Learn to be a Watershed and Community Steward!
Registration for the fall 2015 session has closed. If you are interested in attending a future program, contact Tatum Ford at 757-971-0366 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
VoiCeS—Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards—is an eight-week course of evening classes for adult volunteers who want to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay and regional environmental issues affecting the Eastern Shore of Virginia and the Bay watershed. The program provides information on subjects affecting the health of our community's natural environment and how you can take action. In-depth sessions are taught by Bay experts from CBF and other regional institutions and organizations.
Course topics include
- Chesapeake Bay natural history
- Eastern Shore history and watermen culture
- Fisheries and Bay critters
- Restoration efforts
- Bay-friendly landscaping
- Agriculture and the watershed
- Bay legislation
- Citizen action and advocacy
Classes meet Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.at The Eastern Shore Community College in Melfa.
A fun Bay-related field trip is included in the course, as is discussion of Virginia's Bay Cleanup Blueprint aimed at restoring streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. Following the course, participants will be asked to perform a 40 hour minimum of environmentally geared volunteer work. Successful graduates receive CBF’s designation as a "Chesapeake Steward."
A $30.00 fee per individual ($50.00 per couple) covers the costs of materials and field trips.