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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | December 2013 | VBgov.com/Parks
Planting 50 Trees for 50 Years

To commemorate the City's 50th Anniversary, our Landscape Management Division is planting 50 trees throughout the city at various parks, facilities and schools, as well as high-profile areas such as Town Center and the Laskin Road Gateway. The trees are live oaks, the official City tree of Virginia Beach. The "50 Trees for 50 Years" planting project is funded by donations from The Council of Garden Clubs of Virginia Beach. Locations of the plantings were designated by the Council with guidance from Landscape Management staff for optimal healthy growth, development and sustainability. 

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The first tree planting of this project took place at the 33rd annual Arbor Day Celebration at College Park Elementary School on April 12. The remaining trees are being planted this month, an ideal time for tree planting in the region. 


Curious about other native species that are ideal for planting in lawns or open areas? View the Native Tree Species list for Virginia Beach compiled by the City arborist. 

Make a Green Resolution for 2014! 


With the start of every year comes a big decision: what will be your New Year's resolution?! This year, try setting a green resolution for yourself. Simple changes can go a long way, so here are five easy examples that you could incorporate into 2014. 


I resolve to...


1. Use a reusable shopping bag EVERY time. Stash them in your car, in your purse, at the office and in your house and remember to take them with you!


2. Buy more local food. Enjoy the freshest produce and help protect the environment since your food didn't have to travel far to get to you.


3. Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). CFLs last longer than traditional bulbs and use about 75% less energy. 


4. Use cloth napkins. You'll not only save money in the long-run, but you'll cut down on the amount of paper towels that end up in landfills every day.


5. Ditch the disposable cup. Whether you stop for coffee on your way to work, or fill up at the office, bring your own tumbler or mug. You'll reduce waste and often get a discount on your coffee purchase!

Teacher Workshop: Project WET™

Tuesday & Wednesday, January 21 & 22 | 6-9 pm | Princess Anne Recreation Center 

Project WETTeachers and informal educators: obtain the knowledge and curriculum materials needed to teach your students about water resources during this two-session workshop, where you'll have the opportunity to network and share implementation ideas. Project WET™ is a supplementary water education curriculum that promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through classroom-ready teaching aids. Designed to teach students how to think, rather than what to think, the curriculum addresses atmospheric water, surface water, ground water, cultural and historical uses of water, and contemporary water management issues such as nonpoint source pollution. 


Attendance to both sessions is required for curriculum guide/materials and professional development credit. Pre-approval of credit may be required by your administration. Download a registration form. Workshop cost is only $10.  

Handmade Wreaths Add Holiday Flair to City Buildings 

For the past 30 years, Parks and Recreation's Landscape Management Division has hosted a wreath making event in partnership with The Council of Garden Clubs of Virginia Beach. In early December, members of various garden clubs come together to create the wreaths that will deck the doors of many of our City buildings. The greenery and other plant material used is carefully collected from city sites by our Landscape Management crew members. This year, a record 78 Garden Club members showed up to expertly craft the beautiful wreaths that adorn buildings at the Municipal Center and other notable sites including the Lynnhaven House, Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, the Old Coast Guard Station, and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.

Sessions Filling for Winter Wildlife Festival!

January 24-26, 2014 | Princess Anne Recreation Center    


Registration for the 2014 Winter Wildlife Festival began in November and several excursions have already reached capacity. Don't miss this opportunity to observe winter wildlife alongside experienced instructors in places like Back Bay and False Cape, Pleasure House Point, Mackay Island, Whitehurst Tract, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel area and more! Many sessions are offered at no cost and simply require advance registration. 


In addition to the outdoor excursions, the event features free educational workshops, children's activities and an exhibit hall at Princess Anne Recreation Center. The Festival Kick-Off takes place on Friday, January 24 with keynote speaker, Noah Strycker, Associate Editor of Birding magazine, well-known writer and "bird man." Check the festival website for details of all event activities.   


How to Register

Registration is available online through EZreg (with your client barcode & family PIN), in-person at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center, or by mailing in a registration form 

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Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures

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


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, administrative offices, staffed parks & park facilities will close at noon on Tuesday, December 24 and remain closed on Wednesday, December 25 for Christmas. All facilities will also close at 5 pm on Tuesday, December 31 and remain closed on Wednesday, January 1 for New Year's. 

All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, administrative offices, staffed parks & park facilities will be closed on Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King 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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