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:

-Tree Rescuers Training:  Attend an in-person training with Merrimac Farm VMNs and Plant NOVA Trees to tackle some invasive vines at Leopold's Preserve and learn more about the Tree Rescuers Program- all are welcome!  Saturday August 13th, 9-11 a.m.

-Prince William County Fair:

Check out the County Fair and stop by and see us at the Virginia Cooperative Extension 4-H small animal barn (close to the entrance).  August 12th- 20th.

-Mile-a-Minute Training: 

Join invasive plant expert and Merrimac Farm VMN Tim Chenault at Leesylvania State Park for a hands-on educational and stewardship workday with the Mile-a-Minute vine.  Saturday, August 20th, 8-11 a.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.


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Co-Presidents Candice Lowther and Valerie Huelsman