Environmental Education Committee
The Environmental Education Committee of the Friends of the 500th works in close cooperation with Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge to promote environmental stewardship, especially of the Refuge, and recognition of the Refuge as a positive resource to the community by creating an organized and diverse package of Environment Education initiatives and by providing training for educators and volunteers.
The Friends of the 500th, through its Environmental Education Committee, seeks to give students and visitors of all ages a reason to enjoy the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. We work in close cooperation with Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge to promote environmental stewardship, especially of the Refuge, and recognition of the Refuge as a positive resource to the community. We do this by offering a wide variety of programs, teaching materials, teacher training, and field trip opportunities, including grants to help with the cost of bussing students.Committee Charter (PDF)
Learn more about the specific Environmental Education initiatives of Friends of the 500 by visiting our Education pages:
Master Naturalist Program
Why are wetlands so important? Is it a Red Spruce or a Balsam Fir? Was Canaan Valley once a mountain like the Himalayans? Become a part of the West Virginia Master Naturalist Programtm, developed by the WV Division of Natural Resources, and learn the answers to those and many other questions. The Canaan Valley chapter is a partner with the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and a committee of the Friends of the 500th. You can become Certified WV Master Naturalists by completing 64 hours of instruction in topics such as General Ecology, Wetland, Aquatic and Terrestrial Habitats, Mammals, Insects, Amphibians and Reptiles, Habitat Improvement for Wildlife and Nature Interpretation and Teaching and completing 30 hours of nature related volunteering. To get more information about the program, view the WV DNR Master Naturalists site or the information on our master naturalists program, by clicking below.