Apply for ARMN Basic Training

Birding field trip, ARMN Basic Training class, Fall 2021 Photo by Nancy Cleeland

The application period for the Spring 2023 Arlington Regional Master Naturalists’ Volunteer Basic Training Course has closed. 

Applications for the Fall 2023 class will open in the summer. Please contact us if you would like to join an interest list.


Agreeing to take the Basic Training Course to become a Master Naturalist requires a high level of commitment, both to complete the training and to perform volunteer service in support of our natural resources.

Applicants 17 years old may be considered for acceptance into the training. If accepted, they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for all classes, field trips, and volunteer service events until turning 18. 

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, neighboring states and the District of Columbia. The required volunteer service hours must be performed in Virginia in order to count toward the VMN program.

The course fee is $175 and will be collected after you are notified of acceptance into the Basic Training program. 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.

Please indicate on your application if 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: (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.)

Please Contact Us if you have questions.