Learn to be a Watershed and Community Steward!
VA Eastern Shore VoiCeS Program
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.
The fall 2015 session runs from September 22 through November 17, 2015 (there will be no class the week of September 29). Classes meet Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.at The Eastern Shore Community College in Melfa.
Course topics include
- Local and baywide restoration efforts
- Bay history and culture
- Wetlands and upland habitats
- Agriculture and the watershed
- Current and upcoming legislation
- Citizen action and advocacy
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. Scholarships are available. For information, contact Tatum Ford at the email/phone below.
Space is limited. Applications are due by September 23. Register below or contact Tatum Ford at 757-971-0366 or by e-mail at [email protected] for more information.