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Online resources--Free curricula for Air, Water & Land Protection for parents and teachers of all school subjects

What's Your Watershed Address? (Instructions how to make a simple model using foil; for elementary students)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Resources Project WET has made has made several of its award-winning activities available free of charge during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure everyone has resources to continue learning.

Window into a Green Virginia (Middle School)
This curriculum, developed with the Virginia Department of Education for sixth grade Science, addresses pollution prevention and environmental quality, and includes cross-references to other Mathematics and Social Studies Standards of Learning (SOLs). Students are invited to peer through metaphorical "Windows" to examine key dimensions of developing sustainable communities. The culminating activity helps students examine real problems, weigh facts and present views on current issues. 


Other Sixth-grade science resources  provide sixth-grade teachers with the most relevant resources to meet the new Standards of Learning. 

Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) curricula and resources.

Project WET : Award winning water education and activities for teachers and community educators.

Pollution Solutions 
K-12 lesson plans on recycling, litter prevention and pollution prevention based on VA Standards of Learning (SOLs).

Various supplemental units for K-7 (energy, trees, natural resources, watersheds) based on the VA SOLs. 

Project Ideas and Resources for youth groups and ecology clubs.

Shades of GreenCase Studies in Pollution Prevention
Read case studies about ways in which businesses and industries prevent pollution and answer critical thinking questions related to environmental management. A map and short descriptions shows the locations of Governor's Environmental Excellence Award winners in Virginia.

Additional Resources for Educators

DEQ Fact Sheets

Reports and Publications

Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts sponsors a variety of watershed education projects, including youth scholarships, a youth conservation camp and Envirothon program for high school students.


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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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