About VA Groundwater with Joel Maynard

Virtual Hydro-Geologic Tour of Rockingham and Augusta Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Groundwater Characterization Geologist Joel Maynard lent his expertise and enthusiasm to Headwaters Master Naturalists and guests in a program at the DEQ’s local office on Wednesday, June 26. The presentation was attended by ten master naturalists and eight guests. Before zeroing in on…

Announcing HMN Photo Contest

Update August 2019: The contest has wrapped up and voting is completed. Find the winners HERE! Headwaters Chapter members are invited to submit photos you’ve taken anywhere in Virginia from anytime you were a Master Naturalist, that fit categories listed below. Submissions will be accepted through the end of June after which we will ask Chapter…

The Water Beneath Us

Want to learn about the water beneath us?  Attend the “Virtual Hydro-Geologic Tour of Rockingham and Augusta” on Wednesday, June 26.  Joel Maynard, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Groundwater Characterization Geologist for our region, will be describing the occurrence and movement of groundwater in our area. His presentation, which will include photos and fascinating…

Meet Tyler!

Tyler Urgo is the Shenandoah Valley Region Steward for the Virginia Natural Heritage Program of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. He previously spent many years with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Tyler is learning about Headwaters Master Naturalists while he slides into our Chapter advisor position. Our founding advisor, Paul Bugas, has…

Fairy Stone State Park and VMNH Weekend

Virginia Museum of Natural History / Fairy Stone State Park Retreat June 21 to June 23, 2019 HMN Chapter President Chris Bowlen and Continuing Education Committee Chair Margaret Speicher have been making plans since early this year for a 1st Annual HMN Retreat to visit another part of the state. We will stay at a…

Wildflower Walks 2019 Wrap-up

For seven years, the Headwaters Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists has organized wildflower walks on Shenandoah Mountain in the George Washington National Forest that cuts across the western side of Augusta and Rockingham Counties. What started as a cohort project, has grown into a tradition for some families and groups of friends. It offers a…

Wildflowers of Virginia Shale Barrens Trip

April 22, Earth Day, with warm sunny weather, was an appropriate time for three Headwaters Master Naturalists and guests Mike Smith of the local PATC Chapter and Roger and Cynthia Barouti of Allegheny Highlands Master Naturalists to explore rare plants at four area shale barrens and a couple other locations. Jay Shaner, a well- known…