Welcome to the NRV Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists

Next training class: Applications will begin being accepted in March 2016.  Training will occur July 16 - July 22, 2016. More details to come!

Dr. Kal Ivanov of the VA Museum of Natural History presented "The Ant Fauna of Virginia" at the VMN 2015 Southwest Regional Conference at Hungry Mother State Park on 9/26/2015.

You are invited to join us!

The Chapter's Training Committee is currently working on a schedule for 2016. While the details are still in the planning stage, the chapter is planning to cover the 40 hours of training that is required from Sat. July 16 - Fri. July 22.  The intent is to meet the needs of interested participants who are unable to attend a lengthier training program, with hopes it will also accommodate some educators. Applications will begin being accepted in March 2016

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


Class of 2015

2015 Class / Photo by Matt Gentry

The NRV Master Naturalists graduated 17 new members recently with a ceremony at the Hahn Garden at VT.  The trainees completed 40 hours of training, including 30 in the class room, and 10 hours in the field, leaning the natural history of plants, birds, insects, mammals, geology, to just mention a few of the topics covered.

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.