What is the Texas Master Naturalist Program?
The Texas Master Naturalist program is designed to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers who 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 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension serve as sponsors for the program.How do I become a certified Master Naturalist?
- Complete an organized training program sponsored by a Master Naturalist chapter that involves a minimum of 40 hours of instruction composed of both classroom and field experiences
- Obtain a minimum of 8 hours of approved advanced training
- Complete a minimum of 40 hours of chapter approved volunteer service
To retain certification in each subsequent year members must complete a minimum of 8 hours of advanced training and provide a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service in chapter approved project activities.
How can I find the nearest Master Naturalist Chapter?
To find a chapter near you, visit the Texas Master Naturalist “Find a Chapter” page.
Interested in developing a chapter in an area not served? Contact the state office to learn how to organize a new chapter and learn about training opportunities for new chapter development. To contact the state office phone Michelle Haggerty: 830-896-2504 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The chapter nearest me will not hold a class any time soon and I would like to assist the chapter with their projects. Is that possible?
What does it cost to be a Master Naturalist?
Describe the training program.
Although a state curriculum is the cornerstone of instruction, each chapter is encouraged to provide instruction relevant to the local ecosystem and issues. Field trips are led by experts as well as certified Master Naturalists. Students and members have an opportunity to learn from and work along-side scientists, land stewards and other experts as they carry out the mission of the Master Naturalist program.
When and where is training held?
How much time is involved?
What are examples of projects that Master Naturalists are doing?
- Working as a wetland restoration team along a coastal area
- Assisting with field surveys of endangered species such as the Golden-Cheeked Warbler
- Presenting interpretive programs to campers at state parks
- Performing water quality test
- Restoring a blackland prairie in a city park
- Assisting a nature center with the establishment of a herbarium
- Developing and maintaining nature trails and leading informative hikes
- Improving a wetland habitat along a river
- Assisting with a turtle patrol along a beach
- Leading a school class on a nature hike or conducting a workshop at a school
- Assisting with the Texas Horned Lizard Watch
What do Master Naturalist members say about their involvement?
“Being involved in the Texas Master Naturalist program satisfies my needs to volunteer, learn, and be outdoors”.—Unknown Texas Master Naturalist Volunteer
“I enjoy the Texas Master Naturalist program because it restores my faith in humankind as well as reconnecting me to my natural world”.–Norm McGinnis, Capital Area Chapter
“I enjoy the Texas Master Naturalist program because it proves to me over and over that each of us –even me- can make a difference and change our world for the better-especially if we all work together”.-Teresa Lynn, Hill Country Chapter
“Through the Master Naturalist program I have been able to meet new people with the same interests, volunteer to help reach new generations…and enjoy the natural world”.-Unknown Texas Master Naturalist Volunteer
“There is a great diversity of people who share a common love-and I can dress ‘grubby”.
“It helps me learn how to manage our 5 acres”.
“I learn something new every time I volunteer and work with people on the same project”.
Want more information about the program?
Master Naturalist Program Overview (PowerPoint, use the mouse click to browse through the presentation, use ESC key to exit it)