Schools qualify for the Pearl School Award by filling out an online applicationeach year. To receive the award, the school must reach the required number of points for the various environmental education projects and programs that they have completed throughout the year- Please refer to the 2019-2020 information and resources page. We are happy to say that each year, the schools qualifying for this award increases, demonstrating that our Virginia Beach teachers are dedicated to offering excellent environmental education opportunities for students in all of our schools.
Many projects can be initiated at schools to add outdoor learning opportunities on grounds while also helping to improve water quality. Schools can install Rain Barrels, Scoop the Poop Boxes, Rain Gardens, orBuffer Gardensto green their school grounds with valuable learning components. Oyster Restoration efforts for example: constructing oyster castles, allow students to have hands-on interaction on the water and study living systems and watershed ecology in addition to project support, Lynnhaven River NOW recognizes schools providing outstanding environmental education with the Pearl School Award. Any school within Lynnhaven River NOW’s service area is eligible to apply.
Professional development opportunities are available for teachers throughout the year in Virginia Beach Schools sponsored trainings as well as independent workshop opportunities.
Students can apply for a various Internships that offer experience working with a grassroots, environmental organization focused on local water quality issues. These volunteer positions provide valuable, real-world experiences that help to enhance college applications and resumes.
SUSTAINABLE YARDS PROGRAM: Let us help you “green” your Lynnhaven watershed home. This unique program provides specific stormwater management practices to your yard at a significantly reduced cost to you.