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…

Upcoming Field Trip to Black Bear Composting

For those of you who have been hesitant to get back into the social swing of things, now that many pandemic restrictions have been eased, come meet your favorite aerobic bacteria at Black Bear Composting at 4:00PM on Thursday, September 23. This will be our first tour to the Black Bear site in Crimora since…

Fridley Gap Geology Field Trip for Cohort VII

On July 2, 2021, Matt Heller from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Division of Geology and Mineral Resources and John Bauman, HMN Field Trips Coordinator, led Cohort VII on a hike to Fridley Gap. After introductions, Matt brought out his cool maps showing the geologic features of the region and described how…

Mushroom and Lichen Outing for HMNs

Once again, we are being treated to the wealth of knowledge and generosity of local fungi experts Jack Wilson and Chris & Vicki Vacher on a walk/talk and more, on Sunday, September 12, starting at 9:30AM. Jack shares this “draft plan” for our outing: “To avoid hot weather, we should start at MoonDance Camp (Braley Pond…

Grand Caverns: “Cohort Zoom” Field Trip

Grand Caverns, the oldest show cave, discovered in 1804 by Bernard Weyer, was the site of another field trip for “Cohort Zoom.“ On Thursday, June 24, eight members of Cohort VII (aka “Cohort Zoom” due to completing all our classroom work through Zoom), plus our instructor Peggy, were led on a personalized tour by guide…