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 for the State of Texas.

The Need: 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.


Upcoming Events

Texas Master Naturalist SPRING 2019 Trainings

Many of the chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist program are conducting training classes in the spring months for volunteers wanting to learn about natural resource and conservation management. Find a chapter near you or see the 18 chapters listed below hosting these Spring 2019 trainings.

The main qualification needed to become a certified Texas Master Naturalist is an interest in learning and playing an active part in conservation. Volunteers will receive a minimum of 40 hours of basic 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 then asked to provide 40 hours of volunteer service including enhancement projects in order to maintain certification as a Texas Master Naturalist. They are also expected to pursue a minimum of 8 hours of advanced training in areas of personal interest. However, many of the volunteers will go above and beyond their basic requirements once involved, and are encouraged to develop personal projects connecting to the mission of the chapter and statewide program.

The following Texas Master Naturalist chapters are offering volunteer training this spring. Enrollment is limited in most chapters. Some registration deadlines are fast approaching so contact a chapter near you to see if seating is still available. (Listed in alphabetical order by chapter name)

*NEW: The Coastal Prairie Chapter is starting their next training class on August 20th, 2019. Visit their site for more information. 

*NEW: The Lower Trinity Basin Chapter is starting their next training class in June 2019. Applications are due by May 9, 2019. More information is listed below.

*NEW: The Elm Fork Chapter is starting their next training class in August 2019. Applications are due by July 26, 2019. More information below.

Chapter Name: Alamo Area Chapter
Training Dates: February 21: Orientation; February 28 through May 2: Classes; May 4: Graduation
Times & Location: Thursdays, 5:00 to 9:00 pm; Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center
Class Limit (if applicable): 55
Registration Fee (if applicable): $200.00
Registration Deadline: January 31
Training Contact Name & Email: Apply@AlamoMasterNaturalist.org
and Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/alamo/

Chapter Name: Blackland Prairie Chapter
Training Dates: 13 consecutive Wednesdays from 2/13/19 through 5/08/19
Times & Location: Class – Wednesdays, 6:00PM – 9:00PM at The Heard Science Resource Center, Field Trip locations and times vary.
Class Limit: 32 students
Registration Fee (if applicable): $150.00
Registration Deadline: January 15, 2019
Training Contact Name & Email: Greg Hayden, education@bptmn.org
Chapter Website: bptmn.org
Chapter Facebook Page: Blackland Prairie Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist

Chapter Name: Central Texas Chapter
Training Dates:Orientation, March 19, There will be eight training classes which will run from March 26th to June 4th, being held on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Bell County including Miller Springs Nature Center, Blackland Research Center, Fort Hood, and Nolan Creek.
Times & Location: Begin 8-9, ending 3-4, depending upon subject matter and location
Class Limit (if applicable): 25
Registration Fee (if applicable): $150.00
Registration Deadline: Up to March 19, Orientation
Training Contact Name & Email: Mary Ann Everett, everett.maryann4@gmail.com or Lynn Fleming,  lynn.fleming99@gmail.com, or Zoe Rasco,  trascoe@hot.rr.com
Chapter Website:   https://www.txmn.org/centraltexas.

Chapter Name: Cypress Basin Chapter
Training Dates:  Friday 1/25 and Saturday 1/26;  Friday 2/22 and Saturday 2/23; Friday 3/22 and Saturday 3/23; Friday 4/12 and Saturday 4/13
Times & Location: All Friday dates: 6:00pm – 9:00pm.  All Saturday dates: 9:00am – 5:00pm;  Classes held at Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge and/or Caddo Lake State Park
Class Limit (if applicable):  Minimum 8
Registration Fee (if applicable): $130 for individuals; $200 for a couple
Registration Deadline: January 5, 2019
Training Contact Email: Jill Wright  jillmom8788@hotmail.com
Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/cypress/

