School Programs • On-Site Youth Programs • Classroom Wish List • Education Brochure • Peace Out(side) – Activities & Games
The 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 future Wish List donations will be posted on this page. The Nature Foundation will sumbit for Nelson County Community Fund grant again this year.
Since The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen’s Annual Wish List Program is provided through funding from the Nelson County Community Fund, we follow their guidelines in disbursing FREE supplies for Nelson County School teachers to enrich the learning experiences of their students! It is our hope that funding will still be available during the pandemic and we hope to help teachers of all grade levels and subject areas in Nelson County public and private schools to obtain supplies they need. 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!
Wish List Details will be announced here.
Peace Out(side) – Activities & Games
Nature-related ideas to keep the restless busy and give the anxious comfort during 2020-21 pandemic. We will strive to add more fun family activities during the year.
- Build A Bug House Craft
- Create A Terra-cotta Toad Abode Activity
- Toad Visits the Garden Toad Abode Video
- Detective Challenge Course Activity Brochure (for Shamokin Preserve trail)
- Go On A Backyard Scavenger Hunt Activity
- How to Make Nature Prints Using Ferns
- Make Your Own Candle Activity
- Miss Toad’s Lunch Video