Virginia Master Naturalist Program - Southern Piedmont Chapter


The application window for the 2023 Basic Training Course for the Southern Piedmont Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists is now closed. Congratulations to the new SPMN Class of 2024! 

The VMN training course prepares you to become a Certified Virginia Master Naturalist volunteer. The VMN Program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. 

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. Initial certification, as well as annual recertification, requires 8 hours of approved continuing education and 40 hours of approved volunteer service within a year following completion of your basic training course.

To learn more about the course and to speak directly with a certified Virginia Master Naturalist, please attend one of our information sessions. We advertise the dates and locations of the information sessions via email and on our Facebook group. To be added to our email list, please send your name and email address to southside.naturalists@gmail.com.  To visit our Facebook group, click here.  

 

The Virginia Master Naturalist program is managed by Virginia Cooperative Extension, a partnership of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments. Its programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, military status, or any other basis protected by law.

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Southern Piedmont Master Naturalists

 Virginia Master Naturalist is sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension, a partnership of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments. Its programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, military status, or any other basis protected by law. If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Taylor Clarke, Mecklenburg County Extension Agent at (434) 738-6191, ext 4371 during business hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event. TDD number is (800) 828-1120.