If you are fascinated with the complexity and importance of nature and enjoy being outdoors, you may like what Master Naturalists do. Our volunteer opportunities can give you a reason to have fun outdoors!
Our trained members serve as more “boots on the ground” for our sponsoring agencies, Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, by being well-informed volunteers providing education, outreach, and service related to the management and conservation of natural resources and natural areas within our communities. Trainees in our chapter receive research-based, scientific training in the classroom and in the field on wildlife and natural resource management, and then share that knowledge with the public to educate and promote the stewardship of those resources.
As Master Naturalists, we work to develop a firm understanding of natural sciences in the context of Texas ecological systems – for us it is the Blackland Prairie and Edwards Plateau, deepen strong foundational knowledge through advanced training and experience, then extend that knowledge to the community through volunteer service.
To become a Texas Master Naturalist Pledge, you must complete the 40+ hour state-approved Volunteer Training Course. The following are some of the approximately 25 topics covered during the classes:
- Land Stewardship
- Ecological Regions of Texas
- Weather and Climate
- Texas Water Resources
- Forest Ecology
- Aquatic Ecology
- Rangeland Management
- Urban Ecosystems
- and how teach others to protect these resources…
Click here to view the full Texas Master Naturalist State Curriculum. Your one-time volunteer training course fee includes a bound copy of this 763 page book.
Have more questions? Contact Zoe Rascoe, our Chapter Registrar, and she will get back with you shortly.