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Last Updated on Monday, 12 June 2017 16:35

Welcome to the Virginia Master Naturalists

Eastern Shore Chapter Website

 Now  in Our 11th Year

2007  -  2017
Master Naturalists are Volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping
Virginia conserve and manage natural resources .


What's new this year ?

Virginia's Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) wants to re-vitalize it's Birding & Wildlife Trail Program with the support of

master naturalist chapters across the state . For an overall view of the state program click here .  To check out the Eastern Shore's

component of this statewide endeavor click here . Our local project chair is Victor Klein .


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.

You can also visit us on Facebook  @  facebook.com/esmasternaturalist 

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  or facebook pages.  To find out how to become a member see below.

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.

Click here for a printable form of the application to take the class.  Applications for the new class need to be in by Aug. 21st, 2017.  The completed application and $95 registration fee can be sent to the address on the formTo 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) .

["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.”]



Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

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 / reference 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