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

January 2018

How is Virginia Beach Planning for Sea Level Rise?

January 11, 2018
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

How is Virginia Beach Planning for Sea Level Rise?


Report from the Dewberry Study


January 11, 7-8:30 PM at the Brock Environmental Center


For several years, the City of Virginia Beach has been working with Dewberry Consultants to do a through analysis of flooding and sea level rise challenges across the city and to develop a plan and set of priorities for consideration by the community as we move forward.

On Thursday, January 11, LRNow will host a presentation with a question and answer period regarding the findings of the Dewberry analysis.

Please plan to join us at the Brock Environmental Center (3663 Marlin Bay Drive Virginia Beach, VA) to hear this important presentation.

To register, please email Dana@LRNow.org or call 757-962-5398

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Winter Wildlife Festival

January 26, 2018 / January 28, 2018
All Day

presented by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries​

Click on the link below for workshop, excursion, keynote, children activities and registration information.

https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/Pages/winter-wildlife-festival.aspxIMG_7239