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New VMN Trainee Class


If you are interested in joining us for our 2022 class starting this August please see this page for more information or contact us here!

Upcoming Events


COVID-19.   Our Chapter is following State guidance, and we have scaled back our activities accordingly.

In Person Events:

-Blue Ridge PRISM: Summer Invasive Plant Workshop: Workshop in Charlottesville, VA featuring tool safety, herbicide applications, and invasive plant ID, fee is $25, Sunday May 22, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.  

-Plant NOVA Trees: Tree Rescuers Hands on Vine-ID Training Opportunity:  Sign up to become a tree rescuer to protect trees in NOVA and then get hands on training at Waples Mill Park in Fairfax County!  Two sessions available on Monday May 30th: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

-33rd Annual Clean the Bay Day: Many opportunities to participate in this annual event to keep our watershed clean, including at Leesylvania State Park, Saturday, June 4th: 9a.m. - 12 p.m.

-The Search for the Spotted Lanternfly: Join Merrimac Farm VMNs and Prince William County at Leesylvania State Park to learn about a new invasive insect in our area and a hands on introduction to trap building or model building, Wednesday, June 8th: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Virtual Events:

-Virginia Native Plant Society: Beyond Colonial Notions: New Plant Kinships with Nikki Bass and Justin Robinson, Wednesday, May 25th: 7 - 8:30 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!

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Class of 2020-2021

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2022 Earth Day 


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

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Co-Presidents Candice Lowther and Valerie Huelsman