Roanoke Valley Master Naturalists

A Community-Based Natural Resources Volunteer Program

Our Mission

Harveys Knob 2014
Harvey’s Knob Clean Up Day, August 2014

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:

  1. 40 hours of basic training
  2. 8 hours of advanced training
  3. 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.

Volunteers water the new saplings in the field near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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