Thank you for your interest in becoming a Virginia Master Naturalist. The Central Rappahannock Chapter will be holding a training course from August 13 - December 3, 2012. The training will prepare participants for volunteering as a Master Naturalist in our community. Though it is an excellent educational opportunity, our purpose is to foster a base of natural resource volunteers.
An Orientation/Introductory class will be held on August 13th at 9 AM
at Mott’s Run Nature Center in Fredericksburg. The Center is located at
6600 River Road.
Applications for the training can be downloaded by clicking here or obtained by calling 540-663-0181 or e-mailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost for the training is $150. A scholarship is available based on financial need. Fees are due by August 13th and may
be paid at the Orientation Session. Make checks payable to VMN-CRC.
Enrollment is limited to 20 on a first come basis. Applications should be submitted by August 6th to:
Master Naturalist Program
Virginia Dept. of Forestry
11617 Caledon Road
King George, VA 22485
If you have questions, please contact Jim Scibek at
email@example.com or Karen Snape, 540-663-0181 or e-mail
Please note the following:
1. To become a Certified Master Naturalist, a trainee must:
a) Complete 40 hours of basic training with a minimum of 25% time in the
b) Pass the post-training assessment with a score of 70% or
c) Complete a minimum of 8 hours of advanced training, approved
by the Central Rappahannock Chapter; and
d) Complete a minimum of 40
hours of service, approved by the Central Rappahannock Chapter.
volunteer has a maximum of 12 months from the last day of basic training
to complete the remaining requirements for certification. Certification
is valid through the calendar year following the year in which the
requirements were completed. To maintain certification, volunteers
complete an additional 8 hours of advanced training and 40 hours of
2. Due to statewide regulations, applicants must be 18 years old by the
start of the training session (August 13, 2012) or aged 14-17 and
accompanied by an adult who is responsible for them, as long as they are
both registered participants in the program.
3. Training Class Schedule and Location– Classes will be held Monday mornings from 9:00AM-11:30AM at Motts Run Nature Center in Fredericksburg except for two sessions on Sept. 24th and Oct 15th, which will be held Monday evening from 6:30PM-9:00PM.
Master Naturalist guidelines require 25% of the training to take place
outdoors. Four required Saturday sessions are scheduled. Saturday
classes usually last four hours and will be held at Motts Run, the
Friends of the Rappahannock facility on Fall Hill Avenue or other
locations within the CRC chapter’s region. See schedule below.
4. Trainees may not miss more than 2 classes, and all missed sessions
must be made up by attending the appropriate class(es) within 12 months
of the completion of the training or other approved make-up activities.
5. Additional information on the Virginia Master Naturalist Program can be found at http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org/
Master Naturalist Training Schedule – 2012
Aug. 13th Orientation/Intro to Virginia Master Naturalist Program/Admin. Info/Risk Management/American Naturalist
Mon. Aug. 20th Ecological Concepts
Mon. Aug. 27th Botany
Mon. Sept. 10th Forest Ecology and Management
Mon. Sept. 17th Ornithology
Sat. Sept. 22nd Plant Walk
* Mon. Sept. 24th Geology/ Biogeography
Mon. Oct. 1st Land Use/ Urban Systems
Sat. Oct. 6th Bird Walk
Mon. Oct. 8th Citizen Science
* Mon. Oct. 15th Weather and Climate
Sat. Oct. 20 Wetlands and Coastal Ecology
Mon. Oct. 22nd Interpretation & Teaching Skills
Mon. Oct. 29th Soil Science
Sat. Nov. 3rd Biological and Chemical Water Monitoring and Icthyology
Mon. Nov. 5th Mammalogy
Mon. Nov. 12th Herpetology
Mon. Nov. 19th Entomology – Exams Distributed
Mon. Dec. 3rd EXAMS DUE BACK to DOF- King George (Karen’s Office) by 5 PM
Tues. Dec. 4th Chapter Meeting & Graduation (Optional)
* Monday evening class.
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.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices,
services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please
contact VDOF at 540-663-0181 (TDD number 1-800-828-1120 during business
hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior
to the event.