Nature Meets the Classroom
Bring your students to one of our four nature preserves or have PVAS bring a program to your classroom! Lessons are hands-on, linked to WVCSO’s, and great fun for your students. PVAS offers grade-specific programs for classrooms from pre-K-5th grade. We also offer custom programs upon request for any grade. School class fees for Title 1 Schools are often covered by community scholarships. Insects, Plants v. Animals, Animal Adaptations...check out the complete list of programs (pdf) and call Ellen Murphy, Program Specialist, for more information or to book a program at 304-676-8739 or email@example.com.
Set Up A StoryWalk at Your School or Library
StoryWalks are a great way to encourage your students to combine literacy, the outdoors, and health! Books are posted page-by-page on signs so that students can walk and read. We'll set up a book around your school on a day you choose and you encourage classes to go out and enjoy reading in a new way. Check out our StoryWalk site with all the details! Contact volunteer Susannah Olsen firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
PVAS occasionally receives grants to lead trainings for local teachers. We can also design a custom program for your team to help increase teachers’ comfort level with teaching outside, using the schoolyard as a classroom, teaching science topics, or integrating environmental education across subject areas. Our staff and volunteers are also certified to lead Growing Up Wild, Project Wild, Project Wild Aquatic, and Flying Wild training sessions. Contact our Program Director, Ellen Murphy, for more information at 304-676-8739 or email@example.com.
Take Your Students Outside
The first step to using your schoolyard to support your already existing lesson plans is to go outside and look! This guide will help you help your students to connect with nature. If you are looking for a good field guide for your students, Cornell's Lab of Ornithology can help!
Webcams are a great way for students to watch animals in the wild. Many of the bird cams are on nesting sites which are most active in the late winter and early spring. Some cameras are active only at certain times of the year.
You'll find links to several bird webcams here: http://watch.birds.cornell.edu/nestcams/camera/index
The Eagle Cam at NCTC in Shepherdstown is here: http://outdoorchannel.com/Conservation/EagleCam.aspx
Jordan's Lake in North Carolina also has an Eagle Cam: http://www.ustream.tv/jordanlakeeagles
Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa is here: http://www.ustream.tv/petespond/collection/cc3d89d7f639
The National Zoo in Washington, DC has several Animal Cams: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/webcams/default.cfm
The San Diego Zoo has Animal Cams as well: http://kids.sandiegozoo.org/animal-cams-videos
The Bear Cam in Ely MN: http://sportsmansparadiseonline.com/Live_Bear_Feed.html