2016 Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Conference and Training

Wirtz, Virginia
Friday, August 26, 2016


Welcome to the 2016 Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Conference and Training Website!

2016 Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Conference and Training
Friday, August 26, 2016 3:00 PM -
Sunday, August 28, 2016 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center
775 Hermitage Road
Wirtz, Virginia 24184
United States

Registration is now closed. Sorry we missed you! Hope you can make it next year.

Overview
All Virginia Master Naturalist volunteers are invited to join us at the Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center in Wirtz, Virginia, for our 7th Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Conference and Training. This year's conference will be hosted by the Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes (BRFAL) chapter.

This event is an 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.

Our chapter hosts have done a wonderful job of choosing programming they think you will enjoy. We will have many and varied concurrent sessions on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be opportunities for pre-conference field trips on Friday and field trips on both Saturday and Sunday as part of the conference. 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.

All conference-provided lodging will be at the Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center. Please see the Lodging page of this website for details.

Please note: ONLY DORM-STYLE ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME. Please consider having a roommate (or two). (You get to meet some really cool Master Naturalists this way!)


Registration Deadlines
Early bird registration will end July 9. All registrations close August 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
Early registration will open June 20.

Registration Types and Fees
Participants may choose whether they want to participate in the Full Conference, Saturday Training with Keynote Dinner or the Saturday Training sessions only. VMN conference fees fluctuate from year to year due to changes in our conference location and the price of food, etc. 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 none of the following registration fees include breakfast, but breakfast may be purchased as an add-on to your registration. The breakfast add-on is only available as an option during registration; additional breakfast tickets cannot be purchased on site at the conference. Please see the Details tab for more information.

Registration Type

Early Bird Price (by July 9)

Regular Price (begins July 10)

Includes

Full conference

$150

$170

Instruction and materials for all activities from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. You will be able to choose from a mix of training sessions and field trips on Saturday; you will be able to choose 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 it is very reasonable.

Saturday Training with Keynote Dinner

$75

$85

Instruction and materials for Saturday ONLY. You will be able to choose 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 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.


 

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