The New Training Class Committee Invites You to Join Us!
The Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program provides comprehensive training in natural resource management specific to the Texas Hill Country. Each year, the Chapter forms a New Class Training Committee, comprised primarily of recent graduates of the program, to develop a training program that fulfills the Mission Statement of the state-wide Texas Master Naturalist Program:
“The mission of the Texas Master Naturalist Program is to develop a corps of well-trained volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and native areas within their communities for the State of Texas.”
The 2022 New Training Class Committee invites you to join us in fulfilling this Mission.
Committee Members are responsible for:
- Integrating the required State TMN Curriculum with local Hill Country Chapter topics of interest
- Selecting dynamic subject matter experts as speakers
- Identifying relevant field trips that exemplify the concepts presented in the lectures and also increase student exposure to and appreciation of the unique attributes of the Texas Hill Country
- Planning and executing the overall training program to support the beneficial management of our natural resources
The New Training Class Committee is comprised of 9 newly Certified Texas Master Naturalists from the 2021 Class, and 3 Advisors who were Class Directors in prior years. Three committee members along with the Chapter President also sit on the Hill Country Chapter Board of Directors, providing strategic and tactical links with other Chapter functions such as Membership, Communication and Volunteer Service.
Meet the Members of the New Training Class Committee
- Diana Armbrust
- Jana Baxter
- Trudy Eberhardt
- Trudy Florence
- Gerry Gentry
- Patrick George
- Patti Guin
- Alice King
- Dot Maginot
- Carra Miliken
- Sheryl Pender
- Anne Ryan
- Gracie Waggener
The Committee has been actively engaged since July, meeting at the Comfort Public Library and Riverside Nature Center to begin developing the overall curriculum. At this time, we are planning an in-person 12- week program, beginning in mid-February. We will meet Tuesday mornings at the Upper Guadalupe River Authority lecture hall in Kerrville, with field trips to various natural areas planned for Thursday, Friday or Saturday mornings (depending on the venue) to experience the concepts presented in the weekly lecture sessions. A more detailed overview of the schedule will be posted around October 1, 2021-stay tuned!
Become a Texas Master Naturalist
The Hill Country Chapter includes Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Real, and San Saba counties. Our ten-county service region covers 10,651.08 square miles with a population nearing 200,000 residents.