The Virginia Master Naturalist Program

The Virginia Master Naturalist (VMN) Program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas in the Commonwealth. Interested Virginians become Master Naturalists through training and volunteer service offered by any of the nearly 30 chapters statewide.

Chartered in 2009 and based at Pocahontas State Park, the VMN Pocahontas Chapter offers annual training to individuals who are interested in Virginia’s woods, water, and wildlife. Chapter members become Certified Virginia Master Naturalists by completing 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of continuing education annually. VMN education and training includes lectures, field trips and hands on experiences that enhance the knowledge and skills of our members in ways that are informative and fun.  

VMNs work alongside local organizations to increase education and awareness of the community’s natural resources. Volunteers also provide such services as environmental education, water monitoring, wildlife data collection, and habitat restoration.

If you have an interest in nature, a love of learning and sharing knowledge, and a desire to be part of the work to benefit, maintain and protect Virginia’s natural resources, we invite you to join us.

Pocahontas Chapter Named Virginia State Parks’ 2015 Volunteer Organization of the Year  
We are honored to be recognized for the contributions our chapter
members have made at Pocahontas State Park. 
Congratulations and a hearty "Thank You" to all the Pocahontas Chapter members—for all you do, this award is for YOU!

Agencies Sponsoring the Virginia Master Naturalist Program include:

Virginia Master Naturalist and Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.