Chapter Name: Elm Fork Chapter
Training Dates:  August 27 – November 12, 2019
Times & Location: Tuesdays 9AM – 3 PM at Global Spheres (GS), 7801 S. Interstate 35, Corinth, TX 76210 unless otherwise noted
Class Limit (if applicable):  Minimum 8
Registration Fee (if applicable): $150
Registration Deadline: July 26, 2019
Training Contact Email: Master.Naturalist@dentoncounty.com
Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/elmfork/
Application: https://txmn.org/elmfork/join-our-chapter/2018-application/
Calendar: https://txmn.org/elmfork/2019-class-schedule/

Chapter Name: Galveston Bay Area Chapter
Training Dates: February 21 — May 9, 2019
Times & Location: 9:00 am — 3:00 pm; Various Locations
Class Limit: 22
Registration Fee: $150
Registration Deadline: December 7, 2018
Training Contact Name & Email: Janet Mason; jmason74@comcast.net
Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/gbmn

Chapter Name: Good Water Chapter
Training Dates: Tuesday afternoons from 1-5 with a couple of Saturday mornings starting March 5
Time and Location: AgriLife, Georgetown,TX
Class Fee: $150.00
Contact Person: Nancy Phillips, anrjp1@aol.com
Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/goodwater/

Chapter Name: Gideon Lincecum Chapter
Training Dates: January 28 – April 29
Times & Location: Mondays with a few Saturday Field Trips
Class Limit (if applicable): 20
Registration Fee (if applicable): The tuition and membership fee is $175 per person or $325 for a couple sharing materials.
Registration Deadline: ASAP
Training Contact Name & Email: Deb Hilton masternaturalistgl@gmail.com
Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/glc/

Chapter Name: Hays County Chapter
Training Dates: February 5, 2019 – October 12, 2019
Times & Location: 9 Tuesday Classes 6-9:30 pm and 3 Saturday Classes 9 am-12:30 pm in locations in San Marcos, Wimberley and Dripping Springs
Class Limit (if applicable):43
Registration Fee (if applicable):$250
Registration Deadline: January 7, 2019
Training Contact Name & Email: Mark Wojcik (mark.zima@yahoo.com)
Chapter Website: www.haysmn.org

Chapter Name: Heartwood Chapter
Training Dates: Classes from March 9 through July 20, on two Saturdays a month.
Primary location: WG Jones State Forest Classroom, 1328 FM1488, Conroe
Times vary, with most beginning 8am.
Class limit: 25
Registration fee: $150.
Registration deadline: February 26
Contact: Teri MacArthur at texasnaturelover@earthlink.net
Chapter website: txmn.org/heartwood

Chapter Name: Longleaf Ridge Chapter
Longleaf Ridge Master Naturalist chapter is starting a spring training class. March 19,2019.
Dates- March 19th- July 2nd, 2019
Tuesdays, 6-9pm
Location- Martin Dies Jr State Park, 634 Park Rd. 48 South Jasper, TX
Registration fee: $140
Contact email- lrmnchapter@gmail.com
Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/llr/welcome/

Chapter Name: Lost Pines Chapter
Classes: held from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, on Monday evenings (approximately 3 per month), plus several field trips on Saturdays, Orientation will be on January 12, 2019 and a graduation celebration is scheduled for June 9, 2019.
Registration deadline: December 15th, 2018
Registration Fee: $130
Class Limit: 25
Training Contact:
Nancy Rabensburg, Training Coordinator, training@lostpinesmasternaturalist.org
Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/lostpines

