The Southwestern Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program serves Martinsville, Henry County, and surrounding areas.

For information about this chapter contact:
Denny Casey- Chapter Advisor
Virginia Museum of Natural History
21 Starling Avenue
Martinsville, VA 24112
Phone: (276) 634-4184

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Chapter News and Events

Calendar of Events

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Master Naturalist Certification

The process for becoming a certified Virginia Master Naturalist typically takes 6 to 12 months and requires the following:

Visit www.virginiamasternaturalist.org for more information about the program.

Registration for the Basic Training Course

The deadline to register for the 2012 Virginia Master Naturalist Training Class in July 15.

The Chapter’s annual Basic Training Course begins on August 14 and ends in early December. Each class meets on Tuesday night from 6-8 PM.

Classes are held in the education center at the Virginia Museum of Natural History and in various locations in the field.

How to apply: Download a MS Word application form at http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org/southwesternpiedmont_application.doc, or contact the Chapter Advisor (see above).

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Chapter Advisor, Dennis Casey, at the Virginia Museum of Natural History at (276) 634-4184 (TDD number 1-800-828-1120) during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

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.  An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Topics Covered in the Course

The 2012 Basic Training Course Syllabus

Date

Topic

Presenter (Contact)

Hosts

Location and Time

Tuesday
14 Aug

Introduction to the Virginia Master Naturalist Program, Naming, Naturalists and Journaling

TBD

Kathy

Museum
6 to 8 PM

Tuesday
21 Aug

Geology, Soil Science and Physiographic regions

Dr. Alton Dooley

 

Museum
6 to 8 PM

Saturday
25 Aug

Geology Field Trip

Dr. Alton Dooley

 

Meet at Museum at 9:00 to 11:30 AM

Tuesday
28 Aug

Biogeography

TBD

 

Museum
6 to 8 PM

Tuesday
4 Sept

Weather and Climate

Dr. Denny Casey

 

Museum
6 to 8 PM

Tuesday
11 Sept

Entomology and Invertebrates

Dr. Joe Keiper

 

Museum
6 to 8 PM

Tuesday
18 Sept

Ichthyology

Mike Pinder (DGIF)

Kathy

Museum
6 to 8 PM

Saturday
22 Sept

Wildlife Management
Picnic BYO lunch at 12:30

Dan Lovelace (DGIF)

 

Location TBD
10AM to 12:30

Tuesday 25 Sept

Aquatic Ecosystems

Carolyn Thomas

 

Museum
6 to 8 PM

Monday 1 Oct

Ornithology

Gene Sattler

 

Museum
6 to 8 PM

Saturday
6 Oct

SOS training field trip
SOS testing opportunity
Potluck/Weenie roast at 11:30

Wayne Kirkpatrick

Kathy

Kathy’s place
9:00 to 11:30 AM

9 Oct

Wildflowers

Bob Tuggle

 

Museum
6 to 8 PM

Tuesday 16 Oct

Dendrology

Kevin Keith DOF

 

Museum
6 to 8 PM

Saturday
20 Oct

Woodland Ecosystem field trip
(Followed by a picnic)

Sam Jensen?

 

Fairy Stone
Park
TIME TBD
2.5 hrs

Tuesday
23 Oct

Herpetology

Jason Gibson

Kathy

Museum
6 to 8 PM

Tuesday
30 Oct

Mammology

Dr. Nancy Moncrief

 

Museum
6 to 8 PM

Tuesday
6 Nov

Election day, no class

 

 

 

Tuesday
13 Nov

Citizen science and project opportunities

Hailey Cartnell, collections manager

 

Museum
6 to 8 PM

Tuesday
27 Nov

Interpretation 1

Danny and Susan Martin

 

Museum
6 to 8 PM

Tuesday
4 Dec

Interpretation 2

(Current members invited to hear the class presentations)
Test distribution

Danny and Susan Martin

 

Museum
6 to 8 PM

Tuesday
11 Dec

Test Due

 

 

 

 

 

Southwestern Piedmont Chapter Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteer Service Projects

Education Projects

  1. “Coyote”, “Hydro-Power”, and “Smith River Trail Hike” Programs presented at Cub Scout Day Camp
    Project Leader: Danny Martin

  2. “Coyote: The New Comer” presentation for visitors at Reynolds Homestead
    Project Leader: Danny and Susan Martin or

  3. “Creature Feature” Displays (different wildlife each month) for visitors at Philpott Lake- Visitor Assistance Center
    Project Leader: Danny and Susan Martin or

  4. Development of BSA Merit Badge Education Resources
    Project Leader: Ruth-Decker Chaney

  5. Interpretation at VMNH/ tours for visiting groups
    Project Leader: Gael Chaney

  6. Recycle Education Game for pre-planned events
    Project Leader: Marty Bullins

  7. Trout in the Classroom
    Project Leader: Marty Bullins

  8. Teaching an MN Chapter Basic Training Class
    Project Leader: Gael Chaney

  9. Publicity and Communication Networking
    Project Leader: Lynn Pritchett

  10. Area Pocket Naturalist Guide
    Project Leader: Denny Casey

  11. Teach SOLs 4.4 & 4.5 (Plant life and ecosystems) to four fourth grade classes at Patrick Henry Elementary School
    Project Leader: Marty Bullins

Citizen Science Projects

  1. Water Quality Monitoring
    Project Leader: Lisa Cahill

  2. Plant Inventory of Frank Wilson Park
    Project Leader: Gael Chaney  

  3. Research and Collections Volunteer
    Project Leader: Ruth-Decker Chaney

  4. Frank Wilson Park Eco-Survey
    Project Leader: Christy Deatherage

Stewardship Projects

  1. Frank Wilson Memorial Park Clean-Up in Martinsville City
    Project Leader: Christy Deatherage

  2. Smith River Clean-Up in Henry County
    Project Leader: Marty Bullins

  3. Invasive Species Removal with Volunteer Groups
    Project Leader: Larry Turner

  4. Gravely Nature Preserve Stewardship Project in Henry County
    Project Leader: Denny Casey

  5. Collection of acorns from native oak species for seedling stock
    Project Leader: Lynn Pritchett

  6. Invasive Species Removal Day
    Project Leader: Kathy Fell

  7. City Park Beautification
    Project Leader: Kathy Fell

Sponsors and Partners

Local Partners (Source- 2011 Annual Report):

  • Blue Ridge Foothills Chapter
  • Blue Ridge Ski and Outing Club
  • City of Martinsville
  • Dan River Basin Association
  • Fairy Stone State Park
  • Ferrum College
  • Friends of Philpott
  • Friends of Wilson Park
  • Gateway Streetscape Foundation
  • Henry County
  • Henry County Parks and Recreation
  • Henry County Schools
  • Martinsville City Schools
  • Martinsville Parks and Recreation
  • MHC Office of Tourism
  • Philpott Lake
  • Piedmont Arts Association
  • Reynolds Homestead
  • Rivers and Trails
  • Roanoke College
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Virginia Department of Forestry
  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Virginia Herpetological Society
  • Virginia Museum of Natural History
  • Virginia Save Our Streams
  • Virginia Tech

Last revised on Monday, May 07, 2012