading up programs, projects or experiences that teach about and inspire emotional connections to water, you can help create a citizenry that is genuinely interested and involved in the conservation of this vital natural resource. So dive in! Join other educators across the Commonwealth who are teaching people about our water resources.

Case Studies
Students can read case studies and answer critical thinking questions related to environmental management. To view a map and description of the Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards, click here.

DEQ Fact Sheets

Environmental Education Resources
This list includes a variety of teacher training programs that are state and privately sponsored, and generally are free to educators, as well as curriculum supplements for the classroom.

Environmental Professionals in your Community
Students will find out who the environmental professionals are in their community, what agency they are with and what they are responsible for doing.

National Environmental Education Week is in April. Get free promotional toolkits and subscribe to EE Week news.

The North American Conservation Education Strategy: A Tool Kit for Achieving Excellence tool kit was developed by biologists and conservation education educators from state fish and wildlife agencies and non-governmental organizations. The award-winning North American Conservation Education Strategy (CE Strategy) delivers unified, research-based core concepts and messages about fish and wildlife conservation, translated into K-12 academic standards to shape students' environmental literacy, stewardship and outdoor skills.