Blackland Prairie Chapter


The mission of the Texas Master Naturalist 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.

The Texas Master Naturalist program is a partnership between the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and other local partners.

Chapter Meetings

2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Heard Museum Science Center in McKinney
(Links to maps for the Heard Museum below)

The Heard Natural Science Museum
1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069
[Directions] and [Parking Map]


2017 Monthly Meeting Topics

  • June 13 : Frogs!  Scott Kiester, Texas Master Naturalist, Elm Fork Chapter

  • July 11: “13 Things You Need to Know About the Poison Oak and Ivy Rash” –  Amy Martin

    Author of Itchy Business: How to Treat the Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Rash, Prevent Exposure and Eradicate the Plant (www.Itchy.biz), shares her deep knowledge of poison oak and ivy gleaned from 12 years working in wildlife habitat management in this subversively funny talk. Facts such as that soap is terrible for removing urushiol from the skin and the poison oak and ivy barrier creams that actually work. You’ll learn how humans are the only animal allergic to poison oak and ivy, and why your immunity to poison oak and ivy can change at any time. Understand that the rash is an allergy to be managed, not a poison to be extracted, and how you respond to its allergen depends on a number of factors. Discover the herbs that are far better treating the rash than jewelweed and effective topical minerals like Milk of Magnesia. Afterwards, share your story of rash woe. It’s an entertaining talk that will leave you itching for more.

2017 Earlier This Year:

May 9: “Dead Zones in rivers and the Gulf of Mexico and Their Causes” – Donald Harper, Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M Galveston

April 11: Zika and Other Issues” – Daphne Lynch, Epidemiologist for Collin County

March 14: New Frisco Wetlands in the Hackberry Creek and Stewart Creek Drainages” – Corp of Engineers, Jon Loxley and Jim Frisinger; Jayce Proctor, UNT

February 14: “Texas Wild Cats” – Monica Morrison

January 10: 2016 Successes and 2017 Opportunities – Where our members volunteer and why.