For the Love of the Environment: Clean the Bay Day 2009
On June 6th, 2,000 vounteers in Virginia Beach took part in Clean the Bay Day and collected more than 50,000 pounds of debris from across the City! Approximately 170 miles were cleaned by volunteer groups in just 3 hours. The most common items pulled from the waterways and shoreline were cigarette butts and plastic bottles. Some of the most unusual items were shopping carts, cribs, crutches and even a car! Congratulations on a job well done!
View photos of the clean up.
Do you know just how long litter takes to decompose?
Banana/orange peel -- 2-5 weeks
Cotton rag -- 1-5 months
Cigarette butt -- 1-5 years
Plastic-coated paper -- 5 years
Plastic bag -- 10-20 years
Plastic film container -- 20-30 years
Nylon fabric -- 30-40 years
Leather -- up to 50 years
Rubber boot sole -- 50-80 years
Aluminum can -- 200-500 years
Plastic 6-pack cover -- 450 years
Glass bottle -- 1 million years
Source: California Waste Mgmt Bulletin
|Youth Will 'Get Hooked' on Fishing
Children ages 6-12 can learn the basics of fishing at Lake Smith Fishing Station on Friday, July 10th from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. In addition to fishing instruction, the day will include proper handling of tackle and equipment, casting activities and a fish-related craft. Poles, bait and tackle will be provided. Proper footwear is required. Please bring water, snack and sunscreen. Cost: $20 >>Register now
Thanks to those who joined us for the Family Fishing Clinic. Sixty-six youth teamed up with experienced fisherman for guided instruction on beginning fishing skills and a fun day all around!
Over 20,000 Attend Earth Day 2009
Earth Day was held at Mt. Trashmore Park on May 3rd with an estimated attendance of over 20,000 people! With over 50 interactive exhibits and activities, attendees had the chance to discover and explore effective, convenient and cutting-edge ways to green their lifestyle. Attendees were able to register for a low-cost Rain Barrel Workshop and got behind the wheel of a Smart Car. eCycling for old computers, electronics and other related peripherals (like ink cartridges) was available.
There were theme-specific exhibits and demonstrations on how to reduce your carbon footprint, categorized by "You & the Environment," "Home & Yard," and "Auto." There were eco-friendly car maintenance tips, the benefits of using compact-fluorescent light bulbs, environmentally-sound techniques applied to your garden, and so much more!
There was also a tree seedling giveaway alongside interesting and educational exhibits, including wild animals as part of the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation "Park it ... Outdoors!" program, alternative fuel vehicles, interactive environmental exhibits - like the Virginia Aquarium's touch tank and "Ocean in Motion" trailer, a Natural Gas Monster Fire Truck and more!
Check out some photos
from the event!
Meet Rocky: Rescued Wood Turtle
Last month we featured Aire, a red-tailed hawk that was unable to be returned to the wild and was offered a safe haven with Parks and Recreation's Outdoor Programs Team. This month we would like to introduce Rocky, our rescued wood turtle. Rocky was found by staff in a parking lot of an apartment complex back in 2006 with injuries to his shell, tail and toes. He is estimated to be at least 28 years old! Rocky is part of the environmental outreach program used to help educate youth about local wildlife.
Learn how our experienced educators can bring a program to your group by contacting Katie Whanger at (757) 385-0426, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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