Roanoke Valley Master Naturalists 2018 Basic Course
February 21, 2018 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The preliminary Roanoke Valley Master Naturalists 2018 Basic Course Schedule has been announced. An updated schedule will be published when the topics and speakers are finalized, but the class dates should remain unchanged.
The course will meet on Wednesday Evenings from 6 – 9 pm, February 21 through May 19, 2018, at the Salem Public Library. The course will also include four Saturday field trips.
The Basic Course is part of the Virginia Master Naturalist certification process, which includes 40 hours of basic training, 8 hours of advanced training, and 40 hours of volunteer service.
The Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission, City of Roanoke Police Department, in cooperation with the City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation Department, have developed an exciting new volunteer opportunity. The Greenway Ambassadors Program is designed to engage current greenway users to help with greenway monitoring and maintenance.
Greenway Ambassadors will be the eyes and ears for the City of Roanoke Police and Parks & Recreation departments. Greenway volunteers signed up as Ambassadors will help monitor conditions on the City Greenways, as well as report activity.
The City of Roanoke greenways are part of the Roanoke Valley Greenway System, and include paved and unpaved trails that connect residential communities with City parks, open spaces and commercial areas.
Greenway Ambassadors will:
Promote greenway courtesy and safety.
Provide general information to greenway users.
Assist when help is needed.
Set a good example by obeying greenway rules and guidelines.
Provide interpretive and geographical information.
Watch for greenway conditions that may be hazardous.
Advise greenway users of rules and regulations.
Provide safety information.
Use good judgment and common sense.
Report problems to appropriate management partners.
For more information and to volunteer, see http://greenways.org/?page_id=221
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Ed Rishell, Master Gardener, Virginia Cooperative Extension
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