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. 

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!

Master Naturalist Training is Underway

On January 28, the class braved cold temperatures for their first field trip with Dr. Jerre Johnson.

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. The Pocahontas Chapter is based in Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County.
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.
Our first group of 28 members completed basic training classes in 2009. We conduct training once each year for interested individuals who submit the VMN Basic Training Application . 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.

Apply Now for VMN Basic Training

Applications are being accepted for 2018 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.  Most classes are on Tuesdays at Pocahontas State Park from 6-9 PM.
For more information, email

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.