Training to become a Master Naturalist

Class of 2021

UPCOMING CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT!!

Applications for the basic training course are now being accepted. The link to the online application is below.

MISSION: The mission of the Virginia Master Naturalist (VMN) Program is to develop a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. The Eastern Shore Chapter sponsors and supports dozens of projects, providing a wide range of volunteer service opportunities to its members throughout Accomack and Northampton Counties. Members work with various groups, including government agencies and non-profit organizations, in diverse settings such as wildlife refuges, parks, and nature preserves to carry out the VMN mission on the Eastern Shore. Service may involve a series of short, unrelated volunteer experiences or a long-term commitment to a single project. 

Please keep the VMN mission in mind as you consider applying for the basic training. If this sounds like what you are looking for please join us!

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS: You must complete the Eastern Shore Chapter Basic Training Course.

BASIC TRAINING: The ESMN Basic Training Course covers the background knowledge and skills to prepare you for your VMN Volunteer service. This includes a wide range of topics such as botany, ecology, mammalogy, with an emphasis on the nature and natural resources of the Eastern Shore. 

The course is scheduled for ten (10) consecutive Thursdays from September 8 to November 10, 2022, including both classroom instruction and field trips. You will be given a syllabus including designated field trip locations and dates on the first day of class. Trainees are expected to attend all classroom sessions and field trips. In the event you are unable to attend a given session you may need to complete make-up activities to finish the course.

Please review the ESMN Online Application Guide prior to beginning the application. There is also a sample application that you can print to assist you in the application process.

ESMN Application Guide 2022

ESMN Sample Online Application

Remember, you MUST apply online!

The online application is available here: http://bttr.im/n0nre If you are using a mobile device, you can access an optimized version here: http://bttr.im/29e46.

Applications will be processed in the order in which they were submitted. If your application is approved you will be enrolled in the class once your payment of the $125 training fee is received. 

Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify Ann Quigley at (703)-582-4525 or TDD number 1-800-828-1120 by the application deadline.

Any updates regarding the training will be available here: https://masternaturalistesva.com/training/ 

 

You may find the following links of interest:

Eastern Shore Chapter Web Site: https://masternaturalistesva.org

Eastern Shore Chapter Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/esmasternaturalist/

Virginia Master Naturalist (VMN) Program Website: http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org

 

Here is a more detailed sample curriculum from a prior class:

  • Ecological Principles.  The scientific study of the interactions between organisms and their environment.
  • Protected Lands.  Protected lands of the Eastern Shore and non-profit organizations responsible for them.
  • Barrier Island Processes.
  • Oyster Restoration.  Oyster reef restoration is rebuilding or restoring oyster reefs on the Eastern Shore. Over time, oysters have been negatively affected by the environment, population, etc.
  • Eastern Shore Forestry
  • Ornithology.  A look of Virginia’s bird life
  • Herps and Insects.  It’s not a typo–herps are snakes, toads, frogs, turtles
  • Botany.  The scientific study of plants
  • Coastal Geology.  Study the geology of Virginia and the Eastern Shore
  • Monarch Butterflies.  The Eastern Shore is a migratory route for the Monarch Butterfly.  Study the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly
  • Ichthyology.  The science of studying fishes, their habitats and population
  • Seagrass Ecology
  • Mammalogy.  The study of mammals can be exciting to everyone, and knowledge about mammals should be important to land managers and developers and others who often do not understand the importance of habitats and the species contained therein.  |Virginia Tech, 2013 Publication 165.314|
  • Invasive Species.  The impact of invasive species to the Eastern Shore.
  • Taxonomy.  Scientific classification, nomenclature and identification

CLASS PHOTOS

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Photos from a Taxonomy Class

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Photos from a Botany Class

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Photos from a Soils Class at Mutton Hunk Fen NAP

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Photos from a Coastal Ecology Class

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Ornithology:  Did you know

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If this sounds like something you’d like to do, enroll in our next class.