The 2018 Initial Training Class for Central Texas Master Naturalists is in full swing. Please use the link below to see (and/or print) the 2018 training schedule; 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 early 2019 for application materials.
The 2018 training schedule is set: CTMN training schedule and maps.
General requirements for Becoming a Master Naturalist
- 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 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, 2019, 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, is the beginning of many volunteers hours with the Texas Master Naturalist program protecting and preserving the outdoors of Texas.
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.
Trainee Class Forms and Links.
- 2018 Class Schedule, Locations and Maps (last modified 3-20-2018)
- New Member Volunteer Policy
- Apply to become a TWPD registered volunteer - do this after being accepted into the training program
- Frequently asked questions (FAQs) by trainees.
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.