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Environmental Education

Environmental Education

Education Programs - We conduct annual education programs which have become very popular across the region. Conservation Camp brings some 1,500 sixth graders to the banks of the Clinch River where they rotate through 23 different learning stations. Water Wizards is a third grade science curriculum of nine lessons in water quality which is voluntarily taught by teachers in more than 3 dozen classrooms. Envirothon is a high school team competition in soils, forestry, aquatic resources, wildlife, solid waste and a current environmental issue which changes each year. We also organize an annual voluntary teacher in-service for 80-100 teachers focusing on environmental education.

Conservation Camp

Conservation camp logoHealthy Water, Wealthy World Conservation Camp held the first week of May along the Clinch River on U S Hwy 25-E at the Grainger / Claiborne County line. Conservation Camp is made available to all sixth grade students in Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins and Union counties. About 1500 students attend the three day event, involving Environmental/ Water Quality/Conservation Curricula, with approximately 500 students attending each day. Prior to Camp, each student receives a Conservation Camp workbook outlining various topics and subjects they will be exposed to at Camp. The teacher also receives a workbook, along with a Question and Answer study guide. Throughout the course of the day, students rotate every 12 minutes to 23 different stops focusing on different water quality and environmental topics. Refreshments are provided to the students attending.

Download the Student Edition or Teacher Edition of the camp workbook.

Conservation Camp is made possible only through the efforts of the following groups.

  • Tennessee Department of Agriculture/Forestry Division
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Tennessee Highway Patrol
  • Grainger County Ambulance Service
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency
  • Friends of the Clinch and Powell Rivers
  • AmeriCorp /Appalachia CARES
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • UT Agriculture Extension
  • Grainger County Sheriff's Department
  • State Park Service

Water Wizards Program

The Water Wizards program is a third grade science curriculum focusing on water quality and related ecological issues. It includes nine lesson plans with instructions for hands-on experiments and a fun activity, student workbooks and a take home sheet for the students.

The Teacher's Guide provides step-by-step "how-to" instructions for each activity. Each lesson includes an experiment to illustrate the topic. Teacher manuals also include suggested extended activities to reinforce the topic. Teacher's guide includes an overall evaluation upon completion of the program. Evaluations measure the success of the program and help to guide with revisions.

Water Wizard's Teacher's Guide - PDF Format (617 Kb)

Student workbooks are also provided. The workbook is divided into nine lessons, one for each full month of the school year. Each lesson plan includes background information on the topic, study questions and a fun activity called Water Wizard Workout. Vocabulary words are underlined in the text and defined in the glossary. The workbooks can also be used as coloring books.

Home Brew extended learning sheets are designed to encourage students and parents to discover ways they can change their own lives and help save the earth.

Water Wizard's Student's Guide - PDF Format (481 Kb)

Teacher In-Service In conjunction with our Partners for Clean Communities KAB, we sponsor a very popular teacher in-service program annually. K-12 teachers attend a variety of sessions of their choosing. From energy education and recycling to heritage based language arts, this is an in-service day not to be missed. Check out the downloadable version of "Tennessee Wilderness Road CD-ROM - Tips for Classroom Use".

Lending Resources The RC&D maintains many wonderful classroom and enrichment resources available to educators throughout the region. From animal pelts to puzzles, you are invited to "check out" materials as often as you like. To find out more, call us at 865-828-5927.