Welcome to the Bluestem Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program. The mission of the program is 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. 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.
As such, Bluestem Chapter volunteers serve the communities within Grayson County by providing programs related to environmental issues; assisting Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge with Youth First programs, school-based field trips, and trail maintenance; partnering with Eisenhower State Park on such projects as bird watches and prairie restoration; and working with the AgriLife Extension office on Youth Conservation Day and other projects as needed.
If you would like more information or are interested in joining our group, go to Contact Us under the About Us tab.
Dale Clark, co-founder of the Dallas Lepidopterist Society and butterfly expert, will speak about Butterfly Rhythms: Butterfly Population Patterns through the Year on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 12 noon in the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Hosted by the Hagerman Butterfly Garden Docents, this program is free and open to the public. See the event listings for more detail.
The Bluestem Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist was chartered in December 2012 and celebrates six years of service to Grayson County in 2018. Members have served as volunteers, giving thousands of service hours, at Eisenhower State Park, Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, and various other sites throughout the county. Charter members were Cathy Van Bebber, Gerry Shehan, Donna Rogers, Ginger Mynatt, Luna McMeen, Doris Floyd, Jack Chiles, Andrew Blacklock, Sue Abernathy, and Marie Lynn. The chapter has grown to a membership of 35 plus.