2021 Course Schedule
The Shenandoah Chapter is hoping to offer a Virginia Master Naturalists Training Class starting in September, 2021. Tentative dates are September 11th through November 10th. The location for the training classes has not yet been established. Of course, development with COVID may affect these tentative plans.
The Virginia Master Naturalists Program is intended to prepare you to become a volunteer as a certified Virginia Master Naturalist. The basic training course covers the background knowledge and skills that every naturalist should have. This includes a wide range of topics relating to the natural sciences.
Once you enroll in the class you become a part of the Shenandoah Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists. The chapter is composed of individuals who share a love of nature and a desire to help study, educate others about it, to protect and preserve it. The chapter hosts events where you will meet our members, attend informative presentations and participate in volunteer activities.
Within a year following completion of your basic training course, you must complete 40 hours of volunteer service and eight hours of advanced training (Continuing Education) to become a Certified Virginia Master Naturalist. You can complete your volunteer service in any of four key areas: citizen science, stewardship, environmental education, and chapter administration. Following your initial certification, you can become recertified every year by completing 40 additional hours of service and participating in 8 hours of continuing education.
If you are interested in attending our training class please contact Alex Newhart at email@example.com or call Alex at 540-837-1626. You will receive an application for the class along with instructions on how to apply.