Virginia Master Naturalist Basic Training Curriculum
Being a Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteer
This page contains numerous curriculum resources that may be used flexibly by Virginia Master Naturalist chapters and trainees to meet their learning needs. These resources also are available to other volunteer programs and the public for their use, but please note that watching or reading these materials cannot substitute for enrolling in and completing a basic training course with a VMN chapter in order to become a Virginia Master Naturalist volunteer.
What: Short videos to introduce volunteers to the topic of Being a Virginia Master Naturalist volunteer.
Virginia Master Naturalist promo video: "The Naturalist" by Sonny Bowers, Historic Rivers Chapter. 7:31 min.
Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteer Policy Handbook (updated 2023)
Additional Readings and Info Sheets
This is a PowerPoint file that can be edited by the local chapter and used in the training class.
Being A Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteer: An Introduction (PowerPoint, 18 MB)
There are two online, e-learning modules that must be completed by all Virginia Master Naturalist trainees in order to complete the basic training course. One covers risk management for VMN volunteers and the other explains the civil rights responsibilities of all VCE volunteers, including VMN volunteers. The document below provides step-by-step instructions for accessing the trainings from within Better Impact. Additional resources on risk management and civil rights responsibilities can be found on the VMN website.
VMN Volunteer Info Sheet: e-Learning in Better Impact