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.
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.
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.
Green schools are popping up throughout the nation and receive this title based on a variety of components. Organizations such as Virginia Naturally in our home state recognize schools that are making the efforts to promote students and teachers who are “going green.” So what are some things that schools have implemented that closely match this mission?