Join Us for a Kayak Birding Tour
Kayaking the inland waters of Virginia Beach is a unique way to experience our area's hidden treasures that are not easily accessible by other means. Gliding quietly on the water gives you an opportunity to view wildlife and appreciate the water from a different perspective.
On September 22, we'll set out early from Little Island Park
to explore the marshes of Back Bay from the water. We will travel through prime habitat and hunting grounds for a variety of egrets, herons, ibis, waterfowl, rails, sandpipers, osprey and eagles.
One common and easily identifiable resident of the marshes is the red-winged blackbird
. This stocky black bird makes its home among the reeds and the male is easy to spot by his red & yellow epaulets (i.e. shoulder feathers) and by his persistent call.
Join us to get a bird's eye view of the marsh. This trip is appropriate for all levels of birders and kayakers; no previous experience in either is required. We recommend binoculars for this trip.Saturday, September 22 | 7:30 - 9:30 am | Little Island Park* | $18 | Register now!
*Please note that this trip has had a location change since it was first offered in our Summer Catalog.
Register Now for FREE Family Fishing Clinic!
Saturday, October 6 | 8:30 am - 1:00 pm | Munden Point Park
Go fish! Spend a morning at Munden Point Park
learning to fish with your kids (ages 5-14) at our free Family Fishing Clinic
. Don't miss the chance to team up with experienced fishermen for guided instruction on beginning fishing skills.You'll learn about tackle, bait, knot tying and casting. We'll even help you reel in your catch! This program is always a hit with parents and kids alike.
Advance registration is required. Register under the parent or guardian name at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center
or online via EZreg
. Space is limited to the first 150 participants. A parent or guardian must be present for every 4 children.
Fishing poles, tackle and bait are provided, if needed. This event will be held rain or shine. A hot dog lunch is included.
Enjoy the Arts Outdoors at Artisans in the Park!
September 8 & 9 | 10 am - 5 pm on Saturday & 10 am - 4 pm on Sunday | Great Neck Park
Explore the works of over 75 artists and craftsmen during the 37th annual Artisans in the Park, Art and Craft Festival - all in the serenely secluded backdrop of Great Neck Park. This two-day event is now in September, offering you the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy Virginia Beach's early autumn weather while checking out the local and regional artists displaying, demonstrating and selling original art and fine craft wares.
Artists & Craftsmen
A variety of art and fine craft styles are represented, including pottery, metal and glass work, photography, jewelry, drawing and paintings, and sculpture. All work is of original design.
Main Stage Musical Performances
Saturday | 11 am & noon | Local singer/songwriter Rachel Rocheleau
Saturday | 2 pm & 3 pm | The Steve Daley Band
Sunday | 11 am & noon | Jazz saxophonist "Johnny J"
Sunday | 2 pm & 3 pm | Musical group Zig Zag
A variety of food concessionaires will be selling delicious items including, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, pitas and more! Smoothies, lemonade, kettle corn, ice cream and even funnel cake will be available too.