Article by: Karen M. Layou, Ph.D., Professor of Geology, Reynolds Community College -- Are you looking for an outdoor activity for fossil lovers and their families? Get everyone outside for some fossil hunting at York River State Park! Along the banks of the York River, this park is within an hour’s drive from Richmond.
For Alex Wilke, a Virginia mom who is also a staff member at The Nature Conservancy, nature isn’t just a profession; it’s a passion that she wants to share with her children. Wilkes hopes that by giving her kids as many opportunities as possible to “grow up wild” and experience the outdoors, she can teach them to be responsible, observant and appreciative stewards of the environment.
We had a blast this year at Explore the Outdoors! Over 4,000 kids, their parents and friends joined us here at the station and in adjacent Huguenot Park for an afternoon of science exploration and fun. Thanks to all of our incredible community partners who participated and made this the best Explore the Outdoors yet.
Students all over central Virginia learn about the James River Watershed every year in their science and history classes. The James has played an integral part in Virginia’s human and natural history. But how often do students get to take an up close look at the systems that make up the biology of the river, or learn the history of transporting cargo on a batteau while crewing one down the river?
Have you ever spent the night on an island in the middle of the James River? Have you ever kissed a fish? Or have you ever cared enough about the water in the James River to conduct water quality tests and make changes in your daily life? I’d like to introduce you to Micah, Jacob and Carlos - several students from All Saints Catholic School who recently accomplished all of these things.
Are you ready for the hot, sunny promise of summer? As you prepare for the joys of the season, don’t forget: when temperatures rise, your consumption of resources does, too.
PBS KIDS recently launched a new web-based program on environmental science called Plum Landing. A digital adventure designed to engage 6- to 9-year olds in environmental science through animated and live-action videos, hands-on activities, web games and an interactive mobile app: Plum’s Photo Hunt. All of the Plum Landing resources, including standards-based tools for educators, are free.
What a wonderful day we had on Sunday May 4th at Explore the Outdoors! Over 3500 people joined us here at the station and in Huguenot park to learn about all of the great outdoor, environmental and healthy living organizations we have in our community. Forty plus community partners engaged children and their parents in hands-on learning about nature and the world around them.
In 1970, the first Earth Day was declared by the United Nations. Celebrated every April 22nd, the celebration of the beautiful planet we live on has spread to 192 countries around the world. If you’re looking to commemorate Earth Day here in Richmond, there are two main events for you to choose from this Saturday, April 26th.