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You can become a Texas Master Naturalist! Texas Master Naturalist, Hill Country Chapter offers a training course beginning in August and concluding in November. Classes are held in Kerrville on Wednesdays starting at 8:30A lasting until approximately 1:30P.  Three to four required field trips are scheduled usually on Saturdays. 

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Who is a Master Naturalist?

What is the Texas Master Naturalist mission?

How do I become a Texas Master Naturalist?

What will I do as a Certified Texas Master Naturalist?

Who will answer my questions?

Who administers the Texas Master Naturalist program?

Who are we?

When and where are chapter meetings?

How is the chapter supported?

Where can I find more information about the chapter?

Who is a Master Naturalist?

A Master Naturalist is a trained volunteer who continually learns about the natural world and shares that knowledge with others.

What is the Texas Master Naturalist mission?

To develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

How do I become a Texas Master Naturalist?

Complete our training course on the Hill Country’s natural resources, and our impact on nature.  Our course follows the statewide curriculum with instruction specific to the Texas Hill Country.  Training is held annually in fall; classes average 35 trainees.  The course includes presentations by scientists, naturalists, and other experts from local, state, and federal agencies, organizations, and universities.

In return for this training, provide and report 40 hours of Volunteer Service and 8 hours of Advanced Training by December 31 of the year following completion of the course.  Approved volunteer service opportunities exist throughout our ten-county region.  Our members participate in more than 80 interesting and beneficial projects.  Advanced training enables Master Naturalists to gain additional knowledge or particular skills.  Advanced Training activities may include hands-on instruction, field trips, and presentations on such topics as water issues, feral pigs, and land stewardship.

Complete our course, volunteer forty hours, and attend eight hours of AT to become a certified Texas Master Naturalist and receive the first year dragonfly pin.

The fall training application period begins in April with a June deadline.  Check our website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter to receive details.

As a Certified Texas Master Naturalist, what will I do?

It is your responsibility to maintain your certification by staying active in the chapter.  Attend meetings, provide volunteer service, participate in advanced training, and keep and submit accurate records of volunteer service hours and advanced training hours.

Who will answer my questions?

Please email our Membership DirectorUpon acceptance to the training class, trainees are paired with a mentor to answer questions and guide you through the course.

Who administers the Texas Master Naturalist program?

The program is sponsored and funded by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

Who are we?

Texas Master Naturalist, Hill Country Chapter is a group of trained volunteers residing in Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Real, or San Saba counties. The Texas Hill Country, the eastern part of the Edwards Plateau in Central Texas, offers the widest diversity of plants and animals in the state.

When and where are chapter meetings?

Our meetings are generally held on fourth Mondays (excluding August, and December) at 7p.m. in the Upper Guadalupe River Authority Lecture Hall in Kerrville.  Meetings are open to the public.  We welcome the fall training class in August and our chapter party is held in December.

How is the chapter supported?

Our chapter is supported by fundraisers and donations of monetary contributions or in-kind services.  We do not charge a membership fee. The training course fee is recommended by the New Class Committee to cover the cost of training.  Applicants are responsible for the training course fee.

Where can I find more information about the chapter?

Explore our chapter website to learn more.  You’ll find our award-winning monthly newsletter The Texas Star, the chapter calendar listing information on current nature-related events, chapter documents, and nature-inspired resources.

Please remember, no matter what your question chapter members will be happy to help you.  We encourage you to become an active member in our chapter and join us in sharing our love of the natural world and the Texas Hill Country with our communities.

 

 

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