Learn About the Program

We offer six 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 for the 2020-2021 program can be found here. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on training budgets, VNRLI will continue to accept applications until late-September. 


Tuition for the 2020-2021 VNRLI is $3,250. Limited scholarship assistance is available. 

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. 

2019-2020 Dates & Locations:

Orientation: September 16-18, 2020 - partial day, virtually                                   Session 1: November 11-13, 2020 - Virtually        

Session 2: December 9-11, 2020  - Virtually                                                         Session 3: January 13-15, 2021 - Richmond or virtually         

Session 4: March 3-5, 2021 - Coastal VA or virtually                                            Session 5: April 27-30, 2021 - Southwest VA or virtually 

Session 6: June 9-11, 2021 - Charlottesville or virtually 

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