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shell iconMore than 25000 students and teachers in our public and private schools this year were trained to be watershed stewards of the future. Seventy-eight Virginia Beach schools earned our Pearl School Award.  We also launched out preschool program, SPAT, and the Junior Master Naturalists program to rave reviews.

shell iconMore than 48 percent of the Lynnhaven meets the rigorous water quality standard for shellfish harvest and 90% meets the swimmable/fishable standard.  Fifteen years ago, no one thought this was possible.

shell icon15,000 citizens learned more about the river through our various education and outreach efforts – workshops, presentations, bicycle, kayak and walking tours, cleanups, and our Fall Festival.

shell iconAlmost 3,000 yards in Virginia Beach fly Pearl Home flags that recognize homeowners who are making thoughtful decisions about their impact on our environment.  They planted more than 200 native plants and trees this year.

shell iconWe did consultations for many property owners across Virginia Beach to help with shoreline management and drainage questions.

shell iconOur cleanup volunteers removed more than 6,000 pounds of trash from our Virginia Beach waterways this year.

shell iconWe worked with homeowners to build oyster castle reefs and living shorelines and collected more than 4,000 bushels of shells in our Save Oyster Shell program that was used to build a 1.5 acre sanctuary reef in the Eastern Branch.

shell iconOur Pearl Faith communities reduced stormwater runoff from their property, recycled more, planted more trees and native plants, bough greener products and reduced energy use.

terrapin iconOur staff and volunteers took 96 water quality samples this past year and we collected spat data from 25 locations in the Lynnhaven.




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September 2018

Bird Walk

September 1, 2018
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Bird Walk

September 1, 7:30-9am

Enjoy the early morning beauty of Pleasure House Point when the birds are the most active.
We will meet on Marlin Bay Drive at 7:30 AM and enjoy a pleasant ninety-minute walk with a birding expert from the Audubon Society.  These programs are free but we prefer that you preregister with or call our office at 757-962-5398.

Waterway Cleanup

September 8, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

September 8th, 9 am - noon - International Coastal Cleanup at Thalia Creek Kayak Launch - This cleanup is a water-based cleanup only. Participants should plan to bring their own kayak and paddling gear. PFDs are required. Some kayaks may be available for use with advance registration. Advanced registration is recommended for final event details. Contact to register or for more information.

To register to participate in a waterway cleanup please email or call (757) 962-5398

Click on Waterway Cleanups for additional information

Stewardship & Access Committee Meeting

September 19, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

This committee meets at 6 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at Hot Tuna  at 2817 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. November and December meeting schedules may be adjusted to accommodate winter holidays. Check Facebook or website calendar for changes.

Vermiculture Composting Workshop

September 21, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

Friday, September 21, 6:30-8:00 PM

Learn about the benefits of vermiculture composting and build your own attractive 2 foot by 4 foot wooden composter. All materials, even your own red wiggler worms, are included.
We will provide tools and instructions for building your own composter during the workshop.

This is a great opportunity. Spaces are limited so sign up today. This workshop is being offered free. It is a $75 value.

To register, call Terri at 757-962-5398 or email Registration closes on September 14th or when the class is full.

composting workshop

Conversations about Climate Change

September 26, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

Two Interesting Speakers

Climate Change and the resulting sea level rise is the most important issue facing our region today. We will pick up our Conversations About Climate Change series with a presentation from Ted Henefin, HRSD General Manager, explaining how the HRSD SWIFT program is putting waste water back into the ground to help with land subsidence. And Elizabeth Andrews, Director, W&M Law School Coastal Policy Center, to help us understand sea level rise from a policy and legal perspective. What tools will our cities need to tackle the challenges ahead?

Please RSVP at for this important and very informative program.

Discover Virginia Beach Nature Hike

September 29, 2018
08:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This September we will be exploring the southern part of our beautiful city! Join us on Saturday, September 29th 8:30am-10.30am for a nature hike on West Neck Creek Trail (2249 North Landing Road). West Neck Creek Natural Area is a wooded 217-acre site located across from the Municipal Center along North Landing Road. This 2 mile hike will be lead by a staff member/tree enthusiast who will identify trees along the trail. You may even find a notable tree that you can nominate here! Following the nature hike, there will be a guided tour of the Whitehurst-Buffington House. “Designated as one of the 50 most historically significant structures in Virginia Beach, the Whitehurst-Buffington House, built in 1793, is truly a house over time”.

This month’s hike will be the 2nd Discover Virginia Beach Series event. Discover Virginia Beach is designed for people to explore Virginia Beach’s natural and historical areas. Mark your calendars –Saturday, October 27th–Guided bike tour through False Cape. We hope you can join us!

To register please e-mail Terri Gorman or call our office (757) 962-5398