Do you love nature and want to learn more about natural resources right here in Virginia?   The Shenandoah Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program invites nature-loving men and women, ages 18 and up (or high schools students accompanied by an adult) to take part in ten weeks of classes and field training from August 18, 2012 to October 27.  Participants commit to 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of advanced training each year, thereafter.

Classes include nature interpretation, research skills, wildflowers, trees, insects, fish, mammals, birds, geology, soil science, weather and climate, general ecology, land use, aquatic habitats, reptiles, and amphibians.

Classroom sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 followed by field sessions on Saturdays from 9 AM to 2 PM.  Cost of the program is $150.  A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available. The evening classes will be held at the Shenandoah River State Park located on Route 340, 8 miles South of Front Royal. Saturday classes will be held at the Park and other locations.

To sign up for the classes or to get more information, contact Tom Adkins at 540-869-8649 or <>.  Applications are due by July 17th.

Virginia Master Naturalist programs are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.

The Virginia Master Naturalist (VMN) program is sponsored by the Virginia:
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Cooperative Extension
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Museum of Natural History
Department of Environmental Quality                    Department of Forestry