Registration Open for Master Naturalist Training

The Banshee Reeks Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists is putting out the call for individuals who are interested in taking part in its annual training to preserve and protect Virginia’s rich and diverse ecosystems.

“During the 13 classes, you will re-experience the wonder of holding a frog, searching for invertebrates, peering through a microscope at a salamander, and recognizing a bird by his song or flight pattern,” a press release stated.

Applications are being accepted for the 2017 training program. Classes are led by experts and meet two Saturdays a month from September 2017 through April 2018.  Each class will cover one or two topics such as local plants, mammals, birds, trees, fish, mammals, soils, weather and more, and typically include field exercises to further explore the subject discussed in the classroom.

Volunteer projects vary but include creating waystations for Monarch Butterflies, reporting on the health of local streams, teaching and inspiring children to enjoy nature, establishing bluebird boxes and monitoring trails, removing invasive plants and planting native species.

The classes are held at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, at 21085 The Woods Road in Leesburg. The class is open to those 18 years and older. See the course schedule and an application at For more information, call 703-669-0889.

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