Historic Rivers Master Naturalists Basic Training Begins September 4

The Virginia Master Naturalist program is designed to build a statewide corps of volunteers who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the preservation and management of natural resources and areas within their communities. Interested Virginians become Master Naturalists through training and volunteer service.

The Historic Rivers Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists will conduct basic training classes this fall and winter, and will sponsor volunteer service opportunities leading to Virginia Master Naturalist Certification. The number of participants is limited to 20. Fee is $175.00. Classes begin September 4, 2018 and continue through March 2019. Volunteer service hours can be started prior to completion of classes. The basic training course offers knowledge and skills in the following:
*Virginia biogeography *Birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, and insects
*Habitats of the Historic Rivers region *Conservation and ecological systems
*Wetlands and freshwater biology *Citizen Science and Education Skills
*Virginia native trees and plants *Risk Management

Upon completion of basic training, field trips, continuing education, and volunteer service hours, volunteers may achieve Virginia Master Naturalist Certification as early as March 2019. The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is jointly sponsored by VA Cooperative Extension, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation, VA Department of Forestry, VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, VA Department of Environmental Quality, VA Museum of Natural History, and Center for Coastal Resources Management at Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

Application is online after June 1 at: http://www.historicrivers.org/become-a-virginia-master-naturalist/#app . For questions, email Janet Harper: wharper15@cox.net

Virginia Master Naturalist programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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