CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS: Virginia is open to grade 6-10 classrooms who attend school in the City of Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax city/county.

Classrooms are asked to submit proposals that answer the question:

“What can you do to improve your watershed?”

  • Classrooms will compete for $6,000
  • Participating schools and clubs are eligible for $10,000
  • Implementation funding is available for $10,000. All classes are encouraged to implement their ideas


Special Award: Lanier Middle School

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Lanier Middle School staff, parents and especially the students for being leaders in CFW! They have been awarded over $20,000 over the last four years and have turned that into water bottle filling stations, rain gardens, redesign of the parking lot, and a learning garden.

The school was given a special award to thank them for their hard work and dedication to environmental stewardship.

“CFW allowed me to explore a region of science and conservation that I knew little about at the time. The project itself, along with the understanding that eventually came to me through my participation, gave me a true passion for the environment. I can easily say that the decision the be a part of CFW not only changed the way I view the world and its ecosystems, but it has also driven me to discover and learn more about this immense field of science.” Luke Shafik, finalist Caring for our Watersheds, student at Lanier Middle School

A special thank you to Representative Connolly, County Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth, Superintendent of Fairfax City Schools Peter Noonan, Fairfax City Schools Assistant Superintendents Foye and Plattenberg, Lanier Middle School Principal Lenart, Fairfax County School Board Member Dalia Palchik, Lanier Middle School Science team and parents, Nutrien Lynchburg Terminal Supervisor Wayne Kendrick and the entire team at Earth Force for participating in the awards ceremony.

“I was thrilled at the opportunity to be a part of this event and to represent Nutrien. Caring for our Watersheds is such a great program and I was able to witness firsthand how much passion the school and the kids have for preserving our local watersheds.” Wayne Kendrick, Supervisor, Terminal, Lynchburg Terminal

We look forward to working with you all to continue the amazing work to improve the local watersheds in Virginia and beyond.

Lanier Middle School Award's Ceremony
Lanier Middle School Award's Ceremony

2017 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2017 CFW Winners
Congratulations to the 2017 CFW Winners

Thank you to all of the students who participated in this contest. The $1,000 first place prize was awarded to Rachel Carson Middle School students for their proposal, “Food Sharing Program” which aims to to establish a food sharing program between their school and a local shelter to reduce cafeteria waste.

Check out the top finalists here.

Thank you to the Community Partners who help make CARING FOR OUR WATERSHEDS a success!