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Virginia Naturally…. 10th Anniversary! 

In 2000, Virginia Naturally was designated as the official environmental education program of the Commonwealth.

Celebrate some accomplishments:

As of 2009, 65 schools have been recognized as “Exemplary” Virginia Naturally schools demonstrating exemplary practices in environmental education. Virginia Naturally schools make an effort to support environmental conservation and stewardship. A recognized school must continue to submit an annual plan and add an additional feature to its environmental and conservation plan each year.

Many classrooms around the state are conducting “meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences’ thanks to the Virginia Naturally Classroom Grants and Partner Grants.  Combined, 654 grants have been awarded for a total of $538,250. In 2002, in an effort to assist teachers in meeting Bay educational goals, the Council partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE) to establish and administer the Virginia Naturally Classroom Grants program.

The program established a partnership program for businesses and organizations that have environmental components or missions as part of their programs.  At the end of 2009 the Virginia Office of Environmental Education reported that there are 936 Virginia Naturally Partners

The Virginia Naturally website has a Calendar of Events page which lists environmentally themed events many of which are submitted by the partners.  Partners also contribute to the newsletter and are the first to learn about upcoming activities before they are announced to the general public. Nearly 1,200 pages of Virginia’s Natural Resources Education Guide are downloaded each month from the website. 

For additional information about the history of the VRUEC and Virginia Naturally, go to: www.vanaturally.com/vruec.html.

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