To become a certified Virginia Master Naturalist, the naturalist must complete 40 hours of volunteer service annually. These projects can be as diverse as the Master Naturalists themselves. All service projects must be approved by the chapter, meet the mission of the program, and be of public benefit rather than personal gain.

Projects fall generally into four categories: Citizen Science (bird counts, butterfly counts, frog and toad counts, etc.), Education (programs for children and adults, booths at park events, etc.), Stewardship (clearing trails at parks, removing invasive species, etc.), and Administration (projects to make the chapter run smoothly).

Members of the Holston Rivers Chapter should check the Master Naturalist Volunteer Management System for details and contact info for current projects.

Members should submit project proposals by downloading the Volunteer Project Proposal Requirements and Forms document available in Word Format and then submit it to Melanie Smith.

Volunteer Database

Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteer Management System: https://virginiamn.volunteersystem.org/UniversalLogin.cfm

Chapter Members enter your volunteer hours on the Volunteer Management System. For information about your login, contact Tina Altizer.

The Virginia Master Naturalist program is open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.