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

May 2018

Bird Walk

May 5, 2018
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Bird Walk

May 5, 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 Dana@LRNow.org or call our office at 757-962-5398.

Waterway Cleanup

May 12, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Events

May 12, 9am-noon at Beach Garden Park

To register to participate at a waterway cleanup please email Dana@lrnow.org or call (757) 962-5398

Click on Waterway Cleanups for additional information

LRN Program Partners Meeting

May 14, 2018
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Committees

We are looking forward to our two spring LRNow Partners Meetings on Monday, March 12th and Monday, May 14th.  Both meetings will be held at the Brock Environmental Center and start at 4:00 PM.

Stewardship & Access Committee Meeting

May 16, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Committees

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.

 http://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org/get-involved/

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste Screening

May 16, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

May 16th 6:30pm


Brock Environmental Center


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40% of the food in America is Wasted. A new documentary by Anthony Bourdain, WASTED: The Story of Food Waste aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and shows us how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to make the most of every kind of food.

Hosted by Lynnhaven River NOW & Buy Fresh Buy Local. Following the movie there will be a panel discussion. The panel will include Tim Cole, VB Public Schools, a restaurant representative, and a Food Bank of South HR representative.

Hands Across the Sand

May 19, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Events

May 19th at 25th Street at the Oceanfront


11am


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Hands Across the Sand 2018 Partnership:

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, the world will join hands to show our opposition to offshore drilling and look ahead to a clean energy future. Virginia will host events at the oceanfront in Virginia Beach, Buckroe Beach in Hampton, and at Willis Wharf in the Eastern Shore.
As many of you know, Hands Across the Sand, founded in 2010, grew into an international movement after the BP oil disaster in April of that year. People came together to join hands, forming symbolic barriers against spilled oil and to stand against the impacts of other forms of extreme energy.