Bay Stewardship Course Offered to Richmond Area Residents

(RICHMOND, VA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is accepting applications for its Richmond-area adult education course, VoiCeS (Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards), which runs September 15-November 10, 2015, except for Tuesday, September 29.

The course of eight 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 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue in Henrico County. Course topics will include:

  • Chesapeake Bay and James River history and ecology
  • Wastewater and stormwater issues
  • Site design and Bay-friendly landscaping
  • Citizen action and advocacy
  • Fisheries updates
  • Agriculture and the watershed

Two Bay-related field trips are included in the course, as is discussion of Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint aimed at restoring streams, 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 $35 fee per individual ($50.00 per couple) will cover the costs of materials and field trips. Applications are due by September 7. To apply or get more information, call Blair Blanchette at 804/780-1392, or e-mail

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