Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-8700
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Jai Cole,
Executive Director

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Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience

Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience 

The Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) is a 1.5-hour program that meets the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement education requirements for elementary school students.  
•    No buses needed! We come to you. 
•    MWEE supports multiple 4th and 5th grade Virginia Standards of Learning. 
•    MWEE is schoolyard project-based learning. 
•    MWEE includes a consultation with a park naturalist to assist with an action project. 

 

MWEE is designed for three student groups or classes who rotate through three stations. The stations are designed to cover 4th and 5th-grade Science SOLs. Topics at the stations are:  
•    Erosion and Land Use: A naturalist leads students on a schoolyard hike to identify evidence of erosion. 
•    Native Plant Habitats:  A student game illustrates how easily invasive species can spread.  
•    Schoolyard Biodiversity Data Collection: Students collect data about the presence or absence of plant species on school grounds for later analysis in the classroom.

 
•    Cost per student: $8 
•    Length of time: 1.5 hours  
•    When: September to June 
•    Where: Your school yard 
•    Who: Grades 4 and or  5 

More Information / Schedule a MWEE Program

•    Contact: Tami Sheiffer, Watch the Green Grow Coordinator, at Tamara.Sheiffer@fairfaxcounty.gov 

If accommodations and/or alternative formats are needed, please contact Inclusion and ADA Support at 703-324-8727.  TTY Va Relay 711  

Schedule a Free Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience

Thanks to a grant from Chesapeake Bay Trust, this MWEE program is being offered FREE to Title I elementary schools during the 2021-22 school year. Spaces are limited.

  • Cost per student: Free  
  • Length of time: 1.5 hours  
  • When: September 2021 – June 2022  
  • Where: Title I elementary schools
  • Who: Grades 4 and 5


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