Virginia Resource-Use Education Council

Welcome to VRUEC, Virginia's state and federal natural resource and education agencies and colleges of education and resource management working on environmental literacy. The VRUEC has sponsored conservation courses for teachers since 1952 and trained hundreds of community educators about Virginia's natural resources. Today, the VRUEC continues to embrace new ideas and projects to benefit the educators and students of Virginia. View the VRUEC by-laws (PDF) and membership policy (PDF).

VRUEC Members


Agencies and Contacts

Virginia Interagency Education Workgroup (VIEW)

VIEW is a subcommittee of the VRUEC. VIEW members are tasked with coordinating Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Education Implementation Plan, including Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE). In addition to VRUEC members, VIEW includes representatives from:

Meeting Minutes and Agency Reports

Past Council projects

To support the Virginia Naturally education initiative, the council in 2000 adopted the following resolution:



The Virginia Resource-Use Education Council (VRUEC) was established in 1952 to promote a better understanding of conservation education throughout the Commonwealth; and


The VRUEC has a long standing record of coordinating the educational efforts of Virginia's resource agencies and educational institutions on behalf of the Commonwealth citizens; and


The VRUEC since 1955 has produced educational resources to inform Virginians of the importance of our Natural Resources; and


The VRUEC subscribes to the following principles:

  • That the natural resources of the state and nation should be used wisely and with due consideration for the future;
  • That the wise use of these resources should be the concern of government at the local, state, and national levels;
  • That all people benefit from the natural resources of the state and nation: hence, they have citizenship responsibility in the safeguarding and judicious utilization of these resources; and,
  • That all citizens, public or private groups, charged with the management of natural resources or education or both, have added responsibilities in promoting understanding of conservation needs problems and ways to resolve them.


The Honorable Governor James S. Gilmore asked the VRUEC to:

  • Coordinate the development and consistent delivery of environmental education programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia by linking current environmental education efforts to creative, innovative approaches;
  • Nurture and promote alternative methods of reaching and educating our citizens from all sectors of the public; and,
  • Promote sustained life-long learning and professional development based on Virginia's academic standards.

Let it be resolved that: The VRUEC fully supports and will spearhead Governor Gilmore's Virginia Naturally 2000 Initiative on this date, January 31, 2000.

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