To become a Certified Texas Master Naturalist of the Gulf Coast Chapter, Trainees must fulfill the following requirements:
- Attend all training classes and field trips.
- Complete 40 hours minimum of volunteer service on approved projects within a year after the training class.
- Complete 8 hours of advanced training in approved classes within a year after the training class.
In the Gulf Coast Chapter, training is usually offered twice a year. Classes are offered during the Day in the Spring, and
in the Evening during the Fall. Trainees attend 56 hours of classes and field trips.
To maintain active status in the Gulf Coast Chapter, a Texas Master Naturalist completes 40 hours minimum of volunteer service and 8 hours minimum of advanced training annually.
Applicants accepted into the training session will need to pay a $150.00 fee. This fee will pay for the Texas Master Naturalist Handbook, a name badge, shirt and other materials. Scholarships are available. You will be notified via email or phone of receipt of this application.
A twelve-week training program for individuals desiring certification as a Texas Master Naturalists consists of:
- one class a week and several hands-on field trips
- presentations by area scientists, professors, and other professionals
- provides the opportunity to meet and socialize with other like-minded naturalists
Training sessions are bi-annually with two classes of approximately 20 students graduating each May and November.
For more information go to www.txgcmn.org