Registration for the 2018 Certification/Training Class for the Central Texas Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist is now open. Orientation for the 2018 class is scheduled for March 20, 2018, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Harris Community center in Belton.
Requirements for Becoming a Master Naturalist
- submit a training registration form
- be accepted into the CTMN training program
- once accepted, register as a Texas Parks and Wildlife volunteer and agree to and pass a criminal background check
- pay a registration fee of $150.00 – the registration fee includes the State Curriculum, first year chapter annual dues of $24, temporary and permanent name badges, and fees for speakers)
- complete all sessions of the classroom certification instruction using the Texas Master Naturalist Curriculum (this book is provided in the registration fee)
- for the class of 2018, the following items must be completed by December 31, 2019
- …complete and report at least 40 hours of approved volunteer service hours
- …complete and report at least 8 approved advanced training hours
- …report your hours on-line as directed in the training class
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 50 individual chapters statewide with a total of over 8,000 members volunteering over 3.5 million hours.
Central Texas Master Naturalist Chapter
The local chapter is the Central Texas Master Naturalists (CTMN). We were formed as a new chapter in 2010 and presently have 67 active members, and serve 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, US Army Corps of Engineers. We often work with surrounding chapters both on service projects and in providing training to our members. CTMN members meet monthly on the second Tuesday of the month; meetings on odd-numbered months are for committee work and dissemination of information; on odd-numbered months the meeting, which is open to the public, we have an Advanced Training speaker.
For a more detailed list and explanation of current service projects, please visit the service projects page on this site.
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 (each year conducted by TPWD – no charge to the volunteer)
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, Rene Berkhoudt (435) 899-8173, Mary Ann Everett (254) 773-9576 or Zoe Rascoe (254) 913-1013.