For several years FOR has been asked by the Virginia Resources Use Education Council to host
different portions of a teacher
professional development program called the “Mountains to the Bay
Academy” (M2B). This year was a full house as 29 teachers from across our watershed and beyond came to Fredericksburg for the second of four weekend courses focused on watershed education!

The teachers spent the weekend learning how to get kids excited about watershed issues and effective techniques for teaching these concepts. Dan Dutton from the
Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School led an amazing
program about seining with kids and how to identify fish.
A new part of the program this year included a
partnership with George Washington’s Ferry Farm. The teachers spent a morning at Ferry Farm with Manager of
Education Programs Zac Cunningham. “We were so thrilled for these amazing teachers to visit George
Washington’s Ferry Farm and hear stories about the Rappahannock River and its influence on young George, who literally grew up on its banks. The Rappahannock is a precious natural resource, but also a historical treasure. Cooperating with FOR was an exciting way for us to emphasize the need to protect the river because of its historical significance. We look forward to many future collaborations with FOR!” Thank you Ferry Farm for a wonderful program!

Thank you to the wonderful teachers and partners who braved the cold rain and made this weekend a success!
By Daria Christian,
FOR Assistant Director

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