Texas Master Naturalist Lindheimer Chapter of Comal County
The Texas Master Naturalist Program™ (TMN), sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, develops a corps of well-informed volunteers who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas.
The Lindheimer Chapter, named after the botanist and naturalist Ferdinand Lindheimer, also known as the “Father of Texas Botany,” serves Comal County. In 2018, chapter members contributed 19,945 Volunteer Hours to 29 projects and earned 2,635 Advanced Training Hours. Since founding in 2000, Lindheimer Chapter Master Naturalists have contributed over 165,000 volunteer hours to the Texas Hill Country and its inhabitants!
Lindheimer Chapter offers a class annually, beginning in October, and graduates about 30 naturalists. To certify as a Texas Master Naturalist, the trainee must complete the official curriculum by attending classes on archeology, ecology, geology, land management, water resources, climate, plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, insects and more, plus attend two field trips.
Lindheimer Chapter Master Naturalists choose where to provide their volunteer hours from among 70 approved projects which meet the criteria of service, education, outreach, conservation, preservation or citizen science in support of the natural world. To maintain annual certification, the TMN volunteer must obtain eight advanced training hours and provide 40 volunteer hours to chapter approved projects. As Certified Texas Master Naturalists, we work alongside experts, with the opportunity to add to our knowledge as well as complete projects.
Some areas in which Lindheimer Chapter members volunteer are Guadalupe River State Park, Honey Creek State Natural Area, Bracken Bat Cave Preserve, Texas Stream Team, butterfly garden and nature trails at Tye Preston Memorial Library, Panther Canyon, and Canyon Lake Gorge. Lindheimer members provide outreach and education during Dino Days, Folk Fest, Wine and Saengerfest, AgriLife Open House, Earth Day, New Braunfels Science Fair, and Comal County Fair, among others.
In addition, the chapter is now offering the “Program to Assist Landowners” (PAL) to assist land owners in managing their property – advising property owners on how to improve the soil, attract birds and bees, use native plants and control invasive species.
Lindheimer Chapter holds monthly meetings at 5:45 pm every third Thursday at Tye Preston Memorial Library. The meetings are free and open to the public. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!