Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
May 2, 2013
Upcoming Events
Upcoming LRNow Events
Growing Wetlands in the Classroom Plantings
International Migratory Bird Day Walk, Sat., May 11, 7:30-9:30
Spat Catcher Workshop -- Tues, May 14th, 6-7 PM
Bayside History Day Bike Tour -- Sat, May 18th, 10 AM - 1 PM
Paddle for the Lynnhaven, Eco-Tour, June 8, 10 AM - 1 PM
Exploring Children's Nature Books, Tuesday, June 25,
6:30-8 PM

Stewardship Awards
April 1 - July 1, 2013


Have you made any environmentally

friendly improvements to your home,

business or community facility?

If so, please let us know and

encourage others by submitting an

application for a Virginia Beach

Stewardship Award.  For more in-

formation or an application form, pleasego to the city's website at


The Virginia Beach Stewardship Awards program began in 2009, with the first awards being presented by Mayor Sessoms at the 2010 Earth Day celebration. The success of the program has led to its expansion and now it comprises more diverse applicants and projects. Outdoor projects eligible for awards can include installing a buffer, where lawn areas are replaced with landscaped beds, or replacing impervious areas with permeable pavers, mulch paths or stepping stones. Installing an edible garden, butterfly garden, or even creating wetlands or oyster reefs also could be nominated.


Lillie Gilbert, Spartina  
June Book Discussion: Environmental Books for Children

Tuesday, June 25, 6:30-7:30


 Summer is almost here, and children will soon have more free time to read and explore with their families! Spark their excitement for nature by reading some of our favorite environmental children's books to them. Then bring your children (or come alone) and join us for a book discussion on Tuesday, June 25th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Great Neck Recreation Center (2521 Shorehaven Drive) in Rooms 1 & 2. Book titles are organized into broad grade categories:


Pre-school to 1st Grade:

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (the book, copyright 1971)

Looking for Loons by Jennifer Lloyd

Step Gently Out by Helen Frost

Our Nest by Reeve Lindbergh

The Root Children by Sibylle von Olfers *

On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier


1st through 5th Grade:

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky by Susan Jeffers

Monster Hunt by Jim Arnosky

Planting the Trees of Kenya by Clair Nivola

The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole

Secrets of A Wildlife Watcher by Jim Arnosky *

Most of these books are available at Virginia Beach Public Libraries

(* marks the exceptions) and a complete set is available for loan from the Lynnhaven River NOW office. Please call 962-5398 or email to register for the free program or to reserve books.


Volunteers Needed
 Assist with Growing Wetlands in the Classroom Plantings       


We are looking for a few good volunteers, available during the daytime hours, to assist our Growing Wetlands in the Classroom students plant the wetlands plants they have been growing in their classroom.  All plantings will take place at Mt. Trashmore Park.  Our fantastic new Education Coordinator, Jody Ullman,  will be leading the plantings and will give you instructions and guidance.   Ages of the students vary, ranging from young elementary students through high school. 
These are the dates and times that volunteers are needed:
Monday, May 6, 8:30 - 10:30
Monday, May 6. 10:30-1:00
Tuesday, May 7, 10:30-12:00
Tuesday, May 7, 11:30-1:00                              
Wednesday, May 15, 3:15-5:15                                              
Wednesday, May 29, 9:30-12:30
Thursday, May 30, 9:30-11:30
Thursday, May 30, 11:30-1:00
Tuesday, June 4, 9:30-11:30
 If you can volunteer to help at any of these times, please contact Jody at
757-575-0750 or
Thank you for helping out with this interesting and fun project.

International Migratory Bird Day Walk
May 11th, Pleasure House Point, 7:30 AM

Join LRNow and the Audobon Society on this ideal day to take a bird walk through Pleasure House Point, one of thePhoto by Robert Brown major stopevers of migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway. 


What better way to go bird watching than with an avid Audobon guide at this ideal location.


We will bring trash bags along in case we need an impromtu river cleanup.


Contact us at 962-5398 or to register, or email with questions.  This event is free, but please register in advance.


Spat Catcher Workshop
Tuesday, May 14, 6-7 PM 
Great Neck Rescue Squad
Want to catch oysters off your dock?  Hang two small cubes off of your dock and watch the oysters settle on the material in the cages and make these spat catchers their home.  spat catchers   
Join us on May 14, 6-7:30 PM at the Great Neck Rescue Squad, Langhorn Hall (1243 Bayne Drive).  The cost to participate is $25 for 2 spat catchers
You will hang two cages that are less than one cubic foot off of your dock (or a neighbor or friend's dock) for the summer and see how many spat settle on the recycled oyster shell and granite pieces in your cages.  All you have to do is shake the cages around in the water every few weeks and you will be raising oysters that will filter the Lynnhaven River for the rest of their lives.
To register, call 757-962-5398 or email  For questions, email  You must pre-register and registration ends MAY 10.  Space is limited and the program fills quickly, so sign up now.


Bayside History Day Bike Tour
Saturday, May 18th, 10 AM-1 PM

$15 Registration Fee Covers Ride and Lunch

Sign Up Early -- Free to the First 25 Registrants

Ride with  LRNow and TBA on an 11 mile guided historic tour starting and ending at the Bayside Public Library. The tour will visit the Ferry Plantation House, the Thoroughgood House, Church Point Wayside and the Old Donation Church.History Day Bike Tour   


This is a family paced ride, so children are welcome to join.  It is a great outing for the whole familty.  Helmets are required for all riders.


Pre-registration is required, please call 757-962-5398 or email to reserve your spaces.


Paddle for the Lynnhaven, Eco-Tour
Saturday, June 8, 10 AM- 1 PM 
kayaking Lynnhaven River NOW and Chesapeake Outdoors are teaming up to offer a kayaking eco-tour of the Lynnhaven River.  Depart at 10 AM from the 64th Street Boat Ramp in First Landing State Park and paddle into a lake in the park, stopping to explore nature along the way. 
$35  if you rent a kayak or $20 is you bring your own.  To register, call Chespean Outdoors at 757-961-0447.
Treat yourself this month and take a walk at Pleasure House Point 
Pleasure House Point