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.
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.