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, 2021 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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PHOTO BY SUSAN CROCKETT Middle Peninsula Master Naturalists and Middle Peninsula Bird Club members practiced social distancing while viewing 28 species of birds during a bird walk on March 19 at Beaverdam Park in Gloucester. Participants included, from left, Anne Sullivan, Doug Dwoyer, Ed Pels, Pat Anderson, and Jeri Trudeau. Even the bird flying in the background maintained a responsible distance.

Ready to join in the fun? Become a birdwatcher and learn how you can become a contributing citizen scientist. Get started with our guide: Self-paced Birdwatching!

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.