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2017 New Member Training Class Now Under Way!

The New Member Training Program is the first step in becoming a Certified Master Naturalist.  The 2017 class will meet weekly for approximately 3 months from January to March with a course of study that introduces the class to a multitude of topics involving the natural world.

In addition to completing the 40 hour training program, anyone wishing to become a Certified Master Naturalist must also attend at least 8 hours of advanced education and take part in 40 hours of Chapter approved projects over the first year.

To maintain certification, volunteer hours and advanced education must be completed every year. While It is a big commitment, the rewards are tremendous! Not only does our chapter enjoy access to so many who are experts in their fields, our members volunteer in a variety of ways that improve our local communities, serving as educators, citizen scientists, and stewards of the natural world.

Applications are accepted for the New Member Training Class each fall.  Check back later this year for more information about our annual Open House/Information Session (usually held in October).  

For questions about the Riverine Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program, contact Emily at riverinechapter@verizon.net

Field Trip: Learning on the Elizabeth River

Field Trip: Learning on the Elizabeth River

Read our posts to learn about just a very few of our many projects.

Virginia Master Naturalist programs and employment in support of them are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.




Virginia Master Naturalist Mascot–The Tiger Swallowtail

          – Photographed by Denise, Certified Master Naturalist–Riverine Chapter

“This perfect beauty of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail visited my hanging basket and lingered long enough for me to get lots of pictures!”

Did you know that the Tiger Swallowtail is Virginia’s state butterfly?

Virginia Master Naturalist Mascot, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Virginia Master Naturalist Mascot, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail