Excited and curious about the natural world? Enjoy being outside? Want to play an ACTIVE role in the management and conservation of Virginia’s natural resources? If so…the Virginia Master Naturalist program is for you!

As members of a community-based natural resources program, Virginia Master Naturalists are volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping Virginians conserve and manage natural resources and public lands.

Ways you can help:

  • Education – Teach adults and youth about nature!
  • Citizen Science – Collect data on wildlife and plant populations, water quality, and more!
  • Stewardship – Restore wildlife habitat, clean up a local stream, or build a trail!

Interested Virginians become Master Naturalists through training and volunteer service. Click here to learn more.

Applications for the Middle Peninsula chapter’s Basic Training class February – May, 2022 are closed. For more information and to be added to the mailing list for the next available class, email Middle Peninsula Master Naturalists on our Contact page.

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2021 Cohort 2 Basic Training Course: Trainees learn about Water Quality Testing during the Shoreline Restoration and Coastal Ecology field trip to Ware River Yacht Club.
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Middle Peninsula Master Naturalist members from Cohorts 0, 1, and 2 enjoy a paddle on Dragon Run for a hands-on lesson about its unique ecosystem. From left, Jack Kauffman, Carol Kauffman, Doug Dwoyer, Bob Diaz, and Susan Crockett.

In the news:

Inaugural Middle Peninsula Butterfly Count

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The program is open to all adults 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.