Education Assistance Request
The SVSWCD offers Educational Assistance as well as Education Resources for both classroom and field experiences.
To request educational assistance from the SVSWCD please follow the link to complete the request form: Educational Assistance Request Form
Note: It is helpful to complete the form at least several weeks prior to the education event so that the SVSWCD more likely accommodate your request.
To make a request for educational resources please follow the link to complete the form: Educational Resource Request Form
For more information or if you have questions please contact:
Phone: (540) 433-2853 ext. 121
Education Success Stories
Broadway High School:
In the fall of 2016, the Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) hosted two days of Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences (MWEE) for over 200 10th graders from Broadway High School. At this MWEE, the students preformed water quality testing, a visual assessment of the stream, and benthic macroinvertebrate sampling and identification. Students were given a brief introduction on water quality and stream health by teachers. SVSWCD staff built on this knowledge not only by reviewing and explaining the various water quality tests, but also by discussing local land use and how land use impacts water quality. Staff also discussed how certain conservation practices can improve water quality. Teachers and SVSWCD staff followed up with students at the end of the MWEE discussing the student’s findings, specifically how they interpreted the water quality results from the day to explain the health of the stream and surrounding watershed.
Cub Run Elementary School:
The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (SVSWCD)assisted with a classroom presentation for nearly a hundred 4th grade students at Cub Run Elementary School in Rockingham County in November 2016. The classroom presentation focused on water quality, land use, and watersheds. SVSWCD staff used the Enviroscape Model to highlight how their actions on the surface of the earth affects water quality all the way to the Chesapeake Bay. The teacher provided students with an overview of watersheds and potential water quality issues before the visit. The teacher then continued the discussion with students following the visit by connecting with a 4th grade class in another state through a blog. The teacher provided the following feedback about the classroom visit: “Our fourth graders were spell bound with the engaging presentation. The interactive visual style of instruction was fabulous. Thank you for helping us teach these important Chesapeake Bay Watershed concepts and life skills of protecting our water resources.”