New Gardener Seminar and
Returning Gardener Oyster Roundup Dates

We ask that that all new oyster gardeners attend one of our New Gardener Workshops before gardening their first year. The workshops will help you learn how to maintain your oyster garden throughout the coming year.  After the workshop you will receive a cage of about 1,000 spat-on-shell and you'll be off and running. Fee is $30 per cage. Not sure whether or not oyster gardening is for you? Listen and learn for free and only pay if you decide to join.

Workshop dates for 2015 oyster gardening season can be found below.

Registration will open in early March 

Norfolk Workshop
Norfolk Yacht and Country Club
7001 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23505

Tuesday, June 9
6:00 p.m. check in
6:30-8:00 p.m. workshop

Wachapreague Workshop
VIMS
40 Atlantic Ave.
Wachapreague, VA  23480

Thursday, June 11
6:00 p.m. check in
6:30-8:00 p.m. workshop

Deltaville Workshop
Dozier's Regatta Point Marina
137 Neptune Ln.
Deltaville, VA  23043

Saturday, June 13
9:00 a.m. check in
9:30-11:00 a.m. workshop

Newport News Workshop
Mariner's Museum
100 Museum Dr.
Newport News, VA  23606

Tuesday, June 16
6:00 p.m. check in
6:30-8:00 p.m. workshop

Northern Neck Workshop
Bevans Oyster Company
1090 Skipjack Rd.
Kinsale, VA 22488

Saturday, June 20
9:00 a.m. check in
9:30-11:00 a.m. workshop

Virginia Beach Workshop
Brock Environmental Center
3663 Marlin Bay Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA  23455

Saturday, June 27
9:00 a.m. check in
9:30-10:30 a.m. workshop

Each year, CBF Oyster Gardeners turn in their "mature" oysters at CBF oyster roundups at various locations throughout Virginia. This year we will be collecting oysters in June. That same day, CBF transplants the oysters to state-managed sanctuary reefs, where they are allowed to continue growing and spawning—helping to jump-start local oyster populations.

These roundups are also a way to get new baby oysters for the year. A $30 donation is suggested per cage of spat-on-shell to offset program costs. 

IMPORTANT CHANGE: Starting this year we will be providing "spat-on-shell" oysters. This will be the last year seed oysters will be available. This means gardeners will need to purchase different equipment. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Dates and locations for 2015 oyster gardening season are listed below.   

(Registration will open in early March)

Norfolk Roundup
Norfolk Yacht and Country Club
7001 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23505

Tuesday, June 9
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Wachapreague Roundup
VIMS
40 Atlantic Ave.
Wachapreague, VA 23480

Thursday, June 11
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Deltaville Roundup
Dozier's Regatta Point Marina
137 Neptune Ln.
Deltaville, VA 23043

Saturday, June 13
9:00-11:00 a.m.

Newport News Roundup
Mariner's Museum
100 Museum Dr.
Newport News, VA  23606

Tuesday, June 16
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Northern Neck Roundup
Bevans Oyster Company
1090 Skipjack Rd.
Kinsale, VA 22488

Saturday, June 20
9:00-11:00 a.m.

Virginia Beach Roundup
Brock Environmental Center
3663 Marlin Bay Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA  23455

Saturday, June 27
9:00-11:00 a.m.

If you have questions regarding CBF's oyster gardening program please contact:
Heather North
Virginia Oyster Restoration Specialist
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
3663 Marlin Bay Drive
Virginia Beach, VA  23455
757-622-1964
OysterGardening@cbf.org
Please place "oyster gardening" in your subject line.

**Please wear gloves and relevant protective clothing while handling your oyster shells or float in order to prevent waterborne illness.**
 

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