Saturday, December 2, 2023

Here’s your chance to be a steward of Chesapeake Bay

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.

Topics include:

  • 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.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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