I spent many summers on the York River as a kid. My uncle's house was in walking distance from a small beach and pier where I used to crab, fish, and swim all day long. While my uncle and the house are gone, the river of my childhood still flows for people to enjoy.
York River State Park observes Estuaries Day on September 15th, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The staff will lead a variety of free programs such as canoeing and kayaking, hiking, and seining. Organizations such as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Marine Resources Commission, Master Naturalist, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science will be on hand to help show guest the importance of our estuary systems. We will also have information on oyster farming too.
Head into the river or paddle the creek
Estuary Day is a good opportunity for public and private science classes and home schoolers to learn more about the unique plants and creatures that live in our brackish water environments. Teachers and organization leaders may consider scheduling a field trip for later in the school year for a more specific activity.
March through the marsh
The York is a great river to explore. I hope you will come and visit my childhood playground on Estuaries Day and any other day.
Directions to York River State Park: From I-64, take the Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 (Croaker Rd.) for one mile, then right on Route 606 (Riverview Rd.) about one and a half miles to the park entrance. Take a left turn into the park.