Continuing Education

​​Ongoing Opportunities

VMN Continuing Education Webinars  

There are many opportunities here that you will enjoy and gain valuable knowledge. 

For first-time users, please plan to join a webinar at least 15 minutes prior to install the WebEx application and to connect your audio.  When presented with audio options, choose the "Call Using a Computer" option and click the test computer audio link to adjust your audio as needed.  If you have a microphone on your computer, you will be able to speak to the presenters without typing questions and comments in the chat window. 

Water Quality Monitor Training

The James River Association  offers training for their water monitoring project at various sites throughout the state. JRA monitors popular recreational sites throughout the summer and publishes the finding on their website .
Chesterfield County Water Quality Monitoring is also available and is led by the Environmental Engineering office. Contact Lorne Field at  for training dates.

Remember that you can add your driving time to any volunteer hours that you log, but NOT continuing ed hours. The mileage box is still available as some folks use that to keep track of miles driven for their personal records.​

Branching Out - Exploring the Trees and Forests of Virginia,  March 10,  09:15 AM - 03:30 PM ET
University of Richmond

$50.00  -  Member
$60.00  -  Member Spouse
$80.00  -  Non-Member (includes 1-year membership)
$15.00  -  Full Time Student (must present ID)

Please join us for a one-day workshop that celebrates the trees and woodlands that are our home.
It seems there have been many new books on trees in the last several years, and so the idea of a workshop focusing on trees and forests naturally followed. It turns out that the subject is vast and choosing what to cover means leaving out many other interesting topics.
We have chosen four rather different ways to present the topic. We will begin with a review of tree biology and ecology and a review of some of the recent research on what trees are doing. In keeping with many recent workshops, we will move on to the topic of interactions with other organisms, specifically birds and insects. Finally we will explore two Virginia forests – the longleaf pine of the coastal areas, and an old age mountain forest.
Full workshop program details are available online in the 2018 Annual Workshop Program Brochure.
Questions? Contact, 540-837-1600 (office), 703-434-0009 (day of event)


Wilderness Survival Skills 
False Cape State Park Sunday
March 11, 2018 • 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Develop basic survival skills while hiking and exploring the maritime forest, dunes, and marshes at False Cape State Park. Follow the tracks and trails of native wildlife and find out who lives here and what they eat. Identify coastal plants and learn how they were used for survival. Discover tricks and tips on how to stay warm in the winter, find shelter, and purify wild water.

Cost: $25/person and includes transportation into the park, educational materials, and taste samples.

For more information and to register – email: 
SEE the webite   go to “event” tab 
There are a limited number of spaces available. Please email Vickie “with your commitment” to attend. The $25 is payable by cash or check upon arrival.   Give yourself a good 2.5 hours to get there!

Vickie Shufer is a naturalist, herbalist, and forager with a master’s degree in therapeutic herbalism. She teaches classes on edible and medicinal plants, as well as outdoor education programs. Vickie is the author of several books, including The Everything Guide to Foraging (Adams Media, 2011), and was the editor/publisher of The Wild Foods Forum newsletter from 1994 to 2014. Vickie also has a certified, 16-acre native nursery in northeastern North Carolina where she propagates coastal native plants and forest botanicals and teaches groups how to use them for food, medicine, and crafts.

Webinar - Volunteer Monitoring: Evolving Bacteria Monitoring Programs, Tuesday, March 13th at 2:00 pm

Featuring a presentation by James Beckley, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and Mara Dias, Surfrider Foundation


In response to heightened public awareness of high fecal bacteria levels at popular recreation sites, there is a need for increased monitoring. Citizen science bacteria monitoring programs are helping to widen the coverage of data collection and to provide timely notification of high bacteria levels in recreational waters.  This webinar will present methods used by citizen science programs to measure bacteria; how data enhance public notification programs; and how data help to identify pollution problems. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Surfrider Foundation’s Blue Water Task Force will share their perspectives on the values and challenges of working with volunteer bacteria monitoring programs.

