“Certified Master Naturalists are volunteers dedicated to provide education, outreach, and service for the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within our communities.”
Texas Master Naturalist is an organization that seeks to educate members and to prepare them to volunteer in service of our natural resources.
Natural resources can include our land, backyard gardens, forests, waterways, wildlife, air and much more. We do jobs like test the water to be sure we have clean water to use, build bat houses for displaced bats, educate the public about coexisting peacefully with our wild neighbors, lead trail walks, educate the public at fairs and other venues, clear trails and repair and install signage, and much more. We are committed to being good stewards of our Earth and helping others understand how they can protect and preserve the beauty of East Texas, too. We love learning, giving, teaching and having fun while volunteering!
If you would like to join us, we offer more than 40 hours of classroom training plus in-the-field experience in the 2021 training class which will start Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Tuition is due with the application and will be $150 per person with a slight discount for 2 members of the same family participating together. All instructors and guides are recognized experts in their fields.
Space is limited and applications will be accepted in the order received.
Because of the Covid-19 virus and the uncertainty of conditions that will be present early next year, we will be flexible. If possible, we will have at least some in-person classes at the Discovery Science Place Annex at 308 N. Broadway in Tyler, and the remaining classes by teleconference virtual learning. In either case, classes will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 PM from January 26, 2021 through April. Depending on circumstances at the time, plans may change. We will do everything in our power to keep a safe environment and to respect the current recommendations for social distancing, etc. We are committed to learning and having fun while being sure that we are all as safe and well as possible.