Advanced Training (AT)
Per calendar year, members are required to complete at least 8 hours of advanced training as part of the certification requirement. This can easily be attained by going to CTMN bimonthly meetings in February, April, June, August, and October are advanced training opportunities for Master Naturalists. Speakers are generally from the local community and provide information relevant to our ecological region. You can also attain advanced training hours by going to workshops, trainings, or talks given by our sponsors and partnering organizations.
Volunteer Service Projects (V)
Per calendar year, members are required to complete at at least 40 hours of volunteer service hours as part of the certification requirement. Community service projects and educational outreach activities that improve and preserve our environment are the reasons our chapter exists. Projects must be approved by the Chapter Projects Committee; members can obtain a copy of the approval request form through the Member Resources area of this web site. The following list are just a few examples of the volunteer projects our members contribute their time:
- CTMN monthly meetings in March, May, July, September, and November are are designed to provide time to conduct committee work, Chapter business, project proposals, as well as disseminate information regarding Chapter activities and news.
- Angler Education: Volunteers (both certified and un-certified Angler Educators) set up “Docks” of learning stations that the participants (typically elementary school age children) cycle through such as, Casting, Fish Habitat, Knot Tying, Angling Ethics, Bait and Tackle, and Fishing Regulations and Safety.
- Nolan Creek Hike and Bike Trail Maintenance (Adopt a Park): Once a month, CTMN volunteers work to maintain and beautify this trail along Nolan Creek in downtown Belton.
- Bell County Museum Workday – help maintain the native plants that have been started on the museum grounds.
- Salado Sculpture Garden: Volunteers work in conjunction with other organizations to beautify, landscape, and maintain this sculpture garden near Mill Creek in Salado.
- Lake Waco Wetlands – take part in teaching children and adults about the wet things found in the wetlands and the amazing story of the wetlands.
- Stream Team Water Quality Monitoring: Certified Texas Stream Team volunteers collect water quality data on lakes, rivers, and streams using a test kit that measures physical and chemical parameters in the water.
- Miller Springs Nature Center: CTMN volunteers, in conjunction with the Miller Springs Alliance, conducts a variety of nature programs for the public in this area adjacent to Belton Dam.
- Mother Neff State Park: Build and maintain hiking trails; conduct nature walks and talks.
- Member Mentorship Program: Certified Master Naturalists can be mentors new class members to assist the new class member in any area necessary to help them through the certification process.
- Texas Invaders: Help identify and catalog Texas invasive species into a statewide database.