COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 112

May 28, 2004

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Outdoor Classroom Institutes

 

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, in cooperation with several state, federal, and private agencies, will conduct Outdoor Classroom Institutes at three locations around the state this summer. The institutes are being funded through a grant awarded by the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund and will support the participation of 24 teachers at each institute. Virginia teachers of grades 3 through 6 are eligible to attend in teams representing their schools. An ideal team will consist of two teachers and an administrator.

 

Each institute is designed to train teachers in the methods and techniques of establishing an outdoor classroom and how to provide a Meaningful Watershed Educational Field Experience for their students. The Outdoor Classroom Institutes will be held in the Fishersville area on June 16  18, 2004, the Tidewater area on July 21 23, 2004, and in Northern Virginia on August 11 13, 2004. The institutes provide drive-in training opportunities, and lodging will not be provided.

 

For more details about the Outdoor Classroom Institutes and an application, go to http://www.vanaturally.com/summer.html. If you need additional information about the Outdoor Classroom Institutes, please contact Carol Heiser (cheiser@dgif.state.va.us), project coordinator, at (804) 367-6989.

 

JLD/yba