Thank you for your interest in becoming a 2024 Virginia Master Naturalist (VMN) volunteer with the Roanoke Valley Chapter.

Our 2024 Basic Training class is full, and we are not accepting any additional applications.  To be notified of the 2025 Basic Training please email your name, preferred email address and phone number to  We will begin accepting applications again in October, 2024. Thank you for your interest.

Becoming a Certified Virginia Master Naturalist begins with enrolling in and completing a 40+ hour basic training course, 40 hours of volunteer service, and 8 hours of continuing education.  To maintain certification, 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of continuing education, are required annually.

Applicants must attend an Orientation/Interview Session prior to final acceptance on or before January 31st.  Payment must be received after notification of your application being completed for reference checks to be conducted.  Payment will not be processed until after the first class and is non-refundable after the first class.

Please note: VMN is a volunteer training and service-based program. If you do not intend to be an active volunteer and help to support our local natural resources through your volunteer service, then this class and organization may not be for you.

The basic training course covers the background knowledge and skills to prepare you for service as a VMN volunteer. This includes a wide range of topics in many areas relating to the natural sciences. You can complete your volunteer service in any of four key areas: citizen science, stewardship, education and outreach, and chapter administration.

Basic Training Course details are provided below:

  • Classes run February 13th – June 13th on Tuesday from 6 to 9 pm.
  • Classes meet at Unity of Roanoke, 3300 Green Ridge Drive, Roanoke (In the event of inclement weather, sessions may be held via Zoom.)
  • Four field trips will be held on Saturday mornings during the course.
  • Attendance at classes and field trips is mandatory for graduation. Up to two classes and one field trip may be missed. These are to be made up within 12 months of completion of basic training in one of the following ways: during the next training cycle, with another VMN chapter, or by making special arrangements with approval from the Training Committee Chair.
  • It is highly recommended that trainees have an email address and internet access, since program communications and volunteer hour reporting are usually done in this manner.
  • Program is targeted toward adults, 18 or older. Youth, age 14-17, may apply if accompanied by a responsible adult who is also taking the class.
  • Class size is limited to 20 trainees.
  • Course fee of $100 covers basic training and course materials.

If you’re ready to apply to be a member, use this Better Impact link, and let’s get started!

Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodation in the application process should notify the Chapter Advisor, Dennis McCarthy at 540-580-6801 or (TDD number 1-800-828-1120) by the application deadline.

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Virginia Master Naturalist programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.