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Protecting America's
Founding River

Online class conducted via Zoom

The James River is a historically and ecologically important river in Virginia. It is a coastal plain estuary whose water flows over 400 miles from its headwaters in the mountains to the joining of the Chesapeake Bay at its mouth. It is an ecosystem rich with marine, estuarine, and freshwater species threatened by a growing human population, sprawling urban development, and increasing levels of pollutants. In the first class of this two-part series, we explore the rich history and diverse ecology of the James River, examine the effects of pollutants on plant and animal species, and investigate the environmental regulations established to protect this natural resource and improve overall water quality. Between the two sessions, participants receive an assessment tool and a map of the Garden to explore examples of storm management practices in place. In the second part, explore the specific practices modeled that will not only beautify the landscape but also protect the watershed. Participants receive extensive information on water regulatory guidelines and how to conduct an assessment of a given site. This program is supported by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Register Member $25

Register Non-Member $30

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - Wednesday, September 23, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Event Details

Copyright Ben Greenberg - Protecting America's Founding RiverThis in a live online class via Zoom.

GES: HL, 3, elective*

This class offers 3 hours of elective credit toward the Garden Education Series: Gardening and Garden Design Certificate.





About the instructor

Sarah Croscutt, M.S., is the owner and facilitator of From the Outside, LLC, a horticulture and nature-based therapy program. She has degrees in Biology and Environmental Science. The research for her Master’s degree discussed the role of gardens in both preserving biodiversity and providing socio-economic support in urban areas.  Her goal is to inspire people to action. As an educational consultant, teacher, curriculum specialist, and program developer, Sarah has had many incredible opportunities to design and execute a multitude of creative, science-based, experiential programs for a range of grade levels in an assortment of unique settings. With her science background, as well as a deep love for the outdoors, she has cultivated a rich, sacred relationship with plants and the natural world.