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

Sixteen chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist program are conducting training classes in the fall and winter months of the 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 fall 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 this fall. 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
Training Dates: September 7th through November 11th
Times & Location: Classes will be held on Thursday afternoons from 12:30-4:30 PM. Additionally, field trips will be conducted on four Saturdays. Registration and orientation will be held on August 31st, 5-8 PM. Located at the Urban Ecology Center, Phil Hardberger Park-West, 8400 NW Military Highway, San Antonio, TX 78230
Class Limit: 40
Registration Fee: $200
Registration Deadline: August 17th (Online registration begins July 20th)
Training Contact Name & Email: Jeanette Geiman – jjgeiman@icloud.com
Chapter Webpage for Registration: https://txmn.org/alamo/fall-class/

Chapter Name: Balcones Canyonlads Chapter at Concordia University Texas

Training Dates: August 31st, 2017-March 1st 2018
Times & Location: 6:30-9:30 PM at Concordia University Texas
Class Limit: 15 community members/15 CTX students
Registration Fee: $150 community, $85 CTX students. Registration fee includes textbook, 1st year’s dues and name tag upon certification.
Registration Deadline: August 30th
Training Contact Name & Email: Theresa Rooney theresa.rooney@ctx.edu
and Chapter Website: http://txmn.org/balcones

Chapter Name: Big Country Chapter
Training Dates: August 8th-October 20th
Times & Location: Usually 6:00-9:00 PM on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Some Saturday class/field trips
Class Limit: minimum is 12, maximum is 20
Registration Fee:  $125/person, $200 for a couple
Registration Deadline: August 1st
Training Contact Name & Email: Joel Brant; brant.joel@mcm.edu
and Chapter Website: Please check our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BCTXMN), as that is more up-to-date than our website(www.txmn.org/bc)

Chapter Name: Bluestem Chapter
Training Dates: Orientation will be held on August 15th from 6:00-9:30 PM.
Times & Location: Classes will meet 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays and from 6 to 9 PM on Tuesday evenings. Location will vary week to week.
Class Limit: 20
Registration Fee: $100, includes first year membership fee
Registration Deadline: TBD
Training Contact Name and Email: Cathy Van Bebber, bluestemmasternaturalists@gmail.com
and Chapter Website: http://www.txmn.org/bluestem

Chapter Name: Brazos Valley Chapter

Training Dates: September 5th to November 14th.
Times & Location: Classes are Tuesday evenings from 6-9 PM at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History or the Biodiversity Teaching and Research Collections. There are five Saturday field trips (9 AM-12 PM on non-game days)
Training Contact: Betty Vermeire, bavermeire@suddenlink.net
and Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/brazos/training/

Chapter Name: Capital Area Chapter

Training Dates: November 2017 through April 2018
Times and Location: Various Saturdays, exact dates and times TBA
Class Limit: 30
Registration Fee: $175
Registration Deadline: August 31st
Contact name & email: Caroline Taylor, curriculum@camn.org; Terry Southwell applications@camn.org
Chapter website: www.camn.org

Chapter Name: Cross Timbers Chapter

Training Dates: August 15th to October 17th
Times & Location: Tuesday evenings 6-9 PM
Class Limit: 25
Registration Fee: $175
Registration Deadline: July 15th
Training Contact: Melinda Pajak, training@ctmn.org
And Chapter Website: http://www.ctmn.org/

Chapter Name: Elm Fork Chapter

Training Dates: August 29th-November 14th
Times & Location: Every Tuesday from 9 AM-3 PM (6 hours per day for 12 weeks). Global Spheres 7801 S Interstate 35 E, Corinth, TX 76208, (4 area field trips)
Class Limit: 30
Registration Fee: $150
Registration Deadline: August 7th
Training Contact Name & Email: Erin Piper; piper.elmfork.txmn@gmail.com
and Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/elmfork

Chapter Name: Galveston Bay Area Chapter

Training Dates: Thursdays, February 8th 2018-April 26th, 2018
Times & Location: 9 AM-3 PM. Class will be held at a different venue and will be available upon acceptance. More information is available on our website: http://www.txmn.org/gbmn. “Come and Meet Reception” invitation sent by email: November 16th, 2017. Applications go out by email: November 30th, 2017.
Class Limit: 22
Registration Fee: $150
Registration Deadline: December 18th, 2017
Training Contact Name & Email:Debi Shelton, Master-Naturalist-Training@comcast.net
and Chapter Website: http://www.txmn.org/gbmn

Chapter Name: Good Water Chapter

Training Dates: September 5th-December 12th
Times & Location: Tuesday evenings, 6 PM-9:30 PM with a few Saturdays. Most are at the AgriLife Extension Meeting Room 3151 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown, TX
Class Limit: 30
Registration Fee: $150 with a $30 discount for a 2nd household member
Registration Deadline: August 31st
Training Contact Name & Email: Mary Ann Melton:maryannmelton@me.com  & Nancy Phillips:  anrjp1@aol.com
and Chapter Website: http://txmn.org/goodwater

Chapter Name: Gulf Coast Chapter

Training Dates:  August 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Times & Location:  Tuesdays, 5:45 to 8:30 pm; University of Houston-Downtown. Field trips on Saturdays. Orientation on Saturday, August 12, 9 am to 2 pm. UHD
Class Limit: 25
Registration Fee: $175
Registration Deadline:  July 31, 2017
Training Contact Name & Email:  Janis Terry  janis.terry@txgcmn.org
and Chapter Website:  txgcmn.org

