2018 Annual Meeting


About Georgetown

Georgetown has been the site of human habitation since at least 9,000 BC, and possibly considerably before that.  The earliest known inhabitants of the county, during the late Pleistocene (Ice Age), can be linked to the Clovis culture, a Paleo-Indian culture characterized by the manufacture of distinctive “Clovis points”. Archeological dig sites showing a much greater evidence of Archaic period inhabitants have been found in burned rock middens at several sites along the San Gabriel that are now inundated by Granger Lake and at the confluence of the North and South San Gabriel Rivers in Georgetown.

Georgetown is home to five endangered species. Two are songbirds protected by the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve in Travis and Williamson Counties. Invertebrate species found only in Williamson County live in the cave-like fissures on the west side of Georgetown. Karst topography is the name for the honeycomb-type limestone formations (including caves, sinkholes, and fissures) that are typical in the county’s limestone geology west of I-35.

Georgetown is located on the northeastern edge of Texas Hill Country. Portions of Georgetown are located on either side of the Balcones Escarpment, a fault line in which the areas roughly east of IH-35 are flat and characterized by having black, fertile soils of the Blackland Prairie, and the west side of the escarpment which consists mostly of hilly, karst-like terrain with little topsoil and higher elevations and which is part of the Texas Hill Country. The North and Middle Forks of the San Gabriel River both run through the city, providing over 30 miles of hike and bike trails, several parks, and recreation for both residents and visitors.


Call for Proposals

Join us for our Texas Master Naturalist Program Annual Meeting to gather, learn and celebrate our 20th Anniversary. This year’s event will kick off Friday October 26th and run through the weekend to October 28th, and is being hosted at the Sheraton Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center.

As a workshop presenter, you would have the opportunity to inform and train TMN members from across the state on various natural resource topics providing more in-depth information than their initial core training and curriculum. You are also encouraged to make this an opportunity to enlist and train our program volunteers to assist you, your program, and your work as part of their annual volunteer service commitment.

Additional information and the full Proposals RFP can be downloaded here: Call for Proposals 2018

The deadline for submissions has been extended to June 1st! Any additional questions about submissions for presentations, the Annual Meeting or the TMN Program can be directed to Mary Pearl Meuth – mpmeuth@tamu.edu


Sponsorship Request

We are gearing up to celebrate all of our volunteers and chapters successes at a bigger than ever celebration at our Annual Meeting later this fall. To make our event a success, we are seeking sponsorships from partners, chapters and organizations. Sponsorships allow us to reduce the registration cost for each TMN volunteer attending and provide the best services while on site. And like I said – this year’s event is going to be BIG!

The Texas Master Naturalist Annual Meeting typically draws in around 500-550 attendees, including not only TMN volunteers, but also partnering organizations, the public and those who want to learn more about our programs impact! Sponsorship will be given attention throughout the meeting with printed banners, flyers, agendas and on rolling screens throughout the space. Sponsors will also have the opportunity to get a table reserved during our Annual Meeting awards dinner with signage showing their support for the statewide program. Additional information about sponsoring the event and those things included with each sponsorship level can be found here: Sponsors for 2018 TMN Annual Meeting

Sponsors may make a general contribution to support and sponsor the TMN Annual Meeting as a whole at any of the following levels:

Friend -$150

› Posted in agenda booklet and on rotating slideshow
› Recognition given during awards ceremony

Ecologist -$300

› Posted in agenda booklet and on rotating slideshow
› Posted in conference hallway signs
› Recognition given during awards ceremony

Steward - $500

› Posted in agenda booklet and on rotating slideshow
› Posted in banquet room signs and conference hallway signs
› Posted as host for one conference seminar room
› Recognition given during awards ceremony


Conservationist - $1,000

› Posted in agenda booklet and on rotating slideshow
› Posted in banquet room signs and conference hallway signs
› Recognition given during awards ceremony
› Reserved table at Annual Meeting awards dinner
› Inclusion of collateral materials in attendee “goodie bags” (600 bags).

Naturalist -$5,000

› All recognition as given above
› Vendor table given without charge upon request
› 2 Reserved tables at Annual Meeting awards dinner


Texas Waters Day

At this year’s Texas Waters event, attendees will participate in water-based activities that connect us to Texas Waters. We will also recognize the continued growth and support of the Texas Waters Specialist program. People who have completed at least 8 hours of Texas Waters Advanced Training from September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018, will be recognized for their dedication to the Texas Waters Specialist program. Texas Waters Day activities are open to all current and in-progress Specialists, as well as Master Naturalists curious about becoming a Texas Waters Specialist.

You’ll also find additional field trips and sessions for Texas Waters credit that will occur during the main meeting!

* Bring/wear clothes and shoes that may get wet or slightly dirty (rain boots recommended or waders if you want to enter the river) and a sense of adventure!
* Activities include a short hike to Rivery Park behind the Sheraton. Terrain and footing may be difficult for people with mobility issues.

Agenda

8:00- Registration / Name tags / coffee
8:30- Welcome / Opening remarks
9:00- Walk from Sheraton to Rivery Park / Gather into groups
9:15- Texas Waters activities
11:00- Walk back to Sheraton / Restroom / Beverages and snacks
11:30- Recognition of new Texas Waters Specialists
12:00- Depart for lunch on own

Information about registration cost will be updated in the coming months!


Information from the 2017 Annual Meeting can be found in the Past Meeting Archives, linked below:

View Past Meetings

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