interdisciplinary resource classes for all grades
The goal of environmental education is to develop a world population that is aware of, and concerned about, the environment and its associated problems, and which has the knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivations, and commitment to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones. -Belgrade Charter (UNESCO-UNEP, 1976), founding document of the Environmental Education field
Developing Personal Relationships with the Natural Word
We want students to experience the beauty of Virginia, express their senses of adventure, grow a sense of comfort, peace and happiness in natural environments, and create memories with friends in natural spaces so they may value and protect them as adults.
Situating Knowledge in Meaningful Place-Based Experiences
We use science and math content knowledge and process skills to carefully and critically explore the natural and built environment around us. We use our language arts skills to communicate what we know, and our artistic and creative skills to express our understanding of the natural world and our relationship within it.
Learning to Solve Complex Problems
We develop and practice 21st Century & Global Competency Skills like communication, collaboration, and perspective. We combine them with disciplinary knowledge and critical thinking skills, and empower students to take action to solve real world challenges, from local to global scales.