Welcome to the NRV Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists

Dr. Kal Ivanov of the Virginia Museum of Natural History presents "The Ant Fauna of Virginia" at the VMN 2015 Southwest Regional Conference at Hungry Mother State Park on Sept. 26

New River Valley Master Naturalists marched in Blacksburg's
 Fourth of July parade with a float titled "In a Stream Near You"

Photo courtesy of Bill Sydor, Virginia Master Naturalist

UPDATE: Our 2015 training class is now full. New applicants will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if a spot in the class becomes available.


2014 Class / Photo by Matt Gentry

The Virginia Master Naturalist, New River Valley Chapter graduated its 2014 class on February 9, 2015 at Virginia Tech's Hahn Horticultural Garden Pavilion. The trainees completed over 40 hours of classroom and field trip training in natural world sciences. 

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.