Texas Master Naturalist Program
The Texas Master Naturalist program is a state-wide program designed to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension serve as sponsors for the program. There are presently 48 individual chapters statewide with more than 5,200 members volunteering more than 3.5 million hours.
Central Texas Master Naturalist Chapter
The local chapter is the Central Texas Master Naturalists (CTMN); we meet at the Belton Church of Christ. CTMN was formed as a new chapter in 2010 and presently has 61 active volunteers serving the Bell County and surrounding area. We have a number of partner groups with whom we work, to name a few: Belton Parks and Recreation, Keep Temple Beautiful, Keep Salado Beautiful, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. CTMN members meet monthly on the second Tuesday of the month; meetings on odd-numbered months are our business meeting and used for committee work and dissemination of information; on odd-numbered months the meeting is our Advanced Training speaker; all of our meetings are open to the public.
For a more detailed list and explanation of current service projects, please visit the service projects page.
Maintaining your certification for subsequent years
- Paying the chapter annual dues ($24 for the Central Texas chapter)
- Completing and reporting at least 40 hours of approved volunteer service hours per calendar year
- Completing and reporting at least 8 hours of approved advanced training per calendar year
- Submitting the necessary reports for reporting your hours
- Annually, submitting to and passing a background check (conducted by TPWD – no charge)
Need More Information?
Master Naturalist training is conducted by the Central Texas Chapter in the Spring of each year. If you are interested in becoming a Master Naturalist and need additional information, you may call Lynn Fleming (254) 760-4739, Mary Ann Everett (254) 773-9576 or Zoe Rascoe (254) 913-1013.
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