Entries by Jerry Nissley

CE event at the Smithsonian

CE announcement at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum – What: Interpretive Tour of the National Museum of Natural History for Virginia Master Naturalists When: August 16, 2023 at 3:00pm Where: National Museum of Natural History Meet in the rotunda at the information desk beside the big elephant. How long: Approximately 2 hours. Group limit. 6 […]

NovaSci VMN Article

Cover Photo: FMN Jerry Nissley Virginia Master Naturalists (VMN) attended a community event at the Kincora complex in Dulles on March 23rd 2023 to preview final plans for the Northern Virginia Science Center (NovaSci) project.  FMN was then asked to contribute to the inaugural Northern Virginia Science Center’s newsletter to be published in the May […]

One Hundred Thousand Welcomes

Banner Photo courtesy NoVA Science Center FMN attended a community event at the Kincora complex in Dulles on March 23rd to preview final plans for the Northern Virginia Science Center project. The event was designed to connect like minded organizations in and around NoVA that would have potential interest in the new science center. Attendees […]

Landscaping With A Conscience

Photos courtesy of Steph Johnson I do not recall ever writing a success story about an FMN volunteer before their training class even graduates but there always seems to be a first time for everything. VMN trainee (Fairfax Chapter) Stephanie Johnson was recently featured in a newsletter article published by the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. […]

Tree Rescue Time

Cover photo: Jerry Nissley Plant NOVA Trees needs help with their Tree Rescuers Program. At this time, they need volunteers to distribute door hangers designed to inform residents about invasive plant species that cause tree failure. Flyers could be handed out at your local HOA meeting, Friends Of group, or Neighborhood Citizens meeting. At the […]

Nature’s Ephemeral Oases

Cover photo: Ana Ka’ahanui (Capital Nature) By definition vernal ponds are ephemeral; how we endeavor to sustain their wellbeing does not need to be. The idea to create an educational outreach film that would emphasize the importance of vernal ponds and enhance our understanding of them originated with FMN Beverley Rivera, FACC Philip Latasa, and […]

Your Closest State Park – Mason Neck

All photos by Jerry Nissley Are you gazing over your horizon for a different new place to volunteer? FMNs Tom Blackburn, Rob Warren and Jerry Nissley recently met with Jamie Leeuwrik, Chief Ranger – Visitor Experience, at Mason Neck State Park to discuss the areas of need at the park and how FMN volunteers may […]

Welcome Fairfax Tree Stewards

Cover photo: Public Domain In January 2023, the FMN board approved a chapter partnership with Fairfax Tree Stewards (FTS). FTS is an educational, non-profit, volunteer organization providing specialized training and certification focusing on trees. It is a program under the auspices of Trees Virginia, registered with the state as Virginia Urban Forest Council and is […]