Hampton Roads Oyster Gardening Roundups

Returning Gardeners

Registration is now open. See locations, dates, and time slots below.

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 from June into August. CBF transplants the oysters the same day we receive them 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 $25 fee is required for spat-on-shell to offset program costs. Your 18" x 9" cages should be reused year after year. If you need to replace cages or are expanding the number of batches you will be growing, additional cages can be requested during registration free of charge.

CBF is proud to once again partner with Lynnhaven River NOW and the Elizabeth River Project to help expand our oyster gardening program. The Oyster Gardening event in Virginia Beach is co-hosted by Lynnhaven River NOW. The Oyster Gardening event in Norfolk for RiverStar Homes and RiverStar businesses is co-hosted by the Elizabeth River Project.

Locations, Dates, and Times

Roundups are held Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. On weeknights, half-hour time slots are available at 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 p.m. On Saturdays, half-hour time slots are available at 9:30, 10:00, and 10:30 a.m. Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. two days prior to the event.

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Virginia Beach
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Time Slots: 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Brock Environmental Center, 3663 Marlin Bay Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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Norfolk
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time Slots: 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Norfolk Yacht & Country Club, 7001 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23505
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Eastern Shore (Machipongo)
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Time Slots: 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Barrier Islands Center, 7295 Young Street, Machipongo, VA 23405
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Hampton
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Time Slots: 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Lake Estates Pool, 1 Club Run Blvd, Hampton, VA 23669
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Suffolk
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Time Slots: 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
C.E. & H Ruritan Community Hall, 8881 Eclipse Drive, Suffolk, VA 23433
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Gloucester Point
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Time Slots: 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
VIMS Seawater Research Laboratory (Triangle Parking Lot), 1443 Greate Road, Gloucester Point, 23062
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Portsmouth
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Time Slots: 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
I.C. Norcom High School, 1801 London Blvd., Portsmouth, VA 23704
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Lancaster
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Time Slots: 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster, VA 22503
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Colonial Beach
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Time Slots: 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Potomac River Fisheries Commission, 222 Taylor Street, Colonial Beach, VA 22443
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Virginia Beach II
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Time Slots: 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Brock Environmental Center, 3663 Marlin Bay Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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If you have questions regarding CBF's Oyster Gardening program please e-mail, OysterGardener@cbf.org or call 757-644-4125.

Register

If you have questions regarding CBF's Oyster Gardening program please e-mail OysterGardener@cbf.org or call 757-644-4125.

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