Please help us protect our natural beach environment. Watermen's Museum, located in Yorktown Virginia along the shores of the last great battle of the American Revolutionary War in 1781, is a small museum dedicated to preserving and teaching maritime the history of our great nation from both a professional civilian and military mariner point of view. We also teach thousands of adults and children about the flora and fauna of the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States and one of the most productive bodies of water in the world. Surrounded by heavily trafficked public land, we strive to protect our small area of natural beach habitat as means of teaching visiting adults and children about the diversity and the fragility of coastal sand and wetlands habitats. To do this, we must restrict access to natural areas in passive ways so that sand, dunes, natural beach grasses, living oyster colonies and other aspects of the shoreline environment can be nurtured and preserved. Our existing split rail fence lumber is over 25 years old, has survived repeated storm and man-caused damage, and is no longer repairable. We must replace the entire 3-rail fence area of 450 feet with new, natural-wood fencing. Allowing for four gated entry areas, this fence rebuild will require 48 vertical posts and 140 split rails. Under normal circumstances, we would attempt to fund this major repair activity from funds generated internally from museum admissions, program fees, and loose-plate donations. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated government-directed closure and operational-limiting mandates have totally eliminated our ability to fund this necessary environmental protection effort. So, please contribute as much as you can to help us preserve this vital teaching area for future visitors to learn from.