Classroom Programs

Our outreach programs are created to help students become more aware of the many ways that they can become better stewards of our environment.

All of our programs are grade specific and support VA Standards of Learning (SOLs). Each presentation is informative, interactive and fun!

Lower Elementary


Upper Elementary

  • All About Natural Resources

    Science SOLs: 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.8, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11

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    Students will define natural resources and will focus on ways in which they can care for their environment. A short video will be shown discussing the various ways that natural resources are used and over-used daily. Students will determine whether common classroom items come from renewable or nonrenewable resources. As a follow up activity, the … Continue reading “All About Natural Resources”

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  • The Green Game

    Science SOLs: 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.6, 3.7, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11, 4.5, 4.9, 5.7

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    Students will focus on ways in which they can reduce their environmental impact (carbon footprint) by playing a fun, interactive game. Students must work as a team to complete the game. This game can be played outside.  

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  • The Water Game

    Science SOLs: 2.5, 2.7, 3.6, 3.9, 3.10, 4.5, 4.9, 5.6, 5.7

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    Students will discover ways to preserve, conserve, and share our waters while playing an interactive, giant board game. Students will gain an understanding of how vital it is to protect our limited freshwater resources from pollutants such as animal waste, fertilizers, oil, and soil erosion. Students will use addition and subtraction to track water consumption. … Continue reading “The Water Game”

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  • Soil: Who needs it?

    Science SOLs: 3.3, 3.6, 3.7, 3.9, 3.10

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    Students will watch a DVD which focuses on why we are losing billions of tons of soil each year to erosion and what we can do to prevent our soil from polluting our waterways. Students will then participate in a soil identification activity where students will compare the properties of various soils. Roanoke Valley’s soil … Continue reading “Soil: Who needs it?”

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  • Planet in Peril

    Science SOLs: 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11, 4.4, 4.5, 4.9

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    Students will identify ways in which Earth’s ability to sustain life is being threatened, specifically resource depletion, pollution, and excess waste production. Students will also discover ways that they can help reduce the impact of these problems on the world’s growing population. Students will view recycled objected and plastics made from plants to demonstrate how … Continue reading “Planet in Peril”

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  • All About Recycling

    Science SOLs: 3.3, 3.6, 3.10, 4.5, 4.9, 5.7

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    Students will learn about recycling, how it works, why it’s important, and what they can do to help. Local recycling programs will be discussed so students know how to incorporate this lesson into their daily lives. Students will see a variety of new materials that were recycled from other materials.

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  • Environmental Bingo

    Science SOLs: 3.6, 3.10, 4.5, 4.9, 5.7

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    Through a fun and interactive game, students will learn about natural resources, recycling, and the difference between Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Refuse. They will discuss where our waste ends up and the effect littering has on our environment.

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  • The Trash Train

    Science SOLs: 3.10, 3.11, 4.5, 4.9, 5.7

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    Students will follow trash as it is collected by localities (Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Vinton), dumped on the transfer station floor for inspection, loaded onto the “Trash Train” rail cars, and transported to the Smith Gap Landfill. The waste stream in the US will be discussed along with ways of decreasing the amount of … Continue reading “The Trash Train”

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  • Groundwater – 4th and 5th

    Science SOLs: 4.5, 4.9, 5.7, 6.3, 6.5, 6.7, 6.9

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    Students will use the Groundwater Model to discover the movement and storage of water from the surface through underground soil and bedrock layers, focusing on a karst environment. Students will see the immediate effect of groundwater contamination from point & nonpoint source pollutants & will identify ways in which this can be remediated, including preserving … Continue reading “Groundwater – 4th and 5th”

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  • Watershed to Oceans

    Science SOLs: 4.5, 4.9, 5.7, 6.5, 6.7, 6.9

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    Students will identify their local watersheds and map the movement of water from the land to storm drains where it empties into local waterways and ultimately the ocean. Students will identify common point & nonpoint source pollutants and will discover best management practices for preventing water pollution.

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