Apply for ARMN Basic Training

The application period for the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists Spring 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.

See below for details on how to apply.

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 underaged 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.

Application Form and Submission Process:

  • Fill in both the Application and ARMN Application Supplement as completely as possible. Then print them.
  • Mail the completed Application and Application Supplement addressed to:
    Arlington Regional Master Naturalists
    c/o Long Branch Nature Center
    625 S. Carlin Springs Road
    Arlington, VA  22204
    The fee is $175 and payable by:
    PayPal to:; or
    Venmo to: Arlington Regional Master Naturalists; or
    by check included with the application 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 if 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?
  • Applications are considered on time if they have been delivered to Long Branch by the last day of the application period. Applicants will be contacted after the application closing date.
  • Checks will not be cashed unless an applicant is accepted into the course. Uncashed checks will be destroyed.

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Please Contact Us if you have questions.