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Students from the Steward School look at the bagged oyster shells at the Rice Rivers Center [View Image]

Rice Rivers Center part of The Steward School's Community Week

February 19, 2019

Cary Jamieson, director of the Bryan Innovation Lab at The Steward School and a VCU Rice Rivers Center Board of Trustees member, organized an experiential learning program for students with area environmental partners as part of the Steward’s Community Week. The group of seventh graders immersed themselves on and along the river, canoeing, observing animals in their natural habitats, and learning about the James River and the importance of wetlands.

The Rice Rivers Center hosted the students for a day, where they were able to explore the grounds of VCU’s river campus and environmental field station, and participate in bagging oyster shells for the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program (VOSRP). Cindy Andrews, VOSRP Richmond Region Coordinator, was on-hand to explain the process of oyster restoration and reintroduction in the Chesapeake Bay and how the students were a part of that process. Virginia Master Naturalist volunteers from the Riverine chapter also were on hand to guide the students in the bagging recycled oyster shells for future sanctuary reefs. The students wrote messages on the oyster shells that are now curing at Rice Rivers Center in those bags, awaiting to be seeded with spat and returned to the Chesapeake Bay.



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