A Community-Based Natural Resources Volunteer Program
To develop a well-informed corps of volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Natural resource service – To provide, promote and fulfill volunteer service while recognizing and utilizing sound natural resource management, enhancement and conservation practices in accordance with the sponsors’ and program’s mission.
- Enhancement of public understanding through education and outreach – To enhance existing natural resources education and outreach activities by providing natural resources and interpretive training at the local level, thereby developing a supply of dedicated and informed volunteers.
- Develop a volunteer network – To develop a Virginia Master Naturalist volunteer network that can be self-sufficient.
To become a certified Virginia Master Naturalist, a candidate must complete three steps:
- 40 hours of basic training
- 8 hours of advanced training
- 40 hours of volunteer service
To maintain certification, a Virginia Master Naturalist must complete 8 hours of advanced training and 40 hours of volunteer service annually.