Outreach & Education

Classroom & Youth Programs

  • Recycling at School - Learn more about recycling in public and private schools.
  • Students and Teachers - Recycling resources, workshops, speakers, costume appearances, fun facts and more.
  • School News - Announcements, contests, speakers, tours and more.
  • Sewer Science Program - A hands-on program that teaches high school students about wastewater treatment.
  • EnviroScape - Training is available to teachers, interns, youth group leaders and adult volunteers in the use of a three-dimensional watershed model.
  • Exploring the Soil - Learn about soil and its roles in the water table, erosion, wildlife habitat, forests, agriculture, carbon and nutrient cycling, and keeping the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay clean. If the outdoors are accessible, students can assist in taking a soil core to a depth of five feet and exploring the various layers, colors and particles found in soil.
  • Urban Forestry - Urban Forestry offers information on the importance and benefits of trees as well as current threats posed by invasive forest pests.

School Projects

  • Environmental project funding - Area schools can apply for a grant under the Johnnie Forte Jr. Memorial Litter/Recycling Grant Program.
  • Wastewater Science Project - Wastewater Management offers assistance to county high schools students with their science projects. Interested students may apply to this free program.

Educational Materials

  • Stormy the Raindrop - Learn about stormwater from Stormy the Raindrop.
  • Channel 16 Video - Look for a number of instructional videos under the "Environment" heading, including Can The Grease, Fertilizer Runoff and Treasures of the Chesapeake.


Volunteer Opportunities

  • Storm drain labeling - Storm drain labeling is an effective, low-cost method of educating residents about water quality problems in our streams, lakes, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Volunteer stream monitoring - Help make a difference in our environment! Join volunteers throughout the county in monitoring water quality in local streams. The data you collect is used to assess the overall condition of our streams and help determine watershed management initiatives.


Contests & Scholarships

  • Virginia Envirothon - A natural resources competition for high school students in which participants learn about stewardship and management concepts and work to solve real and hypothetical environmental problems. The program is field-oriented and gives students an opportunity to work with natural resource professionals.
  • School News - Announcements, contests, speakers, tours, and more.
  • Natural Resource Conservation/Environmental Studies - $1,000 college scholarships are available from the Educational Foundation of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts



  • Treatment Plant - Take a tour of the Noman M. Cole Pollution Control plant, the county's award-winning wastewater treatment facility.
  • I-66 Transfer Station - Students can take a tour of the transfer station, which includes an observation window with lots of movement, trash, brush grinding, hazardous waste collection and a recycling drop-off center





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