Our Float at the Fourth of July Parade
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 4th of July Parade!
Chubby the fish and his buddies swam through the streets of Blacksburg in the 4th of July parade. The float highlighted the amazing, but hidden, diversity of freshwater stream fish in the New River Valley.  By taking the fish to the streets, we hoped to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of healthy streams. Read more about the artwork here [X]. And see more pictures of the parade on our Facebook page [X].

Pollinator Garden at Pandapas Pond Needs You
The Pollinator Garden needs more helpers. This is a pleasant way to earn volunteer hours if you enjoy gardening and working outside. You can adopt a bed of your own to learn your own plants and notice the seasonal progressions. Please contact Barb if you are interested.

2017 Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Conference and Training

When: September 15-17, 2017
Where: Front Royal, Virginia
Details: Click here

Bug Fest 2017
When: October 14, 2017
Where: Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Details:We need helpers for Virginia Tech's Bug Fest 2017. Last year, we met thousands of children and adults, helped out in areas where the Bugfest coordinators needed us, and represented our  chapter with information and fun activities.
Sign Up Here: If you are interested, then please sign up on the calendar [X].

Great job, members! Check out our 2016 annual report snapshot:

Also, click below for more information about any of these topics:

Newsletter 2016

Read about our activities in the Roanoke Times:
A Master Naturalist Master

Not a member yet?
You are invited to attend our chapter meetings or the upcoming 2017 training. Click here [X] for more details and contact us. We are happy to have you join us!


Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Meet the 2016 graduates of the New River Valley Chapter's Basic Training Program. Photo by Matt Gentry.

Who are we?
The New River Valley Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists is part of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program, a state-wide corps of community-based volunteers who work to care for Virginia's natural resources and public lands. After basic training in natural resource topics, we volunteer as educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping Virginia conserve and manage its natural resources. 
On these pages you will find events and volunteer opportunities in which we participate as Virginia Master Naturalists.  However, these events and opportunities are open to all people in the New River Valley of Virginia and nearby regions.

Virginia Master Naturalist programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or  marital or family status. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Video about the VA Master Naturalist Program