Park Authority

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

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: Alex Marstall, Watch the Green Grow Coordinator, at 

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 grants from the Fairfax County Park Foundation and 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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