What is a Master Naturalist?

Virginia Master Naturalists are trained and certified volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping to conserve and manage natural resources and public lands in Virginia.

Members of the Arlington Regional Master Naturalist (ARMN) chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program:

  • provide, promote, and facilitate volunteer service to sustain natural areas in our communities using sound natural resource management and conservation practices,
  • offer and support environmental education and outreach to encourage understanding and respect for our natural environment, and
  • engage in a wide range of citizen science activities that contribute to greater knowledge of local streams, plants, animals, and local habitat.

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Application Period Open for ARMN Fall 2016 Training Class

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Assessing stream health by observing collected macro-invertebrates

“I love ARMN and opportunities it offers.”

“I enjoy the broad spectrum of volunteer projects/opportunities, the many continuing-education possibilities, the good networking between the local nature groups and organizations/agencies /events, and the exchange of information about nature stuff, events, organizations—and more!”

~Current ARMN master naturalists

Do you have a great interest in nature? • Do you want to learn more about insects? • birds? • mammals? • reptiles? • geology? • aquatic and terrestrial ecology? • native and invasive plants? • parts of nature you didn’t even know existed? • Would you like to help keep our natural world healthy or share what you learn about nature with neighbors/schools/the larger community?

Then apply now to train as a master naturalist during ARMN’s 14-week Fall 2016 basic training course. No prior experience is necessary—just your interest in the natural world.

Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, from September 6 through December 6, 2016, at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington, VA 22204. Four Saturday field trips will be scheduled at parks around the area.

Learn more about the program on the armn.org website under Training (https://armn.org/basic-training/). See the Apply tab (https://armn.org/apply/) for the application form, which you can fill out and deliver to Long Branch by mail or in person no later than August 20, 2016. Space in this popular course is limited, so act now.

Contact: Caroline Haynes (703-525-3614) for questions.

We hope to see you in September!

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