Calendar

Our regular meetings are on the THIRD Thursday of each month from 7-8:30 pm at Oaklette United Methodist Church, 520 Oaklette Drive, Chesapeake, Va. 23325.    Most months we also plan a hands-on activity to help improve our neighborhood.  We'd love to have you join us!

Future Meetings and Events

Revised Date
Saturday, April 6: Adopt-A-Park @ Indian River Park
  • 9 AM to Noon.   
  • Meet at the Indian River Park entrance at Rokeby Ave. and Main St. (2001 Rokeby Ave.) which is located just south of Military Highway, i.e. across Military Highway from the Fire Station.
  • We'll be tending to the native plant garden at the park entrance.  Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves. If you can, bring shovels, rakes, pruners, saws and other gardening tools. We can use some wheel barrows to move mulch if you can bring one.  We will have water and lots of snacks. (We also always encourage folks to bring their own water in reusable bottles to minimize use of plastic bottles).   Participants under 18 years of age must have adult supervision.
Thursday, April 18Meeting - Ross Weaver discusses the Wetlands Watch Resilience Research and Design Collaborative
  • 7 PM in the Social Hall at the Oaklette United Methodist Church, 520 Oaklette Drive, Chesapeake, VA
  • Wetlands Watch, Virginia Sea Grant, and the Green Building Council, Hampton Roads Chapter have joined forces to link research and education programs at Virginia universities with local governments. Their goal is to produce innovative solutions to make communities stronger and more resilient in the face of environmental and economic change. Learn about these projects and how we may participate in them in Indian River.   http://wetlandswatch.org/design-collaboratory/
  • There will be light refreshments and door prizes after the meeting.
Saturday, April 20: Indian River Park Nature Trail guided hike
  • From 8:30 am to 10:30 am,  Meet at the park entrance at Rokeby Ave. and Main St. (2001 Rokeby Ave.)
  • In celebration of Earth Day, join us for a hike along the nature trail and through the park.  Learn about the history of the park, the native trees and plants in this century old forest on the Indian River flood plain, and its value to maintaining the health of local butterfly, bird, and wildlife populations.  Note: the forest trail has uneven surfaces and minor elevation changes.
Thursday, May 16Meeting - Ellen Comstock – Earth Keepers and the faith-based community
  • 7 PM in the Social Hall at the Oaklette United Methodist Church, 520 Oaklette Drive, Chesapeake, VA
  • Reverend Ellen Comstock, a retired pastor of the United Methodist Church became one of first "Earthkeepers" in Virginia.  Earthkeepers work with the faith-based community to implement Caring for  Creation.  They work on projects such as native landscaping, creating community gardens, advocating for renewable energy, and working for environmental justice.
  • There will be light refreshments and door prizes after the meeting.
Saturday, May 18 - BioBlitz at Indian River Park
  • Join us for a day of free nature and wildlife programs for the whole family at Indian River Park. Join expert guides on a variety of hikes to explore the park and document as much of the plant and animal life present.
    • Information Tables and Park Rangers at trailhead all day.
    • 8:00am Birding Hike with Tony Wood, Cape Henry Audubon
    • 9:30am Amphibians & Reptiles Hike with Dean Bohon and Mark Crofford, PR&T Volunteer Naturalists
    • 11:00am Insects & Butterflies Hike with Dr. Deborah Waller and Jessie Beard, ODU
    • 1:00pmTree Hike with Byron Carmean, Virginia Big Trees
    • 2:30pm Wildflower & Plants Hike with Jim Hartle, Tidewater Master Naturalists
  • Co-sponsored by the Friends of Indian River and the Chesapeake Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
  • Activities start at the park trailhead entrance at Rokeby Ave. and Main St. (2001 Rokeby Ave.) which is located just south of Military Highway.
  • All ages are welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. Walking required, trails have uneven surfaces and minor elevation changes. Strollers are not recommended.
  • Register for hikes by e-mailing info@friendsofindianriver.org or online at http://www.friendsofindianriver.org/p/bioblitz.html
  • Want to help out?   We need volunteers to help at the welcome station, help with the hikes, and to keep track of our wildlife sightings.    Contact us at info@friendsofindianriver.org
Saturday, June 1Clean the Bay Day 
  • LOCATION: To be announced
  • From 9 am to Noon 
  • The Friends of Indian River's will be hosting cleanups along the stream buffer at TBA.  This will help to spruce up the area, collect trash that will otherwise get washed into the river and impact wildlife.
  • The city will provide garbage bags. We'll have water and snacks available. 
  • Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves and other items that may be useful.   There is also trash to be collected from the flood plain of the creek, which is wet; bring rubber boots if you can help in this area.   Participants under 18 years of age must have adult supervision. 
  • To help our planning, please RSVP to info@friendsofindianriver.org  (Last minute volunteers are still always welcome).
Thursday, June 20Meeting -Brent James – Notable Trees
  • 7 PM in the Social Hall at the Oaklette United Methodist Church, 520 Oaklette Drive, Chesapeake, VA
  • Brent James, with Lynnhaven River Now, founded the Notable Trees program to identify those large Old Growth trees -  trees that may be huge, beautiful, interesting or have a rare story to tell in their own right - that pre-date the waves of development of our cities.  Learn about the program, the value of trees, and how trees qualify for Notable Tree program.
  • There will be light refreshments and door prizes after the meeting.
Saturday, June 22: Adopt-A-Road Cleanup along Indian River Road 
  • From 9 AM to 11:30 am, join us for our quarterly cleanup.  
  • Starting Location TBD
  • We need your help for our quarterly cleanup.   Join us for a few hours to clean up the mile of Indian River Road from the city limits at Wingfield Avenue all the way to MacDonald Road. We are also asking all business owners along Indian River Road - and everywhere really - to make sure they sweep up in front of their storefronts as part of the effort.   And if you can't make it out for our organized cleanup please take 15 minutes and cleanup the street and ditches in front of your home; pass the word to your neighbors!
  • For our main cleanup on Indian River Road, the city will provide garbage bags and orange safety vests. We'll have water and snacks available. Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves and other items that may be useful. Participants under 18 years of age must have adult supervision.
Sunday, June 23: RIVERFest 2019
  • This year's RIVERFest will be head at Back Bay’s Farmhouse Brewing, 1805 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, from 11 am to 4 pm.  Stay tuned for more info!