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

December 2018

Volunteer Appreciation Party

December 2, 2018
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Brock Environmental Center Oyster Room 3pm-5pm

Volunteer Training-Sustainable Yard Program

December 10, 2018
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Workshops

Help us as we begin our 2nd year of taking Pearl Homes to the next level! We are holding a training session for select volunteers to help implement our Pearl Homes Sustainable Yard Program, Monday, December 10th at the Brock Environmental Center. Training will run from 5-7pm, and include pizza and drinks.



Following trainingvolunteers who agree to participate in the program will commit to completing at least 5 on-site homeowner assessments in 2019. Each assessment should take no longer than 30 minutes, and will assess whether the residence is an appropriate site for either a rain barrel or soil test/Pearl Lawn Plan. In return volunteers will receive t-shirt, all necessary tools and information for site visit, and training. (If eligible,volunteers may also participate in the Sustainable Yard Program.)




 Email trista@lrnow.org to register. We hope to see you there!

http://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org/pearl-home-sustainable-yard-program/