Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  
August 4, 2014   
Mark Your Calendar for these  
Great Events

August 9 -- River Cleanup at Hutton Circle

August 22 --- Sea Camp on the Lynnhaven

August 23 -- See you at the Old Beach Farm Market

27 -- 5% Day at Whole Foods for VB Education Foundation

September 13 --River Cleanup at Birdneck

September 13 --Hampton Roads Sustainable Living Expo at Kellam High School

September 18 -- CBF Oyster Roundup

September 20 -- Master Gardener Fall Festival

September 21 -- Buy Fresh, Buy Local Farm to Fork

October 3 & 4 -- VCN VA Environmental Assembly

October 11 -- LRNow Fall Festival

CBF Oyster Gardener Roundup and New Gardener Workshop

If you are currently an oyster gardener, you can
turn in your oysters at the date and time below.  If you are interested in becoming an oyster gardener, you can come at the same times to learn about how to get started.

Thursday, September 18
6:00-8:00 PM
Norfolk Academy
1585 Wesleyan Drive

Register in advance at or by calling 757-622-1964. 

Trumpet Honeysuckle
Native Plant of the Month

Protect our
Diamondback Terrapin
by putting by-catch reduction devices on your crab pots.  They are free in the LRNow office.  Call us for more information, 757-962-5398
By-Catch Reduction Device

VA Environmental Assembly
October 3 & 4 

The Virginia Conservation Network Virginia Environmental Assembly will be held at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 & 4.  For more information or to register, go to or call 804-644-0283

Whole Foods 5% day 
to support Virginia Beach Education Association Gardening Projects with our students.  Shop at Whole Foods on
August 27
and contribute.
Shop at AmazonSmile 
and Amazon will make a donation to:




River Cleanup -- Hutton Circle
Sat., Aug. 9, 9 AM-Noon

Join the fun and help clean up the river.  We will be gathering at the Hutton Circle Canoe and Kayak launch at 9 AM.  Access to a canoe or kayak is needed to participate in this cleanup.  An empty seat is sometimes available so contact our office if you are interested but do not have access to a boat. 

For more information or to register for this cleanup, call 757-962-5398 or email
The next river cleanup is Saturday, September 13th.  .

Lynnhaven River Paddle & Explore
Ages 8-12; August 22, 9 AM - 3 PM

This paddle is a typical Sea Camp day on the Lynnhaven River but will be led by Laurie Sorabella, the Oyster Queen.  Meet at the Crab Creek kayak launch at the foot of the Lesner Bridge and kayak into the Lynnhaven to explore the tidal creeks, salt marsh, sand flats and shallow water habitats.  We'll use nets to learn what's out there, swim in the river and visit the Mermaid Spa.  We should have a nice low tide to explore Bob Marley Island and float down Irie Way.  The Oyster Queen will teach students things about the Lynnhaven that they haven't heard on trips with Captain Octopus. 

For more information go to  http://www.vbseacamp.  To register,
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1000 Trees for the Lynnhaven
"The creation of a thousand trees is in one acorn" 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

All of our trees may not have acorns, but we are working hard to get 500 native trees planted in Virginia Beach this year! 

Trees help with stormwater management, provide important habitat to wildlife and insects, shade for enjoyment, clean our air, increase home value (10-20%!), reduce energy costs (10-15%), and are beautiful.

We have a wide variety of native trees available for various size spaces and environmental conditions. If you are uncertain what tree might be appropriate for your yard (or faith community or school!), please contact us or check out or

For the complete list of available trees.

To order your tree(s), contact Trista or Dana at 757-962-5398 or

We will accept orders until late summer/early fall.  Your trees will be delivered in the fall to take advantage of the best planting season.

Become a Pearl Home and Win Tickets to Next Year's Oyster Roast -- 2,014 in 2014  
Pearl Home Flag
We have surpassed 1,600 Pearl Homes and have set a goal of 2,014 in 2014! 
Become a Pearl Home or recruit a friend or neighbor and you will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to next year's Oyster Roast.

The Pearl Home information and application are available on our website or in our office. If you recruit a friend or neighbor, make sure your name is at the bottom so you are entered into the drawing also.

Help us get to 2014 in 2014!

 Native Plant of the Month: August
Coral or Trumpet Honeysuckle
Lonicera sempervirens

Trumpet Honeysuckle will grow to 8-15 feet tall and spread to 3-6 feet. 

It likes full sun, blooms in May and June, and attract hummingbirds and butterflies.  The birds like the small red berries in the fall. 

To order a trumpet honeysuckle plant, call, 962-5398, or email
Cost is $8.