Virginia Master Naturalist (VMN) Information

Our next class starts in September 2024 – Apply Here!

If you are accepted into the training program, you will take classes and start to accumulate Continuing Education (CE) and volunteer hours. To become certified, you need 8 hours of continuing education (CE) and 40 hours of volunteer work in addition to completing the class. Trainees have one full year from the end of the classroom work to complete the CE and volunteer work. If you have any questions about applying, please email

Training Details

The Banshee Reeks VMN Chapter proudly offers a highly acclaimed and state sponsored eight-month training course for community members interested in working toward certification as a Virginia Master Naturalist. Classes are held in person at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve.

  • The course explores a variety of topics including biogeography, herpetology, ornithology botany, ecology, ornithology, management and conservation of ecological systems such as wetlands, forest and urban/suburban settings, as well as teaching and interpretive skills in citizen science.
  • Our curriculum consists of 15 sessions held annually September through April, on Saturdays 9 am to 3 pm. The course combines classroom and field instruction. Successful completion of the training requires passing both the mid-term and final examinations, and submission of a nature journal.
  • Classes are limited to 25 adult students and fees are $250 per person, which includes all course materials.
  • Participants are expected to attend all class and field work. If you miss one or two classes, a “make-up” session(s) must be taken within one year from the course completion. Qualifying make-up classes must be pre-coordinated with the Chapter Training Committee.
  • If you have a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this program, please contact our state Program Director, Michelle Prysby at 434.872.4571 or via email at during business hours of 8 am and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations prior to the application deadline for the course.