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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | February 2011 | VBgov.com/Parks 
Check Out Our Spring Catalog!


CatalogIt's time to think Spring with our Spring Programs & Activities Catalog! Take a look inside for classes and programs that will have you and your family active all season long!


The Explore Our Parks series returns in May for preschoolers to learn about recreation, local wildlife and the environment at Great Neck Park. The free Family Fishing Clinic is back as well at Munden Point Park in June.


Registration begins March 12 for most programs.

Winter Wildlife Festival Recap


Winter Wildlife FestivalThe First Annual (and second attempted) Winter Wildlife Festival was a huge success this year! Over the course of the weekend, nearly 300 participants joined us for 17 excursion and workshops. The highlights of the weekend included seeing seals off the rocks of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, hearing several screech owls at the First Landing Owl Prowl and seeing the beautiful pictures of the magnificent snow geese migration. In addition, our exhibit hall and children's area were well attended and very well received. Check out a video clip of the event from Access Virginia Beach.


We'd like to send special thanks to our 2011 Festival Partners: the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, the Virginia Aquarium, Virginia State Parks, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Lynnhaven River NOW and the Virginia Beach Audubon Society. With help of our partners, we were able to give away two awesome festival prize packs; congratulations to our winners John M. and Kathleen C.!


We plan on hosting another festival next January, so please keep an eye out for save the date information to come shortly.

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Upcoming Events 
3/12 | Family Nite Hike*
Stumpy Lake @ 8pm
4/2 | Cherry Blossom Festival
Red Wing Park @ 11am
4/9 | Family Nite Hike*
Red Wing Park @ 8:30pm
4/15 | Star Party
Mount Trashmore Park @ Dark
4/23 | Pow Wow
Mount Trashmore Park @ 11am
5/1 | Earth Day
Mount Trashmore Park @ 11am
*No cost, but requires registration
Earth Day Exhibitor Opportunities


Earth Day LogoDo you belong to an organization that is committed to protecting the environment? Do you own a business that promotes going green? Have an idea how to make everyday life more eco-friendly? Then you should consider joining us as an exhibitor at our annual Mount Trashmore Earth Day Event!
Held this year on Sunday, May 1, this event is a great opportunity for your group or business to reach thousands of like minded people in a fun and engaging outdoor celebration.  
There are two exhibitor categories: non-profit and commercial. There will be no fee for participating non-profit exhibitors unless selling a promotional product, then a $150 fee will apply. Commercial exhibitors will be charged a $150 exhibitors fee, whether selling a product or not.
Get more information becoming a Commercial or Non-Profit Exhibitor.
Save the Date! Cherry Blossom Festival: April 2

japanese gardenHelp us celebrate Virginia Beach's international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, at the 7th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, April 2 at Red Wing Park (1398 General Booth Blvd) from 11 am - 3 pm. Enjoy the rich culture and beauty of Japanese music, martial arts, creative activities and various demonstrations. This is a family event that allows everyone to come together and embrace the nature that surrounds us.


Featured performances will celebrate all City of Virginia Beach Sister Cities, including songs from Sons of Norway (representing Sister City Moss, Norway) and key entertainment from the Kempsville Middle School Band representing Sister City North Down County, Ireland. 


Food and beverage are available for purchase. You are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair for the performances. In the event of inclement weather, the events will be postponed until Sunday, April 3, at the same time and place. Admission and parking are free.


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Space Available in Extreme Outdoors Spring Break Camp! 


ArcheryIf you're a parent that has to work during Spring Break week (April 18-22), you can still ensure that your child has a week full of exciting activities. Our Extreme Outdoors Spring Break Camp is for youth ages 9-14 and includes archery, canoeing, kayaking, rock wall climbing, swimming and more!


The camp will meet daily at Seatack Recreation Center at 9 am and camp runs until 5 pm. The cost of the camp is $150 for the week. Registration continues as space is available. Register your child online or in person at any recreation center.


Other Spring Break Camps are available for kindergartners to teens. Check out our catalog for a complete listing of camp options. The catalog also lists our summer camp options and registration information.

Learn to Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle 


SLF LogoWould you like to learn more about living a sustainable lifestyle? Well, you're in luck because on Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27 the 2011 Sustainable Living Fair will be held at the Webb Center, located at the Old Dominion University (49th Street, Norfolk). There will be a variety of workshops that can help educate you about various topics pertaining to sustainable living, including gardening, soap-making, pet food labels, edible landscape, holistic living and more. The workshops are from 10 am - 6 pm on Saturday and 11 am - 4 pm on Sunday.


Admission is free and open to the public. Please note this event is not sponsored by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation, but we thought you might enjoy it! For more information, visit www.slfhr.com.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


Bow Creek Recreation Center will be closed February 28 through March 6 for maintenance.  


Seatack Recreation Center will be closed March 14-20 for maintenance.


The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through Spring 2011 for renovations.


Don't forget that your membership is good at all six Virginia Beach Recreation Centers! If your usual center is closed for maintenance, take the opportunity to visit another center. Use this locator to help you find one!

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 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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