Master Naturalist Basic Training: Fall 2021

Interested in volunteering to help in the conservation and management of natural resources and public lands?

We are volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards. To find out more about our training class, go to TRAINING on our website. 

  • We work on projects at Powhatan State Park, the James River, and other wildlife hotspots in Powhatan and Goochland Counties. 
  • We will teach you the basics of what naturalists need to know.
  • Classes will run on Tuesday evenings from Sept 14th through December 7th, at the Grace Episcopal Church in Goochland, VA. There will also be four Saturday field trips. 
  • There is a fee to cover the cost of training materials.
  • Space is limited. Sign up before August 15, 2021.

Contact us at jamesrivermn@gmail.com. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the Chapter Advisor, Dan Gugliocciello at (804) 598-7148 or (TDD number 1-800-828-1120) by the application deadline.

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 status protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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 (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

https://jamesrivermasternaturalists.wordpress.com/training

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.