K-12 programs

Whether it’s to study the geology of Richmond’s fall line, habitat or wildlife, everyone loves a field trip! Outdoors, teachers can show students tangible examples of the environmental sciences taught in the classroom and share a bonding experience in the field that can be built upon with later classes.

Teachers looking to brush up on their knowledge should consider our summer professional development workshops.

Science in the Park

Science in the Park provides science-focused educational materials about the geology, habitats, and flora and fauna of Richmond’s James River Park System. The materials are designed to enrich the park experience for visitors and users through Web-based, self-directed explorations, guides, videos and lesson plans for middle and high school students.

Adopt a sturgeon

Virginia’s Atlantic sturgeon adoption program began in 2012 thanks to grant funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Fourteen schools and groups now follow the movements of their “adopted” fish in the James River and beyond.

Sturgeon tracking

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries website offers “Students Collaborating to Undertake Tracking Efforts for Sturgeon,” or SCUTES, an educational aid for teachers to include sturgeon across several subjects. The SCUTES teacher page offers lesson plans and educational kits from third grade through high school.

To borrow a SCUTES kit in Richmond, please contact Suzie Gilley at (804) 367-0188 or