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Professional development

Teachers and students can find anything from the latest environmental education lesson plans and workshops to ecology club and science fair projects.

2010 Bay Academies
This year there will be four:

  • Tappahannock
  • Wachapreague
  • Charles City
  • Boyce

Lesson plans

Elementary teachers will find the 2009 Love-A-Tree kit on sustainability a valuable addition to Virginia Studies and nature resource science.

Start planning your summer now! Check out the professional development opportunities.

If you want to introduce students to the environment, a good place to begin is with several of the national programs, sponsored in Virginia. Bring the world of water into your classroom with Project WET. Teach about wildlife with Project WILD. Climb into the world of forestry with Project Learning Tree. Explore karst geology and caves with Project Underground

Many programs now are focusing on meaningful education. Read the Chesapeake Bay Program's definition of a Meaningful Watershed Education Experience and view a Power Point presentation.

An outdoor classroom, also sometimes referred to as a schoolyard habitat or community restoration project, is a space set aside for the development of natural habitats in which students and community members can learn about science and the outdoors through a hands on experience.  Click here to learn more about outdoor classrooms and how you can started on one of your own!

The Green Classroom
An article from Environmental Protection

New York States Department of Conservationist for Kids Newsletter.   Each issue addresses a big environmental topic and explains it simply. Curriculum resources, classroom activities and additional suggested resources are also provided. 

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