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


Saturday, September 11: Second Saturday Hike
  • Location: Indian River Park
  • From 8:00 am to 10:00 am,  Meet at the park entrance at Rokeby Ave. and Main St. (2001 Rokeby Ave.)
  • Join us for our second Second Saturday Hike at Indian River Park. The Friends of Indian River are teaming up with the Cape Henry Audubon to lead this hike and see what migrating birds we may spy.
  • 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.
  • Please pre-register at https://forms.gle/LoACy7XddofLUBi37
Thursday, Sept 16Monthly Meeting - Virginia Department of Forestry
  • Location: TBD (we hoping to be back in person)
  • Our guest speaker will be Meghan Mulroy-Goldman from the Virginia Department of Forestry to discuss the benefits of trees and local reforestation efforts.
  • We'll have updates on the latest community news including the Indian River Small Area Plan



Saturday, September 25: International Coastal Cleanup @ Indian River Bridge
  • 9 am to Noon
  • Location: Meet at Lilac Avenue and Indian River Road.  Park along Lilac Avenue by the Norfolk Highlands Primary School.  It is a No Parking zone along Oleander Avenue (parallel to Indian River Road).
  • As part of the International Coastal Cleanup, we will be cleaning up around and underneath the Indian River - Oaklette Bridge and the site of the future Blue Heron Landing Park.  
  • The city will provide garbage bags and orange safety vests. We encourage folks to bring their own water in reusable bottles to minimize use of plastic bottles.  
  • Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves and other items that may be useful.  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. 
  • We will be following all recommended Covid-19 safety precautions in place at the time of this event. 
  • To speed up registration and improve social distancing at the start of the cleanup, please review and complete the online safety release form at least one day before the event.  

Saturday, October 9: Second Saturday Hike
  • Location: Indian River Park
  • From 8:30 am to 10:30 am,  Meet at the park entrance at Rokeby Ave. and Main St. (2001 Rokeby Ave.)
  • Join us for our Second Saturday Hike at Indian River 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.
  • Please pre-register at https://forms.gle/xXwNjL4YSD4uRCVc9
Sunday, October 17: Field Trip to Hermitage Museum and Gardens
  • Location: Hermitage Museum and Gardens,
    7637 North Shore Road, Norfolk, VA 23505
  • Meet at the museum at 12:45 pm, tour will start at 1 pm.
  • Space is limited; you must Pre-Register at https://forms.gle/Bjfa45RmbG6PGokY8
  • This year's field trip will be a guided tour of the Sloane mansion and collection and walking tour of the gardens and grounds.  We'll learn about the  garden history and the many varieties of plants that have a home at the Hermitage and see their living shoreline restoration efforts.
  • CDC does recommend to wear a mask in public indoor settings.
  • Trip is Free for Members (and immediate family of members at the Family Membership level).  Not a member?  Join today at http://www.friendsofindianriver.org/p/membership.html