Northern Neck Master Naturalists


Mission Statement

The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. The Northern Neck Master Naturalist chapter was established to support a centuries long tradition of appreciation and utilization of the natural resources of the Northern Neck of Virginia. The mission of the Northern Neck Master Naturalist Chapter is to provide leadership, knowledge, volunteers and assistance to the professionals who serve as stewards of our natural heritage..


Overall, Northern Neck Master Naturalist Chapter goals are to improve wildlife management, habitat and flyway protection and preservation; to provide education assistance to interested groups, particularly those which are youth oriented; to advocate for clean water resources, with emphasis on protection of submerged aquatic vegetation; and to support open space preservation. These goals are achieved through volunteer activities in the disciplines of “Citizen Science,” “Education,” and “Stewardship.” In 2015 Northern Neck Master Naturalists recorded almost 1,900 hands on volunteer hours in support of Virginia State and non-profit environmental programs in the areas such as wildlife trail maintenance and reportable counts for birds and other wildlife for Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), reportable water quality testing for Virginia Department of Conservation and Resources (DCR), and native plant gardens at state parks. Over 650 of those hours were conservation education and outreach programs at schools, special events and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.


Materials Available by Theme

     Urban and Developed Systems

     Basic Ecological Concepts

  • ppt/ Ecology, David Mellor, PhD (Ecology basics)
  • pdf/ Natural Communities of Virginia (Listing of the Ecological Groups and Communities of Virginia)
  • pdf/ 12 Invasive Species of Virginia (Invasive plants, animals and insects in Virginia)

      Forest Ecology and Management

Wetlands Ecology and Management


  • pdf/ Basic training course Botany Introductory Version
  • pdf/ Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States (Basic reference of the plant biota of South Eastern US). See  [This publication currently has a Facebook page, containing the following contact info:  Call 919-962-0578 (UNC).]
  • pdf/ Rare Plants of Virginia (Lists all plants believed to be sufficiently rare or threatened to merit an inventory of their status and locations).

  • pdf/ Trees and Shrubs of the Northern Neck

  • pdf/ Ferns, Club Mosses, and Allies of the Northern Neck

  • pdf/ Nonnative Invasive Plants of the Southern Forests ( A field guide for identification and control of invasive plants) May be ordered, currently at no charge, at

     Aquatic Ecology and Management


  • pdf/ Aquatic Insect Biodiversity and Conservation
  • pdf/ Creating a Butterfly Garden (Guidance for plant selection to attract butterflies)
  • ppt/ Insect Orders Master Naturalist (Identification and adaptations of insects)
  • pdf/ Native Bees (Discusses using solitary or native bees as pollinators)
  • pdf/ Pantry Pests (Identification and control of food pests)

     Coastal and Estuarine Ecology