Local Master Naturalists Group Holds Annual Meeting

The Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Program held its annual meeting October 28 at the Hospice of the Panhandle facility in Kearneysville. More than 50 Master Naturalists from throughout the area attended.

The program included the election of coordinating committee members for 2018, recognition of newly-certified and recertified Master Naturalists, and the presentation of awards for service.

The accompanying photo shows the 2018 coordinating committee members. They are, from left to right: Flo Wilbik, Lynne Wiseman, Dr. Pamela Ellis, Cathy Purchis (kneeling), Karlin Sink, Clark Dixon, Amy Evrard, Charlotte Fremaux, Mary Lynn Robinson and Paul Breitenbach. The Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Program, which just completed its 11th year, is sponsored by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. It is a chapter of the State of West Virginia’s Master Naturalist Program.

The Master Naturalist program is patterned after the long-established Master Gardener program. It trains individuals in the fundamentals of natural history and nature interpretation as a way of promoting responsible stewardship of natural resources. Graduates of the program become part of a corps of highly qualified volunteers who assist government agencies, schools, and non-government organizations with research, outdoor recreation development, and environmental education and protection.

For more information, go to the Potomac Valley Audubon website at http://www.potomacaudubon.org.