Registration is now open for the first-ever Northern Virginia clean water stewardship course offered by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The course provides in-depth classroom and field sessions on local environmental issues, transforming new volunteers into effective advocates for clean water in streams, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay.

VoiCeS (Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards) classes will be held twice weekly on weekday evenings from Nov. 27 through Dec. 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the offices of Alexandria Renew at 1800 Limerick Street. The six sessions feature presentations from CBF and other expert speakers, including Virginia Delegate David Bulova, Alexandria Renew CEO Karen Pallansch, and Wetland Studies and Solutions CEO Mike Rolband. Course topics include:

  • The history of the Chesapeake Bay and local waters;
  • Landscaping to reduce runoff and beautify your property;
  • The benefits of urban trees;
  • Oysters and mussels, our living filters;
  • Farm conservation practices;
  • Innovations in wastewater treatment, and;
  • How to be an effective clean water advocate.

Following the course, participants will be asked to perform 40 hours of volunteer service to improve water quality. Successful graduates receive CBF’s designation as a “Chesapeake Steward.”  A $25 fee per individual ($40 per couple) will cover the costs of materials and field trips. Space is limited, registration is available on a first come first served basis online at For more information, contact Ann Jurczyk at or 804-258-1522.