Congratulations to Chapter Photo Contest Winners
See all the entries here

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    "Conflict" by Bill Goerlich
    Category: Virginia Flora, Fauna and Other Species
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    "Forest" by Kevin Divins
    CATEGORY: Virginia Landscapes and Habitats
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    "Bluebird Monitoring" by Daphne Cole
    CATEGORY: Virginia Master Naturalists in Action
The Virginia Master Naturalist 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. Interested Virginians become Master Naturalists through training and volunteer service.

Composed of 29 semi-independent, locally focused chapters, The Virginia Master Naturalist program is actively supported, guided, and represented by the over-arching statewide VMN program.
Virginia Master Naturalists are educated in natural resources and trained in the skills necessary to work alongside local organizations to increase education and awareness of the community’s natural resources. Volunteers also provide such services as environmental education, water monitoring, wildlife data collection, and habitat restoration.
The Pocahontas Chapter is based in Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County.  Our first group of 28 members completed basic training classes in 2009. We conduct training once each year for interested individuals.  More than half our members have completed full certification and others are well on their way.

In addition to providing valuable volunteer service in environmental education, citizen science and natural resources stewardship, Virginia Master Naturalists enjoy ongoing programs and activities designed to further their knowledge and experience.

Training for the Class of 2018 has begun, applications are being accepted for 2019 Basic Training.
Applications for training are reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. You may send in an application at any time to be considered for an upcoming training class or to request to be added to our Wait List. The fee for basic training instruction and materials is $125, and is payable upon notification of acceptance.  Next classes will begn in early January 2019, most will be on Tuesdays from 6-9 PM at Pocahontas State Park.
For more information, go to the New Members tab or e-mail

Pocahontas Chapter Named Virginia State Parks’ 2015 Volunteer Organization of the Year  

We are honored to be recognized for the contributions our chapter members have made at Pocahontas State Park. Congratulations and a hearty "Thank You" to all the Pocahontas Chapter members—for all you do, this award is for YOU!

Agencies Sponsoring the Virginia Master Naturalist Program include:

Virginia Master Naturalist and Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.