SCALES AND TAILS – On Saturday, July 9th, Catherine Short, nature lover and Virginia Master Naturalist with the Historic Rivers Chapter, will teach children of all ages fascinating facts about reptiles and amphibians. This program, held at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center, will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Mrs. Short will explore the differences between reptiles and amphibians and the audience will even be able to enjoy some hands on activities with the creatures visiting that day. This program is free but a $5.00 donation is suggested. Registration is limited to 30 participants and is required for all children’s programs at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden. Please register by emailing

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HRC Member Nancy Barnhart receives NPS Outstanding Volunteer Service award


HRC member Nancy Barnhart (right) received the prestigious National Park Service Outstanding Volunteer service award for 2015. Presenting the award is Dorothy Geyer (left), Colonial National Park Natural Resource Specialist.

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The 2016-17 Application is Online

Learn more about becoming a Virginia Master Naturalist in the Historic Rivers Chapter (serving the Williamsburg, Yorktown, James City County area). The information and application package can be found here.

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This is a trailer for a video we are producing for the state Master Naturalist Programs to drive new eyeballs to the various local chapter websites. The video swill be released in August and promoted on Facebook and Youtube.

The Naturalist from Sonny Bowers on Vimeo.

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BioBlitz 2016

Members of the Historic Rivers Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists undertake BioBlitz 2016 at York River State Park. Video by Sonny Bowers

BioBlitz 2016 from Sonny Bowers on Vimeo.

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