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.

Limited-time Opportunities

Wildflower Walk with Ernie Wilson  -
July 29, 9:30am
Appomattox Riverside Park

Join us for another continuing education Wildflower Walk with Ernie Wilson at Ferndale Park!

Ernie  taught Botany at Virginia State University for 30 years. He has had a strong interest in nature ever since he was a boy.  He is kind enough to share his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm with us!

We're meeting on 
Saturday, July 29th at 9:30AM
Ferndale Park / Appomatox Riverside Park
24891 Ferndale Rd • Petersburg, VA 23803

This park is located in Dinwiddie County, just south of the village of Matoaca in Chesterfield County.  (From the village of Matoaca, you would travel south from River Rd - which is route 36 - on Pickett Ave - cross the Appomatox River and Pickett becomes Ferndale Rd.  The park is just over the river on the right.)

Ernie says that this is one of the best places to see wildflowers.  

Field Trip, Randolph-Macon College Native Plant Garden, August 4,  Richmond, VA –

The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society has arranged a visit to the Randolph-Macon College native plant garden with Biology Professor Nicholas Ruppel. Ruppel was awarded a Virginia Native Plant Society grant to use the garden for assessing the diversity of insect pollinators on native plants in Ashland. The outing takes place Friday, August 4 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. To register and get details on where to meet, contact trip leader Leslie Allanson at 804-795-7191 or

The professor and a graduate student will share information about the project, which will utilize undergraduate college students and faculty, as well as students from John M. Gandy Elementary School to carry out several modes of insect identification. Ruppel’s ultimate goals are to expand the educational utilization of the college’s Moore Native Plant garden by undergraduate students, school children, and community members, and to increase knowledge of plant-pollinator interactions and the importance of native plant gardening.

Anyone with an interest in our native landscape is welcome, from novice to expert. The outing is free. Bring your own insect protection, as well as water and snacks. Trip may be canceled due to heavy rain so contact the trip leader if any questions.

The Pocahontas Chapter is one of 12 Virginia Native Plant Society chapters, and serves the counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, and Prince George, and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond. In addition to eight monthly meetings, the chapter conducts field trips, holds a May picnic and wildflower walk, hosts the annual Virginia Native Plant Society Winter Workshop, and sends a monthly newsletter.

Membership in a chapter is available to anyone who joins the Virginia Native Plant Society. VNPS members enjoy the natural world and support efforts to preserve Virginia’s native plants. Ranging in age from students to seniors, members are professionals, knowledgeable amateurs and many who are just beginning to learn about our flora. While some members join enthusiastically in activities, others help out occasionally or support the society solely with their memberships and their interest. All are welcome.

For more information, visit the chapter and state websites and .

Learn How We Protect RARE
and Endangered Life in Virginia
Sunday, August 6, 1-5pm
Maymont Nature Center

Learn about the rare, endangered and protected animals of Virginia during this special program at Maymont. Science Matters, an educational initiative of the Community Idea Stations, along with Maymont educators and community partners, will provide hands-on activities for the whole family. Enjoy interactions with animals and their handlers and in-depth discussions with wildlife experts. It's a unique opportunity to explore the important issues facing at-risk and protected species in Virginia.

This event is in conjunction with the PBS Series RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark, which will air on WCVE PBS and WHTJ PBS July 18, 25 and August 1 at 9pm, and on WCVW PBS July 20, 27 and August 3 at 8pm.

Free Seminars through the Chesterfield County Extension Office

Many seminar opportunities are offered through the Chesterfield County Extension: 804-751-4401. 

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