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  • The Mariners’ Park Fall Festival

    Saturday, November 5, 2022 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Kick off The Mariners’ Fall Festival with an action-packed day of fun and adventure!

  • Engaging Youth with Planting and Discovery

    • Educational Enrichment
    • Environmental Conservation
    • Mariners' Park

    The goal of the B-WET program is to have students grow native grasses (Vallisneria americana) in the classroom and plant those grasses in Mariners’ Lake to help sustain the health of the Lake. During the year, students also learn about local Chesapeake Bay environmental issues and solutions, eventually leading to the creation of a hands-on action project to address a problem in our community.

  • Testing the Waters with B-WET

    • Educational Enrichment
    • Environmental Conservation
    • Mariners' Park

    This particular bay watershed education and training grant, known as B-WET, is an environmental program for K-12 students that is focused on hands-on, place-based watershed learning. Our program works with 9th-grade high schoolers in the Newport News Public Schools.

  • Making Friends With A Masked Bandit…

    • Mariners' Park
    • Wildlife

    A fun story about some raccoons in our Mariners' Park!

  • Piebald in the Park

    • Mariners' Park
    • Wildlife

    The other day I was walking the Noland Trail as usual, and out of the corner of my eye I saw what appeared to be a dog off the leash! It is my duty as a Park Ranger to ensure that all canines and wild animals are safe within the Park, so naturally, I started to head that way. To my surprise, I realized that it was not a dog off the leash at all, but what appeared to be a white deer!

  • A Mindful Walk in the Park

    • Mariners' Park
    • Recreation
    • Wildlife

    Mindfulness. What comes to mind (no pun intended) when you hear this term? Some might think of certain religions, or yoga, maybe meditation. For some, when this term gets thrown around, the first reaction is groaning and a roll of the eyes. For others, this term is like an unfathomable goal – something that they think they can never achieve.

  • Make Like a Tree and Leaf!

    • Mariners' Park
    • Recreation

    Today is the first day of autumn! We’ve finally made it to the best season! The weather is cooler…or it will be, and the leaves will soon start to show off on the trees! Here in the Park, we have some gorgeous fall colors that you can’t miss. Bu

  • Are You Shore You Want To Do That?

    • Mariners' Park
    • Wildlife

    Have you ever taken a visit to Lions Bridge and wondered why there are “No Trespassing” signs stopping you from sun-bathing on that oh-so-tempting perfect little river beach? The short answer is to prevent shoreline erosion and protect wildlife.

  • What Makes a Champion Tree?

    • Mariners' Park

    Did you know Mariners’ Park is home to a national big tree? This tree is the biggest of its kind in the NATION! Right here in Newport News!

  • Abuzz with Activity in the Bumblebee Learning Garden

    • Educational Enrichment
    • Mariners' Park
    • Wildlife

    If you are planning to visit the Museum and Park and want to explore a fun place, please consider passing by our lovely Learning Garden. We chose plants that bloom at various times of the year (namely spring, summer, and fall), and many plants are in full bloom right now. One of the most impressive and wonderful bee attractors is the purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea).

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