Many Thanks! to member Judy Wyatt for making our new publicity poster. We already used it at Earth Day 2019 and GPMG Garden Fest at Reynolds Community College to recruit volunteers for our Fall 2019 Basic Training Class.
The James River Master Naturalists (JRMN), in conjunction with Powhatan State Park, are offering a Native Tree Hike every Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 pm this summer. The one hour hike, staffed by Master Naturalists, utilizes the Old Cabin Trail to help participants learn how to identify up to twenty-five native trees. Participants learn how each tree benefits wildlife and society. Although there is a $5.00 parking fee for each auto, the hike itself is free to anyone of any age to participate. If you are interested in the joining the hike, show up at the shelters at the Picnic Area of Powhatan State Park at 2:00 pm. Wear appropriate shoes for hiking and bring sufficient water to maintain hydration. If you have a group that would like to participate in the hike, contact Don Smith (Owlorchardva@gmail.com) to insure that the hike is appropriately staffed or to schedule a hike at a more convenient time for your group. If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, please notify Don Smith at 804-514-9857 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.”
If you are interested in becoming a Master Naturalist, the JRMN chapter is offering training classes this fall. Visit
for more information. Virginia Master Naturalist 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.
Don Smith, of James River Master Naturalists, leads a Native Tree hike in Powhatan State Park.
Giant Hogweed (see below) is not the only poisonous plant you need to know about. Winter would be a good time to study up.
Take a look at the Socrates Project publication from VTech.
A new guide to native plants in RVA is out. Click here to download: Plant Virginia Natives
Hope you are enjoying the butterflies this summer. Click here for some plants to plant so you can attract more next year!
Who knew that Owls would light up under black light. Take a look at this Northern Saw- whet Owl under Black Light
Despite the gloomy weather, the calendar says it’s Spring. The Bumble Bee Watch is and interesting “citizen science” activity you might want to check out.
April Species spotlight – The Common Eastern Bumble Bee, Bombus impatiens – Photo by Sheila Colla