Initial Training Class

TMN Training Manual The 2019 Initial Training Class for Central Texas Master Naturalists will be open for registration within the next few weeks; you are encouraged to check back for the exact date. You may use the link below to see (and/or print) the 2018 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. Our next initial training session will be held in Spring 2019. Please check back in January 2019 for application materials.

General requirements for Becoming a Master Naturalist

  • submit an initial CTMN training interest 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 (2019 fee has not yet been set)- 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)
  • complete a group project during the course of 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 directed in the training class

Texas Master Naturalist trainees must pass a background check and complete at least 40 hours of classroom training in the Texas Master Naturalist State Curriculum. In addition to the training class, to become an active, certified Texas Master Naturalist, the trainee must complete the initial certification requirements of at least 40 hours of approved volunteer service work and at least 8 hours of approved Advanced Training by December 31, 2020, and they must submit the required reports of their initial training, volunteer service, and training hours on-line in the Volunteer Management System. Completion of the training is not the end, but it is what, we hope, the beginning of many volunteers hours with the Texas Master Naturalist program protecting and preserving the outdoors of Texas.

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Texas Master Naturalist training is conducted by the Central Texas Chapter in the Spring of each year. If you are interested in becoming a Texas Master Naturalist and need additional information, you may call Rene Berkhoudt (435) 899-8173, Lynn Fleming (254) 760-4739, Mary Ann Everett (254) 773-9576, or Zoe Rascoe (254) 913-1013. 

The training application form required for registration is available from the selection below as an on-line form (the registration fee may be delivered or mailed to the address below) and as a version that you print, complete manually and mail or deliver the form and the registration fee to:

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ATTN: Texas Master Naturalist, Central Texas Chapter, John Atkins
1605 N Main St
Belton, TX 76513 

For the class of 2019, the registration fee is $150.00 per person; the fee includes the cost of the bound Master Naturalist State Curriculum, temporary and permanent name badges, first year’s local chapter dues, and fees for facilities and speakers.  All those accepted into the training will, as a separate registration, have the opportunity to register on-line as a TPWD volunteer; TPWD requires that volunteers agree to and annually pass a background check at no cost to the volunteer.

2018 Trainee Class Forms and Links (class has concluded; next class will be Spring 2019):

Plant ID Ft Hood For additional information about becoming a Texas Master Naturalist, click here to send your request to our New Class Coordinator and they will get back with you shortly.


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