Training Course Application Introduction

Welcome!  The Hill Country Chapter is accepting applications from April 1 to July 13 for our Class of 2020 Texas Master Naturalist™ volunteer training course.  

COVID-19 and the 2020 Texas Master Naturalist™ Training Class
1. If you have delayed submitting your application to the 2020 Hill Country Chapter Volunteer Training Course because of uncertainties due to COVID-19, please know that we are proceeding full steam ahead and are cautiously optimistic that the classes will be held as advertised August 17 through November 11.
2. We are developing contingency plans for spacing in classrooms, disinfecting, and other measures to ensure a safe and comfortable environment.
3. We have extended the application period until July 13, 2020 in case you need extra time to submit given COVID-19 issues.
4. We want you to know that IF the class is canceled, your entire application fee will be refunded.
5. Please join us for a fantastic adventure this fall! Questions? Email hillcountrymembership@gmail.com

Residents of Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Real, and San Saba counties who want to learn to be good stewards of the Hill Country and volunteer in our ten-county service region are encouraged to apply.  You will have the opportunity to participate in your choice of more than eighty approved volunteer projects and we offer more than 200 advanced training opportunities each year.

•  Applications must be received by July 13. 

•  Class size is limited to 40 trainees. Additional applicants may be placed on a waiting list.

•  Training course begins August 17 with our trainee reception at Kerr Arts and Cultural Center in downtown Kerrville. The course includes presentations by scientists, naturalists, and other experts and professionals from local, state, and federal agencies, organizations, and universities.

•  Our educational (and fun) classes occur on Wednesdays beginning August 19 at 8:30a.m. in the Upper Guadalupe River Authority Lecture Hall near downtown Kerrville. The schedule also includes classes in Hunt, Blanco, Fredericksburg, and Boerne plus field trips to Kerr Wildlife Management Area, Selah, Bamberger Ranch, Honey Creek State Natural Area, and Canyon Lake Gorge.

•  Commencement occurs November 11 with a guest speaker and celebratory barbecue.

Training Course tuition is $200 which includes thirteen weeks of science-based instruction, textbook, class notebook, entrance fees at field trip facilities, official Texas Master Naturalist™ name tag at commencement, and other course-related expenses.

The Texas Master Naturalist™ program is built upon a foundation of volunteerism. Certified Texas Master Naturalists volunteer at least forty hours with approved projects and attend eight hours of advanced training annually to retain ceritfication. Please give this careful consideration when completing the application.

 

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