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DRBA Receives Grant So Students Can Learn from the Dan River

June 17, 2020

DRBA Receives Grant So Students Can Learn from the Dan River

This upcoming school year, every sixth grade student in Pittsylvania County, VA will receive environmental education focused on the Dan River, thanks to a grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE). The project, called “Students Taking on Environmental Matters” or the STEM Project, is in partnership with the Pittsylvania County Public Schools at the STEM Academy in Chatham, VA.  Click here to read more.


High School Students Reflect on TIC Experience the First Time

December 20, 2019

High School Students Reflect on TIC Experience the First Time

Ms. Cameron Kolinski is a teacher at Bassett High School in Henry County. Her classroom has many animals already including a bearded dragon, puppies, and a rabbit, but this year, they joined the Trout in the Classroom program. Ms. Kolinski explained that her students had requested to participate in TIC, so she contacted DRBA staff immediately to become involved. They now have alevins in their classroom and have started to care for the trout, but this time is much different than when they participated in elementary school.


Hands On Environmental Science Provides Real World Experiences

September 25, 2019

Hands On Environmental Science Provides Real World Experiences

The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) impacted 1,000 students in the basin, particularly Martinsville, Henry County, and Patrick County, through hands on environmental science with programs such as Trout in the Classroom, Streamside Trees in the Classroom, and Forest School.  This project was generously funded in part by the Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia.  Click here to read more.


Elementary Students Participate in Green Schoolyard Project

July 1, 2019

Elementary Students Participate in Green Schoolyard Project

In partnership with Albert Harris Elementary, the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) developed the first Green Schoolyard in the Dan River basin.  Second grade students at Albert Harris are primarily involved with the project since they had already started a butterfly garden in the courtyard.  DRBA staff worked with Albert Harris Elementary teachers to enhance the existing butterfly garden and create a certified "Monarch Waystation" along with adding a rain barrel system and a composting program utilizing cafeteria scraps.  The goal of the project is to have the students primarily involved with taking care of the garden using harvested rain water and natural, rich fertilizer - ultimately being stewards of their schoolyard.  Click here to read more.


Places That Connect: Gravely Nature Preserve, Henry County

May 14, 2019

Places That Connect: Gravely Nature Preserve, Henry County

Situated a few miles south of Martinsville on the Smith River, the 75-acre Gravely Nature Preserve has many stories to tell.