Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
June 24, 2011

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

June 1-26 

This is the last weekend to see this exhibit.

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. 
Yellow Crowned Night Heron
Yellow Crowned Night Heron by Chuck Guthrie

Community Events

Hands Across the Sand

VB Oceanfront at 24th Street

Sat, June 25, 11:00-12:15

On Saturday, June 25, join tens of thousands of citizens as we draw human lines in the sand against the threat dirty fuels and offshore oil drilling pose to our families and our planet.  Sponsored by the Sierra Club.


Back Bay Restoration Foundation's 2011 Photo Contest

A picture speaks a thousand words.  Let your camera show your support and appreciation for Back Bay by entering BBRF's first annual Photo Contest!

For more information, visit the BBRF website at 


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


New Native Plant Website
Native Plant GardenThe Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Image Matters LLC, have unveiled their new online Native Plant Center for the Chesapeake Bay Region. 
The online guide allows for the identification and selection of native plant species for habitat restoration in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  Users to the portal,, can search for native plants by name, plant type, sun exposure, soil texture and moisture, and even find native plants with the same shape, color, size or other characteristics as some of their favorite non-native plants.  The portal also includes a geo-locator feature to identify plants suited to a user's specific location. 
You will enjoy browsing among the beautiful photographs and find lots of useful information.

Rain Barrel Workshop
July 6th, 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: July 6, 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


A workshop will also be offered on August 8th.



Summer Teacher Workshops

Summer 2011

Join one of our summer teacher workshops and add something fun to your summer that will benefit you throughout the next school year.  Open to all public and private school teachers.


Project WILD and WILD Aquatic Teacher Workshop

Wednesday, August 10th and Thursday, August 11th

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: FirstLandingStateParkTrailCenter

Cost: Free

Attendance for the entire duration of the workshop is required to receive certificate and workshop materials.

 Project WILD and Project WILD Aquatic curriculums are two of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. The Project WILD K-12 Activity Guide offers learning opportunities through a focus on wildlife and habitat, while the Project WILD Aquatic K-12 Activity Guide emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. Each is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. Emphasizing wildlife because of its intrinsic value, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet.  For more information about the Project Wild curriculums, visit To register, contact Helen Kuhns at or by calling 757-962-5398. Advanced registration is required no later than August 5th. Limit 25 teachers.


 Project WET Teacher WorkshopProject Wet Workshop

Thursday, August 18th

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: FirstLandingStateParkTrailCenter

Cost: Free

Attendance for the entire duration of the workshop is required to receive certificate and workshop materials.

 Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a nationally developed, supplementary water education program for educators -- public and private school teachers, youth club leaders, museum staff and others. Project WET is designed to teach students how to think, rather than what to think. The program shows that wise water management is essential to the future social and economic prosperity of our country. Project WET addresses atmospheric water, surface water, ground water, cultural and historical uses of water, and contemporary water management issues such as nonpoint source pollution. Professionally developed teaching aids are hands-on, self-contained, and user-friendly. For more information about the Project WET curriculum, visit register, contact Helen Kuhns at or by calling 757-962-5398. Advanced registration is required no later than August 12th. Limit 25 teachers.


 Wetlands 101

Thursday, August 25th, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm and Friday, August 25th, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: FirstLandingStateParkTrailCenter

Cost: $20

Attendance for the entire duration of the workshop is required to receive certificate and workshop materials.

 This one and one half day workshop provides a basic introduction to wetland function and dynamics and includes WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands curriculum guide. Exploring wetland areas, teachers will develop a more in-depth understanding of the crucial role of wetland areas, how wetlands work and will leave with hands on activity you can use in your classroom and on your school grounds. Limit 25 teachers. The course is appropriate for elementary and middle school teachers. To register, contact Helen Kuhns at or by calling 757-962-5398. Advanced registration is required no later than August 12th. Payment must be received for space to be reserved. Limit 25 teachers.


 New Teacher Oyster Gardener Workshop

By Oyster Reefkeepers of Virginia

Saturday, October 15th 

Cost: TBD

 This course will prepare teachers to conduct an oyster restoration project with their students during the upcoming school year.  In addition to lectures on oyster reef biology, history, ecology and restoration, this course will also provide teachers with the opportunity to explore a recovering oyster reef, to collect reef-associated fauna, to employ sampling techniques in the field, and to dissect oysters in the lab.  For more information about this program, contact Laurie Sorabella at 757-460-1200 or Space is limited.



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.
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