Virginia Watershed Environmental Education Program

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We thought this was the most amazing, educational, fun field trip ever. It was a perfect culmination to our SOL units on Life Processes and Living Systems.... Our students learned a lot and have a new respect for VA's waters.

– Guy K. Stump, ES Teacher

The Virginia Watershed Environmental Education Program gives participants an exciting new perspective on their own local tributary and its connection to the Bay. While paddling freshwater, non-tidal rivers and streams, students and educators examine the relationship between human activities and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Hands-on activities encourage sensitivity and knowledge of local ecosystems, giving relevance and greater understanding to classroom curricula. Our program staff provide opportunities for careful observations, data collection, analysis, and synthesis of information gathered during the field study experience. They encourage participants to explore the complexity of the watershed, and to see themselves as part of the solution.

Program Capacity: Max. 23 for moving-water sites or 26 for flat-water sites (includes chaperones), grades 6 and up.

Pre- and Post-Field Experience Activities

Bring the watershed to life as you engage your students with curriculum-based investigations before and after a field experience with CBF!  All links below are for websites or Adobe pdf documents available to download.

PrePost
Elementary School Watershed Address What's In Your Lunch
Middle School When Rain Hits the Land Think! What's Under Your Sink
High School Data in the Classroom
from the NOAA Chesapeake Bay
Interpretive Buoy System
Student Wave action projects

Share Your Clean Water Story

What does the Bay, its rivers and streams mean to you? What impact have the Bay and its local waters had on your life? We'd like to know.

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