Apply for ARMN Basic Training

The application period for the fall 2022 Arlington Regional Master Naturalists’ Volunteer Training Course is now closed. Please check back for information on our next course set for the spring of 2023.

Agreeing to take the Basic Training Course to become a Master Naturalist requires a high level of commitment, both to complete the training, and most importantly, to perform volunteer service. ARMN is run exclusively by volunteers and it is expected that anyone applying to take the training will have the same level of commitment. This training program is the basis for meaningful and rewarding volunteer service in support of our natural resources.

While the program is primarily for adults, applicants 17 years old may be considered for acceptance into the training, but if accepted, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for all classes, field trips, and volunteer service events until the trainee turns 18. Should a parent/guardian not be able to accompany an under-aged trainee at an event, the trainee may not attend that particular class, field trip, or volunteer event but must then make-up any missed class. 

By applying for and accepting entry into a training class, a trainee commits to complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of continued education each year to become and remain certified as a Virginia Master Naturalist.

ARMN accepts volunteers from anywhere in Virginia, including neighboring states and the District of Columbia; however, the annually-required 40 volunteer service hours must be done in Virginia in order to count toward the VMN program.

The fee for the training is $175 and will be collected only when you are notified that you are accepted into the Basic Training class. It is payable in one of three ways: PayPal to: armntreasurer@gmail.comor Venmo to: Arlington Regional Master Naturalists; or by check addressed to: Arlington Regional Master Naturalists.

ARMN does not want the training fee to be a barrier to becoming a Virginia Master Naturalist volunteer. Please indicate on your application in one of the areas where you can provide more information about yourself whether you would like to be considered for a scholarship.

Virginia Master Naturalist programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Octavia Walker at: oewalker@vt.edu (703 228 6400) during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. (TDD number is (800) 828-1120.)

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