Nancy Norton Nature Camp Scholarship Application – 2015

Applications for the scholarships should be postmarked not later than January 23, 2015.

The Historic Rivers Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists is considering candidates for two Nature Camp scholarships to the 2015 sessions of Nature Camp in Vesuvius, VA. The 2015 camp dates are:

1st Session (grades 9-12): June 21–July 4
2nd Session (grades 8-9): July 5–July 18
3rd Session (grades 6-8): July 19-Aug. 1
4th Session (grades 5-6): Aug. 2–Aug. 15

The Nancy Norton Nature Camp scholarships are intended to support students who truly have an interest in learning about the natural world and who can work and learn both independently and in groups. You see, Nature Camp is unique in its academic focus. Since it began in 1942, Nature Camp has emphasized hands-on, field-based, experiential education in natural history and environmental studies. If you are selected, you will be required to attend daily classes, to take notes and to maintain a notebook, to complete all written assignments, and to participate in outdoor activities in all types of weather. You will be expected to accept academic challenges with enthusiasm, commitment, and hard work. Campers in the past have discovered the joy of learning and have often returned the next year for more of what Nature Camp has to offer. (But, if you are seeking a purely recreational experience, this is not the camp for you.)
Download the 2015 Nancy Norton Nature Camp Application

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Upcoming Events in Our Chapter

[CE] HRBC Bird Walk - February 1, 2015 from 7:00 am to 10:00 am at Newport News City Park
[CE]: Ecology Concepts- Cohort IX Trainiing - February 3, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at 5249 Olde Towne Road in Williamsburg
[CE] WBC Bird Walk at New Quarter Park - February 14, 2015 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at New Quarter Park, 1000 Lakeshead Dr., Williamsburg
[CE] HRBC Bird Walk - February 15, 2015 from 7:00 am to 10:00 am at Newport News City Park
[CE] HRC & WBC Monthly Meeting - February 18, 2015 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at College of William & Mary, Andrews Hall, Room 101
[CE] WBC Field Trip - February 21, 2015 from 7:00 am to 1:30 pm at WBC Field Trip
[CE]: CAST-IRON PLANTS FOR WILLIAMSBURG GARDENS - February 21, 2015 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Freedom Park, Williamsburg, VA 23188, United States
[CE] VMN Webinar: Feral Hogs in Virginia - February 25, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at Your computer
[CE]: VIMS February After Hours Lecture: Native use of the Chesapeake - February 26, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Virginia Institute of Marine Science, 1208 Greate Road, Gloucester Point, VA 23062, United States
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2014 Basic Training Is Full

2014 Basic Training is now full. To be put on the call list for 2015 (classes to start late summer 2015), please call Roger Gosden at 757-345-2896 or email

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First Annual Williamsburg Area Butterfly Count


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First Annual Butterfly Count in Williamsburg Area

On August 9 2014, the HRCVMN will sponsor the first annual Butterfly Count. Each following year, the count will be held on the Saturday closest to the 10th of August. All members of our chapter are welcome to participate.

For more information about count participation, take a look at the Butterflies of the Williamsburg Area Checklist. The cover of the checklist provides an overview of identification, preparing for walks and counts, and information about the area of the count – the Butterfly Circle. The checklist lists butterflies that have been recorded in James City Count, Williamsburg, and upper York County.

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