Have you ever wanted to know more about the animals, plants or geology of the Alleghany Highlands? If so, the Virginia Master Naturalist training program was designed just for you.
John Stanley Stahelek, Alleghany Highlands Master Naturalist, volunteers at Douthat's Earth Day
The Douthat Lakeview Restaurant.
The cost is $125 per person and includes dinner before each class. In addition to the 11 evening classes, there will be three Saturday field trips.
Topics in the curriculum include ecological concepts, biogeography, geology, soil science, wild flowers, trees and shrubs, birds, mammals, insects, amphibians and reptiles, fish and stream biology.
Following completion of the class, students complete a take-home written exam and a practical exam. After accumulating eight additional hours of advanced training and 40 hours ofVirginia Master Naturalists.
The volunteer activities including environmental education in local schools as well as citizen science projects such as monitoring blue bird nesting, stream monitoring and hawk watching. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the wonders of nature surrounding us here in the Highlands and to help protect them.
For more information visit our Douthat State Park office. Application deadline is Feb. 1.
For more information contact John Stanley at [email protected]or 540-968-1537.
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For general park information visit our website, contact the park office at 540-862-8100 or e-mail Douthat State Park at [email protected].
Douthat is located at 14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro, VA 24460. From I-64, take Exit 27 near Clifton Forge. Turn North onto State Route 629 (highway at exit ramp). Travel north three miles to the park entrance sign and another two miles to the park office.
Overnight reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-933-PARK (7275) or by booking on line.