Stream Studies at Starry Meadows

Sharon Landis, a recent HMN basic training graduate in Cohort VII (aka Cohort Zoom), shares here about the environmental education work that she and her husband and fellow Cohort VII member Jay Landis have been doing on their property in Rockingham County. Since moving to Virginia in 2016, Jay and I have been offering Stream…

A Fine Forest Walk for Fungi

On a very fine September Sunday morning, about 12 members of the Headwaters Chapter of Master Naturalists enjoyed quite the treat on the Mushroom and Lichen Hike with credentialed mycologists Jack Wilson, Chris Vacher, Vicki Vacher, and Mark Jones. Within the state of Virginia, just 10 people have passed the difficult examinations that give them…

Black Bear Composting Tour 2021

On Thursday, September 23rd, 2021, members of the Headwaters Master Naturalists chapter visited Black Bear Composting facility in Crimora. Eric Walter, the owner, showed us around the property and walked us through the composting process. They obtain the compostable waste from residential houses, businesses, and even institutions such as the local Bridgewater College. Once brought…

HMNs Participate in Middle River Cleanup

Most every August, the Friends of the Middle River (FOMR) organize a week of trash removal from different segments of the Middle River as it runs through Augusta County. Members of the Headwaters Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists are always invited to participate and earn volunteer service credit hours under the activity: “Trash Cleanups:…