Happy New Year! Become a Master Naturalist in 2018!

Chapter Meeting on January 22, 2018
Our chapter meeting will be January 22, 2018, 7 PM, at Virginia Tech's Goodwin Hall. Our guest speaker will be from the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke. The chapter meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in joining us, we encourage you to attend our chapter meeting on January 22, 2018. For more details, please contact any of our committee chairs

Congratulations to our Class of 2017
Our chapter held its annual potluck on December 11, 2017 to celebrate our 2017 graduates. 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. 

Blue Ridge PBS Highlights Local Fungi
The Blue Ridge PBS’s ON THE ROAD AGAIN highlighted the New River Valley Mushroom Club. Many of our Master Naturalists are in this video. Check it out and learn about mushrooms in our area.

Our Float at the Fourth of July Parade
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 4th of July Parade!
Chubby the fish and his buddies swam through the streets of Blacksburg in the 4th of July parade. The float highlighted the amazing, but hidden, diversity of freshwater stream fish in the New River Valley.  By taking the fish to the streets, we hoped to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of healthy streams. Read more about the artwork here [X]. And see more pictures of the parade on our Facebook page [X].

Great job, members! Check out our 2016 annual report snapshot:

Also, click below for more information about any of these topics:

Newsletter 2016

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 2017 training. Click here [X] for more details and contact us. We are happy to have you join us!


Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Meet the 2016 graduates of the New River Valley Chapter's Basic Training Program. Photo by Matt Gentry.

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