Class Schedule & Field Trips

  • February 8 – What is a Master Naturalist, Our Mission and Ethics – Sgt. Michael Mitchell, TPWD and author of Chapter 22 in the TMN curriculum.
  • February 15  – Green Fire and VMS instructions
  • February 22  – Blackland Prairie Ecology – Sam Kieschnick, TPWD Urban Biologist.
  • March 1  – Ornithology: Why they Fly and The State of the Bird – Dr. Wayne Meyer, Austin College
  • March 8  – What is a Plant and Plant Defenses– Dr. George Diggs, Austin College
  • March 15 – Geology of the Blackland Prairie – Diane Brownlee, RGP
  • March 22 – Herpetology – Roger Sanderson, Texas Discovery Garden
  • March 29 – Mammals of North Texas – Brett Johnson, Urban Biologist, City of Dallas Parks Dept.
  • April 5 – Meteorology: North Texas Weather – Dr. David Baker, Austin College
  • April 12, 2017 – Aquatic Exploration and Water Testing – Lu Anne Ray and BPTMN Texas Stream Team group
  • April 19 – Trees of Collin County: A walk about the Heard – Chuck Jones, Grayson County AgriLife Extension Agent and Dave Powell, BPTMN
  • April 26 – Entomology: North Texas Insects – Dr. Mike Merchant, TAMU
  • May 3 – Flora and Fauna of the Blackland Prairie: A BPTMN guided walk about the Heard


Field trips for the 2017 class will be discussed at the beginning of training.

In addition, some walks and field trips will be offered in the late summer and fall.


Class participants must attend at least three of the following:


  • Feb. 18 – John Bunker Sands Wetland Center 9:30 am – noon
  • Mar. 4 – Connemara, Allen, TX  9:30 – 11:30 am
  • Mar. 18 – Holifield Science and Learning Center, Plano, TX 9 – 11 am
  • March 30 – Roland Farm, McKinney, TX 9:30 – 11:30 am
  • April 1 – Blackland Prairie Raptor Center, Lucas, TX 12:30 – 4:30 pm
  • April 22 – Parkhill Prairie with Randy Moore, Blue Ridge, TX 9 – 11 am


One of the options listed below may be counted as a field trip. If you attend more than one in this category you may log each different activity as AT once per year. So if you attend three of Carol Clark’s plant walks, one can count as a field trip, one can count as AT and the third one does not count towards anything but you did have a wonderful day in nature with an incredibly smart and funny guide.  All are free and open to the public.


Second Saturday Heard Bird walk begins at 8 a.m. please arrive 10 minutes early at main museum entrance. Feb.11, March 11, April 8.


Wednesday Oak Point Park plant/nature walks with Carol Clarke – meet in the lobby of the new building by the circle parking lot off Los Rios at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, Plano. Please introduce yourself to Carol and let her know you are in the training class.


  • Feb.15 at 10 am    – Nature Walk
  • March 8 at 10am   – Plant Walk
  • March 15 at 10am – Nature Walk
  • April 10 at 10am    – Nature Walk
  • April 12 at 10am    – Plant Walk

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