Barge Programs

At the Dominion Energy Learning Barge masks are required for all ages. FREE critter face mask for in person participants! Health screening and waiver required for in-person programs. Will follow all current government guidance. Face masks and 6’ social distancing will be observed in all live programs.   

Contact Summer Mace 
to schedule, pay online and discuss possible scholarships for those in need.

 Dominion Energy Learning Barge

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Project Blue Crab Program

About:  While docked, students come aboard the award-winning 120’x 32’ steel deck barge designed by the University of Virginia and owned and operated by The Elizabeth River Project. The barge is a unique  living laboratory for students to learn about river science, resilience, the river’s ecosystem, stewardship and restoration efforts. As America’s Greenest Vessel, the barge demonstrates sustainable practices for home and school with live wetlands, solar panels, wind turbines, waterless composting toilets, observation pool and more. To foster river stewards and teach resilience, students learn about the blue crab and answer, “How could sea level rise and flooding affect me, the blue crab and my community, and what actions can I take to help?” Students learn why this iconic species is known as, “the beautiful swimmer” and how local watermen identify crabs and more.


Location: Grandy Village Learning Center, 2971 Kimball Loop, Norfolk, VA 23504    


Cost: Sliding scale $9-$12 per student. Chesapeake 4th graders no charge thanks to a grant. Scholarships may be available for students in need.  Students are divided into 6 groups of 5.

Dates: October- mid December: Choose a time, 9:30-11am, 10-11:30am, or 1-2:30pm

Register: Contact Summer Mace,




           Special thanks to Elizabeth River Crossings, Dominion Energy and                      Bank of America our educators will come to the students with river education. 






Suggested donation. Our new Learning Barge on Wheels will deliver river science and outdoor activities while stationed at parking lots of schools or to an adult willing to host a small group of students in a neighborhood. 


Outdoors, students will learn about renewable energy, aquatic animals including viewing critters in aquariums, the value of wetlands and how to perform water quality tests. They’ll learn how to identify native plants, create art and how to help as stewards. Free critter masks, health screening and waiver required for in-person programs. Will follow all current government guidance. 6’ social distancing will be observed. Students do not go in the Barge on Wheels. Educators set-up an outdoor classroom.


Cost: Suggested donation of $150-$250. An adult must host and could be a parent on behalf of a group of parents, teacher, homeschool or scout leader.


Size:  All ages, must have a minimum of 8, and a maximum of 15 students. Students are divided into 3 groups of 5.

Date & Time:  October- mid December. Flexible times. Will reschedule if raining.   


Register: Contact Summer Mace, 


NEW TEACHER TRAINING: Go to Teacher Page by clicking tab above to view new self-paced virtual Project Blue Crab Teacher Training. 


Now Scheduling!

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