Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Announcing the formation of one of Virginia’s newest Master Naturalist Chapters

The Great Outdoors
Published: July 28, 2011 Contributed report from Powhatan Today
Powhatan Tomorrow and the Center for Rural Culture are pleased to announce the formation of one of Virginia’s newest Master Naturalist Chapters—the James River Master Naturalists (JRMN).  The Master Naturalist program trains a volunteer corps who are curious about nature, enjoy the outdoors and want to contribute to natural resource management and conservation efforts in their local communities.

Virginia’s Master Naturalist Program is patterned after the Master Gardener program.  Each Master Naturalist volunteer begins by successfully completing a 40 hour basic training course.  Upon completion of the training program, all Master Naturalists are then required to perform 40 hours of volunteer service as well as receive an additional eight hours of advanced training annually.

The inaugural James River Master Naturalist basic training class will begin in mid-Sept and will run for 13 weeks.
Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings at Powhatan High School and at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s Goochland Campus. 

In addition to classroom instruction, there will be several hands-on field trips in the local area.  There are still several openings in the class.  For more information on becoming a Master Naturalist or learning more about the James River Master Naturalist’s program, please contact Michelle Whitehurst at or get an application at

Article shared from Powhatan Today

BRFAL Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalist wants you to get outside, explore and learn something new today. Get involved in something cool, learn more about the Virginia Master Naturalist program here! Congratulations to the new chapter, we look forward to reading/hearing more good things about you!

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