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Master Naturalists are volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and environmental stewards helping Virginia conserve and manage natural resources and public lands.  The Riverine Chapter is one of 29 Virginia chapters and serves the greater Richmond area. The Basic Training Course is the first step in becoming a certified Master Naturalist and includes outstanding classroom presentations by experts in subjects such as: ecology; geology; coastal and freshwater topics; botany; entomology and pollinators; mammals; and ornithology. In addition, there are field trips, often to places where you might not otherwise have an opportunity to visit.

Applications for the Basic Training Course are accepted annually in the fall, and the class takes place during the months of January – April.  Be sure to check back here in September to learn about area Informational Sessions and our application process for the 2019 class.

For information about the Riverine Chapter’s Basic Training Program or becoming a Certified Master Naturalist, contact Holly at riverinechapter@aol.com.  

The Virginia Master Naturalist Program (www.virginiamasternaturalist.org) is a statewide initiative jointly sponsored by the following Virginia organizations: Cooperative Extension; Institute of Marine Science Center for Coastal Resources Management; Museum of Natural History; and Departments of Conservation and Recreation, Environmental Quality, Forestry, and Game and Inland Fisheries.  The program is based in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation within the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech.

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