The Arlington Regional Master Naturalist (ARMN) chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program was formed in 2008. Our members combine a love for the natural environment with a commitment to service in our local communities through environmental education and outreach, stewardship, and citizen science.
ARMN volunteers support a wide range of service projects throughout Northern Virginia. In addition to our state sponsors, ARMN works with many local partners, which are identified in Where We Volunteer.
In 2014, ARMN was awarded the Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Volunteer Award from the Arlington County Parks and Recreation Commission. In 2012, ARMN received the National Park Service’s George and Helen Hartzog Award for an Outstanding Volunteer Group.
ARMN volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have advanced degrees in natural sciences or have worked in related fields while others have little or no previous formal training in these areas. Ages of our volunteers range from as young as 16 to retirees. Parents are attracted to the program to sustain environmental education for their children and the community. Graduates all have a passion to share their new understanding of the natural world in support of our local natural environment.
To become certified as an ARMN Master Naturalist, interested individual need to complete a basic training course, as well as 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of continuing education per year. Visit our Training page for details.