Piney Wood Lakes Chapter is made up of folks just like you who are interested in the world around them. If you’ve ever wondered about what’s in your “Back Yard”, the Texas Master Naturalist is the program for you.
A Piney Wood Lakes Texas Master Naturalist is exposed to the diversity of the plants, animals and geology of the Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Tyler County region through Experienced Instructors in Basic Training, Field Trips and Community Projects!
Volunteers will receive a minimum of 40 hours training from educators and specialists from places such as universities, natural resource agencies, nature centers, and museums. Training topics include interpretation and management of natural resources, ecological concepts, eco-regions in Texas, and natural systems management. Volunteers are expected to give 40 hours of service a year in community education, demonstration, and habitat enhancement projects. They are also expected to pursue a minimum of eight hours of advance training in areas of personal interest.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas AgriLife Extension co-sponsor the Texas Master Naturalist Program.
We are the 42nd Chapter, organized with the help of the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce Eco-Tourism committee, the AgriLife Extension Agents of Polk, Trinity and Tyler Counties and TPWD Lake Livingston State Park. The Chapter followed the TMN State Committee guidelines for chapter formation from Sept. 2009 to July 2010. On Aug. 19, 2012 we became the 42nd Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program. Guest speaker for that event was Dr. Earl Chilton on the invasive Zebra Mussel approach to Texas near Lake Texoma.
The Chapter has a variety of group or individual service projects for EDUCATION, NATURAL RESOURCE ASSISTANCE & MAINTENANCE AND TRAINING! Members meet monthly the first Thursday of the month at Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce, Livingston TX @ 2:00 PM.
PINEY WOOD LAKES CHAPTER – This Texas Master Naturalist chapter meets monthly at the new time 5:30 p.m., the first Thursday of the month at Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce, 1001 Hwy. 59 Loop N, Livingston except for every third month (3/3; 6/2; 9/1; 12/1) when meetings will be at Coldspring Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 1 Cemetery Rd, Coldspring, TX 77331. The chapter serves Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Tyler counties. Members meet to train and volunteer for community opportunities related to beneficial managing of the area’s natural resources. Chapter information at www.txmn.org/pineywoodlakes or email questions to email@example.com or call 936-327-8394