Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  
June 27, 2013  
Upcoming Events
Upcoming LRNow Events

Paddle into History Kayak Tour -- Sat., July 13, 9:30 AM -1:00 PM

Be Kind with Your Line Cleanup -- Sat., July 13, 8:00 AM

Bird Watching Walk --
Sun., July 14, 7:30-9:00 AM -- FILLED

River Cleanup -- Sat., July 20, 9-Noon

VCN Legislative Workshop -- Sat., July 20, 12:30-2:00 PM

Oyster Roundup -- Sat., July 20, First Landing, 64th St., 9-11 AM

Rain Barrel Workshop --Tues., July 23, 6-7:30 PM

History Day Bike Tour -- Sat., July 27, 10 AM-1 PM

Teacher Workshops:
Aug. 1, Aug. 13, & Aug. 15

New Citizen Oyster Gardener Workshop -- Aug. 8, 6:30 PM

Children's Paddling Expedition -- Thursday, Aug. 1, 9 AM - 3 PM

Wetlands Workshop -- Sat, Aug. 24, 9 AM- 3 PM
2nd Annual Be Kind with Your Line Cleanup
Saturday, July 13
Tons of fishing debris is discarded into the environment every year.  Those who work with wildlife see its disastrous effects on water birds and other animals far too often. 
The Virginia Beach SPCA and a variety of other organizations including LRNow are partnering to support the 2nd Annual monofilament fishing line cleanup in Virginia Beach.  For more information or to register, go to
Thanks for helping!

VCN Summer Legislative Workshop
Sat., July 20, 12:30 PM
Croc's 19th Street Bistro 

With the fourth largest wind capacity potential along the east coast, Virginia is moving toward a future powered by clean renewable energy.  Learn about the state's plan to monitor weather and ocean data.  Hear an update from Dominion VA Power on a 12 megawatt offshore wind-power demonstration facility.
To register: or 804-644-0283 

Virginia Beach 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

  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  
CBF Citizen Oyster Gardener Program
2013 Roundups and New Gardener Workshops

If you are currently a citizen oyster gardener in Virginia Beach, you have two dates when you can turn in your oysters to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at First Landing, 64th Street Boat Ramp:
Sat., July 20, 9-11 AM
Sat., Sept. 7, 9-11 AM
Please RSVP to CBF

If you would like to become an Oyster Gardener, there are two New Gardener Workshops available to you this summer:
Thurs., Aug. 8 at the Great Neck Rescue Squad and Wed., Sept. 11 at Virginia Weslyan College.
For more information go to or call the Norfolk office at 757-622-1964.
Preregistration for the workshops is required.

Community Events


Brock Environmental Center Construction Schedule Open House

Tues., July 16, 6 PM

Ocean Park Rescue Squad

Come out for ice cream and information on construction of the Brock Environmental Center at Pleasure House Point.  For more information go to 


Sustainable Living Expo: 

Join a regional conversation exploring Sustainability in Education

Wed, August 28th, 1-5 PM

Sandler Center for Performing Arts, Town Center, Virginia Beach.  Free and open to the public.   

Join in the dialogue with speakers from Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Lynnhaven River NOW, NASA Langley Research Center and the keynote speaker, Stephen Ritz, the nationally known USGBC Green Apple Education Ambassador.   For more information


50 Days of Fun
For all of the Virginia Beach, 50 Days of Fun activities, go to


Paddle Into History Kayak Tour
Saturday, July 13, 9:30 AM-1:00 PM

Paddle into history with LRNow and Wild River Outfitters on July 13 for a trip into the waters of the ducking of Grace Sherwood, Virginia's only convicted witch.  This year marks the 307th anniversary of the famous witch trial.  An historian will accompany the trip as will skilled kayak guides.  Solo and tandem kayaks will be provided, but at least some prior experience kayaking will be helpful.

This trip will depart from Crab Creek, at the City Boat Ramp off of Shore Drive on the west side of the Lesner Bridge. Along the way we will discuss the sites of the first church and courthouse, visit the site of the famous ducking of Grace Sherwood, learn
the story of Adam Keeling, and paddle by the Adam Thoroughgood House.

Advanced reservations are required and registration is limited.  Cost is $33 per person, with all paddling equipment provided.  Bring plenty of water for the trip.  Snacks and drinks will be provided at take out.

Contact Wild River Outfitters to register: 757-431-8566   Registration deadline is Thursday, July 11th. 
River Cleanup
Saturday, July 20, 9 AM-Noon

Join us at the launch site at the end of Old Virginia Beach Road off of Birdneck Road for a canoe/kayak based cleanup of Great Neck Creek.  You nee
kayakingd to provide your own boat for this cleanup or partner with someone with a canoe or tandem kayak.  We will put in at 9:00 and finish by noon.  Free Virginia Beach 50th birthday tee shirts will be given to all participants.  For more information or to register, call our office at 757-962-5398 or email  

Our next cleanup is Saturday, August 17th.  Mark your calendar now. 
Rain Barrel Workshop
Tuesday, July 23, 6:00-7:30 PM

Rain Barrel A rain barrel is an easy way to reduce stormwater runoff from your property and make the water available for irrigating your garden.  At this workshop you will assemble your own and take it home with you.
Cost for all materials and equipment is $60.  Pre-registration is required.  Call 757-962-5398 or email  This workshop will be held at the LRNow office at 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108.

