Upcoming Events

  • August 15, 2018, 7:30 PM: Sounds of the Night with Entomologist Tom McAvoy. Heritage Park in Blacksburg is known for it's beauty during the day, but have you experienced it at night when the sounds of insects come alive?  Enjoy this opportunity to learn what makes those vibrant sounds of summer nights.  Bring flashlights or headlamps if possible. Please RSVP here.
  • July 16 - December 10, 2018: The NRV Chapter will be holding its 2018 basic training course. The class is full for this year, but please consider joining us for an upcoming Chapter meeting or next year's training. Click here for more details.
  • September 7 - 9, 2018: 2018 Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Conference and Training. Click here for details
Also, many additional events and volunteer opportunities are listed on the calendar. Join us!

Vernal pools field trip

Congratulations to our Class of 2017
Meet the 2017 graduates of the New River Valley Chapter’s Basic Training Program. Our newest members finished their Basic Training Course and completed their first step in becoming a Certified Virginia Master Naturalist. The process for becoming a certified Virginia Master Naturalist typically takes 6 to 12 months. Would you like to join us for the next course? Read more here.

Blacksburg Holiday Parade - 1st Place for General Floats
Congratulations! NRV VMN's won 1st Place for General Floats in the 2017 Blacksburg Parade. Thank you to everyone who marched with Chub and his friends. Learn more about our "In a Stream Near You" art project by clicking here. By taking the fish to the streets, the NRV-VMN chapter hopes to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of healthy streams and a happy environment. 

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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 2018 training. Click here [X] for more details and contact us. We are happy to have you join us!

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