The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is seeking volunteers to raise underwater Bay grasses in their homes, schools, or businesses as part of CBF’s Grasses for the Masses restoration program. The program engages volunteers to help restore underwater grasses, submerged plants vital to the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem but that have been seriously depleted over the years.
Volunteers will attend one of several upcoming workshops in the Richmond, Northern Virginia, or Hampton Roads areas to receive a self-contained kit, seeds, and instruction, and then will nurture their grass sprouts until they are mature enough to be transplanted to nearby rivers in late spring.
Workshops will be held:
In the Richmond area on Jan. 26 and Feb. 12 at the REI store in Glen Allen, and on Feb. 9 at CBF’s downtown Richmond office.
In Northern Virginia on Feb. 9 at the Central Community Library in Manassas, and on Feb. 16 and 19 at the Fairlington Community Center in Arlington.
In Hampton Roads on Feb. 2 at Beaverdam Park in Gloucester, and on Feb. 10 at the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach.
There is a $40 fee per grass growing unit, which includes a one-year CBF membership. Volunteers can register and pay program fee online at www.cbf.org/grasses.
For more information, contact Aimee Bushman at 804-780-1392 or firstname.lastname@example.org
source: Chesapeake Bay Foundation