Category Archives: Volunteer Projects

Call for Volunteers: Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program

The Rivanna Master Naturalists have partnered with the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program to assist with a unique statewide program that aims to restore Virginia’s oyster population by returning oyster shells from the plates of diners to the bottom of … Continue reading

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Wavy Leaf Basket Grass Pull, August 14th

 by Ruth Douglas A team, consisting of Peter Clark (Ivy Creek Foundation) and Rivanna Master Naturalists Tana Herndon, Dave Smith, Katha Bollfrass, and Ruth Douglas visited William Woods Memorial Natural Heritage Area to pull Wavy Leaf Basket Grass last week. … 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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It’s Bluebird Time

Eastern  bluebirds are now common in central Virginia due in large part to the building of nest box trails specifically for them.  We had almost lost these cavity nesters by mid twentieth century. Primary causes were loss of habitat as … Continue reading

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Young Students Learn Nature Drawing Skills from An Expert

  Lara Call Gastinger, a class of 2013 Master Naturalist, has started an afterschool Nature Drawing club at Burnley Moran Elementary. For six weeks (and each meeting for 1 ½ hours), Lara takes 10 students (mostly 1st graders) outside to find, … Continue reading

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Rivanna Master Naturalist Volunteers Nurture The Next Generation

4-H Junior Master Naturalists has been one of our chapter’s important environmental education programs for a number of years.  We sponsor three full-fledged Jr. Naturalist programs at Ivy Creek Natural Area in Central Albemarle County, Baldwin Education Center in Southern Albemarle … Continue reading

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