The Mission: To develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas.
The Need: Many communities and organizations rely on such citizen volunteers for implementing youth education programs; for operating parks, nature centers, and natural areas; and for providing leadership in local natural resource conservation efforts. In fact, a short supply of dedicated and well-informed volunteers is often cited as a limiting factor for community-based conservation efforts.
As a result of last year’s reports, there have been 398,811 volunteer service hours provided, 51,431 Advanced Training hours obtained, 12,450 new acres impacted, 80.50 new trail miles, and 5,608 outreach events (78% of those events were direct outreach events, reaching 234,000 youth, adults and private landowners) in 2014 alone.
To date, there have been 9,676 TMN volunteers trained, 2,833,064 volunteer service hours logged, 446,850 Advanced Training hours obtained, over 218,000 acres impacted, 1,946 trail miles, and nearly 400 partnerships. 52 volunteers have given over 5,000 service hours, and 9 volunteers have given over 10,000 service hours.
Texas Master Naturalist Trainings
Fourteen chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist Program are conducting training classes in the coming fall months for volunteers wanting to learn about natural resource and conservation management. Including two newly forming chapters, the South Texas Border Chapter and the Brush Country Chapter.
Find out which Texas Master Naturalist chapters are offering a volunteer training by checking out this Texas Master Naturalist Program Fall 2015 News Release. Enrollment is limited in most chapters. Some registration deadlines are fast approaching so contact a chapter near you to see if seating is still available.
The 2nd Annual TMN Video Contest!
Spring has filled the outdoors with new life and activities. Take advantage of this time to Create a New Video, highlighting a(n)
- Experience as a Trainee
- Experience as a Master Naturalist, or
- Chapter Project.
The deadline for this contest is September 18th, 2015. More information can be found on the 2nd Annual Video Contest event page.
TMN WordPress Training & Troubleshooting Sessions
We are excited to announce a new approach to our website WordPress trainings! Our AgriLife Communication Web Specialist, Diann Mitchell-Linger, has been testing out a new system to conduct live web trainings. This new software is called WebEx, and it is very easy to manipulate and get into the trainings. Using this new system, we have decided to set up a series of monthly TMN WordPress Training & Troubleshooting Sessions. These are going to be held on the first Wednesday of each month (excluding July and August) from 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. These sessions are a chance for you to log in, get a refresher, or ask questions of Diann about the WordPress system.
These training sessions are not limited to website admins only. If there is a new member of your chapter who is interested in learning how to manage the WordPress system-please pass out the word and feel free to have them join!