What’s a Naturalist book club?

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We have had our first meeting of the Heartwood Book Club and the consensus is Let’s do it again! How does it work? You read the month’s selection which, unfortunately, doesn’t count for AT hours. But then when you join the discussion, that time counts for Advanced Training. So as you read: highlight favorite passages, take notes of questions you’d like to pose to the group, read or watch anything that will broaden and inform your understanding of the book. What are we reading? Our next book, a… Read More →

Stay Creative!

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If you love nature and art, there is a great resource to explore and indulge these mutual interests. More than 100 museums around the world offer coloring books from their collections. These are not your typical coloring books, these are samples from science, art, botanical, history and medical museums. You can search their extensive collections from the last few years. Search on these topics for nature-oriented drawings; botanical, biodiversity, nature, Texas. http://library.nyam.org/colorourcollections http://library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/category/institutions/botanical-research-institute-of-texs/ Enjoy and have fun searching, learning and being creative! This information was provided by Julie… Read More →

Mercer Botanic Gardens Summer Camp Volunteering

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MGB – 2020 – Outdoor Adventures Summer Camp and Family Nights (JLG) Mercer Botanic Gardens is looking for volunteers to assist with the summer camp program in June and July. Student ages are 6 to 11. Refer to the attached flyer for more information about the topics covered. Sign up to help at the following links: JUNE https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d44aba92aa6fe3-tree     June 9 Mystery Tree ID link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d44aba92aa6fe3-mercer3   June 16 Birds of a Feather https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040D44ABA92AA6FE3-micromercer  June 17 Family Night https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d44aba92aa6fe3-mercer4  June 23 Creature Feature https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040D44ABA92AA6FE3-geocaching  June 24 Family Night https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d44aba92aa6fe3-mercer5  June 30 Hike… Read More →

A National Volunteer Month Thank You

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As we close out our celebrations of National Volunteer Month, the Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Dr. Jeffrey Hyde – one of the two state agency sponsors of our Texas Master Naturalist Program – has shared his thoughts and words of appreciation. See attached his thank you letter! Sincerely – thank you all for your dedicated service to our states wild places and wild things! Thank you, Mary Pearl Meuth Texas Master Naturalist Program Assistant State Coordinator Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Master Naturalist Volunteers –… Read More →

Nature Reflections: A TMN Video Diary Project

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This message was sent out on the TMN Listserv, April 30, 2020. It is repeated here for anyone who may have missed it. Texas Master Naturalists, A small victim of this current quarantine and shelter in place is the missed opportunities of spring. So many of our Master Naturalist volunteer service projects literally take bloom during these spring months each year – we have a new crop of trainees joining in some chapters, plant sales and plantings of native butterfly gardens, youth education programs as Texas students cycle… Read More →