The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.
Interested Virginians become Master Naturalists through training and volunteer service.
To become a Certified Master Naturalist, trainees must first complete the Basic Training Class (BTC). which consists of 40 hours combined of classroom training and half-day field trips. They must also complete 40 volunteer hours in the areas of Education, Citizen Science, and/or Stewardship, along with 8 hours of qualified continuing education.
Thereafter, to maintain certification, 40 volunteer hours and 8 continuing education hours are required annually.