2017 Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Conference and Training

Front Royal, Virginia
Friday, September 15, 2017

Photo credits in order of appearance: VMN-Pocahontas Chapter; VMN; Virginia State Parks (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Welcome to the 2017 Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Conference and Training


Newest Updates!
July 17, 2017
Registration is Now OPEN!!

Conference Dates
September 15-17, 2017

Registration Dates
Early Registration will open on July 17 at noon.
Early Registration will close on August 7.
All Registration will close on August 27.
Please note that you have until August 27 to cancel your registration and receive a refund. All refunds will be less a $20 non-refundable administration fee per person.

Location
Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center
Front Royal, Virginia

Overview

All Virginia Master Naturalist volunteers are invited to join us at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center in Front Royal, Virginia for our 8th Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Conference and Training. This year's conference will be hosted by the Shenandoah Chapter.

This event is an opportunity for VMN volunteers to share ideas and learn from each other, to participate in high-quality continuing education 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 tab of this website for more details.

All conference-provided lodging will be at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center. Please see the Lodging tab of this website for details.

Who Can Attend
  • Enrolled VMN Volunteers, with trainee, member or certified status.
  • VMN Chapter Advisors, Steering and Executive Committee members
  • Due to space limitations, we cannot accommodate spouses/guests who are not enrolled VMN volunteers or members of one of the categories listed above.
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 with program funds provided by our sponsoring agencies and by generous individual donors.

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 August 7)
Regular Price (begins August 8)
 Includes
Full Conference
 $150  $175 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 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 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 Sunday sessions are not available for this registration type.


 

Contact Information

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Tiffany Brown at 540-231-0790* during business hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations at least 5 days prior to the event.
*TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

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