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It takes a community

It takes a community to bring about change and reverse decades of abuse and neglect of our waterways. Through education, restoration, and advocacy we can achieve our goal of clean and healthy Virginia Beach waterways. This good work cannot be done without the help from our dedicated volunteers. Every year, LRNow volunteers dedicate thousands of hours working to protect and preserve our precious waterways and natural resources. From getting your boots muddy at a monthly trash cleanup, to encouraging residents to incorporate sustainable practices at home, or assisting with an oyster castle build along a living shoreline…there are opportunities for everyone!


2023 Volunteer Opportunities

  • Assist with landscape maintenance:  watering, weeding, and trimming at LRNow’s Holland Road office.

When: Beginning January 2023, once a week at volunteer’s convenience

Where: 3712 Holland Rd, Virginia Beach, VA

How: SIGN UP HERE  

  • “Give a Bag, Take a Bag” Collection Liaison

When: Beginning January/February 2023. This is an ongoing program and help would be as needed.

Description: This person will receive calls from collection sites when collection bin is full and retrieve bags from various sites in VB. Bags will be delivered to LRNow’s main office.

How: SIGN UP HERE 

 

Restoration

 When:      Wednesday, February 22nd, 9am-11am

Wednesday, February 22nd, 12pm-2pm

Thursday, February 23rd, 9am-11am

Thursday, February 23rd, 12pm-2pm

Where:  EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program – 2626 Heritage Park Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Description:  EQUI-KIDS in partnership with LRNow is planting trees on the grounds of the EQUI-KIDS riding facility.  Join us in adding 166 native trees and 127 native shrubs that will help control flooding, provide essential habitat, and filter sediment and nutrient before it enters the waterways.

Volunteers who sign up for a full day will receive lunch provided by EQUI-KIDS.  If possible, please bring a shovel, rake, and work/gardening gloves.  Remember to wear closed-toe shoes, clothing that can get dirty, and a reusable water bottle.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

How:  SIGN UP HERE

 

  • Participate at a waterway cleanup

When: LRNow hosts cleanups along our Virginia Beach waterways every month (except December) to remove marine debris, improve water quality and keep our city’s waters healthy and clean. All ages are welcome.

How: SIGN UP HERE  

Visit our waterway cleanup page to view list of upcoming waterways cleanup dates and times and to learn more

Education and Outreach

  • Assist the pearl team with a program or at an event. Examples: Help pack and prep materials for new pearl home members, help prepare children’s activities, help us educate the community at an outreach event. SIGN UP HERE  

Advocacy

  • Join LRNow’s advocacy network and become an environmental advocate in your part of the City of Virginia Beach. SIGN UP HERE or click to Learn more about LRNow’s Advocacy team and how you can help us advocate for good environmental policy in our area.

Restoration

  • Participate at a waterway cleanup

When: LRNow hosts cleanups along our Virginia Beach waterways every month (except December) to remove marine debris, improve water quality and keep our city’s waters healthy and clean. All ages are welcome.

How: SIGN UP HERE  

Visit our waterway cleanup page to view list of upcoming waterways cleanup dates and times and to learn more


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

  • Monthly Waterway Cleanups
    LRNow hosts cleanups along our Virginia Beach waterways every month (except December) to remove marine debris, improve water quality and keep our city’s waters healthy and safe. Cleanups may be land-based and/or water-based depending on the location chosen for any given month. Click here for more information. Ready to get muddy and help keep our waterways clean? Sign up here.
  • Water Quality Monitoring
    Our water quality monitoring volunteers are our every month collecting samples that provide us with valuable data on a wide range of pollutants. In partnership with HRSD, Lynnhaven River Now works with volunteers to collecting water samples at over 20 different waterway sites across Virginia Beach. Water samples are delivered to HRSD for processing and the results are shared and published to provide local community groups, schools, the City of Virginia Beach and state agencies. Email Helen@lrnow.org for more information.
  • Oyster Spat Catchers
    Do you have access to tidal waters in Virginia Beach or know of someone who does? Spat catchers can gather important data that will assist us in understanding spat (baby oyster) settlement in Rudee Inlet/Owls Creek, the Lynnhaven River and tributaries, and Elizabeth River (Virginia Beach only). Volunteers will each receive two small cages, one with oyster shell and the other with an experimental substrate. Next spat catcher volunteer roundup: Spring 2023. Email Helen@lrnow.org for more information.
  • Office administration volunteers. Email Office@lrnow.org
  • Become a Community Scientist
  • Inspire and educate future generations through our education department.

If you are interested in volunteering but aren’t available on any of the dates listed or do not see upcoming event listed on the links above, send us your info anyway using the links above or email emily@lrnow.org.

For more information or questions contact our office (757) 962-5398 or email Emily@lrnow.org

HOW YOU CAN HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
PEARL HOMES & NEIGHBORHOODS

PEARL HOMES are places where people care about our environment and want to do what they can to help protect our resources.

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PEARL SCHOOLS

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PEARL BUSINESSES are essential to truly move towards a more sustainable Virginia Beach and cleaner waters.

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SUSTAINABLE YARDS PROGRAM

SUSTAINABLE YARDS PROGRAM: Let us help you “green” your Lynnhaven watershed home. This unique program provides specific stormwater management practices to your yard at a significantly reduced cost to you.

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