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Self Directed Programs
This page contains resources you can use before and after your visit to Blandy Farm.
To prepare for your visit, please review the Safety, Guidelines & Etiquette with your students.
View a Map of Blandy Farm and the State Arboretum.
Familiarize the adults accompanying your class with Chaperone duties.
The Education Team has developed Pre and Post Program activities that can enhance your classroom's visit to Blandy Farm.
Click on your program to view the activities.
Below you will find links to some of our favorite web resources.
These websites have useful information on environmental education, science news, citizen science projects, resources on native organisms, and schoolyard habitats.
Academic and Educational Resources
Virginia Naturally Environmental Education Information and Resources in Virginia
National Academies Press publishes National Science Education Standards and A Framework for K-12 Science Education among numerous other publications
Edutopia Learning and Teaching Strategies
National Science Teachers Association promotes excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all
SchoolYard Habitats Outdoor classrooms for students and educators
National Environmental Education Week
Citizen Science Opportunities
Project Budburst Monitor plants as seasons change. Collect data so that scientists can learn more about how plant species respond to changes in climate (locally, regionally, and nationally).
The Great Sunflower Project Gather information about our urban, suburban, and rural bee populations.
Lost Ladybug Project Participate in ongoing and important scientific research with this national survey of threatened and rare ladybug species
The Great Backyard Bird Count Gather data on the birds in your neighborhood
Project Feederwatch Winter survey to help scientists track populations, distribution, and movements of birds.
eBird an online database of bird observations providing scientists, researchers, and amateur naturalists with real-time data about bird distribution and abundance.
Bat Detective learn to identify bat sounds and then use the knowledge to help sort through night sound recordings and contribute to the bat identification and distribution database.
Virginia Native Plant Society Dedicated to the protections and preservation of native plants of Virginia and their native habitats
Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society Local chapter of the National Audubon Society
Virginia Master Naturalists Helping Virginia conserve and manage natural resources and public lands
As always, please contact us with any questions you have about our programs or any of the resources listed above.