Tidewater Master Naturalists participate in a variety of volunteer projects.
Projects are grouped into the following categories.
- Education: promote public awareness of the natural environment
- Citizen Science: participate in ongoing scientific studies
- Stewardship: get dirty!
- Administrative: help keep the chapter working for everyone
Some of the ongoing projects supported by chapter members include…
Monthly trail maintenance of the Bald Cypress and High Dune trails at First Landing State Park
This bridge on the Bald Cypress Trail was recently rebuilt by chapter member volunteers.
Lafayette Wetlands Partnership
Ruth Martin (TMN14) has been leading a volunteer project to restore the Lafayette River wetlands adjoining the Riverpoint Playground near DePaul Hospital in Norfolk. Thickets of very dense phragmites (Phragmites australis), an invasive non-native wetland reed, had grown up adjacent to the natural wetlands there, obstructing the riverfront views as well as out-competing native plants. The project’s objective is to remove the phragmites and replant with native grasses, shrubs and trees to recreate an attractive and natural wildlife habitat. To date, about 8,000 square feet of shoreline has been cleared of phragmites; over 1,000 plugs of native grasses and 40 trees have been planted. The project will continue into 2016 and 2017. Funding has been provided by several nonprofit agencies and the neighborhood civic league. The project is supported with technical assistance and expertise from members of the Lafayette Wetlands Partnership
Paradise Creek Nature Park projects
Lynnhaven River NOW
There are many volunteer opportunities available in support of restoration of the urban Lynnhaven River.
Friends of Indian River projects
Friends of Indian River is a group of Indian River neighborhood residents interested in maintaining and improving the quality of life for the people of the Indian River neighborhoods in the City of Chesapeake, VA.
Volunteers find and relocate sea turtle nests to safer locations.
Volunteers assist with the rehabilitation and release of injured animals.
Volunteers raise and release butterflies.
Norfolk Botanical Garden Butterfly House
Volunteers staff the butterfly house and educate the public.
Each year there is a Monarch Tag & Release event at the Botanical Garden open to the public.
Volunteers raise oysters that are added to local reefs.
Evelyn’s Wildlife Refuge
Volunteers help rehabilitate a variety of wildlife , many of which are reintroduced to the wild.