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5 Ways to Help Virginia’s Environment
Get practical ideas for what individuals can do regarding food purchases, conservation around the house, transportation and choices throughout the community. Measure your environmental footprint.
This popular program counts on local communities to help keep Virginia roadsides beautiful. The Adopt-A-Highway program provides an opportunity for you and your family, business or civic group to clean up litter. Every year, more than 6,000 Adopt-A-Highway groups collect about 300,000 bags of trash from 14,000 miles of Virginia's roads.
Adopt-a-Stream promotes education, public outreach, citizen involvement, partnership and community capacity-building through Virginia's diverse constituencies. You need to get your hands a little dirty to truly learn about nature. A few hours collecting litter from a local shoreline establishes a link between citizens, community waterways and their watersheds.
Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™
The goals of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ are to elevate young people (including disadvantaged and at-risk youth) into leadership roles by engaging them in environmental cleanup projects, empower volunteers to rebuild the environmental and social wellbeing of our communities, and improve local living conditions for both citizens and wildlife. Volunteers Needed!
Citizen Water Quality Monitoring
Citizen volunteers monitor the streams, rivers, and lakes in their backyard. There is no limit to your contribution, you can: be a water quality monitor; participate in stream cleanups and stream bank restoration; or help with educational programs. Both the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and Virginia Save Our Streams need volunteers.
Our mission is to engage young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. Through Earth Force and our network of diverse partners, young people get hands-on, real-world opportunities to practice civic skills, acquire a deep understanding of the environment, and develop the skills and motivation to become lifelong leaders in addressing community issues. Consider becoming an Earth Force leader within your community
Facilitate learning about Virginia’s natural resources while working with a team of six high school students. The students learn about native soils, forests, water quality, wildlife and the annual special topic. Contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District to find out how you can get involved.
Keep Virginia Beautiful
There is a place at almost any level to volunteer, from picking up litter to planting gardens, to social outreach.
Volunteers of all ages from across the Commonwealth are making a difference in Virginia's environment. Whether you decide to participate in a river clean-up event, conduct water quality monitoring, take a class on Chesapeake Bay ecology, apply for a grant to begin a program or just want to learn how to start composting at home - you've come to the right place. Learn about opportunities and be recognized for you efforts.
Virginia Master Naturalist
Virginia Master Naturalists are volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping Virginia conserve and manage natural resources and public lands. The process for becoming a certified Virginia Master Naturalist typically takes 6 to 12 months. One starts by completing a 40-hour basic training course offered by a local chapter of the program. An additional 8 hours of advanced training are also required. An important part of the certification process is the required 40 hours of volunteer service.
Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners (VCE-MGs) are volunteers with Extension dedicated to working with the community to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices through sustainable landscape management educational Programs.
Virginia State Parks
Volunteer throughout the year or just for the summer. There are opportunities for adults and youth.