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.​​

CE Presentation on American Chestnut Tree Survival, May 12,  10 am – 12 noon,  North Courthouse Road Library

The American chestnut tree was an essential component of the entire eastern U.S. ecosystem. A late-flowering, reliable, and productive tree, unaffected by seasonal frosts, it was the single most important food source for a wide variety of wildlife from bears to birds. Rural communities depended upon the annual nut harvest as a cash crop to feed livestock. 

We are having a presentation on the American chestnut, it’s role in American heritage, its almost complete extinction in the eastern US and today’s efforts to restore this once proud icon of American forests and neighborhoods and the work of the American Chestnut Foundation. 

The ACF’s work includes three major research tracks – all of which integrate efforts to benefit American chestnut restoration. These tracks include: Breeding, Biotechnology, and Bio-control. 

Greg Peters will be presenting with materials from the ACF. We will have a “hand-on” learning box of materials from the ACF to share.  

The presentation will be at the new North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Road, Richmond, VA 23236 You can call Greg Peters at 804.378.0770 if you have any questions. 

All About Ticks,  Saturday, April 21at 2:00 PM, Rockwood Naure Center

Join us for an engaging discussion detailing the life, habitat, tand health threats of the tick.

Our speaker, Wes Robertson, is a 2010 graduate of VCU where he received an honours B.S. degree in organismal biology. Since graduating, he has had several works published in both professional and general literature including the Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. After VCU he continued his education at the University of Florida’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences where he obtained a M.S. in Medical and Veterinary Entomology and received certification in medical entomology. He currently works with Henrico County as a Certified Medical Entomologist and Environmental Inspector. His job with the county centers around the study, surveillance, and containment of arboviral diseases.

We'll meet in the classroom at the Rockwood Park Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road Chesterfield, VA 23236

HOST: Pocahontas VMN, 804-647-6936

Invasive Species Workshop, April 23, 8:30AM-5:00PM, Virginia Tech
Workshop that the Invasive Species Work Group from the Global Change Center is hosting at Virginia Tech April 23. It is FREE and designed to bring a diverse group of stakeholders to identify knowledge gaps in research and policy, make new connections, and build partnerships. It will be held at the box in the south end-zone of Lane Stadium and will have lunch catered. Even if you have only a passing interest in invasive species, we encourage you to attend.
They are still building the final agenda, but you can see from the attached flyer we have two invited speakers to inspire the workshop activities. The more diverse the group the better. It should be a fun, engaging, and productive day. It lasts all day (agenda forthcoming), so please come and go as your schedule allows. 
  Location: Lane Stadium Box at the South end zone
  Lunch: provided
  Format: 2 keynote lectures mixed with breakout sessions and working groups focused on policy and research
  Schedule: 8:30-5pm (please come and go as your schedule allows)
  Outcomes: Identify research and policy gaps, build partnerships, make new connections.
Please RSVP
(https://virginiatech. 25F3kbqXW10Z2nj?Q_CHL=qr) by April 9 even if you can only attend part of the workshop.   Direct questions to Jacob Barney (

WILDFLOWER WALK II, Sunday, April 15 at 10:00 AM
Lee Memorial Park Baylors Lane (off of Defense Rd) Petersburg, VA

Join us for another continuing education Wildflower Walk with Ernest Wilson at Lee Memorial Park in Petersburg. Ernie taught Botany at Virginia State University for 30 years. He has had a strong interest in nature ever since he was a boy.  He is kind enough to share his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm with us!

We're meeting in the parking area just off of Defense Rd. on Baylor's Lane.   Space is limited for this event.  Call 804-647-6936.

Water Quality Monitor Training 2018
Join the
 James River Watch water quality monitoring teams! We are currently looking for volunteers to monitor multiple sites on Thursdays and Fridays from Memorial Day (May 28) to Labor Day (September 3) all over the watershed. Volunteers work in a rotating schedule based on your availability that is determined after you complete a training session.
Water Quality data is made available to the public to ensure safe recreation at our James River Watch website. 

We rely on volunteers (YOU!) to provide this vital service. Attend a training to join. All returning volunteers may attend a refresher session. New volunteers must attend a full training. 

April 10: Richmond
Refresher Drop In Hours 3-6 p.m. 
Richmond JRA Office (4833 Old Main Street, 23231)
Full Training 6-8:30 p.m. 
Triple Crossing (5203 Hatcher Street, Richmond 23231)

April 17: Williamsburg
Full Training 6-8:30 p.m.
JRA Office (1335 Colonial Parkway, Williamsburg, 23185)

April 19: Lexington
Refresher 5-6 p.m.
Full Training 6-8:30 p.m. 
Boxerwood Gardens (463 Ross Road, Lexington, 244

April 24: Scottsville
Refresher 5-6 p.m.
Full Training 6-8:30 p.m.
Victory Hall 2nd Floor (401 Valley St, Scottsville 24590)

April 26: Buchanan
Refresher 5-6 p.m.
Full Training 6-8:30 p.m. 
Twin River Outfitters (640 Lowe Street, Buchanan, 24066)

May 3: Lynchburg
Refresher Drop In Hours 3-6 p.m. 
Full Training 6-8:30 p.m. 
Riveredge Park, (150 Rocky Hill Rd., Madison Heights, 24572)

May 3: Farmville
Full Training 6-8:30 p.m. 
Appamattox River Company (614 N. Main St., Farmville, 23901)

Date and Time TBD!

Contact: Sophie Stern, Volunteer Coordinator
804-788-8811 x214

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

- 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.

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! 

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