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Blue Green Gold: Can Water Flow Uphill Towards Money?

Green Adventure Project
Charlottesville, VA

Follow the flow of water from the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park through Charlottesville and on towards the Bay. The Blue Green Gold Academy is a five-day commuter, professional development course that offers Virginia teachers the opportunity to investigate the flow of water in the James River Watershed. You will hike, paddle, and meet community members, natural resource professionals, and conservation organizations to answer the question - can water flow uphill towards money? 

Participants will investigate the various habitats in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, both upland and riparian, including:

  • Headwater mountain streams
  • Man-made lakes
  • Rocky bottom streams
  • Soft bottom streams
  • Conservation lands
  • Multi-use lands

Target Audience:  Middle and High School Educators, cross-curricular teams are encouraged to apply together. Participants should be comfortable with:

  • Enjoying early mornings and long hours in the field under the typical summer weather in the Virginia foothills.
  • Maintaining electronic communications throughout the school year for the purposes of collegial sharing and course evaluation.
  • Having a basic understanding of aquatic biology and ecology and upland ecosystems.
  • Comfortable using basic computer and Internet-based applications and communications.

Particpant Requirements
Participants will be expected to:

  • Fully participate in the five day commuter program, including hiking for 4-5 hours per day (easy to moderate terrain), paddle on rivers (class I whitewater) and flatwater.
  • Complete follow-up questionnaires and program evaluation.
  • Post feedback on the implementation of lesson plans, and participate in online discussions.

Tentative Program Schedule




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