Students Graduate Virginia Master Naturalist Program’s Spring Class

The 2020 Spring class of Virginia Master Naturalists (VMN) graduated in a Zoom ceremony on Dec. 14. The 10 graduates from across northern Virginia are now prepared to conduct and participate in area environmental service projects and programs sponsored by the State-wide organization. An additional nine members of the class will complete their elements in the coming months.

Ichthyology field trip learning fish identification, led by Fairfax County Stormwater Planning team, shown using electro-fisher unit

According to The Connection Newspapers, “Graduates completed 12 three-hour classes in earth sciences, four day-long field trips to local parks, offered group presentations, and successfully completed a 100-question final examination to complete the course. Final certification as a Master Naturalist requires 40 service hours and 8 continuing education hours, normally completed within six months of course completion. Two graduates already have completed this requirement. The service hour and education requirements are repeated each year to continue certification.”

As per The Connection Newspapers, “Begun in mid-February, the class met a few times at the Fairfax County Government Center, until Covid 19 restrictions ended meetings in the building. After delivering some on-line meetings during April and May, classes were suspended until instructional plans could be revamped and re-started in September, with restructured field trips held in October.”

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.