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VA Master Naturalist Program

1The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is designed to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Virginia Museum of Natural History is one of the six sponsoring agencies of the Virginia Master Naturalist program, along with the Virginia Cooperative Extension (College of Natural Resources and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences), the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (State Parks), and the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Chapters

Chapters are running and in development across Virginia. While VMNH sponsors the program state-wide, it is closely involved with three specific chapters--the Southwestern Piedmont, the Rivanna, and the Peninsula chapters. To locate a chapter in other areas of the state and to learn the requirements for getting Master Naturalist certification, go to www.virginiamasternaturalist.org.


Southwestern Piedmont Chapter

The Southwestern Piedmont Chapter represents Master Naturalists of Martinsville, Henry County, and the surrounding areas. This chapter began its first training session for volunteers in August of 2007. The deadline to register for the 2014 Virginia Master Naturalist Training Class is July 11. The Chapter’s annual Basic Training Course begins August 12 and ends in early December. Each class meets on Tuesday night from 6-8 PM with three or four Saturday local field trips. Classes are held in the education center at the Virginia Museum of Natural History and in various locations in the field. Click here for the 2014 training brochure.

Contact2
Denny Casey, Chapter Advisor
Virginia Museum of Natural History
21 Starling Avenue
Martinsville, VA 24112
Phone: (276) 634-4184
denny.casey@vmnh.virginia.gov

Chapter News and Events

Chapter Newsletter, The Vine

Master Naturalist Certification
The process for becoming a certified Virginia Master Naturalist typically takes 6 to 12 months and requires the following:

  • 40 hours of basic training, including classroom sessions and field trips
  • 8 hours of advanced training
  • 40 hours of volunteer service
  • Visit www.virginiamasternaturalist.org/index.html for more information about the state program.

Registration for the Basic Training Course
The deadline to register for the 2014 Southwestern Piedmont Virginia Master Naturalist Training Class is July 11. The course will begin in August and end in early December. Each class meets on Tuesday night from 6-8 PM. Classes are held in the education center at the Virginia Museum of Natural History and in various locations in the field.

Application
Download the application form (download pdf), or contact the Chapter Advisor (see above).

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Chapter Advisor, Denny Casey, at the Virginia Museum of Natural History at (276) 634-4184 (TDD number 1-800-828-1120) during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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.

Southwestern Piedmont Chapter Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteer Service Projects

Education Projects

  1. “Coyote”, “Hydro-Power”, and “Smith River Trail Hike” Programs presented at Cub Scout Day Camp
    Project Leader: Danny Martin danny.l.martin@saw02.usace.army.mil
  2. “Coyote: The New Comer” presentation for visitors at Reynolds Homestead
    Project Leader: Danny and Susan Martin danny.l.martin@saw02.usace.army.mil or susan.t.martin@saw02.usace.army.mil
  3. “Creature Feature” Displays (different wildlife each month) for visitors at Philpott Lake- Visitor Assistance Center
    Project Leader: Danny and Susan Martin danny.l.martin@saw02.usace.army.mil or susan.t.martin@saw02.usace.army.mil
  4. Development of BSA Merit Badge Education Resources
    Project Leader: Ruth-Decker Chaney deckdawg@gmail.com
  5. Interpretation at VMNH/tours for visiting groups
    Project Leader: Gael Chaney gael.chaney@alumni.duke.edu
  6. Recycle Education Game for pre-planned events
    Project Leader: Marty Bullins bullinsm@comcast.net
  7. Trout in the Classroom
    Project Leader: Marty Bullins bullinsm@comcast.net
  8. Teaching a MN Chapter Basic Training Class
    Project Leader: Gael Chaney gael.chaney@alumni.duke.edu
  9. Publicity and Communication Networking
    Project Leader: Lynn Pritchett lynnpritchett@comcast.net
  10. Area Pocket Naturalist Guide
    Project Leader: Denny Casey denny.casey@vmnh.virginia.gov
  11. Teach SOLs 4.4 & 4.5 (Plant life and ecosystems) to four fourth grade classes at Patrick Henry Elementary School
    Project Leader: Marty Bullins bullinsm@comcast.net

Citizen Science Projects

  1. Water Quality Monitoring
    Project Leader: Lisa Cahill lcahill@sitestar.net
  2. Plant Inventory of Frank Wilson Park
    Project Leader: Gael Chaney gael.chaney@alumni.duke.edu
  3. Research and Collections Volunteer
    Project Leader: Ruth-Decker Chaney deckdawg@gmail.com
  4. Frank Wilson Park Eco-Survey
    Project Leader: Christy Deatherage christy.deatherage@vmnh.virginia.gov

Stewardship Projects

  1. Frank Wilson Memorial Park Clean-Up in Martinsville City
    Project Leader: Christy Deatherage christy.deatherage@vmnh.virginia.gov
  2. Smith River Clean-Up in Henry County
    Project Leader: Marty Bullins bullinsm@comcast.net
  3. Invasive Species Removal with Volunteer Groups
    Project Leader: Larry Turner ltct59@comcast.net
  4. Gravely Nature Preserve Stewardship Project in Henry County
    Project Leader: Denny Casey denny.casey@vmnh.virginia.gov
  5. Collection of acorns from native oak species for seedling stock
    Project Leader: Lynn Pritchett lynnpritchett@comcast.net
  6. Invasive Species Removal Day
    Project Leader: Kathy Fell kathyfell@yahoo.com
  7. City Park Beautification
    Project Leader: Kathy Fell kathyfell@yahoo.com

Sponsors, Partners and Donations
Local Partners (Source- 2011 Annual Report):

  • Blue Ridge Foothills Chapter
  • Blue Ridge Ski and Outing Club
  • City of Martinsville
  • Dan River Basin Association
  • Fairy Stone State Park
  • Ferrum College
  • Friends of Philpott
  • Friends of Wilson Park
  • Gateway Streetscape Foundation
  • Henry County
  • Henry County Parks and Recreation
  • Henry County Schools
  • Martinsville City Schools
  • Martinsville Parks and Recreation
  • MHC Office of Tourism
  • Philpott Lake
  • Piedmont Arts Association
  • Reynolds Homestead
  • Rivers and Trails
  • Roanoke College
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Virginia Department of Forestry
  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Virginia Herpetological Society
  • Virginia Museum of Natural History
  • Virginia Save Our Streams
  • Virginia Tech

Donations
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A special thank you to chapter donors!
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