2014 Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Conference and Training

Newport News, Virginia
Friday, September 26, 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Conference and Training Website!

2014 Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Conference and Training
Friday, September 26, 2014 3:00 PM -
Sunday, September 28, 2014 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Virginia Living Museum
757-595-1900
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, Virginia 23601
United States

Overview
All Virginia Master Naturalist volunteers are invited to join us at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, Virginia, for our 6th annual Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Conference and Training. This year's conference will be hosted by the Peninsula and Historic Rivers chapters.

This event is an annual opportunity for VMN volunteers to share ideas and learn from each other, to participate in high-quality advanced training sessions, and to learn about a region of Virginia that may be different from their home communities. It’s a time and place to recognize and reward volunteers and chapters for all their efforts.

This year, the format for conference sessions and field trips has changed significantly based on your feedback. Our chapter hosts have done a wonderful job of choosing programming they think you will enjoy. We will now have four concurrent sessions on Saturday and two concurrent sessions on Sunday - for a total of six possible trainings! There will also be opportunities for field trips on both Saturday and Sunday. Please note that if you choose to participate in a field trip it may limit the number of concurrent sessions you can attend and carpooling and/or an additional fee may be required. Please see the Agenda page of this website for more details.

We have made arrangements with two hotels and one campground in Newport News for discounted lodging rates. Please see the Lodging page of this website for details on how to make reservations.

Registration Deadlines
Early bird registration ends August 4. All registrations close September 1 (4 weeks prior to the conference)! Register as early as possible to get your choice of sessions, all of which have limited availability.

How To Register
If possible, please register online. Registering online will streamline communications, make it easy for you to make changes to your session choices, and allow you to join a waitlist for sessions that are full. Online registrants can pay by credit card or check. To register online, scroll to the top of this page and click on Register Now. If you do not have Internet access and you are unable to register online, please call Tiffany Brown, Administrative Assistant, at 540-231-0790 to register over the phone (payment by check or credit card).

Registration Types and Fees
Participants may choose whether they want to participate in the Full Conference, Saturday Training with Keynote Dinner or just the Saturday Training sessions only. VMN conference fees fluctuate from year to year due to changes in our conference location.  To try and keep registration costs as low as possible, we have subsidized conference expenses through program funds provided by our sponsoring agencies. Please note that all participants are on their own for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

Registration Type

Early Bird Price (by August 4)

Regular Price (after August 4)

Includes

Full conference

$115

$135

Instruction and materials for all activities from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. You will be able to choose four, 1.5-hour training sessions or a mix of training sessions and field trips on Saturday; you will be able to choose two, 1.5-hour training sessions or one field trip on Sunday. Four meals are included (Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and Keynote dinner, Sunday lunch). You will also have the option of choosing from several pre-conference field trips on Friday (additional fees apply). Lodging is not included, though we have set up group rates.

Saturday Training with Keynote Dinner

$75

$85

Instruction and materials for Saturday ONLY. You will be able to choose four, 1.5-hour training sessions or a mix of training sessions and field trips on Saturday. Two meals are included (Saturday lunch and Keynote dinner). The Friday pre-conference sessions and the Sunday sessions are not available for this registration type.

Saturday Training only

$50

$60

Instruction and materials for Saturday ONLY. You will be able to choose four, 1.5-hour training sessions or a mix of training sessions and field trips on Saturday. Lunch on Saturday is included. The Saturday Keynote dinner, Friday pre-conference sessions and the Sunday sessions are not available for this registration type.

 

 

Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Payment by credit card is the quickest way to assure that your registration is complete. 

    If you would prefer to pay by check, please make check out to "Treasurer, Virginia Tech" and send to the following address:

    Tiffany Brown
    Virginia Tech (MC0324)
    242 Cheatham Hall
    310 West Campus Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

    We will send you an email when your check is received.
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