Chapter Name: Heart of Texas Chapter

Registration Deadline: August 4th
Training Dates:  Thursday, August 17th, Meet and Greet at our August Chapter Meeting, 6:30pm at the Lake Waco Wetlands
Tuesday, August 22nd, Required Trainee Orientation and First Class, 5:30 pm to 8pm at the Lake Waco Wetlands
Classroom Training: Classes are on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 8:00 pm at the Wetlands Aug 22-Oct 24th
Field Trips: Four 6-hour Saturday field trips on Sept 2, Sept 16, Sept 30, Oct 14
October 24th: Last Class and Graduation
Registration Fee:  $150 ($155 if paying through PayPal), partial scholarships available
Contact Name: davidstoops@yahoo.com
and Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/heartoftexas/

Chapter Name: Hill Country Chapter

Training Dates: August 23rd through November 15th
Times & Location: Kerrville, TX. Classes to be held in the UGRA Building, 125 S. Lehman Drive, in the Lecture Hall. Time of classes will be 8:30 AM-1:00 PM each Wednesday. The October 4th class will be held in Fredericksburg and the October 18th vlass will be held in Boerne. Time in Boerne will be 9:30 AM-2:30 PM. Details on the two classes held outsite Kerrville will be provided to the trainees in  the class material.
Class Limit: 40
Registration Fee: $200
Training Contact Name & Email: Reggie Cox, reggiemcox@gmail.com
and Chapter Website:http://txmn.org/hillcountry/

Chapter Name: Indian Trail Chapter
Training Dates: August 24th through November 16th
Times & Location: 6-9 PM on Thursday evenings with three Saturday field trips. First United Methodist Church-Family Life Center, 505 West Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, TX 75165
Class Limit: 20
Registration Fee: $150
Registration Deadline: July 25th
Training Contact Name & Email: Lynn Wisakowsky, 214-802-6993, training@itmnc.com
and Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/indiantrail

Chapter Name: Lindheimer Chapter

Training Dates:  November 2017 to October 2018 (first Tuesday of the month)
Times & Location:  6pm to 9pm at New Braunfels AgriLife Center
Registration Fee: $150.
Registration Deadline:  October 15, 2017
Training Contact Name & Email:  Debbie Kyrouac at dkyrouac@aol.com
and Chapter Website: https://txmn.org/lindheimer/

Chapter Name: South Texas Chapter

Training Dates: Ten classes, Saturdays from August 26, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Times & Location: 8:00a to 4:00p. Venues include, South Texas Botanical Gardens, Welder Wildlife Foundation, Marine Development Center, Lake Corpus Christi State Park, Oso Bays Wetlands Preserve, Padre Island National Sea Shore, Plant Identification, Padre Island National Seashore, Nueces Delta Preserve, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Aransas Wildlife Refuge.
Class Limit: 10-25
Registration fee: $150.00, includes training manual and other training cost.
Registration Deadline: Closed, Classes are full for 2017
Training Contact, Name & Email: Carlos H Valdez, 361.854.1772 H, 361.946.6123 C, 1taboo2@sbcglobal.net, Grace Lopez, 361.851.1020, mgracelpz43@gmail.com,
Chapter Website: http://txmn.org/st

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

4th Annual Video Contest video camera

Spring has filled the outdoors with new life and activities and summer is underway! Take advantage of this time to Create a New Video, highlighting a

  1. Experience as a Trainee
  2. Experience as a Master Naturalist, or
  3. Chapter Project

You can either upload the video to YouTube or send an .mp4 or YouTube ready video file to: mmhaggerty@tamu.edu. Set your length goal for 1 minute, 30 seconds to 3 minutes max.

The deadline to enter is Friday, September 22nd, 2017. A judging period will take place from September 25th through September 29th, 2017. The top three videos will be announced and receive an award at the 18th Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony and will be posted on the Texas Master Naturalist Playlist on YouTube.

*NEW RULE* There are two categories for video entry this year:

  • Texas Master Naturalist Chapter at Work– can highlight chapter projects, new class, recruitment, or partnerships
  • 20th Anniversary Project Video-can be composed of oral history interview videos from project

Additional rules and guidelines for this year’s contest can be found on our 4th Annual Video Contest Information Sheet. Find tips and resources in the YouTube Video Creation Guide and on our Texas Master Naturalist Facebook Page.

Previous Annual Video Contest winning submissions can be found on our Texas Master Naturalist YouTube Channel.

2015 Annual Results

As a result of last year’s reports, there have been 398,811 volunteer service hours provided, 51,431 Advanced Training hours obtained, 12,450 new acres impacted, 80.50 new trail miles, and 5,608 outreach events (78% of those events were direct outreach events, reaching 234,000 youth, adults and private landowners) in 2014 alone.

To date, there have been 9,676 TMN volunteers trained, 2,833,064 volunteer service hours logged, 446,850 Advanced Training hours obtained, over 218,000 acres impacted, 1,946 trail miles, and nearly 400 partnerships. 52 volunteers have given over 5,000 service hours, and 9 volunteers have given over 10,000 service hours.

A full-sized PDF can be found here: 2015 Annual Results Infographic

To see how much we’ve grown since 2014, please view our 2014 Annual Results

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