Author Archives: Michelle Prysby

Become a Virginia Master Naturalist and Make a Difference

Learn how you can join a community of volunteers who are helping conserve Virginia’s natural resources.  The Rivanna Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program seeks individuals who want to assist with natural resource education, citizen science, and stewardship projects. … Continue reading

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RMNs Celebrate a Successful Year of Volunteering

On January 31, 2016, Rivanna Master Naturalists gathered for their winter annual meeting and celebration of 2015 accomplishments.  Board members shared some of the impressive volunteering statistics of the chapter, and members shared results of some noteworthy projects that were … Continue reading

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Rivanna Master Naturalists Help Clean the Bay Again!

Note: Thanks to Rivanna Master Naturalist Pat Klima for submitting the photos and text for this post! Clean the Bay Day is an annual event coordinated by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to engage volunteers in removing trash from Virginia’s streams, … Continue reading

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Rivanna Master Naturalists in Fluvanna County

Contributed by RMN volunteers Walter Hussey, Ida Swenson, John Wilkinson, and Pat Burkett Rivanna Master Naturalists are becoming more active in Fluvanna County and doing great education and stewardship work to benefit the county’s natural resources and community members. One … Continue reading

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Learn More About Becoming a Master Naturalist

Are you interested in becoming a Virginia Master Naturalist but are not sure what is involved or if it is right for you? Would you like to learn more about the program, what you may gain and how you can … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Nature Walks in October and November

Rivanna Master Naturalist volunteers will be leading Neighborhood Nature Walks on Sundays in October and November.  These hikes take place at city parks and are designed to engage the communities near those parks.   All walks will be on Sunday … Continue reading

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Rivanna Master Naturalists Go Native: Creating Habitat, Protecting Water Quality, and Enhancing Appreciation of Native Plants

  This article was written by RMN volunteer Bitsy Waters, with photos from Devin Floyd and other RMN volunteers and partners.  An expanded version of the text and more photos are available as three PDF files on our Publications page … Continue reading

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NABA Butterfly Count and Class: What a great turn-out…of people, that is.

This article is written by VMN volunteer and Rivanna Chapter member Terri Keffert, who co-founded and co-coordinates the Albemarle County NABA Butterfly Count. About Our Count A record number of eager and curious participants joined in on both the Advanced … Continue reading

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Virginia Master Naturalists Improve Charlottesville City Parks

Two Rivanna Master Naturalist projects this spring have benefitted everyone who enjoys Charlottesville City Parks.  In April, twenty-two volunteers planted approximately 100 tree seedlings along Moore’s Creek in Quarry Park. Rivanna Master Naturalists coordinated this event with the Rivanna Conservation … Continue reading

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Rivanna Master Naturalist Ranks Swell With New Class!

Last week, the Rivanna Master Naturalist Class of 2014 completed their last training session.   Thirty-five new Master Naturalists have joined our ranks.   This was our largest class to date and we had several reservations and concerns about how successful we … Continue reading

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