Two City of Fairfax Schools were recognized for their efforts in supporting environmental conservation and stewardship with the 2017 Virginia Naturally Schools. The Virginia Naturally Schools is the official environmental education school recognition program of the Commonwealth, administered by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries with support from the Department of Education, Department of Environmental Quality and other resource agencies. The Virginia Board of Education has recognized the Virginia Naturally School program as the official environmental education school recognition program for the state.
Daniels Run Elementary School was recognized for the 11th consecutive year. Daniels Run ES is widely
recognized as one of the leading environmental education elementary schools in Virginia. With an active outdoor classroom and a dedicated science resource teacher to supplement the science curriculum. Projects over the past 11 years include a Monarch Way station to support the migration of monarch butterflies, sponge gardens, native tree planting and a student-produced “Recycle Rap” to encourage recycling.
Lanier Middle School was recognized for the 6th consecutive year. LMS students and staff are passionate
environmental activists and learners. Over the past six years LMA projects include transforming a courtyard into a living classroom, bio-retention pond with rain water collection, water bottle fill stations
and repeated top 10 finalists in the Caring for Our Watersheds Contest at George Mason University.