terrapin iconWHO WE ARE

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The major factor that caused the degradation of our waterways is also now our biggest strength and hope for the future: PEOPLE.

In 2002, a committed group of local citizens came together to foster partnerships that would apply public and private resources to the challenge of reducing pollution in the Lynnhaven. That core group formed the nucleus of what has grown into an award winning river restoration project with over 8,000 members called Lynnhaven River NOW. “Now” because the work of restoring and protecting the beautiful Lynnhaven River is something that we can do NOW for ourselves and for our children and grandchildren. Over the years, our programs have grown to encompass the entire city with Pearl Homes, Pearl Businesses, Pearl Faith Communities and Pearl Schools in every watershed in Virginia Beach.

Our goal is clean and healthy Virginia Beach waterways and our objectives are:

  • To identify and reduce sources of contamination in our waterways; reduce nutrients, sediments and chemicals running off of our lawns, parking lots, roadways, farmland and out of our septic systems.
  • To educate and engage the community and partner organizations in restoring and protecting our waterways and natural areas.
  • To restore lost habitats such as oyster reefs, salt marshes,native plants, forests and other buffers that help to filter polluted runoff and protect our waterways and their marine life.

Become a member and get involved in this effort today.
Together we will make a difference!

Lynnhaven River Now

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January 2019

First Advocacy Dinner

January 7, 2019
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Monday, January 7th, Croc’s 19th Street Bistro, 6:30 PM

Are you interested to learning more about what to expect in this year’s Virginia General Assembly session and hear updates on what is happening with the seismic testing permits and offshore drilling? You will also meet others in our community who are also interested in following legislative initiatives related protecting our natural resources. And hear from speakers working on a variety of issues.

Our first Advocacy Dinner will be held at Croc’s 19th Street Bistro at 6:30 on Monday, January 7th. Registration and payment of $15 is due in advance. You can register by calling our office at 757-962-5398 or sending an email to Office@LRNow.org and we will call you . There are 20 spaces available and you will have four entree options for your dinner.


GWIC Program-Returning Teachers

January 11, 2019
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Growing Wetlands in the Classroom Program

January 11th and 12th at the Brock Environmental Center

For returning teachers:
Please plan to pick up your plants at the Brock Environmental Center between 4 and 6 PM on Friday, January 11th. Questions: Contact Jody@LRNow.org or call 757-962-5398.

For teachers new to the program:
Mandatory training on Saturday, January 12, 9 AM-2 PM at the Brock Environmental Center. Your plants will be available for pick up at the workshop. Questions: Contact Jody@LRNow.org or call 757-962-5398


Waterway Cleanup

January 12, 2019
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Our first cleanup to kick off 2019 will take place on Saturday, January 12 from 9am-noon at MOCA. To register to participate please email office@lrnow.org or call (757) 962-5398. This is a kid-friendly location

Location: VA Museum of Contemporary Art (2200 Parks Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451)

Learn more about our monthly Waterway Cleanups 



GWIC Program-teachers new to the program

January 12, 2019
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Growing Wetlands in the Classroom Program

January 11th and 12th at the Brock Environmental Center

For returning teachers:
Please plan to pick up your plants at the Brock Environmental Center between 4 and 6 PM on Friday, January 11th. Questions: Contact Jody@LRNow.org or call 757-962-5398.

For teachers new to the program:
Mandatory training on Saturday, January 12, 9 AM-2 PM at the Brock Environmental Center. Your plants will be available for pick up at the workshop. Questions: Contact Jody@LRNow.org or call 757-962-5398


Discover Virginia Beach-Winter Wildlife Festival

January 26, 2019
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for this month's Discover Virginia Beach series as we attend

a walk-up workshop: Hometown Habitat and then tour the Exhibit Hall at the Princess Anne Recreation Center. This workshop is part of the Winter Wildlife Festival presented by Virginia Beach Parks and Rec and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.


About the workshop-

Hometown Habitat: How Native Plants Support Bird Diversity


Ages 10 & up • Insects are a critical part of the food web that birds and other wildlife depend on for survival. In this session we’ll watch an excerpt of Catherine Zimmerman’s Hometown Habitat film, which beautifully illustrates how our landscape choices directly impact insect and bird diversity. Following the film there will be a Q&A led by Carol A. Heiser, Habitat Education Coordinator of the DGIF.


