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Virginia Resource Use Education Council

Virginia Resource Use Education Council

Who is the VRUEC?

In 1952 Virginia's state and federal natural resource and education agencies, and colleges of education and resource management, came together as the Virginia Resource Use Education Council (VRUEC). For more than 50 years, the VRUEC has sponsored conservation courses for teachers and trained hundreds of community educators about Virginia's natural resources. Today, the VRUEC continues to embrace new ideas and projects to benefit the educators and students of Virginia. View the VRUEC by-laws and membership policy.

A subcommittee of the VRUEC is the Virginia Interagency Education Workgroup (VIEW). The Council's VIEW members are tasked with coordinating Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Education Implementation Plan. In addition to VRUEC members, VIEW includes representatives from:

  • Virginia Science Educational Leadership Association
  • Virginia Association of Science Teachers
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
  • Representative teachers

VRUEC Member Agencies

Agency Contact/Email
Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Rebecca Askew
Department of Conservation and Recreation Carol Zokaites
Department of Education Barbara Young, Eric Rhodes
Department of Environmental Quality Ann Regn, Co-Treasurer
Virginia Witmer
Department of Forestry Lisa Deaton
Ellen Powell
Department of Game & Inland Fisheries Suzie Gilley, Co-Treasurer
Department of Health  
Department of Historic Resources Dee DeRoche
Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy Robin Jones
Department of Transportation  
Science Museum of Virginia R. Eugene Maurakis
Shenandoah National Park Tim Taglauer
Smithsonian's National Zoo Conservation & Research Center Laura Linn
State Arboretum of Virginia & Blandy Experimental Farm Candace Lutzow-Felling, Secretary
USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service  
Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts Kendall Tyree
Virginia Commonwealth University Dr. Anne Wright
Virginia Foundation for Ag. in the Classroom Lynn Snyder
Virginia Institute of Marine Science Carol Hopper Brill
Virginia Marine Resources Commission  
Virginia Museum of Natural History Dennis Casey, Ph. D.
Virginia Tech Science Outreach Program Llyn Sharp
Virginia Master Naturalist Program, Virginia Tech Michelle Prysby
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Bill Portlock
Cindy Duncan
Claytor Nature Study Center, Lynchburg College Dr. Greg Eaton, Vice-Chair / Acting Chair
Danville Science Center, Science Museum of Virginia Sonya Wolen
Longwood University Katie Register
Mary Baldwin College Dr. Tamra Willis
NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office Andrew Larkin

Meeting Minutes/Agency Reports

In 2000, to support former Governer Gilmore's Virginia Naturally education initiative, the council adopted the following resolution:


The Virginia Resource-Use Education Council (VRUEC) was established in 1952 to promote a better understanding of conservation education throughout the Commonwealth; and

The VRUEC has a long standing record of coordinating the educational efforts of Virginia's resource agencies and educational institutions on behalf of the Commonwealth citizens; and

The VRUEC since 1955 has produced educational resources to inform Virginians of the importance of our Natural Resources; and

The VRUEC subscribes to the following principles:

  • That the natural resources of the state and nation should be used wisely and with due consideration for the future;
  • That the wise use of these resources should be the concern of government at the local, state, and national levels;
  • That all people benefit from the natural resources of the state and nation: hence, they have citizenship responsibility in the safeguarding and judicious utilization of these resources; and,
  • That all citizens, public or private groups, charged with the management of natural resources or education or both, have added responsibilities in promoting understanding of conservation needs problems and ways to resolve them.

The Honorable Governor James S. Gilmore asked the VRUEC to:

  • Coordinate the development and consistent delivery of environmental education programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia by linking current environmental education efforts to creative, innovative approaches;
  • Nurture and promote alternative methods of reaching and educating our citizens from all sectors of the public; and,
  • Promote sustained life-long learning and professional development based on Virginia's academic standards.

Let it be resolved that: The VRUEC fully supports and will spearhead Governor Gilmore's Virginia Naturally 2000 Initiative on this date, January 31, 2000.