Three Rivers Environmental Educators (TREE) provides opportunities for environmental educators the opportunity to network, partner, learn and otherwise improve the missions of their agencies and themselves.
Three Rivers Environmental Educators (TREE) comprises various environmental educators from federal, state, local and non-profit organizations, as well as independent educators. TREE is a Regional Environmental Education Team which covers Westmoreland, Northumberland, Lancaster, Richmond, Essex, King and Queen, Middlesex, Gloucester and Mathews Counties. We are also have organizations that join us from Fredericksburg City, Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties. TREE meets quarterly to review what each organization is working on and how we can help one another on grants and programs, if needed. Partners support one another to deliver high quality environmental education, coordinate stewardship opportunities and network professionally.
TREE has enabled organizations to create strong partnerships and therefore strong programs to improve environmental education efforts within our region. Think Outside the Sink is an outdoor event held at Belle Isle State Park. Students from Lancaster and Richmond County Public Schools participate and rotate through stations provided by Menokin Foundation, Belle Isle State Park, Northern Neck Soil and Water Conservation District, 4H Extension, Forestry Department, Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association and more.
Chesapeake Bay Day is conducted by Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Tidewater Soil and Water Conservation District and Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association. Chesapeake Bay Day is a full-day event for sixth grade students, sponsored and held annually at Thomas Hunter Middle School in Mathews. Volunteers from state, local, and non-profit organizations, along with historical societies, partner to provide different stations that students cycle through, centering on topics related to ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and historical heritage of Mathews County. Over the course of the event, over 600 students have been reached.
As TREE moves forward, our goals are to share more of our activities with one another so that partnerships can be made, provide more programming for high school students and publicize our efforts to more people. I would like you to become involved and increase our partnership. There is no cost to becoming a member of TREE.
- TREE members outreach to school groups, especially those involving partnerships