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…

Journalist in Our Midst

Headwaters Chapter certified master naturalist Stephanie Gardner penned a monthly naturalist column for our area’s Daily News-Record’s North Fork Journal and Shenandoah Journal in 2012. In her words, here’s how Stephanie got started as a columnist: In autumn of 2011, Lauren Jefferson, then editor of the Daily News-Record’s North Fork Journal and Shenandoah Journal, was looking…

Star Volunteer

Certified Master Naturalist Dwayne Martin (class of 2013/2nd class) devotes hundreds of volunteer hours a year to the Headwaters Chapter partner organization Edith J. Carrier Arboretum on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg. Dwayne’s dedication to the arboretum has earned him the title of “EJC Arboretum Volunteer of the Year” 2013! The arboretum welcomes…

The National Wildlife Federation Honors Sandy Greene with a Special Achievement Award

Sandy was among “six National Wildlife Federation volunteers … recognized for their outstanding contributions to the organization’s conservation efforts at NWF’s annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday, March 16th, 2013,” described here. For decades, Sandy Greene has taught adults and children the importance of environmental stewardship with imagination and joy. For the twelve…