Central Piedmont Chapter, VMN
Right in the middle of Virginia's heartland lies the Central Piedmont.This area includes the counties of Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, and Prince Edward. Our chapter may also be convenient to those living to the southwest, south, and southeast areas of the state. Our meetings are held at several locations to lessen driving distances for those in our mostly rural areas of the region.
The Central Piedmont is unique in that it has a complicated history of human use and exploitation. The area is rich with examples of how the earth can heal itself with our help. Plant and animal species are discovered, and rediscovered, in the Central Piedmont.
Please consider joining our ranks to be a part of the restoration and rediscovery.
Helpful Hints for Members
Central Piedmont members, new and seasoned, may
find some of the thoughts below useful in assisting with your VMN record keeping. If you have any suggestions you wish to share, please use the Contact form on this site to make your submissions.
1. Designate a calendar/planner to use for VMN activities. Be diligent in listing hours given to the activity (including travel time) after the activity is complete.
2. BEFORE beginning a project that is not listed on the Volunteer Management System (VMS), a Project Proposal Form must be completed and signed by members of the Board. Link to the form is in the Links section.
3. Regularly add your completed hours to the VMS (after the event, monthly, or quarterly, whichever works best for you). Waiting until the last minute makes it more of a chore to add hours (speaking from experience!).
4. Don't try to do it all! Any contribution you make will benefit our community and the natural world. Enjoy, and know that it all makes a positive difference!
5. Sign up for a committee. It's a great way to stay involved!
Current Committee Openings:
a. Develops and maintains chapter calendar of activities
b. Schedules chapter programs and field trips for membership meetings
c. Notifies membership of field trip requirements (i.e. water safety, maps, logistics)
d. Ensure speaker or trip leader is recognized appropriately
a. Responsible for chapter outreach activities
b. Staffs outreach booths
c. Creates and maintains chapter brochure
d. Acquires and maintains a chapter display board
e. Builds and supports a chapter web page
f. Assists the Training Committee in promoting the chapter
You can learn more about the Virginia Master Naturalist program at: www.virginiamasternaturalist.org
2019 Class members learn the intricate details of dendrology and forest management on the first class field trip. Photo by Al L.
2019 Training class during an information-packed Ecology session, presented by Dr. Henkanaththegedara.
a. Coordinates training of Master Naturalists for the chapter's training calendar
b. Plans, implements, and evaluates the chapter training curriculum and develops training calendar
c. Acquires and prepares class manuals
d. Selects presenters and arranges for their class presentations.
e. Arranges for speaker gifts, travel and lodging needs, confirmation and thank you letters
f. Arranges for publicity - newspaper, flyers, internet
g. Arranges for location, room seating, and equipment for all classes
h. Manages the on-going class through graduation
a. Maintains a roster of the chapter member names, including in-training members, plus addresses, phone numbers, and email information
b. Maintains a record of volunteer and continuing education hours and attendance
c. Notifies the Board of members meeting certification and threshold hour achievements
d. Orders and maintains the member certification and recognition awards (shirts, name tags, certificates, business cards, pins)
e. Ensures members have a current signed liability form on file
f. Maintains a record of high level interests and specific expertise of members
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.