We are the Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists
We are a Community-Based Natural Resources Volunteer Program.
We are volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping Virginia conserve and manage natural resources and public lands.
We must complete a basic training class with a minimum of 40 hours of combined classroom and field experiences, with 25% of that time spent in the field.
We get certified by annually completing 40 hours of service and participating in 8 hours of continuing education.
We are self-governed by a board composed of officers and committee chairs
We recruit members, plan and produce training courses, and work with sponsors/partners to organize volunteer service projects
We graduated our last basic training class in June 2019.
Watch for our announcement of the next basic training class. For more info go to Basic Training.
For more information about the state program go to www.virginiamasternaturalist.org
Photos by Kyle Langford
Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus) taken at Belle Isle State Park during 2017 Basic Training class by Kyle Langford
Serving the Virginia counties of Northumberland, Lancaster, Richmond, Westmoreland, King George, Essex, and Middlesex
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The Northern Neck Virginia Master Naturalists invites all members on a field trip to the Wellford property, 13 miles north of Tappahannock just off Rt. 17. Alice and Hill Wellford have graciously invited us to their property for our July field studies event.
Members only and this qualifies for continuing education credit.
The First Annual Northumberland-Lancaster Butterfly Count is slated for 30 July. To help prepare for the Butterfly Count the Northern Neck Master Naturalists are conducting a butterfly identification workshop on 16 July at the Lancaster Community Library from 9:30 to 11:30 on Tuesday 16 July. The workshop speaker will be by renowned local naturalist, photographer, and butterfly expert Teta Kain from Gloucester.
Photo by Kyle Langford
The first annual Northern Neck BUTTERFLY COUNT on July 30th. Details to follow in an email to all members. Open to any and all volunteers – bring your family – spouse, kids, grandkids, friends.
Photo by Betsy Washington
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay will be presenting training to become certified or re-certified for Water Quality Monitoring for the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative at Belle Isle State Park from 10:00 to 1:00 on August 8.
The 2019 VMN Statewide Conference will be on September 20-22, 2019 in Harrisonburg at the Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center.