This email includes:
- Conference Updates
- Upcoming Events
- Call for Brochure Photos
Conference registration will be open through August 22. We’ve still got room so check out our Full Program on the conference webpage. Once registered, all registrants are granted access to Whova, our conference app, and can begin interacting with fellow conference attendees.
If you’re spending a little extra time in Virginia Beach, you can check out all the cool things to explore while you’re there.
Landowner Legacy Planning Workshops
The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) and the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) encourage landowners to make plans – now – for passing on their land to the next generation. The Generation NEXT program, a collaboration between VDOF and VCE, helps Virginia landowners make plans to keep forests intact, in forest, and in family. To help landowners get started and clarify misconceptions about the legacy planning process, the Generation NEXT Program is hosting in-person and virtual workshops this summer and fall. The workshops, serve as opportunities for family members to ask difficult questions, receive useful information, and get on the same page about their plans for the future. Families pay a single fee to participate. Registration opens up six weeks prior to each workshop. Visit the VCE website for more information.
Dates: South Boston (August 26-27), Galax (October 27) and New Kent (November 2), and online 4-part series September 7, 8, 14, and 15.
The Peninsula Chapter would like to let you know about their upcoming Pawpaw Festival at Historic Endview, Newport News, Aug 27, 11AM – 4 PM. Celebrate one of Virginia’s native fruits with free tastings, educational booths and talks by many local organizations, live music, and more. For questions, contact email@example.com.
Share Your Best Photos for the Next VMN Brochure
It is time for a VMN brochure re-design, and we are working on that this fall, with a tentative plan to have the new version published at the beginning of 2023. We very much need your high quality photos that illustrate what the VMN program is all about.
- Photo dimensions should be at least 2200 pixels on the longest side at 72ppi resolution.
- Photo must be submitted by the photographer, with the understanding that by submitting, you are granting us permission to use the photo for VMN program needs, such as curriculum materials, program marketing materials, program reports, and communications.
- Individual VMN volunteers may submit as many photos as they wish. We will select from the best for the brochure, but we may be able to use other photos for other purposes.
- Please do not submit photos with views of faces of people who are not part of the VMN program unless you have documented media permissions from those individuals, or their parent/guardian in the case of youth. For people within the VMN program, most have a media release on file, and, if you can identify them in the photo, we can double-check that.
- We would especially like photos that show:
- The diversity of people we would like to attract to the programs we provide. It is one of our VMN Diversity & Inclusion Working Group action items to include more photos that show a diversity of people involved, but I don’t have many photos in my current supply that achieve that goal.
- Current VMN volunteers in action, learning and doing service.
- The diversity of locations, habitats, and seasons in which VMN volunteers learn and serve—urban to rural, coastal to mountain, spring to winter, etc.
- Compelling views of flora, fauna, and landscapes (and, especially, volunteers interacting with those) that you think would make someone say, “Hey, I want to be part of that program!”
- View our current brochure for inspiration!
How to submit:
Please submit your photos by October 14. Recognizing that we have a range in technical skill level amongst our volunteers, we want to give you several options for submitting so that the tech is not a barrier.
- Easiest for us – Upload your images to this shared Google Drive folder. Include your name in the file name.
- Least technical – Email your photos in their original, highest resolution to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have multiple photos that are too large for a single email, you may send multiple emails.
- Dealer’s choice – Share a folder or gallery of your photos on a sharing platform of your choice (Google Drive, Dropbox, Flickr, etc.) with email@example.com. It would help if you could just limit it to a curated group of the photos you think would be the best for the brochure, rather than sharing every photo you have ever taken.