Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
June 2, 2010
Volunteers Needed Saturday for Cleanups 
Land and Water Based Cleanups in Six Different Locations 
LRNow will be out in force for Clean the Bay Day.  We will have volunteers at six different locations in our watershed:
Thalia neighborhood - meet at Steinhilber's Restaurant  (land and water based)
Kings Grant neighborhood - meet at King's Grant Elementary School (land based)
London Bridge Creek - meet at the Hutton Circle Canoe and Kayak Launch Site  (water based)
Great Neck Creek - meet at the Birdneck Canoe and Kayak Launch Site  (water based)
Beach Garden Park - meet at the shelter by the parking lot  (land and water based)
West Side of the LesnerBridge - meet at the City Boat Ramp (land based)
To participate in the water based cleanups, you need to have a space in a kayak or canoe.  Please register with Whit Peace,, or Helen Kuhns,, or call our office at 757-962-5398, for all six cleanups. 
All cleanups are Saturday, June 5th from 9:00 AM to Noon. 
Dress in comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting dirty or wet.  Bring a water bottle and gloves.
Hope to see you all out Saturday morning!
Paddle Into History
Western Branch Kayak Tour
Saturday, July 10th
Join us on the anniversary of the ducking of Grace Sherwood, Virginia's only convicted witch, for a kayak tour of the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven.  We will depart from Steinhilber's Restaurant in Thalia at 9:00 AM and visit the site of the ducking, Ferry Plantation House and other points of historic interest, returning to Steinhilber's at noon.
This trip is being offfered in partnership with Wild River Outfitters and all registration is through WRO.  The cost with rental kayak and all needed equipment is $48.  The cost if you bring your own kayak is $25. 
To register, please call 757-431-8566. 
Community Events
VCN Summer Workshop
Virginia Conservation Network is taking registration for their summer workshop, "Energy Solutions for the 21st Century", in Norfolk on June 22nd.  For more information or to register, visit the VCN website,
Green Drinks
Green Drinks is an informal happy hour held monthly for people who care about the environment.  Green Drinks offers a great way of catching up with people you know and making new contacts.  Green Drinks in Virginia Beach is every 3rd Thursday evening at Croc's on 19th Street.  Summer dates are June 17, July 15 and August 19.  See you there!
Hands Across the Sand
The Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation and Oceana are sponsoring "HANDS ACROSS THE SAND: Say NO to offshore oil drilling. Say YES to Clean Energy!"
Together we will line up on Saturday, June 26 along the VB oceanfront between 19th and 31st Streets starting at 11 AM.  For more information or to register, visit Or contact Eileen Levandoski at 757-277-8537. 
Potters Road Cleanup GroupSummer Workshops for Teachers
All Qualify for PDP Points

Would you like to feel prepared next fall to do more environmental education with your students and have strategies to get them involved with our local environment?  Come to one of LRNow's summer workshops for teachers and you will start the new school year with the information and skills that you need to bring the environment into your classroom whether you are an elementary, middle or high school teacher.  All of our courses are open to public and private school teachers and qualify to meet your PDP point requirements.  Public School teachers can register on the VBCPS PDP website and private school teachers can register by calling our office.  More information including course descriptions, times and dates is available on our website or you can contact Helen at or 757-962-5398. 


Course Titles:

Going Green: An Introduction Model to Involve Students in Community and Educational Projects, June 24th

Introduction to Environmental Education, June 28-30

Introduction to Oysters, July

Wetlands 101, July 12-13

Oyster Reef Science, July 19

Advanced Oyster Gardeners' Field Skills Course, November 13

Summer Oyster Workshops
You Can Be An Oyster Gardener---Join the Ranks
Potters Road Cleanup Group

A valuable way that you can help the Lynnhaven is to become an oyster gardener.  No previous gardening experience is needed and it only takes an hour or two a month to make an important contribution to restoring the Lynnhaven oyster.  More information on how you can become an Oyster Gardner is available on our website at  Here are the important dates for this summer. 


New Citizen Oyster Gardener Workshops:

July 21st, 6:00-7:30, Oberndorf Central Library

August 31st, 6:00-7:30, GreatNeckRescueSquadBuilding


To house your oysters, you can build a Taylor Float at one of our workshops

Taylor Float Workshops:

July 15th, 6:00-7:30, LRNow Office, 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108

August 26th, 6:00-7:30, LRNow Office, 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108


If you are already an Oyster Gardener and need to turn in your one year old oysters and get new seed oysters, plan to come to one of the Roundups.

Roundups at the Narrows:

July 24th, 9:00-11:00, FirstLandingState Park, 64th Street Entrance

August 28th, 9:00-11:00, FirstLandingState Park, 64th Street Entrance.


Thank you for your time and commitment to the Lynnhaven through Oyster Gardening.


For more information.