CVC provides free educational resources and programming for school systems, the public, and the municipalities in the cities of Roanoke and Salem, the counties of Botetourt and Roanoke, and the town of Vinton. The Clean Valley Council’s programs reach youth and adults of all ages and demographics.


We use science-based curricula to inform and educate the students about sustainability and the ways in which we interact and influence the environment. Our programs focus on specific topics and address issues relating to conserving waterways, how humans use natural resources, and sustainable land management. All CVC programs are based on Virginia Standards of Learning requirements.

Students investigate a park that’s been littered and meet Rigsby the Raccoon, who finds that his park pals have each been impacted by litter. This is a read aloud storybook and part of the lesson is to present the types of litter that can be recycled. Litter and trash are explained, and students are and concepts to recycling. If appropriate for the individual class, the identification of natural resources and their use for making the items that Rigsby found may be covered.


Grade: Lower ElementaryPreKKindergarten, and 1st.

Science SOLs: K.11: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle; Litter Prevention; Intro to Natural Resources

Concepts and Vocabulary Introduced

Litter, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Habitat


Duration: 45 - 60 minutes

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November 2021

March 2021

Annual Earth Summit

Coming this Fall!

Annual Earth Summit

A consortium of professionals discuss careers focused on sustainable practices and students learn how to choose career paths with sustainability in mind.

Our Earth Summit meetings occur in the fall annually and include interactive workshops that provide students with a real-world connection to the community they live in. The attendees align passion and sustainable best practices with a successful career. 

The goal is to empower students to acquire new skills and learn about interesting career paths.  They might even be motivated to volunteer or to get involved in their community!

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