The Historic Rivers Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists is accepting applications for its annual six-month Basic Training session. The session starts September 1, 2015 and ends March 9, 2016. The group meets about twice a month on Tuesday evenings and participates in six weekend classes/field trips over the six-month period.
People who are curious about nature, enjoy the outdoors, and want to be part of natural resource management and conservation in Virginia are perfect candidates.

Topics include:
Biology of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, insects
Native trees and plant biology
Geology of Virginia
Meteorology and climate
Winter Botany
Wetlands and Freshwater Ecology
Citizen Science, field methods & scientific naming

Enrollment is limited to 25 people. The fee is $150.00, which includes all materials and instruction.

Completion of Basic Training is the first step to becoming a Certified Virginia Master Naturalist. An additional eight hours of Continuing Education plus 40 hours of Volunteer Service within a year will qualify the member for certification by the State Virginia Master Naturalist Program.

The application for Basic Training can be downloaded from the Historic Rivers Chapter website: or contact the Basic Training Committee at Additional information about the statewide program is at:

The statewide program began in 2006. The Historic Rivers Chapter was one of the first ten Chapters organized. Now there are 30 Chapters in Virginia.

The program is sponsored by Virginia's Cooperative Extension, Department of Forestry, Department of Conservation & Recreation, Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, Department of Environmental Quality, and the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

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

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