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A Community Based Natural Resources Volunteer Program
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New VMN Trainee Class


Our 2023 Basic Training Course will begin this summer, with applications accepted in late spring.  We are glad to discuss upcoming opportunities to join our Chapter. Please see this page for more information or contact us here!  

Upcoming Events


In Person Events:

-Save our Trees!  Community Education and Invasive Workday:   First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City Saturday, April 1st, 1-3 p.m.

-Prince William Conservation Alliance's Annual Bluebell Festival: 

Please join us to welcome spring, celebrate nature close to home and view the fabulous Virginia Bluebells that carpet the Cedar Run shoreline for nearly a mile.  Meet local organizations and people who are working to improve our community.  Saturday April 8th, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

-Bee Encounter at Rippon Lodge:  Come learn all about the history and wonder of bees and beekeeping during this special up-close and personal encounter. See Rippon Lodge's beehive and its workers making honey, feeding the queen and more.  Saturday, April 29th, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Virtual Events:

-Blue Ridge PRISM: 'Spring Meeting: All About Callery Pear'

Blue Ridge PRISM is pleased to host Dr. David Coyle who will talk about Callery pear. Dr. Coyle is an Assistant Professor of Forest Health and Invasive Species with Clemson University. He will cover Callery pear, how it was introduced, applied research that has been done to show ecological impacts and effective management strategies, and give us some background on Clemson Extension’s Callery Pear Bounty Program. Wednesday, April 19th: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

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!


Hosted by Partners or Our Chapter

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2022 Earth Day 

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Class of 2022

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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

2023 Co-Presidents Melinda Landry and Matthew Horn

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