held at Windy Knoll Farm. The workshop consists of SOL aligned, cross-curricular lessons using proven methodology, hands-on activities, ready for instant use in the classroom, followed by a Virginia themed dinner prepared by the Fairfax/Prince William Farm Bureau Women's Committee. Teachers receive CEU's for attending this workshop.
We are scheduling six MWEEs at Windy Knoll Farm, Nokesville. This program is Virginia Standards of Learning based for third grade students to promote stewardship in the context of one's neighborhood and community. Carefully selected experiences, driven by academic learning standards engendering discovery and wonder, and nurturing a sense of community will further connect students with the watershed and help reinforce an ethic of responsible citizenship.
Eighteen hundred students and seventy teachers have participated in these programs since 2012. The students are excited to get their hands down into the soil, learn the substance of soil, the uses of soil, NO SOIL - NO FOOD, and about the human impact on soil and water. We have added a bonus "Pollinators" station. Without them we would be in big trouble. Check out this video on youtube
The programs are conducted by District directors, associate directors, staff and awesome volunteers. We are scheduling programs for six school October 26, November 1, November 8, and November 9. We invite all third grade teachers to come and also volunteers for this great program. Training provided, no rocket science involved.
Contact Pam Popovich at email@example.com for more information or to volunteer.
is an affiliate of Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District (District). The District is funded by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Foundation. The District uses these funds to accomplish our mission to: provide leadership in the conservation of soil, water, and related resources to all Prince William County citizens, through technical assistance, information, and education.
The Foundation uses donations/grants/rewards/funds to:
1) provide technical assistance to agricultural landowners to implement practices to improve water quality in our waterways,
2) provide environmental science and natural resources conservation education to teachers and students,
3) provide outreach programs for PWC citizens, homeowners and farmers.
Youth education has been a large part of the Foundation mission since 1995, and will be more crucial in the future. Prince William County is compelled to comply with the new environmental responsibilities of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup standards. These requirements will be costly, forcing the County to redirect funds for youth and adult education and outreach to the implementation of best management on-the-ground conservation practices for urban and agricultural lands.
Testimonials from teachers
"The Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District has been a valuable tool that has helped me enhance classroom lessons and generate excitement with my students. Lessons and supplies are prepared for you and directly reinforce the Virginia Standards of Learning. They are all so willing to help and have always been a pleasure to work with." Dena Caracciolo, Science Coach, Round Elementary, City of Manassas School District.
"Kudos to the Prince William Soil & Water Conservation District for their science outreach into our schools! They have created programs to share with schools that support our science curriculum and the SOLs. Teachers are provided with excellent, comprehensive materials and the students get to experience hands-on lessons and activities with great resources! I love using their kits with my students!" Lara Biendl, STEM Teacher, Glenkirk Elementary School.
We offer our services to all Prince William County, City of Manassas, private, home-school educators. We will be happy to enhance your curriculum with our "capsules to-go" program. See below for the programs we offer and submit the Education Program Request Form
General feedback from teachers:
*Watershed model "is hands-on, great visual, loved seeing what happened when they sprayed the water!"
*Watershed model "looks real so the students get a better understanding than the ones we made."
*Incredible Journey "they loved it!"
*Introduction to Natural Resources "I really recommend this capsule to other teachers and I plan to use it next year. The hands-on aspect of holding and placing the natural resources on the map is great. I wouldn't change a thing."
*Build an Ecosystem "The students love this! They love adding items into the ecosystem and seeing it 'come to life'"
*Regions of Virginia "We had a great program this morning. They loved this."
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