Become a Virginia Master Naturalist and Make a Difference

volunteers crossing wooden bridge on a hiking path

Virginia Master Naturalists spend time learning in the field as well as the classroom. Photo by T. Keffert.

Learn how you can join a community of volunteers who are helping conserve Virginia’s natural resources.  The Rivanna Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program seeks individuals who want to assist with natural resource education, citizen science, and stewardship projects.  Learn more about the program and expectations at an upcoming Information Session.

The Rivanna Master Naturalists are conducting three Information Sessions ahead of the annual Basic Training Class which will begin in February 2018.   All Information Sessions are at the Ivy Creek Natural Area Education Building at 1780 Earlysville Road, Charlottesville.

Information Session Dates

  • Wednesday, November 29, 9:00 am
  • Saturday, December 16, 10:00 am
  • Wednesday, January 3, 9:00 am

During these sessions we will review the program and schedule so that you gain a better understanding of the scope and topics that will be covered.   We will also discuss the requirements for completing the course and certification.  Several local Virginia Master Naturalist volunteers will be there to share what they have gained from this program and how they fit the volunteer requirements into their lives.  You will learn what types of activities are available and hear what motivates our members.

You may also find the Virginia Master Naturalist website quite helpful  Please join us at one of the above sessions.

Applications for 2018 class are due by Friday, January 12.

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9 Responses to Become a Virginia Master Naturalist and Make a Difference

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  2. Deb Tewksbury says:

    I intended to come to the open house yesterday, but stayed home because of the snow and ice. My two daughters and I are all interested in taking the Basic Training Class, but have a few questions. Is there another time that we could meet someone at Ivy Creek to learn more about the program? Is there an age requirement? Is there a family discount if we share the materials?
    Thank you,
    Deb Tewksbury

    • Michelle Prysby says:

      Hi Deb–
      Your questions have been forwarded to the basic training committee chair; you should hear back from her soon.

  3. Susan Van Acker says:

    Hello—will you be having training in 2018? If so, may I have the dates, time, and location as soon as you know?

    • Joanna Hickman says:

      We will be having training in 2018. This is an excerpt from the training page of the website. The exact dates have not been firmed up yet.
      “The Rivanna Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists is pleased to announce that the 2018 Basic Training will begin in February (date TBD). The Rivanna Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists is pleased to announce that the 2018 Basic Training will begin in February. The 2018 class will meet on Wednesday mornings from 9am – 12 pm from mid-February to mid-May with field trips scheduled Wednesday afternoons and some Saturdays”
      Check our training page for updates later in the year at

      JoAnna Hickman, Webmaster

  4. Darren Pace says:

    I unable to take the training during normal weekday work hours.I hear that some years the classes are in the evening. What does that schedule look like? When will an evening version of the training next be available?
    Thank you

  5. Ida Swenson says:

    Hi, Susan,

    Hope you can do the training this year! Go to for times for our information meetings as well as a draft class scheude.

    Hope to meet you soon!!

    • Darren Pace says:

      Hi Ida,
      I can only take classes in the evenings, so I’ll have to wait of the 2019 class. Thank your the information.

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