2018 Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Conference and Training

Fredericksburg, Virginia
Friday, September 07, 2018

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Conference Dates
September 7-9, 2018

Registration Dates
Early Registration will open on July 16 at 3:00pm.
Early Registration will close on July 31.
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
Fredericksburg, Virginia


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
 TBD  TBD 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
 TBD  TBD 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.


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