What We Do
The Basic Training Class is your first step to becoming a Virginia Master Naturalist and involved citizen. In this class we strive to give you an experience that will:
Introduce you to basic ecological and environmental topics
Help you connect with people and organizations who share values of love and respect for our Earth and communities
Enable you with the knowledge and skills you need to participate in education, research, or stewardship initiatives in your community
What to Expect
40 hours of workshop-style, combination indoor-outdoor classes spread throughout the year are intended for you to absorb and apply what we learn with guidance and camaraderie. Pre-class assignments will help prepare you for in-class discussion and activities, and post-class assignments will reinforce your learning and help you practice your skills between classes.
In the process of learning to identify Virginia’s wild plants and animals, we’ll also cover interdisciplinary topics like natural resource management, environmental systems, and sustainability.
Expect that every class will include outdoor activities and an introduction to a project or organization in your area.
Supplementary and optional field trips, lab time, and projects will allow you to dive deeper into topics of interest with other classmates, current CVMN members and class instructors.
Opportunities to log volunteer hours will further facilitate your full certification.
2022 Course Information
Location: Claytor Nature Center, Bedford, VA
Mandatory class dates: April 16, April 30, May 28, Jun 11, Jul 9, Aug 13, Aug 27, Sept 10, Sept 24, Oct 15
Tentative graduation: Oct 29 or Nov 5
Age: 18+ may attend unaccompanied, ages 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult
Course fee: $125
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