Apply for ARMN Basic Training

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

The application period for the Fall 2023 Arlington Regional Master Naturalists’ Volunteer Basic Training Course has closed. Please check back here for information on the Spring 2024 class, or contact us if you’d like to be placed on an interest list.

Classes run for 14 weeks and are typically held on Tuesday evenings, with four full-day Saturday field trips.

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.

Learn more about the program here.

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 who will be at least 18 years old on the first day of class. Volunteer service hours must be performed in Virginia in order to count toward the VMN program. (Washington D.C. residents are encouraged to contact the DC Master Naturalist Program.)

The course fee of $200 is due after notification of acceptance into the program. 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 Sarah Calhoun 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.)

Contact Us if you have questions.