Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Initial Training Class for Central Texas Master Naturalists. You may use the link below to see (and/or print) the tentative 2019 training schedule for an idea as to what the training entails; you can also send us an email with any questions you might have by using the link at the bottom of this page. The 2019 training session will run March 19 through June 4, 2019 with new class orientation at 6:00 p.m. on March 19 at the Harris Community Center in Belton.
General requirements for becoming a Master Naturalist
- membership as a Texas Master Naturalist is open to qualifying individuals regardless of race, age (must be 18 years of age or older), sex, religion, disability, or national origin
- submit an initial training application
- 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 (there is no charge to the individual for the background check)
- pay a training fee of $150.00 for 2019- the fee includes the bound State Curriculum, first year chapter annual dues of $24, temporary and permanent name badges, and fees for speakers and facilities
- complete all sessions of the classroom and field instruction
- complete a group service project as part of your initial training
- for the class of 2019, the following items must be completed by December 31, 2020
- …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 instructed in the training class
All Texas Master Naturalists must pass an annual background check (conducted and paid for by Texas Parks and Wildlife). Texas Parks and Wildlife uses the Volunteer Management System (VMS), an on-line tool, to report volunteer and advanced training hours to a central location; instructions in the use of the VMS is provided in the training sessions. Completion of the training and initial certification as a Texas Master Naturalist is not the end, but it is, what we hope, the beginning of many enjoyable hours volunteering with other Texas Master Naturalists to protect and preserve the outdoors of Texas.
If you are interested in becoming a Texas Master Naturalist and need more information than is available here, you may call Lynn Fleming (254) 760-4739, Mary Ann Everett (254) 773-9576, or Zoe Rascoe (254) 913-1013, or you may send your
questions to our Class Director, and they will get back with you shortly.
The required initial training application is available from the selection below as an on-line form and as a version that you print, complete manually Once you are accepted into the class, you may mail or deliver your training fee of $150.00 to:Texas AgriLife ATTN: Texas Master Naturalist, Central Texas Chapter, Lynn Fleming 1605 N Main St Belton, TX 76513
2019 Trainee Class Forms and Links:
- 2019 Tentative Class Schedule and Locations (15-Jan-2019)
- 2019 Texas Master Naturalist Trainee Application (on-line)
- 2019 Texas Master Naturalist Trainee Application (print it) complete it and deliver it to the address above
- New Member Volunteer Policy
- Apply to become a TWPD registered volunteer
- Frequently asked questions