Is This for You?

Ask yourself…

  • FawnAre you curious about nature?
  • Do you enjoy the outdoors?
  • Do you want to make a difference in the environment?
  • Do you care about the natural areas and native species in your community?
  • Do you want to be actively involved in managing, conserving, and educating about Virginia’s natural resources?
  • Do you have time to complete the training?
  • Do you have time to complete the volunteer service?
  • Are you interested in being a part of a local team and interacting with other individuals who care about natural resources?

If so . . . YES, this program may be for you!

But, also ask yourself….

  • Are you mostly interested in getting the training and less interested in the volunteering?
  • Are you wanting the certification for your job or to promote yourself in some way?
  • Are you hoping to use the certification for environmental advocacy?
  • Are you more interested in promoting personal opinions about the environment than research-based information?
  • Are you thinking that your Master Naturalist service will count towards Master Gardener service requirements?

If so . . . NO, this program may not be for you.

Learn how to become a Virginia Master Naturalist

11 Responses to Is This for You?

  1. Eve Solomon says:

    Please let me know when the next class will be in Charlottesville. Thank you so very much!

    • Eric Johnson says:

      Hi, Eve–

      The next training will start in spring 2013, but keep an eye on the site for announcements and updates. And we’ll let you know once we have the dates set, absolutely. Thanks for your interest!

  2. Randy Porter says:

    I’d also like to know when the next Master Naturalist class will be offered in Charlottesville. Thanks…

    • Eric Johnson says:

      Hi, Randy (and Eve)–

      I hope you saw the announcement on the main page that says we’re holding the next classes from February 13 to May 22, 2013. Class will be on Wednesday mornings from 9 am to noon. There will be several Wednesday afternoon and Saturday field trips. More details and application information will be announced soon.

  3. Anita Ratliff says:

    Please notify me of your next class being offered. Thank you

    • Eric Johnson says:

      Hi, Anita–

      The next class will be held in Spring 2014. We’ll post the announcement here as soon as we know dates and make the application available!

  4. karen Connors says:

    I am very interested in taking the spring 2014 class. I would like to write articles and do research for the group. I have a love for the environment and a great desire to help retain it.

  5. Mary Lofton says:

    I see that your 2013 class was offered during business hours on Wednesdays. In Spring 2014, do you anticipate there being any way to take the Basic Training if I work full time, or is the program not usually compatible with holding a full-time job?

    Thanks so much!

  6. Carolyn Johnston Fowler says:

    I am interested in learning more about the MN program and the process to apply to be in the next 40-hour training program. My answers were all “yes” to the first set and all “no” to the second. I have lived in the Charlottesville (Albemarle County) area since 1973 and keenly interested in doing my part to preserve and protect our beautiful area.

    Thank you,


  7. Laura Scherman says:

    I am interested in the next available training in Charlottesville. When will that be and how do I make application?

  8. Michelle Prysby says:

    The 2014 basic training information is now posted at The 2014 course will begin in February, and it will take place on Tuesday evenings with some Saturday field trips. Typically, the chapter alternates each year between evening and daytime courses in order to accommodate a variety of schedules.

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