Texas Master Naturalists not only get their feet wet and their hands dirty, but while doing so they spend time in a natural setting, learn about different plant and animal species, and maybe even find something new: One member, in fact, discovered a new plant species.
To become a Texas Master Naturalist, each volunteer:
- must successfully complete an approved training program with at least 40 hours of combined field and classroom instruction, plus 8 hours of approved advanced training
- donates at least 40 hours of volunteer service back to the state and community. Trainees can complete their 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of advanced training within a year after completion of their initial training.
- after the first year, complete another 8 hours of advanced training and donates 40 hours of volunteer service to maintain their certification as a Master Naturalist.
Each of the items about must be completed through an official Master Naturalist chapter.
Interested in joining?
Locate an existing Texas Master Naturalist Chapter near you and contact them to receive the most up to date information on their upcoming training class and to receive an application. In many cases, the training class information is available on the chapter websites. Several chapters also have down-loadable applications on their websites as well. For those who do not, please feel free to contact the chapter representative listed on the respective website for more information.
If you can’t find a chapter near you, or if you have additional questions, contact the State Program Coordinator, Michelle Haggerty, Texas Master Naturalist Program Coordinator (830.896.2504), a local office of Texas Parks and Wildlife, or your local County Extension Agent.