NEWPORT NEWS — Registration is now open for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s bay stewardship course this fall, offered for the first time here.
The course provides in-depth classroom and field sessions on regional environmental issues, transforming new volunteers into effective advocates for clean water in local rivers, creeks, and the bay, according to a news release from the foundation.
VoiCeS (Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards) classes will be on Wednesday evenings from Sept. 12 through Oct. 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mariners’ Museum.
The six classes focus on water quality and stewardship, featuring sessions taught by experts from CBF and other organizations.
- Chesapeake Bay history, ecology and wildlife;
- Urban and rural solutions to pollution;
- Local restoration projects;
- Fisheries updates; and
- Citizen action and advocacy.
Following the course, 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 $25 fee per individual ($40.00 per couple) will cover the costs of materials and field trips.
Registration is available online.