Apply for ARMN Basic Training

The application period for the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists’ Fall 2021 Volunteer Training Course is now closed.
Training is typically held in the Spring and the Fall. Click the Contact Us link to request notification about upcoming training.

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. We are an all-volunteer-run organization and expect that anyone applying to take the training will have the same level of commitment to volunteer service that we have dedicated to developing the program.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 14-17 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. The parent or guardian may not bring along any other persons, whether in a training facility or in the field, but must focus attention on the trainee during all events. 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.
  • 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 towards 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:; or 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 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. Decisions of scholarship aid are based on four considerations: Does the family receive free or reduced lunch? Medicaid? SNAP? Or are there other extenuating circumstances?

Virginia Cooperative Extension 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. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Please Contact Us if you have questions.