A Community-Based Natural Resources Volunteer Program
Virginia Master Naturalists are volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping Virginia conserve and manage natural resources and public lands.
In 2006, Banshee Reeks Chapter became the first VMN chapter chartered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Serving Loudoun County, our chapter home is at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia. Training classes are held in their Education Annex surrounded by 695 acres of forests, successional fields, ponds and streams where we conduct field studies, continuing education classes and volunteer service projects.
Our VMN volunteers support Audubon Society, Audubon at Home Ambassadors, Plant NoVA Natives Initiative, Journey Through Hallowed Ground, native plant sales, bird walks, The Christmas Bird Count, bluebird nest box monitoring, bat monitoring at multiple sites in Loudoun County, Willowsford Conservancy educational programming and a host of other volunteer projects.
The next training course for the VMN Banshee Reeks Chapter begins September 2020.