Chapter Name: Lower Trinity Basin Chapter
Training Dates: Classes: June through October 2019
Times & Location: Thursdays, 6:00 pm; FLNB Corner Room (1822 Sam Houston St., Liberty, TX 77575)
Class Limit (if applicable): 20
Registration Fee (if applicable): $150 + $25 Chapter Dues
Registration Deadline: May 9
Training Contact Name & Email: Karen Morris (lowertrinitybasin@gmail.com)
Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/lowertrinitybasin/
Application: 2019 Training Class Application Letter
Calendar: 2019 Training Class Schedule
Chapter Name: Mid-Coast Chapter
Training Dates: February 2, 2019 – June 1, 2019
Times & Location: Multiple all-day sessions on various Saturdays at locations throughout the 8-county Chapter area;
see: http://midcoast-tmn.org/training/basic/
Class Limit (if applicable): 17
Registration Fee (if applicable):$150
Registration Deadline: January 10, 2019
Training Contact Name & Email: Membership Director, Rebecca Stapleton (philstapleton10@gmail.com)
Initial Training Director, Bob Cunningham (bob.cunningham@rocketmail.com)

Chapter Name: North Texas Chapter
Training Dates: Tuesdays February 5, through April 30, 2019 (and weekend field trips)
Times & Location: Tuesday evening classes, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Brookhaven College, 3939 Valley View Ln, Farmers Branch, TX 75244. The March 12 class meets at Texas Discovery Gardens. Various locations and weekend days and times for field trips–details at http://public.ntmn.org/about/how-to-join
Class Limit (if applicable): 50
Registration Fee (if applicable): $200
Registration Deadline: December 20, 2018
Training Contact Name & Email: Laura Kimberly, lrkimberly@gmail.com
and Chapter Website: NTMN.org

Chapter Name: Panhandle Chapter
Training Dates: April 6 – August 17
Times & Location: Sessions will be on various Saturdays  beginning April 6, 2019 at locations in the Amarillo area (including Palo Duro Canyon)
Class Limit (if applicable): 20
Registration Fee (if applicable): $95 before April 1 —
Registration Deadline: April 1
Training Contact Name & Email: Susie Wheeler email: susiewhe@hotmail.com
and Chapter Website: www.pctmn.org
Facebook: Texas Master Naturalist – Panhandle Chapter

Chapter Name: Piney Wood Lakes Chapter
Training Dates: February 14 – April 25
Training Contact Name & Email: natuthill@sbcglobal.net, 713-882-6792
and Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/pineywoodlakes/

Chapter Name: Prairie Oaks Chapter
Training Dates: Wednesdays beginning January 16th, running through May 8th (no class March 13th- TSU spring break), some Saturdays
Times & Location: 5-7:50pm at Tarleton State University Horticulture Center
Class Limit (if applicable): 15 (community members) 15 (for credit)
Registration Fee (if applicable): $100
Registration Deadline: Passed
Training Contact Name & Email: Marsha Stephens prairieoaksmasternaturalist@gmail.com
and Chapter Website: www.txmn.org/prairieoaks

Chapter Name: Rolling Plains Chapter
Training Dates: March 5 – May 7
Times & Location: 7-9 pm Tuesday and Thursday night, Midwestern State University Bolin Science Hall Room 213
Class Limit (if applicable): 25
Registration Fee (if applicable): $100
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2019
Training Contact Name & Email: Terry McKee dgm59@aol.com
and Chapter Website: txmn.org/rollingplains

Chapter Name: South Texas Border Chapter
Training Dates: January 8th and 12 consecutive weeks from there
Times & Location: Classes meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for twelve weeks. A wide variety of field trips will be offered primarily on Saturdays with some on other days.
Class Limit (if applicable): 25
Registration Fee (if applicable): $150
Training Contact Name & Email: Elizabeth Perdomo, mateliza@aol.com
and Chapter Website: http://www.stbctmn.org/the-next-class

For more information about existing chapters or forming a new chapter contact Mary Pearl Meuth, Texas Master Naturalist Program Assistant State Coordinator, by email: mpmeuth@tamu.edu or by phone at: (979) 845-7294.

Highlights of chapter’s projects, state-wide initiatives and program achievements can also be found on the Texas Master Naturalist Programs Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/TexasMasterNaturalistProgram


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