Class Schedule & Field Trips

  • Feb. 7  – Welcome
    What is a Master Naturalist, Our Mission and Ethics – CMDR Michael Mitchell, TPWD Author of Chap. 22 in the TMN curriculum and Deborah Canterbury, immediate past president
  • Feb. 14 Green Fire – Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic of Our Time, Intro: A Sand County Almanac
  • Feb. 21 – Blackland Prairie: Geology
    Diane Brownlee, Registered Professional Geologist
  • Feb. 28 –  Blackland Prairie Ecology – Sam Kieschnick, TPWD Urban Biologist
  • Mar. 7 – Blackland Prairie Mammals and DFW Urban Wildlife – Brett Johnson, City of Dallas Urban
    Wildlife Biologist
  • Mar. 14 – Blackland Prairie Soils and Rocks – BPTMN members Dick Zartler and Lorelei Stierlen
  • Mar. 21 – What is a Plant and Plant Defenses – Dr. George Diggs, Austin College
  • Mar. 28 – Orinthology: Why They Fly – Dr. Wayne Meyer, Austin College
  • Ap.r 4 – Meteorology: North Texas Weather – Dr. David Baker, Austin College
  • Apr. 11 -Entomology: North Texas Insects – Dr. Mike Merchant, TAMU
  • Apr. 18 – Trees of Collin County – a BPTMN facilitated tree walk at Heard Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Apr. 25 – Aquatic Exploration and Water Testing – LuAnne Ray and BPTMN Texas Stream
    Team group
  • May 2 – Flora and Fauna of the Blackland Prairie: – Choose from a variety BPTMN guided tours

    Participants must attend at least three of the following Class Field Trips 
    Feb. 10– Holifield Science and Learning Center
    Feb. 24– Connemara
    Mar. 17 – John Bunker Sands Wetland
    Apr. 7 – Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
    Apr. 18, 19, or 20 – Woodfin Farm TBD
    Apr. 28 – Parkhill Prairie w/Rich Jaynes

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

If you are interested in registering for the 2018 class go to: Class of 2018.

If you still have questions after reading the information under Class Information and Class of 2018 

Contact Maureen at 972-548-4232 or email the Education Director – Greg – at


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