A Community Based Natural Resources Volunteer Program
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New VMN Trainee Class


Recruitment for our 2022 Basic Training Course has ended, however we are glad to discuss future opportunities to join our Chapter. Please see this page for more information or contact us here!  

Upcoming Events


In Person Events:

-Clifton Institute Beginner Nature ID Workshops:

Two Different Workshops to explore the mysteries and beauty of nature identification and exploration at the Clifton Institute!  Both opportunities require tickets, $8-10

Saturday Dec 10th, 1-3 p.m. join Executive Director Dr. Bert Harris for grass ID

Saturday, Dec 17th, 1-3 p.m. join Dr. Natalie Howe for lichen ID 

-Christmas Bird Count Time!  There is a wealth of opportunities to join this long running citizen science project in our area.  Visit this page to find a Christmas Bird Count near you!  Event runs Nation-wide from December 15th 2022 to January 5th 2023.  Bird Counts our Members frequently attend include:

-Nokesville: Prince William Conservation Alliance

-The Plains: The Clifton Institute

-Manassas-Bull Run: Audubon Society of Northern Virginia


Virtual Events:

Check out VMN's guide to nature related activities from our partners that you can do at home.

For Registered Master Naturalists and Trainees- See more event details at the new Better Impact System!

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2022 Earth Day 

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Class of 2020-2021


Who We Are

A group of local volunteers and nature enthusiasts who participate in citizen science projects, stewardship, and provide environmental education to the local community. 

Our Mission​
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.

Membership is open to citizens of Prince William County and beyond. We welcome Fauquier County residents to join our chapter.


Class of 2019

Contact Us

Co-Presidents Candice Lowther and Valerie Huelsman