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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | February 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks
Spring Catalogs Available Online
 
Start thinking spring with a look at our Spring 2010 Youth and Adult Program Catalogs!  We're offering great opportunities to get outdoors and on the water with our Kayak Tours and Kayak Fishing excursions. Printed catalogs will be available in early March and registration begins March 13. 
Winter Wildlife Festival Update
 
Due to the snow storm that hit Virginia Beach, the 2010 Winter Wildlife Festival scheduled for Saturday, January 30 had to be cancelled. This Festival was created to give participants unique opportunities to view the wildlife that winter here in our area. We had such an overwhelming response to this year's event, that a 2011 Festival is already being planned. Thank you to all of our partners and supporters!

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Earth Day Exhibitor Opportunities
 
Earth Day LogoThis year marks the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and the 20th year of our Earth Day Celebration in Hampton Roads. Our event at Mount Trashmore will take place on May 2 and will follow the national Earth Day theme "The Green Generation - A Billion Acts of Green."
 
This year's event will feature environmental and science exhibits, interactive displays, demos, crafts, games, food, and live entertainment. The perfect venue for this regional celebration, Mount Trashmore Park allows attendees and Exhibitors to interact in an outdoor setting and enjoy the festivities together as nature intended.
 
There are two exhibitor categories: Non-Profit Exhibitor and Commercial Exhibitor. There will be no fee for participating Non-Profit Exhibitors unless selling a promotional product, then a $100 fee will apply. Commercial Exhibitors will be charged a $100 Exhibitors fee, whether selling a product or not.
 
Get more information becoming a Commercial or Non-Profit Exhibitor.
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:  
 
Green Cell PhoneBe Green with Your Cell Phone.  These tips will help you reduce your energy consumption and waste when it comes to your cell phone usage.
  • Unplug your charger when not in use. If it nothing is attached it is still using energy. By unplugging you avoid emitting up to 15 lb. of CO2 each year. A cell phone charger left plugged in all the time will waste up to 95% of the energy it consumes. A charger can use up to 5 watts of electricity every hour when left plugged in even with nothing attached.
  • Resist the lure of regular upgrades. Avoid the waste of raw materials and the energy that goes into manufacturing them by purchasing a sturdy model phone.
  • Pass your old phone on to a charity for recycling. Cell phones contain many toxic substances.  Recycling keeps these elements out of the waste stream and saves the mining and manufacturing impacts of making new handsets.
Source: How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: 365 Simple Ways to Save Energy, Resources, and Money by Joanna Yarrow 
Marshview Park Recreational Trail Grant

MarshviewVirginia Beach Parks & Recreation has applied for a grant funding to build the first trail on the Marshview property, an 82-acre parcel of undeveloped land at the Oceanfront, between the neighborhoods of Lands End, Salt Marsh Point, Seatack, and Shadowlawn on Lake Rudee. The City's Outdoors Plan recommended that the City acquire the Marshview property for a future public park. The site will provide a unique upland, waterfront park property for Virginia Beach residents to enjoy.

 

The grant would provide funding for a 2,000 foot long trail with 3 bridges. Learn more about the property and view maps at VBgov.com/MarshviewPark.
Get the Kids Outdoors for Spring Break!
 
It's not too soon to start planning outdoor adventures for your child's spring break! You can register for these programs at any of the six recreation centers or online via EZreg.
 
KayakingKayak Adventure (age 12-17) - The adventure will consist of paddling a different site each session, fishing and maybe even a combination of the two sports. Each session will start with basic instruction then we will hit the happy trails.  All equipment will be provided.  Each session meets at Kempsville Recreation Center and travels to different locations.
#93657 | Monday, April 5 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm | $75
#93658 | Wednesday, April 7 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm | $75
#93659 | Friday, April 9 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm | $75
 
Outdoor Dayz (age 6-12) - This spring break, get the kids outside to enjoy warmer weather while getting excited about nature and outdoor recreation!  Activities will include; archery, map & compass games, nature crafts, animal encounters and more.  All outdoor activities will be held at Bayville Farms Park.
#93656 | Tuesday, April 6 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm | $50 | age 6-8
#93655 | Thursday, April 8 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm | $50 | age 9-12
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.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
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