STEM Programs

*These programs support Science standards

Watershed Experience

Your students can get a “meaningful watershed educational experience” in one of the Museum’s streams while they learn about its health using the “Save Our Streams” protocol. This program involves stations such as chemical and physical analysis, macroinvertebrates, and a model watershed. This program takes place at the ponds near the English farm and the creek that runs through our Irish forge and farm.

Virginia Standards of Learning: K.1 K.5 1.1 1.3 2.1 3.1 3.5 3.6 4.1 4.9 6.1 6.5 6.7 LS.6 LS.10b ES.8

Plants and Animals

Plants and Animals

Discover the plants and animals living at the Museum. Students are guided through the different farms to meet and greet chickens, goats, cows, pigs, and sheep. Students are also introduced to the various crops grown on our farms. Students learn the many uses of plants and animals in the past and in the present. This program features plenty of hands-on activities! This program or its components can be incorporated into other programs.

*This program’s location changes seasonally due to animal and crop placement.

Virginia Standards of Learning: K.6 K.7 1.4 1.5 2.4 2.5 2.7 2.8 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.10 4.4 4.5 5.5 LS.5 LS.11

Natural Resources

The Museum is home to many diverse habitats and ecosystems, including aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Investigate how earth’s resources were used in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries by farms and towns. Students explore resource management, conservation methods, habitats, and ecosystems.

*This program’s location varies seasonally.

Virginia Standards of Learning: K.11 1.8 2.8 3.10 3.11 4.9 5.7 6.7 6.9 LS.11 ES.6