2017 Course Schedule
The Shenandoah Chapter is offering their annual Virginia Master Naturalists Training Class this spring from March 18 until May 24. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Cost of the program is $180. A limited number of full and partial scholarships will be available. The evening classes will be held at Blandy Experimental Farm and State Arboretum of Virginia located on Route 50 just east of Route 340. Saturday field work classes will be held at Blandy and other locations around our area.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Alex at 540-837-1626. You will receive an application for the class along with instructions on how to apply. The deadline for sending in applications for the 2017 training class is February 24.