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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | September 2009 | VBgov.com/Parks
Keep the Tech Out of the Trash
 
E-CycleThe average American household has 26 electronic devices, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.  These electronics will eventually be replaced with an upgraded version and the question of what to do with the old device is raised.  So, what's the answer?
 
If the device is still functional, give it someone who can put it to use.  You can also donate your old electronics to Goodwill or Salvation Army stores to help someone in need.
 
If the device is no longer working and is beyond repair, don't throw it in the trash!  Not only do these items take up valuable space in landfills, many also contain hazardous materials that may harm the environment.
 
E-cycling is the process of recycling the components or metals contained in used or discarded electronic equipment. E-cyclable items include, but are not limited to: televisions, computers, microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners, telephones and cell phones, stereos, VCRs and DVDs.
 
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Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child requires additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
Go Green, Save Green Tip of the Month
 
Whether 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:  
 
Bottled WaterSkip the Bottled Water.  Those little bottles of water may seem convenient, but that convenience comes at a big cost.  Most tap water costs less than $.005 per gallon, while bottled water costs anywhere from $.89 to $8.00 per gallon!  You'll save hundreds of dollars by purchasing a reusable water bottle and filling it up before you leave the house.  Need some extra motivation to get a reusable water bottle?
  • A study by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that about 25% of bottled water is really just bottled tap water.
  • Roughly 86% of empty plastic water bottles in the U.S. end up in landfills.
  • It takes 3 times as much water to produce the bottle as it does to fill it!
Catch Some Fun at the Family Fishing Clinic!
Saturday, October 3 at Munden Point Park, 2001 Pefley Lane 
 
Family Fishing ClinicTackle the basics of angling Virginia's waters in 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 throughout the morning. This event is $5 per child and limited to the first 150 kids ages 5-14 (advance registration is required). A parent or guardian must be present for every four children. Fishing poles, tackle and bait will be provided. Free hot dog lunch and prize giveaway will be held at noon. The event will be held rain or shine; check-in is 8:45 - 9:30 am.
Outdoor Programs for All Ages
 
Summer may be over, but the great activities from our Outdoors Team continue for the entire family. Get outside for some family fun and enjoy the beautiful fall weather!
 
Toddlers and Preschoolers

Father and Son Outdoors
Toddlers (ages 2-4) will enjoy exploring the great outdoors in our Nature's Child program.  Grab your tricycle/bike and join us as we use our senses to explore three different areas of Virginia Beach: City View Park, Bayville Farms Park and West Neck Natural Area.  Each program is one-hour and costs only $3. Find out more!
 
Preschoolers (ages 3-6) will have fun learning about recreation, local wildlife and the environment in Explore Our Parks.  The program combines games, stories, crafts and live animals to get your child excited about nature.  Themes and park locations vary; cost is only $5. Find out more!
 
Youth
Earth Buddies (ages 6-10) will have youth hiking and exploring nature through additional outdoor recreational activities.  Find out more!
 
Teens & Adults
If the water is your thing, you will enjoy Liquid Trails and Tails. Those age 13 & up will paddle through the waterways of Virginia Beach in kayaks while enjoying tales of the area and it's eco life.  All equipment is provided, so just register and then show up!
 
Families
Outdoor Beach FamilyOur Outdoor Beach Women program has been such a success, we wanted to get the whole family in on the fun!  Spend some time together learning the fundamentals of outdoor recreation and education from local experts at Munden Point Park with Outdoor Beach Family. Families will choose four of the following sessions to attend: Archery Basics, Hiking and Backpacking, Kayak Quickstart, Outdoor Cooking, Fishing Basics, Shotgun, Wilderness Survival, Wildlife Watching or Biking.  The program fee of $75 covers two people and additional family members can be registered for $25 each.  Call 385-4461 for more information and to register your family! 
 
Pre-registration is required for all of these activities. Additional information can be found in the Youth or Adult catalogs. More adventures will be coming soon with Archery, Owl Prowl and Kayak Pool Sessions.
Fundraiser Helps Support Clean Community Programs
 
Want to get involved with our Clean Community Commission, but lack the time to volunteer? You can still do your part by supporting the fundraiser which provides additional money to keep the Clean Community programs running.  
 
The Commission is currently selling Inge-GlasŪ traditional German ornaments that are mouth-blown, hand-painted glass.  This family-run company has been in business for over 14 generations and some of the molds used for the ornaments date back to the 1850's.  Inge-GlasŪ ornaments are identified by the Star Crown on each ornament. 
Various styles of these ornaments are available - most at $5 each. 
 
Contact Nancy at (757) 481-6006, or email
vbccv@cox.net to learn more about purchasing ornaments.  They will also be for sale at the following events:

Inge-GlasThe Farmers Market Harvest Fair
3640 Dam Neck Rd.
October 17, 2009 | 10 am to 4 pm

Santa's Stocking Christmas Bazaar
Kempsville Recreation Center
November 7 & 8, 2009 and November 21 & 22, 2009
Saturday Hours: 9 am to 5 pm | Sunday Hours: 11 am to 5 pm
Meet Peek-a-boo, the Mud Turtle
 
Peek-a-BooThis month we would like to introduce Peek-a-boo, a mud turtle that was found in West Neck Creek in June 2002.  Peek-a-boo is part of the environmental outreach program used by the Outdoor Programs Team 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
outdoors@vbgov.com. 
 
More about mud turtles
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
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