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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | May 2009 | VBgov.com/Parks
New Class Listings Coming in June 
 
From environmental education to fun outdoor activities like surfing and paddle boarding, we're offering classes for adults and children of all ages this summer.  Check out a preview of our new Summer 2009 Youth and Adult Programs Catalogs to see what's coming up!  Registration begins Saturday, June 6th via EZreg.  Get outdoors and experience the fun!
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Clean the Bay Day - Get Involved!
Saturday, June 6, 2009 from 9am-12pm 
 
Clean the Bay DayHalf of Virginia is drained by Chesapeake Bay rivers and two-thirds of the state's population lives within the Bay watershed. Litter pollutes our waterways, kills marine and other wildlife, and degrades our neighborhoods. Rain that falls on our city streets, roofs, and lawns and runs down storm drains delivers much of the litter that reaches our waters.
 
What can you do to help? Reduce the amount of chemicals and fertilizers used on lawns, do not pour anything down storm drains and join 7,000 fellow Virginians in removing unhealthy debris from our cherished waterways. By boat or on foot, gather your groups, friends, neighbors and co-workers for a fun day and a worthwhile way of helping us Save the Bay.
 
Clean up litter or coordinate volunteers at a cleanup site in your area.  
Go Green, Save Green Tip of the Month
 
Green CleaningWhether it's related to the environment or the economy, green is all over the news lately.  Here's this month's tip to reduce your environmental impact and save money:  
 
Make your own cleaning products.  All you need are a few simple ingredients: soap, water, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, borax, hydrogen peroxide and olive oil.
Family Fishing ClinicJoin Us for the Family Fishing Clinic
Saturday, June 6th at Munden Point Park, 2001 Pefley Lane
 
Help your child tackle the basics of angling Virginia's waters by coming to our Family Fishing Clinic. You and your child will team up with experienced fishermen for guided instruction on beginning fishing skills. Fishing related games and activities will also be held through the morning. This event is $5 per child and limited to the first 150 youth ages 5-14 to register (advance registration is required). A parent or guardian must be present for every four children. Fishing poles, tackle, and bait will be provided, if needed. Hot dog lunch and prize giveaway will be held at 12 noon. The event will be held rain or shine; check-in is 8:45 - 9:30 am.
What's Your Greendex?
 
GreendexEach of us has the choice to adopt behaviors that make the world a more environmentally sustainable place. From our food decisions to housing selection, how we choose, along with the choices of our fellow citizens, form our country's Greendex.  National Geographic and GlobeScan recently conducted their second annual study measuring and monitoring consumer progress toward environmentally sustainable consumption in 17 countries around the world.
 
Use this Greendex Calculator to see how you score. 
Rescued Animals Assist with Outreach Programs
 
AireIn addition to providing wonderful outdoor classes and activities, Parks and Recreation's Outdoor Programs Team also offers a haven for many injured animals that cannot safely be returned to the wild. Staff members use these animals to educate the community about the importance of environmental stewardship through outreach programs.  The animals also help introduce youth to many local wildlife species.  Learn how our experienced educators can bring a program to your group by contacting Katie Whanger at (757) 385-0426, or email outdoors@vbgov.com.
 
Pictured here is Aire, a red-tailed hawk that was acquired from the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia in December 2002. She is unable to be returned to the wild due to a collision with a cell phone tower that resulted in a partial wing amputation.
 
More about red-tailed hawks
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
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