New Member Class Curriculum

2018 Class Information

New member class training for 2018 will be held mostly on Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm starting on January 4, 2018, at the Milano Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, in Milano; and with field trips planned for three Saturdays. Dorothy Mayer and Pamela Neeley will be co-directing the class training.  Subjects will include areas such as: water conservation, mammalogy, botany, entomology, herpetology, ornithology, wetlands ecology, wildscapes, climatology, man and nature, and more.  You can also join our monthly Chapter Member meetings held every second Thursday, where there is usually Advanced Training topics presented.

The current class schedule is as follows, and additional details will be added as available.

Thursday Classes: January 4, 18, 25  February 1, 15, 22, March 1, 22, 29
Saturday Field Trips: January 13, February 10, March 10, 24.

All Thursday classes held at Milano United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, from 5-9pm

  • Thurs 1/4 Into to TXMN in Tx, Laws & Regulations by Mike Mitchell TPWD. (Class Manual Units 1 and 22), presentation posted on our Natural Areas – Other Topics web page
  • Sat 1/13, Class Field Trip/Baylor university, with Professor Robert Baldridge, Entomology, 12:00 – 4:00pm, (Class Manual Unit 13).
  • Thurs 1/18, Water Resources in TX (Class Manual Unit 9) by Johnnie Smith (TPWD) [see presentation on our Water Ecology web page]  & Volunteers as Teachers by Tara Humphies (Tx State Parks), (Class Manual Unit 23); Website tour and VMS Entering volunteer hours by Don Travis, et al,
  • Thurs 1/25, Ichthyology (Unit 14) & Aquatic Systems Management (Unit 18) by Chris Chapa/ USF & WL, See presentation on our ichthyology page.
  • Thurs 2/1, Ornithology (Unit 12) [see presentations on our Ornithology page] and Rangeland Ecology & Management (Unit 20) [see presentations on our Rangeland page] by Timothy Siegmund, TPWD
  • Sat 2/10, Field trip to Nancy Webber’s Farm for Birdwatching & Native Plant ID/Walkabout tour (Unit 11) , Time: TBD
  • Thurs 2/15, Archaeology (Unit 2) by Dr. Lynn Hagan, TxMN, [see presentations on Archaeology page]and Geology & Soils (Unit 7) by Dr. Christopher Mathewson [see presentation on Geology and Soils page]
  • Thurs 2/22, Herpetology (Unit 15) and Mammalogy (Unit 16) by Chris Harper, USF&WL
  • Thurs 3/1, Climatology/weather (Unit 8) by Barbara Cromwell TXMN, and Forest Ecology and Management (Unit 17) by USFS speaker TBA,
  • Sat 3/10, Field trip to TX A&M Tracy Herbarium for Plants & The Nature of Naming (Unit 10), Bryan, TX, by Dale Kruse, Museum Curator, Time-tbd
  • Thurs 3/22, Citizen Scientists (Unit 24) by Marsha May TPWD, and Urban Ecosystems (Unit 21) by Kelly Simon TPWD
  • Sat 3/24, Field trip to Lake Waco Wetlands for Wetland Ecology & Management (Unit 19) by Dr. Robert Doyle, Baylor University, and Nora Schell Waco Wetlands manager, Time: TBD
  • Thurs 3/29, Ecological regions (Unit 4), and Ecological Concepts (Unit 5) & Ecosystems Concepts and Management (Unit 6) by Billy Lambert , TPWD

Graduation on Saturday April 7.

Contact Dorothy at 254-482-3235, and Pamela at 254-482-0822.

To submit membership request forms, please see our page How-to-Join. Submission deadline for this 2018 class is December 31.

You can view the prior class curriculums below to see the types of presentations that are given. The 2018 detailed curriculum will be posted shortly.


2016 Class Curriculum,

The 2016 class agenda in PDF format is here. Class schedule

2013-14 Class Curriculum

The 2013-14 Class agenda is here. 2013-14 Training Class Agenda

2012 Class Curriculum

The 2012 Class agenda is here. 2012 Training class Agenda

2010 Class Curriculum
The 2010 Class agenda is here. 2010 Training Class Agenda.

2009 Class Curriculum
The 2009 class agenda is here – 2009 Training Class Agenda

2008 Class Curriculum
This was our first class of the El Camino Real Chapter – 2008 Training Class Agenda

Course Curriculum Goals
This is the state-advised overall curriculum goals.
CurriculumGoals CurriculumGoals PDF file

Course Lecture Materials
All presentations that were offered to us for posting are included under the “Natural Areas of Interest” section of the web site, under the topic area covered.

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