in Mariners’ Park
The Mariners’ Park is home to a diverse ecosystem of plants, animals, and other organisms. Our team’s environmental conservation efforts focus on the Park’s living collection, including the Mariners’ Forest, Lake, and Wildlife. The Mariners’ ensures the Living Collection’s health and sustainability with the support of donors, volunteers, and strategic partners.
Initiatives for each area of the Living Collection:
The Next Generation of Environmental Stewards
In the summer of 2021, The Mariners’ was awarded the Bay – Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grant. Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), B-WET provides students with hands-on learning experiences in their local watershed. Working with community partners, our team is engaging ninth-grade Newport News high school students in a restoration project on Mariners’ Lake.
Bumblebee Learning Garden
The Bumblebee Learning Garden is a pollinator-friendly space that changes and shifts with the seasons. The garden is used to teach local students about the importance of pollinators, native plants, and ways they can protect sensitive habitats in our community.
Book a Program in Mariners’ Park!
The Mariners’ offers many opportunities for K-12 students to explore the Park and Lake through exciting SOL-based outdoor programs. Learn more about our program options and schedule your field trip today!