Learn About the Program

We offer 6 three-day sessions in different locations around Virginia focusing on a variety of environmental issues. We use a proven mix of mini-lectures, experiential role plays and exercises, stakeholder panel discussions, and field trips on current environmental topics to build your competencies and:

  • Enhance your conflict resolution and collaborative problem-solving skills,
  • Sharpen your personal and professional leadership skills and expand your network, and
  • Gain understanding of key emerging environmental issues in Virginia.

Please view our curriculum page to see an overview of skills/topics covered at each session. 

There are two ways to gain the VNRLI experience: as a full program Fellow, or as a regional session participant.

Become a VNRLI Fellow

The application period for the 2016-2017 VNRLI has closed. If you are interested in participating in the program, we invite you to attend a regional session (see below for more information) or check back in Spring 2017 for the 2017-2018 VNRLI application. 

Join a Regional Session

If you are unable to attend the full program, or want to see what VNRLI is all about, consider attending a regional session (one of the six sessions that comprise the entire VNRLI program). Choose based on topics of interest to you, geographical proximity, etc. You can find more information about our regional sessions here, and the regional session application here. Tuition for regional sessions is $750. 

How Does the Program Work?

2016-2017 Dates & Locations are as follows:

Session 1: September 21-23, 2016 - Shenandoah Valley              Session 2: November 2-4, 2016 - Virginia Beach                     

Session 3: January 11-13, 2017 - Richmond                                  Session 4: March 1-3, 2017 - Danville

Session 5: April 19-21, 2017 - Southwest VA                                 Session 6: June 14-16, 2017 - Charlottesville

Curious about what participants learn at each session? You can see an overview of the current year's sessions and topics here. Want to know who has been a VNRLI Fellow and which organizations are represented? See a list of participating organizations here. Want to see what our alumni have to say about VNRLI? Read their testimonials.  Want to learn how the program stacks up? Review VNRLI's Measures of Success here