Secondary Resources

Secondary Activities (Middle and High School)

Air, Water and Land from DEQ

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. 

American Society of Civil Engineers

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

James River Association

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.

Environmental Education Resources

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.

U.S. Department of Energy

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. 

Watershed and Stormwater

In response to changing needs from the local school system due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fairfax County ecologists transformed one of their in-person labs to an at home version. Watershed Education and Outreach Stormwater Management staff reimagined existing materials and created a version that can be printed and completed at home. This lab allows students to investigate their local streams and explores how we gather information about the health of our stream through scientific investigation. For more information email watersheds@fairfaxcounty.gov, website: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicworks/stormwater/watershed-education-and-outreach

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree has assembled free activities that you can do at home—both inside and outside. These simple activities keep kids engaged through active participation as they learn about nature and suggest ways to lessen our environmental footprint at home and beyond. Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12, https://www.plt.org/educator-tips/activities-to-do-with-children-at-home.  

Science Museum of Virginia

Bring the Science Museum of Virginia to you with a live, virtual Digital Demo! The virtual lessons are highly interactive and designed to involve students in STEM through inquiry, hands-on activities and demonstrations. These workshops are designed for school audiences and aligned with the Virginia SOLs but are easily adjustable to fit the learning level of any group.  Grant funding is available to make digital demos accessible to all. Click here, https://smv.org/explore/group-visits/digital-demos, for more information.  

Environmental Literacy and Schoolyard Projects

The Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education (MAEOE) encourages, engages and empowers communities to understand, responsibly use and promote the natural world. Their Resource Library has information and training to support Environmental Literacy and Schoolyard Projects including home-based environmental education resources for teachers, parents and guardians. Check out their website.

America Society of Civil Engineers

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has launched a new video series, Everyday Engineering: STEM@Home. The ASCE has adapted some of the support activities developed for the award-winning documentary, Dream Big: Engineering Our World, to showcase how they can be done at home. Watch these brief videos for hands-on engineering experiments at home. 

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) for the webinar premiere of their Online Watershed Learning (OWL) program! Experience how CBF brings environmental education to life for students in the newly launched series, beginning October 28.  Click here for more information.

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