RICHMOND, VA. -- Love-A-Tree activity kits are available for free to teachers from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. The packets include a teacher resource guide with lesson plans and activities on land conservation and stewardship.
The lesson plans focus on three main concepts: the importance of land conservation, threats to the protection of open space and land management. The kit was designed for middle school teachers, but it can be adapted for upper elementary or high school students.
In April 2006, Governor Timothy M. Kaine set a goal to protect 400,000 acres of land. Benefits of this goal include preserving water quality, providing additional opportunities for recreation, and preserving wildlife habitat and historic landscapes. The kits highlight these benefits through the lesson plans.
The Love-A-Tree kit is a Virginia Resource Use Education Council project with special support from International Paper, the Virginia Office of Environmental Education at DEQ, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Department of Forestry and the Department of Transportation. Employees at the International Paper mill in Franklin also volunteered to assemble the materials into 3,000 kits.
To request a kit, contact Stephanie Feaser at DEQ by email at email@example.com and include a mailing address. For questions regarding the content, contact Kris Jarvis at DEQ by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about the Love-A-Tree kits and Virginia Naturally is available on the DEQ website at www.deq.virginia.gov.