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The Texas Master Naturalist program develops local teams of “master volunteers” to provide educational and outreach services aimed at the better management of natural resources and natural area within their communities. The Texas Master Naturalist program is a partnership between the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and other local partners.
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. 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.
Through the latest reporting year of 2013, Texas Master Naturalists have reported:
- Trained 712 new TMN volunteers through 42 chapters in 2013. From inception through 2013 a total of 8,852 volunteers have been trained.
- There are 42 TMN chapters statewide with one in development.
- 349,240 service hours were reported by TMN volunteers throughout the 2013 calendar year. This service is valued at $7.73* Million(*National value of volunteer service per hour by the Independent Sector.org). To date, over 2,434,254 hours (valued at $53.89 Million) have been reported to the TMN program. As per the terms of our current federal grant the value of our 2013 service hours is $6.81 Million and $47.47 Million for the cumulative service hours)
- Over 5,302 outreach events were conducted by TMN volunteers in 2013. Of those events, 3,407 were Direct Outreach events reaching some 280,8401 people. Through 2013, TMN volunteers have reached more than 4.1 Million people.
- 7,538 new acres were impacted in 2013 through TMN volunteer stewardship projects and management plans and over 206,300 acres have been impacted to date.
- 72.1 new trail miles were developed and/or maintained through new TMN service projects in 2013. To date, over 1,866.27 trail miles have been impacted.
- 20 new partnerships were developed by TMN chapters statewide in 2013 with over 370 partnership established statewide.
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401 W. Hickory Street
Denton, TX 76201
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