*No Fee *Please RSVP office@lrnow.org or call Terri @ 757-962-5398


Learn more about the Winter Wildlife Festival here:



terrapin iconMEET THE TEAM

Karen Forget
Executive Director
When you grow up on an organic farm and then live on a sailboat in the Chesapeake for three years, it’s only natural to become an advocate for the environment. As Director of Lynnhaven River NOW since 2005, Karen gives the river a critical voice in public policy decisions from here to the State Capitol while inspiring our efforts to protect our natural resources and create clean and healthy waterways in Virginia Beach. With a Bachelor’s from Purdue University, a Master’s from the College of William and Mary and a Certificate of Non-Profit Management, Karen has enjoyed living in Virginia since 1976. She has four sons and three granddaughters.
Helen Kuhns
Assistant Director and Pearl Programs Coordinator
Helen brings over twenty-five years of nonprofit experience in environmental and conservation education and outreach to Lynnhaven River Now as the Assistant Director and Pearl Programs Coordinator. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, focusing on environmental science from Christopher Newport University and has a Certificate in Non-Profit Management. A native of Tidewater and growing up in the Lynnhaven watershed, Helen believes that developing a personal connection to our natural resources is the first step in conserving our world for future generations.
Terri Gorman
Office Manager and Event Coordinator
Terri Gorman is the Office Manager & Event Coordinator for Lynnhaven River Now. Terri attended Virginia Wesleyan College where she completed her liberal arts degree in Sociology and Studio Arts. Like her liberal arts degree, she brings a broad base of experience to Lynnhaven River Now. She has over 20 years experience in business sales, management and development. Along with years of experience in sales and event coordinating in the Arts. Born in the Appalachian Mountains and raised in a rural town in Connecticut, Terri has made Virginia Beach her home for past 25 years where she enjoys the beauty of the Lynnhaven. She credits her father for teaching her to respect and protect nature and the environment. In her spare time, Terri can be found creating art or walking her dog Daisy along the Virginia Beach waterways.
Emily Hatfield
Development and Communications
Emily Hatfield is the Development and Communications Coordinator for Lynnhaven River Now. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, her weekends were often spent on the water, sailing with her parents in Deltaville, VA. Emily attended Old Dominion University where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Community Health.
Jody Ullmann
Pearl Schools Coordinator
Jody Ullmann is always thinking about ways to get people outside and learning about our natural environment. Jody came to LRNow with vast experience as an environmental educator for our National Parks, at the Virginia Living Museum, through her own non-profit, Mud Puddle Science, and with the Master Naturalist Program. She is a dedicated educator and has successfully grown our outreach to teachers, students and families through our Pearl Schools Program.
Dana Sizemore
Pearl Schools Program Assistant
Growing up in the Lynnhaven River Watershed, Dana Sizemore is a rare local in the area. Dana brings a broad and extensive background to the team including retail and office management to teaching preschool. She has served as Secretary for Surfrider Foundation, been an active volunteer with Surfer’s Healing, and helped begin an after school program at Cooke Elementary to educate children on organic and sustainable farming. When she’s not working with the team at Lynnhaven River NOW, Dana loves spending time with her husband Mark, daughters Zoe and Kai, and their two crazy dogs.
Morgan Schmidtendorff
Pearl Home & Pearl Faith Coordinator
Morgan learned at a very young age the importance of conservation and protection of our Earth. She credits her awareness as a direct result of growing up in a small farming community along the banks of the St. Joseph River in Michigan. Morgan earned a bachelor's degree in organizational communications at Western Michigan University and continued to gain a variety of experience through marketing and event coordination. Her love of surfing, hiking, and biking blossoms as Morgan spends her free time exploring all the beautiful waterways Virginia Beach has to offer.
Brent James
Oyster Restoration Coordinator
After a 27-year career as a Navy fighter pilot, Brent was a founder of an international cargo airline, Gemini Air Cargo, and subsequently of PEOPLExpress Airlines, as the VP of Operations with both. He lives on the Lynnhaven and has been active in environmental work for many years. His property has been designated as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat and has a residential oyster reef along the shoreline. His undergrad was at the US Naval Academy and grad school was at Harvard University. He is a Certified Virginia Master Naturalist and is the Founder of the Virginia Beach Notable Tree Program.
Joe Randall
Save Oyster Shell Program Coordinator
Joe Randall is the Save Oyster Shell Program Coordinator. Joe is a native to the Tidewater region. Growing up on the water, Joe developed a great amount of respect for the Lynnhaven and the shellfish harvested from it. Joe enjoys spending time with his wife and twin girls.

terrapin icon2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Andrew Fine

  • Lillie Gilbert

  • Steve Herbert

  • Brent James

  • Jan Dillard

  • Emily Steinhilber

  • Winston Bibee

  • Dave Jester

  • Harry Lester

  • Cathy Maston

  • Bob Miller

  • Craig Cope

  • Joan Spore

  • Robert Taylor

  • Gene Ross

  • Richard Serpe

  • Bob Wells

  • Karen Forget

  • Michael Barrett

  • Lisa Eure

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