The Roanoke Valley chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists will be conducting the basic training course for those interested in becoming Master Naturalists from February 22-May 17, 2017.
Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Salem Public Library. The course also includes four weekend field trips.
We are holding an information session for the general public on Wednesday, January 25, at 7:00 pm at the Salem Library.
You do not have to attend the information session to attend the course, but you must submit an application. A check for $100.00 should be submitted with your application, which constitutes lifetime membership dues for the chapter. Your check will not be cashed until you are accepted to the program and classes begin, but your application will not be considered unless the dues payment is included. As an alternative, you can pay the $100 fee through PayPal. The link for using PayPal is shown on the final page of the application.
The cutoff date for taking applications is February 15, 2017. We have a number of individuals who have expressed interest in the program, and the class is limited to 25 participants. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.
The class schedule is included below. In addition, the application form is available on the chapter’s website (www.rvmasternaturalists.org). The completed application and a check or proof of PayPal payment should be sent to me at the following address:
Nancy Fabian, Vice president and Curriculum Chair
Roanoke Valley Master Naturalists
134 Yarrow Lane
Fincastle, VA 24090
Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested. If you have any questions or need further information, please let me know or contact the chapter email at RVMasterNaturalists@gmail.com
Roanoke Valley Master Naturalists 2017 Basic Course Class Schedule
Wednesday Evenings 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Weekend Field Trips
Location: Salem Public Library: 28 E Main St, Salem VA
February 22 Introduction to Virginia Master Naturalists (Denise Hayes)
American Naturalists (Bill Fabian)
The VMS System (Bill Fabian)
Wednesday March 1 Ecological Concepts (Dr. Katherine O’Neill)
Nature of Naming (Dr. Katherine O’Neill)
Wednesday March 8 Mammalogy (Todd Fredericksen) Wednesday March 15 Land Use in Virginia (Dr. Katherine O’Neill)
Urban and Suburban Systems (Dr. Katherine O’Neill)
Wednesday March 22 Virginia Biogeography (Stewart Scales)\
Geology and Soil Science (Stewart Scales)
Wednesday March 29 Entomology (Tom McAvoy) Wednesday April 5 Ornithology (Dr. Antoinette Pepin) Wednesday April 8 Field Trip: Bird Walk (Dr. Antoinette Pepin) Saturday April 12 Aquatic Ecology, Macroinvertebrates & Management (Sharon Stinnette)
Wetland Ecology Management (Dr. Antoinette Pepin)
Wednesday April 15 Field Trip: Stream Monitoring (Sharon Stinnette) Saturday April 19 Herpetology (Nell Fredericksen)
Ichthyology (Royce Steiner, DEQ)
Wednesday April 22 Field Trip—Fish Monitoring (George Devlin, DEQ) Saturday April 26 Forest Ecology and Management (Jennifer Gagnon)
Dendrology (Dr. John Seiler)
Wednesday May 3 Botany (Dr. Antoinette Pepin) Wednesday May 6 Field Trip: Tree and Plant Identification (Dr. Antoinette Pepin) Saturday May 10 Citizen Science (Michelle Prysby)
Overview of Chapter Volunteer Projects
Wednesday May 17 Interpretation and Teaching (Dan Cohen)
Risk and Working with Youth (Leslie Prillaman)
Take home written test will be available.
Wednesday May 28 Practical Test