Virginia Naturally News
News you can use!August 2013
In This Issue
Register Now for the 2013 The Flora and Fauna of Virginia Environmental Education Conference
Stewardship Virginia Fall Campaign
New Resources
Grant Funding
Professional Development
Thoughts on Environmental Education and Spending Time Outdoors
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Register Now for the 2013 The Flora and Fauna of Virginia Environmental Education Conference
  
The Flora and Fauna of Virginia Environmental Education Conference will be held at Shrine Mont October 16 - 18. Early registration closes Sept. 20. Full registration includes lodging for two nights, all meals, field trips, and conference registration. There will be eight break out sessions with 40 workshop choices. Field trips and half day workshops take place on Friday. 
  
The Virginia Master Naturalists are hosting their conference on October 18 - 20. Attend both conferences and receive a $15 discount per conference for $30.
 
Stewardship Virginia Fall Campaign is September 1 - October 31  
Get involved with a stewardship project. Plan and conduct your own event or join an exsisting project. Receive recognition from the Governor for your participation. Visit the Stewardship Virginia website or contact Bonnie Phillips at 804-786-5056.
  

New Resources

Virginia Science Activites, Models and Simulations (SAMS)
 
The Virginia Department of Education has a new science webpage  titled Virginia Science Activities, Models and Simulations (SAMS). The purpose of SAMS is to engage middle and high school students by helping them to ask scientific questions and define their problem. Students are provided with models, sensors, and tools for data collection.

The Atlas of Rare Butterflies, Skippers, Moths, Dragonflies and Damselflies of Virginia
 The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries collaborated to produce "The Atlas of Rare Butterflies, Skippers, Moths, Dragonflies and Damselflies of Virginia." It is available at www.vararespecies.org. DGIF received a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant to fund the project. A presentation of how to use this atlas will be given at the environmental education conference in October.

Grant Funding
  
Are you a Project Learning Tree facilitator? If so, check out the GreenWorks! grant page. The deadline to apply for a GreenWorks! grant is September 30.  
  
There are other grant funding opportunities on the Virginia Naturally grant funding website
Professional Development 
 
Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Skills for Water Quality Issues - November 5 - 8 at the Smithsonian Biology Institute in Front Royal.
 

Check out the professional development webpage and the Calendar of Events to find other seminars and workshops. 

Thoughts on Environmental Education and Spending Time Outdoors
 

Here's an interesting commentary from David Sorbel with Orion  .This piece articulates how many people feel about the museum- like quality of what environmental education has become compared to what it's really like to get outdoors and explore nature.

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Sincerely,

 

Sheila Mary Barnett
Environmental Educator
 
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
600 E. Main St., 24th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

 
Phone: (804) 786-1815
 
Fax: (804) 371-2072