Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
June 3, 2011

The Legendary Lynnhaven Oyster
At the Old Coast Guard Station, 24th & Atlantic

June 1-26 

Oyster basket"the best oysters in the world are caught in the Lynnhaven River"*  The new exhibit at the Old Coast Guard Station celebrates the history and restoration of the Lynnhaven oyster and is a partnership between the Old Coast Guard Station and LRNow.  It will be showing June 1-26th.  You don't want to miss it. 


Growing Wetlands in the Classroom 2011

Kempsville Middle School students planting grasses at Mount Trashmore Lake as part of the Growing Wetlands in the Classroom program funded by Dollar Tree Corporation

Community Events

Kayak Fishing and Marine Explorers Camp, Ages 8-11, July 11-15

Kayak Fishing Camp, Ages 11 and up, July 18-21

9am-4pm, Lynnhaven River Inlet

Kayak Fishing Camp offers fun, hands-on activities that will allow young anglers and marine biologists the chance to catch many species of marine organisms in the LynnhavenRiver and Chesapeake Bay.

More information and Questions?  Bob Carroll @ 804-721-8806 or email Bob at


CBF/VIMS Seagrass Planting

Saturday June 25; 11am - 5:00pm in Broad Bay,(meeting location TBD, either at the Lynnhaven or First Landing boat launch depending on space/availability).

 Please join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) on Saturday, June 25th to restore seagrasses to Broad Bay! Volunteers will help plant a pilot study to learn how widgeongrass (Ruppia maritima)can be restored to local waterways.  Among other roles, widgeongrass is essential to shellfish habitat.   

Details:  RSVP to Tanner at  We will be in touch shortly on meeting location specifics.  On Saturday June 25th, you will meet students from VIMS and learn how to plant widgeongrass.  We will transport you in vans to the planting sites in Broad Bay, a few miles away. Planting is expected to last until 5 pm, after which we will transport you back to your vehicles.

  We will provide all of the necessary planting tools.  Planters will be in approximately knee deep water.  Children are welcome with adult supervision.  Make sure you bring lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen, and shoes that can get wet (dive booties, water shoes, or cheap canvas tennis shoes work well).  

  For more information, contact Tanner at


Nature Conservancy

Eelgrass Harvesting Project

May 25-June 12

There will be numerous opportunities to get involved with this intersting project on the eastern shore of Virginia.   Eelgrass is a simple, ribbon-like seagrass that once thrived in the coastal bays of the Eastern Shore and the Lynnhaven River. 

Volunteers will be snorkling and gathering grasses for transplant.

   For more information, go to


Rain Barrel Workshop
June 7, 6:30-8:00, Register Today!

A rain barrel is an easy way to reduce stormwater runoff from your property and make the water available for irrigating your garden.

Sign up for our summer workshop to construct your own rain barrel to take home with you that day. 

This workshop is offered by LRNow in partnership with Mike's Rain Barrels.


Date: June 7, 2011

Rain Barrel

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Location:  LRNow Office at 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108

Cost: $60 and includes all materials and use of tools


Space is limited.  Dress for outdoors in work clothes for hands-on activities.


Advanced registration, including payment, is required.  For registration information, call 757-962-5398 or email


Workshops will also be offered on July 6th and August 8th.


Look for Lynnhaven River NOW and Mike's Rain Barrels at the Old Beach Farm Market on Saturday, June 11th. 

Oyster Gardening
2011 Dates Set for New Gardener Seminars, Taylor Float Workshops and Roundups 
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Lynnhaven River NOW will again be partnering to offer you an opportunity to become an oyster gardener, to turn in your one year old Taylor Floatoysters to be placed on a conservation reef and to build a Taylor Float to house your baby oysters over the next year.
   New gardeners need to attend one of the
New Gardener Seminars before beginning.  The seminar will help you learn how to maintain your oyster garden throughout the next year.  Seminars will be offered on:
Tuesday, August 9th, 6:00-7:30, at VA Weslyan College and Tuesday, August 30th, 6:00-7:30, at the Great Neck Rescue Squad Building.  Pre-registration is required and a donation to CBF of $30 is suggested to offset the program costs.  For more informaiton or to register contact CBF at 757-622-1964 or
  To build a Taylor Float, pictured above, to house your baby oysters, plan to attend one of our Taylor Float workshops at the LRNow office on the following dates: Thursday, August 4th, 6:00-7:30 and Thursday, August 25th, 6:00-7:30, 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108.  The cost for all materials, dock lines and a small mesh bag is $75.  We will walk you through the construction process.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information or to register contact LRNow at 757-962-5398 or
   If you are already one of our many volunteer oyster gardeners, you will have an opportunity to turn your oysters in at one of two Virginia Beach Roundups this summer at First Landing State Park, 64th Street Boat Ramp: Saturday, July 23rd, 9:00-11:00 and Saturday, August 27th, 9:00-11:00.  Please register with CBF, 757-622-1964 or in advance of the roundup to guarantee that you will be able to receive your new batch of seed oysters.  A $30 donation is suggested per 1,000 seed oysters to offset program costs.
Summer Intern
Education Major  
LRNow is looking for a college student majoring in education who has an interest in the environment and environmental education to join our team this summer and help us develop some fun educational materials for our Lynnhaven River families.  If you are interested, please contact Karen at
The Lynnhaven, Restoring a Legend
Our Book is Now Available 
Calendar CoverOur beautiful new book, The Lynnhaven--Restoring a Legend, premiered with great reviews at last week's Oyster Roast. 
This gorgeous hard cover coffee table book contains the reflections of forty different people through their essays, their photographs and their paintings.  Some are remembering their childhood experiences on the river and others reflect more current times.  All share the way the river has shaped and enriched their lives.  You will enjoy this book over and over.  You will want to have a copy for yourself and copies to give as gifts. 
Books are available in our office.   Please call us at 757-962-5398 or email for more information or to reserve your copy. 

Scoop the Poop Stickers
Available in our Office

Our Scoop the Poop stickers have been so popular that we ordered another 10,000 copies.  The new order is in and we are excited to get them out on big black trash cans all over the city.  If you haven't gotten your sticker yet, please stop by our office any day between 9 and 5 and pick one up.  Or better yet, get them for your whole neighborhood.  We will also have stickers at the Old Beach Farm Market on June 11th and at our other events.   

Scoop the Poop Sticker