The Virginia Master Naturalist (VMN) program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

Composed of 30 semi-independent, locally focused chapters, the program is actively supported, guided, and represented by the over-arching statewide VMN program.

Through their local chapters, VMN volunteers train and serve with the variety of partner groups and institutions who are already working in locally relevant natural resources education and outreach projects.

The success of the VMN program relies on these partnerships between chapters and organizations, state and local agencies, non-profits, and other citizen groups.

Formed in 2018, the Middle Peninsula Chapter of VMN is sponsored by Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s Center for Coastal Resources Management and serves Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, King and Queen, and King William Counties. Local partners include: Gloucester Parks, Recreation & Tourism; Gloucester County School Board; Gloucester Clean Community; Gloucester Extension Master Gardeners; Middle Peninsula Bird Club; Mathews Bird Club; Williamsburg Bird Club; Northern Neck Audubon Society; and Chesapeake Bay Foundation.