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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.

The Middle Peninsula Master Naturalist chapter plans to offer their next Basic Training class February – May, 2021. Virtual classroom instruction will occur on Wednesday evenings, and field trips for outdoor in-person training will be planned for several Saturdays during that time.

Download application forms here:

202102 Course Agreement for Applicants Cohort 2

VMN Applicant Questionnaire Cohort 2

VMN Volunteer Enrollment Agreement Cohort 2

A formal application is required for final acceptance into the Basic Training course. Submittal of this application along with payment (by check or money order payable to “Middle Peninsula Master Naturalists”) of the application fee (returnable in the event of nonacceptance), a reference check, a background check, and an interview are required to complete the application process.  A signed copy of both the Course Agreement for Applicants and the VMN Volunteer Enrollment Agreement forms are required for email submittal. Deadline for submitting applications by email or USPS mail is November 6, 2020.  For email submitted applications, the check/money order and a hard copy of the signature page of the application must be received by USPS mail by November 13, 2020.

Completed applications should be emailed to Doug Dwoyer at midpennat@gmail.com or mailed to Middle Peninsula Chapter – Virginia Master Naturalists, P.O. Box 1614, Gloucester, VA 23061-1614. Deadline is November 6, 2020.

For more information, email Middle Peninsula Master Naturalists on our Contact page.

11693 birdwatching social distancing

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.