At-Home Environmental Activities

The Sustainability Committee of the APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter provides environmental education resources for at-home learning due to COVID. Activities are geared towards all ages, from toddler to adult learning.

Let’s learn about VDOT! The Virginia Department of Transportation website has puzzles, coloring sheets and videos to help teach younger children about the work VDOT does to build, maintain and operate the roads, bridges and tunnels across Virginia. Click Here

CVWMA’s web page for kids will teach young children about the importance of waste reduction, recycling, and solid waste management with videos, games, crafts and additional resources.

The Spotsylvania, VA Utilities Department has resources and activities for kids to learn about water and water conservationJust download and print.

The Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission has a variety of environmental education resources on their website. From an animated video about groundwater to lesson plans, puzzles and games, there’s something for all ages


Newport News’ social media posts include how to make a bee hotel, how to start a vegetable garden, how to create house plants from scrap veggies, and activities posted from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s annual Photo Contest

Fairfax County has a new field journal available created by the Watershed Education and Outreach team. The journal is full of ideas for exploring nature through art, writing, and science. The engaging activities are a great way for young people to learn about environmental stewardship while practicing social distancing. Click Here to download your journal

The Hampton Roads Sanitation District is all about cleaning water! Looking for engaging activities to teach students about water? They’ve got you covered! Check out the HRSD Classroom- a network of information, resources, and games for teachers and students of all ages. Topics include: Aquifers, Pollution, Wastewater and How to “wash” water. 

Create your own Water Cycle In a Bag. This activity is an easy and fun way to see the water cycle in action. All you need are a few supplies you probably already have in your home. Students will draw out the water cycle to understand how water travels in a cycle. Students will identify each stage of the water cycle and observe what happens when the water cycle project is placed in the sun.

Earth Day Bingo Everyday is Earth Day. Check out this Earth Day Bingo game from kids. Can your student get three in a row? 

Amazing Aquifer Did you know water is stored underground in aquifers? Explore our amazing aquifer by building an aquifer in a cup! Video here

Learn about Virginia's Environment from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. There are free lessons for parents and teachers of all school subjects as well as fun family activities to help protect Virginia's air, water and land. 

The James River Association (JRA) connects students to our natural world to develop an understanding of how our actions affect our natural environments. Whether in the classroom, at home, or outside on a nature walk, there are opportunities for learning. JRA’s education programs are designed to build knowledge and awareness of environmental issues and build skills to develop actions we can all take to improve and sustain and protect our environment.

The Spotsylvania, VA Utilities Department has resources and activities for kids to learn about water and water conservationJust download and print.

The Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission has a variety of environmental education resources on their website. From an animated video about groundwater to lesson plans, puzzles and games, there’s something for all ages.

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed covers 64,000 square miles, has 11,684 miles of shoreline, including tidal wetlands and islands. The watershed runs through all of the APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter jurisdictions as well as Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York. You can explore the Chesapeake Bay online this summer HERE 

The US Department of Energy has a wealth of environmental resources for lesson plans, science projects, and other activities for the classroom or at home to excite K-12 students about clean energy.  Check out contests for students at all levels and on a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy topics.  See all of the Department of Energy’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) news and resources on the STEM Rising website and subscribe to the STEM Rising Newsletter to receive the STEM program news for all ages, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Learn about Virginia's Environment from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. There are free lessons for parents and teachers of all school subjects as well as fun family activities to help protect Virginia's air, water and land. 

Are you a teacher or engineer looking to inspire the next generation of civil engineers? Are you a student who wants to find out why civil engineering is loads of fun? The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) can help! They are compiling and highlighting materials from a variety of ASCE-supported sources to support parents and teachers experience hands-on engineering at home. Check back frequently as the resource list grows: CLICK HERE

The James River Association (JRA) connects students to our natural world to develop an understanding of how our actions affect our natural environments. Whether in the classroom, at home, or outside on a nature walk, there are opportunities for learning. JRA’s education programs are designed to build knowledge and awareness of environmental issues and build skills to develop actions we can all take to improve and sustain and protect our environment.

The Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission has a variety of environmental education resources on their website. From an animated video about groundwater to lesson plans, puzzles and games, there’s something for all ages.

The US Department of Energy has a wealth of environmental resources for lesson plans, science projects, and other activities for the classroom or at home to excite K-12 students about clean energy.  Check out contests for students at all levels and on a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy topics.  See all of the Department of Energy’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) news and resources on the STEM Rising website and subscribe to the STEM Rising Newsletter to receive the STEM program news for all ages, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. 



If you are at home can you still impact water quality?  Yes! You do not need to be near a river to protect the river. Your home is part of the watershed and what you do at home, or at work, or at the park, or anywhere can impact water quality. There are lots of simple ways to have a positive impact on our waterways. Small changes make a big impact when we all work together. Together, we can create a clean water legacy! See Our Video Here

Now is a great time to for APWA professionals to take advantage of the educational webinars about Envision, a framework that encourages systemic changes in the planning, design and delivery of sustainable and resilient infrastructure through education, training, and third-party project verification. The APWA, ASCE and ACEC collaborated with the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design to develop Envision. Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) 2020 Webinar Schedule

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