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.

2019 VMN Basic Training Has Begun!

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020 Basic Training class.
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 $125 fee for basic training instruction and materials is payable upon notification of acceptance. 2020 Basic Training classes will begin in early January at Pocahontas State Park.
For application forms and more information, go to the New Members tab.

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!

Congratulations to Chapter Photo Contest Winners
See all the entries here

  1. Eagles on Ice by Mark Dolfi
    Eagles on Ice by Mark Dolfi
    Virginia Fauna
  2. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner by Ernest Wilson
    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner by Ernest Wilson
    Virginia Flora
  3. Sunset on Beaver Lake by Kevin Divins
    Sunset on Beaver Lake by Kevin Divins
    Virginia Landscapes & Habitat
  4. Nom Nom by Kevin Divins
    Nom Nom by Kevin Divins
    VMNs in Action

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.