July 6, 2014

2014 Virginia Master Naturalist Training - August-December

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Virginia Master Naturalist. The Central Rappahannock Chapter will be holding a training course from August-December 2014. 

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 11th at 9:00 AM at Mott’s Run Nature Center in Fredericksburg. The Center is located at 6600 River Road.

Applications for the training can be downloaded from www.virginiamasternaturalist.org or obtained by calling 540-621-9689 or emailing 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 11th 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:
Virginia Master Naturalist CRC
P. O. Box 5996
Fredericksburg, VA 22403

If you have questions, please contact Jim Scibek  at masternaturalistcrc@gmail.com  or Karen Snape, 540-621-9689 or email 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 completedTo 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 11, 2014) 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 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon at Motts Run Nature Center in Fredericksburg starting with the Orientation and Introductory session on August 11th.
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 Falls 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 

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 804-633-6992 or 540-621-9689 during business hours of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Mon. – Thurs. to discuss accommodations

Master Naturalist Schedule – 2014

Aug.  11th
Intro to Virginia Master Naturalist Program
Admin. Info
Risk Management
American Naturalist
Karen Snape

Aug.  18th
Ecological Concepts
Ruth Ann Allaire
Aug.  25th
Ruth Ann Allaire
Sept.  6th
Plant Walk/Botany/Trees
Linda Bailey &
Harry Puffenberger
Sept. 8th
Donna Finnegan
Sept.  15th
Land Use/ Urban Systems
Adam Downing
Sept.  22nd
Cathy Pritchett
Sept.  20th  
Bird Walk
Donna Finnegan
Sept,   29th
Forest Ecology and Management
Karen Snape
Oct.   6th
Soil Science
Alexa Clark
Wetlands and Coastal Ecology
Frank Reilly
Mon. *
Oct.   13th
Weather and Climate
Cathy Pritchett
Oct.  20th
Interpretation & Teaching Skills
Linda Bailey
Oct.  27th
Citizen Science
 Alycia Crall
Nov. 1st
Biological and Chemical Water Monitoring and Ichthyology
Chuck Hoysa
Nov. 3rd
Guy Mussey
Nov. 10th
Chuck Hoysa
Nov.  17th
Mammalogy – Tests Distributed
Sammy Zambon
Dec. 1st
TESTS DUE BACK to P. O. Box 5996 or Parks & Rec. by 5 PM


Dec. 2nd

Graduation and Chapter Meeting

* Classes will be held at Mott’s Run Nature Center from 9:00 am until 12:00 Noon   except Sept. 22nd and Oct. 13th.  These will be held from 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm.  Sat. classes will vary.

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