Growing Wetlands – specifics

Growing Wetlands in the Classroom

Program Specifics

This program is run in partnership with the Elizabeth River Project. However, each organization’s Growing Wetlands in the Classroom program is administered differently. The details below are for schools participating within the City of Virginia Beach under the direction of Lynnhaven River NOW. Schools outside of the City of Virginia Beach should contact Robin Dunbar, Education Manager with the Elizabeth River Project at 757-399-7487.

Dollar Tree’s Growing Wetlands in the Classroom program aligns well with the Virginia Standards of Learning and STEM.

All new participants are placed on a waiting list and participation is determined in November on a first-come, first served basis. Participation is limited to a certain number of teachers, determined by the program’s level of funding. It is advantageous to be put on the waiting list now by contacting Jody. If you decide later that you are no longer interested, just let Jody know when she sends out the information in late fall.

The Growing Wetlands in the Classroom program runs January through May.

There is a mandatory training class one Saturday in January for new teachers. Returning teachers are always welcome to come for a refresher course. New teachers’ grow labs are distributed at the training.

Plants and planting materials are available for pick up at the Lynnhaven River NOW office at a designated date and time in February.

This program pays for the grow lab, plants, soil, pots, wet box and materials, training and materials, and ongoing consultation.

In April and May, classes plant their plants on specified dates at the predetermined locations with Jody Ullmann, Education Coordinator with Lynnhaven River NOW. Classes are not required to go on transplanting field trips but it does bring the activity full-circle for the students and is highly recommended.

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Teachers work together to construct a grow lab at the mandatory teacher trainings to practice putting together their own.

 

Teacher and School Responsibilities

  • New teachers must attend a mandatory Growing Wetlands in the Classroom training in January.
  • Teachers are responsible for the setup of their grow lab, picking up plants (plugs) and materials from LRNow and transplanting the plugs into the grow systems as defined by the training. Teachers and students maintain the plants until they are ready to be transplanted.
  • Teachers schedule and organize a field trip in April, May or June. Field trip transportation, related costs and scheduling are the responsibility of the school.
  • If your group is unable to attend a field trip to plant, you must either make arrangements to plant your plants on your grounds or return them to the LRNow office by a specified time so that other groups can plant your plants.

Wetlands in the Classroom

Wetlands in the Classroom

Helen Kuhns showing Providence Elementary School students planting techniques for the Lake Trashmore shoreline. 2012

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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