“The best place to study nature is at one’s own home –
on the farm, in the mountains, by the sea –
wherever that may be.”
by American Naturalist John Burroughs
Nature At Its Best!
We have a very rich web site chock full of fascinating information about the natural world in which we live, especially here in our beloved Milam County – home of many beautiful natural treasures and abundant wildlife. Let us share it all with you.
Please note the navigation panel down the right side of the page, and be sure to visit some of our major offerings.
- Calendar and Current Events – our Calendar as maintained on Google Calendar showing highlights, and the latest “ECRMN This Week” that is emailed to everyone.
- Los Caminos Newsletters – All of our past newsletters are online for viewing or download. These have won multiple annual awards at the State Conference.
- Milam County Nature Festival – our annual celebration of “Nature at its Best” with numerous speakers and hands on exhibits on all aspects of nature, for “kids” of all ages who want to learn more.
- The Nature of Milam County is our Nature Book that will be documenting, over time, all the neat flora and fauna found in our county.
- Special Projects – These change from time to time. Our current / most recent project is:
- Bring Back the Monarchs describes our chapter project to establish a Monarch Way Station and Garden at the Milano Junction Memorial Garden
- Natural Areas of Interest – pick your favorite area of nature and see what we have for you in terms of definitions, copies of class and advanced training presentations, recommended web sites and our favorite books and guides. This is one of the richest contents on our website.
- Organization tells you who we are, what the Master Naturalist program is all about, and how training and volunteer hours are handled.
- Library is our collection of brochures, meeting minutes, reporting templates, and other operating documents.
- Photos and Slide Shows includes various photos of classes, our member photo gallery so you can place names with faces, some really great powerpoint slide shows about nature in general, and some member submitted photos. The link is there to our Chapter Photo Site on PicasaWeb (or Google+ as it is now called), which contains a huge variety of photos of past and current events.
- Volunteers, projects and hours explains about our volunteer projects, and how reporting of hours is managed.
- Training, Advanced Training and hours tells about our classes and advanced training opportunities and how to claim hours.
- How to Join explains the application process, with all needed forms.
- Members Area is a login controlled area for members only documents: such as our members phone numbers and email / mail addresses, directions to members homes, and financial statements, etc. that are not open to the public.
- Contact gives you a form to email us directly with questions or comments.
To develop a corps of well-educated “Master Volunteers” to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated toward the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.
The program will furnish participants with essential information and strategies to restore and conserve our indigenous species and habitats, on their own land, or anywhere in the County or State. Throughout training, area experts will cover interesting topics about our natural resources and lead hands-on field trips to area ecosystems.
Texas Master Naturalist trainees may select from a wide variety of approved local projects to volunteer their time, including habitat restoration, native plant rescues, wildlife management, school educational projects, public educational presentations, and projects of their own design. The opportunities are limited only by your imagination.