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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | October 2013 | VBgov.com/Parks
Adopt-A-Programs: Be the Change


Make a positive impact close to home by adopting your neighborhood park. Gather the family or a group of friends to help make Virginia Beach clean and beautiful throughout the year. A two-year adoption is required with a minimum of six cleanups per year. A few parks available for adoption include:
Know a park in need that's closer to home? Call 757-385-0472 or email outdoors@VBgov.com for other available sites. Can't commit to a two-year adoption? Contact us to coordinate a one-time cleanup instead. 
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Save the Date for Winter Wildlife Festival Registration


We're finalizing this year's schedule and counting down the days 'til registration opens on November 15. Save the date because spots will fill fast! Check the festival website for trip details. 


This year's event will be held January 24 - 26 and will feature educational workshops, outdoor excursions, children's activities and an exhibit hall at Princess Anne Recreation Center.


Past participant or recreation center member?

Registration will be available online through EZreg. To register through EZreg, you will need your client barcode and family PIN. If you do not have this information, you can visit any recreation center or contact the Outdoor Programs office at 757-385-4461 or outdoors@vbgov.com prior to the registration start date. In-person and mail-in registration will also be available.


New participant? 

For those wishing to register for the first time, registration will be available in person at any recreation center or by mailing in a registration form. Forms will be available beginning November 15 at VBgov.com/WinterWildlife 

7 Ways to Enjoy Fall

S'mores With warmer temps behind us, we're all busy transitioning to the cool days of fall. Although the weather is changing, we still have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in this area. Need some family-friendly ideas for getting out and having fun this fall season? 


1. Go on a nature hike. Bring along a field guide to identify different kinds of trees. Look for wildlife collecting food for winter. Explain to the kids how animals are starting to fatten up and grow thick, protective winter coats. Watch for migrating birds. 


2. Take a hayride. Brookdale Farm, Flanagan Farm and Henley Farms are a couple of options for hayrides this fall. This is a great way to kick back and enjoy nature with smaller children who may not be up for a long walk.


3. Visit a local pumpkin patch. Instead of buying one from the grocery store this year, go directly to the source. Have fun selecting from the variety of shapes and sizes. Be sure to get a few big ones for making jack-o-lanterns and a few small ones for decorating, painting, and adding some fall flavor to your home. You can always bake the seeds with a little spice, or make some pumpkin pie. Pick yours up during Virginia Beach Farmer's Market Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 26.  


4. Get lost in a corn maze. Local farms are getting in the fall harvest spirit by turning their cornfields into large mazes. Test your directional sense at Cullipher Farm or Hunt Club Farm, and get some fresh air in the process. Corn mazes are fun for all ages.


5. Gather fall leaves. Collect them for your scrapbook or paste them onto paper to create handmade greeting cards. Not feeling crafty? Rake a giant pile of leaves for the kids and jump right in!


6. Stuff a scarecrow. Dig out an old shirt and overalls, and stuff it with leaves until firm. Add a pumpkin head (from your trip to the pumpkin patch), and you've got a great fall decoration!

7. Have a backyard fire. The chill in the air makes fall the perfect time to invite friends over to gather around a fire pit or outdoor fireplace with a mug of cocoa or cider. Maybe even roast some marshmallows? Be sure to abide by all equipment safety precautions and be aware of Virginia Beach's open burning ordinance. 
Free Activities This November

We had a great turnout for our free Family Fishing Clinic earlier this month at Munden Point Park. The weather couldn't have been better for spending an afternoon by the North Landing River. Led by the Bass Anglers from Region 7 in Virginia, instruction included how to safely handle a rod and reel, how to cast, and how to bait hooks - although most left this up to the volunteers! Nearly half of the youth participants caught and released a fish, including many eels and the biggest catch of the day, a foot-long catfish. View photos on Flickr. 

We've got two more FREE outdoor classes planned for you in November. Limited spots available, so register early! 

Owl Prowl | November 15, 5 - 6:30 p.m. 
Age 12 & up (those under 18 with adult) | Discover Virginia Beach's native owls as we explore the trails at Pleasure House Point Natural Area, listening for and calling these unique creatures of the night. Please bring your flashlight, and bug spray is recommended. Register at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center or via EZreg 

Family Nite Hike | November 22, 8 - 9 p.m. 
Age 5 & up with parent | Bundle up the kids, grab your flashlight, and head out to explore Stumpy Lake Natural Area in the dark with us! Register at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center or via EZreg
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures

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


Princess Anne Recreation Center is closed through Sunday, October 27 for annual maintenance. The pool will remain closed through Sunday, November 3. 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on November 11 for Veteran's Day. 


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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