Welcome – Indian Trail Master Naturalist – Ellis and Navarro Counties

 The Texas Waters Program was introduced to Texas Master Naturalists last fall….If you missed it, here’s good news!  Indian Trail Chapter is pleased to announce Johnnie Smith will give an encore presentation at Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center on May 24 at 10:30 am followed at 12:30 pm by aquatic field activity at Cedar Hill State Park.  This presentation is free, but registration is required.  Email pcgrindstaff@sbcglobal.net by May20.  Approved for advanced training hours.  Bring a brown bag lunch, cookies will be provided.

This project’s aim is to inform and educate the citizens of Texas about the most precious natural resource Texas possesses, its water. Many challenges face our State concerning water, in particular in our aquatic habitats, the water for wildlife. Texas Parks and Wildlife wants you to know that we value the natural and cultural resources of Texas and want there to always be drinkable, swimmable, and fishable waters in our great State.

Through this training and program, volunteers will have a chance to earn some advanced training hours and the title of a Texas Waters Specialist through this new TPWD program!

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center is located at 1206 W. FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX


Application Information and Form Become a Master Naturalist

Applicant Information 2017

Application 2017

2017 Training Flyer

Key dates are:

  • Application Deadline: July 17, 2017
  • Applicant will receive acceptance notification by July 25th , 2017
  • Training Class: from August 24 thru November 16, 2017; Thursdays – 6:00 to 9:00 PM with three Saturday Field Trips;

@ First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 505 West Marvin Avenue, Waxahachie.


More Upcoming Events

  • May 20th Wildflower Walk, Mockingbird Nature Park
  • June 17th Wildflower Walk, Mockingbird Nature Park
  • September 16th  Wildflower Walk, Mockingbird Nature Park

Monthly Meetings and Programs

Grass Identification and Morphology

Monday – May 22, 2017
Location: First United Methodist Church
505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie, TX
Family Life Center – Gathering Room
6:00 PM – Business Meeting
7:00 PM – Program by Rich Jaynes

Texas Master Naturalist and Environmental ScientistRich Jaynes has a professional background in plant community ecology (BS) and hydrology (MS). He has worked as a plant biologist and hydrologist for the U.S. Forest Service, has been an instructor for college botany and ecology courses, a field botanist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s prairie remnant survey, and currently works as a senior environmental scientist for a local engineering firm.

Rich is a Texas Master Naturalist and enjoys leading nature walks pointing out the remarkable aspects of the natural history and plant community ecology of the Texas northern Blackland Prairie.

Rich’s presentation, “GRASS IDENTIFICATION AND MORPHOLOGY” will include distinguishing morphological features and ecological attributes of 10 famous native grasses of the Blackland Prairie, as well as identifying a few places in the Metroplex where you can experience restored and/or surviving native tallgrass prairie areas.

Nature Treasures in Ellis County

Mockingbird Nature Park and Kachina Prairie