June 23, 2010

2010 Training Class

Upcoming Master Naturalist Training

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Virginia Master Naturalist. The Central Rappahannock Chapter will be holding a training course from August-December 2010. The purpose of the training is to prepare participants for volunteering as Master Naturalists in our community. Though it is an excellent training opportunity, our purpose is for establishing a base of natural resource volunteers.

An Orientation/Introductory class will be held on August 9th at 6:30 PM at Mott’s Run Nature Center in Fredericksburg. The Center is located at 6600 River Road.

Applications for the training can be downloaded by clicking here or obtained by calling 540-663-0181 or e-mailing karen.snape@dof.virginia.gov or j-m-scibek@msn.com.

The cost for the training is $150.

To enroll, submit your application. Fees are due by August 9th and may be paid at the Orientation Session. Make checks payable to VMN-CRC.

Enrollment is limited to 20 on a first come basis. Applications should be submitted to:
Master Naturalist Program
Virginia Dept. of Forestry
11617 Caledon Road
King George, VA 22485

If you have questions, please contact Jim Scibek at masternaturalistcrc@gmail.com or Karen Snape, 540-663-0181 or e-mail karen.snape@dof.virginia.gov

Please note the following:
1. To become a Certified Master Naturalist, a trainee must: 1) Complete the 40 hours basic training course with a minimum of 25% time in the field; 2) Pass the post-training assessment with a score of 70% or higher; 3) Complete a minimum of 8 hours of advanced training, approved by the Central Rappahannock Chapter; and 4) Complete a minimum of 40 hours of service, approved by the Central Rappahannock Chapter. Each volunteer has a maximum of 12 months from the last day of basic training to complete the remaining requirements for certification. Certification is valid through the calendar year following the year in which the requirements were completed. To maintain certification, volunteers complete an additional 8 hours of advanced training and 40 hours of service annually.

2. Due to statewide regulations, applicants must be 18 years old by the start of the training session (August 9, 2010) or aged 14-17 and accompanied by an adult who is responsible for them, as long as they are both registered participants in the program.

3. Training Class Schedule and Location– Classes will be held Monday evenings from 6:30-8:45PM at Motts Run Nature Center in Fredericksburg starting with the Orientation and Introductory session on August 9th. Master Naturalist guidelines require 25% of the training to take place outdoors. Four required Saturday sessions are scheduled. Saturday classes usually last four hours and will be held at Motts Run, the Friends of the Rappahannock facility on Fall Hill Avenue or other location within the CRC chapter’s region. See schedule below.

4. Trainees may not miss more than 2 classes, and all missed sessions must be made up by attending the appropriate class(es) within 12 months of the completion of the training or other approved make-up activities.

5. Additional information on the Virginia Master Naturalist Program can be found at http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org

Master Naturalist Training Schedule – 2010*
Mon. Aug 9th Orientation/Intro to Virginia Master Naturalist Program
Mon. Aug. 16th Administrative Info./American Naturalists/Risk Management
Mon. Aug. 23rd Ecological Concepts
Mon. Aug. 30th Botany
Mon. Sept. 13th Forest Ecology and Management
Sat. Sept. 18th Bird Walk
Mon. Sept. 20th Ornithology
Sat. Sept. 25th Plant Walk
Mon. Sept. 27th Interpretation and Teaching Skills
Mon. Oct, 4th Land Use/ Urban Systems
Mon. Oct. 11th Geology/ Biogeography
Sat. Oct. 16th Wetlands and Coastal Ecology
Mon. Oct. 18th Weather and Climate/ Soil Science
Mon. Oct.25th Citizen Science and Presentations
Sat. Oct. 30th Biological and Chemical Water Monitoring and Ichthyology
Mon. Nov. 1st Mammalogy
Mon. Nov. 8th Herpetology
Mon. Nov. 15th Entomology – Tests Distributed
Mon. Nov. 29th TESTS DUE BACK to DOF-King George (Karen’s Office) by 5 PM
Tues.. Dec. 7th Graduation and Chapter Meeting
*Planned Schedule – Order subject to change pending speaker availability.

Virginia Master Naturalist programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact VDOF at 540-663-0181 (TDD number 1-800-828-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.