Shenandoah Valley Environmental Education Alliance


Workshops/Professional Development







Andy Jackson
VAST Region V Director

K-12 Science Coordinator Harrisonburg City Schools
Physics & Astronomy Teacher Harrisonburg High School
I am happy to announce our first annual VAST Region V mini PDI. Our March 18th 2011 meeting will be a joint venture between Region V of VAST (Virginia Association of Science Teachers) and the SVEEA (Shenandoah Valley Environmental Education Alliance). Please come and enjoy a wonderful day of learning, sharing and networking in a wonderful and unique location. I know you will leave with new contacts, new understandings, a new idea or two, and like all good science lessons, with more questions than answers!!  Please go to to view the agenda, more details, and to register. The cost is only $15 and includes a continental breakfast and a wonderful lunch.

Included in the days activities are two speaker sessions discussing the science and political issues impacting our region of the State today and in the future. Gary Flory, water compliance manager for the DEQ, will be discussing the new TMDLs with regard to Virginia Agriculture and a member of the JMU geology department and Seth Coffman, Shenandoah Headwaters Home Rivers Coordinator for Trout Unlimited, will be talking about Hydrofracing in Virginia.

Make sure you register!


Cacapon Institute's 6th Annual Stream Cleaner Environmental Forum began on March 15 and will run from through April 22, 2011.  Participating classes will work to find a consensus approach to solving the Chesapeake Bay's pollution problems that strikes an acceptable balance.  Classes from West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and DC have been posting their POV statements and have started to engage in the peer review Thoughtful Discussion.  You can take a look at the eForum by clicking on the phone in the High School.    Click here to learn more about eForums or sign up. Download a flyer (75 KB PDF) about the SCE Forum here.


Dear SVEEA Members:

We are in the process of improving the SVEEA website; this involves compiling data from all SVEEA member schools/agencies/organizations.   On the updated website, each participating organization will be represented with an icon on an interactive map  (thanks to Cacapon Institute web gurus).  When a web visitor accesses the map and lands on an icon, basic information (name, location, website and general description) will be presented in an info box.  Isn't that cool?
Please open the Survey Monkey link here and answer four questions about your organization/agency/school.

 WE can then upload the info directly to a google map of our region. Teachers and other educators will be able to access your organization's information simply by clicking the icon. They will also have a live link to your website in order to find out more information about your program.
We need this information by Monday, 14th Feb.- Valentine's Day - so please do not delay. It will only take you a few minutes to answer the four questions on the survey.

Thanks So Much.
Betty and Tamra