Education for a Sustainable Future

School Programs

youth@tnfw.orgThe Nature Foundation at Wintergreen encourages understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the natural and cultural resources of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  Through our youth programs, the organization staff and volunteers inspire the next generation of passionate environmental stewards. Youth group leaders and educators can email  to schedule an event.

Each year, we reach over 2300 students across Nelson County and the surrounding counties. We provide site-based learning opportunities at Wintergreen and in-school environmental programs.

These environmental education programs are designed to support the pre K-12 curriculum and appropriate Virginia Standards of Learning as well as to stimulate critical thinking and decision making for students.

From stream surveys to story-times, we are out there working hard to educate your local youth!

On-Site Youth Programs

In addition to our school programs, we provide hands-on educational opportunities for homeschool groups, scouts, YMCA’s and other organizational summer camps on-site. It is our goal to provide the youth an immersive experience, and encourage lifelong environmental stewards.

Classroom Wish List Program

Each year, thanks to generous support from the Nelson County Community Fund, the foundation has be able to donate thousands of dollars-worth of science-related classroom supplies to the Nelson County Public Schools. Applications for 2020 are being accepted until Sunday, February 16, 2020. Nelson County teachers apply here: Nature Foundation Wish List Application 2020. See instructions below.

The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen’s Annual Wish List Program is provided through funding from the Nelson County Community Fund. The program offers FREE supplies for Nelson County School teachers to enrich the learning experiences of their students! Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas in Nelson County public and private schools are eligible to apply. Requested supplies should align with The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen’s mission and support environmental and/or cultural education. We strive to give every applicant the supplies they request!

The Details

The deadline to submit your request is Sunday, February 16, 2020. Print out the application, complete and send to Kathie Driscoll, Education Director:

Email: youth@twnf.org

U.S. Mail: The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen, Attn: Kathie Driscoll, R.R. 1, Box 770, Roseland, VA 22967

Applicants will be notified by Friday, March 6, 2020. The following information must be included with applications:

  • Specific  product information and price.
  • Include website/catalog information.
  • Please no support supplies (i.e. crayons, markers, folders).

Any “living” science equipment/materials will require special delivery arrangements to the teacher.

New this year: Please include a lesson plan or a description of the project for the supplies you requested.

Items will be presented to the winner and students early spring.

Questions? Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the requirements. Please contact Kathie Driscoll, Education Director at (434) 325-8169 or youth@twnf.org.