VMS Categories

VMS Opportunity Description Examples
AT: Advanced Training you attend as a participant ● Rainwater Harvesting Steward Program Training
● Project WILD Instructor/Facilitator Training
● AT sessions at TMN Statewide Annual Meeting
Chapter Business Activities related to managing and running a master naturalist chapter and its committees. ● Board of Director or committee duties
● Newsletter or website management
● Management of chapter records
● Hours reporting
● Chapter reporting

● Representing chapter at multi-chapter events
● Other chapter administration
● Assistance to State Program
Data Collection Planning, leading or participating in data collection and/or analysis of natural resources where the results are intended to further scientific understanding. ● Field surveys
● Banding and tagging
● Species watch
Instruct Others Leading, organizing, instructing or staffing an educational activity where participants have a planned learning objective and generally stay for the full event (e.g., planned start and end times with a single agenda). ● Classroom instruction
● Workshops
● Presentations

● Webinars
● Chapter MN trainees/interns class

● Leading Tours
Natural Areas Activities that improve the health of a natural area or resource. Natural resource management, restoration rescue and rehabilitation. ● Invasive species or trash removal
● Plant rescue

● Restoring or improving natural habitat
● Wildlife houses, towers, chimneys
● Developing an eco-system plan
Outreach Leading, organizing, or staffing an educational activity where participants come and go and are able to inquire on a broad set of topics. Writing an educational article or brochure. ● Manning booth or visitor center
● Writing articles or brochures
● Wildlife Hotline
Rescue Animal rescue at an approved facility. ● Animal Rescue
Trails & Wildscapes Field-based activities that improve and manage the public’s access to natural areas or resources. Creating and/or maintaining nature trails, wildscapes and/or interpretive areas. Developing new or improving existing. ● Hiking trails
● Interpretive gardens

● Wildlife viewing blinds
● Wildscapes

● Interpretive hikes
TPWD State Parks In the description box on VMS type in the name of the State Park in which you perform a task/action. Sheldon Lake, Brazos Bend, SF Austin, Galveston Bay. i.e. Sheldon Lake wetland and prairie restoration would be category Natural Areas for Natural Resource

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