Who We Are The Arlington Regional Master Naturalist (ARMN) chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program is an all-volunteer organization of trained and certified members who serve as officers and administer the program at the local level.
Our Mission is to provide environmental education, research, citizen science, outreach, and stewardship of Virginia natural resources and public lands, using ARMN trained and certified volunteers.
Who is Eligible Individuals who:
- Have a commitment to volunteer service
- Are enthusiastic and willing to learn
- Want to improve our natural resources
ARMN accepts volunteers from any jurisdiction, even those with their own chapters; however the annually required 40 volunteer hours must be completed in Virginia.
Virginia Master Naturalist Programs are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.
How do I become a Certified Master Naturalist with ARMN?
- Apply for and complete a Basic Training Course
- Complete 40 hours of approved Volunteer Service each year
- Complete an additional 8 hours of Advanced Training each year
- The process typically takes 6-12 months
The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is jointly sponsored by five state agencies:
- Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
- Department of Forestry
- Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Virginia Museum of Natural History
- Virginia Department of Environmental Quality