July 6, 2015

2015 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 2015.

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 10th 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 http://masternaturalistcrc.blogspot.com (look under “important links”) 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 10th 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 10, 2015) 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 10th.
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 – 2015

Aug.  10th
Orientation/Intro to Virginia Master Naturalist Program/Admin. Info/Risk Management/American Naturalist/Breaks

Karen Snape

Aug.  17th
Ecological Concepts
Ruth Ann Allaire
Aug.  24th
Ruth Ann Allaire
Aug. 31st
Donna Finnegan
Sept. 12th
Plant Walk/Botany/Trees
Linda Bailey &
Harry Puffenberger
Sept.  14th
Forest Ecology and Management
Karen Snape
Sept. 19th
Bird Walk
Donna Finnegan
Sept.  21st
Cathy Pritchett
Sept,   28th
Land Use/Urban Systems
Adam Downing
Oct.  5th
Soil Science
Alexa Clark
Oct. 12th
Weather and Climate
Cathy Pritchett
Oct.   17th
Wetlands and Coastal Ecology
Frank Reilly
Oct.  19th
Interpretation & Teaching Skills
Linda Bailey
Oct.  26th
Citizen Science
 Alycia Crall/ Michelle Prysby
Oct. 31st
Biological and Chemical Water Monitoring
And Ichthyology
Chuck Hoysa

Nov. 2nd
Chuck Hoysa
Nov. 9th
Guy Mussey
Nov.  16th
Mammalogy – Tests Distributed
Sammy Zambon
Dec. 2nd
TESTS DUE BACK to P. O. Box 5996 or Parks & Rec. by 5 PM


Dec. 8th

Graduation and Chapter Meeting

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