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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Registration is now closed for the Butterfly Identification Workshop on Tuesday 16 July. All slots have been filled.
We plan on videotaping Teta Kain’s presentation at the workshop so it can be viewed remotely for those who were unable to attend the class and as a resource for learning butterfly identification to support Citizen Science projects.
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.