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 Roger.Gosden@gmail.com

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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.

Download (PDF)

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Virginia Gazette Article About the Historic Rivers Chapter Training

Today’s “Backyard” section of the Virginia Gazette has a nice article about HRC Basic Training and Master Naturalists. Ann Effimetz interviewed president Shirley Devan and training chair Roger Gosden. See the story here.

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2014 Application Now Available

UPDATE 8/21/2014: The 2014-2015 class is now full.

The Historic Rivers Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program is accepting applications for its Cohort IX training class, which will begin Tuesday, September 2, 2014, and end by March 11, 2015.

Most training classes will be selected Tuesday nights (and two Monday nights), 6 – 9 p.m. at the Human Services Building, 5249 Olde Towne Road in Williamsburg, and selected Saturdays (and one Sunday afternoon) for field trips. See the schedule on page 2 of the application package. Note dates are subject to change.

The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is a statewide corps of volunteers who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. Interested Virginians become Master Naturalists through training and volunteer service.

People who are curious about nature, enjoy the outdoors, and want to be a part of natural resource management and conservation in Virginia are perfect candidates to become Virginia Master Naturalists.

The process for becoming a certified Virginia Master Naturalist typically takes 6 to 12 months. To become a member of the Historic Rivers Chapter, you must complete the basic training course. To become a Certified Virginia Master Naturalist, you must complete an additional 8 hours of Continuing Education plus 40 hours of Volunteer Service by December 2015.

Enrollment is limited to 25 applicants and will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tuition, which includes all materials and instruction, is $150. The annual Chapter membership fee is currently $25. The dues for 2015 can be paid between January 1 and March 11, 2015.

To apply, please complete 2014 application package and send it with $150 tuition (cash or check made payable to the Historic Rivers Chapter, Virginia Master Naturalists) to:
Historic Rivers Chapter
Virginia Master Naturalists
PO Box 5026
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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