Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Lee and Washington Counties

–Volunteers seeking to provide beneficial management of natural resources through education, outreach and service.

2014 Officers

Cindy Hobbs, President
Karen Woods, Vice President
Debbie Copeland, Secretary
Mary Jones, Treasurer

Cindy Rodibaugh, Immediate Past President
Dave Redden, Past President

The chapter began training its first class of 11 students in April 2005 and graduated all by April 2006. We have over 100 active members, and have trained over 200 individuals. Our training is normally held at Windedale, near Round Top, in Fayette County. This is a central location for the five counties. Training sessions for new members begin in January and are complete each year by the end of May. Training sessions are usually Monday evenings, 6 – 9 PM each week.

Chapter membership meetings are held every odd numbered month on the third Saturday, 9 – 11 a.m. Typically these meetings are followed by a program open to the public.

We invite you to go through our Web site and look at some of the things we do. If you think you would be interested in joining us, please contact us for more information and to get application forms.

If you are not familiar with the Texas Master Naturalist program and want to learn more about this statewide program sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife and  the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, please visit the state Web site.

What’s New at Gideon Lincecum Chapter?

Become a Master Naturalist

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:

  • Goes through an approved training program with at least 40 hours of combined field and classroom instruction, plus 8 hours of approved advanced training
  • Donates 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 their initial training.
  • Completes another 8 hours of advanced training and donates 40 hours of volunteer service every year after the first one.

Interested in joining? If you can’t find a chapter near you, contact the Texas Master Naturalist coordinator, a local office of Texas Parks and Wildlife or a local county Extension agent.

Become A Master Naturalist

Want to know more?
Here’s some facts:

Since the organization’s founding in 1998, Texas Master Naturalists have contributed more than 1,003,409 hours of service on 90,000 acres of wildlife and native plant habitats, and reached more than 1.2 million Texas residents of all ages. These volunteer efforts are worth more than $20 million.

Currently 5,306 Texas Master Naturalist™ volunteers serve in 39 local chapters across the state, and new chapters are opening all the time.

The program has earned the Wildlife Management Institute’s Presidents’ 2000 Award, the National Audubon Society’s 2001 Habitat Hero’s Award, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission’s 2001 Environmental Excellence Award, and Texas A&M University’s 2001 Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in Partnership. In 2005 program earned the U.S. Department of Interior’s “Take Pride in America” award.