VIRGINIA MASTER NATURALISTS GRADUATE! On Wednesday, March 9th, 19 men and women graduated from the challenging and exciting seven month training program of the Virginia Master Naturalists. These new members of the Historic Rivers Chapter have completed a 40 hour program and learned about Virginia biogeography and core biology topics such as ornithology (the study of birds) and botany (the study of plants). They have also studied management and conservation of ecological systems such as forests and wetlands, teaching and interpretive skills, and citizen science and research skills. They are now ready to not only continue to learn and grow in knowledge but also to share their new learning and skills as they become volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards of the environment, helping Virginia to monitor natural resources and conserve public lands. These graduates are people who like being out in nature, getting dirty, and seeing tangible results of physical labor as they help build and maintain park trails, restore wildlife habitat, and inspire a love for nature. Congratulations!

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