Growing Wetlands in the Classroom

Growing Wetlands in the Classroom

Lynnhaven River NOW and the Elizabeth River Project partner to provide the Growing Wetlands in the Classroom program sponsored by Dollar Tree Corporation’s Corporate Giving program. Lynnhaven River NOW provides the program to schools within the City of Virginia Beach and Elizabeth River Project provides the program to schools within their watershed, with the exception of Virginia Beach schools.

The Growing Wetlands in the Classroom program is a classroom opportunity that allows teachers and students to grow wetland plants in their classrooms and schoolyards which will be transplanted in a local wetland or stormwater area. The program, sponsored by Dollar Tree, covers all of the equipment and plant costs, as well as the mandatory teacher training.

The classes grow salt-tolerant or freshwater wetland plants, depending on the planting locations for that year. The most recent plantings occurred at Mt. Trashmore Park and can be easily seen within protective enclosures (goose fencing) along Lake Trashmore, between the picnic shelters and the main Edwin Drive parking area.

For program specifics, click here.

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Dollar Tree Associates work with Kingston Elementary School students to plant Spartina alterniflora (Smooth cordgrass) along Crab Creek at the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp. 2008

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A lush shoreline of freshwater wetland plants at Lake Trashmore, planted by students from Virginia Beach schools after a summer of growth.

EVENTS CALENDAR

June 2019

Bird Walk at Pleasure House Point

June 1, 2019
07:30 AM - 09:30 AM

**Canceled due to impending weather**Join us on Saturday, June 1 at 7:30-9:30am at Pleasure House Point, one of the major stopovers of migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway, to take a walk through the property in search of birds. What better way to go bird watching than with an avid Audubon birder at this ideal location! Free of charge. Email office@lrnow.org or call 757-962-5398 to register

Discover VB: Osprey Survey with Reese Lukei and Robert Brown

June 5, 2019
09:00 AM



Discover Virginia Beach Osprey Survey with Reese Lukei and Robert Brown 9 a.m.

Wednesday, June 5
Narrows Parking lot at the end of 64th Street
First Landing State Park 
$7 admission per car
To register e-mail Terri Gorman, Terri@lrnow.org, or call  (757) 962-5398****only 10 spots available

You don’t need a boat to see these ospreys!  Bring your binoculars and take a walk along 64th Street from the Narrows at First Landing State Park and help survey the osprey population there.  Every year in June raptor expert Reese Lukei and Lynnhaven River Now member Robert Brown, who keeps almost daily tabs on the dozen or so nests in that vicinity, tally the active nests and their young.  This is a unique opportunity to learn about and see the many ospreys that nest the natural way in trees and snags, instead of out on the water on man-made platforms and navigational structures.   Lukei estimates that 10 percent of the osprey population on the Lynnhaven River nest in this area of the park.



Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and insect repellent!

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