About Us

The Tidewater Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program covers the Tidewater area of southeastern Virginia including Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.

Our mission is “to develop a well-informed corps of volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within local communities for the Commonwealth of Virginia”.

Our goal is to train volunteers in fun, interactive and interesting ways about the natural environment in our local area.


Much of the required 40 hours of basic training is done during field trips to nearby natural areas, such as national wildlife refuges, state parks, city gardens, and small wetlands; the rest takes place in a classroom setting.

Following basic training, and to become fully certified, Master Naturalists  participate in continuing education opportunities and volunteer at least 40 hours per year working on projects in the following areas:

  • Environmental Education
  • Citizen Science
  • Stewardship

Tidewater Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists: Promoting natural resource conservation in southeastern Virginia