About Us

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Virginia Master Naturalist. The Central Virginia Chapter will be holding our Basic Training Course in the Fall of 2014 probably beginning in Sept and meeting one night per week with some field trips on Weekends. The exact details will be announced as soon as confirmed. We invite you to become a part of the state's "first and oldest" chapter. Our chapter has a unique legacy. It was started in 1994 by Mike Hayslett and followed him through several Central Virginia communities, training over 200 individuals by 2006. Following this "pre-history" to the state-wide program, the Central Virginia Master Naturalists became the first chartered chapter in Virginia during 2006. With a moniker reflecting this distinction ("the Peaks View Pioneers"), the Central Virginia Chapter continues our training tradition begun some 20 years ago! We currently have over 70 active members!


Central Virginia Master Naturalist chapter application for training course (MS Word)

Central Virginia Master Naturalist chapter application for training course (PDF)

The purpose of the basic close up view of insects collected in kick nettraining is to prepare participants for volunteering as Master Naturalists in our community and establishing a base of natural resource volunteers.

Applications for the training can be downloaded by following the links above or may be obtained by emailing our BTC Coordinator Amy French at trilliumcounseling@hotmail.com.

The cost for the training is $100 plus a required dues for 2015 in the amount of $20 for a total of $120.

Payment arrangements or partial scholarships may be available. Please note your needs on your application.

Submit application and fees to:
Central Virginia Master Naturalist
PO Box 6
Lynchburg, VA 24505

ESP We currently have an Early Start Program that allows participants to save money and get going now!

For 2014, CVMN will extend the time of the BTC classes in order to let interested volunteers start limited activities in the six months before the BTC actually starts the weekly classes. The orientation described below will be the first class. Each February, the Board will decide if the program is to be extended for that year and may make any changes as the board may decide. The Board may change or eliminate the program at any time for cause.

Program will be available from March 11 to July 15, 2014.

1. Naturalists in Training (ESP) will complete the application for BTC and membership, undergoing the same review as is currently done.

2. Commit to attend the next BTC by paying the fee according to the below listed schedule;

      1. March 11 to July 15, fee is 75% of announced BTC course cost.
      2. 2014 fee is $100 for the BTC and $20 for 2015 dues (Required).
      3. ESP cost is $95 instead of full price of $120.

3. Undergo an orientation including the Above Suspicion and other items outlining the rules. This will be arranged by the Board and may be online, written, or in person.

4. Begin to attend CVMN events as a NIT (Naturalist in Training) (guest) status,

5. And participate on projects but only under the mentor-ship of other CVMN.

people looking at plants in field with pond in backgroundTo become a Certified Master Naturalist, a trainee must:


If you have additional question about Basic Training you may contact the Basic Training Coordinator, Amy French (trilliumcounseling@hotmail.com).
For questions about any other topics related to the Central Virginia Master Naturalist programs including requests for assistance on projects, contact Bill Plyler, President at 434-845-3646 or email, billplyler2@yahoo.com.

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. Virginia Master Naturalist is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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Last revised on Thursday, March 20, 2014.