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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | July 2013 | VBgov.com/Parks
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OST StaffLooking for a part-time job? Join our team! Have fun while you work and know that you are making a difference in your community. We're regularly hiring for these positions:

* Lifeguards

* Swim Instructors

* Out-of-School Time Staff

* Park Staff

* Recreation Center Staff

* Fitness Class Instructors

* Personal Trainers

* Special Needs Support Staff 


Position information and applications are available online at www.VBcareers4gov.com. Click on 'Search Postings' to see current openings.

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Identify Plants & Animals with Bay Field Guide


Field GuideWhen you're out swimming, fishing or just walking along the Chesapeake Bay, chances are good that you've come across a plant or animal that leaves you wondering, "What is that?"


The Chesapeake Bay Program has put together a Bay Field Guide that should help you identify more than 200 species of algae, bay grasses, birds, fish, insects, invertebrates, mammals, plants and trees, reptiles and amphibians that call the Bay home. You can search by type of species or by habitat, and then view a photo along with detailed information for each result.


Those speedy little crabs that create the holes along the sand? Ghost crabs. That fish that sounds like a frog? Croaker. Small shark on the end of your fishing line? Sandbar shark.


Check out the Bay Field Guide and you might be surprised at the number of species you'll be able to identify on your next visit to the Chesapeake Bay!

Best Kept Secrets - Discover VB Waterway Access Sites


Lotus Garden Park
Lotus Garden Park

If you've kayaked in Virginia Beach, you're probably familiar with the more popular venues - First Landing State Park, Owl Creek Boat Ramp, and Rudee Inlet to name a few. But, did you know there's a waterway access point at Lotus Garden Park off Sandbridge Road, or have you ever launched from Hutton Circle?

There are numerous "best kept secrets" for launching your kayak or canoe, and we're hoping to let the secret out! Take a water tour of Virginia Beach this summer with our Waterway Access Site Checklist:

Birdneck Launch

Carolanne Farms Park

Dozier Bridge Launch

Hutton Circle Launch

Lake Smith/ Lake Lawson Natural Area

Little Island Park

Lotus Garden Park

Lynnhaven Boat & Beach Facility

Munden Point Park

Owl Creek Boat Ramp

Pleasure House Point Natural Area

Stumpy Lake Natural Area

Click the links above to get a Google map of each access point, or visit our website to download a Waterway Access Site Map and learn more about each of these sites.

Know an access site we didn't name in our checklist? Send a photo of your favorite spot to fun@VBgov.com and we'll highlight it on Facebook.com/VBParksRec.

4 Tips for Great Trail Etiquette


Trail EtiquetteEveryone wants to have a good time while hiking, but that can be changed by someone who is not courteous on the trail. Here are a few tips if you are planning to hit the trails:


1. Stay on the trail. You don't want to do any damage to the natural areas (and critter habitats) around you. Move to the side to allow others to pass, but stay on the trail as much as possible.


2. Say hello. When you pass others on the trail, keep it friendly so that everyone has a great experience. You can also find out and/or pass along information about the trail conditions ahead.


3. Share the space. When hiking, be aware that there may be bikers on the trail as well. If you're wearing headphones, be sure to keep it low enough to hear if others are coming. If you are the one biking, provide advance warning that you are approaching from behind.  


4. Yield to uphill hikers. Hiking on hills can get tricky when there is traffic coming both ways. Always let those ascending pass first. It is easier for those descending to stop and start up again than it is for those climbing up. 


Just remember to be kind while you are out on the trail. Everyone out there has a shared interest in nature and we all want to enjoy our hike. Learn more about some of our City Park Trails here in Virginia Beach.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures

Bow Creek Recreation Center is closed for a long-term modernization project


Don't forget that your membership is good at all Virginia Beach Recreation Centers! If your usual center is closed for maintenance, take the opportunity to visit another center. Use this locator to help you find one!

Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child requires additional support, we can help. Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
We welcome your comments and questions. Feel free to email us at fun@VBgov.com.
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