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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | August 2011 | VBgov.com/Parks 
What's Up With All of the Mushrooms?

MushroomsBy now, you or your neighbors may be asking, "Why is my lawn covered in mushrooms lately?" While there is a lengthy scientific reason to this, the simplest explanation is that the growth is due to all of the rain we have had recently coupled with the warm temperatures. Mushrooms thrive in damp conditions.  

 

The good news is that most of these mushrooms are not harmful to your lawn. Learn more about how to handle them at GardenGuides.com.   

Let's Take This Outside, Girls!

Saturday, October 15, 9 am to 5 pm | Munden Point Park   

 

KayakingBecome an Outdoor Beach Woman! Ladies, October 15 is your opportunity to participate in outdoor recreation activities in a fun, relaxed environment!

You'll enjoy a full day at Munden Point Park with instruction from local experts. Choose four of the following sessions to attend:

 

Archery Basics | Learn the fundamentals of target archery and sharpen your shooting skills at the range. 

 

Explore the Outdoors! | Become a nature detective! Hone your outdoor skills including wildlife identification techniques and animal tracking. 

 

Fly Casting | Learn how to select equipment for fly fishing, techniques for tying knots, and the art of fly-casting.

 

Geocaching and GPS | Find out more about this high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world using a GPS. 

 

Hiking, Backpacking, & Camping | Learn how to gear up and hit the trail from local experts. 

 

Intro to Kayak | Get an overview of equipment, paddling techniques, and safety issues will be followed by an opportunity to practice with kayaks. Be prepared to get wet! 

 

Native Tree & Shrub Walk | Identify native trees and shrubs found growing in Tidewater Virginia. Good walking shoes and cameras are recommended. 

 

The cost is only $65 per person and includes lunch. Grab your friends and register early as spaces fill quickly for this program!

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10/4 | Explore Our Parks | Great Neck Park | $5*  

 

10/11 | Explore Our Parks | Great Neck Park | $5

 

10/15 | Outdoor Beach Women | Munden Point Park | $65* 

 

10/18 | Explore Our Parks | Great Neck Park | $5*   

 

10/25 | Explore Our Parks | Great Neck Park | $5*   

 

10/ 29 | Outdoor Haunted Walk | West Neck Creek | $2*   

 

11/5 | Kayak Tour | Carolanne Farms | $18*

 

*requires advanced registration 

SAVE THE DATE! 

 

Winter Wildlife Festival 

January 27-29, 2012

Princess Anne Recreation Center

   

Witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach, whether it's following fascinating bird activity or the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Learn what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife.

 

Free and open to the public (with a fee required for some sessions), this event includes educational workshops and engaging excursions that are sure to captivate outdoor enthusiasts, both novice and expert.

 

Registration will begin November 15. 

Green Teens Can Earn Community Service Hours

Project Green Teens LogoTeens in grades 7-12 can help the environment while earning community service hours through Project Green Teens. Project Green Teens is a volunteer group of teens who strive to improve the environment and the mindset of the Virginia Beach community. These green teen leaders find and complete projects that make a difference in our parks, neighborhoods and schools.

 

Meetings are held monthly with projects identified by the team. Upcoming projects include participating in a clean-up on Fisherman Island on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, educating others about the environmental impact of plastic bags at the Old Beach Eco Market on October 15, conducting environmental audits of schools, and participating in a dumpster dive.

 

There is no cost to join Project Green Teens, although a permission slip must be signed by a parent. For more information, visit VBgov.com/pgt, Facebook.com/ProjectGreenTeens, or contact Caryl Thompson at cthompso@VBgov.com.

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side!

Saturday, October 29, 6 to 8 pm | West Neck Creek Natural Area, 2249 North Landing Road 


Haunted WalkIf you're feeling adventurous, sign up for our Outdoor Haunted Walk and stroll along the path at West Neck Creek Natural Area as you take in some of the wild animals that call Virginia Beach home. Just in time for Halloween, we'll continue on to the Buffington House,  where you'll have the opportunity to enjoy some children's activities, take a grave site tour and conclude the evening with fireside stories.

Register early for our 4th annual walk! The cost is just $2/person.  
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 

 

Kempsville Recreation Center is closed for maintenance through October 2.  

 

The pool at Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance through October 2.

 

Bayside Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance beginning October 10 through October 16. The pool at Bayside will be closed October 7-20. 

 

The pool at Seatack Recreation Center will be closed for renovations until late November.  

 

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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