The Elizabeth River Project helps local teachers bring the river to life for students of all ages. Our resources and programs teach kids everything from science to personal responsibility and help them become lifelong stewards of our local river.
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Our self-paced lessons offer a fun, engaging way to teach your students about the Elizabeth River. Your students will learn about the river’s history and challenges, and ways they can become good river stewards.
You’ll discover fun ways to talk about estuaries and watersheds, polluted stormwater runoff and even learn how to use your schoolyard as a classroom. Resources include an Elizabeth River map for your classroom and a team of Elizabeth River Project educators ready to answer questions and help in any way we can.
This 4th grade, inquiry-based curriculum is a fishy adventure that brings the river into the classroom in a way kids love. Over two weeks, they’ll take ownership of their own “bottled river” with a mummichog fish, a native to the Elizabeth River that alerts scientists about threats to the river’s health. Through five separate activities, students discover how humans, nature, sea-level rise and flooding make this little fish not so merry, and how their choices and actions can help. It’s a message of hope that helps kids develop geographic literacy, fosters Elizabeth River stewardship and empowers them to create a resilient community.
Project Blue Crab is a great way for young students to learn about our famous local crabs and the watermen who rely on it for their income. These self-paced virtual lessons and art projects help kids become lifelong river stewards. They’ll learn how pollution and sea-level rise affect their communities, themselves and the blue crab, along with things they can do to help. Don’t worry, our team of educators is always here to help you with training and resources, along with “science buckets” that supply everything from artifacts to maps. And your class is sure to enjoy our video series featuring the Dominion Energy Learning Barge, renewable energy, aquatic animals, native plants, the value of wetlands, water quality testing and more!
Our free online database is filled with hundreds of documents, videos, photographs, studies, news articles and more. Now, you can explore the river from any device, anytime!
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