MENOKIN: Conservation Through Education

Menokin offers a number of cross-curriculum programs for learning. A full experience onsite provides students with environmental explorations in conservation and the rich history of our region. We offer classroom visits to local schools covering topics in Environmental Conservation and Historic & Cultural Preservation, in addition to regionally collaborative programs such as A River Runs Through Us for 6th grade, and History on the Go! for 4th – 8th grade.

TODAY, MENOKIN CONSISTS OF...

  • (70 percent of which are part of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge)
  • The ruins of the 1769 plantation house
  • Vestiges of an 18th-century terraced garden
  • Native American archaeological sites
  • Features associated with the plantation’s enslaved population
  • A working farm
  • Intact colonial tobacco rolling roads
  • Old growth riparian forest with woodland trails
  • A half mile of shoreline on a pristine body of water
  • A famous bald eagle habitat
  • Modern facilities, including meeting space, offices, and storage structures

... ALL OF WHICH PROVIDE EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITIES TO ILLUSTRATE AND TEACH THE INTER-RELATED STEM SUBJECTS.

WE TAKE OUR MISSION VERY SERIOUSLY.

On Cat Point Creek, along the trail, or in the ruin, Menokin’s education programs capture — and hold — students’ attention.

We engage students both intellectually and physically, AND WE ALWAYS HAVE FUN.

The Menokin Foundation’s interactive approach to understanding watershed stewardship and architectural preservation will help local schools meet the Virginia Department of Education (VDE) standards and assessment anchors through Science,Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).

HERE ARE OUR PROGRAMS

We All Live Downstream
Watershed Stewardship

Understand how everyone contributes to the pollution of a river as it flows through a watershed and how individual and group action can work to reduce the amount of pollution generated. Program includes consideration of how water moves through a water system and how to identify where pollutants come from.

Objective: To differentiate between point and non point pollution; identify Best Management Practices (BMPs); and examine ways to work with communities to solve pollution problems.

Architecture
Building Menokin

Students tour Menokin and discuss architectural terminology. Activities include a series of exercises with building blocks that teach about how buildings are made and what architectural forms are used; how to read and make architectural plans and elevations; and the many professions involved in a building project.

Objective: Students learn to cooperatively build a project; architectural vocabulary; and gain an understanding of the field of historic architecture. Activities are designed to use critical thinking skills, cooperatively make decisions, take turns, and use teamwork.

Archaeology
How To Read An Object

This history/art lesson plan can be viewed from the website. It uses objects and artifacts found at Menokin as a source of learning and information. Students will ask questions that draw on observational skills and powers of deduction, inference and creativity.

Objective: Use critical thinking skills to examine an object to deduce historical, cultural, and social information and draw inferences about people, events, and life of this historic site over time.

Junior Duck Stamp Camp
Conservation Through Art

Developed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service to teach about waterfowl conservation. Students learn about regional habitats and lifestyles of ducks and paint or draw a picture of the ducks in their natural habitats. This program includes visits to multiple partner sites such as Wilna, Menokin and Westmoreland State Park.

Objective: To enter artwork in the Junior Duck Stamp competition to raise money and awareness for the conservation of wetlands. The art needs to show waterfowl in their natural habitats and an understanding of the behavior of ducks.

The Fibonacci Sequence
In Science and Architecture

In the 18th century Age of Enlightenment rules of nature were interpreted into rules of design as a way to create understanding and order in everyday life. This lesson combines all aspects of STEAM with interactive drawing and measuring activities and learn new terms of architecture and geometry.

Objective: Students will learn about the Fibonacci Sequence and how it is calculated; Leonardo DaVinci’s Vitruvian Man; how the history of architecture and archaeology
influenced many periods of design, philosophy, and art.

CREATING MEANINGFUL FOUNDATIONS IN LEARNING

Menokin has programming for multiple audiences and conservation initiatives, concentrating on areas related to architectural preservation, environmental conservation, and cultural heritage enrichment.

The Menokin Foundation has been building programs for, and relationships with, K-12 students and teachers for many years. These programs are usually held at the schools, or at organized home-school events, with opportunities for field days at an historic site or park.

Our local cultural organization partners include: Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), Westmoreland State Park, Belle Isle State Park, VCE-4H, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Northern Neck Soil and Water Conservation District (NNSWCD), Northern Neck Land Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service local refuges, Tidewater Oyster Grower’s Association (TOGA), Historic Christ Church, Stratford Hall, Reedville Fisherman Museum, and local county museums.

CREATING A SENSE OF RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OURSELVES

Menokin’s grounds and trails are used to further understand our vast cultural landscape including interpreting the shared history of the Rappahannock Indians and enslaved people. Menokin’s 500 acres of natural landscape provide ample opportunity to create programming for water touring, eco tours and recreation.

One of our most successful K-12 STEM programs, A River Runs Through Us (ARRTU) originated in Richmond County and has since expanded to 6th graders in Lancaster, Westmoreland and Essex counties. Our program is referred to as a MODEL EXAMPLE by Virginia Naturally, DCR by bringing a meaningful watershed experience to all of our youth, an important goal of the Virginia Department of Education.

This multi-partner program combines multiple visits in the classroom and culminates with a field program outdoors and on the water. The ARRTU will soon expand into the high schools, reinforcing watershed stewardship and learning about our natural resources and geology while offering water field experiences for 9th graders.

HANDS ON APPLICATION OF LEARNING AND IDEAS SEALS THE RELATIONSHIP

From as early as the 4th grade, students in this region benefit from additional programs such as History on the Go! and The River Then and Now. These collaborative field days address our cultural landscape as it blends the historic context of our environment within our regional watershed. As a part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, Menokin provides learning experiences that relate to the travels and mapping of Cat Point Creek by John Smith. Crossover curricula explains the Fibonacci Sequence and its relevance to 18th-century design and philosophy as well as its occurrence in nature.

Additional high school programs include the impact of history and geology with the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School and new programs with St. Margaret’s School ‘Bay Studies’ classes.

MENOKIN’S PROGRAMS CONTINUE TO BE INTERACTIVE AND INNOVATIVE WHILE REMAINING FLEXIBLE AS WE GROW AND CHANGE.

Upcoming Events

Menokin WaterWays Exhibit

August 19, 2017 / August 27, 2017
All Day
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