Texas Master Naturalists not only get their feet wet and their hands dirty, but while doing so they spend time in a natural setting, learn about different plant and animal species, and maybe even find something new: One member, in fact, discovered a new plant species.
To become a Texas Master Naturalist, each volunteer:
- Goes through an approved training program with at least 40 hours of combined field and classroom instruction, plus 8 hours of approved advanced training
- Donates 40 hours of volunteer service back to the state and community. Trainees can complete their 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of advanced training within a year after their initial training.
- Completes another 8 hours of advanced training and donates 40 hours of volunteer service every year after the first one.
Interested in joining? If you can’t find a chapter near you, contact the Texas Master Naturalist coordinator, a local office of Texas Parks and Wildlife or a local county Extension agent.