Are you interested in being a volunteer citizen scientist, educator, and steward of natural resources? 

Virginia Master Naturalists, James River Chapter, works on projects at Powhatan State Park, the James River, and other wildlife hotspots in Powhatan, Goochland, and Louisa Counties. 

Come to one of our upcoming information sessions to find out more about us:

  • Saturday, June 26, 10-11AM-   Powhatan State Park, Picnic Shelter 2.
  • Tuesday, June 29, 6:30 to 7:30 PM-  Grace Episcopal Church, 2955 River Road W, Goochland, VA 23063 

Or just go to to find out more about our Fall 2021 Basic Training Course!

For these outreach events, we will be following guidelines from the Virginia Master Naturalists Program with respect to COVID-19:

  • For the indoor session at Grace Episcopal Church, there are no restrictions on group size or physical distancing. Masks are optional. Individuals who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks.
  • Powhatan State Park requires anyone who is not fully vaccinated (2 week post 2nd shot) to wear a mask. The park also requires social distancing when possible.

James River Master Naturalists Offer Native Tree Hike

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 ( 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 at Pow State Park

Don Smith, of James River Master Naturalists, leads a Native Tree hike in Powhatan State Park.