Soon to be Missing a Mentor

Our chapter draws strength from its members’ diverse talents and personalities, each deserving of their own spotlight! For this occasional post spotlighting one of our Headwaters Master Naturalists, we are featuring Dr. Eric Jones, ecologist, beloved chapter presenter and field trip leader. Sadly, he is making plans to move out-of-state. Stephanie Gardner interviewed Eric with these questions…

Newest Member Welcome!

The Rockbridge Master Naturalist chapter has decided to dissolve. Its existing active members are being encouraged to consider transferring to a neighboring chapter. One volunteer, Cyane Lowden, is joining the Headwaters Chapter! HMN Stephanie Gardner was recently in touch with Cyane to find out a little bit about her and help introduce her to our…

An HMN’s Botanical Artistry

The following is written by local historian, author and activist Nancy Sorrells as reprinted from the Virginia Native Plant Society’s Spring 2016 edition of their quarterly newsletter: Sempervirens. Check out the entire newsletter and consider joining the Virginia Native Plant Society! You’ll find lots of items of interest here to Virginia naturalists. Sempervirens editor Nancy…

Resolutions Realized!

RoxAnna Theiss, February 2015 Our President, Jerry Hopkins has been true to his resolution for 2015.  He has entered his hours on VMN-VMS for January and so has 28% of the chapter.  That’s pretty good for January!  But we’ve done better . . . this time last year, 55% of the chapter had entered hours…

Why I Work So Hard For Headwaters

My belief in the Virginia Master Naturalist Program and in Headwaters Chapter is true and deep.  I believe in the difference we can make for the earth and creatures we love.  I believe we can do great good together whether we work individually or as teams.   The bonus is lots of enjoyment and many fulfilling…

Member Spotlight: Gail Napora

In an effort to get to know our members better, we are featuring an occasional post spotlighting one of our Headwaters Master Naturalists. Over forty Master Naturalists strong, our chapter draws strength from a wide variety of diverse talents and personalities, each deserving of their own spotlight! With her upcoming public presentation on Monarchs and…

The Value of Making a Difference

So, What Did I Get? And What Am I Getting? RoxAnna Theiss   In the fall of 2011 I took my Master Naturalist Training.  There were 22 ish in the class and we spent nine weeks learning whatever could be crammed into nine weeks about the natural world and the conservation and preservation of Virginia’s…