Virginia Naturally News
News you can use!Earth Month 2013
In This Issue
Save the Dates: Virginia Naturally Environmental Education Conference & Virgina Master Naturalist Conference. Plan to attend both
21st Century Learning Schools
News About Outstanding Environmental Leaders in Virginia
Grant Funding Opportunities
Quick Links

Virginia Naturally Homepage   

Calendar of Events

Spring & Summer Professional Development

Grant Funding

Welcome New Partners!
Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council
Dan River Basin Association
Environmental Studies on the Piedmont
Forest Discoveries
Northern Virginia Community College
Party Animals
 River Stories LLC
Virginia Native Plant Society - Potowmack Chapter
Virginia Tech Museum of Geosciences
Save the Dates for the Upcoming Conferences

Virginia Naturally Environmental Education Conference 
The Virginia Naturally Environmental Education Conference is October 16 - 18 at Shrine Mont in Orkney Springs, VA.

The Virginia Master Naturalist Conference
The VMN will host their conference in Richmond, VA October 18 - 21.
Additional information about both of these conferences will be forthcoming.
21st Century Learning Schools - Deadline to apply for a 2013 - 2014 grant is April 23

(Title IV, Part B) program supports the creation of opportunities for academic enrichment during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The
2012 - 2013 21st Century Community Learning Centers were added to the Virginia Naturally partner network. VDOE funds, through a competitive process, projects that provide significant expanded learning opportunities for children and youth, and that will assist students to meet or exceed state and local standards in core academic subjects.

News about Outstanding Environmental Leaders in Virginia 

Virginia Environmental Endowment Program 
Gerald P. McCarthy, who has served as the executive director of the VEE is retiring in mid-May. Mr. McCarthy served with the VEE for 36 years. His successor, Joseph Maroon, has over 30 years of environmental leadership experience and public service. The
VEE has provided grant funding to support environmental education, stewardship and restoration projects in Virginia.

Thomas Jefferson Awards
Distinguished Virginians were honored at the annual Thomas Jefferson award ceremony hosted by the Virginia Museum of Natural History on March 14. The following Virginian's were honored:
Helen C. Rountree - Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science
Anne Moore - Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education
Ann Regn - Thomas Jefferson Award for Conservation

The William Barton Rogers Corporate Award was presented to Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County. This award is given to a corporation that has shown significant support for the natural sciences in Virginia


Six EPA Environmental Grants Awarded to Virginia Communities
The EPA reported that the following Virginia organizations received EPA environmental grants: Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus, Friends of the Rappahannock, Hampton Clean City Commission, James River Association, Meadowview Bio Research Station in Woodford, and Western Virginia Water Authority in Roanoke. Click here to learn more about environmental education grants offered by the EPA.

Wings Across the Americas 2013 Conservation Award 
Congratulations to Carol Zokaites of the Virginia Department of Conservation for her recognition from the U.S. Forest Service for her work on BatsLive! A Distance Learning Adventure.

Grant Funding Opportunities:


K - 12 Farm Field Trips Mini-Grants - Deadline April 19
The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's Growing Minds is offering 10 competitive mini-grants of up to $200 for pre-K-12 farm field trips for 2013. ASAP will pay hosting farmers upon approval of the grants, and will reimburse the remainder of the funds to the teachers or school upon completion of the farm field trip.

Nominate yourself or someone you know who is a volunteer who supports environmental education and conservation. The winner will receive an award of $1,000.

Dominion K-12 Educational Partnership - Deadline May 1
Dominion is accepting on-line grant applications to encourage the development of new programs to strengthen math and/or science education K-12 through the study of the environment or energy.  Approximately $325,000 in educational partnership grants will be awarded throughout an eight-state region.

Virginia Endowment Mini-Grants Deadline June 15
Grants up to $5,000 are available for environmental education and watershed education programs for public and private schools (K-12) and nongovernmental, nonprofit community organizations. 


Check the Virginia Naturally grants page  for additional grant funding opportunities.

Professional Development:
Continue to check the Virginia Naturally Professional Development web page for continuing education programs taking place this spring and summer. In addition, check the calendar for webinars and other items of interest for people interested in Virginia's environment. Items of interest are also posted on the Virginia Naturally Face book page.
Earth Month

Plan to attend an Earth Day event. The events below have been added to the Virginia Naturally calendarIf you know of another Earth Day event, please send me an email and I will added it to the calendar.

Every Virginia State Park hosts Earth Day events. Click here to find out what is happening at a state park near you.

The Stewardship Virginia Campaign is in full swing. It's not too late to register your stewardship event as part of the Stewardship Virginia program and receive recognition from the Governor.

Earth Week at George Mason University
GMU is offering a series of events from speakers to sustainability related activities. Check out what the Office of Sustainability
 has to offer in honor of Earth month.

April 13

Fool for Art (and Environmental Fair) - 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
John Tyler Community College
800 Charter Colony Parkway
Midlothian, VA
Contact: Lisa Kendrick
(804) 594-1527 

Haymarket Earth Day Parade and Street Fair - 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

New Kent Envirothon and Earth Day - 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
11809 New Kent Hwy.
Contact: Patty Townsend  
(804) 966-9645

April 20  

Abingdon Earth Day Festival - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fields-Penn House - Across from the Farmer's Market
208 W Main St.,  Abingdon, VA 24210
Contact: (276) 676-0216

Alexandria Earth Day - 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
4800 Brenman Park Drive
Contact: Jennifer Hovis
(703) 746-5420

Floyd Earth Day Celebration - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Floyd EcoVillage
718 Franklin Pike in Floyd, VA

Henrico Earth Day Celebration - Noon - 4 p.m.
Three Lakes Park
400 Sausiluta Drive, Henrico, VA
Contact: Rachel Lindsey (804) 501-5134

Powhatan Earth Day Celebration
Powhatan Courthouse
3880-D Old Buckingham Road
Contact: Cathy Howland
(804) 598-5640

Richmond City Earth Day - 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
17th Street Farmer's Market
Contact: Enrichmond (804) 646-0954

Roanoke Earth Day - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Grandin Road  closed Memorial Avenue to Westover Avenue

Staunton Earth Day Festival - 9:30 a.m. - Noon
Sunspots' Byers St. Parking Lot
202 S. Lewis St.
Staunton, VA

Earth Day at the Virginia Living Museum - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, VA
Contact: (757) 595-1900

Mount Trashmore - Virginia Beach 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
310 Edwin Drive, Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 385-4461 

April 21  


Eco Fair - Charlottesville - Noon - 6 p.m.
Downtown Mall

Hanover County Earth Day Festival - Noon - 5 p.m.
Bass Pro Shop
11550 N. Lakeridge Parkway, Ashland, VA
Contact: Melissa Miller
(804) 798-8130

April 27

 - Fairfax - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
9601 Ox Road
Lorton, VA
(703) 324-5471

April 28

Earth Day @ Loudoun - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
42920 Broadlands Blvd.
Broadlands, VA
Contact: Oya Simpson
(703) 725-8040

Washington-Henry Elementary School Earth Day - 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
9025 Washington Henry Drive
Mechanicsville, VA


Sheila Barnett

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Office of Environmental Education