Resources for teachers
Possessing Animals in Your Classroom:
Virginia has regulations that restrict the number of wild, nongame fish, reptiles, amphibians, or aquatic invertebrates a person may possess. Basically, you can take (capture and keep live) up to 5 of any one species of reptile or amphibian. Any more than five, you need a permit. Once in captivity for 40 days the animal may not be returned to the wild. Any animal purchased from a supply house (such as tadpoles) may never ever be released. It is recommended that no wild animal be brought into the classroom for more than a day. Instead, the school grounds can be converted into a habitat and the animals allowed to come and go as they please. Also, it is illegal to possess threatened and endangered species unless you have a special permit. The goal of these regulations is to protect the populations of nongame species. In addition, there are fishing, hunting, and trapping regulations for game species. It is important for all teachers to know the law. To learn about current regulations, call your local office of the Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), or visit the DGIF website (www.dgif.state.va.us/fishing) and select "Virginia Freshwater Fishing Regulations," and then "Nongame Fish, Reptile, Amphibian, and Aquatic Invertebrate Regulations."
These teachers are testing water for the presence of nitrate. They attended a workshop put on by Clean Virginia Waterways and Longwood University thanks to a grant from the Dave Matthews Band.
Curriculum Materials on the Internet:
Virginia Naturally web site
Teachers—This web site is the place to start your search for lesson plans, workshop opportunities, grant information and much more. It has extensive links to environmental educational materials.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Water for Kids Learn about wetlands, rivers, oceans, estuaries, water conservation, drinking water, and more! http://www.epa.gov/water/kids/waterforkids.html
U.S. Geological Survey Water Science for Schools This site has information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge. http://wwwga.usgs.gov/edu/
GLOBE is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program. Teachers will find a wealth of information about water quality monitoring on this site, plus data about water quality around the world that you can use in your classroom.
"Love a Tree" Love-A-Tree is an environmental education program developed by International Paper. This site has lesson plans and other resources for teachers.
Project Wet (water education for teachers)
This K-12 curriculum supplement addresses topics such as atmospheric water, surface and ground water quality, cultural and historic uses of water, and contemporary management issues.
Project Learning Tree
Conservation of forests and more. Call your local office of the VA Dept of Forestry
VA Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
From this site, you can select an animal species that lives in Virginia, and learn more detailed information than you thought possible!
Drinking water in Virginia