2018 Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Conference and Training

Fredericksburg, Virginia
Friday, September 07, 2018

Photo credits in order of appearance: Frog Eggs by H. Puffenberger; Motts Run Reservoir by M. Prysby; Bald Eagle by M. Cannata

Welcome to the 2018 Virginia Master Naturalist

Statewide Conference and Training

Newest Updates!
August 22
We have our first official sold out conference!
Looking forward to seeing you all in Fredericksburg!

Conference Dates
September 7-9, 2018

Registration Dates
Early Registration will open on July 23 at 3:00pm.
Early Registration will close on August 7.
All Registration will close on August 20.
*Please note that you have until August 20 to cancel your registration and receive a refund. All refunds will be less a $20 non-refundable administration fee per person.

Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center
2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Thanks to our Sponsors
Thanks to grants and support from our sponsoring agencies, we are able to subsidize the cost of the conference to make it more affordable for our volunteers.  We very much thank the following supporters, and we encourage attendees to thank them as well Virginia
  • Resource-Use Education Council (NOAA B-Wet sub-grant supporting the conference for the watershed education training we provide)
  •  Virginia Department of Forestry (Urban and Community Forestry grant supporting staff time on conference planning in recognition of the urban forestry training we provide)
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension (lead VMN program sponsor)
  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VMN program sponsor)
  • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (VMN program sponsor)
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences – Center for Coastal Resource Management (VMN program sponsor)
  • Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMN program sponsor)
    In addition, we thank the individuals and VMN chapters who have donated in support of the statewide program in the 2018-18 fiscal year. Their gifts support a wide array of program needs, including the conference.
    • Arlington Regional Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program
    • Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program
    • Fairfax Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program
    • Historic Southside Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program
    • Tidewater Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program
    • 100+ individual donors, most of whom are VMN volunteers
    If you would like to make a gift to support the VMN program, please visit our website.

    Overview of the Conference
    All Virginia Master Naturalist volunteers are invited to join us at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia for our 9th Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Conference and Training. This year's conference will be hosted by the Central Rappahannock 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.

    Conference lodging will be at the hotels listed on the Lodging tab. Please see the Lodging tab of this website for details on how to make a reservation.

    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 or Saturday Training 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 both conference hotels include a hot breakfast.

    Registration Type
    Early Bird Price (by July 31)
    Regular Price (begins August August 1)
    Full Conference
     $185  $200 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.

    Saturday Training
     $85  $95 Instruction and materials for Saturday ONLY. You will be able to choose a mix of training sessions and field trips on Saturday. One meal is included (Saturday lunch). The Friday pre-conference sessions and the 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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