Bay Stewardship Course Offered to Eastern Shore Residents

(MELFA, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is accepting applications for its Eastern Shore adult education course, VoiCeS (Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards), which runs September 22 to November 17, 2015. 

The course of evening classes focuses on water quality and stewardship, and features in-depth sessions taught by Bay experts from CBF and other regional institutions and organizations. Classes will meet Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Eastern Shore Community College at 29300 Lankford Highway in Melfa. Course topics will include:

  • Local and Baywide restoration efforts
  • Chesapeake Bay history, culture and ecology
  • Current and upcoming legislation
  • Citizen action and advocacy
  • Fisheries updates
  • Agriculture and the watershed

A Bay-related field trip is included in the course, as is discussion of Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint aimed at restoring creeks, rivers, and the Bay. Following the class work, participants will be asked to perform a minimum 40 hours of Bay-related volunteer service. Successful graduates receive CBF's designation as a "Chesapeake Steward."

A $30 fee per individual ($50.00 per couple) will cover the costs of materials and field trips. Click here to register, or contact Tatum Ford at 757/971-0366, or

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