National Capital Region Parks - Virginia District of the GWMP title graphic

Contact: George Washington Memorial Parkway, c/o VA District, Turkey Run Park, McLean, VA 22101. Call (703) 289-2552 or (703) 289-2500 for information or visit our website at: www.nps.gov/gwmp

Statue of Theodore Roosevelt on the plaza on Theodore Roosevelt Island.

Theodore Roosevelt Island (Washington, DC), a memorial to our 26th President, serves as a diverse outdoor laboratory, with habitat ranging from upland forest to marsh to swamp. Here students can gain a deeper understanding of conservation and the National Park Service's role in protecting our resources.

Statue of Theodore Roosevelt on the Plaza
 

In addition to the programs listed below, teachers may request field trips or in-class programs tailored to cover specific subject needs. Field trip locations could include Turkey Run Park, Theodore Roosevelt Island, Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Netherlands Carillon, Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove, Lady Bird Johnson Park, Fort Hunt, etc.

Wings Over the Woodlands and Wetlands Parks as Classrooms Program suitable for grades 4-5. Theme: Birds use different tools to survive in their varied habitats. By the end of a visit to Theodore Roosevelt Island, in combination with participation in pre- and post-visit activities, students should be able to:

National Treasures in Your Backyard Outreach Program: Held in Local Schools suitable for grades 3-4. Theme: National parks, which belong to and are the responsibility of all Americans, serve as places to learn and play. By the end of the program, students should be able to:

Trail to Treasures: George Washington Memorial Parkway suitable for grades 3-5 Outreach Program/Held in Local Schools. Under Development/Seeking teachers and classes for field-testing opportunities.

Dyke Marsh: Stability Through Diversity Parks As Classrooms Program Location: Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Alexandria, VA. Suitable for grades 6-8. Theme: Diversity in an ecosystem is critical to the health of the environment. By the end of a visit to Dyke Marsh, in combination with participation in pre- and post-visit activities, students should be able to:

High School Programs Bridging the Watershed (BTW) Parks as Labs. The BTW program is a unique partnership among the National Park Service, the Alice Ferguson Foundation, schools in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and nonprofit organizations. BTW is now sustained with support from the National Park Service, the Alice Ferguson Foundation, and grants such as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The program consists of the following five possible modules, all of which may be done at George Washington Memorial Parkway.

BTW/Water Canaries: Assessing Benthic Macroinvertebrates Curriculum-Based Education Program - Turkey Run Park, McLean, VA Students explore local macroinvertebrates currently in the Potomac watershed and use this information as an indicator of water quality.

BTW/Watershed Watchdogs: Assessing Water Quality - Theodore Roosevelt Island, Washington, D.C. Students explore nine water quality parameters and then determine the "Water Quality Index" of the waterway.

BTW/Alien Invaders: Assessing Invasive Exotic Species - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Alexandria, VA; Theodore Roosevelt Island, Washington, D.C. Students explore a distinct ecosystem in a nearby national park to discover the extent of non-native plant invasions that threaten biodiversity.

BTW/Don't Get Sedimental: Runoff and Sediment in the River - Turkey Run Park, McLean, VA Students explore surface runoff, streams, and sediment load in the watershed.

BTW/Talkin' Trash: Make a Litter Difference in Your Watershed - Various park sites available. Students explore the topic of human leavings (trash), disposal of trash, and personal patterns of living that create trash.

To obtain BTW programs, a teacher must attend a summer institute, generally 2 weeks in length. For more information, please contact the BTW Program Office at 301-292-8757 or check the webpage at http://www.bridgingthewatershed.org/.

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