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 Trainings

Many of the chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist program are conducting training classes in the spring and summer months of next year for volunteers wanting to learn about natural resource and conservation management. If you are interested, search for a chapter near you and check below to see where spring trainings will be held.

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 enhancement projects in order to maintain certification as a Texas Master Naturalist. They are also expected to pursue a minimum of eight 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.

To get even more information about reasons to join the Texas Master Naturalist program, we encourage you to watch the winning submission for the 2015 Texas Master Naturalist Annual Meeting’s Video Contest. The video was submitted by the North Texas Chapter, located in Dallas.

The following Texas Master Naturalist chapters are offering volunteer training next 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.

Chapter Name: Alamo Area Chapter

Applications Accepted (Online only: txmn.org/alamo): January 4 – February 8
Registration and Orientation: February 22, 5:00-8:00PM
Training Dates and Times: March 1 – May 5 Classes (Evening): 5:00-9:00 PM (Most on Thursday) Plus Four Required Field Trips 8:00-Noon (Saturdays – Various Locations)
Class Location: Urban Ecology Center, Phil Hardberger Park-West
8400 NW Military Highway, San Antonio, TX 78230
Class Limit: 50
Registration Fee: $200
Training Contact: Jeanette Geiman, jjgeiman@icloud.com
Chapter Website: txmn.org/alamo

Chapter Name: Blackland Prairie Chapter

Training Dates: Feb. 7 – May 2, 2018
Times & Location: Wednesdays 6-9 p.m. Heard Museum, 1 Science Place McKinney, Texas 75069
Class Limit (if applicable): 32
Registration Fee (if applicable): $150
Registration Deadline: January 12, 2018
Training Contact Name & Email: education@bptmn.org
and Chapter Website: http://txmn.org/bptmn

Chapter Name: Bois d'Arc Chapter
Training Dates: 1/23/18 through 7/17/18
Times & Location: Tuesdays 6-9 pm and Saturdays 10 – 2:30 (see attached schedule)
Class Limit: 12
Registration Fee: 100.00
Registration Deadline: 1/12/18
Training Contact Name &
Email: Linda Brinlee , brinlees.barnyard@att.net
and Chapter Website: http://txmn.org/boisdarc/

Chapter Name: Central Texas Chapter

Training Dates: March 21 – June 5, 2018
Times & Location: Tuesdays from 8:30-3p.m. at various locations around the county. Field visits to Ft Hood, local ranch, and other sites.
Registration Fee (if applicable): $150
Registration Deadline: March 20, 2018
Training Contact Name & Email: Everett.maryann4@gmail.com
and Chapter Website: www.txmn.org/centraltexas/

Chapter Name: Coastal Prairie Chapter

Training Dates: March 24-May 26
Times & Location: Tuesdays and Saturdays at selected locations around area.
Class Limit (if applicable): 22
Registration Fee (if applicable): $175, covers all materials and registration fees
Registration Deadline: March 14, 2018
Training Contact Name & Email: CJ McDaniel cjm111@crenshawgolf.com
and Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/coastal/

Chapter Name: Cypress Basin Chapter

Training Dates: Friday 1/26 and Saturday 1/27; Friday 2/23 and Saturday 2/24; Friday 3/23 and Saturday 3/24; Friday 4/27 and Saturday 4/28
Times & Location: All Friday dates: 6:00pm – 9:30pm. All Saturday dates: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Class Limit (if applicable): Minimum 8
Registration Fee (if applicable): $130 for individuals; $200 for a couple
Registration Deadline: 12/31/2018
Training Contact Name & Email: Jill Wright jillmom8788@hotmail.com
and Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/cypress/

Chapter Name: East Texas Chapter
Training Dates: Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 through Tuesday, April 17th, 2018. There will be one Saturday class and three Saturday field trips TBD
Times and Location: Life changing classes will be held from 6-9PM at The Tyler Nature Center, 11942 FM 848, Tyler, TX 75707
Class space is limited so early application is encouraged.
Registration Fee: $150. Two members of one family will receive a $50 tuition reduction. Very limited partial scholarships are available and payment schedules can be worked out if needed. Otherwise, payment of $150 tuition is expected no later than the first class on January 30th. Checks and cash only.
Application deadline is Monday, January 22nd– postmarked.
Contact: Beverly Guthrie at finwren@sbcglobal.net
Chapter website : http://txmn.org/etwd/
Please contact Beverly and/or go to the website to find an application and more information.

Chapter Name: El Camino Real Chapter

Training Dates: Thursdays January 4th through March from 5pm to 9pm, plus several field trips near Milam County
Location: Milano Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Milano
Class Limit: 20 applicants
Registration Fee: $150, includes complete class manual
Registration Deadline: December 15th, 2017
Training Contact: Dorothy Mayer (254-482-3235) or Pamela Neeley (254-482-0822)
And Chapter Website: www.txmn.org/elcamino

Chapter Name: Galveston Bay Area Chapter
Training Dates: 2/15-5/3/2018
Times & Location: 9-3 Various Locations
Class Limit (if applicable): 22
Registration Fee (if applicable): $150
Registration Deadline: 12/11/2018
Training Contact Name & Email: Sara Snell, snellsw@verizon.net
and Chapter Website: http://txmn.org/gbmn

Chapter Name: Gideon Lincecum Chapter

Training dates: Jan 22,2018 thru April 30, 2018
Times and locations: 6pm to 9 pm at various locations in the 5 Counties, many will be at Winedale Heritage Center, Roundtop, Tx
Class limit – 22
Registration fee: $175.00 per person or $325 per couple.
Registration Deadline: 3 Jan 2018
Training Contact: Jeb Lapeyrolerie, e-mail: spjstenc@gmail.com
(979) 249-5674
Chapter Website: TXMN.ORG/GLC

