Education, Exploration, Enrichment

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.

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.

This “meaningful watershed experience” provides regional students a unique opportunity to get dirty in the brickyard, wet on Cat Point Creek, and knowledge on a variety of subjects not usually accessible to them.

A FIELD TRIP TO MENOKIN MIGHT LOOK LIKE THIS

Menokin thanks the Rochambeau French International School in Bethesda, MD for the production and use of this video created during their field trip here in 2019. 

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).

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.