Nature Journaling with Betty Gatewood

Keeping a journal of your observations, questions, and reflections will enrich your experiences and develop gratitude, reverence, and the skills of a naturalist. The goal of nature journaling is not to create a portfolio of pretty pictures but to develop a tool to help you see, wonder, and remember your experiences.  – John Muir Laws…

Our Wild Life

It’s a wild life, when you’re a Virginia Master Naturalist.  Headwaters chapter members Adrie Voors and Stephanie Gardner recently proved just that with our participation in The Showerhead Microbiome Project.  Our showerhead scanning was part of the larger Your Wild Life initiative, a series of experiments that are hosted, analyzed and interpreted by the Your…

Elkton Autumn Days Outreach

Saturday October 21st and Sunday October 22nd were gorgeous days in Elkton, Virginia and the crowds at the annual Autumn Days festival took full advantage. There were an estimated 6,000 people in attendance on Saturday, and 3-4,000 on Sunday! Rachael Baczynski organized and manned Headwaters Master Naturalist tables in the Kids’ Zone on both days.…

Viceroys and Pussy Willows

Pollinator Gardeners, expand your plant lists to include Pussy Willows. So much effort has gone into making pollinator gardens to benefit the Monarch butterflies that migrate through our area every year. And rightly so. All pollinators benefit from restoring even just a small amount of habitat. I want to talk to you about a butterfly…

Guy deBrun on Leave No Trace

On Sunday, September 24, nine HMNs met at Sandy Greene’s log cabin for an informative program on Leave No Trace principles. Guy deBrun, Assistant Director for Adventure and TEAM (Team Empowerment with Adventure for Madison) Programs at James Madison University’s UREC (University Recreation Center) was our presenter. Leave No Trace is a set of principles…

VMN State Conference 2017 Review

Even though I am still just getting my legs under me for this program, being in the most recent HMN Cohort and not yet even having all of my volunteer hours, I am glad I took the opportunity to attend the Conference. We had the wonderful advantage of the Conference being so close in proximity…

Leave No Trace Presentation

The HMN Meet-up on Sunday afternoon, September 24 will feature a presentation on Leave No Trace. Sunday, September 24th 1:30 – 2:30PM Sandy Greene’s house Leave No Trace Ethics/Principles Guy deBrun Assistant Director for Adventure and TEAM Programs James Madison University Expect a good overview of the Leave No Trace Principles for us to promote…