Bayside History Day Bike Tour
Rescheduled for July 27, 10 AM-1 PM Adam Thoroughgood House 
Ride with LRNow and Tidewater Bicycle Association on a guided tour of the Lynnhaven River watershed's historic hotspots.  The tour will visit the Ferry Plantation House, the Thoroughgood House, and the Church Point Wayside as well as other historic points on the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River. 

The ride is approximately 10 miles, with many breaks and a family-friendly pace.  Children are welcome and lunch will be provide
d.  We will park behind the BB&T Bank, 944 Independence Boulevard, next to the Bayside Branch Library.  Helmets are required for all riders. 
History Day Bike Tour 
To register, please call LRNow at 757-962-5398 or email  There is a $15 registration fee that covers the ride and lunch.  Advanced registration is required by July 24th. 
Teacher Workshops
August 1, August 13 and August 15

LRNow is pleased to offer three workshops for teachers this summer.

The first workshop is a new one, Rain Gardens as a Teaching Tool.  Does your school have new rain gardens designed to help control stormwater runoff?  There are many ways that you can use these new gardens as a curriculum tool.  At this workshop you will learn more about rain gardens and receive activities and lesson plans that you can utilize in your classroom  The workshop is August 1, 8 AM-4 PM and will be held at Great Neck Middle School.

teacher workshop Wetlands 101 provides a basic introduction to wetlands, how wetlands work and their importance within the watershed.  This class is appropriate for upper elementary, middle and high school teachers.  Teachers will leave with hands-on activities to introduce or supplement their wetlands curriculum.  This class is August 13, 8 AM-4 PM, and will be held at Cox High School.

Wetlands 201 is appropriate for teachers who have completed the Wetlands 101 course and have a basic understanding of wetlands.  This half day workshop is a field study of wetland functions and dynamics.  Exploring wetlands areas, teachers will develop a more in-depth understanding of the crucial role of wetlands areas, their ecological and economic values, and the importance of wetlands as habitat.  Teachers will leave with field activities that can be implemented with your students.  This workshop is 8 AM-Noon and will be held at the Pleasure House Point Natural Area.

For Virginia Beach Public School Teachers, please register for these courses through you Professional Development Program (PDP).  For all other teachers, please call our office at 757-962-5398 or email 

Children's Paddling Expedition
Thursday, August 1, 9 AM-3 PM, Ages 8-13

Join the fun with LRNow and Virginia Beach Sea Camp and Kayak for a full day of kayaking, exploring and netting in the Lynnhaven River.  You will paddle from Crab Creek at the Virginia Beach Lynnhaven Boat Ramp back into the Lynnhaven River.  You will explore tidal creeks and intertidal sand flats, seine net for aquatic organisms, dig for hard clams, and learn about our ecosystem.  No prior experience necessary. 

Click here for more information or to register at the discounted 50 Days of Fun cost of $50. 

Citizens' Wetlands Workshop

Saturday, August 24, 9 AM - 3 PM

Location: Westminister Canterbury on the Chesapeake

Penthouse Lounge (Top Floor), 3100 Shore Drive

Cost: $15 per person, includes lunch and all supplies;  

Bring a Friend, $25 when two people register together 


Do you want to know more about your Lynnhaven River shoreline and  better understand shoreline best management practices?  Pleasure House Point

Come to this workshop and learn more about the functions and value of wetlands as well as the regulations that protect our wetlands from development.  This workshop is appropriate for anyone with an interest in our Lynnhaven River shorelines.  The day will include both classroom instruction and field activities.


Afternoon field activities will be at the new Pleasure House Point Natural Area.  Some walking will be involved.


Preregistration is required.  To register, contact LRNow at or call 757-962-5398,  Space is limited.


Diamondback Terrapin at PHP
Mark Your Sightings

Pleasure House Point is prime habitat for the diamondback terrapin making it very important that we do everything we can to protect them.  LRNow is happy to be working with the VB Parks and Recreation Department on ways to protect the terrapin's nesting habitat from human and dog traffic at Pleasure House Point.  We have created a Google map of PHP where anyone can leave t
Diamondback Terrapin
he location, date, time and details of a Diamondback Terrapin sighting.  If you're out walking at PHP and see a terrapin, or even an abandoned nest or eggs, add your sighting to the map.  Click here to go to our website where further instructions are available to you.  Thank you for helping us identify the Diamondback Terrapin nesting locations.

Turtle Excluders
Easy to Add to Your Crabpot
Turtle excluders, also called by-catch reduction devices, are easy to add to your crabpot and insure that a turtle will not inadvertently enter your cterrapin in cagerabpot and drown,   
They are free at LRNow and can be easily zip-tied to your crabpot.  Get yours today at our office at 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108.

Free Trees to Good Homes
Native Virginia Pines and Loblolly Pines

Virginia PineDo you have a place on your property for a native pine tree.  LRNow has Virginia Pines (pictured) and Loblolly Pines available free to good homes.
These trees are raised by the students at Plaza Middle School who would love to see them go to good homes.  They are healthy and in 3-gallon planting pots. 
Stop by our office at 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108 or call us at 757-962-5398.

Our Baby Osprey
Start Fledging in July. 

Osprey Babies