Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  
July 26, 2013  
Upcoming Events
Upcoming LRNow Events

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

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

River Cleanup, Hutton Circle--Aug 17, 9-Noon

Discovering Wetlands Workshop -- Sat, Aug 24, 9 AM- 3 PM

Sustainable Living Expo--Aug 28, 1:00-5:00 PM

Ride to the River Bike Tour--Sept. 7, 10 AM - 1 PM

Oyster Roundup -- Sept 7, 9-11 AM

New Oyster Gardener Workshop -- Wed, Sept 11

Children's Night Hike -- Friday, Sept 20, 7:30-9:00

International Coastal Cleanup -- Sept 21, 9 - Noon

The Lynnhaven Book Discussion -- Sept 24, 6:30-8:00

LRNow's Fall Festival
Saturday, October 12

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.

CBF Citizen Oyster Gardener Program
2013 Roundup and New Gardener Workshops

If you are currently a citizen oyster gardener in Virginia Beach, you can turn in your oysters to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at First Landing, 64th Street Boat Ramp:
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 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 roundup and workshops is required.  

Discovering 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.  Wetlands are the most endangered habitat in the Lynnhaven River. 


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.


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. 
River Cleanup
Saturday, August 17, 9:00-Noon 
Hutton Cir
on London Bridge Creek

Our August Cleanup is at Hutton Circle on London Bridge
Creek.  What a great excuse to skip the Saturday chores and have fun paddling in the Lynnhaven.  You Clean Upwill need 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 International Coastal Cleanup Day, September 21st.  Mark your calendar now.

Sustainable Living Expo: 

Join a regional conversation exploring Sustainability in Education

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



Ride to the River Bike Tour
Saturday, September 7, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Enjoy the cool breeze off of the Lynnhaven River as we leave from Bayville Park to explore on bicycle the Chicks Beach area, Church Point and Pleasure House Point along the banks of the Lynnhaven River.  The ride is approximately 10 miles and a family-Bike Tourfriendly pace.  Children are welcome and lunch will be provided.

For more information or to register, 757-962-5398 or Trista@LRNow.orgThere is a $15 registration fee that covers the ride and lunch. Helmets are required for all riders. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Tidewater Bicycle Association. 

Children's Night Hike 
First Landing State Park
Friday, September 20, 7:30-9:30 PM

Photo by Kevin DuBois Bring your children for a exciting night hike in First Landing State Park on the banks of the Lynnhaven River.  Search for night creatures, listen to the sounds of the forest at night and look for glowing owl eyes hiding in the trees. 

For more information or to register, contact LRNow at 757-962-5398 or 
Virginia Environmental Assembly
September 20 & 21
Virginia Beach Convention Center

The Virginia Conservation Network's Virginia Environmental Assembly will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 & 21.  The fascinating program begins with a panel at 3:00 PM on Friday and continues through the afternoon on Saturday.  A variety of topics will be explored: Benefits of Clean Water, Sea Level Rise, Green Schools, Solar Energy, Transit in Hampton Roads, Uranium Mining and more. 

To see the entire agenda or to register, go to the VCN website or call 804-644-0283.   See you there!
Book Discussions
The Lynnhaven, Restoring a Legend
September 24, 6:30-8:00 PM
Westminister Canterbury Penthouse Lounge

Join us on September 24th for a discussion based on LRNow's own book, The Lynnhaven, Restoring a Legend.  We will be joined by some of the authors, photographers, and artists who shared their passion for the Lynnhaven River with us through this book.  We will meet in the Penthouse Lounge at Westminster Canterbury, 3100 Shore Drive.  Free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is appreciated, 757-962-5398 or 
January's book discussion will feature Mary Oliver's poetry. 
Have You Received Your
Pearl Home Award?
  Over 1,000 other Virginia Beach homes have. 
Click here to fill out the form on our website today and see if you qualify.

If you have had your flag for a while and it is faded or torn, bring it to our office and you can trade it for a
new one.
Lynnhaven Oyster Larvae settle on reefs and become spat in July, August and September
Keeling Drain Reef