Chapter Name: Good Water Chapter

Training Dates: March 6, 2018 – May 15, 2018
Times & Location: Agrilife Training Center, Georgetown, TX 1:00 – 5:00 PM on Tuesdays
Class Limit (if applicable): 30
Registration Fee (if applicable): $150
Registration Deadline: April 28, 2018
Training Contact Name & Email: Diane Powell – dalayune14@gmail.com
and Chapter Website: www.txmn.org/goodwater

Chapter Name: Gulf Coast Chapter

Training Dates: January 20 through May 18
Times & Location: University of Houston – Downtown, Monday mornings with 5 Saturday field trips
Class Limit (if applicable): 20
Registration Fee (if applicable): $175
Registration Deadline: January 1st
Training Contact Name & Email: Bonnie Brown, bonnie.brown@txgcmn.org
and Chapter Website: www.txgcmn.org

Chapter Name: Hays County Chapter

Training Dates: Classes and field trips running from February 6-October 9, 2018
Times and locations: 10 classes on Tuesday (6-9:30 PM), 2 Saturday classes (9-12:30 PM), additional field trips and site visits on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings – held at various Hays County locations
Class limit: 42
Registration Fee: $175
Registration deadline: November 27 – January 5, 2018
Training Contact: Mark Wojcik email: trainingcom@haysmn.org
Chapter website: http://haysmn.org/

Chapter Name: Heartwood Chapter
Start of classes – March 10, run through August 4, two saturdays a month.
Times/location – variable, contact Teri MacArthur in january for full schedule.
Class limit – none
Fee – $150.
Deadline to register – February 27
Contact – Teri MacArthur at
Website – txmn.org/heartwood 

Chapter Name: Highland Lakes Chapter
Class limit: 22
Registration Deadline: October 31, 2017
Time (generally) 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Thursdays
Website: http://txmn.org/highlandlakes

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 20, 2018 and a graduation celebration is scheduled for June 9, 2018.
Registration deadline: December 15th, 2017
Registration Fee: $130
Class Limit: 25
Training Contact: Michal Hubbard, Training Coordinator, Michal_lpmn@yahoo.com
and Chapter Website: http://txmn.org/lostpines

Chapter Name: Mid-Coast Texas Master Naturalist
Training Dates: Feb. 3 – Jun. 2, 2018
Times & Location: Various locations in our area
Class Limit (if applicable): n/a
Registration Fee (if applicable): $150
Training Contact Name & Email: Bill Burge, bill_burge@yahoo.com
and Chapter Website: http://midcoast-tmn.org/

Chapter Name: North Texas Chapter
Training Dates: February 6 – May 1, 2018
Times & Location: Classes meet Tuesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Classes will take place at Brookhaven College except for March 13, which will be at Texas Discovery Gardens. Field trips are scheduled for weekend dates.
Class Limit (if applicable): 50
Registration Fee (if applicable): $180
Registration Deadline: December 1, 2017
Training Contact Name & Email: Laura Kimberly, New Class Director, education@ntmn.org
and Chapter Website: ntmn.org 

Chapter Name: Panhandle Chapter
Training Dates: March 25 – August 15,2018
Times & Location: Various Saturdays at various locations around the county. Field visits to Crossbar Ranch, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Caprock Canyons State Park and other sites.
Registration Fee (if applicable): $95
Registration Deadline: March 17, 2018
Training Contact Name & Email: Susie Wheeler susiewhe@hotmail.com
and Chapter Website: www.pctmn.org

Chapter Name: Rio Grande Valley Chapter
Training Dates: January 10, 2018 to April 10, 2018
Times & Location: Wednesdays 6:00 – 9:00; Cameron County Extension Building, 1390 W Exp 83, San Benito, Tx 78586
Class Limit (if applicable): 25
Registration Fee (if applicable): $150
Registration Deadline: November 30, 2017
Training Contact Name & Email: Heidi Linnemman, Treasurer; hhltreas@gmail.com
and Chapter Website: https://rgvctmn.org/; Registration: https://rgvctmn.org/2018-spring-training-class-online-application/

Chapter Name: Rolling Plains Chapter

Training Dates: March 8 to May 3
Times & Location: 7-9 pm, Midwestern State University, Bolin Science Hall
Class Limit (if applicable): limit of 25
Registration Fee (if applicable): $100
Registration Deadline: March 1
Training Contact Name & Email: Robert Mauk, TPWD Inland Fisheries, robert.mauk@tpwd.texas.gov, 940-766-2383
and Chapter Website: http://txmn.org/rollingplains

Chapter Name: South Plains Chapter

Training Dates: Class begins January 27th and goes through April 2018.
Times & Location: Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, and Saturdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Lubbock Lake Landmark. 2401 Landmark Dr., Lubbock, TX 79415. Some days will be field trips to regional locations.
Class Limit (if applicable): N/A
Registration Fee (if applicable): $100 per person/ $60 for students
Registration Deadline: Saturday, January 27th, 2018
Training Contact Name & Email: Daria McKelvey, dmckelvey19@utexas.edu
and Chapter Website: www.facebook.com/southplainstmn/

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service co-sponsor the Texas Master Naturalist Program.  Texas Master Naturalist volunteers are required to have a criminal background check to participate in the program. Depending on the chapter applying to, background checks are done through the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department or the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service YPS office.

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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