New River Valley Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists

Upcoming events & News

  • January 28, 7 pm, VT’s Goodwin Hall, Room 145: Naturalist Apps explained and demonstrated by Mark Pierson and Bill Sydor. Mark will use a device that allows us to see the workings of the apps on the larger class screen. This event is open to the public.
  • February 18, 7 pm, VT’s Goodwin Hall, Room 145: Mark Williams, Associate Professor in Plant and Environmental Science at VT, will discuss his research on invasive plants and their effect on the fungal network. He is looking for volunteers to help with his research. This event is open to the public.
  • March 18, 7 pm, VT’s Goodwin Hall, Room 145: Jim Chamberlain, a research scientist with the USDA Forest Service, will present on edible and medicinal plants. He is the Deputy Coordinator of the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations Research Group that focuses on Non-wood Forest Products. He is a global expert on non-timber forest products management. This event is open to the public.
  • April 15, 7 pm, VT’s Goodwin Hall, Room 145: David Orcutt will present, "The Importance of Diatoms in Aquatic Ecosystems and as Bioindicators of Water Pollution.” What’s in our local aquatic areas may surprise you. Professor Orcutt is an emeritus professor of plant physiology. He spent nearly 30 years in the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science at Virginia Tech conducting research and teaching in the areas of plant stress physiology and plant growth and development. He is author or co-author of three books and numerous scientific articles. This event is open to the public.
  • Webinars: Are you interested in educational webinars? Virginia Master Naturalist videos are available online.To watch, go to VMN's Continuing Education web page.
  • Basic Training Course 2019: The NRV Chapter will be holding its basic training course in the summer/fall of 2019. Click here for more details.

Vernal pools field trip: Learn why Virginia's vernal pools are so important by watching this webinar.

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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.

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