Environmental educators from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the James River Park System are thrilled to be working together to bring an after-school program to Richmond Public Schools (RPS) students next year. Middle school students that pick the STEM based program will experience learning outdoors and examine what role they play in their community to protect the James River. Thanks to a recent grant to the Alliance, funded by NAAEE and NOAA, the educators will run the program through the 21st Century Community Learning Center partner, NextUp RVA. The program has unique features including a TopoBox and a visit to see the Science on a Sphere!
“From working with new partners, providing training about using the outdoors as an extension to classroom learning to providing MWEE experiences in an after-school setting, I feel hopeful about this opportunity. Despite all the challenges we face in 2020-2021 school year, we will continue to empower students and teachers in RPS to make tough environmental decisions and build a resilient community,” said Meredeth Dash, RiverWise Schools Project Coordinator for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.
Since September, field trips for Henrico County 6th graders to Maymont have continued to be a great success. As part of the BWISE (Bay Watershed in Science and Education) program, students have been exploring the concept of watershed through hands-on testing of the Maymont creeks and participating in history, art and math stations. Enjoy this video that highlights all the great work done this Fall!
The Alliance is proud to be a partner in BWISE (Bay Watershed in Science Education)! In addition to training teachers this summer in MWEE (Meaningful Watershed Education Experience), the program recently connected students with Virginia Public Media and Light House Studio to create their own videos.
August is often the time of year when teachers attend professional development trainings to prepare them for the upcoming school year. For Henrico County middle school teachers involved in Bay Watershed in Science Education (BWISE) project, this training took place at Maymont park on August 6 and August 7.
Do you know what it takes to be an environmental educator in the state of Virginia? Neither do I! But thanks to a dedicated group of individuals from across the state, it will soon be crystal clear. In 2017, I joined the Virginia Association of Environmental Educators (VAEE). In the past, I have taught 3rd
Taking a School by Storm, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's schoolyard retrofit project at Binford Middle School in Richmond, VA, received an honorable mention in the Ultra-Urban category for the 2019 Best Urban Best Management Practice in the Bay Award (BUBBA) contest! This contest is held annually by the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, and the
At the end of the summer, following the installation of the permeable pavement and rainwater harvesting sculpture at Binford Middle School in Richmond, Virginia, 8th grade science teacher, Brendan Trache approached Meredeth Dash about an idea for a project and asked if she would be willing to collaborate. Meredeth Dash, the Alliance's Program Coordinator for
When students return to school at Binford Middle School on Tuesday, September 4th, they will be the first people to walk across a freshly laid entrance made of permeable pavement, thanks to Binford’s Green School Initiative. As part of a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant, I have been working to provide watershed education to