Ocean Exploration : Learn About Marine Animals
This resource provides detailed background information on different marine animals. You’ll find animals with shells, animals that look like plants, and even animals that are mammals.
- Marine Mammals
- Sea Turtles
- Sea Birds
- Sharks & Rays
PLT School Site Investigation
In the School Site Investigation you will: Observe and record the plant and wildlife species around the school, as well as natural habitats, assess gardening and composting possibilities on the school grounds, investigate the presence, health, value, and benefits of trees, learn how the school grounds are maintained and if sustainable practices are being used, assess the percentage of pervious and impervious areas on the school site, determine whether changes to the school site would encourage the use of outdoor spaces for classes, lunch time, studying, and physical activity, develop an understanding of how individual and collective student actions can improve the school site, develop plans for improving the school site, implement one or more school site improvement strategies.
Hurricane & Sea Level Rise Resilience Lesson Plan
Hurricane & Sea Level Rise Resilience is a high school environmental science curriculum for use in coastal locations where hurricanes are common. Through 20 days of instruction, students make connections between the science of hurricanes, how they affect their community and region, and how we can plan for a more resilient future. Making local connections, students develop an understanding of 1) the risks that their community faces now and in the future due to hurricanes and tropical storms, 2) how sea level rise increases the risk, and 3) how our actions can help us be less vulnerable and more resilient. The curriculum unit aims to empower high school students to have a voice in resilience planning and understand the relationship between the science of hurricanes and the local impacts these storms have on people and places.
NOAA Resilient Community Coloring Sheet
NOAA’s Community Resilience Education Theory of Change strives to provide a framework for how K-12 formal and informal education projects are critical to building community resilience against extreme weather, climate change, and other environmental hazards. With this new coloring page, you can explore some of the ways communities can become more resilient.
Elizabeth River Project Girl Scout Badge
Discover, connect and take action as you explore and learn about the Elizabeth River, a tidal estuary of the Chesapeake Bay. Discover the river’s history and how it has changed over time and YOUR role in helping make the river’s restoration a reality. From Daisy to Ambassador – all can earn this badge. Badge requirements include virtual online education and visiting Paradise Creek Nature Park, the Dominion Energy Learning Barge or a Virtual Visit with Princess Elizabeth.
Greening STEM Educator Toolkit
The educator toolkit includes free lesson plans, activities, and resources for teaching STEM using environmental education. The environment is a compelling context for teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) as it provides teachers with a diverse range of real-world challenges that engage students in hands-on opportunities to apply and reinforce STEM concepts across multiple subject areas. From calculating planting area and productivity in the school garden, to designing model wind turbines, to tracking invasive species with GPS technology, environmental projects inspire students to apply STEM by empowering them to develop innovative solutions to local problems meaningful to them.
Virginia Aquarium Science Suitcase Kits
Rent science suitcase kits in Life Cycle, Properties, of Water, Animal Adaptations, Food Webs, Sea Turtle Science and Conservation, and Climate Science in direct correlation with Science SOLs! Each suitcase kit from the Virginia Aquarium will be specially adapted for your grade level.
Science Museum of Virginia – Climate Connections
Online resources include videos, radio podcasts, background information, and interactive activities on how we connect to our climate and what you can do to make a positive impact.
Girl Scouts Sun Patch Program and Boy Scouts Sun Patch Program
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts can learn about how solar works, discover solar energy at work around them, and become solar ambassadors to help grow solar in their communities.
WWF Cool School Challenge
The Cool School Challenge engages students and teachers in practical strategies to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions school-wide. Students challenge individual classrooms to reduce their carbon emissions over a set period of time, and utilize a carbon calculator to evaluate progress. Includes carbon reduction classroom resources!
Girl Scout’s VA Zoo Explorers badge, and Scout Zoo Snoozes
Scout programs include educational activities, interactions with animal ambassadors, themed hikes and more!
VIMS BRIDGE Ocean Science Teacher Center
Includes Professional Organizations, Summer Opportunities, Courses & Workshops, and Grants & Awards.
Environmental Education Mini Grants
HRgreen offers environmental education mini grants of up to $500. The mini grant program is intended to provide funding for environmentally-themed projects and may be used to fund a portion of or an entire project. All Hampton Roads school teachers (K-12), youth leaders, or organizations working with youth are eligible to apply.
VA Aquarium Scout Program
Involves multiple programs for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for all ages. Programs include overnight under the sea, exploring coastal ocean waters aboard their ocean collection vessel, explore VA Aquarium patch, Ocean Merit badge, and several self-guided activity sheets for patch and badge completion.
Not So Merry Mummichog Curriculum – Elizabeth River Project
An inquiry-based curriculum to increase geographic literacy, foster Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay stewardship and empower youth leaders to create a resilient Norfolk from the Elizabeth River Project.
Nauticus Youth Programs
Come explore Nauticus and their different science SOL based youth programs! Nauticus offers table top versions of these educational programs as well!
Norfolk Botanical Gardens – School Field Trips
Come take a field trip, school trip or children’s tour at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens! Programs include guided school program with TRM and WOW Children’s Garden, guided school program without tram, self-guided program, classroom educator visits, boat tours for educators, specialized programs and school clubs! Enjoy grade level SOL aligned programs at the Botanical Gardens!
Lynnhaven River Now – Climate Change
Information and links to troves of information on climate change work in Hampton Roads. View local resiliency efforts and learn what you can do to become part of the solution!
Student Freedom Pass – Hampton Roads Transit
Reduce greenhouse gases, get a Student Freedom Pass for alternate transportation! The Student Freedom Pass provides people ages 13-17 years old with unlimited free rides on Hampton Roads Transit’s bus, ferry, and light rail services. Service is available in the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach.