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
  • Time: 10:30-3:30
  • Age: 18+ may attend unaccompanied, ages 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Course fee: $125
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