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.

Remember that you can add your driving time to any volunteer hours that you log, but NOT continuing ed hours. The mileage box is still available as some folks use that to keep track of miles driven for their personal records.

Oysters, Oysters Everywhere…and Every One to Eat! FREE Webinar on Oysters
Wednesday, February 14th   12:30-1:30pm
Register here:
Join Oyster Restoration Manager Jackie Shannon as she teaches us all a thing or two about our favorite bivalve! Get an overview of biology, restoration, and the oyster’s place in Chesapeake Bay health. Register to receive the webinar link 48 hours prior to the event.

14th Annual Woods & Wildlife Conference
February 24, 2018, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Germanna Community College, Culpeper

Registration ending Feb. 14

This all day conference for owners of large or small tracts of land provides multiple links to information, sources of assistance and a better understanding of the natural resources around you. You will explore a myriad of forest issues relevant to owners of woodland, through break-out sessions and speakers. Topics to be covered in 2018 include:  

Scientific and social challenges of timber harvesting on private lands
Early successional habitat: Why and how?
  Invasive species update
  Forest pollinators
  Case study: The Shenandoah National Park Fire
  Selling timber: Panel of practitioners
  Snags: Dead trees are good
  Introduction to wild edibles
  Pine savannahs: Where wildlife and pine production intersect

  Habitat triage and cognitive mapping
  Frogging by ear
  Coyotes in Virginia: Here today and here to stay

Cost is $45 per person or $80 per couple, and includes lunch and materials. More information and agenda in the brochure can be downloaded here.
Registration ends Feb. 14, 2018. To register, see the brochure, or go online 
here .
Snakes of Virginia
Wednesday, February 21 from Noon - 1 pm 

Lunch Break Science, presented by Bon Secours -
Wednesday, February 21 from Noon - 1 pm 

Snakes of Virginia: Separating Fact from Fiction  Presented by John (J.D.) Kleopfer, Herpetologist, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

​​Pack a lunch and join us! Museum scientists and experts share easy to understand information on a wide range of science topics. Lunch Break Science is presented by Bon Secours.

Lunch Break Science is a free Museum event. Please check in at the Guest Services desk upon arrival.

Woods in Your Backyards Workshop
March 24, 2018, 8:30am - 4:00pm
Hanover, VA

Small lots are a big deal. The vast majority of landowners in Virginia own less than 10 acres. By enhancing wooded areas or creating natural areas on your lot, you can make a positive difference in your environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices learned at this workshop.

TOPICS include:
  Forest Ecology
  Enhancing Wildlife Habitat
  Tree & Shrub ID
  Converting Lawn to Natural Areas
  Invasive Plant Identification and Control
  Native Plants, Pollinators, and Birds

  Forest Farming (e.g., Growing Shiitake Mushrooms)

Cost for the day is $20 per person, which includes lunch and manual. Registration is required for this workshop. Click here to register, or go to
If you have any questions, please contact Jenny McGarvey at (804) 977-1657 or

Lunch Break Science, presented by Bon Secours - April 4,    12:00-1:00 PM 

Pack a lunch and join us! Museum scientists and experts share easy to understand information on a wide range of science topics. Lunch Break Science is presented by Bon Secours.

On-Going Biodiversity Project in the James River Park System is presented by Anne Wright, Director, VCU Life Sciences Outreach.

Lunch Break Science is a free Museum event. Please check in at the Guest Services desk upon arrival.

The Science Museumof VA is offering talks that qualify for continuing education time:

- Coyotes in Virginia: Here Today and Here to Stay /

- On-Going Biodiversity Project in the James River Park System /

Free Seminars through the Chesterfield County Extension Office

The Chesterfield County Extension has posted their extensive list of upcoming seminars for Spring 2018.   PLEASE SEE:   go to Events and Programs.

Two seminars in particular qualify for CE  - 

Weeds (Invasive Species) on Feb 8 (Thurs) at 6pm and the Midlothian Library on 521 Coalfield (Courthouse Rd intersection)

Protecting Pollinators on Feb 19 (Monday) at 3 pm at Central Library, 9501 Lori Rd.

Register online at their website.

There are other interesting seminars ranging from growing mushrooms and herb gardening to lawn care (but don't qualify for VMN CE) this Spring, so  please check out their website for lots of other interesting programs.  

If you are unsure if an activity qualifies for CE, please contact me or Stephanie.

Welcome Class of 2018!  Please bug us with questions and CE ideas! 

On-line Woodland Options for Landowners

The "On-line Woodland Options for Landowners" benefits those who not only own woodlands but everyone who loves woodlands and wants a basic understanding of forest management principles and techniques and to use this understanding to become better land stewards.   

This is a 12-week, self-paced course beginning Feb 12 and ending April 30.  The cost is $45.  The attachment provides all the details and links to the seminars and other VT sponsored forestry opportunities.

For confirmation of CE credit, please contact a Chapter Continuing Education coordinator and provide a description of the seminar you are attending.