June 14, 2012

2012 Virginia 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 13 - December 3, 2012. The training will prepare participants for volunteering as a Master Naturalist in our community. Though it is an excellent educational opportunity, our purpose is to foster a base of natural resource volunteers.

An Orientation/Introductory class will be held on August 13th at 9 AM 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.  A scholarship is available based on  financial need.  Fees are due by August 13th 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 by August 6th 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:
a) Complete 40 hours of  basic training with a minimum of 25% time in the field;
b) Pass the post-training assessment with a score of 70% or higher;
c) Complete a minimum of 8 hours of advanced training, approved by the Central Rappahannock Chapter; and
d) 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 13, 2012) 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 mornings from 9:00AM-11:30AM at Motts Run Nature Center in Fredericksburg except for two sessions on Sept. 24th and Oct 15th, which will be held Monday evening from 6:30PM-9:00PM.

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 locations 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 – 2012

Aug. 13th Orientation/Intro to Virginia Master Naturalist Program/Admin. Info/Risk Management/American Naturalist
Mon. Aug. 20th Ecological Concepts
Mon. Aug. 27th Botany
Mon. Sept. 10th Forest Ecology and Management
Mon. Sept. 17th Ornithology
Sat. Sept. 22nd  Plant Walk
* Mon. Sept. 24th Geology/ Biogeography
Mon. Oct. 1st Land Use/ Urban Systems
Sat. Oct. 6th Bird Walk
Mon. Oct. 8th Citizen Science
* Mon. Oct. 15th Weather and Climate
Sat. Oct. 20 Wetlands and Coastal Ecology
Mon. Oct. 22nd Interpretation & Teaching Skills
Mon. Oct. 29th Soil Science
Sat. Nov. 3rd Biological and Chemical Water Monitoring and Icthyology
Mon. Nov. 5th Mammalogy
Mon. Nov. 12th Herpetology
Mon. Nov. 19th Entomology – Exams Distributed
Mon. Dec. 3rd EXAMS DUE BACK to DOF- King George (Karen’s Office) by 5 PM
Tues. Dec. 4th Chapter Meeting & Graduation (Optional)


* Monday evening class.

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.

June 11, 2012

Grand Opening of the SGI Ni River Trail Extension

Please join our master naturalists at the grand opening of the Ni River Trail extension on Saturday, June 16 behind River Run Business Park at 8110 River Stone Drive, Fredericksburg VA. Our chapter members have actively worked with the Spotsylvania Greenways Initiative to develop this incredible resource. 

The grand opening festivities will include trail tours beginning at 9AM led by our chapter, a 10AM ribbon cutting, and other family-friendly activities, including "critter displays" and a snake exhibit at 1 p.m.