of West Virginia
Since most students cannot make it to every class that is offered, it usually takes about two years to get in all the necessary coursework and volunteer service. However, after beginning the program, a student has up to four years to complete the requirements.
Generally yes, if there is space available in the class. Members of the chapter offering the class have priority of course.
The cost actually varies somewhat from Chapter to Chapter. Some Chapters charge a nominal fee for each class, generally in the $5 to $10 range. Some chapters charge a set fee which covers the cost of all of the coursework required for certification. Some chapters charge annual dues.
All beginning students must pay a one-time payment for administrative costs which generally varies from $45 to $60, depending on the chapter. This charge includes the cost of the Master Naturalist Training Manual.
You may use the form on the "Contact Us" page of this website, or you may use our email firstname.lastname@example.org to request additional information. You may also contact Penny Miller, the WVMNAC Chairman, at (304) 243-4027 or by email at < PMiller@oglebay-resort.com >
There are actually quite a few. Nearly three-quarters of the states are now sponsoring Master Naturalist training programs. These are often run through the state Agricultural Extension Service. There are even a few municipalities that offer Master Naturalist training. Texas and Florida were among the earliest states to offer such program. The websites of some of the other state Master Naturalist Programs are listed on the "Web Links" page of this website.