Becoming a Master Naturalist – Training and Membership



Recently purchased land in the Texas countryside?
Returned home from a visit to a Texas state park? 

Do you want to know more and
connect with people who share
your interest in Texas nature?

 You have landed in the right place!
We offer both education and great company.

By enrolling in the Training class, you can begin to learn about the native Texas environment from experts in the field.  The Texas Master Naturalist program of study created by Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas AgriLife is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the natural world.  The Gideon Lincecum Chapter serves a 5-county area: Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Lee, and Washington counties.  You will join a group of people who, like you, enjoy the Texas outdoors and want to learn how they can better manage their own land or work with the State to promote and protect our natural resources.  The 40-hour course includes the following topics:

  • Master Naturalist Orientation               
  • Ecology Concepts, Ecosystems & Ecoregions
  • Hydrology/Soils
  • Geology               
  • Weather/Climate                      
  • Aquatic Systems Ecology/Pond ManagementMonterey White Fawns2                      
  • Plants       
  • Rangeland Ecology                     
  • Entomology                       
  • Ornithology                       
  • Forest Ecology                 
  • Mammals         
  • Herpetology
  • Archaeology . . .  and more . . . 

The Texas Master Naturalist program is an excellent way to learn and connect with people who share similar interests.  Classes will be held on Monday afternoons from 1 – 4 p.m.  at various venues in our chapter region.  In addition to classroom lectures, there will be four or five field trips (usually on Saturdays).  Classes begin in January with graduation in May.  Click here for a sample  training schedule:  TMN GLC Training Schedule 2020-Prelim09-25-19.

Applications for the 2021 class will be accepted beginning in August 2020.  Click here to apply online.  Once your application has been accepted, your payment of the fee will secure your place in the class.  REGISTRATION (tuition and membership fee) is $175 per person or $325 for a couple sharing materials. Fees must be paid by January 6 to keep your place in the class.

Want to know more?  You can visit the state website, Texas Master Naturalist, or contact our training coordinators.

Once you complete the basic course, to become a Certified Master Naturalist,  then you must complete 40 hours of volunteer service and an additional 8 hours of advanced training.  Want to read more about who we are and what we do?  Check out our Newsletters.
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Ready to Apply for the Class?

Click here to apply online. Class size will be limited to 25 members. When classes begin, we will be required by the state to do a background check and you will be asked to sign a liability release and a photo release.



Class Add-on Materials

Several members of the class were interested in purchasing the “Root System of Prairie Plants” poster.
Here is the link to purchase the poster.

A copy of the website orientation can be accessed by clicking on the following link: website orientation 2-24-2020.


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