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Barge Bulletin

The Learning Barge is back in action!  Spring 2015 Field trips have begun at the Grandy Village Learning Center.  New deckhands Ali, Emilie, Brett, and Ryan have joined the crew, and students have been as excited as ever.  We’re looking forward to seeing students from all over the watershed this Spring, as they join us for our GreenStem 2 program. 

 

Please note that Learning Barge is being hauled out for summer maintenance, but we are partnering this summer with Norfolk Collegiate for 2 summer camps.

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Hope to see you all aboard in 2015!

Join us for Summer Camp!

While the Learning Barge is away for some needed maintenance this summer, we are partnering with Norfolk Collegiate for 2 great summer camps!

 

Living Lafayette River-Elizabeth River Projects

This program will focus on celebrating the efforts of Elizabeth River Projects that have helped bring the Lafayette back to life. Led by Elizabeth River Project teachers, this river camp will celebrate the Lafayette’s history and through fun, hands-on activities the campers will learn how they too are part of the river’s story. Each day will include investigative, exploratory activities, eco-art, stewardship and real-life science. Activities will include science, history, math, art and reading. Students will make a connection to their home river, the Elizabeth and discover how they too can be part of the river’s restoration. The week will conclude with a trip on the River aboard the American Rover.

 

Rising Kindergarten-Grade 2

Session: July 20-24, 9:00-3:00

Cost: $300

 

Living Lafayette River-Elizabeth River Projects

This program will focus on celebrating the efforts of Elizabeth River Projects that have helped bring the Lafayette back to life. Led by Elizabeth River Project teachers, this river camp will celebrate the Lafayette’s history and through fun, hands-on activities the campers will learn how they too are part of the river’s story. Each day will include investigative, exploratory activities, eco-art, stewardship and real-life science. Activities will include science, history, math, art and reading. Students will make a connection to their home river, the Elizabeth and discover how they too can be part of the river’s restoration. The week will conclude with a trip on the River aboard the American Rover.

 

Rising Grades 3-5

Session: July 27-31, 9:00-3:00

Cost: $300

 

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NOTE: Once you enter your information and your child's or children's information, you will see the selection of camp offerings. You can see more detail HERE.

The Elizabeth River Project's Dominion Virginia Power LEARNING BARGE is the world's first floating wetland classroom and America's Greenest Vessel. It's a "steward ship," teaching the children of the river environmental stewardship actions and showing how to make the Elizabeth River healthier! 

 

 

NOW BOOKING STUDENT FIELD TRIPS FOR 2014-2015

Powered by sun and wind and equipped with live wetlands, an enclosed classroom, composting toilets and a rainwater filtration system, the 120 by 32 foot Learning Barge is designed to both model and teach ecology and sustainability to the next generation of lower Chesapeake Bay stewards. The mission is to help teach how to help restore the Elizabeth River by 2020.

 

54,892 have been educated on the barge since its 2009 launch. 
Over 20,000 were K-12 students.

 

The barge will be docked at various locations including near the port highlighting the working river. Check out the map for the barge's latest location and download Field Trip Summary for the barge's docking schedule.

The best way to schedule a field trip is to download and fill out the Field Trip Request form and email to Robin Dunbar, Education Director, at rdunbar@elizabethriver.org. If you prefer, you can also call

757-392-7132.


The Learning Barge came to being thanks to the generous sponsorship of numerous organizations and individuals. Special thanks go to Dominion Virginia Power, the lead sponsor of the vessel's construction, and Lowe's, sponsor of the enclosed river lab onboard.

Current leading sponsors of our field trips include NOAA Bwet, PNC, American Honda Foundation, Virginia Environmental Endowment, The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Advisory Committee and Kinder-Morgan. Our generous maritime community also donates countless services for maintenance and tug moves!

 

Special thank you to the public and private schools that continue to support the Learning Barge.

 

For more info | 757.392.7132 | rdunbar@elizabethriver.org.

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2971 Kimball Loop Norfolk, VA 23504

2971 Kimball Loop Norfolk, VA 23504

Grandy Village Learning Center 2971 Kimball Loop Norfolk, VA 23504

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