Engaging Youth with Planting and Discovery

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Student planting native grasses in Mariners’ Lake for the B-WET 9th grade program.

Celebrating World Environment Day with B-WET

If you’ve been hiking or picnicking around Mariners’ Park, you may have noticed it’s sweltering! While walking around Lions Bridge, you may have also noticed a sign that points out a planting site at the shores of Mariners’ Lake.    Read more

Abuzz with Activity in the Bumblebee Learning Garden

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2021 City Nature Challenge (https://citynaturechallenge.org/)

2021 City Nature Challenge Results

The last time I posted, it was the City Nature Challenge (CNC), an international bioblitz! In 2021 the Hampton Roads area did pretty well considering we are still coming out of a pandemic. There is also always room for improvement– stay tuned for our exciting CNC efforts for 2022!    Read more

City Nature Challenge is here! What might you discover?

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We made it! The City Nature Challenge began at 12:00 AM April 30 (Friday) and ends at 11:59:59 PM on May 3 (Monday)! Please get outside and take some snaps of wildlife (animals, plants, and fungi)!

If you do come to Mariners’ Park or you’re in the area, you might be wondering what some common critters you might encounter. I would suggest reading a great blog post from Erica, our park department manager, posted last year that talks in detail about the wildlife in the Park (click HERE to read her blog). Erica’s post should give you a good idea of what to see in the Park from trees to mammals to turtles and even dragonflies.   Read more

The Power of Water: Celebrating National Poetry Month and Earth Day

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The Wild Gulf Stream, artist Frank Vining Smith (ca 1900-1940)/ The Mariners’ Museum and Park

April is National Poetry Month and Earth Day is also today (April 22)! As a poet, writer, and environmentalist, I feel obligated to craft something interesting for this wonderful month honoring one of the most expressive written forms and the best planet in our solar system. 

What’s so special about poetry?    Read more

Hampton Roads City Nature Challenge: A How-to guide

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Participate in the city nature challenge by finding wildlife and taking a picture of it.
Participation is easy! Find wildlife, snap a picture, and share it on iNaturalist (inaturalist.org)

Welcome back to the nature corner where we’re talking more about the City Nature Challenge! (Click HERE to visit our local Hampton Roads site!)

I mentioned in the March blog that participating in the City Nature Challenge is simple. All you do is find wildlife, take a picture, and share it on the iNaturalist app.   Read more