Does a waterfall cascade from your home, office or school’s roof every time it rains? Do you need a canoe to get from your car to your school or office door? You are not alone.
In honor of National Get Outside (GO) Day on Saturday, June 8th, I’d like to introduce you to a group of talented high school students who have created a beautiful documentary film about Shenandoah National Park: Preserving Our Future. I am very impressed by these young people who are learning the art of film making at Light House Studio in Charlottesville, Virginia.
How much do you or your children know about the Chesapeake Bay? Do you know it is the largest estuary in the United States and that it receives water from New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia? Have you ever experienced first-hand its many ecosystems? Recently a group of young people participating in a Green Adventure Project Expedition got to do just that. They explored the Chesapeake Bay and learned along the way how to protect this beautiful and important resource.
Ready to celebrate Earth Day? You can join the fun at the RVA Earth Day Festival on the riverside in Manchester on Saturday April 20th from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Style Weekly is the host of this annual free event and provides resources and education for Richmonders to incorporate “greener” practices into their lifestyle.
Because of society’s emphasis on new technology, daily outdoor play for many children has become a part of the past. Most children spend only 1% of their time outdoors. Our children's access and opportunities to play in natural spaces has severely decreased over the past decade. Studies have proven that the more time children are “plugged in” their health and social skills begin to suffer. It is now time for us as a community to work together with our schools to take action.
Why is it important for every child’s education to include play and hands-on activities in nature? What is the significance of outdoor play for children with learning deficiencies? How do teachers find the resources needed to make connections between classroom instruction and real world experiences?
My name is Hales Parcells and I am a student at the University of Virginia, studying Environmental Sciences. I have been passionate about the ocean ever since I was a little girl playing on the beach. I spend a lot of time studying the mysteries of the ocean and the more I learn, the more I am aware of all of the harm that we humans can cause.
I met an incredible group of young people this summer. Area middle and high school students and students from The Faison School for Autism who were toiling in the summer heat at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. They were helping to plant and harvest almost 10,000 lbs of fresh vegetables to feed children and the elderly.