Thursday, June 2, 2011

Virginia Master Naturalist 2010 Annual Report

Virginia Master Naturalists are Citizen Scientists. Did you know that in 2010 they logged over 60,000+ Volunteer hours?
Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteers making a difference! BRFAL Chapter in the Pigg River
To become Certified Virginia Master Naturalists, volunteers complete 40 hours of basic training in natural history and natural resource management with a local chapter, 8 hours of advanced training that provides more specialized skills and knowledge, and 40 hours of volunteer service.  

View the 2010 Virginia Master Naturalist Annual Report online here (PDF format) this is just 5 years into this program!

To see a few highlights from projects VMN are involved with click here (PDF format)

Here are a few Virginia Master Naturalist 2010 stats:

  • Number of Basic Training Courses Held 22
  • Number of Volunteers Trained 412
  • Number of Active Volunteers 1014
  • Number of Currently Certified VMNs 600+
  • Number of Advanced Training hours completed 11,905
  • Number of Educational Contacts Made by VMN volunteers 62,246
  • Number of presentations given by VMN volunteers 2537
  • Number of acres positively impacted 2126
  • Number of miles of trails built/maintained 1074
  • Total number of volunteer hours 60,191
  • Monetary Value of total volunteer hours $1,259,798 
The following info from Virginia Master Naturalist website:
*Chapters listed 2000 hours of volunteer activities at 18 DCR State Parks and 11 Natural Area Preserves on their 2010 annual reports. Their activities included education (interpretive programs, special events, designing and installing interpretive signs), citizen science (bird and butterfly counts), and stewardship (trail maintenance, habitat restoration, waterway clean-ups.) Volunteers also conducted projects at several VDGIF Wildlife Management Areas, five VDOF State Forests, the VDOF headquarters property, the VDOF New Kent Forestry Center, and the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

There will be another Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Conference and Training this year! 
When: September 23-25
Where: Palmyra, Virginia (Fluvanna County), hosted by the Rivanna Chapter
What: A full weekend of advanced training opportunities, networking with other Master Naturalists, and, of course, having fun!    More details to follow...

BRFAL Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalist wants you to get outside and explore, learn something new today. Don't forget to take your camera, water bottle and bug spray!

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