Underground Classroom

The Underground Classroom

Now taking reservations for Fall, 2022 and Spring, 2023!

Drop an email to Rich Wood at address listed below, or give him a call!

The Headwaters SWCD’s Underground Classroom is an handicap accessible 22-foot cargo trailer that serves as a mobile learning unit bringing soils and conservation education to our local schools and community throughout Augusta County, Staunton, Waynesboro and surrounding areas. Visits outside of these areas can be scheduled for a fee.

The Underground Classroom will be used to educate youth and adults about soil health and conservation. The Underground Classroom will serve as a hands-on, learning tool for a variety of lessons available to schools, field days, fairs, festivals, and beyond.  The Underground Classroom allows visitors to walk through a three-dimensional virtual experience of the underground world beneath them.  Through activities and investigations that correlate to the Virginia Standards of Learning, students will learn the important role soil health provides to crops and water quality.  The goal of the Underground Classroom is for youth and adults to come away with the knowledge that soil is more than just dirt; soil conservation is vital for the health of our ecosystems and watersheds.  Included with the mobile classroom, are the option for additional Learning Stations that can be set up to expand on the curriculum covered in the Underground Classroom by providing hands-on investigations and demonstrations. A list of all additional lesson plans are provided below.

Interested in having the Underground Classroom visit your school, or come to your local fair or festival? Want more information?  Fill out the application form below and return/contact Rich Wood.

Note: Public and Private school districts, as well as homeschool groups within the Headwaters SWCD District are exempt from all rental and service fees.

Underground Classroom User Application and Contract

Underground Classroom Lesson Plans

Rich Wood, Education & Outreach Coordinator

Headwaters SWCD

70 Dick Huff Lane

Verona, VA 24482

540-248-0148 ext. 8


Check our a Virtual Tour of the Underground Classroom Here!




Become a Conservation Volunteer!

The Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District needs volunteers to assist staff in the delivery of conservation education to children and youth by utilizing the Underground Classroom. If you are interested in helping with the Underground Classroom at various schools and events within the district, please fill out a Conservation Volunteer Application and return to 70 Dick Huff Lane Verona, VA 24482 or email it to kmathews@co.augusta.va.us.

For additional information on the Conservation Volunteer Program contact Kayla Mathews at kmathews@co.augusta.va.us or 540-248-0148 ext. 8.


Thank You to Our Sponsors! Over $34,000 in support so far!




Interested in becoming an Underground Classroom Grantor/Sponsor? Wish to donate to the Underground Classroom Program? Contact Rich Wood at rwood@co.augusta.va.us or 540-248-0148 ext. 8.