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About Headwaters MN | Chapter News and Events | Basic Training Course | Service Projects | Advanced Training | Contact Us

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Apple Rust on an Eastern Red Cedar tree Saw-whet Owl Banding in Rockingham County Skunk Cabbage in March


Who are we?

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Headwaters Chapter Board

We are newly chartered chapter here to serve the scenic, agriculture and historic counties of Augusta and Rockingham. We are a corps of informed volunteers who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the benefit of Virginia’s natural resources and natural areas within our communities. Come join us to both learn and serve. Learn about the amazing local flora and fauna, earth and sky, urban and wild ecology all around us through the basic training we offer. Then take that deeper connection you’ve fostered and give back to nature and our communities through service and stewardship alongside others who are building a caring and committed community of naturalists through advance training and volunteer service.

As you may know, our chapter serves a very special and ecologically important area of Virginia. Augusta and Rockingham Counties are the natal grounds of two of Virginia’s famous rivers: the Shenandoah River and the James River. Hence our chapter’s name reflects both our special opportunity and special responsibility to care for the birthplace of two of our state’s great river systems that provide nourishing water for all the species that inhabit our lands, including the people!


Headwaters News and Events

Next Training Course: Fall 2012. We will offer the next basic training class of the Headwaters Master Naturalists Chapter starting in Fall 2012. We are excited about the possibilities coming your way. In addition, our Board of Directors is acquiring a broad array of approved service projects and continued education opportunities for our members to help you connect with and care for our special place in Virginia. Come lend your talents and enthusiasm to our community and deepen your connection to our natural world!

How to Apply: Email or call (see “Contact Us” at bottom) to find out more about how to apply, more info about the scope of the training, costs, goals and commitments.


Basic Training Course Documents

Documents for Instructors

Documents for Prospective Trainees/Volunteers

A sampling of recent service projects

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Smooth Sumac berries in autumn in Augusta County

A sampling of recent advance training opportunities

Contact Us

Email us at or call our Membership Chair: Sandy Greene at 540-234-9336

Virginia Master Naturalist programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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Class field trip on the Shenandoah. Photo by Carol Lawson.

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Chris Bowlen of the Virginia Native Plant Society and Carol Lawson, a Virginia Master Naturalist volunteer at Deep Run Ponds Natural Preserve. Photo by Jim Lawson.

Last revised on Thursday, February 23, 2012