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

The Joy of Hunting Mushrooms
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Thursday, October 5, 7 p.m.

Find out just how interesting wild fungi can be at the Thursday, October 5 meeting of the Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society.
Speakers Don and Peg Mohar have long been fascinated with wild mushrooms; learning about, collecting, and photographing fungi of all kinds over many years. 

Following the fungi presentation, Bland Crowder, editor of the Flora of Virginia, will present a short update on the status of the Flora of Virginia mobile app. 

This free meeting is open to the public and takes place in the Education and Library Complex of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA. Start time is 7 p.m., but the room is available at 6:30 p.m. so come early and get to know others with similar interests. A short business meeting will follow the presentations.

For more information contact Suzanne Jenkins at 804 330-8787 or visit the chapter and state websites: and

Joseph Pines Preserve Tour
Saturday, October 21, 10:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
Disputanta, VA

This is the last live CE Opportunity this year!   Join us for a guided tour of the Joseph Pines Preserve in Sussex County. We will be exploring prime Long Leaf Pine habitat, learning about the natural history of these forests, the damage incurred over the course of centuries, the endangered species that they support, and the ongoing restoration effort to restore these magnificent trees which is underway at the preserve!

Folks should dress accordingly for a hike and the predicted weather conditions on that day: long pants, work boots, water bottle, bring your lunch or snack if desired, etc.

We will meet at the Center for Biodiversity at Joseph Pines Preserve, located at 22515 Cabin Point Rd., Disputanta, VA 23842.  PLEASE BE SURE TO GO TO THIS PHYSICAL ADDRESS, DO NOT STOP AT MEADOWVIEW SIGNS OR GO UP SIDE ROADS.

HOST: Pocahontas VMN 804-647-6936.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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.