2015 Basic Training Class

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2015 class.


Your journey to VMN volunteer status begins with our 2015 Spring and Fall Master Naturalist Basic Training Class!

River Walk on Grand Caverns DayThe Headwaters Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists (VMN) Program is now accepting Membership applications which will give you a potential slot in our Basic Training Class for 2015.  A great deal of information is included in the Membership application, please read it carefully.  Our class size is limited to 16, and prospective members will be accepted as trainees on a first come first served basis.  

Applications are due by Friday, February 6 and classes are scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Classes will be held weekly on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the:

Houff Community Center
Bridgewater Retirement Community
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Classes will span from April 2 through June 11, 2015 (no meeting June 4), and after a summer break that will include opportunities for gatherings and field trips with the Chapter resume on Thursday, September 3 until November 12, 2015 (no meeting November 5).

To apply, you may print out the application found here as a pdf file, complete it and send it in with the training fee by February 6, 2015, to:

P.O. Box 206
Dayton, VA 22821
Attn: Pat and Dwayne Martin

Alternatively, you may request a Word doc file of the application from headwatersmn.info[at]gmail.com, and fill out and return all but the last three pages electronically to this same email address. The last three pages (pages 4-6) require signatures/initialing and will need to be mailed in.

Either way, the application must be accompanied by the $148.00 training fee.  Your money will be returned should your application be unsuccessful. If your application is accepted, no refunds will be made after March 13.

More about what it means to be a Virginia Master Naturalist here.

slimysalamander.SDJThe Virginia Master Naturalist experience offers amazing opportunities to learn from outstanding educators about our natural world, connect with awesome individuals with diverse skills and passions, contribute to the health and resiliency of our environment and build a community of citizens educated about ecological systems. The Basic Training is only a first step toward a long-term commitment to volunteering and engagement with the Headwaters Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists.

 Master Naturalists will become better-informed citizens who will promote the value of conserving the Commonwealth’s wildlife and the natural resources on which they and all Virginians depend. – David Whitehurst, Director, Bureau of Wildlife Resources, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries