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MWEE Curricula

Virginia Watershed Curricula

Hanover-Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District MWEE Curriculum
Designed for use at the Meadow Event Park this field based curriculum includes water quality testing, riparian buffer and wetlands explorations, journaling, benthic macroinvertebrate and stormwater stations. Includes downloadable student journals. Curriculum can be adapted to other locations.

Lessons from the Bay
The purpose of Lessons from the Bay is to help Virginia school teachers of grades 3 through 6 incorporate into their classrooms a variety of activities and projects related to protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed, in keeping with the state's commitment in the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement.

Schooner Sultana 1768 – Chesapeake Bay Ecology Unit for Grades 4-6
Interdisciplinary unit with lessons on the salinity, pH, food web, fish anatomy, submerged aquatic vegetation, wetlands and nutrient pollution can be downloaded from the site. Reading comprehension, graphing and economics lessons are included.

Virginia’s Water Resources: A Toolkit for Teachers
Information and activities for teachers to support interdisciplinary and problem-based teaching about watersheds, water quality, stewardship, and management issues. Developed through a grant from the VA Environmental Endowment in cooperation with DEQ and DOE, this guide is available for free to all VA teachers.

WAVE Curriculum
This curriculum was written by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education especially for VA middle school teachers and introduces students to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, its Virginia tributaries and the most significant issues related to water quality and ecosystem health.

Your Backyard Classroom
This K-12 field based inter-disciplinary curriculum was designed by and for the Virginia State Parks and Natural Area Preserves. The activities are designed to involve students before, during and after field trips and encourage them to make hypotheses, observations and inferences. Although each activity includes concise step-by-step procedures, group leaders are encouraged to mix, match and adapt activities in order to customize field trips to better meet their own instructional goals. Chesapeake, Mountain and Piedmont versions are available online.

From the Mountains to the Estuary & From the Schoolyard to the Bay
Meaningful watershed experiences for sixth grade including classroom, schoolyard and field-based lessons created by Prince William County schools and Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center.

General Water Education Curricula

Capital Region Earth Force
Provides hands-on training, resources and support to assist educators with implementing the GREEN program in their classrooms. Through their unique six-step process, students learn how to assess the health of a local watershed and use their findings to create lasting solutions to environmental problems.

Conserve Water Educator’s Guide
Provides teachers of middle school and high school students with a comprehensive overview of water conservation, along with background information that serves as a hydrologic primer. Past, present and future water conservation issues are also covered. By using real-life examples, students are encouraged to use critical thinking skills to examine different sides of each situation.

Cooking Up Great Conservation Education Programs: A How-To Manual of Ideas, Activities and Projects
Ideas for stations for festivals and field days and information on ground and surface water models are included in this manual. Third and sixth grade teachers can also download curricula specifically designed to meet their Standards of Learning. For more information, contact Local Soil and Water Conservation Districts may have additional curriculum pieces that have been adapted to their sub-watershed. A list of local districts and the areas they serve is available on the association homepage.

Discover a Watershed: The Watershed Manager Educators Guide
This book demonstrates the common elements and issue of watersheds and guides the student, educator, or community to increased awareness of and participation in their watershed. The goal of the guide is to define a watershed and to teach that every level of oil, plant, animal and human life depends on the health of the watershed.

Pond and Stream Safari, A Guide to the Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates
Perfect field guide for use with students ages 8-13. Includes project manual, reference guide, species identification cards, worksheets, and a checklist for recording data, all in a reusable folder.

Project WET K-12
is a nationally developed, comprehensive water education program for teachers and non-formal educators. Includes background information and lessons related to atmospheric, surface and ground water, cultural and historical uses of water and contemporary water management issues such as non-point source pollution. Educator’s Guides can only be obtained by attending a six -hour workshop. To schedule a Project WET workshop,

Project WET’s Healthy Water, Healthy People (Secondary) Educators Guide
Contains a series of engaging classroom activities that prepare students for field investigations focusing on water quality and watersheds. The HWHP educator’s guide and a supplemental water quality testing guide and kit can be purchased from Project WET USA online. Educators guide are also available at a limited number of workshops. for more information.

Project WILD Aquatic K-12 Educators Guide
includes several lessons on the abiotic components of aquatic communities and how environmental changes impact aquatic organisms. All Project WILD guides are available only through workshops. For more information,

Project WILD School Sites
focuses on the development of schoolyard habitat and outdoor classrooms. The curriculum includes several investigative lessons related to water as a component of habitat, water elements in landscapes and smaller aquatic communities. For more information, contact

Project Underground
Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Project Underground curriculum is designed to promote better understanding of caves and other karst lands and their management needs. Lessons on the hydrologic cycle and groundwater are included. To schedule a Project Underground workshop,

Project Learning Tree Forest Ecosystems Module
The Project Learning Tree secondary module, Forest Ecology, is being combined with other publications as the new Forest Ecosystems curriculum. Both the former and new versions contain numerous field investigations that fit into riparian forest explorations. For more information, contact

Water for Kids
A mixture of lessons from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about wetlands, rivers, oceans, estuaries, water conservation, drinking water, and more!

Wonders of Wetlands K-12 Educator’s Guide
This curriculum includes numerous lessons and activities related to wetland systems and more general water quality issues. The WOW guide can be purchased directly online or obtained through a workshop sponsored by the Virginia Office of Environmental Education. Contact for more information.