Celebrate Pollinator Week June 22-28, 2020

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Calico beardtongue with a fuzzy, busy visitor!
Photo courtesy of The Mariners’ Museum and Park

Today’s post is in honor and celebration of Pollinator Week

Warning: This post is full of cute bee butts!   Read more

How Does Your Garden Grow? 

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Side view of the Pollinator Garden at The Mariners' Museum Park
Side view of the Pollinator Garden at The Mariners’ Museum Park in April, 2020. (Photo credit: Graham King)

Garden and our health

It seems these days many communities around the world are passing the time by unearthing and reimagining their lackluster yards, gardens, and other shared green spaces. Whatever your tabula rasa might be, it’s undeniable that gardens offer an approachable avenue to enhance aesthetics and reduce food insecurity in urban centers, and improve human health in numerous ways. Gardening not only connects people with the fertile ground they toil, but also creates links and connections between community members, whether it’s swapping tips, tricks, and plants with neighbors, or being part of a larger network like with the Master Gardeners or Master Naturalists. Even in the Tidewater area, surrounded by brackish water and the threat of hurricanes for six months, luscious gardens are part of our landscape, and we have some beautiful historical gardens in this area to show it! Erica Deale, the Park Stewardship Coordinator, often remarks that The Mariners’ Museum Park is, “one of the most well-planned and well-documented parks that I have ever seen.” The plants, trees, shrubs, and everything in between, were planned out extensively in the 1930s, and many of those plants are still in their original locations!     Read more

Discovering Nature’s Splendor with the Education Team at the Mariners’

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Andrea Rocchio (Science Educator) with young visitor looking at macroinvertebrates.

A biodiverse watershed

The Mariners’ Museum Park is 550 acres of lake and forested land brimming with wonder and diversity. Our very own Chesapeake Bay is considered to be ecologically diverse, and The Mariners’ Museum Park, located right off the James River, is a microcosm of that spectacular diversity. With our most current datasets from a combination of research from local universities, government entities, citizen science efforts, and our own internal data collection, we know the Park has approximately 96 species of trees, 187 bird species, 88 herbaceous and woody plant species, and a plethora of insects, amphibians, reptiles, fungi, and so much more. With more of a focus on the Park in recent years across many Museum departments, there has been a concerted effort to increase programming and informational sessions that pertain to the Park’s living collection and the Park’s history. If you want to learn more about the Park history, watch out for blog posts from Erica Deale, the Park Stewardship Coordinator.      Read more

Something from Nothing

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Bull Boat size photo

Let’s make some recycled art… together! 

With Earth Day around the corner on Wednesday, April 22, I wanted this post to focus on one world issue that is often highlighted on Earth Day and has a direct connection with our global waters–trash, especially in our oceans. According to Ocean Conservancy, approximately eight million metric tons of plastic goes into our oceans annually.* This global issue is overwhelming, and can also seem like there isn’t much we can do as individuals. However, if everyone in the world does something small, then all together we can make a big impact. No matter our age, we can at least try to be more conscious of what we’re buying and what we’re doing with waste. That means not littering and preventing that trash from getting into our waterways. Sometimes, that waste can be reused and repurposed into something else, even something like recycled art!   Read more