Upcoming Events

  • October 20, 2018: Join us for thHokie BugFest. VT's family-friendly event celebrates the fun and excitement of entomology. Visit our booth and learn about our Pandapas Pond Pollinator Garden Project. 
  • December 2018: Watch the Blacksburg holiday parade and look for our float. It highlights the amazing diversity of natural resources. Learn more about our "In a Stream Near You" art project by clicking here
  • 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.

Read about us in the Roanoke Times

Music of Summer Article

Photo by Matt Gentry/ The Roanoke Times

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

Congratulations to our Class of 2017
Meet the 2017 graduates of the New River Valley Chapter’s Basic Training Program. They finished the 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 2019 course? Read more here.

A Master Naturalist Master

We are happy to have you join us!  Click on "Join Us" for details.

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