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- Note some changes due to weather on the VMN class schedule. See the calendar page.

- An opportunity to help your fellow VMNers and get volunteer hours as a bonus! 

Hello Fellow Master Naturalists,

Do you remember being in the MN class and wondering what was available, who to contact, and where your interests and talents could be used as a volunteer?

A need exists to help our students transition from the classroom setting into active volunteering. We are looking for a few members to be a contact for students to receive assistance and guidance as they launch into volunteering. As a contact, or “mentor” you would provide information and help facilitate communication and/or coordination with appropriate members or organizations to connect the student with the right people. A document of examples is available so you can have an understanding of what a mentor’s role might be. As a mentor, your name and contact information would be provided to the class members. You might find this to be a very rewarding experience!

 If you are interested, please contact Cris Pond at CEPond@gmail.com for additional information, and to proceed.

- Chapter Newsletter in .pdf  format:  Pocahontas News 03-2015



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.

The process for becoming a certified Virginia Master Naturalist typically takes 6 to 12 months. One starts by completing a 40-hour basic training course that includes both required in-class instruction and field work offered by a local chapter of the program. An additional 8 hours of advanced training are also required. An important part of the certification process is the required 40 hours of volunteer service.

The Pocahontas Chapter will provide a volunteer base highly educated in natural resources, trained in the skill sets necessary to work alongside community organizations to increase education and awareness of the community’s natural resources. These volunteers participate in a course specifically designed to meet the needs of Chesterfield and its surrounding environs. The volunteers would also be available to provide such services as environmental education, water monitoring services, wildlife data collections and habitat restorations.

The Chapter is based in Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The first group of 28 members completed basic training classes in April, 2009.  Since then we have completed 5 more classes and are planning the 2015 session. More than half our members have completed full certification and others are well on their way.


NOTICE:  Applicants for the next Pocahontas VMN class : (The 2015 class is full, you may apply for next year’s class to begin in January, 2016) You may print and complete the application below…and mail to Chapter President: Lesha Berkel, 3611 Whitehouse Rd, S. Chesterfield, VA 23834

Upon review and acceptance into the class you will be sent a notice to remit the $125 fee (Made out to Pocahontas Chapter VMN).

Application for Class (.doc file)

Application for Class (.pdf file)


For more information on the program click here for  VMN website.

-For more information about the chapter or other questions :

-email chapter at pocahontasvmn@gmail.com

-link to our “friends”,  fellow volunteers at Friends of Pocahontas State Park: http://www.meetup.com/Friends-of-Pocahontas-State-Park/

Chapter Advisor: Ranger Keith Morrison- stationed at Staunton River State Park

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.


Agency Sponsors:

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