Natural Resource Education


Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center is located in Appomattox County, fourteen miles north east of the town of Appomattox. The property is located on beautiful Holliday Lake in the middle of the Appomattox/Buckingham State Forest. This location gives a wonderful opportunity to learn and enjoy the outdoors. There are several streams, many acres of forest and abundant wildlife. Holiday Lake 4-H Center is the ideal location to learn about nature and have fun too! The various workshops that are offered serve to enhance what has already been learned in the classroom, or to be an introduction to new objectives. All programs are correlated to the Environmental Science Standards of Learning. So whatever your needs are, a program can be planned to meet them-that's what makes our program special.

What is Natural Resource Education?

The Natural Resource Education Program is designed to offer educational opportunities in an outdoor setting. These activities center around a hands-on experience that teaches basic management, impact, and renewal of our natural resources. Our program is a fun way to reinforce what is being taught in the classroom by providing hands on activities outdoors.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in the Workshop, please contact The 4-H Center no later than 5 days prior to the date assistance is needed between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 434-248-5444/TDD* number 800-828-1120.

Why Natural Resource Education at Holiday Lake?

Whether you are looking for quality programming to support your classroom curriculum, an educational outing for your particular group, or just a fun-filled retreat, Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center can meet your group's needs in Natural Resource Education. Program Options are available from one to three days. So what are you waiting for?! If you would like more information on the Natural Resource Education Program give us a call at (434) 248-5444 or email the NRE Coordinator at tamaraa@vt.edu, we will be happy to set a date for you!

How to Schedule a Program or Get Further Information

If you desire more information or wish to make a reservation, call Tamara Lewis, Natural Resource Education Coordinator at (434) 248-5444, or return the completed Reservation Request Form at the end of this packet. Advertise your trip with other teachers or co-workers and send information home. Obtain several adult volunteers (always plan big!), complete any required forms such as health/insurance, and plan to have a great learning experience! Contact me if there are any special arrangements to be made due to handicap or other reasons.

Year Round Facilities

  • Comfortable sleeping for 120 (heated)
  • Conference room
  • 250 capacity dining facility
  • Small dining hall with seating for 40
  • Kitchen facilities for small groups
  • Complete meal service
  • Additional recreational/educational facilities

Meals & Prices

Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center can provide meals for groups at a very reasonable price. Menus can be designed for your special needs by contacting our Food Service Manager. The following rates apply only for Natural Resource Education and are subject to change with advanced notice:

  • One Day Program, no meal provided $10.00; with lunch $16.00
  • Two Day Program, 3 meals provided $49.00; 4 meals $56.00
  • Three Day Program, 6 meals provided $86.00; 7 meals $92.00

Program Objectives
  • To develop an awareness and appreciation of the natural environment.
  • To develop basic scientific analysis and observational skills and subject areas
  • To provide hands-on-learning opportunities through the following workshops:
  • To teach stewardship and current environmental issues facing all of us.
  • To assist teachers and other educatiors in the conducting of Natural Resources Education based programs.
Challenge Course** Night Hike*
Entomology Orienteering
Forest Ecology Ornithology
Geology Owl Pellets**
Herpetology Pioneer Life
Lake/Stream Ecology Sensory Awareness *
Mammalogy Soil Studies
Meteorology Teambuilding
Native American Games* Water Chemistry
Native American Studies Wildlife Ecology
  Wilderness Survival
* Only offered for over night programs.
**Additional Fee

Holiday Lake 4-H Educational & Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, please notify Holiday Lake's Office at 434-248-5444 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.
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