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Virginia Naturally

Outdoor Classrooms: Teacher Resources

PLT's GreenSchools
PLT’s GreenSchools! program, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, provides a blueprint for educators, students, environmental and health advocates, school board members, parents and interested community members to teach, learn, and engage together in creating a more green and healthy learning environment at their school. It combines environmental education, service learning, and leadership opportunities for students to help turn their school into a model green school.

Directory of schoolyard enhancements for learning in Northern Virginia and DC

Virginia Naturally School Recognition Program
This program recognizes the wonderful efforts of many Virginia schools to increase the environmental awareness and stewardship of our youngest citizens.

Beginning reading list on children and nature
A sampling of books to provide background reading for teachers and parents.

Project Plant It
Lesson plans, free seedlings, and activities as they relate to trees are provided by Dominion Power.

Outdoor Classroom Scavenger Hunt and Journaling Activity

Save the Monarch
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has a list of plants that are beneficial for the Monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Butterfly Garden Teachers’ Guide

Project WILD, DGIF
Project WILD is a national Kindergarten through 12th grade wildlife education program correlated to the Virginia Science Standards of Learning. Two Activity Guides, an Introductory Guide and an Aquatic Guide, provide educators with the information needed to teach wildlife conservation and the importance of habitat.

Lessons from the Bay, DOE
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.

Virginia's Water Resources - A Tool for Teachers, Longwood College
Information and activities for teachers to support interdisciplinary and problem-based teaching about watersheds, water quality, stewardship, and management issues. Correlated to Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOL). Supports the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement's goal to "provide a meaningful Bay or stream outdoor experience for every school student in the watershed before graduation from high school."

Schoolyard Habitat, USFW
The Schoolyard Habitat program helps teachers and students create wildlife habitat on school grounds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides and coordinates with other agencies to give technical assistance and project guidance; provides teacher training; develops written resources; and works with the state Departments of Education on incorporating habitat issues into new school construction and renovation projects.