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Virginia Resource Use Education Council

 Virginia Naturally 10th Anniversary Spring Meeting

May 27, 2010
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
The Meadow Event Park, Caroline County 

Tentative Agenda

10:00am Registration

10:30am Welcome, Paula Klonowski

    Special Guests and Agency Directors
    Virginia Naturally 10 year highlights
    Annual Report
    Virginia Business Plan for Environmental Education

Noon Buffet Lunch

1:00pm Tours (optional)

The Meadow Event Park
Hanover-Caroline MWEE site
Natural Resources Area

2:00pm EE Leadership Training

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 (VREUC). 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.

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

Read the history of the VRUEC.

VRUEC Member Agencies

Paula Klonowski
Department of Education
Middle and High School Science Specialist
P. O. Box 2120, 23rd floor
Richmond, VA 23218
tel: 804/371-0249
fax: 804/786-1703

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Bill Portlock
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Senior Educator
23195 Mt. Cloud Rd.
Bowling Green, VA 22427

Cindy Duncan
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Professional Development Coordinator
1108 E. Main Street
Suite 1600
Richmond, VA 23219
tel: 804/241-3178
fax: 804/648-4011

Greg Eaton
Claytor Lake Nature Center, Lynchburg College
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501
tel: 434/544-8360
fax: 434/544-8646
Sonya Wolen
Danville Science Center, Science Museum of Virginia
Assistant Director
677 Craghead Street
Danville, VA 24541
tel: 434/791-5168
fax: 434/791-5168

Adam Goebel
Danville Science Center, Science Museum of Virginia
677 Craghead Street
Danville, VA 24541
tel: 434/791-5168
fax: 434/791-5168

Katie Register
Longwood University
Executive Director
Clean Virginia Waterways
201 High Street
Farmville, VA 23909
tel: 434/395-2602
fax: 434/395-2652

Dr. Tamra Willis
Mary Baldwin College
Assistant Professor
Master of Arts in Teaching Program
Edmondson House
Staunton, VA 24401
tel: 540/887-7135
fax: 540/887-7303

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

Rebecca Askew
Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
102 Governor Street
2nd floor
Richmond, VA 23219
tel: 804/786-7157
fax: 804/371-2945
Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Department of Conservation and Recreation

Barbara Young
Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
tel: 804/225-2651
fax: 804/786-1597
Ann Regn, Co-Treasurer
Department of Environmental Quality
Virginia Office of Environmental Education
P. O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
tel: 804/698-4442
fax: 804/698-4453
Virginia Witmer
Department of Environmental Quality
Virginia Coastal Program
P. O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
tel: 804/698-4320
fax: 804/698-4453
Lisa Deaton
Department of Forestry
Project Learning Tree State Coordinator
PO Box 635
Sandston, VA 23150
tel: 804/328-3031
fax: 804/328-3033
Ellen Powell
Department of Forestry
Conservation Education Coordinator
900 Natural Resources Dr
Charlottesville, VA 22903
tel: 434/220-9083
fax: 434/296-2369
Suzie Gilley, Co-Treasurer
Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
Wildlife Education Coordinator
P. O. Box 11104
Richmond, VA 23230
tel: 804/367-0188
fax: 804/367-2311
Karen Holson
Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
Outdoor Program Coordinator
PO Box 11104
Richmond, VA 23230
tel: 804/367-6351
Department of Health
Dee DeRoche
Department of Historic Resources
2801 Kensington Ave.
Richmond, VA 23221
tel: 804/367-2323 x134
Robin Jones
Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy
Washington Building, 8th Floor
1100 Bank Street
Richmond, VA 23219
tel: 804/692-3224
Department of Transportation
R. Eugene Maurakis
Science Museum of Virginia
Senior Staff Scientist
2500 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
tel: 804/367-6552
fax: 804/860-1560

Tim Taglauer
Shenandoah National Park
Assistant Chief
Division of Interpretation & Education
3655 U. S. Highway 211 E
Luray, VA 22835
tel: 540/999-3488
fax: 540/999-3686

Laura Linn
Smithsonian's National Zoo Conservation and Research Center
Education Program Manager
1500 Remount Road
Front Royal, VA 22630

Candace Lutzow-Felling
State Arboretum of Virginia & Blandy Experimental Farm
University of Virginia
400 Blandy Farm Lane
Boyce, VA 22620
tel: 540/837-1758 ext. 230
fax: 540/837-1523
USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Communications Manager
1606 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 209
Richmond, VA 23229-5014
Kendall Tyree
Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts
Education Coordinator
7308 Hanover Green Drive
Suite 100
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
tel: 804/559-0324
fax: 804/559-0325

Holly Carson
Virginia Council for Litter Prevention & Recycling
Keep Norfolk Beautiful
3500-A Granby Street
Norfolk, VA   23504

Dr. Anne Wright
Virginia Commonwealth University
Rice Center
Lynn Snyder
Virginia Foundation for Ag. in the Classroom
Ag in the Classroom Coordinator
P.O. Box 27552
Richmond, VA 23261
tel: 804/290-1143
fax 804/290-1097
Carol Hopper Brill
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
P.O. Box 1346
Gloucester Point, VA 23062
tel: 804/684-7735
Virginia Marine Resources Commission
2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd floor
Newport News, VA 23607-0756
Dennis Casey, Ph. D.
Virginia Museum of Natural History
Director of Education and Public Programs
21 Starling Avenue
Martinsville, VA 24112
tel: 276/634-4184
fax: 276/634-4199

Virginia Museum of Natural History
PO Box 207
Earlysville, VA 22936

Virginia State University
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Extension Specialist, 4-H
VSU / Box 9081
Petersburg, VA 23806
Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources
Llyn Sharp
Virginia Tech Science Outreach Program
Dept. of Geosciences
Mail Code 0420
Blacksburg, VA 24061
tel: 540/231-4080
Michelle Prysby
Virginia Master Naturalist Program
Program Coordinator
460 Stagecoach Road
Charottesville, VA 22902
tel: 434/872-4580
fax: 434/872-4578

Meeting Minutes/Agency Reports

Virginia Environmental Education Commission
The Virginia Environmental Education Commission (VEEC), a capable and talented group of citizens, is developing a business plan to strengthen environmental education in Virginia and support Virginia Naturally. View the business plan.

The Virginia Resource Use Education Council provides professional input to the VEEC. The Virginia Office of Environmental Education provides administrative support.

Executive Order #25: Establishing the Virginia Environmental Education Commission

View the Commission roster.

View the 2001 Report.

On August 23, 2001 the VEEAC delivered its REPORT of recommendations to former Governor Gilmore. View the history of environmental education in Virginia.

In 2000, to support of 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 has 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.

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