Northern Neck Master Naturalists
Trained & Certified Virgina Master Naturalists


Northern Neck Master naturalists

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Field Trip to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) at Gloucester Point

  • Gloucester Point Beach Park 1255 Greate Road (map)

Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) at Gloucester Point 9:30AM to 2:30PM.  We will meet at the Gloucester Point Beach Park on 1255 Greate Road which is directly adjacent to VIMS and where we park when visiting VIMS for Basic Training Classes (BTC). VIMS is - Science for the Bay, Impact for the World. We will to learn more about how VIMS research, education, and advisory services benefit the people, habitats, and marine life of the Chesapeake Bay region and coastal zones.  Karen Duhring of VIMS has arranged for us to visit labs, the teaching beach, the teaching marsh and learn about some of the projects on-going at VIMS.  This is a great chance to update some of the information gained during the Basic Training Course (BTC) about Coastal Ocean and Estuarine Science and to learn more about the exceptional work of one of the sponsoring agencies for the Virginia Master Naturalist Program. The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) mission is to conduct research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public. Bring your own picnic lunch and water or water bottle, and wear comfortable shoes and attire.  We will be walking between various sites on the VIMS campus.  The coastal habitats walking tour will be an easy walk on paved and unpaved surfaces, including gravel paths and a sand beach.  Everyone’s feet will remain dry.