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Master naturalist classes offered

The Central Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists is now recruiting members for a potential winter/spring training course which will begin in January and continue through March. Virginia Master Naturalists are engaged in a variety of local, state and regional projects through its volunteer service. Projects are many and varied, including but not limited to working with youth, collecting citizen science data, monitoring vernal pools and monitoring river water quality, as well as stewardship activities. Participants will receive training in a number of areas, such as mammalogy, botany, herpetology, ornithology, ecology, entomology and more. Pictured are, from left, Steve Barber, Al Lookofsky and Sam Martin, relaxing after collecting data from a vernal pool beneath the High Bridge. Interested parties can contact Betsy Lookofsky through email at betsyandal@lookofsky.com.