Welcome to the Hill Country Chapter

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Join our Class of 2018. Become a Texas Master Naturalist with the Hill Country Chapter.  Apply by August 19.

You will receive science-based training specific to the Texas Hill Country.

After attending classes and fieldtrips, you’ll have the opportunity to volunteer forty hours and participate in eight hours of advanced training to certify and receive the dragonfly pin.

Submit your application today!

2018 Class Recruitment rack card




Congratulations to Kathy Ward!

Kathy Ward, class of 2012,  has been recognized for the achievement of 5000 hours of volunteer service by Texas Master Naturalist State Coordinator Michelle Haggerty.

Kathy, a retired science educator,  volunteers with programs which have always been her passions.  Her love of teaching children about nature has led her to spend most Wednesday and Thursday afternoons during the school year helping present Cibolo Nature Center’s (CNC) outreach program “Nature Boxes” to Boerne’s elementary schools.

Kathy is also a member of the Native Plant Society of Texas Boerne Chapter (NPSOT) and works in the CNC demonstration
garden, helps with the Youth Photo Contest, and presents the NPSOT Landscape Certification Program to adults.

As the geology team leader at Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area, she identifies and catalogs geologic formations. Kathy has recently begun geology research at YMCA Roberts Ranch and is helping to develop summer children’s programs.

Kathy is a past president of the Hill Country Chapter. 




Monthly Meeting >> Monday 23 July

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Arundo donax “giant reed” A problematic non-native.

Aquatic Plant and Animal Invasives of Texas presented by Dr. Michael Masser, aquatic ecology extension specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Dr. Michael Masser discusses both aquatic plant and animal invaders of Texas and what their impacts are or can be on our aquatic ecology. He will include cases of species that have not arrived but are expected.

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Meetings are held in the Upper Guadalupe River Authority Lecture Hall, 125 N. Lehmann Dr. in Kerrville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for our social half-hour; program begins at 7:00.



chapter sloganTexas Master Naturalist, Hill Country Chapter is one of 48 regional Texas Master Naturalist volunteer corps. Our chapter serves Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Real, and San Saba counties. Members receive comprehensive training in natural resource management specific to the Texas Hill Country and share their knowledge to promote conservation and good stewardship in their communities. Our chapter is a 501(c)(3) organization.




Now in our sixteenth year of commitment to education, outreach, and service, we have trained more than 480 Master Naturalist volunteers who contributed more than 250,000 service hours to their communities.


Want to join a group of friendly folks who love nature and the Texas Hill Country? Explore our site for details, then email questions to our Membership Director. We look forward to hearing from you!

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