Join us for our 20th Texas Master Naturalist Program Annual Meeting, where we’ll gather, learn and celebrate another year of the Texas Master Naturalist program. This year’s event, taking place in Rockwall, Texas, will run from Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th. The event will be hosted at the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront Hotel on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard just east of Dallas.
The year’s Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for Texas Master Naturalist volunteers from around the state to gather, participate in hands-on educational seminars, and receive all of their Advanced Training requirements for the year within one weekend. It’s also an opportunity for program participants and supporters to network, share new ideas/projects, and to learn from different chapters from different regions of the state. This year’s meeting will also include day trips and training workshops to many local, state and even national refuges/parks, many of which will focus on the diversity of geography, flora, fauna and history this unique area of Texas.
Call for Proposals
The Texas Master Naturalist 2019 Annual Meeting is NOW accepting proposals for presentations! This year’s Annual Meeting will be held October 18th through 20th at the Hilton Rockwall on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard. The Texas Master Naturalist Program welcomes your proposals as contributions to our agenda! Individuals wishing to present are invited to submit their proposal on the Texas Master Naturalist Annual Meeting Call for Proposals website:
For information regarding proposal submissions, see the document below:
Frequently Asked Questions
I want to give a presentation at the Annual Meeting. How do I sign up? To submit a proposal for a presentation, see the “Call for Proposals Portal” above. This will take you to a page where you can tell us what topic you want to present, the size of your audience, any needed equipment, etc.
Where is the 2019 Annual Meeting? This year’s Annual Meeting will take place at the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront Hotel in Rockwall, Texas. Rockwall is east of Dallas along the eastern shores of Lake Ray Hubbard. Click here to open up Google Maps for a visual representation.
How do I register for the Annual Meeting? When registration opens, we will have a link on this page directing you to the registration site.
When does registration open for the 2019 Annual Meeting? Check back soon for a specific date, but we’re aiming for the end of summer.
I can’t attend the entire Annual Meeting. Do I need to pay the entire cost of registration? No. We will have 1-day and 2-day options available for those who can’t attend all 3 days of the conference.
I’m presenting at the meeting. Do I need to pay for registration? If you are a speaker and are only staying for your talk, you do not have to pay; however, if you choose to join us for any meals, we ask that you purchase a 1-day, 2-day, or full conference ticket depending on how many speaking sessions you present.
What field sessions will be offered this year? Check back soon for more details–we have some fun things in store!
More questions and answers will be added as we learn more information!
The city of Rockwall was officially plated in 1854, though settlers had lived in the area for over 10 years. In 1843, Charles Finton Mercer, a Virginia native and Princeton graduate, journeyed to Texas to start Mercer’s Colony. He was granted authority to bring 100 families to Texas, but only brought 108 individuals. Many who came to Mercer’s Colony intended to travel east to Peter’s Colony (in the Dallas area), but could not cross the flooded Trinity River. Rockwall and Rockwall County were parts of Mercer’s Colony. The group of men who founded the city of Rockwall could not decide what to name the city, so it was decided that it should be named after a particular feature of the town: the rock wall. Below Rockwall’s surface lies a unique rock formation that creates an underground wall. Although there has been much debate on whether they are of human or natural origin, it has been concluded that they are naturally-formed sandstone dikes, but were used by the Native Americans who occupied the area before its settlement.
Rockwall County was created in 1873 after many complaints that the residents of (what was then) Kaufman County had to travel too far to conduct business at the courthouse, especially during inclement weather. Rockwall County is the smallest county in Texas.
Today, Rockwall boasts both rich history and unique recreation, as it lies on the eastern shore of Lake Ray Hubbard. Rockwall has become a quaint town with a harbor-like feel; its cozy downtown and energetic dining and entertainment hot-spots along the lake shore only add to it’s charming and relaxing character.
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 are noted throughout the meeting with printed banners, flyers, agendas and on rolling screens throughout the space. Sponsors also have the opportunity to reserve a table 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 the 2019 Annual Meeting can contribute at any of the following levels:
Friend – $100
- Posted in agenda booklet and on rotating slideshow
- Recognition given during awards ceremony
Ecologist – $250
- Same as Friend, plus
- Posted in conference hallway signs
Steward – $500
- Same as Ecologist, plus
- Posted in banquet room signs
- Posted as the host for one conference seminar room
Conservationist – $1,000+
- Same as Steward, plus
- Reserved table at Annual Meeting awards dinner
- Inclusion of collateral materials in attendee registration bags
Naturalist – $5,000+
- All recognition as given above, plus
- Vendor table given without charge upon request
Check back on August 1st, 2019 for more details.
This year’s accommodations are at the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront Hotel. Please DO NOT call to make a reservation at this time. A room block has been booked at a discounted rate and will be released for reservations once meeting registration opens.
More information to come!
Check back soon for a detailed schedule of events for the 2019 Annual Meeting.
Annual Meeting Contests
Each year leading up to and held during the Annual Meeting, we host a series of contests, including the Annual Project Fair, Advisor Awards, Photo, Art & Media Contest, and the Video Contest. These are each listed below, along with their deadlines and rules for entry or nomination information. Each Texas Master Naturalist Chapter is encouraged to enter in these competitions/awards.
Click each header below to download a PDF with more information.
Chapter Advisor Awards
The goal of the awards program is to encourage and recognize exceptional work and support of local Texas Master Naturalist Chapter advisors. The Chapter Advisor Team category was established to recognize the exceptional support of TMN chapter advisors working in partnership to support a chapter.
The Texas Master Naturalist Program holds this competition during our Annual Meeting each year to share and award the premier projects of the TMN Program. Members continually list this method as a favorite way to learn about projects other chapters are doing and how they may be able to replicate such projects in their areas.
Photo, Art, & Media Contest
The Photo, Art & Media Contest at the Annual Meeting has ten categories, including four categories of photos, three categories of art entries and the three media categories. Please note, there are new rules for matting photos.
The goal of the Annual Video Contest is to share experiences, projects and the stories of our Chapters through video thereby increasing our chapters’ and program marketing.
View all past meetings here.