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Spring  2014
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Welcome New Partners!

 Welcome Clyde Cristman

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation welcomes its new director, Clyde Cristman who will begin on April 1. See the Governor's press release for additional information.
The Flora of Virginia Artwork on Display at the Library of Virginia
Visit the Flora of Virginia Project Homepage to get additional information.
Virginia Master Naturalists offer Continuing Education Series
The Virginia Master Naturalists (VMN) host continuing education webinars that are open to the public. The next webinar is scheduled for April 14. The topic is "Finding Synergies for Biodiversity Awareness and Conservation: How can the Virginia Master Naturalist Program and the Encyclopedia of Life Support Each Other?" To learn more about the webinars visit the VMN Blog at the top of the VMN webpage. 
Richard Louv at Longwood University

Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods" and "The Nature Principle" will be presenting on April 7 at 4 p.m. in Jarman Auditorium at Longwood University. This presentation is part of Longwood University's Eco-April Earth Month activities. The author is known as the person who identified and named characteristics of "Nature Deficit Disorder."

Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Institutions are offering summer professional development programs for teachers and environmental educators. Check out the Virginia Naturally professional development webpage to see what opportunities are available.  Continue to check the webpage and the Virginia Naturally calendar for updates. If you are offering professional development opportunities or have a workshop or webinar that should be added to the calendar, email Sheila Barnett so that it can be added.
Conferences and Workshops
Virginia Forestry Summit, - April 2 - 4 Williamsburg

Environment Virginia Symposium, - April 8 - 10 Lexington

USA Science & Engineering Festival, April 26 - 27, Washington, DC.

 Virginia Recycling Association Conference, - May 13 - 14 Roanoke

Annual Southeastern EE Alliance (SEEA) Conference, Sept. 20 - 21., Asheboro, NC.  The call all for proposals is open through April 15. 

Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Conference, - Nov. 19 - 22. Roanoke. Submit a proposal now. 
Grant Funding Opportunities

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), announces the availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in Virginia. The pre-proposal submission deadline is May 2.

NFWF Chesapeake Bay Restoration Grants
The National Forest and Wildlife Federation is soliciting proposals to restore the habitats and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. There will be a webinar on April 2 about applying for this grant. Proposals are due May 15.

Stewardship Virginia

The spring Stewardship Virginia campaign is underway and will run through May 31. Register your event and receive a signed certificate from the governor. Be a captain of a stewardship team in your region or find a group that is conducting a project of interest that you would like to join for a stewardship event.

Earth Day Virginia Naturally Newsletter Coming Soon

There will be a special Earth Day Virginia Naturally newsletter that will go out within the next couple of weeks.  Please let Sheila Barnett know of any events that you are hosting that should be added to the newsletter. 

Have a happy spring.


Sheila Mary Barnett
Environmental Educator  

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
600 E. Main St., 24th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 786-1815
Fax: (804) 371-2072