Volunteers As Chesapeake Stewards (VoiCeS)

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A program designed to reach local volunteers and their communities and create a deeper understanding of the Bay and the efforts to restore it.

CBF created the Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards (VoiCeS) program in 2004 as a way to reach out to local volunteers and their communities and create a deeper understanding of the Bay and the efforts to restore it. VoiCeS not only connects participants with the Bay, but it also gives volunteers a greater understanding of their own watersheds. The program is typically held in the fall. Successful graduates receive CBF's designation as Chesapeake Stewards.

The Hampton Roads VoiCeS program changed its format in the fall of  2016. Our fall 2016 program was held over two consecutive Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We combined classroom instruction with Bay experiences for adult volunteers who want to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay and regional environmental issues and go the extra mile to help save the Bay. The program featured in-depth sessions by leading experts on subjects affecting the health of the Chesapeake Bay along with at least one field experience. There was also a service requirement of 40 hours on a Bay-related project(s) of your choosing.

Course topics typically include

  • Bay history,
  • wildlife,
  • wetlands,
  • fisheries,
  • urban and rural solutions to pollution,
  • local restoration,
  • citizen advocacy,
  • and much more

Questions? Contact Tanner Council at 757-622-1964 or by e-mail at tcouncil@cbf.org.

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