Master Naturalists contribute to the community in 3 principle areas:

  1. Educational Programming through activities such as interpretive programs at parks; presentations at fairs, booths, etc.; and educational programs to identified audiences such as garden clubs, school groups, homeowner organizations, etc. as well as by training other non-VMN volunteers to assist in VMN projects and programs.
  2. Citizen Science Activities such as data collection, monitoring, biological inventories, and other research oriented activities including bird censuses, wildlife mapping, etc.
  3. Stewardship Activities including hands-on activities intended to improve habitat and other natural resources or, in some cases, to improve public access to these resources.  These activities may encompass invasive plant species removal, habitat restoration or trail building.

This portion of the VMN Volunteer Policy Handbook details these and more activities in which the Master Naturalist volunteer might become involved.

Note: We have  adopted a trail in the Blackwater Creek trail system.  Please click here to check it out.