Fall 2023 Tentative Schedule
The Fall 2023 initial training program will run from August 17 through November 16.Weekly classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 5:00-9:00 pm. The August 17 and November 16 class sessions will be held in person at The Urban Ecology Center located at Phil Hardberger Park. The remaining class sessions will be held via Zoom.
In addition to weekly classes, in-person field trips and optional educational events will be held throughout the program. Each program participant is required to attend three field trips.
Applications will be accepted from June 12 through July 7 via the Online Application
Sample application for reference purposes only.
General Class Information
Applicants must be age 18 or older.
The training fee of $200 will pay for the Texas Master Naturalist Curriculum, a name badge, a chapter t-shirt, supplies and membership dues for the initial year. NOTE: A limited number of partial scholarships will be available.
Application to the Texas Master Naturalist, Alamo Area Chapter (AAMN) is open to all individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of socioeconomic level, race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age (18 or older), or disability.
AAMN utilizes the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Volunteer Management System (VMS) online reporting tool to record volunteer service hours. Use of this reporting system is mandatory for all Texas Master Naturalists. We also utilize e-mail, Google Group and other online tools to communicate and collaborate with students. All online tools are internet-based and can be accessed from any computer or tablet. All students accepted into the program must learn and use VMS and all communication and collaboration tools we utilize. We will provide training on the use of these computer applications during class.
Background Checks and Waivers: All AAMN training applicants must agree to a photo and liability waiver, in addition to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department background check. A link to the required background check form will be sent after class acceptance. A driver’s license is required to complete the online form. There is no cost to you for the background check. This TPWD background check is mandatory of all Texas Master Naturalists, new and current, regardless of previous or other current background checks. After the initial TPWD background check, background check updates are required every 3 years.
Ethics and Standards of Conduct: Please review and ensure that you understand and can pledge to abide by the Texas Master Naturalist Ethics and Standards of Conduct.
Open Carry of Firearms: Texas Master Naturalists shall not openly carry firearms while volunteering, in accordance with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department policy concerning open carry of firearms.
Chapter Dues: The Alamo Area chapter collects $12 annual membership dues from each of its members. These are due by January 1 of each year.