Teacher Resources

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

We engage your 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 you meet the Virginia Department of Education (VDE) standards and assessment anchors through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).

Field trips are held at the Martin Kirwan King Visitor’s Center and on Menokin’s 500-acre property.

For more information, call Alice French at 804-333-1776, or email her at afrench@menokin.org.



The history lesson plan, Journey to the Philadelphia Conventions,tracks Francis Lightfoot Lee’s travels to Philadelphia to serve in the 1775 Continental Congress. The lesson compares social, economic, and political life on a southern plantation to life in a Midatlantic Colony. The lesson places an emphasis on the political and social climate leading to the Revolution.

Lesson Plan: Journey to the Philadelphia Conventions


The history/art lesson plan, How to Read a Historic Building or Object, uses an object or building found at Menokin as a source of learning and information. Students learn to look closely at an object to deduce historical, cultural and social information and to draw inferences about people, events and life then and now. The lesson plan asks questions that draw on observational skills and powers of deduction, inference and creativity.

Lesson Plan: How to Read an Object


The Testing the Waters lesson plan, places emphasis on water quality and healthy life systems using Catpoint Creek, located on the edge of the Menokin property, and nearby Wilna Pond, part of the Wilna Tract of the wildlife refuge. Students will perform dissolved oxygen, nitrate and phosphate tests on water samples and record and analyze results. Emphasis is placed on identifying sources of water and its use in agriculture and industry, as well as protecting and maintaining our water resources.

Lesson Plan: Testing the Waters


The Nutrient Nuisance lesson plan examines the excess nutrients in water that cause the rapid growth of algae populations, known as algal blooms. As algae die and decompose, they deplete the oxygen supply in the water, leaving aquatic species to suffocate. In addition, the cloudy water caused by the bloom blocks sunlight to underwater grasses, which depend on sunlight for photosynthesis. As the underwater grasses die, critical habitat for juvenile crabs, fish, and other aquatic organisms is lost. In this activity, students conduct a nutrient experiment that demonstrates the growth of algae. They will also consider ways to minimize their own nutrient contributions to the Chesapeake Bay.

Lesson Plan: Nutrient Nuisance

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