Registration Begins Saturday, November 15 for the 2015 Winter Wildlife Festival

February 5 – 8, 2015 | Great Neck Recreation Center | Free Exhibit Hall, Walk-Up Workshops & Children’s Activities on Saturday, February 7, 10 am - 4 pm

Thursday, November 06, 2014

This is your chance to witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach; whether it’s following fascinating bird activity, exploring the natural areas of our community or the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Presented by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation in partnership with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the 2015 Winter Wildlife Festival will teach you what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in their natural settings. Take note, the 2015 Winter Wildlife Festival takes place on new dates February 5-8, 2015, and also has a new home base location: Great Neck Recreation Center, located at 2512 Shorehaven Drive.

Registration runs from November 15 through January 30 (unless otherwise noted). Space is limited for the excursions and workshops, so register early to secure your spot! You can register online (with your client barcode and pin), in person at any recreation center, or by using the mail in registration form. Download a registration form beginning November 15 at

This event includes educational workshops and engaging excursions that are sure to captivate outdoor enthusiasts, both novice and expert for a nominal fee. Registration is required to attend workshops and excursions, so sign up for sessions such as:

  • North Landing River Birding
  • Pleasure House Point Birding
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel & Fisherman’s Island
  • Intro & Intermediate Nature Photography
  • And new this year:
    • Mackay Island & Back Bay/False Cape Birding Day Trip
    • Chesapeake Bay Boat Trip
    • Cape Henry Tour
    • Birding by Impression at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
    • Advanced Flight & Action Photography Workshop with Kevin Karlson

Join us for the Festival Keynote on Friday, February 6 at the MEO Central Library featuring veteran wildlife photographer, tour leader and accomplished birder Kevin Karlson. New Jersey-based Karlson discusses his latest project, “Visions: Earth’s Elements in Bird and Nature Photography,” a book set by the elements of the planet (earth, fire, air, and water) and includes an assortment of nature photographs, from exciting action and moody contemplation, that are connected to these elements. The festival keynote event is sponsored by Back Bay Restoration Foundation and Lynnhaven River NOW.


Also, be sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall on Saturday, February 7 and speak with Winter Wildlife Festival partners and other exhibitors, including the Virginia Aquarium, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia State Parks, Lynnhaven River NOW, and the Virginia Beach Audubon Society. Learn ways to get involved with local efforts, and find out what the environmental groups and businesses are up to. Observe skilled decoy carvers from the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum working. Tour fascinating oyster castles constructed by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s Project Green Teens. The Exhibit Hall and Walk-Up Workshops are free and open to the public, starting at 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday, February 7 at Great Neck Recreation Center. Enjoy food truck eats plus special children’s activities by the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast from 10am – 4pm.


This event is brought to you by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. For a full list of workshops and excursions and to download a registration form beginning November 15, please visit Registration ends Friday, January 30. For more information about the event, please contact Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Outdoor Programs at 757-385-4461 or


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