The webinar will be offered on Tuesday, March 13th at 2:00 pm EST (11:00 am PT).  Pre-registration is REQUIRED for this event.  To register, please click on the following link to register: doilearn2/onstage/g.php?MTID= ebffa056d66ceed2449769898f9171 a72

Once your registration has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the Webinar. 
If you miss one of these webinars and would like to view them later, please visit our YouTube page to view our archive of webinars, or, visit our website for more information.
Please feel free to distribute this announcement to colleagues on your water monitoring councils and with your organizations.  Visit our website for a PDF version of this announcement.
National Water Quality Monitoring Council:

"Exploring Emerging Water Issues"
2018 Virginia Water Monitoring Council Conference,  March 21, 2018
Henrico County Training Center, Henrico, VA

Members of the environmental, technical, municipal, and educational communities & the public who are concerned with staying up-to-date on Virginia's water resource issues. This conference offers valuable opportunities to network and continue a dialogue on Virginia's water quality and quantity issues. 
Presentations run from 9:30 AM to 4 PM, with coffee, donuts and networking starting at 8:45 AM. This year's conference will feature a variety of interesting talks by professionals, to include a few:

Shenandoah River Water Quality Changes Over Time - Wayne Webb; Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District and Friends of Shenandoah River.

Making Urban Trees Count: A Stormwater Crediting Framework for Urban Tree Planting - Neely L. Law, PhD; Center for Watershed Protection.

Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative: Connecting the Dots with Volunteer Monitors - Emily Bialowas; Izaak Walton League of America.

An Overview of Virginia's Healthy Waters Initiative - Gregory C. Garman, PhD; VCU Rice Rivers Center.

The complete program, more information, and registration can on found on the conference webpage.

Early registration (until Feb. 21, 2018, 5 PM): $55/person
Regular registration (after Feb. 21, 2018, 5 PM): $65/person
Full-time college or high school students: $30/person

To Register:
1. All attendees MUST fill out the
on-line registration form .

NOTE: You will not be fully registered until you fill out this registration form AND pay.  Contact Clean Virginia Waterways at 434-395-2602 or email if you have questions.

Woods in Your Backyards Workshop
March 24, 2018, 8:30am - 4:00pm
Hanover, VA

Small lots are a big deal. The vast majority of landowners in Virginia own less than 10 acres. By enhancing wooded areas or creating natural areas on your lot, you can make a positive difference in your environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices learned at this workshop.

TOPICS include:
  Forest Ecology
  Enhancing Wildlife Habitat
  Tree & Shrub ID
  Converting Lawn to Natural Areas
  Invasive Plant Identification and Control
  Native Plants, Pollinators, and Birds

  Forest Farming (e.g., Growing Shiitake Mushrooms)

Cost for the day is $20 per person, which includes lunch and manual. Registration is required for this workshop. Click here to register, or go to
If you have any questions, please contact Jenny McGarvey at (804) 977-1657 or

Lunch Break Science, presented by Bon Secours - April 4,    12:00-1:00 PM 

Pack a lunch and join us! Museum scientists and experts share easy to understand information on a wide range of science topics. Lunch Break Science is presented by Bon Secours.

On-Going Biodiversity Project in the James River Park System is presented by Anne Wright, Director, VCU Life Sciences Outreach.

Lunch Break Science is a free Museum event. Please check in at the Guest Services desk upon arrival.

The Science Museumof VA is offering talks that qualify for continuing education time:

- Coyotes in Virginia: Here Today and Here to Stay /

- On-Going Biodiversity Project in the James River Park System /

Free Seminars through the Chesterfield County Extension Office

The Chesterfield County Extension has posted their extensive list of upcoming seminars for Spring 2018.   PLEASE SEE:   go to Events and Programs.

Two seminars in particular qualify for CE  - 

Weeds (Invasive Species) on Feb 8 (Thurs) at 6pm and the Midlothian Library on 521 Coalfield (Courthouse Rd intersection)

Protecting Pollinators on Feb 19 (Monday) at 3 pm at Central Library, 9501 Lori Rd.

Register online at their website.

There are other interesting seminars ranging from growing mushrooms and herb gardening to lawn care (but don't qualify for VMN CE) this Spring, so  please check out their website for lots of other interesting programs.  

If you are unsure if an activity qualifies for CE, please contact me or Stephanie.

Welcome Class of 2018!  Please bug us with questions and CE ideas! 

On-line Woodland Options for Landowners

The "On-line Woodland Options for Landowners" benefits those who not only own woodlands but everyone who loves woodlands and wants a basic understanding of forest management principles and techniques and to use this understanding to become better land stewards.   

This is a 12-week, self-paced course beginning Feb 12 and ending April 30.  The cost is $45.  The attachment provides all the details and links to the seminars and other VT sponsored forestry opportunities.

For confirmation of CE credit, please contact a Chapter Continuing Education coordinator and provide a description of the seminar you are attending.