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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 18:26

Welcome to the Virginia Master Naturalists

Eastern Shore Chapter Website


Master Naturalists are Volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping
Virginia conserve and manage natural resources

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Welcome (or welcome back)to our website. The Eastern Shore Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists was chartered in 2007 to serve the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We are still growing and developing and would like anyone interested in joining our group to read on.

What is a Virginia Master Naturalist?
 The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. Launched in 2006, there were ten chapters formed the first year, with ten additional chapters coming in 2007 and more chapters are added each year. The Virginia Master Naturalist program is organized in Chapters that represent and serve geographic areas in Virginia and is overseen by statewide committees. As new chapters form, the area each serves will change.  A state program coordinator recruits and advises new chapters and oversees the day-to-day operation of the program.  Visit the Virginia Master Naturalist website.  To see how to become a member see below.
  
Biodiversity Heritage Library  link

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) “is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections.” Partnering with the Internet Archive, these wonderful items have been brought together for consideration by the general public. All told, there are over 79,000 items in this collection and visitors can browse around by title or author or even look over the Recently Reviewed Items list for suggestions. The Most Downloaded Items list is quite revealing, as it contains some fine items such as "Fish hatchery management" and "Bergey's manual of determinative bacteriology.” Also, visitors can use the tag cloud to get started. One particularly noteworthy item is the rather prodigious volume from the 1870s titled, "Half Hours in the Far North.” It contains fascinating illustrations and observations about Russia, Iceland, and other frozen climes.

Here is a partial and suggested reading and viewing list, assembed by some Eastern Shore Master Naturalist members about Naturalist/ecological issues and concerns specific to the VA Eastern Shore.  Also see the Eastern Shore Master Naturalist facebook page, link

How to become a Virginia Master Naturalist

The process for becoming a Certified Virginia Master Naturalist typically takes about a year. One starts by locating a Virginia Master Naturalist Chapter that is in your area. If you live on the Eastern Shore of Virginia just click on the "Training" tab in the Main Menu or click on this link now. To be a Virginia Master Naturalist you’ll need to complete a 40-hour Basic Training Class offered by our chapter. Then you are a chapter member.  To become a Certified Master Naturalist you’ll need to complete an additional eight hours of advanced training and participate in 40 hours of volunteer service annually.

There is one  basic training class a year in the Fall.  Taking this class is the first step in joining this chapter.  Classes usually start at 9:00 AM and go to 3:00 PM with field trips having day-specific schedules.  The classroom programs have recently been held at the Historic Onancock School in Onancock with field sessions at various locations on the Eastern Shore. To see the syllabus for the 2013 basic training course, click on the "Training" tab in the Main Menu or use this link.  Click here for a printable form of the application to take the class.  Applications for the new class need to be in by Aug. 23rd, 2014.  The completed application and $95 registration fee can be sent to the address on the form. For more information or if you have any questions please call Susan Vreeland at 757-442-7029 or email her at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it     To look at pictures of prior year training classes in action, click here and scroll down.

If you have questions about the basic training class or other aspects of the Virginia Master Naturalist program explore this website, visit the state’s Virginia Master Naturalist website, or for additional local chapter information contact our Chapter Advisor, Dorothy (Dot) Field at her office (757-787-5989) or cell (757-678-6208).

["Virginia Master Naturalist programs are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital, family, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.”]