Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
November 18, 2011 

Wetlands 101
A Course for Teachers

Saturday, Dec. 3, 8:30-4:00 PM & Sunday, Dec. 4, Noon-4 PM. wetland

Learn about the functions and importance of our dynamic wetlands and learn how to bring the excitement of learning about our environment into your classroom. 
This course is appropriate for elementary and middle school teachers and each teacher will receive a copy of the acclaimed WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands curriculum shocked full of activities that you can take back to your classroom. 
Cost: $20 -- includes all materials
Location: New Trail Center at First Landing State Park
Participation in both days is required.
To register call 757-962-5398 or email Kris at
Space is limited so register today.
Deadline: November 23rd.

Pearl Home

Get Your Flag Today 

Pearl Home FlagDo you "scoop the poop" and use reusable grocery bags?  Have you reduced your lawn and planted natives?  Are you an oyster gardener?  Or have you installed a rain barrel?  You may already qualify to be a Pearl Home.  
Be the first person on your block to fly a Pearl Home flag.  You can pick up an application at our office or check it out on our website,  In the first month of this program, we already have 129 Pearl Homes.  You can be 130.    Thank you to everyone who is already proudly flying the Pearl Home flag!
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We have the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list.
Our beautiful, hard cover, coffee table book of essays, photographs and painting inspired by the Lynnhaven River. 
Visit us tomorrow, November 19th, at the Old Beach Farmers' Market at 19th Street and Mediterranean or get your copies at our office, 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108, 962-5398.  Or at any of the following locations:
Hardy's Jewelry
Runnymede Corporation
Wild River Outfitters
Virginia Beach Friends School Book and Gift Fair, Nov 30 - Dec 3
Old Coast Guard Station Gift Shop
Museum of Contemporary Art Gift Shop
Lynnhaven Marine
Old Beach Farmers' Market on December 17th
What a perfect hostess gift during this holiday season!
Here is just one little exerpt from the book to wet your appetite:
"I've seen flounder jumping three feet out of the water in a feeding frenzy and red drum tail and push wakes so much that you have to put the rod down and take a minute just to watch and marvel." 
~from  "My Home River" by Kevin DuBois

Virginia Beach Sustainability Plan

Public Meetings

The Virginia Beach Environment and Sustainability Office will be hosting a series of public input meetings on the new Virginia Beach Sustainability Plan.  These meetings will give a more complete overview of the process for developing the Plan, discuss what the City already has in place or underway as it relates to its policies, plans and vision, and then provide participants an opportunity to provide their suggestions on specific ideas or topics that they believe should be considered as the Plan is devleoped.  Meetings are free and no registration is required.  Three more opportunities are planned:

Monday, November 21, 7-9 PM at Virginia Beach Middle School, 600 25th Street

Monday, November 28, 7-9 PM at Green Run High School, 1700 Dahlia Drive

Thursday, December 1, 7-9 PM at Creeds Elementary, 920 Princess Anne Road


If you are unable to attend either meeting, there is an opportunity to share your comments on the City's web site at

Plants that Need a Good Home

We have a few plants left from the Native Plant Sale at our Fall Festival that need to find a good home.  If you are interested, please call our office at 757-962-5398.


2 Inkberry Hollies -- $15/each

4 Spiderworts -- $5/each

4 Sweet Flag Iris -- $5/each

1 Varigated Blue Flag Iris -- $5

6 Dwarf Crested Iris -- $5/each


Thanks for helping us find good homes for these natives.