Dear Volunteers:

As Thanksgiving approaches, I can’t help but reflect on those of whom I am thankful and guess what? I am thankful for you all. You make The Nature Foundation a special place.

I want to share with you an opportunity to expand your knowledge and appreciation of the environment. Our Blue Ridge Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist will be offering basic training starting January 22, 2020 ( details below). This group has grown into an extraordinary citizen science group; recently winning awards at the annual Master Naturalist Conferences. If you haven’t taken the course, consider taking it in January. You will get a plethora of information on Nelson, and as a TNFW volunteer, your time helping us also counts as VMN hours.
Again, thank you for everything you do and have a wonderful holiday!
Best Regards,
Kathie Driscoll
Education Director
The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen
Beginning January 22, the Central Blue Ridge Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program will offer training for anyone wishing to become a Master Naturalist.

Volunteers in this program engage in local, state, regional, and national projects that promote conservation, education, and wise management of natural resources.

We have several members who live in Wintergreen, and we encourage all of our members to volunteer with The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen, which is one of our local partners.

Training classes and field trips will be held on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons at the Nelson Center in Lovingston, with additional field trips to locations in Nelson County. You will learn about:

  • Ecology
  • Insects
  • Birds
  • Trees
  • Geology of Virginia
  • Land use
  • and many other topics

People completing the training will be provided a wide variety of opportunities to put their knowledge and skills to work, and become eligible for on-going education, most of which is free. 

Registration is required by January 10. The cost of the training is $75/person. 

To obtain an application form and schedule of classes, contact the Virginia Extension Office in Lovingston: phone 434-263-4035 or email
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