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Master Naturalists conduct field training at WRYC

The Middle Peninsula Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists is in the process of training Cohort 2 of future members.

The training consists of both in-class instruction (this year via Zoom) and outdoor field training sessions. On April 24, the cohort met with instructors and mentors at the Ware River Yacht Club for training in shoreline restoration, coastal ecology, and water-quality testing.

Cohort members gathered and identified marine species in the underwater grasses near the shoreline, detailed instruction on tidal marshes and the environmental services they perform, and had live demonstrations of water-quality testing.

Instructors were Karen Duhring and Susan Crockett of the Middle Peninsula chapter and Kevin Howe from the Northern Neck chapter. The setting at the yacht club, including its shoreline with underwater grasses, a marsh, a variety of shoreline protection systems and the pier made it the perfect venue for the training, a release said.

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